Freedom Partners, its members, and other supporters are dedicated to protecting freedom and expanding opportunity for every American—no matter where they live, what they do or how much money they have. That’s why we believe in:
- Free enterprise—with open and honest markets and free and fair trade
- Effective fiscal, monetary and tax policies—solutions that help build a healthy economy to strengthen our neighborhoods, communities and country
- Efficient and effective policies that promote and protect hardworking taxpayers—so that American families can get ahead and American businesses of every size can grow and create new opportunities and innovations
- Genuine accountability—so that government and elected officials in every capital across America serve the people’s interests, not special interests
We do this by:
- Educating Americans about the real benefits of freedom, opportunity and hard work
- Creating and supporting solutions in Washington and across the country that promote entrepreneurship and provide fair opportunities for everyone
- Opposing government policies that spend too much, tax too much, and deliver too little
- Holding public officials accountable for actions that hurt hardworking Americans—both today and tomorrow
- Supporting like-minded organizations that share our commitment to freedom
Freedom Partners is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(6) chamber of commerce located in Arlington, Virginia. Our members are a diverse group of local leaders, dedicated citizens and successful entrepreneurs, many of whom have achieved the American Dream from very modest beginnings. All of them—to a person—share a deep commitment to America, that we will always be a country that protects freedom, supports limited government, respects and rewards hard work, and delivers genuine opportunity for every American, everywhere.
Mark Holden, Chairman
Mark Holden is senior vice president of Koch Industries, Inc., where he also serves as general counsel and 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, Mark was an associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C.
Mark 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.
Kelly Bulloch served in a variety of finance and business leadership roles during his 26-year career at Koch Industries and its affiliates from 1987 to 2014.
In 2014, Kelly retired from the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer of INVISTA, an organization that had revenues ranging from $7 billion to $10 billion during Kelly’s 10 years in that role.
Prior to INVISTA, Kelly served as Koch Industries controller for five years, including the last two years when he also served as Koch Industries treasurer. He also held the role of chairman of the board of Koch Business Solutions, a shared-services organization providing products and services throughout Koch Companies, and served on the board of Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries.
In his retirement, Kelly continues to provide consulting services to Koch Industries and INVISTA.
He is a certified public accountant and a 1987 graduate of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
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.
Dale Gibbens is vice president of human resources for Koch Industries, Inc. He began his career with Koch in 1982 as an employee relations representative. His numerous human resources roles have included employment manager, director of compensation and benefits, director of employee relations, and director of human resources.
Dale earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emporia State and a master’s degree in business from Wichita State University. He has served on several community boards in Wichita, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Urban League, Wichita Airport Authority and the board of elders at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He is currently a national board member for the Human Resources Policy Association.
Dale is also an executive vice president and board member of both the Charles Koch Foundation and Charles Koch Institute.
Randy is the owner of Lair Enterprises, LLC, which supports clients in the areas of organizational culture, operations, information technology, compliance, marketing strategy and business development.
He retired as director of operations for Koch Industries, Inc. and as president of Koch Agriculture. Before retiring, he oversaw the business activities of The Matador Cattle Company and various corporate services, which includes information technology, real estate and discontinued operations. He also served on various internal boards, including Koch Business Solutions, which provides shared services to Koch affiliates.
Before joining Koch, Randy spent almost 24 years in operations, engineering. and environmental health and safety roles with ARCO Pipe Line Co., a subsidiary of Atlantic-Richfield Co.
Randy earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Friends University and studied economics at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Nestor Weigand, Jr.
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 and 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, Tennessee. 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.
Brian Hooks is president of the Charles Koch Foundation and Charles Koch Institute, organizations dedicated to advancing an understanding of how free and open societies enable people to live fulfilling lives. He is co-chairman of the Seminar Network, chairman of the Board of Directors of Stand Together, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Institute for Humane Studies, and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to his role at the Charles Koch Foundation and Charles Koch Institute, Brian was executive director and chief operating officer of the Mercatus Center, where he oversaw strategy and operations for a growing research, education, and public policy center.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, he lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and daughter
Cy Nobles graduated with Special Distinction from Mississippi University in 1971 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he joined Exxon at its Baton Rouge refinery, where he held various engineering and supervisory roles between 1971 and 1979.
In 1979 he joined Witchita-based Koch Industries, Inc. where in a 25-year career he held the position of President at both Koch Chemical Company and Koch Refining Group. Cy also served on the Boards of KoSa, Koch Industries’ polyester venture with the Isaac Saba family of Mexico City, and of Entergy-Koch, LP, a 50/50 venture between Koch and Entergy, a major U.S. utility, formed to pursue trading and asset opportunities in natural gas, electric power, and weather derivative sectors. Cy retired in 2003.
Since then, the Memphis, Tennessee native has dedicated his time to philanthropic efforts including work with the Presbyterian Church, Youth Entrepreneurs, Prison Ministries, and the Music Theatre of Wichita. In June of 2010, Cy joined the board of Americans for Prosperity Foundation in Washington, DC.
Cy and his wife, Gayle, a language therapist, have two grown children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading and golf.
Nancy Pfotenhauer is currently president of MediaSpeak Strategies, a national communications firm. She was a senior policy adviser and spokesperson with the McCain for President campaign, and has served as president of the Independent Women’s Forum, director of the Washington office of Koch Industries, advisor to four cabinet secretaries, economic counsel to Senator Armstrong, and chief economist for the RNC, then serving on President Bush’s transition team in 1988.