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Al Zapanta

Owner, President, CEO

A Los Angeles native, Mr. Zapanta graduated from the University of Southern California, the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and the Inter-American Defense College at the National War College. In the private sector he has worked as an industrial engineer for Bethlehem Steel and as the Director of Government Affairs for ARCO. Mr. Zapanta has also held numerous Presidential appointments including White House Fellow, and was Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Management and Administration. Mr. Zapanta was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Trade Technology and Development and by President George W. Bush as a private sector delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity. He was also appointed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to serve as Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (DOD) from 2002-2005.

Mr. Zapanta served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he was wounded and was awarded the Silver Star, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart, and 30 other awards. Mr. Zapanta also served in Operation Desert Storm and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Restore Hope in Somalia, and Restore Democracy in Haiti. A service-disabled veteran, Mr. Zapanta retired from the military after 36 years of service in 2002.

Mr. Zapanta has over 45 years of public and private executive management experience. As sole owner of PLANNING, Inc., he has brought a strategic vision to the company that has resulted in the expansion of PLANNING’s portfolio to include leadership development training, cyber security training, and physical security integration and operations. Through his guidance and business acumen, PLANNING has secured the right partners in these areas, enhancing the professional qualifications, credentials, and knowledge base of our subject matter experts (SMEs) and broadening the depth and breadth of our course offerings.

Mr. Zapanta provides PLANNING with the necessary guidance, marketing approach, and specific targeting to enhance our current and prospective customer base.