Ever the entrepreneur, teenage Bill Hankes knew what he wanted and discovered Missouri Military Academy was the way to get it. The decision he made 40 years ago to attend MMA has paid him back in spades over the course of his career, evidenced last summer with his appointment as chief communications officer at Forbes.
Attending Missouri Military Academy inspired a lifetime of following twin passions for Ned Thanhouser '68 — a successful career in high technology and later renown as a film preservationist.
Known as the first test pilot for the original Cessna 172 prototype, Emil “Fritz” Feutz ’41 was a pilot, aerodynamicist and flight test engineer. His lifelong ambition was to be a pilot, and his notable career spanned decades in the sky.
Named one of America’s top 20 CEOs of 2020, alongside Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, Missouri Military Academy (MMA) alumnus Charles “Chase” Hughes ’99 is a leading military and intelligence behavior expert with 20 years of experience creating the most advanced behavior skills courses and tactics available worldwide.
Jess Larson ʼ22 lived his life in service to his country and fellow citizens. An accomplished attorney, he served as mayor of Chickasha, Oklahoma, and rose to the rank of major general in the U.S. Air Force, also filling roles by presidential appointment as administrator of the War Assets Administration and the General Services Administration.
Starting his career as an Army infantry officer, Casselle has risen to work some of the nation’s highest-profile security assignments over the past two decades. He currently works as the director of counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff at The White House.
Jesús Guzmán is a famous standup comedian who has applied his talent and creativity to multiple facets of the entertainment industry. Throughout his career, he has served as a television writer, actor and talk show host; radio personality, voice actor and DJ; writer; producer; and translator for Broadway adaptations in Mexico.
Mark Ledford ’78 was an accomplished trumpeter, vocalist and guitarist who regularly contributed to smooth jazz and jazz fusion albums throughout the 80s and 90s.
"MMA was the perfect environment preparing me for the unexpected crucible of war I experienced during the majority of my life and service to our great country!" - Lieutenant Colonel Ian Wolfe (USAF, Ret) ’91
A successful pilot, veteran, big game hunter, businessman, Formula One race car driver and author – Burt Avedon ’41 led a life full of duty, excitement and adventure.
As a three-star general, Jack C. Fuson ’39 is among the highest U.S. military ranking Missouri Military Academy alumni. A true patriot, his active duty service extended over three wars, and even in his retirement, Fuson served his country as a military advisor and preserver of American history
Missouri Military Academy alumnus Paul Callaway was a distinguished composer, performer, choirmaster and musical leader known and recognized around the world.
A World War II veteran, Robert M. White II ’33 was a nationally recognized reporter, editor and publisher; a first amendment rights activist and a pioneer in cable television who served in leadership roles for several major news agencies and associations.
A successful actor and singer, Thomas “Christopher” Connelly ’59 starred in several television series and movies between 1963 and 1988.
Accomplished journalist, editor and photojournalist William “Bill” Battle ’86 was recently nominated for the Missouri 2019 Photojournalism Hall of Fame. He will receive his award on October 17, 2019.
The retired president of Iowa Southern Utilities, an energy company headquartered in Centerville, Iowa, and later of IES Utilities, René Malès ’50 credits Missouri Military Academy with providing both strong academics and lessons in discipline that helped lead him to success.
William Berry from MMA’s Class of 1930 was a dedicated patriot who served as county attorney, solider, Oklahoma County judge and Supreme Court judge. He was also an active member of several veteran organizations, a humanitarian who served in leadership roles of major organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and was an initial organizer of the Big Brothers of Oklahoma.
Lorenzo Zambrano '59 was a world-renown businessman and philanthropist. As CEO, he transformed Cemex, a Mexican cement company originally founded by his grandfather, into one of the largest cement producers in the world.
Cody Fowler from Missouri Military Academy’s Class of 1908 was a prominent attorney, mayor and civil rights activist during the height of the civil rights movement and desegregation in the southern United States.
I was a budding juvenile delinquent growing up without discipline or guidance. MMA saved me, and this short story is what happened.
Howard Hughes and his business partner, William Sharp, founded Sharp-Hughes Tool Company and invented the Sharp-Hughes Rotary Dual-Cone Rotary Drill Bit, which revolutionized oil well drilling during the Texas Oil Boom.
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, Missouri Military Academy Class of 1969, is an internationally known author and public speaker on the subjects of male-female relations, marriage, parenting and communication. He has spoken to audiences across the world – from the New York Giants to troops in Iraq – in hopes of improving communication and healing relationships.
The MMA Class of 1994 Valedictorian Michael Aubuchon is a leading game designer who has contributed to the creation of some of the most well-known games in the industry, including “Doom,” “Rage,” and the “America’s Army” saga.
Dr. Stanley Zydlo ’52 – most well known as the “Father of Paramedics” – was the driving force behind creating the first multi-community system of paramedics and emergency medical technicians in the country. His initiative would spearhead the transformation of standards that we have today in which ambulance technicians and firefighters have emergency medical training, able to provide on-site and en route care as needed.
A strategic leader and entrepreneur, Gilberto Crombé ’89 has founded 11 companies in eight different countries. Today, he is the global chairman on the Entrepreneur Organization (EO) Global Board of Directors, which serves more than 13,000 business owners worldwide.
An accomplished engineer and strategic leader in the oilfield industry, MMA graduate Chris Schafer '89 has built a successful career on a foundation of values instilled by MMA.
From co-founding two brand magazines to working at the New York Times and Billboard Magazine, MMA alumnus Tony Gervino ’84 has built a career pursuing work he loves. He also says he’s been privileged to positively impact young people and the entertainment industry through his editorial power, knowledge and leadership.
Alejandro J. “Ali” Torres Bueno ‘67 stands among Missouri Military Academy’s trailblazing alumni. The only foreign national to receive all seven FAA Certified Flight Instructor designations, Torres has forged a successful life as an entrepreneur, team builder and leader.
Dale Dye is a decorated Vietnam War Veteran and successful actor, technical adviser, radio personality, writer and founder of Warriors Inc. He has dedicated his life to influencing the media to realistically portray the brave men and women who serve the country, giving their experiences a more honest voice.
MMA works to provide motivation and a positive education, to give young men the skills they need to take command of their lives and become great leaders. MMA is proud to count Mario Nardoni ’79, deputy chief technology officer and associate director of the U.S. Department of Treasury, among its esteemed alumni.