Board Members

Marc Short

Marc Short is President of Freedom Partners. Previously, Marc served as chief of staff for the House Republican Conference, chaired by Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) and for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). In his early career, Marc was the executive director of the Reagan Ranch, where he completed the initial multi-million dollar capital campaign to preserve the historic property and served as the executive director of Freedom Alliance from 1995-1998.  He was also the director of the Virginia Finance Committee for the Oliver North for U.S. Senate campaign.

Marc graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1992. In 2004, he received his master’s degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He lives in Arlington with his wife and their three children.

Mark Holden

Mark Holden is senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, Inc. and serves as corporate secretary. He also is president and COO of the Legal Division of Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which provides legal, and government and public affairs services to Koch Industries, Inc. and its affiliates.

Before joining Koch in 1995, Mr. Holden was an associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Holden earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts. He earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, where he was an associate editor of the Catholic University Law Review.

Wayne Gable

Wayne Gable is a business owner, economist, and management professional with more than 20 years of executive level management, economic policy analysis, legislative advocacy and nonprofit operations.

Wayne previously served as a managing director of international government affairs at Koch Industries, Inc., where he conducted country risk analysis and intergovernmental relations for Koch Industries’ business development department. Today Wayne owns and operates several franchises of America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s largest swimming pool maintenance and repair company.

In his early career, Wayne managed multiple DC-based non-profits, serving as the CEO of the Tax Foundation through 1991 and later as board chairman. Wayne graduated with a bachelor’s in economics from Auburn University and received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 1987.

Kevin Gentry

Kevin Gentry serves as vice president for special projects – development, at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC. Kevin also works to build the fundraising and marketing capabilities for organizations that are dedicated to advancing a free society.

Previously, Kevin served as vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and prior to that he served as executive vice president of the Leadership Institute.

Kevin and his wife, Anne, are both graduates of the College of William and Mary, and they live in Virginia with their two children. They are also active members of The Falls Church Anglican, where Kevin has served on the vestry and presently serves as stewardship chairman.

Nestor Weigand

Nestor Weigand, Jr. joined the firm of J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. in 1961 and has been deeply involved in the company ever since. He served as president from 1983 through 2001 and is now the chairman of the board & CEO. Nestor brings 53 years of real estate experience in residential, commercial, industrial, investment and counseling. Since 1978, he has served as a director of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Nestor was past chairman of the Board of the Institute of Logopedics (renamed Heartspring), and has also served on the boards of the Kansas Health Foundation, Kansas Highway Commission, Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, and Wichita Symphony Society.

Presently, he is chairman of the board of Wesley Medical Center and a member of the Board of Directors of Regal Entertainment, headquartered in Knoxville, TN. Nestor graduated from St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1956 and he received his BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1960.