Leo A. Giacometto, Founder and CEO of Gage International, has an extensive background in military, political, private and public sector service with a wide-range of applicable experience in the areas of consulting, advising, founding, strategically building, operating and managing private sector companies.
Mr. Giacometto has previously served in all branches of the U. S. Government – the Judiciary, Legislative, and Executive branches. He has overseen large government agencies and directed the operations of Congressional and Gubernatorial offices in both an official and political capacity. He served as Justice of the Peace for Carter County Montana, was elected twice to the Montana State Legislature, and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a United States Marshal. Mr. Giacometto has served in the Cabinet for Governor Marc Racicot as Montana’s Director of Agriculture and in the Cabinet for Governor Judy Martz as a member of the Northwest Power Planning Council and as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Mr. Giacometto currently serves as one of the country of Mongolia’s Honorary Consuls to the United States.
In the business world Mr. Giacometto serves in key roles for several corporations:
Mr. Giacometto was also the co-Founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia, a former Director of the Tri-State Farmers and Ranchers Cooperative in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, served as the Vice President of Government Affairs of Morrison Knudsen, and as an Executive for Washington Group International, both some of the largest international engineering and construction companies in the world.
Mr. Giacometto served 23 years in the United States Army, Army Guard and Reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was stationed in Panama as a member of U.S. Army’s equivalent to a SWAT Team and later served in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Section, where he was deployed around the world. He is a graduate of the United States Army Military Police Academy, US Army Command and General Staff College and is an honor graduate of the Montana Military Academy. Giacometto owns a seven generation ranch on the banks of the Little Missouri River in Alzada, Montana.
AJ Rehberg, President, has extensive expertise in business development, strategic planning and start-ups. He has a keen understanding of US Politics, National Defense Policy, East Asian Security, International Trade, International Finance and U.S. Legislative Procedures. As a youth, Mr. Rehberg participated in the United States Senate Page program and has served at multiple national political conventions and has vast experience in fundraising, public relations, and event coordination. Mr. Rehberg previously worked for the US Chamber of Commerce’s west coast grassroots operation working on political campaigns.
Mr. Rehberg was also was involved in numerous business ventures in Southeast Asia. While living in Kathmandu, Nepal, he served as the COO for Namaste Mall, a Nepalese based e-commerce company focused on developing sustainable and fair trade practices in Nepal. While living abroad, Mr. Rehberg developed an extensive knowledge of USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation and US Trade Development Agency projects and served as an advisor to an India-based knowledge process outsourcing company in Mumbai, India.
At GAGE, Mr. Rehberg has assisted several emerging technology companies navigate government regulations and enter into the federal marketplace. These technologies have been deployed in the following sectors: military health, emergency preparedness, homeland security, bioterrorism surveillance, state and local law enforcement. In addition to serving as the President of Gage International, Mr. Rehberg is the President of Gage Mongolia, where he overseas GAGE’s various business interests in Mongolia which include Pepsi Mongolia, the Mongolia Fund, Mongolia Meats, and GemNet, a Eurasian telecommunications company that currently provide 96% of the internet connectivity to Mongolia. He also overseas Gage’s international operations, including Silk Way Group, a multinational aviation services company based in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Amsterdam Group Public Relations company, an advanced social media engagement firm focused on media relations and traditional thought leadership promotion.
Mr. Rehberg is also the President and Co-founder of G2 Analytics, an innovative public opinion research firm that combines data, technology and visual analytics to create unique insights and actionable intelligence from recorded videos and live events.
He is a graduate of Seattle University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies.
Jim Messina, Senior Advisor, is the Founder and CEO of The Messina Group, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm with offices around the world. Arguably one of the world’s most successful political advisors, Messina was the mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. With the guidance of technology’s foremost leaders, Messina abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology with politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented. Bloomberg Businessweek dubbed this strategy “the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken,” and Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called it, “the best-run campaign ever.” The American Association of Political Consultants later crowned him the Campaign Strategist of the Year.
In 2013, Messina launched The Messina Group to provide strategic consulting to political campaigns, advocacy organizations and businesses. In this capacity, Messina has advised Presidents and Prime Ministers on five continents including: the UK’s Theresa May and David Cameron, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and in 2016 helped Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy win a surprising re-election margin. Additionally, the firm has been involved in winning public policy campaigns around the globe and their list of clients include Uber, Airbnb, Google, Delta Air Lines, Hutchison Whampoa, and over 70 others.
Previously, Messina served as Director of Personnel for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition and as National Chief of Staff for Obama for America in 2008 and was appointed to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining the White House, he served as Chief of Staff for two United States Senators, Sen. Max Baucus and Sen. Byron Dorgan.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Montana and sits on the boards of Virgin HyperloopOne, Google’s Advanced Technology Panel, Vectra.ai, Pillpack, LanzaTech, Hyp3r, the United States Soccer Foundation, and the Montana Land Reliance.
Dr. John Domenech, East Coast Vice President, is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and experienced business executive that brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise to GAGE International. Upon earning his Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida, he was commissioned into the United States Army in 1979. He was stationed at Gorgas Army Hospital where he provided oversight and materials management for medical facilities that utilized nuclear medicines. He also served as a consultant to US Embassy’s in Central and South American and monitored hazards created by nuclear powered vessels transiting the Panama Canal.
Leaving active duty in 1982, he continued to serve as member of the Army National Guard while establishing an impressive career in the private sector. Between 1983 and 2001, he served in numerous management and leadership roles including president, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer for firms ranging from technology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, computer software, and intelligence. In 1999, he was hired to serve as the President and Chief Operating Officer of NetCompliance, one of the first tech companies to provide automated electronic reporting services to help companies remain compliant with federal laws.
After the tragic events of September 11th, John spent nearly 10 years in active military duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pentagon. In 2007, he was assigned to work with Leidos (formerly SAIC) as the Senior Technology Integration Officer for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), a combat support organization that focused on dealing with the threats posed by improvised threats such as IED’s. He retired from active duty in 2012, but continued to work with Leidos in support of JEIDDO missions until 2016. In 2017, Col. Domenech was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve a three-year term as a Trustee of the Florida Keys Community College.
In addition to his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Florida, Col. Domenech also has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University.
David J. Todd, West Coast Vice President, brings a vast array of skills and experience in all aspects of business, from start-ups (concept to development, through growth and exit) to forming and leading major partnerships and product development and market launches with several of the world’s leading corporations. Internationally, David has a deep wealth of experience developing business relationships and negotiating deals on the ground with C-Suite business leaders and top senior government officials.
In the wake of September 11th, David designed the initial software model for two enterprise class products; CHAIN™ and Sphere>Points™, advanced communications and sensor platforms for the homeland and national security markets. He initiated and led strategic partnerships and major co-product development initiatives with teams at the highest levels of Microsoft, AT&T and Raytheon, through multiple version releases and over a million lines of code.
In his role as Chief Product Development Officer, David provided the vision and executive direction for software development over multiple version releases across several SaaS platforms run in the cloud, all prior to the time when “SaaS” and “The Cloud” were industry terms. A few of the other data, analytics, and cloud based products originated by David include: The Physician Locator, Physician Desktop, Clinic Desktop, and a handheld prescription writer for the medical market. David also developed and executed a strategic go-to-market partnership model and secured long-term contracts with more than 100 nationally recognized medical and legal associations, over 150,000 physicians and 25,000 attorneys and over 100 hospitals, clinics and law firms.
Over a span of 23 years in the corporate and start-up business world, David has served in a variety of executive leadership roles in fast-moving, innovative and highly competitive complex markets including: three separate stints as CEO (totaling 15 years), Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Product Development Officer, and Executive Vice President of Strategic Development. He also has extensive experience serving on, and reporting to, diverse boards of directors and shareholder groups.
Mohammed S. Jameel, Iraq Country Director, is a native of Kurdistan, Iraq and has a broad background in both the public and private sectors in Iraq and the greater MENA region. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the Salahaddin University in Erbil, Kurdistan, he provided financial management and oversight for a wide array of private sector companies, including manufacturing, security services, retailing, logistic, general trading, construction, and consulting companies. Mr. Jameel served as CFO of Manager Security Company, one of the leading private security companies in the Kurdistan and is the former CFO at Karin Industrial Group one of the first companies to provide industrial automation services in Iraq.
Mr. Jameel is a true entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of two successful Kurdistan-based companies. Rise Force General Trading Co. is a global trading company that imports a wide range of consumer products for sale Kurdistan and Iraq, and exports Iraq-based goods around the globe. Best Immigration Service Co. is an immigration and visa services company that assists Kurdistan-based companies identify and vet qualified foreign workers and helps foreign workers obtain required work and travel visas.
Over the past few years has established a proven track record of navigating both the public and private sectors and has been instrumental in assisting Gage International and their clients on numerous projects, including: private sector security, oil and gas exploration, refining of precious metals, transportation and logistics, international restaurant franchising, and construction projects.