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Our cross-functional platform brings our clients, partners, and ventures together to deliver long-term value. We bring unparalleled passion to all we serve — from ensuring Fortune 500 clients remain relevant to partnering with budding entrepreneurs as active angel investors.

Partnering with Tsamoutales Strategies means joining industry experts, entrepreneurs, sector specialists, founders, and nationally acclaimed in-house strategists. Our team of Advisors has been instrumental throughout history, from electing and serving Presidents to acting as sales intermediaries on highly complex business transactions. We will strive to expand your business strategically and financially, just as we have led successful clinical trials that save lives, negotiated settlements under litigious circumstances, managed over 26 million square feet of public building spaces, and support more than 6 billion daily mobile transactions. Our relational capital can expand your portfolio so your business will dominate and grow.

“Don’t push yourself to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.”
Philippians 2:3

Leadership

Frank N. Tsamoutales

Founder & CEO

General John F. Kelly

Advisor

Kevin Madden

Advisor

Milan M. Ozdinec

Advisor

Emmitt Rodriguez

Advisor

Stephen M. Studdert

Advisor

David A. Vargas

MSA, Advisor

Dr. James Yankaskas

Advisor

Leadership

Mr. Tsamoutales founded Tsamoutales Strategies continuing a long and distinguished career at the intersection of business and government. Known for solving the problems that keep leaders up at night, Frank's strategic thinking skills are recognized as some of the most effective in the global consulting community.

The firm has advised many of America's most recognizable and trusted Fortune 500 companies such as Wal-Mart, Honeywell International, Inc., ABM Industries, Caesars Entertainment, L3 Harris, International Speedway Corporation, Covanta Energy, Black & Veatch, GI Partners, OptumServe, SAP, SitelogIQ, Inc., EQT, Washington Nationals Baseball Club and the Florida Marlins. The firm has led sales of over $15 billion in the public sector.

The firm has guided successful sales efforts for clients at nearly every major airport in the United States, negotiated complex settlements with state and federal agencies, engineered passage of favorable tax policy, and has been instrumental in negotiating some of the largest energy-related and infrastructure contracts in our nation's history. The firm excels in providing government relations and business development services on an outsourced basis to private equity owned companies.

Frank has also been active in international democracy-building. In 1990, he served as an election observer in Hungary's first free election since 1945. He was also the only non-Polish Advisor to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa's successful presidential campaign in Poland. He served as Chief of Staff to the President of the Foundation for Free Markets and has led delegations of U.S. business leaders to Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Frank has successfully negotiated privatization agreements in transportation, maritime, and aviation in then-Eastern Europe.

Frank was an early supporter and member of the Finance Committees for numerous campaigns serving as National Finance Co-Chairman for Bush-Quayle in 1988, Bush-Cheney and the successful gubernatorial campaigns in Florida for both Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez. He was appointed by Jeb Bush, the-then Florida Secretary of Commerce to the Florida Department of Commerce Economic Development Commission.

Frank was also a State Finance Chairman for Congressman Dan Webster, Florida Finance Chairman and National Finance Co-Chairman for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's 2008 campaign for President as well as the successful Marco Rubio for US Senate campaign. Frank was an early supporter of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, beginning with his successful campaign for the 6th congressional district of Florida. Most recently, Frank served on the finance committee for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s campaign.

Tsamoutales Strategies provided campaign management for Senator John Boozman’s re-election campaign for U.S. Senate and Tom Cotton’s successful bid for U.S. Senate and led the bi-partisan political activities for the ONE Foundation which was founded by rock star Bono, along with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet.

Frank is currently Chairman of the Board for the Orthodox Christian Network and serves on the Board of Directors for Transformative Healthcare, Blue Stream Fiber and FreedomWorks. He also is on the Advisory Board of Turning Point USA and a Trustee of both the VanderCook School of Music and the Riverside Theatre’s Distinguished Lecturer Series Committee. Frank and his wife remain active in charitable giving and fundraising, most notably the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Frank and his wife, the former Kim Hill of Orlando, currently reside in Vero Beach, Florida and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They are the proud grandparents of seven adorable children.

General Kelly served as the Commander, United States Southern Command, Miami, FL, from November 2012 until January 2016. He recently retired from active duty after 45+ years of service to the nation as a United States Marine—both as an enlisted infantryman and infantry officer—on 1 February 2016.

Born and raised in Boston, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970. He was released from active duty as a sergeant of infantry in 1972. Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts (Boston) in 1975, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and assigned an infantry occupational specialty. In addition to attaining an MA degree from Georgetown University in National Security Affairs (1984), and an MS from the National Defense University in National Security (1995), his formal military education includes The Basic School (1976), the U.S. Army’s Advanced Infantry Officer’s Course (1981), the Marine Corp’s Command & Staff College (1991) and School for Advance Warfighting (1992), the National War College (1995), Capstone (2004), Joint Force Land Component Commander Course (2006), and Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course (2007).

In his many assignments to the Fleet Marine Force as a company and field grade officer, General Kelly qualified in various infantry battalion staff assignments as well as commanding a number of infantry platoons and companies. He also commanded the 1st Light Armored Vehicle Battalion (LAR), Camp Pendleton, CA, as a major and lieutenant colonel. Finally, during formative years he was a proud “sea going” Marine serving aboard the aircraft carriers Forrestal and Independence (1979-1980).

General Kelly was also a trainer and an educator at The Basic School, Quantico, VA, first as the head of the Offensive Tactics Section, Tactics Group, and later as the Director of the Infantry Officer Course (1987-1990). After three years of instructing, shaping and mentoring some of the very finest young men and women this country produces to be Marine Officers, he then attended the Marine Corps Command & Staff College and the School for Advanced Warfare, both located at Quantico (1990-1992).

After completing two years in command of 1st LAR (1992-1994) and duty under instruction at the National War College, he was selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to serve as his personal liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Hill (1995-1999). Promoted to colonel while on the Hill he next served on joint duty as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander (Generals Clarke & Ralston), Europe, Mons, Belgium.

Returning to the U.S in 2001 he was assigned to a third tour of duty at Camp Lejeune, now as the Assistant Chief of Staff for operations (G-3) with the 2nd Marine Division. Then the Trade Towers and pentagon were attacked. Selected for brigadier general that year he was transferred for duty with the 1st Marine Division as the assistant division commander assisting the commanding general in preparing the unit for the war we knew was coming. The majority of the two years with the division (2002-2004) was spent fighting in Iraq most notably participating in the “March Up” to Baghdad, then as Commander, “Task Force Tripoli,” that liberated the Baghdad – Tikrit – Baiji corridor of operations, then back with the division main executing counterinsurgency operations in al Anbar Province including the cities of Fallujah, Ramadi, Hit, Rawah, and al Qaim.

Returning home from the war zone General Kelly was assigned duties as the Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Deputy Assistant Legislative Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy (2004-2007). During this time in the pentagon General Kelly was promoted to major general and returned to Camp Pendleton, CA. He now assumed duties as the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) deploying back to Iraq in early 2008 for a 12+ month tour in the west (al Anbar and western Ninewa Provinces). Almost immediately after his return in 2009 General Kelly was nominated, confirmed by the senate, and promoted to lieutenant general. He was privileged to take command of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, New Orleans, LA (2009-2011). A second assignment as a lieutenant general brought him back to the pentagon as the Senior Military Assistant to Defense Secretaries Gates and Panetta until October 2012. Again, confirmed for promotion he was subsequently promoted to the rank of general assuming command of United States Southern Command on November 19, 2012. General Kelly relinquished command on 12 January 2016 and transferred to the retired list on 1 February.

On 20 January 2017, having been previously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position, he assumed duties as the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security. On 31 July 2017 Secretary Kelly was asked by the president to assume the duties of the White House Chief-of-Staff, a position he held until January 2019.

Kevin Madden is an Advisor at Tsamoutales Strategies. He has been a global innovator in the control, energy, and services industry for over three decades and is recognized as a passionate sales leader that focuses on people to drive culture to positive results.

Most recently, Kevin served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the private equity owned start-up, SitelogIQ, pulling nine different organizations together into one, creating a full-service facility planning, design and management company that serves over 11,000 customer sites for a total construction project value of $5 billion, and an energy and operational savings of $1 billion. During Kevin’s tenure and at the height of the pandemic, he guided a successful and profitable sale of the company to a larger private equity firm.

Kevin worked for Honeywell for over 33 years in various senior leadership roles, including Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Kevin was instrumental in creating and growing Honeywell’s Federal business unit and served as Vice President/General Manager, Managing Director of the Energy Services Group, responsible for delivering 5,000 energy savings performance contracts and $4.8 billion in savings to public sector clients. During his last ten years, Kevin participated in the CEO and Chairman’s Conference, limited to only the top Honeywell executives. He received Honeywell’s most prestigious Lund Award, which recognizes the top five leaders in Leadership/People Development Excellence.

He has been a recipient of several prestigious sales and leadership awards and has served as a visionary for creating customer-centric business transformations. Kevin is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker around topics that include sales, leadership and creating a positive culture. His philosophy is also noted in a variety of magazines and sales-related books.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia where he received a full baseball scholarship and was captain of the Cavaliers during his Junior and Senior years. He is a graduate of the Advanced Managers Program and Advanced Directors Program from Harvard University and has served on several boards.

Kevin and his wife of 36 years, Kay Madden, currently reside in South Carolina and are the proud parents of four children and many grandchildren.

Mr. Ozdinec is an Advisor at Tsamoutales Strategies. He is a recently retired member of HUD’s Senior Executive Service where he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs. In this capacity Mr. Ozdinec was responsible for the largest subsidy programs in the country, including the Housing Choice Voucher Program. With over $17 billion in annual outlays, Mr. Ozdinec oversaw more than fifty percent of the entire department's budget serving over 2 million low-income Americans. In addition, during his tenure, Mr. Ozdinec served in two other critical Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) positions participating in high visibility projects at HUD with increased levels of responsibility.

From the reformation and revitalization of distressed public housing neighborhoods to the development of financial management and program management systems, Mr. Ozdinec was responsible for leading work that was critical to HUDs mission to increase homeownership, promote decent affordable housing, and strengthen communities. Notable achievements under his leadership include the successful implementation of HUD’s flagship public housing revitalization effort, the HOPE VI Program. Mr. Ozdinec also successfully implemented the Section 8 core book of business while creating new and improved housing conditions for low-income families. During his tenure, and in coordination with FEMA, Mr. Ozdinec led a dynamic team to rapidly implement a disaster housing voucher program for hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Gustav.

Mr. Ozdinec has received numerous HUD and industry awards including a Presidential Distinguished Executive Award as well as an Innovations in Government Award for the HOPE VI Program. In 1998, he was selected by Harvard University to Serve as a Loeb Fellow.

Milan M. Ozdinec began his career with the Bethlehem Housing Authority as a Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Coordinator, restoring 100 distressed rental units in the City of Bethlehem and placing them under a 15-year contract in the Section 8 Program. Mr. Ozdinec continued his work in the Section 8 program as a Housing Management Specialist in the HUD Region III Office as he expanded his responsibility as the Regional Modernization Coordinator overseeing the modernization of public housing within Region III. After moving to HUD Headquarters Mr. Ozdinec was assigned the responsibility of the newly appropriated and authorized Urban Revitalization Program (HOPE VI) where he ultimately became Director.

Mr. Ozdinec holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Emmitt Rodriguez is an Advisor at Tsamoutales Strategies. Emmitt is a distinguished 35-year logistics and acquisition veteran with the Department of Army Civilian. In that time, he has held key leadership positions, culminating his career as the Director for Logistics in the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft.

Key leadership position throughout his tenure include:

  • Chairman, Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) CLS Source Selection and Evaluation Board
  • Chief of Staff, Army Materiel Command Responsible Reset Task Force (Kuwait)
  • Chief of Operations (G3), U.S. Army Program Executive Office – Aviation
  • Director, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Aviation Resource Assessment and Analysis Directorate
  • Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Aviation Reset Program
  • Director for Maintenance, U.S. Army - Europe G4
  • Case Manager, U.S Army Security Assistance Directorate, Royal Netherlands Air Force AH-64A/D Helicopter Training Program
  • U.S. Army Liaison, Dutch Ministry of Defense for AH-64D Apache Helicopter Training and Training Systems Development
  • Chairman, U.S. Army Aviation Command RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter T-800 Turbine Engine Source Selection and Evaluation Board
  • Deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Provide Comfort (Turkey), Stabilization Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR), Operation Kosovo Force (KFOR), and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Emmitt's greatest accomplishment begin with being married to Debra for nearly 40 years, a recently retired Department of Army Civilian. They have two sons, Justin and Brandon. Justin is the Director of Software Architecture at Workiva Inc. Brandon is a Commercial Pilot (Piedmont Airlines), a Medical Services Officer, and UH-60 Pilot in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Emmitt has been a warded a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College; Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics from St Louis University and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Belleville Area College. Additionally, he is a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps with a Level III Certification in Acquisition Logistics, Federal Aviation Administration Certified Airframe and Powerplant Technician, and holds a Top Secret security clearance.

As hobbies, Emmitt competes in the World Karting Association where he earned the title of 2017 National Champion and enjoys all aspects of home construction, having built several homes for family and friends.

Stephen M. Studdert has a distinguished professional career and a long record of public service and is currently Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Tsamoutales Strategies. A corporate executive and former senior White House Advisor to Presidents, he has a demonstrated background of proven leadership at the corporate, national and international levels.

He has devoted recent years in working with executives and boards of governance in businesses, associations, organizations, and law firms to provide vision, strategy, messaging, and crisis management – especially international crisis management – to solve unique
and complex internal and external challenges. He is a clear, strategic thinker with a diverse and broad policy background, with extensive engagement in Middle East, Asia, Central America and Europe, especially post-conflict reconstruction and personnel/asset extrication in Iraq and Russia.

He is founder of Mantford Advisors, providing strategy and discreet counsel to individuals and businesses, and especially regarding federal government issues and doing business in frontier economies. and founder of i3 Technologies. He also founded a commercial bank and has many corporate board directorships. He helped create the FORTUNE 500 Forum for senior executives and participated in TIME magazine’s leaders’ world news-tour. He is author of America in Danger.

Mr. Studdert served as a White House advisor to U.S. Presidents George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford, and represented U.S. Presidents in diplomatic assignments to over one hundred nations. By presidential appointment he served on the President’s Export Council, the Export Advisory Now Council, and the Foreign Trade Practices and Negotiations Subcommittee, and as a United States Delegate to the United Nations Energy Conference in Africa, to the United States Delegation to the 40th NATO Summit, and to the funeral of Emperor Hirohito of Japan. He was appointed Federal Home Loan Bank Chairman in the Clinton Administration.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the Balkans, he has been involved in helping developing democracies and in humanitarian efforts including leading the largest non-governmental emergency team after Haiti’s earthquake. He has directed post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Kurdistan. He directed the 1989 Presidential Inaugural, served as Advisor to the 1981 and 1985 Presidential Inaugurals, and provided counsel to the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugurals. He serves as an advisor to the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and is active in international religious liberty issues.

A strong advocate of affordable housing, he headed the national Native American Housing Initiative. He chaired the Housing and Community Development efforts of a $44 billion Federal Home Loan Bank, where he served as its Chairman. He was elected by his peers to chair the Federal Home Loan Bank System Council of Chairs.

His many civic responsibilities have included service as chair of the Utah Statehood Centennial Commission and chair of This is the Place Foundation. He serves as chairman of the George Washington Center for Freedom and Understanding. He was national co-chair of the New American Revolution, a foundation for helping youth in need. He has been a youth baseball coach and Scoutmaster, and serves on the Executive Committee of Scouting’s Utah National Parks Council. His four sons are Eagle Scouts.

Mr. Studdert is a graduate of Brigham Young University, a former elected City Council member, and a past Jaycee President. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the National Guard Minuteman Award, the People of Vision award, the Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture Award, and the citizen Distinguished Service Medal from the United States Army. He served on the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University, from which he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate.

He and his wife Bonnie have six children.

Mr. Vargas is an Advisor at Tsamoutales Strategies. He is a recently retired Meritorious Executive and a former career member of the Senior Executive Service at HUD, OPM and GSA. Mr. Vargas was Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) at HUD where his responsibilities included the independent assessment of the physical and financial condition of over 33,000 properties and 2.2 million units of assisted housing. In addition, he was responsible for the management of all development and maintenance of web-based information technology applications and business intelligence for the assisted housing business segment.

At OPM, he has served in multiple positions as Associate Chief Information Officer, Acting Deputy CIO, Acting CIO, and Director of HR Information Technology Transformation where he led OPM’s initiative to develop a strategic approach for using information technology to support human capital initiatives in the Federal government. His work at OPM on a prototype federal employee digital record resulted in his recognition as a Fed 100 award recipient.

Mr. Vargas’s 22-year tenure at HUD included leadership positions with responsibility for policy development, strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Housing Choice Voucher, the largest assisted housing program in the nation assisting over 2.2 million families nationwide. He also had direct responsibility for HUD’s disaster response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Gustav. Prior to working with the Section 8 program, he was Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. In this capacity, he was responsible for all activities related to the Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Program (RHIIPs) charged with reducing improper payments for which he received the prestigious Presidential Rank Award.

Mr. Vargas holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University. He is a licensed as a CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Before he became one of the world's leading physicians for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, Jim Yankaskas was an MIT-trained engineer at Sikorsky Aviation, where he helped to revolutionize helicopter design. Dr. Yankaskas' key insight was to develop cockpits, instruments, and controls to meet the pilots’ needs, rather than require that pilots adapt to convenient engineering designs. This paradigm shift helped secure Sikorsky's leadership in the industry. As part of the leadership team that designed the famous Blackhawk helicopter, Dr. Yankaskas' designs are very much a part of current aviation.

Even as Dr. Yankaskas' professional interests turned to human biology, where his work led to fundamental improvements in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, his passion for aviation has never dimmed. Today, after 51 years as a licensed pilot with more than 7,500 flight hours, Dr. Yankaskas is an airplane, instrument, and glider flight instructor who pilots his own Piper Malibu for business and personal travel. He served as the president of the Malibu/Mirage Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA) and is credited with building a synergistic working relationship between MMOPA and Piper Aircraft.

Dr. Yankaskas is Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as Associate Chair of the Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Division, and as Medical Director of the Medical ICU and the Medical Progressive Care Unit. He founded the UNC CF Center Tissue Procurement and Cell Culture Core Facility that provides research specimens to CF researchers around the world.

For decades, business and government leaders have turned to Tsamoutales Strategies to solve the most difficult management and technology problems through a combination of consulting, analytics, digital solutions, government relations, and business development. You can trust us to bring together the brain power of nationally acclaimed strategists who speak with candor and who act with courage and character.