Jack M. Buttine | President
Lieutenant Colonel, USAR
John M. Buttine is President of John Buttine Inc. (JBI), a leading specialist insurance brokerage firm in New York City. While on active duty from 1972 to 1981, Mr. Buttine commanded Infantry and Special Forces units at the company and team level in Europe and Latin America. He was qualified as an Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces officer. He also received the Expert Infantryman, HALO and Master Parachutist Badges. As a Reserve officer from 1981 – 1999, Mr. Buttine served as a Military Police officer in the 800th Military Police Brigade.
Mr. Buttine’s military awards include two Meritorious Service Medal and two Army Commendation Medals. He’s the former President of the West Point Society of New York, and is President of the Armed Forces Reserve Family Assistance Fund. He is also a board member of the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airman’s Club.
Mr. Buttine is a 1972 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a B.S. degree in Engineering. He lives in New York City with his wife. They have two adult children.
David B. Pittaway | Vice President
David B. Pittaway is Senior Managing Director of Castle Harlan, Inc., a private equity investment company, where he has worked since the company’s founding in 1987. Prior to joining Castle Harlan, Mr. Pittaway was Vice President, Strategic Planning, at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc., a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston, Mass., and an attorney specializing in labor relations with the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Mr. Pittaway serves on the Board of Directors of a number of companies including McCormick & Schmick Management Group, Wilshire Restaurant Group, Inc., Equipment Support Services, Inc., Morton’s Restaurant Group, Caribbean Restaurants, LLC and Branford Chain, Inc.
Mr. Pittaway is a graduate of the University of Kansas (B.A. with Highest Distinction), and has both an M.B.A. with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University.
Richard E. Stiek | Assistant Vice-President
United States Military Academy, Class of 1996
Richard E. Stiek is an attorney in Port Washington, New York. After graduating from West Point in 1996, Richard served in Field Artillery Lieutenant at Fort Sill, OK, in USAFATC (US Army Field Artillery Training Center) as Battery XO for one year, before transferring to III ACA, 3/18th FA Battalion. While there, Rick served in various positions from platoon leader / FDO to Assistant S/3. After leaving the Army in 2001, as a First Lieutenant, Richard began graduate studies.
Mr. Stiek obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and earned his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island General MacArthur Memorial fund and sits on the Board of Governors for the West Point Society of New York.
Edward M. Levy | Secretary
Lieutenant Colonel, AUS-Retired
Edward M. Levy is the Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Security – Hudson Advisors. Previous corporate experience as a senior security executive has been with MetLife, Thomson Reuters, Pfizer, CIT Group, and the Empire State Building.
Ed retired from the US Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with over 21-years of service as a Military Police officer, serving in key command and staff positions in the United States and Europe. Mr. Levy’s Army career began as an Army Reserve officer with Company B, 3/321st Infantry Regiment in Brevard, North Carolina.
After fulfilling his Reserve commitment, he was commissioned in the Regular Army. He holds a BS from Western Carolina University and a MPA from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Levy is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Army Command & General Staff College. He also obtained the academic title of Assistant Professor while serving at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
Siomary Melendez | Board Member
Siomary Melendez is an Operational Risk Management Consultant. Previous corporate experience as a security and business continuity management professional has been with Bloomberg L.P., Thomson Reuters, Empire State Building, and Pfizer. She completed her Reserve commitment in 2005.
Ms. Melendez graduated from Boston University with a Master of Science degree in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management.