John M. Lenti
Chairman, CEO

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Napalm Explodes behind Cobra Attack Helicopter

Napalm explodes behind a Cobra Attack Helicopter hovering in front of thousands of spectators at an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009. (Photo by WSM)

Maggie, Celebrate Freedom Foundation's Cobra Helicopter

Maggie flies over the tree tops and performs a flyover as thousands below cheer at 2012 Celebrate Freedom Festival in Finlay Park, Columbia, S.C. (Photo by WSM)

U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter

A U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter roars past thousands of spectators attending an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009.  (Photo by WSM)

Black Hawk Helicopter Hovers

As thousands of spectators attending the 2009 Air and Ground Show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base, a Black Hawk Helicopter hovers as the pilot demonstrates the aircraft's maneuverability.  (Photo by WSM)

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John M. Lenti, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Celebrate Freedom Foundation

John M. Lenti is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation.

Lenti received his engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University, and Masters in Military Art and Science from the Army Command and General Staff College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

As a member of the staff and faculty at West Point for seven years, Lenti designed and taught leadership and related courses. As an adjunct faculty member of the Moore School Business, University of South Carolina, since 1976, he designed and now teaches a highly regarded leadership course.

Lenti received the Silver Star, Bronze Star with V for Valor, five Legions of Merit, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor and other awards for exceptional service. His military career included assignments in Special Operations, high level staff and as an instructor at West Point.

Lenti is past director of the S.C. Small Business Development Center Program, which coaches entrepreneurs in methodologies to turn a business idea into reality or enhance an already existing enterprise. He helped develop similar business assistance programs in Poland, Hungary and Germany for the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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