our board

  • Anthony “Doc” Ameen

    Founder/CEO

    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 and CEO of Wings for Warriors, a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) that has assisted over 2,800 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.

  • Steven J. Laureanti

    Chairman of the Board

    Steven Laureanti helps his clients identify, protect, and enforce their intellectual property (both domestically and internationally), develop and grow key technologies, and create long-term strategies and technology roadmaps for building comprehensive intellectual property portfolios that achieve his clients’ overall business goals. To protect and enforce his client’s intellectual property rights, Steven has drafted, filed, and successfully registered hundreds of patents, copyrights, and trademarks; successfully appealed the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board to overturn denials of trademark registrations; negotiated and enforced transfer, assignment, and licensing agreements; and asserted, defended, and settled infringement claims for all types of intellectual property.

    Steven also has extensive experience in sports and entertainment law, which allows him to provide specialized intellectual property law services  that are specifically tailored to those industries, such as registration of copyrights and trademarks and negotiation of licensing and other agreements in  music, motion picture, photography, art, sports and television.

    In addition, Steven offers outside counsel services. Clients know Steven for his creativity, strategic judgment and ability to understand their business needs. He offers a range of services to help them compete in today’s global marketplace, including intellectual property audits, competitor tracking reports, and patent litigation consultation.

  • Darren Grubb

    Board Director

    Darren Grubb has more than 12 years of strategic communications and public relations experience, including high-profile roles in national and statewide political campaigns, the federal government and at a Fortune 10 financial services company during the height of the global financial crisis. Currently, Mr. Grubb is Chief of Staff to the Global Head of Communications and Public Affairs at Bloomberg LP, based in Manhattan.

    From 2006-2009, Mr. Grubb worked at Citigroup, most recently as Director of Executive Communications and Planning. In this role, he led a team that developed messaging and positioning strategies for senior executives with media,employees, shareholders and government regulators. He also oversaw the speech writing process and developed a thought leadership program that used an integrated, “campaign-style” approach to strategically deploy executives to key markets and amplify company messages with various audiences.

    Concurrently, Mr. Grubb served as Chief of Staff for the Senior Vice President of Global Communications and was responsible for coordinating internal communications, projects and events for a team of 250 spread across five global regions. In his first role at Citigroup, Mr. Grubb was the lead speech writer for Chairman and CEO, Charles Prince.

    Before moving to New York in 2006, Mr. Grubb spent nearly six years in Washington, D.C., serving in several Bush Administration roles, including at The White House in the Office of Global Communications. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he supervised the team responsible for the development and execution of the Secretary’s daily schedule, events and travel.

    Following four years in the Bush Administration, Mr. Grubb worked for the bipartisan government relations firm Bryan Cave Strategies supporting a roster of Fortune 500 clients and notable trade associations. In addition to providing government affairs insight, Mr. Grubb developed media strategies, handled crisis communications and served as anon-the-record spokesman for clients of the firm.

    Mr. Grubb began his career in Texas politics,starting as an intern for Governor George W. Bush in 1995 and subsequently working for Governor Bush’s reelection campaign in 1998. From 1999-2001, he served as Special Assistant to Donald Evans, the National Chairman of the Bush for President campaign.

    Mr. Grubb grew up in Midland, Texas and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Lindsay, a television producer at NBC’s TODAY Show. Darren and Lindsay are the proud parents of their son, Cole and daughter Tiller.

  • Joshua White

    Board Director

    Josh has been serving the board of Wings for Warriors advising in communications and technology since Wings for Warriors was founded. He is Director of Information Technology with Geneticure pharmagcoenetics and a an Information technology consultant and specialist focused on big data, visualization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the web. Formerly IT Manager and process automation for BIO5 and Arizona Research Labs at University of Arizona. Consultant since 2007 managing and developing eCommerce, federal data analysis, and health technology products for with UnderArmour, Bloomberg LP, SCI Solutions, Johnston Controls, Siemens, and multiple startups.

    Joshua currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with his supportive wife Christine, and their young son Benjamin.
  • 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. 

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