Rear Admiral William D. Byrne, Jr. Joins Academy Securities’ Advisory Board

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Academy Securities, a registered broker-dealer, certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise, and Minority Business Enterprise, today announced the addition of Rear Admiral William D. Byrne, Jr. to its Advisory Board and Geopolitical Intelligence Group. 

Rear Admiral Byrne retired from the United States Navy in August of 2022 after 35 years of service. His final assignment in the military was the Director of Warfare Development for the Chief of Naval Operations where he developed strategy. He was also Vice Director of the Joint Staff where he directed the day-to-day operation of the Joint Staff, a diverse organization of 2,000 civilian and military members that formulates the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s advice on military matters to the Secretary of Defense and the President of the United States. Admiral Byrne served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, making several overseas deployments. He served in a variety of duty stations across the United States and overseas in Guam, Japan, and the Republic of Korea where he was Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea.

“We are honored to have Admiral Byrne join Academy’s Advisory Board,” stated Academy’s Chairman and CEO Chance Mims, “His impressive experience makes him uniquely suited to advise our team and clients.”

Admiral Byrne commented on joining Academy Securities: “I’m thrilled to be joining the great team at Academy Securities. In addition to the superb services they provide their clients, I am most impressed by how seriously they take, and how aggressively they pursue, their mission of recruiting, hiring, and training veterans for success in the financial services world. Great people doing great work, who doesn’t want to be a part of that?”

Admiral Byrne graduated from the United States Naval Academy and earned a master’s degree from the Naval Defense University. He was a record-setting quarterback and football team captain at the Naval Academy and was honored in 2015 by the National Football Foundation with their Distinguished American Award.

“The addition of Admiral Byrne greatly enhances the Firm’s mission and his perspective on the geostrategic risk landscape will be a tremendous value add to our clients,” stated Academy’s President Phil McConkey.

About Academy Securities

Academy Securities is a preeminent disabled veteran owned investment bank with strength in capital markets, public finance, fixed income, and equity trading. Leadership and staff have had intensive military training prior to entering and gaining in-depth financial services experience in global capital markets. We are mission driven with a high ethical code, a solid sense of accountability and strive for excellence in the pursuit of our clients’ success. Academy is our nation’s first post-9/11 disabled veteran owned investment bank and is certified as a DVBE, SDVOSB, and MBE. The firm has a strong top and middle tier client base served by a national platform with offices in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chapel Hill, Louisville, Austin, Dallas, and Sacramento. Information about Academy Securities is available at