“I’ve jumped out of planes with Green Berets into foreign countries, I’ve been in the biggest tank battle since World War II, and I’ve negotiated international agreements with national leaders and dangerous warlords. I’ve also taken a company public in the middle of the great recession and lived through 9/11 in downtown New York running a firm two blocks from the World Trade Center. I’ve seen a lot – and a lot of leaders in a lot of different situations. If I had to pick a leader that I’d want with me in a foxhole or in the boardroom, it would be Kim Pendergast – whom I’ve known for over twenty years. Tough, smart as the dickens, committed, far-seeing and broad-minded, this woman is a marvel. She’d be my top draft pick in about a dozen totally different leadership situations. I’ve been the chairman of a big trade association, and I think SEMA would be lucky to have her on the board and helping the industry and its companies build the partnerships, customers, and employee base that it needs in the next generation. I have no doubt that she would be a vigorous champion of performance rights and a visionary who works with her industry colleagues to build for the future. I could not endorse Kim more highly. Elect her!”John Hillen – The Honorable Dr. John Hillen is the CEO of EverWatch Corporation, a mid-sized technology solutions firm developing tools and expertise for the US Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense. He is the former CEO of several companies, public and private, and is an award winner business school professor of leadership and strategy. He was youngest chairman of his trade association, the Professional Services Council. A former Assistant Secretary of State and decorated combat veteran, he has written several acclaimed books, the latest of which, “What Happens Now?”, was recently selected as one of the top business books of 2018.