Arthur Pue is President of Engineering Sales Associates (ESA). ESA is a Charlotte North Carolina-based, family and Veteran Owned Business, established in 1961. ESA is a solutions provider for compressed air and liquid filtration and is a major industrial stocking distributor specializing in virtually every facet of the Industrial Compressed Air and Liquid Filtration fields. ESA prides itself in providing the best in quality, energy savings and true solutions through our Compressed Air products. Arthur served as an Enlisted Soldier in the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). As a member of an Operation Detachment Alpha with a focus in Military Freefall insertion, Arthur served as the Senior Weapons Specialist (18B), employing conventional and unconventional warfare tactics and techniques in individual and small unit Infantry Operations. Arthur was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge as well as the Bronze Star for actions while serving in Afghanistan. Arthur was born and raised in Charlotte where he attended Charlotte Country Day School. He earned a BA from Hampden-Sydney College. Arthur is a founding and current Board member of Charlotte Bridge Home as well as a Board Member of the Independence Fund.
David brings to bear over 30 years of marketing and operations leadership experience to the The Independence Fund. He is currently the President of AtYourGate, an in-airport personal shopping service. Previously, David served as the CMO at Hooters of America as well as the VP of Marketing at the convenience retailer, Kangaroo Express, where he lead the Salute our Troops campaign that raised millions of dollars for national and local veterans serving organizations. Since the inaugural Salute Our Troops campaign in 2011, Kangaroo Express and its guests have raised over $10 million for its cause partners. David was also a 12 year marketing executive with the Coca-Cola Company. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago as well as a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University. He currently resides with his family in Orange County, CA.
Brigadier General Rich Gross, US Army (Retired), served over 30 years with the U.S. military as an Infantry Officer and Judge Advocate (military attorney). In the latter half of his career, he served as the legal advisor to several senior three and four star military leaders. He was the Senior Legal Advisor for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), NATO-ISAF/USFOR-A, and US Central Command. Before retiring, Rich served his final four years as the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he worked with senior government and military leaders on the Joint Staff, in the Department of Defense, and throughout the interagency. He has extensive experience with Special Operations, Multinational Operations, Counterterrorism, the Interagency, and National Security Policy. Brigadier General Gross has numerous military awards and badges, to include the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Wings, and the Expert Infantryman Badge. He has multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Rich attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Virginia, School of Law. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
As the Independence Fund nears its tenth anniversary, the Board of Directors and staff wishes to thank Dr. Richard Jadick for his many years of service. We’ve accomplished much in the past ten years, and wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to other endeavors. Dr. Jadick wishes the Fund “Fair winds and following seas!”.