LEADERSHIP & COUNCIL

The Spirit of Blue Foundation Board of Directors is a volunteer board established to oversee and direct the work of the Executive Director and the Foundation as a whole in the fulfillment of its mission to enhance Officer Safety nationwide. Comprised of accomplished business people, each member has either prior experience as a law enforcement officer, has lost a friend or family member in the line of duty or has some other link to the law enforcement community itself that drives their service and commitment.

 

Gregory Marholin, Board Member

Greg has served primarily in the areas of Development and Sponsorship Recruitment after joining the Board in 2015.  Greg holds a Business Administration degree from Granite State College and has had an extensive career in sales for both professional marketing firms and insurance companies.  Greg currently lives in Brentwood, NH and is a Sales Vice President with DXC Technologies.

 

 

 

Frank Cappo, Board Member

Frank served for 16 years in law enforcement in both patrol and training functions before becoming a sales professional with 5.11 Tactical.  He joined the Board in 2017 with the desire of giving back to his former profession.  Frank received a degree from the University of Kansas, lives outside of Kansas City and is currently the Vice President of Law Enforcement Sales for 5.11 Tactical.

 

 

 

Rita Fight, Board Member

Rita worked to provide insurance coverage information to law enforcement database systems as founder and co-owner of RRS, Inc. before selling the company to Lexis Nexis.  She also joined the Board in 2017 in order to reconnect with the law enforcement community and provide for their protection.  Rita received a degree from University of Arizona, lives in Atlanta, GA and is currently a Principal CRE for Strategic Accounts at DXC Technologies.

 

 

 

Mathew Pruitt, Board Member

Mat’s early career was in economic development in and around the Quad Cities (IL/IA) with both the chamber of commerce and other local development groups before joining LMT Defense.  Mathew joined the Board in the summer of 2017 as a natural extension of his personal friendship with law enforcement officers and the work he does with law enforcement agencies professionally.  Mathew received a degree in Psychology from University of Northern Iowa, lives with his wife and two children in Bettendorf, IA and is currently the Global Director of Sales & Marketing for LMT Defense.

 

 

 

Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Ryan oversees all of the day-to-day business of the Foundation and has been on the Board since its inception in 2011.  Ryan is an Oregon native with a Business Administration degree from Seattle Pacific University and has served in both the military and law enforcement communities. He started his professional marketing career at Nike and is currently part owner of PPF Media, Inc.  Ryan lives with his family in Western New York.

 

 

Advisory Council

The purpose of the Spirit of Blue Advisory Council is to authentically ground the Foundation with the firsthand knowledge of the law enforcement community and experience of current and recently retired law enforcement professionals, ranging across different experience levels, disciplines within the profession, types of agency and geographic location.  While the identity of these individuals are not disclosed, they play a valuable role in ensuring the Foundation’s work is relevant and meaningful.
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OUR MISSION

We are dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs.

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THE NEED

Over 900,000 law enforcement officers honorably serve the population of the United States - that equates to 1 officer for every 350 citizens. On average, 125 officers are lost and another 15,000 are injured in the line of duty each year. Yet funding for safety equipment and training is dwindling as tax revenues decline. The need for supplemental funding to protect these officers has never been greater.

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