our board

  • Anthony “Doc” Ameen

    Founder

    Known for developing and implementing powerful strategies that drive revenue and increased market share, Anthony “Doc” 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 5,000 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 previously served as Director of Business Development for a project-based international distributor where he provided 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

    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

    President & Chairman of the Board

    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!

  • Charles G. Baranyai

    Vice President

    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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Greg Charbeneau

    BOARD DIRECTOR

    Charbeneau has dedicated his career to the zoological operations, hospitality and entertainment industries, and working at nationally acclaimed aquariums, theme parks and resorts for over 30 years. In his position as Vice President/General Manager at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale Arizona, Greg Charbeneau directs and oversees all aspects of the business. He was responsible for the start up the Southwest’s largest public aquarium and participates in the development and management of other projects within the company.

    Prior to coming to OdySea Aquarium, Charbeneau held the position of Vice President Marine Operations and Marketing at Atlantis Bahamas, Greg Charbeneau directed and managed the work of the Directors and non-management personnel for the Marine Mammal Operations Department at Dolphin Cay, on site sales of all animal interactions, cruise ship sales, marketing and operations for the Atlantis Resort, as well as photography sales and marketing.  The Vice President of Marine Operations & Marketing worked closely with all other levels of management throughout the resort to better understand and effectively manage team based goals and philosophies while maintaining high levels of guest quality and satisfaction.

    Charbeneau worked for Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, which is considered the largest family-owned theme park company in the United States that owns or operates entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties with more than 10,000 employees spanning 26 locations in ten states. Charbeneau held a corporate role to identify new business opportunities to grow the company’s public aquarium/zoo portfolio of businesses. Under HFE, Charbeneau held two additional positions at Wild Adventures and Adventure Aquarium. Charbeneau was General Manager and Vice President of Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. He was responsible for the 300-acre theme park business with almost 675 employees that includes Splash Island Water Park, South Georgia’s largest roller coasters park, a zoological operation with over 350 animals and an outdoor concert amphitheater. In his position as Vice President and Executive Director of Adventure Aquarium, Charbeneau led the charge to create an entirely new business which included hiring all new directors, managers and front line cast; as well as a new guest experience program and the way Adventure Aquarium conducts business. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art aquarium, focusing on creating a highly entertaining and engaging experience for guests and the advancement of zoological operations; as well as corporate responsibilities and oversight of strategic husbandry operations at Adventure Aquarium, Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY and Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA (sister attractions).

    He held the position of Vice President of Husbandry at the New Jersey State Aquarium, where his major duties included development and implementation of animal care. Prior to going to New Jersey, Charbeneau worked at the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration as Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates. He began his career at Sea World with positions at both Sea World of Ohio and Sea World of Florida covering 8.5 years. He also worked for the Walt Disney World Company and EPCOT Living Seas as a Marine Biologist for 1.5 years. Throughout his career, Charbeneau has been involved with both new construction and renovation projects; ranging in scale from 100K – 50MM. His work has been featured in numerous industry publications and he has conducted multiple research projects.

    Charbeneau earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1987, with a specialization in Marine Biology and a minor in Comprehensive Science. He is an active participant in conservation and education initiatives, a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and sits on several AZA steering committees. Charbeneau also held positions on the Boards of the Ritz Theatre, Cooper’s Ferry Development Association, Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the PA PCVB Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Camden Police Foundation, Valdosta Rotary, Valdosta Tourism and Conference Center, Valdosta Early College Academy and currently co-coordinator of “The Clock is Ticking 7 Mile Swim” event raising funds for the James Eunice Foundation.

    Charbeneau resides with his wife of 30 years in the Scottsdale, Arizona area. His oldest daughter lives in Arlington, Va and working as an HR Generalist for Ventera and his youngest lives in Atlanta, GA working for Insight Global. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his daughters excel in life, boating, spending time with family and training for and competing in Ironman competitions (5 to date) including World Championships 2011 in Kona, Hawaii.

  • Joe Colombo

    Board Treasurer

      Mr. Joseph Colombo was born in the Bronx, New York and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1973, he attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977.  In addition to graduating from college, Mr. Colombo received a commission as an Army Officer and immediately began a career in the U.S. Army as a combat arms officer in Armor. 

         During his service, Mr. Colombo was stationed at various locations both in the U.S. and overseas.  He served in the U.S. with the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado and 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana while his overseas assignments included tours of duty with the 1st Armored Division in Germany, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, Joint Command in Southern Europe, Naples Italy, and as the task-force commander of an Infantry unit assigned combat duties during the first Gulf War in 1991. 

       Since retiring from the U.S. Army in 1994, Mr. Colombo continued to serve his nation as a government employee as the Chief Protocol Officer at West Point, Professor at the Army’s Management Staff College at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and most recently as the Chief of Plans and Operations for the Army Installation at West Point. He retired in February 2019 from federal service after 24 years. 

         Mr. Colombo’s educational background and training includes attendance to the Army’s Airborne and Ranger school, Armor Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advance Course, Command and General Staff College and the Army Management Staff College.  Mr. Colombo holds a master’s degree in American History from the City University of New York and has taught history as an adjunct professor for several colleges in New York.  Both he and his wife Lee presently reside in Washingtonville, New York and have four grown children. 

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