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

    With more than 15 years of experience, Darren Grubb’s direct and results-driven approach to media and public relations has served him well in high-profile roles at The White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce. With a strong background in strategic communications, Mr. Grubb thrives in balancing business goals and public policy.

    After nearly six years in Washington D.C. serving in the Bush Administration, Mr. Grubb provided communications expertise at Bryan Cave Strategies to a roster of corporate and nonprofit clients, including Northwest Airlines, Union Pacific, Shell Oil, TechNet, and The ONE Campaign founded by Bono of U2.

    From 2006-2009, Mr. Grubb worked at Citigroup in New York City, where he led a team that developed messaging and positioning strategies for senior executives. 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. Following a brief return to political campaign consulting, from 2012-2014 Mr. Grubb served as Chief of Staff for Communications and Government Relations at Bloomberg LP.

    In 2015, Mr. Grubb moved to Dallas, Texas to become the Senior Vice President of Communications at the Dallas Regional Chamber, one of the largest and most successful economic development organizations in the country. He and his wife are parents to two young children.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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