Board of Directors
J. Darrell Lynn – Founder and Chairman
Darrell Lynn spent the majority of his career building an International Company with offices around the world. In 2000 he took this public company private through a leveraged buyout. During his tenure as President, CEO, and Chairman, he oversaw an aggressive expansion effort resulting in the start-up and growth of many related companies. In 2007 he orchestrated the sale of this private company to a Philadelphia based public company, thus allowing him the time to move forward with his passion of finding a way to give to others. Hero Portraits was formed by Darrell and his wife Kimberly, in early 2009 and is now serving to provide support and comfort to so many American Heroes.
Prior to taking his company private in 2000, he was on the Executive Board of a $1.5 billion public company listed on the NYSE. Some of his specific areas of expertise include Management Buy-Outs, new market research, global Licensing Agreements, and strategic partnerships.
Mr. Lynn graduated Cum Laude from the University of Memphis in Finance, and continued his professional executive education through concentrated Executive training at UCLA (Mergers and Acquisitions) and Duke University (Strategic Growth Management).
Michael D. Lynn, CEM, CME, CMM, CMP, CPC
Michael D. Lynn has been the Director of Marketing Communications, Exhibitions, Events and Protocol at L-3 Communications Integrated Systems since 2000. He is a very accomplished businessman, pilot and has served in many prestigious positions within the military.
Among the many accomplishments during Mike's career in the United States Air Force, he served as Program Manager and Chief Flight Engineer of Aircraft Modification and Flight Test. In this capacity, he supervised and managed the acquisition, development, retrofit, and delivery of Boeing aircraft specially configured for the President and Vice President of the United States. Mr. Lynn also served as crew member to the U.S. President, Vice President, and Senior U.S. and Foreign Dignitaries.
In his present position with L-3 Communications, he contributes strong organizational talent and long-range planning for the more than 200 exhibitions, events, conventions and high-level protocol functions performed annually. Mike is also responsible for the C-2J JCA Team exhibition program, a joint venture between L-3 Communications and Aliena, at over 30 annual events.
Mr. Lynn was the consultant for the movie "Air Force One" with Harrison Ford. Mr. Lynn has been ranked as one of the Top 5 Exhibit and Event Professionals by Exhibitor Magazine. He is recognized as a guest speaker, trainer and mentor by his industry.