R. Thomas Bright, (Colonel USMC Ret.)
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
R. Thomas “Tom” Bright has been in senior level leadership for over 25 years. Mr. Bright served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 – 2006, achieving the rank of Colonel. He was in executive level service from 1991 – 2006, and senior executive level service from 2001 – 2006. As a Colonel he served as the Director of the Joint Operations Center (JOC), US Central Command, Tampa, Florida, under the Combatant Command of General Tommy Franks. He was responsible for planning, synchronizing, directing, and executing strategic operations globally in support of three simultaneous combat operations for all United States and coalition forces in three separate and distinct geographic areas of war: Iraq (Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom), Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Horn of Africa (Operation Horn of Africa). Additionally, he served as Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, leading and managing more than 900 civilian employees and coordinating the activities of nearly 100 tenant organizations to operate a city-like facility across 65,000 acres with a $60M annual budget. Colonel Bright also served as Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Corps District, Garden City, New York, leading 1,000 people in personnel recruitment ranging from entry-level enlisted to officers’ ranks covering northeast United States (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England states).
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Colonel Bright continued to provide leadership in the building construction industry. Colonel Bright was employed internationally, as a Senior Project Manager for Environmental Chemical Corporation from 2007 – 2009, where he led thirteen dispersed construction project management teams constructing independent, city-like, self-sufficient and self-sustaining Iraqi and Afghan bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After returning from his international assignments, Colonel Bright served as Program Director at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, from 2009 – 2011, where he was responsible for more than $170M of communications and satellite systems overhaul contracts. Additionally he serviced US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve, and other governmental and non-governmental agencies world-wide. Colonel Bright also trained in and work with the Army Working Capital Fund (P&L-based) program.
BSCE/Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute (“VMI”)
Masters Strategic Studies, Marine Corp University