Carl Graham was born in Glasgow, MT, graduated from Montana State University, and is a twenty year Navy veteran, where he amassed nearly 500 carrier landings and over 2000 hours in the A-6 Intruder and F-14 Tomcat while serving as a Naval Flight Officer.
Also during his Naval career, Carl earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs and served as special assistant and congressional liaison officer for the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, NE.
Carl retired from Naval service in July of 2004. Since then he has resided with his wife Cyndi near Bozeman, MT, where he has been an adjunct professor of aviation science, a flight instructor, a member the Montana State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and is currently CEO of the Montana Policy Institute.
Sam Staley is a founding trustee and Chairman of the Montana Policy Institute and has more than 20 years of experience working in public policy think tanks. His experience includes research, outreach and public affairs, and executive management. He is a co-founder of The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions in Columbus, Ohio, serving as trustee, secretary, vice president for research and then president before becoming a senior research fellow in 2004. He is currently director of urban and land use policy at Reason Foundation in Los Angeles and consults regularly with state-based think tanks.
Sam’s articles have appeared in a wide range of academic and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of several books, most recently (with Ted Balaker), The Road More Traveled: Why the Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think, and What We Can Do About It (Rowmand & Littlefield, 2006), http://www.reason.org/road/. His book Drug Policy and the Decline of American Cities (Transaction 1992) won first place in the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize of the USA and UK for its contribution to an understanding of a free economy.
Sam earned his Ph.D. in public administration, with concentrations in public finance and urban planning, from The Ohio State University, his MS in applied economics from Wright State University, and BA in economics-public policy from Colby College.
David Keene is President of the National Rifle Association after recently passing the torch as Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative lobbying organization. He is also a Managing Associate at the Carmen Group, a lobbying firm in Washington, DC. David has a home north of Helena, where he enjoys the outdoor splendors of our great state.
Keene was the National Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom as a student and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, a First Amendment Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Freedom Forum, and a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Public Policy School.
Keene served as a Special Assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew in the Nixon Administration. He then became Executive Assistant to New York Senator Jim Buckley on Capitol Hill. In addition to advising local, state and national figures in all manner of campaigns, he has been Southern Regional Political Director for Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign; National Political Director for George Bush’s 1980 presidential race; Senior Advisor to former Senator Bob Dole in 1988 and advisor to Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996. Most recently he advised Governor Mitt Romney in his 2008 Presidential race.
Keene is recognized as one of the chief spokesmen for conservative principles and politics on television and radio, and is widely quoted. He has written for publications such as National Review, the Washington Times and The Boston Globe. He is a weekly columnist for The Hill, a newspaper covering Congress.
Bill Wilson was born in Akron, OH and is a 1975 graduate of the University of Akron. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance.
Upon graduation from college Bill began a career in the investment management industry with a Canton, OH based bank and trust investment company. In 1977 he relocated to Upstate New York to take a position in the investment business of a major regional bank and trust company, the Lincoln Rochester Bank & Trust Company. Here he spent more than twelve years and at the time of his departure was a managing director responsible for a substantial institutional directed trust and custody line of business. In 1989 he left to join Clover Capital Management, a start up independent investment advisory firm located in the Rochester, NY area. Bill was responsible for institutional sales and client management at the firm. In 2000, Bill relocated to western Montana and opened a regional sales office for Clover. At the time of his retirement in 2004, Clover had evolved to be a $2.0 billion in assets under management business.
In his free time Bill is an avid hunter and also enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and reading. Bill has a keen interest in business, the capital markets and our free enterprise system.
Harry, a native of Montana, graduated from Montana State University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science chemical engineering degree. He received a fellowship from Hughes Aircraft Company and obtained a Master of Science chemical engineering degree from the University of Arizona two years later. In 1975 he was awarded an honorary professional engineering degree from the University of Arizona.
Harry´s career has spanned a range of prominent chemical companies. His career began in 1961 with EI du Pont de Nemours Company as a technical and production supervisor in the low and high density polyethylene manufacturing division.
Between 1968 and 1987 Harry held various managerial positions with Northern Petrochemical Company, Norchem Inc, Enron Chemical Company, USI Chemical Company Inc, (all one company), starting off as polymer manufacturing manager and rising to group vice president for business management and development.
Harry was appointed president and CEO of AMPLAS Corporation, Dallas, in 1987 and held the position until 1991 when he joined Sasol as managing director of Sasol Alpha Olefins Division in South Africa. He also served as the Chairman of the Sasol corporate strategy team from its inception to when he left South Africa in 1999 to head up Sasol North America. In 2000, Sasol had an opportunity to purchase a portion of a German company that expanded the Global business that Harry developed for Sasol in South Africa. Upon successful negotiations for the purchase, Harry was elected to be the President and Managing Director of the expanded global business headquartered in Germany. From 2000 to 2002 he was responsible for managing all of the facets of Sasol Olefins and Surfactants GmbH. Harry retired from Sasol in September 2002 and established Hyatt and Associates, a consulting company for the chemical industry.
In 2004, Harry was elected to the Board of Montana State University Foundation and served until 2010. He also was elected to the Board of ATP, a wholly own subsidiary of MSU Foundation serving as Vice Chairman and Chairman and will term out of this board in 2012.
He married Jane Shope on 13 September 1958. They have a daughter, Karen and a son, Chris. Harry enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis, snow-skiing and boating. When in South Africa, he and Jane loved wildlife viewing.
Chris is a native of and resides in Glasgow with his wife Mary. He is a University of Montana graduate and currently operates the Helland Agency, a real estate, insurance, and log home sales company based in Glasgow and serving all of Northeast Montana.
Chris is active in local economic development and community organizations, including Two Rivers Growth and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.
Neil C. Livingstone
Neil C. Livingstone is a well-known face on television, having appeared on more than 1700 television programs (and 1250 radio programs). NBC’s Tom Brokaw described him as “one of this nation’s preeminent authorities on terrorism.” He is the author of ten books and more than 250 articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times.
He was the Chairman and Founder of GlobalOptions Inc., which he took public in 2005 and which went on the NASDAQ in 2007. He also was the Chairman and CEO of ExecutiveAction LLC, a security and business solutions company that operated in more than 60 countries. Livingstone served as a Director of Erickson Air-Crane ($186.5 million in annual sales), and became Lead Director in 2007. For nearly ten years he was a Advisor to the Chairman of Zeromax, the largest private company in Central Asia, with 27,000 employees and $4 billion in sales. Zeromax was involved in oil and gas production, gold and base metals, cotton and textiles, construction, and logistics. He was a shareholder and officer of a number of companies including an international airline and a television production company. He has also served on more than three dozen Advisory Boards, and currently heads the Senior Advisory Board of Zinc Air Inc., based on Columbia Falls.
Livingstone has given more than 550 major speeches around the world, including before the United Nations, Harvard, the House of Commons, the Chrysler Management Group, and at conferences in more than a dozen countries. He holds an A.B. (with Honors) from the College of William & Mary, three Masters degrees, and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts/Harvard).
He was recently a candidate for the Montana Republican gubernatorial nomination.