Strategic Advisory Board


Nicholas E. Calio
Strategic Advisory Board

Nicholas “Nick” E. Calio is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Centerra. Nick is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading airlines, whose members and affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. Mr. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that drives more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and nearly 10 million U.S. jobs.

Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs and a member of its Senior Leadership Committee. He was responsible for the company’s government affairs globally, including U.S. federal and state government relations, and international government relations.

Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Calio served President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs from January 2001 to January 2003. As the president’s principal liaison to Congress, Mr. Calio worked closely with the leadership and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and had the primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House strategy on all legislative issues. He held the same position during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Prior to joining the Bush administration, Mr. Calio was a partner at O'Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm he co-founded in 1993. A 1998 Fortune Magazine survey of Members of Congress, congressional staff, administration staff and Washington lobbyists rated the firm as one of “the ten most powerful” in Washington. Mr. Calio started the firm after leaving the first Bush administration.

Mr. Calio is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University; the Board of Directors of RTCA, Inc.; the Wolf Trap Foundation; the U.S. Capitol Historical Society; and the First Tee of Washington, D.C.

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James L. Long, III
Strategic Advisory Board

James “Jim” Long, III is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Centerra. Prior to this role he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1993 to 2007.

Mr. Long’s career spans over 47 years of service to the U.S. government as a military officer. He also oversaw contracted services at key government locations. During Mr. Long’s 14 year tenure as CEO, the company’s annual business volume grew from $150 million to $724 million with profits growing at a 19% compound annual growth rate.

Mr. Long served over 21 years in the U.S. Army and commanded infantry and military police units in the U.S. and overseas, with combat service in Vietnam and Grenada. Upon leaving military service, he served as Security Force Department Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex Plant, a nuclear weapons manufacturing facility in Texas, and then as the General Manager of Protection Technology Idaho, responsible for securing the Energy Department’s Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

In 1991, Mr. Long joined Wackenhut Services, Inc. (WSI) as Senior Vice President and assumed duties as General Manager of WSI operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. In 1993, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of WSI with responsibility for the Company’s worldwide operations.

Mr. Long has served on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Historical Foundation, Wackenhut Services LLC, Wackenhut Aviation LLC, and Space Gateway Support LLC — a joint venture between Northrop Grumman and Wackenhut Services, Inc., responsible for facilities operation and maintenance at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Mr. Long has an M.A. degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University and a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology and Secondary Education, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Tampa.

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David W. Swindle, Jr., P.E.
Strategic Advisory Board

David “Dave” Swindle is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Centerra.

Currently, Mr. Swindle is the Group EVP for International & Special Projects at AECOM (as part of the merged entity of URS and AECOM which was fully integrated as of January 2015).

Mr. Swindle has more than 35 years direct experience with program and acquisition management, including profit and loss responsibility for defense, aerospace, national and homeland security, intelligence, contingency operations, logistics, and nuclear industries.

From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Swindle was appointed by the Secretary of the Army to the Army Science Board, specializing in project management and acquisition program transformation and management. In addition, he has served for 20 years on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Advisory Board.

Mr. Swindle has also served in advisory capacities to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical, Nuclear and Biological Programs, and has chaired the Critical Infrastructure Protection Strategy Review Group for the Office of Homeland Security’s Senior Director for Preparedness and Prevention, and served as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Office of Homeland Security (OHS)/National Security Council’s Select Review Group for Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)/Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) Preparedness.

Mr. Swindle is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the US Department of Energy and the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Secretary of the Army for service with the Army Science Board. In addition, he has served since 2009 as the senior technical advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Department of Safeguards, Department of Management, and Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications on Major Projects.

Dave is a registered Professional Engineer in seven states. He has a B. S. Degree in Engineering Science from Tennessee Technological University, a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and an M.B.A. in Industrial Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. He has active Security Clearances in both the US and the UK.

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