REC4AF is proud to announce that Colonel (Ret) Richard E. Talley has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Advisors.    Colonel Talley brings a wealth of experience to REC4AF as both a subject matter expert and a highly decorated veteran.

Colonel Talley served as the Public Relations Officer for Ambassador William Crowe and General Colin L. Powell during their tenures as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He also served as the Army’s Spokesperson and Media Relations Director for the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon. He was an aide in the White House Social Aide Program during the G. H. Bush Administration.  In addition to his various US military assignments, he also served as Chief Operating Officer for three United Nations’ missions, including Bosnia (Sarajevo and Croatia); Western Sahara in Africa; and in the Sinai, Egypt.

Colonel Talley has commanded at both battalion and brigade levels. He retired in July 2007 to return to the United States to work for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia.  As Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for a 28 million dollar budget and a 60 person staff that develops and maintains more than 500 national and internationally renowned standards. Under his leadership, NEMA evolved to be the leading advocate for policies, regulations, and standards that impact the electroindustry, as well as a provider of programs, products, and services such as engineering, standards development, emerging technologies, and strategic initiatives that shape the industry and create economic opportunities and clear return on investment for NEMA’s members in the areas of Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Cyber Security and High-Performance Buildings.

Read more about Colonel Talley and other members of the REC4AF Board of Advisors.