Executive Team

James G. Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer
(published articles and public/governmental activities)

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”  Solomon

With wisdom many things become possible.  A way to see and accomplish things in better ways and to see more opportunities than you had before.

The Zumwalt, Schorr, Hecht & Lowery Team has decades of profitable results oriented experience.  Real World Wisdom & Understanding.

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Admiral Zumwalt & Consultants, Inc., Reston, VA
An International consulting firm, founded in 1976 by the former Chief of Naval Operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the late Admiral E. R. Zumwalt, Jr.  Provides unique expertise to foreign and domestic clients in exploring and accessing investment opportunities in overseas
markets, especially those in emerging economies such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China, etc. where it has successfully brokered infrastructure agreements.  Provides expert opinion on veteran's issues such as dioxin exposure and legislation affecting veterans.

J. G. Zumwalt & Associates, Inc., Reston, VA
Consulting firm with emphasis on corporate management, property management, real estate investment, international market analysis and business development, natural resource analysis, security analysis and veteran's issues.

1992-1993 Presidential Appointee Department Of State, Washington, DC:
Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs: Directed, formulated and developed a broad strategy on military policy issues.  Maintained dialogue with Congress on military issues related to human rights.  Conducted confidential investigations into human rights problems abroad.  Developed, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, a human rights training course for foreign militaries.

1990-1992 ICTS (USA), Inc. New York, NY - Executive Vice President:
International security firm providing aviation security to all major domestic and international air carriers.  (Interrupted 1990-1991 called to active duty in the Marine Corps Reserve for the Persian Gulf war.)  

1990-1991 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve:
Called to active duty in the Marine Corps Reserves. Volunteered for additional service in northern Iraq to assist in the Kurdish refugee humanitarian effort, Operation Provide Comfort.

1976-1996 U. S. Marine Corps Reserve
Retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Recipient of eighteen (18) military decorations for service in the Vietnam conflict, Panama, Persian Gulf War, as well as peacetime service.

1971-1976 U. S. Marine Corps:
Received an interservice transfer to U.S. Marine Corps. Served as an infantry platoon and company commander and military police company executive officer; also served as a staff instructor at various training schools.  Duty stations included Okinawa, with a deployment to Vietnam, and Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia.

1970-1971 U.S. Navy:
Deployment to the Mediterranean as a response force to the Jordanian crisis of 1970.  Served as Assistant Communications Officer and Intelligence Officer onboard USS LEAHY (DLG-16), where responsibilities included establishing intelligence center onboard ship and monitoring Soviet naval activity in the Mediterranean.

  • 1976-1979 Villanova School of Law, Villanova, PA -JD

  • 1967-1970 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC - BA in History

  • 1991 Received degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Mercy College New York.

Deborah B. Schorr, President
Prior to founding Zumwalt, Schorr, Hecht, Lowery & Associates, Ms. Schorr was the managing member of Software 2000+, LLC which is a successful strategic marketing and consulting firm.   Ms. Schorr has substantial experience in developing strategic relationships and joint ventures for clients.  The services she provides to clients includes arranging for sales of goods and services on a global basis including through her extensive network of sub-agents as well as consulting on risk management issues and assisting in contract negotiations. 

As a natural extension of the services provided by Ms. Schorr, she developed and maintains close relationships with financial, accounting, legal professionals and decision makers from a substantial number of Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 corporations.  She has successfully developed and implemented a business development and practice acquisition program for the accounting profession.  She has developed very close “C” level contacts with 35 qualified and accredited private equity funds, investment groups and high net-worth individuals that give her immediate decisions on acquisition candidates presented them.  This coupled with her network of independent associates has created a true full-cycle M&A deal flow system.

Ms. Schorr has extensive hands-on business development experience in the consumer products, health care, technology industries including IT security and a variety of other vertical markets.  Her educational background in psychology and sociology provide her with unique insights and allow her to be exceptionally effective in rainmaking for clients.

Ira R. Hecht, Vice President  
Prior to founding Zumwalt, Schorr, Hecht & Lowery, Mr. Hecht was a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and co-chairman of the Internet & Technology Practice Group headquartered in the firm’s New York office.   Mr. Hecht’s multi-disciplinary background as a business attorney, certified public accountant and software developer allows him to bring a broad range of value-added expertise to his clients.  In addition to his involvement in Zumwalt, Schorr, Hecht, Lowery & Associates; Mr. Hecht also maintains a legal practice.

Mr. Hecht provides highly focused and creative advice on the creation, structuring, acquisition, financing, expansion and sale of privately held and publicly-traded businesses, negotiation and implementation of sophisticated business transactions as well as creative asset protection mechanisms.  Mr. Hecht’s legal experience has been heavily focused in the following areas: captive insurance, computer and Internet law, corporate finance and securities, corporate and business law, domestic and international taxation, insurance law, mergers and acquisitions as well as the protection and licensing of intellectual property.  His extensive negotiating skills as well as knowledge of business operations and legal issues enables him to provide the highest level of focused advice and hands-on assistance.

Mr. Hecht has assisted several nationally-recognized organizations in developing and implementing pure and group captive insurance programs as alternatives to commercial insurance. Mr. Hecht advises organizations regarding the optimum captive insurance company ownership structure as well as the most attractive offshore or domestic domicile for a captive insurance company.

"He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones.  They are made."  Henry B. Wilson

Dennis M. Lowery, Vice President  

Mr. Lowery provides an extraordinary level of operations and business building experience and success.  As Chief Executive Officer and President of Adducent, Inc. he has consulted for and worked with many business executives in assisting them with their business and venture projects; projects that range from business expansion, consolidation and mergers and acquisitions.  As an investor or principal, over the past nineteen years, Mr. Lowery has been involved with the start-up, merger, acquisition and/or divestiture of several private businesses in various industries.  At the public company level as manager or consultant Mr. Lowery has been involved with several business acquisition projects that involved field due diligence, relocation and integration responsibilities to support the successful completion of the acquisition or merger.

Mr. Lowery has twenty-two years of business management & business development experience in services, manufacturing & logistics operations.  Fourteen of those years with very specific project management experience that includes program management, budgetary, resource, capacity planning, scheduling, management and communications responsibility for company personnel, project vendors and contractors on multi-million dollar projects.  Mr. Lowery is a member of The Project Management Institute and a veteran of the United States Navy.

Mr. Lowery has a resource network of intermediaries, professionals and approximately 40 Finders spread throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Australia and China. These Finders are geared to source Merger & Acquisition and business opportunities. Through that network and other direct contacts developed this unit has been trained and focused to provide sell-side deal flow.

"You can't make a deal with everyone, but you can make a deal with someone."  Gerald R. Newman

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."  Aristotle


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