Major General (USA, Ret.)
"James A. “Spider” Marks served more than 30 years in uniform in the intelligence field, attaining the rank of Major General. Throughout his time of service, Marks held command and staff positions in the 101st Airborne Division and 82d Airborne Division, which included infantry platoon leader and infantry company command. General Marks commanded at the battalion and brigade levels, served as a strategist on the Army staff and as the senior intelligence officer for Joint Task Force Los Angeles during the LA Riots, in the Balkans, Korea, and in combat for the Coalition Land Forces during the liberation of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He culminated his career as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. Marks currently serves as a managing partner for ERGO, a leading, global primary research and consulting firm, specializing in emerging and frontier markets. Marks is based in ERGO’s Washington, D.C. office and is responsible for strategy and business development. Before joining ERGO, Marks was president and CEO of Global Linguist Solutions, which provided coalition forces and reconstruction efforts in Iraq with more than 9,000 linguists fluent in Arabic, Persian Farsi, and English. General Marks is an Honor Graduate of the US Army’s Ranger School, a Master parachutist, authorized to wear Canadian and Korean Airborne wings, and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and multiple expeditionary and service ribbons. He is a 1975 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs conferred by the University of Virginia in 1985. Additionally, he received a Master of Science degree in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1990."