LEADERSHIP

CAPT TOM SHUGRUE, USMC (ret)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Tom Shugrue is a decorated Service Disabled Combat Veteran.  Tom received his disability rating following his Combat deployments in Vietnam, as a Marine Corps Officer. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat V for valor.

Tom has been a Series 7 licensed financial Registered Representative for over 40 years covering institutional Pension Plans.  He has provided Advice, Analysis, Research and Best execution while being a Vice President for Smith Barney and Prudential Capital for over 20 years.  Mr. Shugrue also Owned, Operated, and Controlled an institutional fixed income broker dealer, Carolina Capital Markets, for 15 years.

Mr. Shugrue graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Economics; MBA from Georgia State University.

AUSTIN PAINTER

PRESIDENT

Austin Painter brings over a decade of financial markets experience to the MCM team. As President of Marine Capital Management (“MCM”), Mr. Painter oversees all of MCM business operations.  Prior to being a co-founder of MCM, Mr. Painter spent his career occupying various positions across numerous investment banking and trading desks. Most recently, Mr. Painter served as Managing Director of King Tide Partners where he specialized in small cap biotechnology opportunities.

Mr. Painter has been a licensed financial representative for 10 years holding his Series 7 and 63 licenses.  Mr. Painter graduated with degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Emory University in 2008 and received his MBA from Emory University in 2015.

LCDR GREG KEELEY, USN (ret)

CHIEF OF STAFF

A decorated combat Veteran, LCDR. Keeley has the unique distinction of being commissioned into the United States Navy directly from the Royal Australian Navy. He has served in combat theatres including Afghanistan, Iraq, Middle East and Pacific.  He is a Service-Disabled Combat Veteran.

 

LCDR. Keeley served as COO of a defense driven biosecurity company.  Prior, as SVP with a D.C. based PE firm, he provided portfolio management to global clients in the cyber, intelligence and defense sectors. 

LCDR. Keeley served as an advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense Intelligence and held senior roles in the U.S. Senate, the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees, plus several cybersecurity and intelligence firms.

Education

Officer Graduate – Royal Australian Naval Academy | BSS – Curtin University (Perth, AUS)

MA – Deakin University (Melbourne, AUS)

PAUL FOLEY

PARTNER

Paul Foley recently was a co-founder of King Tide Partners, LLC, a private equity firm focused on early to mid stage growth companies. Previously, Mr. Foley was the Chief Business Office (advisory) for a biopharma company located in Colorado. Mr. Foley was a Managing Director and the Head of Financial Sponsors at a private equity firm in New York City. His responsibilities included sourcing, execution and monitoring of the firm’s portfolio investments. Mr. Foley also served as the CFO and fundraiser for a technology startup. He began his career selling high yield securities to institutional accounts at firms that included Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley and Kidder Peabody. His relationships covered mutual funds, insurance companies, banks and alternative asset managers throughout the US. Mr. Foley resides in New Canaan, CT with his wife Robin. He currently serves as Chairman of the New Canaan Police Commission.

 

Education

Northeastern University BS Finance

Northeastern University MBA

ADVISORY BOARD

ADMIRAL STEVE ABBOT, USN, ret

Homeland Security Advisor

Admiral Steve Abbot retired as a four star Admiral after 34 years in the US Navy. Abbot began his career as a Naval Aviator after graduating from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, US Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, and naval nuclear power training. A Rhodes Scholar and Vietnam Veteran, Admiral Abbot later Commanded the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group while assigned as Commander, Carrier Group Eight during the Gulf War. From 1996-2000, Abbot served as Commander of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet and Deputy Commander in Chief, US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In his last military assignment, Abbot oversaw the daily activities of a Unified Command with an area of responsibility encompassing 89 countries and more than 13 million square miles.  In the aftermath of the 9/11 Attacks, Abbot was the Deputy Homeland Security Advisor under Governor Tom Ridge, and later Acting Homeland Security Advisor until June 2003. Today, he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a private, non-profit aid society dedicated to assisting Sailors, Marines and their families. 

SECRETARY KENNETH BRAITHWAITE

77th Secretary of the Navy

The Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite was sworn in as Secretary of the Navy on 29 May 2020. He had previously served as the 31st U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway. Secretary Braithwaite is the first former U.S. Navy flag officer to serve as Secretary of the Navy.

Secretary Braithwaite graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in naval engineering and political science. In 1995, he earned a master’s degree in government administration, graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels School of Government.

Secretary Braithwaite designated as a naval aviator in April 1986. His first operational assignment was to Patrol Squadron (VP) 17, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, from where he flew anti-submarine missions tracking adversary submarines throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions

Braithwaite’s active duty service ended in 1993, but he immediately joined the Navy Reserve.[6] From 1993 until 2002, he served in different roles with numerous commands, including the 6th Fleet7th FleetU.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander Carrier Group Two.

GENERAL WESLEY CLARK, USA, ret

Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

General Wesley Clark retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army, having served in his last assignments as Commander of US Southern Command and then as Commander of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. In 1966, he graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He helped write and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement and was the principal author of both the US National Military Strategy and Joint Vision 2010, prescribing US warfighting for full-spectrum dominance.  In his final assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing. General Clark is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors and commendations. General Clark is also the Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock. a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations, and Director of the Atlantic Council.

CAPT FLORENT GROBERG, USA, ret

Medal of Honor

French-American soldier, retired United States Army officer and civilian employee of the United States Department of Defense. Born in France to an American father and Algerian mother, he became a naturalized United States citizen in 2001  He served in the War in Afghanistan where, in 2012, he was severely injured attempting to thwart a suicide bomber. On November 12, 2015, Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

 

Groberg served as a PSD commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior — responsible for the safety of 28 coalition and Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel, including several principals: two brigade commanders, three battalion commanders, the brigade command sergeant major, a battalion command sergeant major and an ANA battalion commander. 

 

Groberg rushed a terrorist, with a suicide vest shoved him away from the patrol.[9] Groberg, aided by fellow soldier Sgt. Andrew Mahoney, grabbed the suicide bomber and physically dragged him away from the formation

 

For his actions, Groberg received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the United States. Groberg is the 19th recipient of the Medal of Honor after the Vietnam War, the first foreign-born recipient since the Vietnam War and the 10th living recipient. President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Groberg on November 12, 2015.

VICE ADMIRAL SEAN PYBUS, USN, ret

Chairman, Navy Seal Foundation

Before retiring as a career Naval Special Warfare (NSW) SEAL officer in December 2016, Vice Admiral (RET.) Pybus served multiple Joint Special Operations duty assignments in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia and later command tours in Panama, Germany and Bahrain, as well as duty as Commodore, NSW Group One, San Diego. After duty as Commodore, NSW Group One, he went on to command Special Operations in the Pacific; the NSW community; and NATO’s Special Operations Forces. Today, he is president of The Pybus Group of Odessa, FL.  In that role, he consults and advises defense and security sector organizations, providing strategic recommendations and business development steerage to C-Suite leaders.

Pybus attended the University of Rochester where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1979.  He earned a regular Navy commission through NROTC and graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in December 1979, with Class 105.  Decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (one award), Distinguished Service Medal (one award), Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and various other awards.   He is also a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

LT GENERAL STEPHAN TWITTY, USA, ret

Commanding General, First United States Army

Lt. Gen. Twitty is a 1985 distinguished military graduate from South Carolina State University.

Lt. Gen. Twitty commanded 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, including during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. He served as operations officer (G-3) for 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart. At Fort Bliss, Texas, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he commanded 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, which was later reflagged as 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. He served as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Northern Command and as the Chief of Staff, United States Army Central, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait. He served as Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, and then as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Communications, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom. He then served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From August 2014 to June 2016, he commanded 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss.