On Thursday, August 18, 2016, MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser, & Senior Advisor for Africa, Dr. Sylvester Okere met at the New York City headquarters for the United Nations to discuss strategies for the United People For African Congress (UPAC). UPAC is a Non-Profit Organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to advocate for the rights of African nationals in the country, to empower them and increase public acknowledgement and respect.
MILSPRAY‘s Chief Executive Officer and President is Brian Feser. Feser is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years of service serving both in the enlisted and officer ranks. He previously served as Vice President of International Business Operations for Textron Systems. Before being promoted, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Textron Marine & Land Systems and concurrently served as the Director of Afghanistan Operations fielding the mobile strike force armored vehicle for the Afghan National Army.
Feser believes in giving back of his time and his talents. He is the Founder, Chairman and President of In The Spirit of Giving Foundation™, Inc., which is MILSPRAY’s philanthropic arm. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the communities where we live, learn and work. We endeavor to make a meaningful difference by using our investments, influence, time and talent to develop and implement creative solutions. His other philanthropic activities include the non-profit, United People for African Congress (UPAC), where he is Chairman of the Board. UPAC is based in Washington, DC, and its mission is to advocate for the rights of African nationals in the country, to empower them and increase public acknowledgement and respect. Brian also serves as vice-chair on the Board of Trustees for Pine Grove Church and Learning Center.
Feser holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He holds a Certificate in Communications and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as a Certification in Law Enforcement from the University of Virginia. Brian is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He also earned his certificate in Executive Protection.
Brian has been married for 28 years to the former Ms. Elisa Wolinski. They have three children and one grandchild.
Dr. Sylvester Okere is MILSPRAY‘s Senior Advisor for Africa. Okere is a businessman, community organizer, strategist and political professional in the US and Africa. He is the CEO & President of The United People for African Congress (UPAC). Okere is also the Chairman of the African Entrepreneurs Coalition (AEC), and spent nearly 14 years of his career with the Nigeria Immigration Department. In addition, Okere is also the Chairman of Maryland-Nigeria Sister States’ Executive Committee and the constituent leader of Continental African Leadership Council by the Maryland Democratic Party. He helped to develop long term vision and strategies for African constituents with the goal to mobilize, organize and empower the African community in Maryland.
Dr. Okere started his own private security company in 2004 serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He founded the Maryland Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, and is Senior Principal at Strategic Groups LLC. Dr. Okere was one of the first African immigrants to speak on a national platform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Along with a dynamic team, Okere successfully held a workshop on International Trade and Commerce for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Initiative in February 2014.
Dr. Okere is a strategic leader for numerous national and global organizations (NGOs) that focus on peace building and sustainable development. With influence across many platforms, Okere is Diaspora mobilizer in ethics and values & business development for The Presidency: Office of the Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ethics and Values.
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