Board of Directors
Roy L. Reed, Jr.
Chairman and Treasurer
Mr. Reed is the Chief Executive Officer of Kingfisher Systems, Inc. Since the company’s founding in April, 2005, he has been the President of Kingfisher. He also assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in January 2011 and Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Prior to joining Kingfisher, Mr. Reed served the U.S. Government for over 35 years, where he last served in the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. Mr. Reed’s Government service also includes a distinguished career U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). Mr. Reed was born in Oceanside, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since leaving Government service, Mr. Reed has published articles in the American Intelligence Journal, and he coauthored a chapter in the Naval Institute anthology on the “Changing Principles of War.”
C. Damon Hecker
Mr. Hecker joined Kingfisher Systems, Inc. in 2007 and has held numerous positions within the company, including Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Kingfisher, Mr. Hecker was a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (SES) and held the position of Director for Strategy and Transformation for the Department of Defense (DoD) Counterintelligence Field Activity. Prior to this position, he was the Deputy Director and Director of the Strategy and Program Evaluation Office, within the same organization. Mr. Hecker also spent eleven years with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations in a number of positions. Mr. Hecker earned a Bachelor of Business Administration-Finance from Wichita State University, in 1987, and a Masters of Public Administration from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama in 1995. Mr. Hecker is a graduate of the Excellence in Government fellows program.
Richard B. Edelman, Ph.D.
Dr. Richard B. Edelman is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the American University in Washington, District of Columbia, where he also served as the Senior Professor of Finance and the Chairman of the Department of Finance and Real Estate. Formerly, he was the Director of Financial and Regulatory Research at Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT). Dr. Edelman served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and the University of Hawaii, and has received numerous research grants from these universities and awards for Professor of the Year and for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Professional Contributions at the American University. Dr. Richard Edelman has discussed financial and economic issues during appearances on various national and international news networks, newspapers, radio talk shows, and magazines. His financial research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, such as the Financial Analysts Journal, Financial Review, and the Southern Business Review. Dr. Edelman currently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Forensic Economics and won the American Association of Individual Investors Award for Best Paper in Investments. As a financial advisor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he is qualified as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress and in numerous jurisdictions in the U.S. district courts, superior court, and circuit courts for the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia area. Dr. Edelman received a Doctor of Business Administration in Financial Economics from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Sottosanti is an attorney with a background in commercial litigation and employment law. She practiced law at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Fisher & Phillips LLP, defending businesses in a variety of litigation matters. She has significant experience in fundraising for charitable organizations, and currently leads the underwriting and sponsorship team for Las Patronas, a San Diego-based nonprofit that has donated over $21 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego. Ms. Sottosanti is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for The Bishop’s School, of which she is an alumna. Ms. Sottosanti previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Conflict Resolution Center and the Board of Trustees for The Children’s School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings School of Law. She has been a member of the California Bar since 1995 and holds a California real estate license.