Ed is the first “independent” member of the Foundation board, and his business insight is extremely valuable. He is President of Laguna Strategic Advisors, a California-based management consulting firm. Before that, he served for 40 years with Marriott Corporation, the last 22 years as President and Managing Director of International Lodging for Marriott Corporation. Ed is a renowned author and speaker, and he is involved in a large number of educational, civic, business, and professional organizations and associations. He has received worldwide recognition for his professional contributions and achievements in the hospitality industry. Ed served as a Captain in the US Army and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for assignments in Vietnam and Germany.