Westway Consultant Team
- Former US Army Infantry & Intelligence Officer
- Former Army & NGA Senior Executive
- Current startup investor / advisor / consultant
Ronald Burgess, Jr.
- Lieutenant General, US Army (Ret)
- Former Director of DIA
Ronald L. Burgess, Jr.
Lieutenant General, US Army, Retired
Executive Vice President Auburn University
Ron Burgess retired from the US Army, as the 17th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and joined Auburn University in 2012, as the Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs. In May of 2018, he assumed the duties as the university’s Executive Vice President (EVP). As Executive Vice President, Burgess advises the President on matters related to the overall direction, management, and the effective administrative operations of managed oversight in support of Auburn’s mission, strategic plan, core values and vision.
During his distinguished 38-year career in the U.S. Army, and now, at Auburn University, Lieutenant General Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. (Ret.) has and continues to serve as a driving force in the U.S. Intelligence Community by providing exceptional leadership and broad strategic vision that contributes to safeguarding U.S. national security interests. He has consistently guided outcomes that have strengthened our national and military intelligence capabilities and has been instrumental in transforming defense intelligence into a cooperative enterprise to better serve national policymakers, Combatant Commanders, and the warfighter in the field.
As head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a former Acting Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Burgess served as a key player within the national security arena, called upon by the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Congressional leaders for his opinions, advice and expertise. His exceptional leadership skills were used to focus the Defense Intelligence Agency on the greatest challenges confronting the United States including Afghanistan-Pakistan, Iraq, transnational terrorism, and preventing strategic surprise elsewhere around the globe.
Lieutenant General Burgess’ personal military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (Four Oak Leaf Clusters,) Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal—former Republic of Yugoslavia, Parachutist Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge. During his career he has been recognized with awards by the governments of Colombia and Bolivia. Additionally, he was presented with the Order of the Star of Romania by the President of Romania and was inducted in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the President of France. He received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auburn University Alumni Association. In June of 2015, he was inducted into the United States Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Army ROTC National Hall of Fame on June 10, 2016.
Throughout his career, Burgess has been recognized for his contributions to the U.S. National Intelligence Community. His comprehensive knowledge of defense intelligence organization and information systems, and his leadership, proactive coordination, and attentive follow-through contributed to the success of numerous missions of national significance. As a result of his leadership, the cornerstone Executive Order 12333, which governs all intelligence activities, was revised; critical Intelligence Community managerial operations were overhauled; and innovative human capital practices were pioneered.
Ron Burgess’ responsibilities include interfacing and coordinating with federal, state and commercial entities on all matters related to national security interests, cyber and Auburn University’s emphasis, focus and interaction with the military. He also interfaces, coordinates and briefs, as directed, Congressional offices and Alabama legislative offices on all of the above to advance Auburn University’s interests.
LTG Burgess was commissioned in Military Intelligence through the Auburn University ROTC Program in 1974, Burgess earned a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern California in 1980, and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1986. On May 16, 2015, Burgess was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. On May 13, 2017, Burgess received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. On July 27, 2018, he received an honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence, Honoris Causa, degree from the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, Maryland His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officers Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, the Advanced Military Studies Program, and the Air War College.
- Rear Admiral, US Naval Intelligence (Ret)
- Former Deputy Director Mission Services DIA & Facilities Functional Manager General Defense Intelligence Program (GDIP)
- Former ODNI Associate Deputy Director for Facilities & Logistics
Licensed ArchitectRADM [Ret] USNR
James Manzelmann has a 47 year Public/Private service career in facility development, design, and construction management as well as a leader of organizations that provide these services. His career has been a dual track career as a Licensed Architect in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Arizona, and California. He currently maintains his California License # C27540. In parallel, he served 33 years on active duty and reserve assignments as a Surface Warfare and Naval Intelligence Officer. He was commissioned in 1971 after completing NROTC graduating with a degree in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma.
From 2000 through 2020 Mr. Manzelmann served in the Public Sector as Associate Deputy Director Facilities and Logistics for the Office of the Director for National Intelligence [DNI], Defense Intelligence Agency Director for Mission Services, Facility Functional Manager for General Defense Intelligence Program, and the Program Manager for the DIAC Expansion at Bolling AFB. Government projects included the Intelligence Community Campus Bethesda, Intelligence Community Campus Reston, CENTCOM JIOC [The Vince Building] Tampa, TRANSCOM JIOC Addition, Maryland Square 2 College Park Md, BRAC Rowe Building Charlottesville Va., National Geospatial Agency Springfield Va. and St Louis, Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Center Suitland Md, Marine Corps Intelligence Center addition Quantico, and Joint Intelligence Center Pacific addition. Mr. Manzelmann retired as a RADM [O-8] 2004 and a civilian SES 3.
From 1974 through 2000 Mr. Manzelmann served in the Private Sector as an architect in the design, program management, and construction management of Office Buildings, Laboratories, Educational facilities, Industrial facilities, and Disney’s California Adventure. Office facilities relevant to Westway Services line of work include The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Headquarters and Metro Center, the Maricopa County Administration Building, the Pennsylvania State Office Building, Park Towers Tulsa, Provident Bank Building Dallas, and the Bethesda Metro Center office complex.
Mr. Manzelmann’s Military Awards include Navy and Marine Corp Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal , Navy Commendation Medal , Navy Achievement Medal , and Vietnam Service Medal. Mr. Manzelmann’s Civilian Awards include DIA Diversity Management Award, Meritorious Presidential Rank Award 2006 & 2011, the De Fleury Silver Medal, Corps of Engineers 2018, and Top Federal 100 2019.
Jim is married to the former Denise Eberhardt and the family includes a son Connor and daughters Cara and Marcia along with 3 grandchildren.
- 36+ years in the IC
- Senior Intelligence Officer for 12 years – Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal recipient
- NDU CAPSTONE graduate
- Licensed Professional Architect
- Major General, US Army (Ret)
- Former Principal Representative to Secretary of Defense & Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Joint Training Matters
Jason K. Kamiya
Major General (RET) United States Army
Jason K. Kamiya has over 40 years combined military and corporate experience, and is best known for helping organizations achieve competitive advantage through strategy formulation and operational planning employing cross-functional coalitions, alignment and synchronization of resources, and enrolling talent.
Jason is a veteran of three combat campaigns during his military career. He was deputy operations officer for the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Combat Team during Operation Desert Shield and became the division’s principal planner for Operation Desert Storm. He later commanded a multinational joint task force in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, a force comprised of all branches of the US Armed Forces and elements from US/NATO partner nations. Building upon his operational experience, he was subsequently assigned as Director for Joint Training, US Joint Forces Command, and principal representative to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for all US joint training matters. In this capacity, he executed technical direction and management of a $307 million joint training budget in support of US joint combatant commands, and extended joint training partnerships with foreign militaries and governments of US/NATO partner nations spanning five continents. Earlier in his career, Jason served in the Office of the President of the United States as senior military assistant to the Director of National Drug Control Policy, a US Cabinet-level official. There, Jason helped coordinate activities between the Director and the White House, Department of Defense, other US government departments and agencies, and city/state drug enforcement organizations to implement a $19 billion national drug strategy.
Upon military retirement Jason joined the United Service Automobile Association (USAA) as senior vice president. Over the next 11 years, he became best known for a unique joint enterprise approach to strategically plan and operate through cross-functional / cross-line of business coalitions. He led teams in a variety of functions including contact center operations, remote workforce strategy, business continuation, employee development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jason is the founder of Jason Kamiya Associates, LLC, a consulting practice that assists clients with strategy formulation, operational planning, and team development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Gonzaga University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs from the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is vice chairman of the board of Special Reach, a community non-profit that supports families of children with special needs, and a past board member of two other non-profit organizations.
Jason is a native of Hawaii and the son of a World War II veteran of the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He is married to the former Carmen Unciano and they have two daughters and one grandchild.
William “Bill” Looney
- General, US Air Force (Ret) with 40 years of service
- Commanded units directly involved with air and space operations, training, education and acquisitions
- Career fighter pilot with 65 combat missions
William "Bill" Looney
General (RET) United States Air Force
General William R. Looney III, retired from the Air Force after 40 years of service.
He led the Air Force Academy cadet wing as a cadet, commanded a fighter
squadron, 2 fighter wings, an academic institution, a warfare center, a numbered
air force, 2 acquisition centers, and a major command while rising to the highest
rank in the military – 4 star general. The organizations he led covered every facet
of Air Force activity including air and space operations, training, education, and
acquisitions involving as many as 100,000 people or as few as 13. A career fighter
pilot, he flew 65 combat missions and accumulated over 4000 flying hours in
numerous aircraft with over 2500 hours in the F15C Eagle.
General Looney is the former President of Integration Innovation Incorporated, an
international defense business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.
Additionally, he is a published author, a member of numerous Boards, and an
independent consultant on national security and executive leadership to several
Fortune 500 companies. He currently resides in San Antonio with his wife Marilyn.