Board members

Christopher Hess-Wegrzecki

Founder and current President of general Patton’s Foundation – Poland Division
Christopher Hess-Wegrzecki with his Father Lech Wegrzecki (National Armed Forces soldier, Warsaw Uprising and General Maczek Tank Divisions veteran)

Christopher Hess-Wegrzecki v. Lubicz is Polish-Australian and his professional team is strongly clients focused. Christopher has over 30 years of experience in Business Brokerage-M&A Advisory- commercial real estate including hands-on practical experience in commercial real estate, Owner, Operator of Hotels, Management Rights, and F&B Venues.

His extensive practical knowledge is backed by his formal German, Swiss and Australian educational qualifications in the specialized areas of commercial real estate brokerage, M&A/Business Brokerage, Hotel-Motel-Management Rights and business marketing. Christopher’s experience is primarily geographically centered in Australia and Asia-Pacific region of over 30 years. He has further broad global business experience in many countries including Japan (16+ years), Indonesia (5), Singapore (3), China (5), GCC, Malta, Andorra, Miami and NYC (10) Also, Christopher conducts business comfortably in English, German and Polish. He has a Diploma in real estate & Business Brokerage, M&A Advisory, Hotel Management, Travel Marketing, and is Fully Licensed and qualified in Personal Protection Services including PI and Firearms. Member Business Brokers and M&A Association in the USA, International M&A Club, Family Office Association in the USA and Australia. 


dr. Randy Mott

Vice President of the General Patton’s Foundation – Poland Division

Randy Mott, graduated with honors in political science and history from the University of Iowa, earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. In law school, he won the National Moot Court Competition, being awarded Best Team, Best Brief, and Best Advocate. He practiced law in Washington DC and New York City before moving to Poland. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning (Commandant’s List) and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Mr. Mott is chairman of Republicans in Poland and a lay representative of the Anglican Church in Poland in the Diocese of Europe.  


dr. Philip Wainwright

Vice President of the General Patton’s Foundation – Poland Division (chapter in the United States)

Philip Wainwright comes from an American Family of Naval Officers, International Diplomats and Community Leaders; He has spent twenty five years as the Managing Director & Senior Legal Advisor for the Geneva-based International Committee for European Security and Cooperation; Systems Engineer for BioSecure Intermodal Global Supply Chains.Military historian and Board of Directors George S. Patton Memorial Museum.


Carl Alex, Major General (US Army retired)

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR 

Major General, U.S. Army Retired Carl Alex is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Adrovna, LLC Consulting. He has over 20 years of senior executive experience in all aspects of strategic planning and operational management while directing Army organizations ranging from the battalion to multinational theater army levels and culminating as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence of Allied Joint Forces Command, Brunssum (JFCBS), The Netherlands. His background reflects diverse functional breadth, decisiveness and high degree of adaptability. He is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a track record of success in high-paced situations and complex environments. A skilled communicator and team builder, he has earned a Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College; Master of Science, Military Arts and Science, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and Master of Science, Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School.


MAJOR GENERAL (RETIRED) JEFFREY P. KRAMER MAJOR GENERAL

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL PATTON’S FOUNDATION-POLAND DIVISION (CHAPTER IN THE UNITED SATES)

Jeffrey P. Kramer, is a former Major General, US Army who retired as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Allied Joint Force Command-Brunssum, The Netherlands. He also retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after serving over 20 years as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent. General Kramer is currently the Principal of Kramer Consulting LLC. With extensive national and homeland security experience, he assists clients with executive leadership development and strategic planning/advising. While in The Netherlands, General Kramer served as the US Senior National Representative, responsible for all US military personnel in the Joint Force Command, and directed all NATO-led operations in a 13-nation area of responsibility.

Over his 35 years in the Regular Army and Army National Guard, General Kramer commanded at multiple levels including a Combat Aviation Brigade and as the one-star Commanding General of Combined Joint Operation Center/Army Forces-Jordan. His other General Officer assignments included: Director of Exercises and Assessments/J7, US European Command; Deputy Director of Operations/J3, US Northern Command; Deputy Commanding General, 29th Infantry Division; and Director, Joint Staff, Maryland National Guard. In 2016-2017, General Kramer was the Senior US Military Officer assigned to the Kingdom of Jordan, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve combat operations and building the capacity of the Jordanian Armed Forces. Complementing his military service, General Kramer had a distinguished career with the FBI. Highlights of his career include service as the FBI’s only Supervisory Special Agent at the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Crime and Narcotics Center. Simultaneous to his detail at the CIA, General Kramer was the FBl’s Acting National Program Manager of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, responsible for budget execution in excess of $100 million, which funded over 60 FBI-led Task Forces. During his career with the FBI, General Kramer received several awards including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. General Kramer graduated from Loyola University Maryland, and holds a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the US Marine Corps University. General Kramer has also completed studies at several executive education programs to include Kellogg School, Northwestern University, Navigating Strategic Change; Maxwell School, Syracuse University, National Security Studies Management Course; and Kennedy School, Harvard University, Senior Executives in National and International Security. General Kramer holds several military awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Senior Army Aviator Badge.


COLONEL KRZYSZTOF PLATEK

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR 

Lt. Col. (ret.) Krzysztof Płatek graduated from the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw, majoring in Law in Management and Marketing. In 2008, he completed Postgraduate Studies in Economic Systems Logistics at the Strategic and Defense Department of the National Defense Academy in Warsaw, and then in 2009. Officer’s Studies at the Land Forces Officers School in the specialization of missile and artillery.

In 2009, he assumed the position of fire platoon leader in the 1st Ciechanow Artillery Regiment. After the regiment was disbanded, he continued to serve as leader of a security and traffic regulation platoon in the 3rd Security Battalion of the Land Forces Command, later transformed into the Land Forces Command Battalion, where he simultaneously served as commander of a security and traffic regulation company. In the following years, he served as deputy commander of a company of Military Police in the Mazovian Branch of Military Police, and then as officer of the operations and training section in the Epidemiological Response Center of the Polish Armed Forces. Later, he was appointed to the position of shift chief of the Tactical Operations Center, and from 2017 to the position of officer of the social communications section of the 9th Command Support Brigade of the General Command of the Armed Forces.

From June 2017 to September 2018, he served as a press officer in the communications operations department of the Armed Forces General Command. From October 2018, he held the position of spokesman for the Armament Inspectorate, and from January 2022, after the Inspectorate was reformed into the Armament Agency, he held the position of chief of the Armament Agency’s Public Communications Department (spokesman).

In June 2023, he took up the post of head of the Public Affairs Branch, spokesman for Eurocorps in Strasbourg, and after giving letter of termination of his professional military service, he returned to Warsaw in December to complete his service in the role of adviser to the Chief of the Armament Agency on strategic communications.

For his very good results in the implementation of defense tasks, in particular, building a positive image of the Polish Armed Forces in the national and foreign media, he was awarded the Bronze Medal for Long Service (pol. Brązowy Medal za Długoletnią Służbę), the Bronze Medal “For Merits for National Defense” (pol. Brązowy Medal „Za Zasługi dla Obronności Kraju”) and the Bronze Medal “Armed Forces in the Service of the Fatherland” (pol. Brązowy Medal „Siły Zbrojne w służbie Ojczyzny”). He was also awarded the “Cross of the XXX anniversary of the Field Ordinariate” (pol. „Krzyż XXX-lecia Ordynariatu Polowego”).

Lt. Col. Krzysztof Płatek is also the author of a number of press publications related to military equipment, which appeared, in particular, in the magazines “Nowa Technika Wojskowa” (published by Magnum-X) and “Wojsko i Technika” (published by ZBiAM) in February 2015 – April 2016.


ZYGMUNT  STASZEWSKI

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL PATTON’S FOUNDATION-POLAND DIVISION (CHAPTER IN THE UNITED SATES)  

Zygmunt Staszewski was one of the members of the Regional Strike Committee in 1980 in Wroclaw, Poland and a founder of the Solidarity Movement (NSZZ Solidarność) there. He later served as a Chairman of the Electrical Energy Section of Solidarity in Lower Silesia (representing 1,000 members) and a Secretary of the Electrical Energy Section of Solidarity nationwide (representing 50,000 members). In 1980 he was a Delegate to I National Congress of Solidarity Movement in Gdańsk and a member of the Presidium of Congress.
In 1981 he was also one of the co-founders of the Committee in Support of Political Prisoners in Wroclaw. Detained by the communist secret police during the first night of Martial Law in 1981, became a political prisoner himself for the next 6 months. Forced to emigrate abroad, came to the US in October 1982. Once in New York, he co-founded the Committee of Solidarity Members – Former Political Prisoners. From 1983 to 1989 he organized monthly demonstrations against the Martial Law and in support of political prisoners in front of the Polish Consulate in New York, raising funds and smuggling equipment for the Underground Solidarity. From 1984 to 1988 he also served as a public speaker for Amnesty International, lecturing about the evil of communism and violations of human rights in Eastern Europe.
From 2011 to 2019 he served as a National Director of the Polish American Congress.
In 2017 he co-founded the Coalition of Polish Americans, where for the first 6 months he served as an Acting President. He is a member of the Polonia Advisory Board at the Polish Consulate in New York and a Life Member of the Pilsudski Institute.
In 2019 he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Republican Party in Broward County, Florida.

MEDALS AND HONORS:
Officer’s Cross of Merit awarded by the President of Poland.
Cross of Freedom and Solidarity awarded by the President of Poland.
„Distinguished Pole in America” in business category in the New York Consular district.
“Fellow” of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers International (highest honor).
Honorary Fire Chief in New York.

Zygmunt Staszewski & Ben Hodges


MEDIA APPEARANCES AND PUBLICATIONS:
TV – Nightline (ABC), McNeil – Lehrer Report (PBS), ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX-5, TV Polonia. Radio – Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, WNET TV, Radio Rampa, Radio Polonia. Publications – Tygodnik Katolicki Niedziela, Nowy Dziennik, White Eagle, New York Post, Daily News, Kuryer Polski