Ken Beard

Ken has 35+ years of leadership experience as an officer with the US Armed Forces, commanding at every level from Field Artillery Battery to Brigade.  His leadership experience includes Leader and Unit Training and Development; Long-Term Strategic Planning; Project Planning; and Execution Exercise Planning and Execution.

His final years at the executive level in the NC National Guard were focused at working with Soldier Support Services to secure education and employment opportunities for veterans and their family members.  He is currently employed as a Director with RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company with 31+ years working in Research & Development, with experience in Analytical Services, Product Development, Project Planning and Execution, Innovation Management, and Contract Negotiation and Management.

Ken retired in November 2016 from the Armed Forces but maintains a heart for helping those who have chosen to serve this great country as part of the Armed Services both active and retired, and the families who so faithfully support them.  Ken is married with two children and 5 grandchildren.