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  •  Gannon International (none)
    Someone posted above the tie between Swifty William Franke and Gannon International. I'm not sure if there's any significance to this, but there could be a tie with the name Jeff Gannon. Boy is there a nest of snakes in this megaglobalcorporation (my new word). I bolded some of the more important things. (Also see the home page for more info on the corp.)

    William E. Franke, who founded Gannon International in 1983, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannon International. . . . Mr. Franke [the Swifty] served a tour in Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict while a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He served as Officer-in-Charge of a river patrol boat and Operational and Tactical Commander of a task group which included twelve river patrol boats, multiple aircraft and approximately three hundred ground troops. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. His task group was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations and the Navy's Meritorious Unit citation.

    In 1970 and 1971, Mr. Franke was stationed at the Naval Communications Command in Washington, D.C. where he served with the Inspector General and as a Congressional Liaison. Twice during this period he was assigned to the State Department as Naval Liaison in special negotiations with the British on an Indian Ocean base. Mr. Franke has also represented the United States with Saudi Arabia's OPEC staff and with Israeli and Egyptian peace treaty negotiating teams.

    Robert P. Greene serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Gannon International. . . . Mr. Greene has a well-founded familiarity with the Gannon International organization and systems. He joined the company in 1984 and, since that time, he has served in a variety of positions within the Gannon International family of companies, including president of Gannon Management. . . .

    W. Charles Blocker Jr. is Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance for Gannon International. As such, Mr. Blocker directs the financing and corporate development activities for Gannon International. He also serves as a Managing Director of The Gannon Pacific Company.

    Prior to joining Gannon, Mr. Blocker served as Chairman and CEO of Asian Trade Alliance, Inc. (ATA Group). Founded in December 1994, ATA Group was engaged in the marketing and distribution of consumer durables in Vietnam and Cambodia. Gannon Distribution acquired certain assets of Asian Trade Alliance, Inc. in 1999. . . .

    Stephen D. Hayes serves as Senior Vice President-Business Development at Gannon International. Prior to joining Gannon International, Mr. Hayes served for five years as Managing Director-Public Relations for the 44 million member American Automobile Association (AAA). He was a senior political appointee in both the Reagan and Bush Administrations and has managed the public affairs activities for three major Federal agencies. His government experience also included service as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

    In addition to his expertise in public affairs and communications, he has a strong background in international business. He served as Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development when the agency was facing numerous international challenges including the civil war in Somalia, famine elsewhere in Africa and U.S. support for the Kurdish minority in northern Iraq. In the early 1990s, Mr. Hayes was one of the founders and managers of The Gannon Pacific Company. He worked for six years on the staff of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Joint Economic Commission, which provided U.S. technical and managerial expertise to assist in Saudi Arabian economic and social development.

    Mr. Hayes served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Bronze Star and Meritorious Commendation Medal for heroism in combat in Vietnam. . . . [another Swifty?]

    . . . Diane Edwards, an employee of Gannon International since 1984, serves as Director, Human Resources. She has expanded the department to facilitate the ever-growing needs of Gannon International and its affiliated entities, first within the United States, then into Asia, and now into the Caribbean and South America. . . .

    •  Gannon Int'l in St. Louis (none)

      The website for SBVT was registered on April 14, 2004 under the name of Lewis Waterman, the information technology manager for Gannon International, a St. Louis company that has diversified interests, including in Vietnam. Joe Conason wrote in Salon that "although Waterman wouldn't discuss why he had set up the Web site, he didn't deny that his boss, Gannon president and CEO William Franke, had asked him to do so."

      Gannon Technologies Group has provided services to the following agencies:
      State of Kansas - Vital Records
      State of New York - Department of Health
      State of Ohio - Secretary of State and the Department of Transportation
      Arlington County, Virginia
      City of Norfolk Police Department
      Virginia State Retirement System
      City of Roanoke, Treasurer's Office
      City of Norfolk - Real Estate Assessors Office

      including for the following corporations:
      Household Finance Corporation
      MCI (litigation support for AT&T anti-trust litigation)
      Atlantic Richfield Co.
      International Paper
      Trustmark National Bank

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