PINNACLE FIVE

Who are the Pinnacle Five?

As the former senior enlisted leaders of our Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard) we recognize that it is imperative for our children to be well informed to the principles on which our government, and our identity as Americans, are based:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We have backed up our commitment to The Franklin Project and The Step Up America Foundation by becoming Board Members. We encourage you to call and support this outstanding foundation.

Board of Directors

Step Up America Foundation Board of Directors Jake Tilley

CHAIRMAN

Jack Tilley

As the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, he
was the Army Chief of Staff’s personal advisor on enlisted matters, particularly in
areas affecting soldier training and quality of life. He devoted most of his time to traveling throughout the Army observing training and talking with soldiers and their families. He sat on a variety of councils/boards and was routinely invited to testify before Congress. He is the founder of the American Freedom Foundation—a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness of Veteran support organizations, especially those focused on the welfare and educational issues affecting those wounded in action.

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PRESIDENT

John McIntosh

John served our country as a Captain in the Air Force. The Franklin Project concept was created by John and under his leadership the program has become an incredible success. Recognizing that our children and most adults are not educated on the founding documents of our country and thereby missing the importance of patriotism and the meaning of being a good citizen he formed a team to bring Benjamin Franklin & Friends back to life. This endeavor is John’s passion. He is at his best when in a classroom full of children.

Step Up America Foundation Board of Directors AL McMichael

DIRECTOR

Alford McMichael

Served as the 14th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. He was the personal advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps & testified before Congress on the training, quality of life, military compensation & the well-being active duty & reserve Marine Corps personnel & their families. His military career culminated as the first Senior Noncommissioned Officer for Allied Command Operations to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (NATO). He is the Founder/President of 4-DREW, LLC - an organization providing leadership and mentor counseling in schools to help children better understand the need to pursue excellence in all endeavors of life.

Step Up America Foundation Board of Directors Jim Herdt

DIRECTOR

Jim Herdt

Served as the 9th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. His responsibilities included leading programs & policy development for an enlisted force of over 400,000 personnel & serving as the personal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, & Secretary of Defense on all U.S. Navy personnel policies. After retiring from active duty, he founded Herdt Consulting, Inc.- a full-service business transformation consulting company. In addition to serving as full-time CEO, he currently sits on multiple advisory boards,is a leadership development coach, public speaker, & advocate for military service members, Veterans & their families.

Step Up America Foundation Board of Directors Jim Finch

SECRETARY

Jim Finch

Served as the 13th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. He provided direction for nearly 450,000 members of the Air Force enlisted corps & represented their interests, as appropriate, to the American public & to those in all levels of government. He also served as the personal advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force & the Air Force Chief of Staff on issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, proper utilization, & training of the enlisted force. After retiring he co-chaired the Air Force Retiree Council & sat on multiple non-profit boards. Currently, he is a small business owner & performs as a leadership development coach, mentor, & motivational speaker.

Step Up America Foundation Board of Directors Vince Patton

DIRECTOR

Vince Patton

Dr Patton served as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. He was the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard and Secretaries of both Transportation and Defense. After retirement, he was an assistant professor at the University of California Berkeley and became an ordained minister. He is actively involved as a motivational speaker on topics of leadership development, and is currently President of the Non Commissioned Officers Association and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Northeast Maritime Institute.

Step Up America Foundation Board of Directors Bill McCollum

DIRECTOR

Bill McCollum

Bill served our country in the Navy for 23 years. He is a lawyer and was formerly a member of the United States House of Representatives where he founded the U.S. House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and is recognized as an expert on terrorism. Bill is also a former Attorney General of the State of Florida.

Laurence Sanford Step Up America Foundation Treasurer

TREASURER

Laurence Sanford

Laurence Sanford served our country in the Navy and as an officer in the clandestine service of the Central Intelligence Agency. A graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in Finance and Babson College with an MBA. He was an executive in major international companies. Larry also founded and was CEO of a multimillion dollar distribution company.

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