Mr. John T. Thompson
Chairman, NCCO Board of Directors
John Thompson serves as the Chairman of the Board, National Center for Complex Operations. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Distribution Company, Inc., First Electric Supply Company, LLC, CMID and BC Countertops. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He has previously served as a consultant of McKinsey and Company in New York, and as Vice President of Mays Chemical Company, Inc. Thompson has served as a Director of the National Bank of Indianapolis Corp. and its subsidiary National Bank of Indianapolis since 2005. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Herff Jones, as well as, on the boards of several government and non-profit organizations.
Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi
Vice Chairman & Treasurer, NCCO Board of Directors
VADM Mike Bucchi, USN (Ret.) was commissioned in 1970 and completed flight training to be designated a Naval Flight Aviator. He retired in 2003 after an active duty tour as Commander of the United States Third Fleet and joined Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation (OSEC) as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. He was named President in 2005. In his service with the U.S. Navy, VADM Bucchi served in positions including an instructor at Top Gun, the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and an Operations Officer for Fighter Squadron Thirty-one during its first year as an F-14 squadron. VADM Bucchi was promoted to Flag rank in 1994 and was assigned as the Deputy U.S. Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. VADM Bucchi is currently the Chief Military Analyst at Concurrent Technologies Corporation. VADM Bucchi is a graduate of Harding College and the national War College.
Brigadier General Michael A. Kiefer
Secretary, NCCO Board of Directors
Brigadier General Michael A. Kiefer, USA (Ret.) is a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Kiefer & Valenzuela, LLP, where his practice concentrates on issues relating to the credit union industry and government contracts. Brigadier General Kiefer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Indiana University (Indianapolis) Law School and is a graduate of the US Army War College. He is a member of both the Indiana and Florida Bar and has been admitted to a number of courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the Court of Military Appeals. BG Kiefer serves on the national Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); is the Chair of the Armed Forces Day Coordinating Council of Indianapolis; is a member of the American Legion and holds life memberships in MOAA, the National Guard Association of Indiana (past member of the Board of Directors), the National Guard Association of the United States and the Association of the United States Army (past Chapter President-Indiana Chapter). Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of the IAC Sports Foundation and is a member of the Exchange Club of Downtown Indianapolis.
Duane Embree serves as the director of the Indiana Office Defense Development. This state agency focuses on promoting and growing the Indiana defense sector’s military installations, defense industry, and academic assets through local, state and regional economic development organizations and by commercialization of defense and federal intellectual property to create new products, companies and jobs. Embree is a retired member of the Senior Executive Service where he served in a number of Department of Navy senior civilian leadership roles – most recently as the Technical Director of the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Embree holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. He received the Presidential Rank Award in 2010, the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2012, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s 2012 Laboratory Director of the Year Award.
Executive Director, National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO)
Matt Konkler serves as the executive director for the National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO) and as national security consultant to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Prior to his service to the state, Konkler served as a program manager with Raytheon Company, where he focused on new international markets. In 2001, he received a Presidential appointment to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, where he served two Secretaries of Defense, the honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld and the honorable Robert M. Gates. He has traveled to 119 countries in support of the U.S. armed services, including numerous visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as extensive travel throughout the NATO alliance. Prior to the Defense Department, Konkler was employed at the corporate headquarters of the U.S. Airways group in Arlington, Va., and in the Office of the Mayor, Washington, D.C. He has also worked in local government in his home state of Indiana. Konkler is a senior fellow at Sagamore Institute, board member at Mid-America Science Park (Scottsburg, Ind.), a member of the Indiana Aerospace & Defense Council (IADC), and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is a two-time recipient of the United States Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Konkler graduated in 1995 with honors from Oakland City University, Oakland City, Ind., and earned an MBA from ORU in Tulsa, Okla.