Chief Executive Officer
With a deep understanding of the industry and DGC International’s most critical missions, Mr. Yorio is instrumental in assisting the firm in delivering a better world through innovative solutions and enhanced productivity and efficiency, while continuing to put client’s complex challenges first.
Joseph Yorio is an accomplished senior executive with experience leading private and public companies in the distribution, logistics, manufacturing and security and defense industries, such as DHL North America, Blackwater Worldwide/Xe Services, NYX Global and School Specialty INC.
Mr. Yorio served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted man and officer, most notably with the 75th Ranger Regiment and multiple Special Forces Groups. He holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Saint Vincent College, an M.S. in Project Leadership and Design from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in Management from Florida Tech University.
Mustafa Zamani founded DGC International as an IT services company to help clients harness the power of innovation to drive change. Mr. Zamani used his visionary and entrepreneurial leadership to shape and refine the organization’s identity as a Global Defense company that provides Logistics, Operations, Training, and Mission Support.
Mr. Zamani has developed and empowered intrapreneurial leaders to successfully grow and manage company operations worldwide.
Giving back and helping others is his personal passion. Mr. Zamani plays a hands-on role in the philanthropic activities of the Zamani Foundation, an institution devoted to engagement, education, employment, and empowerment of youth all over the world.
Mr. Zamani holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and an Executive MBA from Virginia Tech.
Chief Financial Officer
Ketan Fichadia’s extensive financial oversight expertise has helped the firm grow in responsible and sustainable ways.
Prior to becoming DGC International’s CFO, he worked as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies including Bearing Point, Pitney Bowes, and XM Satellite Radio. His internal auditing specialization and expertise for government contractors improved both their performance and bottom line.
Mr. Fichadia holds a bachelor’s
degree in accounting and is also a Certified Public
Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant
Vice President, Business Development
Ayman Bekdash provides exceptional operations and business development services to the firm. Mr. Bekdash spearheaded the company’s ISO 9001:2015 certification; his emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency epitomizes DGC International’s customer-focused ethos.
Since 2011, Ayman has played a pivotal role in DGC International’s global corporate transformations. He was a significant contributor to the set-up and expansion of DGCI operations in South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Mr. Bekdash holds a Bachelor of
Science and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the
University of Rochester. He is also a former Fulbright
Vice President, Logistics
Since 2011, Aziz Doraney has played a major role in transforming DGC International’s global logistics and supply chains. Most notably, Mr. Doraney helped to maintain and expand operations in Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
At DGC International, Mr. Doraney is the company’s lead representative in the CENTCOM and AFRICOM Areas of Responsibility.
Mr. Doraney holds two Bachelor
of Arts degrees in International Studies and Homeland
Security from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Ian Galloway is a Business Development and Management Executive with significant experience in developing and delivering highly innovative solutions in demanding business environments.
At DGC International, he focuses on expanding current services, capturing new business in existing core mission areas, strategic communication, marketing, and risk management processes. Mr. Galloway helped to document and refine supply chain, logistics and program management processes and systems for government, military, and international commercial markets.
Mr. Galloway holds a master’s
degree in History from the University of Edinburgh.
Executive Director, Energy
Colonel Todd Cheney (USAF, Retired) recently ended an outstanding military career that included such diverse positions as the Director, Customer Operations (DLA-Energy); Chief, Joint Petroleum Office (Pentagon); Mission Support Deputy Commander (379thExpeditionary Mission Support Group, Qatar); and Division Chief, Deployment & Distribution Operations Center (United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, IL)
In his current role at DGCI Col. Cheney, provides operational management for contract portfolio valued more than 100 million dollars. In addition, he cultivates new business opportunities, reviews business proposals, and develops strategic plans to increase global energy capacity.
Col. Cheney holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Executive Director, Global Defense
Amanda Jane develops and operationalizes Special Programs to help mitigate global crises for U.S. government agencies, private sector clients, and select foreign governments. Ms. Jane creates security through economic improvements.
Ms. Jane previously advised the US Department of Defense and other USG agencies on community engagement and frontier market strategies in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Africa.
Ms. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia as well as a M.Ed. from Harvard University in Social Policy. She is also a former Presidential Management fellow.
Executive Director, Mission Support
Colonel Wade Owens (USA, Retired) serves as the Executive Director, Mission Support Division for DGCI and is responsible for all business development and program management activities within the Division.
COL Owens is a career US Army Special Forces officer with over 25 years of experience in a variety of operational and staff assignments ranging from Commander of a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha to Deputy Commander of the ISAF Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. Wade’s career culminated as the Chief of Staff of the US Army 1st Special Forces Command. He served in multiple joint and combined organizations and completed multiple combat and operational deployments. COL Owens is well versed in operational planning, training management, exercise development, Foreign Internal Defense, Counter-Insurgency Operations, Unconventional Warfare and Multinational Operations.
COL Owens is a graduate of the Naval College of Command and Staff and the Army War College and holds master's degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Major General (Ret.) Edward M. Reeder Jr. served 35 years in the US Army, including 30 years in uniform as a Special Forces Officer.
Among his many important assignments, Gen. Reeder served as the Commanding General of the US Army Special Forces Command, leading 15,000 Soldiers with a $450 million operating budget. He was responsible for manning, training, equipping, and deploying the elite US Army Green Berets operating in 56 different countries each day.
He also served as the Commanding General of the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Gen. Reeder was responsible for the entry level training of the US Army Special Forces, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs, as well as selected advanced training for the greater US Special Operations community.
Other assignments include:
Gen. Reeder earned a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the US National War College. He is married with three children and two grandchildren.
Milton Bearden served thirty years in the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine services where he became one of the agency’s most senior officers before retiring in 1994. Mr. Bearden was awarded the CIA’s highest decoration, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, for his three years of service in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1980s. During that time, Mr. Bearden led the CIA Covert Action support the Afghan Resistance in their struggle against the Soviet Union.
During Mr. Bearden’s career, he directed the CIA’s clandestine operations in the Soviet Union, served as the CIA Chief in Nigeria and later Khartoum, and ended his career as the CIA Chief in Bonn where he worked with a newly reunified German government. For his service in Germany Mr. Bearden, was honored by the German President with the Federal Cross of Merit, the only such decoration ever given to a CIA Chief in the Federal Republic.
From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Bearden directed the CIA’s clandestine operations against a decaying Soviet Empire. During this period, Mr. Bearden was awarded the CIA’s unique Donovan Award, named after its founder.
Mr. Bearden is the author of The Black Tulip, a novel of war in Afghanistan. He is a contributor to the editorial pages of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and has contributed to Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and The National Journal. He also coauthored “How Did This Happen?” a book on September 11, 2001. Mr. Bearden also served as technical advisor to Robert DeNiro on Meet the Parents, Ronin and The Good Shepherd and worked with director Mike Nichols and producer Tom Hanks on the film Charlie Wilson’s War.
Mr. Bearden served in the United States Air Force with duty in the PACAF. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and of the Yale University Institute of Far Eastern Languages (Mandarin Chinese). He lives in Austin, Texas with his French-born wife, Marie-Catherine, a professor at the University of Texas.
Charles W. Fletcher Jr is a retired Major General. His experience is vast and covers expertise in Risk Mitigation, Project Management, Owner Representation, Construction Management, Development Management, Workplace Strategy Development, Project Accounting, Pre-Construction Due Diligence, Contract Negotiation and Review, Lease Review, Third Party Project Oversight, Information Technology Coordination and Relocation Management.
He also volunteered as the Interim COO for the Wounded Warrior Project. In six months, he led their recovery from a public relations crisis to a return to public confidence. He has more than 8 years of experience in senior management positions in the private sector and over 36 years in a variety of aviation, logistics and operational military assignments. In addition to DGC International, he serves on the Advisory Board of three Veterans Service Organizations.
Mr. Fletcher career is built on technical innovation in logistics operations and a diverse portfolio of mission command training, spectrum engineering, program management, technology integration, and modeling & simulation. Mr. Fletcher has expanded business development, and in his career, has brought in more than a billion dollars of new work. As the Logistics Senior Mentor he advised NATO logistics commands during major training exercises, supported NATO & UN comprehensive operational planning courses, and assisted in the development of next generation NATO logistics C2 systems.
His military career included eight command tours with his final assignment as the Director of Operations & Plans, US Transportation Command. He is an Army rotary-wing aviator with over 2,000 flying hours, logistician with expertise in managing complex supply chains and a program manager with extensive experience in Research & Development. His assignments included planning and then commanding U.S. Army logistics forces during the 2003 Iraq invasion. His previous Middle East assignments include Battalion Command in Desert Storm and test pilot instructor in Iran during the 1978 and 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Mr. Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the United States Military Academy, M.S. Systems Management University of Southern California, and M.A. National Military Strategy National Defense University.
He is married to Dale Anne Fletcher, a retired Army Nurse. They have three children; Charles in Harvard’s Master’s Program in Law & Public Policy, Michael an Army LT in Italy and Marie at Ole Miss.
Donald J. McLamb has his name inscribed on the Gemini Monument, part of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame located in Space View Park, Titusville, Florida. That is a good start to grasp Mr. McLamb’s deep, expensive and stellar reputation in missile and instrument testing, development and management.
Mr. McLamb led teams to develop and operate the world’s most sweeping launch, tracking and control missile ranges. Mr. McLamb built and operated systems that evaluated the U.S. and Russian missile programs, put humans and instruments in space, tested and evaluated undersea warfare systems, and successfully steered the multi-billion-dollar Department of Energy project that built the world’s highest-energy laser instrumentation system for nuclear fusion experimentation.He honed those skills by extensive background leadership in range operations at such facilities as the U.S. Air Force Eastern Test Range, the U.S. Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Beyond the military programs, Mr. McLamb, on a $170 million yearly budget, managed and directed 3,800 personnel engaged in the development, operations, and maintenance of Eastern Space and Missile Center/Eastern Test Range systems and facilities. Mr. McLamb’s wide-ranging expertise include technical and administrative management of engineering, drafting the Shops and Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory for the design and support of operations for the Eastern Space and Missile Center instrumentation systems. This was also used for engineering support of the Space Shuttle and all Range Contractor efforts. Mr. McLamb was on the major projects for the Trident Missile Tracking Instrumentation System and Cobra Judy, a platform for collection of performance data on non-US missile programs.
Mr. McLamb directed major modifications to radar, telemetry, and data systems at Cape Canaveral AFS; Patrick AFB; Grand Bahamas, Grand Turk, Antigua, Ascension Islands, and Kennedy Space Center. Mr. McLamb is responsible for several publications including the “Acquisition of S-band Telemetry Data During Spacecraft Launch Phase,” presented at the Fourth Space Congress, April 1967 and “Eastern Space and Missile Center Capability” presented at the AMA Second Flight Test Conference, November 1983 (co-author S.R. Clark). He also is the co-inventor and holder of patents on RF Power Amplifiers: - No. 2,925,477 and 2,981,896.
Mr. McLamb received a Master of Business Administration with Data Processing Option and a Master of Science in Space Technology from Florida Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.
DGCI was founded to harness innovation and drive social change. I believe there is no limit to what DGCI can achieve. We look forward to many years of dynamic philanthropy around world – fueled by corporate growth, expanded professional services, and additional staff development opportunities.Mustafa Zamani