North Peak Partners LLC
Although I didn’t serve in the military, I have several family members who did, and have a great appreciation for the sacrifice they make on behalf of all Americans. After meeting Major Rooney, I was impressed by the clear objective of the Folds of Honor and wanted to become part of the mission. I believe creating an educational legacy for those who serve and their dependents, both changes lives and honors those who make the sacrifice for us.
Millers Forge, Inc.
Through my father, who proudly served in the U.S. Navy, I developed tremendous respect for those who serve our country and protect our freedom. At an early age, he taught me about the sacrifices that a few make on behalf of many. Being one of “the many” has always left me with an uncomfortable feeling. When I heard about the Folds of Honor Foundation, I immediately felt a calling to get involved and begin giving back to those who have given so much.
Reed H. Schnittker, RHU
The Plus Group Texas
Reed is currently the Owner and President of Financial Group also known as The Plus Group Texas a disability insurance marketing organization. He founded the company in 1997 based on his previous success in the financial services industry.
He has and continues to serve on many advisory boards throughout the financial services industry. In addition, for the past 10 years he has committed to working with the Boys and Girls Club, which he currently serves as a board member.
Reed graduated from Kent State University in 1979 with a Marketing Degree. He lives in Plano, Texas with his wife Cindy and enjoys golfing and traveling.
Phil C. Appenzeller, Jr.
Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Phil is an attorney at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. in Dallas. He currently serves as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, with locations in Dallas, Houston and Austin. Phil’s primary practice is complex commercial litigation with an emphasis in Securities and Officer/Director Litigation. Phil served three years of active duty service in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp. Phil left the army in 1996 as a Captain. After 9/11 in 2001, Phil went back to work for the Army in its reserve unit located in Mesquite, Texas. Phil served an additional year as a reserve officer. Phil currently serves as the Vice President of the Mesquite Independent School District’s Board of Trustees. His passion for both the military and education led him to get involved with Folds of Honor. Phil states: “I thought the organization was impressive. I like that it has a clear focus and mission of meeting the needs of family members of our soldiers. I am honored to be a part of Folds of Honor.” Phil currently resides in Mesquite with his wife Rhonda. They have two boys, 19 and 15.
Ralph is the Managing Partner of Stow-Miller Holdings, LP, a Texas-based, captive private investment firm. Ralph is also the President and CEO of Dallas Renovation Group (DRG), a portfolio company headquartered in Plano, Texas with divisions in Dallas, Wichita Falls, and Tyler, Texas. DRG’s divisions include 5-Day Kitchens, ReBath, Castle Doctor and Floor Coverings International. Ralph is a frequent contributor to various construction industry publications, websites, blogs, and journals, in addition to speaking at industry conferences and events.
Mr. Stow holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration (’89) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business from Sam Houston State University (’84).
Mr. Stow was honored as the 2003 Plano “Citizen of the Year”
Mr. Plumer is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for the credit business at Triumph Capital Advisors with over 20 years of leveraged finance experience. Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Plumer was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Commerce Street Investment Management. At Commerce Street, Mr. Plumer managed two structured credit funds. In addition, he worked with institutional clients to develop new products to meet investor needs.
Mr. Plumer previously was a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager with Highland Capital Management, L.P. He served as a member of Highland’s Leveraged Loan Investment Committee. He actively managed a $10 billion portfolio of leveraged loans, high-yield bonds and distressed corporate debt and managed a team of up to 12 investment professionals. Additionally, he raised and managed two multi-strategy credit hedge funds and was the Portfolio Manager for Highland Credit Strategies Fund, a multi-strategy credit closed-end fund listed on the NYSE.
Mr. Plumer has significant bankruptcy and workout experience, having served on numerous creditor and steering committees. He formerly was a High Yield Trader for Lehman Brothers in New York. He began his career at Banc of America (formerly NationsBanc) Capital Markets in the Corporate Finance Group.
Mr. Plumer received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter Holder.
For nearly five years, Trevor Stedke has served as Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Technical Operations, where he provides leadership for the Company’s Aircraft Engineering, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Aircraft Programs, Aircraft Reliability, Maintenance Safety, Maintenance Planning, Aircraft Records, Project Management, Fleet Management, and Powerplant Programs and Planning Departments.
In his time with the Company, Trevor has led major Company initiatives including the conversion of the AirTran Airways 737 fleet to the Southwest brand following the 2011 acquisition, as well as the subsequent conversion and leasing program of 88 AirTran aircraft. His Tech Ops Team has led and managed dozens of aircraft modifications and business process improvements including the creation of the formal Lean/Continuous-Improvement Program at Southwest Airlines, the roll out of inflight WiFi internet connectivity across the fleet, the conversion of the fleet to Southwest’s new Heart brand; and with the upcoming launch of Boeing’s 737 MAX, Trevor’s Team is laying the critical foundation to introduce this new aircraft to the Southwest operation later this year.
Before his time at Southwest, Trevor spent 15 years at FedEx, culminating in his role as the Managing Director of Aircraft Engineering, Planning, and Performance. He received his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in Aviation Engineering/Atmospheric Science, where he also completed United States Marine Corps Officer Training. He went on to earn his Master of Science in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University.
Trevor’s leadership style is defined by this simple quote: Leadership is not self-appointed, by title, organization chart, decree or degree – rather it is EARNED, and earned only through grant by willing followers. Leadership is INFLUENCE… nothing more – nothing less.”
With more than 25 years of investment experience, having overseen approximately $1B in mergers and acquisitions transactions for Suntex, Sun Resorts International and other affiliated entities, Johnny Powers is Suntex CEO and a founding principal. Johnny previously served as Managing Director of Sun Resorts International and President of Sun Resorts Management (with 400 employees), two companies that worked synergistically to acquire, own and manage marinas in the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico for significant cash-flow returns and long-term investor value. Sun Resorts sold most of its asset portfolio and management company to Island Global Yachting, where Johnny served as Executive Vice President. Prior to Sun Resorts, Johnny founded Harvard Property Trust, a Texas-based, private real-estate investment trust that acquired approximately $200M in suburban office buildings in Texas and Minnesota. Johnny earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics and Finance from Southern Methodist University.
Cliff has over twenty five years of experience in corporate finance, and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and the third largest automotive retailer in the country. Prior to joining BHA, he most recently served as the CFO of a private equity backed automotive finance company, after having served as the CFO for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group from October 2008 until the completion of the sale of the company to a strategic buyer in November 2012. Cliff’s background includes extensive experience in accounting, finance, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He received his Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 1991.
Cliff and his wife Sherri joined The Patriot in 2011 while residents in Tulsa, which is when they were first introduced to the Folds of Honor Foundation and were immediately impressed by its mission. Sherri and Cliff currently reside in Westlake, TX and are both avid golfers.