Ann Swanson has served as a leader in the Chesapeake Bay restoration for nearly 30 years, the last 26 as the executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative authority serving the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. It is the commission’s responsibility to sponsor legislation at the state level and to work with state legislators, members of the U.S.
Anthony “Tony” Toups joined Advantage Capital in 2006. He is involved in the firm’s national expansion efforts and economic
development activities, working on the implementation of public/private investment programs that foster access to capital. He is a frequent speaker on these topics and also provides legal advice and representation as corporate counsel.
Rich Walsh is corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for commercial law, litigation and regulatory law for Valero. Much of the work involves interfacing with key regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S.
Adam Whelchel’s 25-year year career in leadership positions has catalyzed partnerships with strategic direction while with government agencies, private firms, academic institutions and nonprofit groups in the United States, China, Southeast Asia, Caribbean and Africa. Dr. Whelchel is a dynamic communicator called upon to assist diverse groups from around the world with team building, strategic planning and community resilience.
Don Williams serves as a senior specialist for broadband development for the new BroadbandUSA program at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce. He serves as a strategic advisor, supplying technical assistance to communities as they implement broadband deployment and adoption programs to advance economic development, education, health care and public safety.