2013 – Tom Ridge, president and CEO of Ridge Global
After the events of September 11, 2001 Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The country’s 15th Cabinet Department where he served until February 1, 2005.
In 1968 Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant with the Americal Division in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Prior to September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Governor Ridge’s aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.
Tom Ridge was elected to Congress in 1982. He was one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was overwhelmingly re-elected by Pennsylvania voters five times.