LTJG. D. Vincent Thomas Jr. Ph.D, M.T.S. has two B.A. degrees in Theology and Philosophy, a Masters Degree in Theological Studies, as well as a Ph.D in Public Policy &Administration. ENS D. Vincent Thomas Jr. is a Commissioned Officer who began his Coast Guard career as an enlisted Operations Specialist. Dr. Thomas’ studies have focused on religious history, philosophy of religion, the relationship between religion and politics, military history, politics, public policy, as well as the effects climate change has on international relations, global economics, and global security. Dr. Thomas has also run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Seeking to serve the district as an American citizen concerned with the well-being of all Americans irrespective of party affiliation. Assigned to the CGC BOUTWELL, a 378’ High Endurance Cutter in California, he stood duty in the Combat Information Center, qualified as an Electronic Warfare Specialist, and performed flight following operations as an Air Direction Controller tracking and communicating with helicopters deployed to BOUTWELL for counter-narcotic operations. While on active duty aboard BOUTWELL, he was part of a team that seized over 10 tons of cocaine in International Waters bound for the United States. After leaving Active Dr. Thomas joined the Selective Reserves (SELRES) as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, and completed his Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration. Commissioned in 2019, he is a Philosophy and Political Science Professor at Elmhurst University and DePaul University teaching courses in Moral Philosophy, Western Political Philosophy, Ethics, Intro. to Western Philosophy, American Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Dr. Thomas currently represents the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as the Recruiting, Outreach, and Diversity Admissions Officer, tasked with helping diversify the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Officer Core of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Adam Carr has over 12 years of service in the U.S. Army. As a Special Forces Green Beret, Adam hunted Al Qaeda operatives, developed intelligence networks, conducted diplomatic relations, and briefed Ambassadors and Generals on Geopolitical environments. In 2006, Adam earned his B.A. in Security and Intelligence from The Ohio State University. He spent the next eight years deploying to Asia, including Operation Enduring Freedom – The Philippines and Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. Adam’s passion comes from a deep-rooted desire to serve others and save lives. Adam has been profoundly affected over the loss of his teammates, mentors, and close friends to suicide. He currently speaks to students, corporations, and a wide variety of audiences all over the country. He has over 20 years of leadership and managerial experience and is a Business Coach for MBA Students at The Ohio State University. Adam is a graduate of the Ignite Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Adam earned his MBA at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and was selected as the Most Outstanding Student of his 2019 MBA Cohort. Adam lives in Dublin, OH with his wife Tarah and their three children, Noah, Jonah, and Norah.
Stephen Drum is a combat-tested retired Navy SEAL Master Chief who has 27 years of experience leading and developing high-performance teams.
As an in-demand speaker and consultant, he helps individuals and organizations such as CDW, Horizon Pharma, and 9 Energy develop leadership and performance strategies, so they can plan, prepare, and execute at the highest levels when it matters most.
Stephen has trained and led U.S. and foreign partner special operations forces on high-risk and strategically vital missions across the globe, including combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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