Board of Directors

Board of Directors, USABoard0A_75The Charter and agreement of the GOB requires that the members of the Board of Directors be volunteers and bona fide U.S. citizens for the benefit of signatories and bearers for operations as a public trust. The Board is comprised of accomplished and distinguished contributors encompassing the affairs within the legally binding Charter. The Board of Directors provides the basis for the Charter’s moral purpose with competence with unsurpassable integrity and impartiality included in our projects, accreditation and recognition programs.

Tom Bechtel (on right), Chairman

Industry in North America recognizes Tom’s thirty-five (37) years as practitioner and management specialist with CFPIM credentials from APIC provides experience in the private and public sectors. His experience encompass ERP, Lean, Kaizen, HACCP, TQM, Six Sigma, JIT, and high level assessment applying competence within international benchmarks series EMS ISO 14000, QMS ISO 9000, FSMS ISO 22000, and assessments of others ISO/IEC 17021 and ISO/IEC 17011. To this effect as a practitioner, facilitator and trainer within the manufacturing community within North America across industry sectors that includes manufacturers, food and beverage and services within the healthcare sector. Contribution to companies and corporations, to name a few, includes Chrysler, Ford, Dana Corporation, Deere & Co., Mars / M&M, Siemens, Griffith Laboratories, Charles Machine Works, CAMI Automotive, GE Power Management, Sears Canada, Elkhart Industries, Kellogg’s, H.J. Heinz, Detroit Edison (DTE), Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Meridian Medical Technologies, Intel, Intevac, MOPAR, and ZF Industries. And through the various supply - chains these contribute to the Charter of the GOB.

Brian Hettrick (second from left), Secretary

A former Director with KPMG Financial Services contribute to this twenty-five (25) years of experience in financial, service and within the supply - chain as these relate to the manufacturing of finished goods. His gamut of experience involves banking, financial and the manufacturing sector with responsibilities in various capacities in accounting, analyst, controller and examiner. CHUBB Services / CHUBB Group, KPMG, GOAL/QPC have provided him the basis to interact with banking, finance and supply - chain including Heinz, US Marine Corp, Citibank, Dale Carnegie, Fidelity, IBM Credit, Mellon Bank, Milliken, Royal Bank of Canada, US West, Philips Morris and alike. His experience with international benchmarks includes ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17024 and ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 15189 while benchmarking ISO/IEC 17011.

Luis Garcia-Pelatti (left), Director

Luis, as a member of the Board of Directors, his duties are to advise from inside governmental work, as a recognized urban planner in North America and specific to the NAFTA and DR - CAFTA regions - role in Secretary of Interior as President of the Urban and Planning Board. As an Economist, he equally understands the challenges in some of the regions and areas for Donations, Fundraising, Grants and Affairs. He is a former President of Urban Planning for the Government of Puerto Rico. Further, he headed the urban, tourism, economics and beneficial societal activities. Luis possesses twenty (20) plus years of urban planning and economic development experience as he has served as counsel to numerous development and projects. For these reasons, his experience contributes to our Charter in view of benefiting and protection of primarily to the notion of communities as well as consumers.

Armando Valladares (second from right), Director

Carried duties of law enforcement in Cuba prior to the current regime, in 1960 at the age of 23 was imprisoned for 22-years with trump-up charges; released from imprisonment in 1982 with the persistence from his very special wife Martha as advocacy and upon appeal from France. He then moved to the USA wherein President Ronald Reagan inspired on his works Against All Hope and other writings appointed Armando as US Ambassador to the United Nations on the Human Rights Commission where he passionately and vividly represented the United States. Upon his achievements in working on Human Rights, President Reagan confers Armando “The Presidential Citizens Medal”. His works, experience at the United Nations, Legislative Groups in Europe and the Americas as he keeps his contribution and works on children’s rights as Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation which is attune with the Charter of the GOB. Armando’s contribution to Human Rights and matters encompassing 20 plus years of experience in Social Accountability - Social Responsibility are undisputed.

Denise L. Hayes (center), Remembrance in her honor

Denise Hayes carries duties as the Secretariat of the GOB and the important role of overseeing that the Charter is maintained with integrity as part of the Board and with the support of Delegates worldwide. Her experience is gain from twenty (20) plus years of experience in government services with responsibilities as a senior regional member in activities that interacted with consumers of all levels. Within her tenure in government services her responsibilities included distribution and logistics of services West of Continental USA. Her experience, prior to her tenure within a government, includes Türkiye within US military installations. Current activities help her understand management systems protocols. Within the realm of the Charter that encompass America and with her experience brings a view of the concerns of consumers and a fresh view to donations, bequests, fundraising, grants and affair activities.

Denise is missed, in her honor we are keeping her name alive (1954 - 2021) as we celebrate her life, as the first Secretariat of the GOB; may her message remains in our spirit.


2021 | The GOB | GCC Accreditation - Recognition Platform is a U.S. based chartered organization based public trust for which contributions are tax deductible. Through its bylaws, it means that no transfer of money to individuals’ for their own benefits (salaries, bonuses, loans) - independent third-party accreditation and recognition. The work and resources are dedicated to promote, encourage and participation to the Charter, legally binding primary and secondary purpose. Primary - to protect communities and consumers; Secondary - to promote, encourage and participate in product and service initiatives from America.