Ms. Antenucci is a Senior Managing Director and leads Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace • Defense • Government practice - a leading global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. Antenucci has two decades of investment banking experience, including M&A, financing, and valuation. She has worked on the buyside and the sellside for an array of Fortune 500 and international companies, small-caps, entrepreneurs, and private equity owners. Her clients have included most of the world’s leading aerospace/defense contractors. Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Antenucci served as the Co-President and Managing Director of Quarterdeck Investment Partners, a boutique M&A advisor to the aerospace, defense, and government services industries. With degrees from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and Northwestern University, Antenucci is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation, the Board of the National Guard Youth Foundation, and CSBA. Antenucci is based in the firm’s Washington DC office.
Devon Cross is Director of The Policy Forum on International Affairs and has extensive experience in funding research on foreign policy issues having served as Director of Research at Smith Richardson Foundation, President of The Donner Canadian Foundation, and Director of The Gilder Foundation. Ms. Cross serves on the boards of The Peter Munk Charitable Foundation, Intelligence Squared/US, and the Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins SAIS National Security Studies Program, and served on the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board from 2001-2009. Her Washington experience included stints at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Carnegie Endowment, and the International Security Studies Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She studied at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and received her BA from Bryn Mawr College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Admiral Davidson retired from the U.S. Navy in 2021, following a highly distinguished 39-year military career, which culminated in his service as the 25th Commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) from May 2018 through April 2021. USINDOPACOM is the oldest and largest U.S. combatant command, including 380,000 soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, coast guardsmen, and Department of Defense civilians.
Admiral Davidson has served as a surface warfare officer in frigates, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers, and was commander of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. He was previously the commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in his first 4-star assignment, the commander of U.S. SIXTH Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO as a 3-star, and among other joint, interagency and fleet headquarters assignments, served in the State Department, and in the Office of the Vice President as the Navy’s military aide to the Vice President of the United States. Admiral Davidson’s decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” a Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State, and other personal, service, unit, and campaign awards. He is is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Former U.S. Representative J. Randy Forbes is the Naval War College Foundation Senior Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
As a Senior Distinguished Fellow, Forbes shares with students and faculty his perspective on topics such as maritime strategy, naval policy, civil-military relations, and the role of Congress in national security affairs. Forbes joined the Naval War College faculty in January 2017 after representing the Hampton Roads region for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
While in Congress, Forbes served as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness from 2011-2013, Forbes was responsible for setting readiness policy and authorizing funding for operations and maintenance, training, military construction, and munitions procurement. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces from 2013-2017, Forbes oversaw Navy policy, shipbuilding programs, and weapons procurement, along with elements of naval aviation and the Air Force’s long-range bomber, tanker, and airlift aircraft.
As Subcommittee Chairman and Co-Chair of the Congressional Navy-Marine Corps Caucus, Forbes was widely recognized as the leading authority in Congress on naval issues and as a vocal advocate for the sea services and our men and women in uniform. Throughout his 8 terms in Congress, he was at the forefront of efforts to foster strategic thinking about threats to our national security, lift the threat of defense sequestration, restore military readiness, achieve savings and acquisition reform, and build the Navy,
Marine Corps, and other military forces needed for national defense. In addition to naval issues, Forbes was a leading voice on U.S. security policy towards the Asia-Pacific region. After visiting China in 2005, Forbes founded the Congressional China Caucus to call attention to China’s growing military and economic power and raise awareness among Members of Congress and the public about its implications for the United States. In subsequent years, Forbes chaired a special series of Asia-Pacific oversight hearings and introduced numerous pieces of legislation focused on the region.
In recognition of his work in Congress, Forbes was hailed by the Chief of Naval Operations as “the wind in our strategic sails” and endorsed by seven former Secretaries of the Navy.
He has been recognized with more than a dozen awards for his maritime leadership, including the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the Navy League's “Outstanding Civilian Leadership” and “Teddy Roosevelt ‘Big Stick’” Awards.
Prior to his service in Congress, Forbes served in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, and was an attorney in private practice. A lifelong resident of Chesapeake, Virginia, Forbes is married to Shirley and has four children. Forbes received his B.A. in Political Science from Randolph-Macon College (graduating valedictorian) and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. He is a frequent speaker on national defense issues and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The Diplomat, Real Clear Defense, and the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute.
Adam B. Frankel is a Senior Managing Director and General Counsel.
Prior to serving Evercore in 2006 - 2017, from 2003 to 2006, Mr. Frankel was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., a leading owner and operator of short line and regional freight railroads in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Bolivia. Mr. Frankel was also responsible for matters related to human resources and government affairs. Mr. Frankel worked from 1999 until 2003 as a corporate and transactions attorney in the office of the general counsel at Ford Motor Company. From 1995 until 1999, Mr. Frankel was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London and New York.
Mr. Frankel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a trustee at the Sesame Workshop. He has a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Barbara Humpton serves as Chief Executive Officer of Siemens USA, using its global leadership in engineering and technology innovation to meet America's toughest challenges, delivering solutions for industry, hospitals, utilities, cities, and manufacturers: from efficient power generation, to digital factories and oil and gas fields, to medical diagnostics, to locomotives, to next-generation software used in every phase of product development.
Prior to joining Siemens USA, Humpton served as President and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., a Federally-compliant U.S. organization structured to support government initiatives, as well as Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.
Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Mathematics. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband David.
General Jack Keane is president, GSI Consulting. He serves as chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and the Knollwood Foundation, executive chairman of AM General and is a director of General Dynamics, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the Smith Richardson Foundation, a member of the Commission on National Defense Strategy selected by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, Senator John McCain, and a former and recent member, for 9 years, of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board. General Keane is also a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University, and an advisor to the George C. Marshall Foundation.
General Keane, a four-star general, completed over 37 years of public service in December 2003, culminating in his appointment as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army. General Keane appears before Congress regularly, offering testimony on matters of foreign policy and national security. He serves as the senior military analyst for Fox News and speaks throughout the country on leadership and national security. General Keane is a career infantry paratrooper, a combat veteran of Vietnam, decorated for valor, who spent much of his military life in operational commands where he commanded the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the legendary 18th Airborne Corps, the Army’s largest war fighting organization.
General Keane graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree and received a Master of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College.
General Paul Selva retired from the United States Air Force in July of 2019 after 39 years of service. He is an aviator whose operational assignments culminated with command of Air Mobility Command and subsequently United States Transportation Command. Immediately prior to his retirement General Selva served as the tenth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is an advisor to the Sierra Nevada Corporation, serves as a director for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and as a trustee for the Aerospace Corporation.
General Selva graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering and holds Master of Science degrees from Abilene Christian University in Management and Human Relations and Auburn University in Political Science. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and served on the first Secretary of Defense Strategic Studies Group.
Laurence Zuriff is the founder and CFO of Xometry, an advanced manufacturing company founded in 2013 and has a 20 year career managing money in the US public equity markets.
Mr. Zuriff currently chairs the International Economics Working Group of the John Hay Initiative and is a board member of the Alexander Hamilton Society.
Mr. Zuriff holds a B.A. degree from Brown University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.