our board

  • Anthony “Doc” Ameen

    Founder

    Known for developing and implementing powerful strategies that drive revenue and increased market share, Anthony Ameen is a strategic, agile leader with natural business instincts and over 15 years of leadership experience.

    Mr. Ameen is the Founder of Wings for Warriors, a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) that has assisted over 4,100 combat-wounded military service members and their families. As a force-multiplier, he exponentially boosted the non-profit’s service capabilities by building an engaged Board of Directors and supportive sponsorship channel. Wings for Warriors has been widely recognized for delivering critical benefits-counseling and key resources that assist wounded veterans during their recovery and reintegration back into civilian life. Anthony continues to serve as the face of the organization.

    A Navy Corpsman in Afghanistan, Mr. Ameen lost his left leg while providing on-site emergency treatment to combat wounded Marines and Sailors. Featured in the Huffington Post, People Magazine, and The New York Times, Anthony recounts his story while publicizing the services offered by Wings for Warriors. Mr. Ameen is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor Distinction, and two Veteran of the Year Awards.

    Applying his entrepreneurial drive, Mr. Ameen Co-Founded Taylor & Lawrence, a winning boutique consulting firm that connects strategic business partners. He recruited and leads a fine-tuned, powerhouse team skilled at growing their clients’ businesses across an array of industries. Anthony leverages his expertise in relationship cultivation, networking, and business development to identify, create and capitalize on growth opportunities.

    Ameen also serves as Director of Business Development for a project-based international distributor where he provides leadership, vision, and direction to major accounts driving in annual business growth. Before that, as the Southwest Regional Marketing Director, Mr. Ameen worked for a financial advisory and wealth management firm where he steered the marketing and public relations programs credited for driving increased brand awareness and new client expansion.

    Anthony now happily lives in Phoenix with his family, wife, and four children.

  • David Winkler

    CEO/PRESIDENT

    David is a highly accomplished Combat Veteran with over 14 years of experience working within the Department of Defense. David is currently President and CEO of Wings for Warriors, a 501©3 Non-Profit Organization. Before joining Wings for Warriors, Mr. Winkler spent 4 years in the US Marine Corps, and 10 years in the US Army, where he served in various Leadership Positions for Infantry, Air Defense Artillery, Recruiting, and the NYC Joint Color Guard team. His overseas assignments include Iraq, Afghanistan, and Republic of Korea. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal 5th award, Combat Action Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal 4th award, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign medal 2nd award, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 2nd award, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 2nd award, Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 2nd award, and the Nato ISAF Medal.

  • Ross Murray

    Board Director

    With over 19 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Arizona native Ross Murray is passionate about helping his clients achieve their dream of home ownership. He launched his career with Conseco Finance (now Green Tree) in 1999, and has since worked for Castle & Cooke Mortgage among others. Ross loves the mortgage business, and prides himself on helping buyers find the most economic and suitable mortgage product to fit their specific income and personal situation. He is very active in his community; currently he’s the Chairman of The Board for the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce. Ross co-founded a foundation called LoveIAM in memory of his son Liam, who had a congenital heart defect. Since 2013 LoveIAM has sent hundreds of children with heart defects to camp in Prescott, AZ. He is passionate about customer service, and his ultimate goal is always to exceed his client’s expectations. With each customer’s desires and goals as his top priority, Ross will help you secure financing for your dream home!

  • Preston Royce

    BOARD DIRECTOR

    Preston Royce is a Phoenix real estate agent, investor, reserve Marine, and Veterans advocate. Preston was born in Colorado Springs, CO and grew up in Albuquerque, NM. While in high school he was a varsity wrestler and volunteered during his junior and senior years at the Albuquerque VA hospital. Following the September 11th attacks, Preston decided to serve his country and enlisted into the Marine Corps in 2004. Upon completion from boot camp and formal training, Preston reported for duty at HMM-166 (Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166) where he served as an aviation ordnance technician, CH-46E aerial gunner, and quality assurance representative/observer. From 2006 to 2010 Preston deployed three times, two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one in support of maritime security in the Gulf of Aden. In 2010 Preston reported for duty at recruiting station Albuquerque where he served as a canvassing recruiter and station commander. In 2014, Preston decided to leave active duty in pursuit of real estate career in Phoenix, AZ. He simultaneously reenlisted in the Marine Corps reserve at HMLA-773 Warner Robbins, GA and currently serves as the Ordnance NCOIC for HMLA-775 Camp Pendleton, CA.

    In 2014 Preston started Oasis Real Estate Alliance LLC, a holding company created to buy, rehab, and sell distressed properties in the greater Phoenix area. In that same year, he also acquired his real estate and started selling at the John Samuels Agency and Brokerage. Since that time, Preston has been and is selling real estate with his business partners and longtime friend Aaron Morris and cousin Ronnie Royce on behalf of Oasis Real Estate Alliance LLC, GRAB Family Investments Inc. and Grow Investments LLC. Since 2015 Preston has been recognized as the top producing agent at John Samuels and has consistently made the top 2% of producing agents in Arizona.

    In 2019 Preston was invited and accepted the honor of becoming a board member for Wings for Warriors after previously being involved with the organization for the last two years. Preston looks to bring his real estate, leadership, and entrepreneurial experience to W4W to assist veterans in their reintegration into the civilian life through real estate consulting travel assistance for family members, and PTSD awareness.

    Preston is married to Susana Royce and they have one daughter, Natalie. Preston enjoys hiking, skiing, surfing, sports, and travel. His passions are his family, entrepreneurship, volunteering, and Veterans advocacy.

  • Christie Ellis

    Board Director

    Christie has been a REALTOR / associate broker in the Phoenix metro area since 2003. Since then, she has managed over 40 agents and over 265 transactions resulting in over $60 million in sales. Since joining United Brokers Group, Christie has reached the second highest ranking in the company — one of the highest volume independent real estate companies in the Southeast Valley.

    Throughout Christie’s long history in real estate she continued to pursue information on current trends and practices. After 92 classroom hours and multiple tests, Christie was awarded the Graduate Realtor Institute certificate: the highest level of certification a REALTOR can achieve. She has also completed the additional training required for 3 separate certificates that have honed her skills in residential sales, risk management, and Go-Giver Coaching. Since 2013 Christie has won several awards, including the City of Phoenix Impact Award.

    Christie still resides in the Phoenix area and offers her services among the W4W board as well as Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors, National Charity League Ahwatukee Chapter, and the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce.

  • Charles G. Baranyai

    Board Director

    Charles has a broad range of military experience gathered from his 4 years in the Navy and 16 years in the Army, where he retired as a Sergeant First Class. As an Operations Specialist, he is currently responsible for the  daily organization of the West Point Emergency Operation Center (EOC) within the Plans and Operations Branch for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security. In this position he oversees the development and implementation of peacetime contingency plans, community relations programs, as well as the support of internal and external tasks involving the United States Army Garrison (USAG). Charles also directs ceremonies and special functions related to the installation’s EOC, including West Point Honor / Color Guard missions. 

    In addition to serving as a board member of Wings For Warriors, Charles acts as an active member of American Legion and Vets4Energy. 

  • Cornelius Maxwell

    BOARD DIRECTOR

    Cornelius J. Maxwell is a United States Army veteran who served from 2004-2012. During his service, Cornelius served 3 combat tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Mr. Maxwell is a veteran advocate who has stepped into the forefront for his Transition Units Theory concept, which provides his solution for veteran PTSD, homelessness, unemployment, and assists veterans towards acquiring earned benefits. He is also known for his mission to honor 100,000 veterans for their service through art as an Art Director.

    Cornelius has earned an Associate’s degree from the Universal Technical Institute-Avondale, and served as the Student Council President. Mr. Maxwell has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from the University of Houston-Downtown. As a graduate fellow from the University of California-Los Angeles Executive MBA Fellowship program in Entrepreneurship. He is also a degree candidate at Grand Canyon University MBA program in Project Management.

    In his 2017, Transition Units Theory Speech given at the Oklahoma State Capitol Cornelius has inspired thousands of veterans and veteran families to become involved in serving our veterans after military service.

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