Martha has been with Ford’s Product Development for 31 years, advancing to various management positions within the company. Early in her career, she designed and released components and systems within Chassis and Electrical on multiple vehicle lines. As a manager, she developed and honed her teambuilding and leadership skills in Powertrain Cooling, Heat Management, Aero and Climate Control Systems as well as Body Interior Integration over the last 18 years. Martha received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master’s of Science in Electronic and Computer Control Systems from Wayne State University. She is a lifelong Detroit area resident and she has 2 children, Elizabeth and Matthew.
Col. Jack Jacobs
During his multiple tours of duty in Vietnam, Col. Jacobs was awarded three Bronze stars, two Silver stars, two Purple Hearts, and the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. His Colby Award-winning memoir, “If Not Now, When,” was published by Penguin in 2008. He currently holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serves as a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC.
Col. Jacobs was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of AutoFinance Group, and is currently a principal in the Fitzroy Group of London. He is Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and serves on the Board of the National World War II Museum. Col. Jacobs also serves on the Board of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which aids the families of troops and law enforcement officers killed in action.
Bob Zito has more than 30 years’ experience as a brand communications and advertising and public relations executive in the sports, financial, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries. As the Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, Bob built the NYSE’s brand into one of the most respected in the world. He is best known for bringing television to the NYSE trading floor, and creating the daily “must-see” events of high-powered newsmakers ringing the opening and closing bells, creating global visibility for NYSE-listed companies and member firms. As Sony’s Vice President of corporate communications, he helped rebrand the company as a global entertainment leader following Sony’s acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures.
Bob served as the Chairman of the Board for Pcubed, a global project and program management consultancy, serves as Vice Chairman of the FDNY Foundation, and serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Cento Amici. He was also responsible for the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundations. In 1998 he started the NYSE Fallen Heroes Fund, and in 1991, the Zito Family Scholarships at St. Peter’s Prep. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. A 1998 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Bob continues to be a guest lecturer at Rutgers University.
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