Mark Frye, Director and Co-Host
Mark Frye is the Director of Business Development for Umyuaq Techonology, LLC (www.umyuaqllc.com), headquartered in San Antonio. He has over 30 years of experience working in the private sector, providing management consulting support to a variety of public sector clients. He is a nationally recognized authority on the defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process and has authored or co-authored much of the DoD and Air Force guidance used to implement BRAC actions. He was instrumental in developing the establishment of the San Antonio Joint Program Office to integrate all San Antonio BRAC 2005 actions. He developed the transfer/leaseback concept and the special legislation that created Brooks City-Base, led the team that wrote the Master Plan for the Redevelopment of Kelly Air Force Base and supported Kelly’s transition to Port San Antonio. He also led the team that authored the Master Plan for the Development of Brooks City-Base and facilitated Air Force-City negotiations. He has supported BRAC 2005 implementation efforts in San Antonio and New Orleans and other efforts related to base redevelopment and economic redevelopment. He has been active in the development of the Community-Military Partnering Organization concept and is currently developing public-public and public-private partnerships.
Mark chairs the Legislative and Communications Committee of the San Antonio Military Transformation Task Force, is on the Board of the San Antonio Air Power Heritage Foundation and is Vice President of the Randolph Air Power Community Council. Previously, he served on the Board of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, was a tri-chair for the Brooks Field Legacy Salute, served on the advisory committee of the San Antonio Community-Military Council and served on the action committee for the 100th Anniversary of Military Aviation. He is active in the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), was the recipient of its Private Sector Leadership Award in 2006, serves on its Conference Advisory Committee, its Federal Advisory Outreach Committee and chaired its Private Sector Leadership Council. He is an Air Force Honorary Commander and is an alumnus of the Air Force’s National Security Forum (2009). He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the Air Force Association (AFA) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
Mark is the past president of The Ohio State University Geological Sciences Alumni Association and is active in the San Antonio Ohio State Alumni Association. He volunteers for other civic, charitable and academic organizations, and is on the board of the Garden Ridge Lions Club. Mark holds A.B. (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio) and M.S. (Ohio State University) degrees in Geology and has completed post-graduate studies in Environmental Policy and Management, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law (University of Denver). He was a Fulbright Scholar, Scandinavian-American Foundation Scholar and Swedish Institute Fellow (1978-80). Mark spent the ’80s in the oil industry working for a large major company, Amoco Production Company, where he was an exploration geologist, technology transfer liaison and federally designated expert witness. He is the author of publications in paleontology, stratigraphy and community-military partnering.
Colonel Kelley Crooks (USAF-ret.), Co-Host
Kelley Crooks is a retired Air Force colonel and a past regional vice president for AFCEA International. He is a member of the Alamo AFCEA chapter. Kelley retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2007, after a 27+ year career which included a variety of C4 positions of leadership in the Air Force and joint service environments. He commanded at the detachment, squadron and joint agency levels and held multiple Joint and Major Command senior staff positions. He also served a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As a civilian, Kelley has provided business development and network operations/security support to the defense industry. He has combined his passion for teaching, mentoring and AFCEA’s mission surrounding STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in both his professional and volunteer activities. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Our Lady of the Lake University and as a substitute teacher for San Antonio’s Northeast Independent School District. He is a full-time elementary school math teacher.
Kelley earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Ohio State University (communications and public affairs), a master of science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi (teleprocessing science), and a master of arts from Air University (strategic studies). He is currently a candidate for a master of education degree from Wayland Baptist University. In addition to his role with AFCEA, Kelley is president of The Ohio State University Alumni Association (San Antonio chapter), a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the information technology co-chair for the Goodwill Careers Academy advisory board. He also is a published writer and distinguished public speaker.