Major General "JB" Burns
General Burns, a member of The SPECTRUM Group, served for eight years as Vice President for Land and Armaments, BAE, for Marine, Army, Navy, and SOF ground and weapons systems in the UK, USA, Sweden, and South Africa, and in global FMS sales, recently in SWA and LATAM. He devoted 35 years to active Army service in Europe, Korea, SWA, and CONUS. Burns served on active duty as Chief of Staff, Chief of Ops, and Deputy Commanding General for the 750,000 strong FORSCOM through 2004 and as Commanding General of a Joint Task Force in Israel.
A published author and frequent speaker, Burns holds a BS from USMA, West Point, and an MS in ORSA/Management from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of RANGER, Airborne and the US War College.
General Burns draws upon his expansive and distinguished global military experience to provide TRX with strategy, business development, and program support to guide development and deployment of NEON in support of warfighters training and operating in GPS-denied areas.
As a Principal at Catalyst Partners, Mr. Beardsworh helps clients with strategic planning and business development. With over 30 years of strategic and operational expertise in maritime security, maritime domain awareness, border and transportation security, law enforcement, and immigration policy, Mr. Beardsworth served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) transition team and co-led the Presidential Study Directive 1 which combined the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council to create the National Security Staff.
Before Catalyst Partners, Mr. Beardsworth served in a variety of senior positions at the US Department of Homeland Security including: a senior member of the Department’s Transition Team; Chief Operations Officer for the Border & Transportation Security Directorate; Acting Under Secretary for Border & Transportation Security Directorate; and, Assistant Secretary for Strategic Plans where he created a long-range vision for DHS. He also oversaw DHS’ counterterrorism strategic planning, as well as the creation and initial oversight of the Program Management Office for the Secretary’s Secure Border Initiative.
Prior to this, Mr. Beardsworth served in two administrations as the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff, where his primary responsibilities included oceans policy and deployment readiness issues. Before entering civilian government service, Mr. Beardsworth served in the US Coast Guard.
Mr. Beardsworth holds a MBA degree from the University of Colorado and a BS degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Chief Steven T. Edwards
As the Director of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute of the University of Maryland, Chief Edwards oversees the training of 38,000+ students annually at the state's most comprehensive training agency for emergency services.
Previously, Chief Edwards was the Fire Chief of Maryland's Prince George's County Fire Department. During his 25 year tenure, the department received the IAFC Award for Excellence as well as 28 National Association of Counties Awards for Excellence.
During his 40+ year career in fire service, Chief Edwards has received numerous awards and honors, including the Prince George's County Fire Department "Gold Star of Valor" for the rescue of two firefighters at a major fire and explosion and the "Hudiberg" award, the highest honor given by the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA).
Chief Edwards has served as the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), and the Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Committee and the President of the North American Fire Training Directors.
Chief Edwards holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Service Management and a Master's Degree in General Administration from the University of Maryland. He attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government "Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government", and the National Fire Academy.
As an experienced software executive and Internet pioneer, Mr. Koefoot either founded or served as a senior executive with four Internet companies since 1996. Currently, he is the co-founder and CEO of Red Lion Technology, an enterprise software company.
Before Red Lion Technology, Mr. Koefoot was the founding CEO and Publisher of U.S. News Ventures, a branded Internet publishing company funded in part by U.S. News & World Report. Prior to that, he was co-founder and CEO of Five Star Alliance, an eCommerce startup, which became the largest independent booker of luxury hotels worldwide and was sold for over a 10X return to investors in less than 3 years.
Mr. Koefoot served in executive roles at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), including CFO, VP of Business Development, VP of Strategy, VP of Operations and Technology, and VP of Sales. Prior to WPNI, he worked as a financial executive at Ford Motor Company; consulted at Deloitte Consulting; and founded PrimeSource, a startup company which provided financial and strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 clients.
Mr. Koefoot has an engineering degree from M.I.T. and an MBA from the Sloan School at M.I.T.