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Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Ricciardi, Ph.D., earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, an M.B.A. from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from Benedictine University in Values-Driven Leadership.
Ricciardi is the Vice President of Operations at SEFA, a nationwide network of leading restaurant supply and equipment dealers and manufacturers. He has extensive experience in supply chain management, marketing analytics and sales management and is also a decorated Army veteran who has served 25 years both in the reserves and on active duty. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq, most recently leading an 1100-soldier task force responsible for finding and neutralizing Improvised Explosive Devices in southern Afghanistan.
Ricciardi commands the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Ft. Shafter, Hawaii. He resides in Valparaiso, Indiana where he is married to his best friend, Kelly, and has two children, Giuseppe (15) and Giavanna (12). In his free time he serves on the executive board of directors for The College of Science Interdisciplinary Center (CSIRC) at Purdue University North Central.