Lieutenant General Mary O’Brien Joins Academy Securities’ Advisory Board and Geopolitical Intelligence Group

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Academy Securities, a registered broker-dealer, certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), today announced the addition of Lieutenant General Mary O’Brien to its Advisory Board and Geopolitical Intelligence Group. 

Lieutenant General Mary O’Brien retired from the United States Air Force after more than 34 years of service. In her last position, she led the Joint Staff Directorate of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J6), where she provided Joint Force command and control guidance, and evaluated requirements, plans, programs, and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Her previous positions include serving as the Director of Intelligence at U.S. Cyber Command, and as the Air Force Director of ISR and Cyber Effects Operations, where she was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum operations. General O’Brien commanded at the squadron, group, wing, and numbered air force levels and her deployments included a tour in Afghanistan as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

“General O’Brien is a skilled advisor, and we are honored to welcome her to Academy’s Advisory Board,” stated Academy’s Chairman and CEO Chance Mims. “Her expertise surrounding cyberspace, intelligence, and communications will be tremendously valuable to our clients.”

General O’Brien commented on joining the firm: “I’m honored to join Academy Securities and contribute to a team that values both excellence and the perspectives of veterans. I look forward to leveraging my experience to advise clients regarding the increasingly complex geopolitical landscape.”

General O’Brien was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She holds a master’s degree in organization management from George Washington University and is a distinguished graduate of the Air War College with a master’s degree in strategic studies. The National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace recognized General O’Brien with the Rear Admiral Grace Hopper Award for advancing the fields of information and cyberspace in the national security community and she was presented with the Sea Service Leadership Association North Star Award at the 2023 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.

“With her impressive and extensive background, General O’Brien will make a great addition to our team, and we are thrilled to welcome her aboard,” 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