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The Hon. J. William Middendorf II, Chairman

middendorfAmbassador Middendorf studied under Joseph Schumpeter at Harvard and Ludwig von Mises at New York University, founded his own investment bank, Middendorf, Colgate and Company, and was later President and Chief Executive Officer of First American Bankshares, Inc., a bank holding company based in Washington.

Middendorf has served a number of presidential administrations in high-level positions, including Secretary of the Navy and Ambassador to the European Communities, the Organization of American States, and the Netherlands. A delegate to presidential nominating conventions as far back as Barry Goldwater’s in 1964, Middendorf remains active in shaping conservative foreign, defense and economic policy through regular meetings with staff members on Capitol Hill.

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