Meet Our Team
We work hard to provide our customers with top-notch services, clearly established by using a series of core values and a team of professionals that distinguish us from the rest. Our core values which describe our commitment to you and your business are:
HONESTY - RESPECT - INTEGRITY - LOYALTY
In order to carry out the work we do, our team is built of professionals who embody these core values and hold them at the forefront of their work.
CEO / President
Alex Morales-Hernandez, the CEO and President of CW3RET Enterprise, LLC (DBA: EEC Solutions) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he lived until he enlisted in the United States Army.
He is a 2013 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Master of Science in Administration.
Alex enlisted in the United States Army on 18 April 1995 and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three after 21 years of military service. He served in the Special Operations Enterprise and lastly in the Defense Attaché System as the Operations Coordinator, Assistant Army Attaché, and Acting Defense Attaché in countries such as Bolivia, Chad, El Salvador, Colombia, Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
Alex is a recipient of numerous military awards including the 3rd highest award in the Department of State “Award for Heroism”.
He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Melody has over 6 years of experience in the Operations Management, Business Administration, and Human Resources department. She has traveled the world alongside her military family and lived in many countries, including Panama, Bolivia, El Salvador, Colombia, and Zimbabwe.
She is a 2019 graduate of The University of Tampa with a Bachelor's in Business Management.
Upon obtaining her Bachelor's degree, Melody pursued a career in the Private Sector, with a software development firm, where she obtained experience in the Administrative and Human Resources department. She became the company's youngest Director at the age of 23 and. Melody managed both administrative and legal tasks, and successfully handled the company's international sponsorship program.
She specializes in security, innovation, and training and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
AITPSO / AFSO & Sourcing
John has over 6 years of experience in customer service and international studies. He has traveled the world alongside his military family, and lived in many countries, including Panama, Bolivia, El Salvador, Colombia and Zimbabwe.
He is a 2021 graduate of The University of Tampa with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Law, Justice & Advocacy.
As the FSO / AITPSO, John's primary focus is the security of information and establishing a defense to threats towards EEC Solutions, its employees, or any of its clients.
John has extensive experience in the cryptocurrency field and established and oversees EEC Solutions' mining efforts. He is also fluent in both English and Spanish.
Prior to joining the Sovereign Challenge team in June of 2019, Mr. Brill had a distinguished 26 year career in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman. Mr. Brill served and commanded multiple organizations around the globe in Light, Airborne, Mechanized, and Training units.
He has received numerous awards for leadership and superior performance during his multiple overseas assignments. Mr. Brill served in a variety of leadership and staff positions during his service.
Mr. Brill entered the U.S. Army in 1991 as a Reservist and an active-duty officer after graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1993. Mr. Brill holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is JPME II qualified from the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.
Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte
Former Acting Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Mari Carmen Aponte served as Acting Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from May, 2016 until January, 2017. Previously, Aponte was the Ambassador of the United States to El Salvador since 2012. Her priorities in El Salvador included expanding crime prevention, growing the economy and moving the country towards democracy, sustainable development and human rights. She is the first Puerto Rican woman to hold the title of Ambassador.
Born in Puerto Rico, Aponte moved to the United States to pursue a better education. After earning a BA in political science from Rosemont College, she taught in Camden, New Jersey and became aware of the underrepresented educational needs of minority students. Aponte enrolled in Temple University Beasley School of Law and earned a JD in 1975. She was one of few Puerto Rican women enrolled in a U.S. accredited law program at that time and, subsequently, the first Latina lawyer in Pennsylvania.
Aponte moved to Washington, D.C. in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter appointed her as a White House Fellow. She continued practicing law in D.C and cofounded one of the first minority-owned law firms. In 1984, Aponte was elected the first woman president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. She continued to hold leadership positions for the next 25 years, advocating for women and the Latino community.
From 2001-2004, she was Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration. She was also on the board of directors for the National Council of La Raza and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and later provided strategic counsel for the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, a Spanish-speaking national non-commercial television network. Aponte received the 2015 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of her community service.
Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.
Former Career Minister & Ambassador to the Phillipines & Zimbabwe
Ambassador Harry Thomas is one of our nation’s most experienced diplomats and holds the State Department’s second-highest rank of Career Minister. Over his 30 year career, he has represented the United States abroad as Ambassador three times and served in senior positions at the State Department and the White House.
As Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2016-18, Harry lead the U.S.’s efforts to support economic reform, democracy and American corporations seeking to do business in Zimbabwe. He oversaw EducationUSA which sends several hundred students to American universities each year and partners with non-governmental organizations whose objective is to gain academic and athletic scholarships for Zimbabweans. He was in charge of the Fulbright, Humphrey, Watson and Young African Leaders Fellowships and has responsibility for two American Corners (Libraries) including Zimbabwe’s first wireless library.
As Ambassador to the Philippines from 2010-2013, Harry led U.S. assistance during the Philippines’ devastating floods and managed the U.S. efforts to eliminate terrorism. He headed one of the United States’ largest diplomatic missions with over 3000 staff posted throughout the nation. He led the “American Road Show” which took embassy personnel throughout the nation to explain U.S. visa policy, military and development assistance. He was Director General of the Foreign Service and Head of Human Resources and spearheaded a new Foreign Service examination, a new annual Evaluation Report and given the Arnold Raphel Award for Mentoring. He previously served as Department of State Executive Secretary and on the National Security Staff at the White House.
The son of a social worker and a World War 11/Korea veteran, Harry was raised in New York and values public service. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross and a master’s degree from Columbia University. He speaks Spanish, and Hindi as well as some Bengali and Tagalog. He is the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award among other prominent awards for leadership and was the Commencement Speaker at Loyola of Maryland and Holy Cross. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the National Defense University and Holy Cross, as a “Stroke and Turn” Judge in three Virginia swimming leagues, coached Little League Baseball, enjoys golf and connecting with social media friends around the world. Ambassador Thomas in married to Mithi Aquino-Thomas, a Human Resources professional who has lectured at universities in America and the Philippines. They have three children. Casey has earned a master’s in public health and Emmanuel and Zoe who are upper-class undergraduates.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army Retired, President of Down South Consulting, LLC
Brigadier General Hector E. Pagan was born in Manhattan, New York, and was raised in Puerto Rico. He was commissioned as an infantry officer from the ROTC program at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, where he was a Distinguished Military Student and Graduate. He attended the Infantry Officers Basic Course and Ranger School in 1980, and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 51st Infantry, in Germany, as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Scout Platoon Leader. In 1983, he attended the Infantry Officers Advanced Course and remained at Fort Benning, Georgia, with the Infantry Training Group and the 29th Infantry Regiment, where he served as chief, Special Weapons Committee, operations officer, and commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 29th Infantry Regiment from 1984 to1986. Brigadier General Pagan served in Panama with the 3rd Bn., 7th Special Forces (SF) Group (Airborne), 1988-1990, as an A-Detachment commander and Battalion S1. He served in Operation JUST CAUSE and deployed to El Salvador in 1989. From 1990 to 1992, he served in SF Branch, Total Army Personnel Command as a future readiness officer and captains assignments officer. He attended the Army Command and General Staff Course and then served as the executive officer, 1st Bn., 7th SF Group (Airborne). From 1994-1995, he served in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command as the chief, office management, office of the deputy chief of staff for personnel. He returned to the 7th SF Group (Airborne) in 1995, where he served as group operations officer, executive officer and deputy commander. From 1998-2000, Brigadier General Pagan commanded the 2nd Battalion, 1st SF Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington.
After his tour with the 1st SF Group, he was assigned to the Special Operations Command South, Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, where he served as the director of operations, J3, from 2000 to 2002. Upon completion of the U.S. Army War College in 2003, Brigadier General Pagan took command of the 5th SF Group (Airborne) in Baghdad, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom. He led the 5th SF Group (Airborne) in combat as the commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula for two combat tours in 2003 and 2004.
In 2005, Brigadier General Pagan served as the special assistant to the commander of the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In 2006, he assumed duties as the deputy director of the Operations Support Group in the Center for Special Operations in the U.S. Special Operations Command. Brigadier General Pagan served as the deputy commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command in November 2006 and in May 2007 assumed duties as deputy commander, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, NC until July, 2008.
Brian C. Murphy
Regional Security Officer
Brian C. Murphy is currently the Northeast Regional Security Manager for the Pentagon Federal Credit Union (Pen Fed). Brian is responsible for the physical and technical security at the Pen Fed headquarters in Tyson’s Corner, VA, its primary data center and dozens of other offices and branches throughout the region.
Brian joined the State Department as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) in 1997. He served in a variety of domestic and overseas positions as a Supervisory Special Agent and as a Senior Regional Security Officer. Those positions include the New York Field Office, DS Headquarters, U.S. Embassies in Italy and Switzerland, the Miami Field Office, the U.S. Embassies in Iraq, Colombia and El Salvador. Brian culminated his career with DS as the Deputy Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere.
Brian holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Providence College and a master’s degree in national security and resource strategy from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School.
From 1991 -1997, Brian served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Brian is from the greater Boston area and is married to Angela Turchi of Rome, Italy. He is the proud father of two daughters.