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)

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.


Profesor Clifford Bates – Executive Advisor

I am an American, born in Rhode Island. I am a political scientist whose focus is the History of Political Philosophy/theory, with subspecializations in comparative politics, International relations, literature and politics, and American Constitutional Thought and Institutional History. My first book was on Aristotle’s Best Regime (LSU 2004), and the 2nd book is The Centrality of the Regime for Political Science (WUW, 2016). I am very much interested in the intersection between human biological nature, human institutions, and environmental forces that come to shape the political and social forces of humanity. I am working on two projects: the question of the formation of state structures (and concepts) and their viability over time, and my exhaustive commentary on Aristotle’s Regime Science.


ZYGMUNT STASZEWSKI – POLISH AMERICAN ACTIVIST

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


Craig Smith – Executive advisor

Real Estate Publications, Events & Associations
Craig Smith, Founder and publisher EuropaProperty.com with 25+ years of experience in Central & Eastern Europe, Russia – CIS. EuropaProperty.com provides comprehensive and up-to-date news, information and analysis on commercial real estate markets and related businesses through printed and electronic publications daily video news and events.

DAILY NEWS
“COFFEE with Craig Show” – Daily 10-minute TV morning news with executive interviews – 8000 weekly viewers
Weekly News – e-newsletter distributed to EP database Quarterly “Last Mile” digital and interactive – covering CEE region for Industrial and logistics

Printed Real Estate Publications
The CEE – Russia Real Estate Guides (4x annually) (covering CEE & Russia – CIS) launched at MIPIM, EXPO REAL and MAPIC
Real Estate Events
EuropaProperty is well known for the CEE Retail Awards Gala (Warsaw, Poland) and the SEE Real Estate Awards Gala (Bucharest, Romania) CEE Investment Awards as well as other conferences, forums and events in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS.