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Earl W. Stafford is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Stafford Foundation, Inc. headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Mr. Stafford founded the foundation in 2002.

The Stafford Foundation is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded on promoting the principles of Jesus Christ. The foundation is focused on providing support and assistance to the underserved, the marginalized, the socially and economically distressed and assisting them in helping themselves, and eventually to help others. The Stafford Foundation created and funded the People’s Inaugural Project that brought together the underserved and the marginalized to witness and participate in the inauguration of President Obama.

Mr. Stafford is also the Chief Executive Officer of The Wentworth Group LLC., a holding company providing financial and business support services to the small business community. The Wentworth Group, LLC is also headquartered in Reston, Virginia and provides essential services to smaller businesses that offer services and products in the federal market. Mr. Stafford’s experience as the former Chairman and Chief Executive of UNITECH, an award-winning training and simulation technology solutions company headquartered in Northern Virginia, positions him well to offer support and consulting services to the small business community.

UNITECH has an international reputation for being a world leader in manufacturing and providing a complete portfolio of Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems (MILES), range instrumentation and other force-on-force Tactical Engagement Simulation Systems (TESS) employed in advanced military training. In addition, the company designs and develops high-end interactive and immersive courseware and gaming solutions for the defense, health care and financial sectors.

Mr. Stafford provided UNITECH with the overall leadership and vision that ensured continued operational and financial success. He developed and provided guidance for implementation of corporate objectives and strategies to generate new, and sustain current, business opportunities. Mr. Stafford provided oversight and coordination of the professional staff to assure a smooth, harmonious operation.

Before entering the corporate world, Mr. Stafford had a distinguished career in the U.S. military that included service as the assistant Air Force Liaison Officer to the Federal Aviation Administration. In that capacity, he was responsible for ensuring DoD initiatives and programs were integrated into the FAA’s National Airspace System modernization effort.

He currently serves on the Boards of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Foundation, Wesley Theological Seminary, and is a member of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS).

Mr. Stafford received the Bachelors degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He is a graduate of the OPM Executive Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Stafford is married to the former Amanda Boardley and they reside in Fairfax, Virginia.