Advisory Board

John A. Allison IV
John Allison was president and CEO of the Cato Institute from 2012 to 2015. Before that, he was chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation. Allison is a best-selling author, and former Distinguished Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University School of Business, and has received many awards and honorary degrees for leadership and achievements in scholarship and business.

Chris Ballenger
Chris Ballenger is an executive with nearly 30 years of experience in successfully doing business with the US Government and the founder and CEO of Apex Strategies. Ballenger has special expertise in marketing to U.S. Government agencies including business development, sales, government relations and contract management. He has proven ability in developing and managing programs, projects, building, buying, and selling companies successfully and profitably. He is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

William A. Longbrake
Bill Longbrake has extensive experience in finance, investments, macroeconomics, monetary policy, risk management, housing, and public policy. He has served in business, academic and government organizations. Longbrake serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards. Prior to retirement, he was CFO for Washington Mutual and served in senior positions at the Comptroller of the Currency and the FDIC. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a Governance Fellow. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the Evans School of Public Policy, University of Washington. Longbrake currently writes a monthly economic newsletter, the “Longbrake Letter,” which is distributed by the Center for Financial Policy of the University of Maryland through the “Brain Trust,” which has over 60,000. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award from the Robert H. Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland where he received his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in finance.

Nick Peterson
Nick Peterson is a Wealth Management Advisor and Senior Vice President with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Named multiple-time Forbes “Best-In-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” list, his team manages over $1 billion in assets focusing on advising closely held businesses and nonprofit organizations. Peterson, a graduate of the Smith School of Business played football for the Terps. His involvement with the Ed Snider Center has spanned multiple years providing education on personal financial literacy to high school students in the SELF and WILL programs. Peterson currently sits on the board of Prince George’s County Crime Solvers and lends his time to other local civic organizations.

Jennifer Schubert-Akin
Jennifer Schubert-Akin is Chairman & CEO of The Steamboat Institute, promoting America’s first principles and inspiring active involvement in the defense of liberty. Schubert-Akin serves on a variety of Advisory Boards and Committees, participates in many local community activities, and is actively involved in philanthropic efforts for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jamie Snider
Jamie Snider is the Co-President of UNIT Solutions, the pre-eminent non-lethal training solutions provider for law enforcement and military worldwide. Prior to UNIT he was Chief Operating Officer of Codalytics, a software development analytics firm providing data-driven insights to firms such as Open Table and Lynda (acquired by LinkedIn); and he ran operations and business development for, an online one-to-many video chat service utilized by NBC Universal, Viacom, and ABC. Snider is Chairman of the Investment Committee of The Snider Foundation, a non-profit focused on American Values, Jewish Culture and Survival, and Community Engagement. A graduate of the Robert H Smith School of Business, Snider resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.

Tina Snider
Tina Snider is president and CEO of the Tina Snider Foundation. As an entrepreneur, Snider approaches philanthropy with the same mindset. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Advisors for the Benson Center at the University of Colorado, serves on the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is active in her community of Gloucester, MA. When she is not working/thinking about world betterment and change, she loves traveling, spending time with her three adult children, and her pets.

David Welch
David Welch is a well-rounded leader with more than 35 years of broad functional experience including financial, legal, marketing, and operational expertise. Welch has owned, managed and sold multiple construction companies. He is currently launching a new land development company in the DMV area. He is an intuitive leader who works to streamline operations while developing cost-effective processes. Welch strives to bring out the best in every company by bringing out the best in each company’s employees. Welch, a Smith alum, began his affiliation with the Ed Snider Center as an executive fellow.

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