Advisory Board*

G. Brian Estes, P.E.

Brian Estes is a consulting engineer and retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He has extensive experience in construction management; project delivery methods, federal contracting practices, and DOE environmental management projects. He was a member of the Committee for Oversight and Assessment of Department of Energy Project Management, the Committee on Outsourcing of Design and Construction Management Services for Federal Facilities, and the Committee to Assess the Policies and Practices of the DOE to Design, Manage, and Procure Environmental Restoration, Waste Management, and Other Construction Projects, and has served on four other committees of the National Research Council, three of which dealt with the Department of Energy. He currently serves on the Committee on Medical Isotope Production without Highly Enriched Uranium of the National Research Council, is a member of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Academies, and is a member of the Environmental Management Advisory Board of the Department of Energy.

He is the former Director of Construction Projects, Westinghouse Hanford Company, where he directed project management functions for construction projects in support of operations and environmental cleanup of the Department of Energy Hanford nuclear complex. Prior to joining Westinghouse, he completed 30 years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Admiral Estes served as Commander, Pacific Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Commander, THIRD Naval Construction Brigade, Pearl Harbor, HI. He commanded over 700 engineers, 8,000 Seabees and 4,000 other employees in providing public works management, environmental support, family housing support, facilities planning, design, and construction services.

He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Virginia.


Ron Fisher

Ron Fisher had a career in the civil engineering field where he served as a registered professional engineer for 35 years. He started his career in the Civil Engineering Corps of the USN. One of his early involvements on returning to civilian life was the planning and engineering to improve the Port Authority Transit Hudson train service between New Jersey and NYC. Service was to be extended under the Hudson River with a major station below the World Trade Center, also in the early design phase. Excavation for the World Trade Center was underway when he moved to the West Coast to be project engineer for the early planning and engineering that was to bring the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) into the SF Airport. A major part of his engineering career was spent directing the management of research and demonstration projects for the USDOT. He also formed a small company, Creative Transit Alternatives, that consulted on the early test development of the automated highway systems.

In 1995 his heavy involvement in the engineering area gave way to a call to give his full attention to what had been a part time ministry. Crown Financial Ministries was expanding its service to local churches to assist their development of effective stewardship training. He spent the next 12 years as a full time volunteer leading this ministry effort in the middle Atlantic and NE states.

In 2007 he reduced his ministry effort to his local church and immediate community. His 6 children and their families (22 grandchildren) were maturing. Now was the crucial time to focus on the opportunity to ensure a godly heritage.

Ron received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and ME degree in Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley. He is a registered professional engineer in New York and California. He and his wife, Stephi, reside in Williamsburg, VA.


Richard Robins, MD

Richard B Robins, MD is a board certified Otolaryngologist who was in private practice of his specialty for 41 years in Newport News, VA. Upon retirement from his practice at ENT Physicians and Surgeons, he began serving as a volunteer Otolaryngologist at Lackey Free Clinic, and has been a member of the Board of Directors there since January 2008.

He has been a member of numerous professional organizations, past president of the Virginia Society of Opthamology and Otolaryngology and past president of the Riverside Hospital Medical Staff. He received his pre-medical education at Randolph Macon College, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and served his internship there. After a year of general surgical training at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, he went to the University of Virginia for three years of residency training in Otolaryngology. He was on active duty for two years as the Otolaryngologist at the 2792 USAF Hospital at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. Upon completion of his military service, he entered private practice in Newport News. He has been a Visiting Professor in Otolaryngology at UVA since November 1968.

Dick lost his wife to kidney cancer in 2007, and married his present wife, Gorťe (Dunlap) in 2010. She had lost her husband to ALS in 2001, and the two met through his pastor and her uncle Dick Woodward. They volunteer together at Lackey Free Clinic, serve on their church Medical Response Team, and enjoy a blended family of 4 children and 12 grandchildren.


Robert E. Thompson, III

Bob Thompson is the former president of Sprintís national consumer organization, where he was responsible for the sales, marketing and customer operations for Sprintís consumer long distance division. In this role, he led a team of 5,000 associates to serve 6 million customers, yielding revenues in excess of $2.5 billion annually. Prior to that, Bob was president of consumer markets for Sprintís local telecommunications division, and president of business operations for Sprintís domestic data network.

Bob has extensive and broad-based experience throughout his 24 years in the telecommunications industry. He served in a variety of positions with Sprint in five states, including assignments in the companyís local, long distance and wholesale distribution business units. Before joining Sprint, Bob held customer service, network operations and corporate staff management positions with AT&T and Verizon Corporation for eight years.

Bob retired from the telecommunications industry in 2001 with a stated intention to pursue a career in Christian youth ministry, with particular emphasis on the influence of popular music on contemporary culture. He is currently a partner in RiverTree Consulting, LLC (www.rivertreeconsulting.com) Ė a Williamsburg, Virginia-based consultancy dedicated to raising up the next generation of godly leaders. Bob also serves as executive director of the Christian Festival Association (www.christianfestivals.com), an association of many the nationís largest outdoor Christian music events. He speaks regularly to groups on topics of leadership and business ethics.

Bob and his wife Nancy are graduates of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. They reside in Williamsburg, Virginia. Their son Rob and his wife Jessica are also graduates of The College of William and Mary. They reside in Richmond, Virginia with their two children. Their daughter Susan is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Alex.


Robert S. Walton, III

Robert S. Walton III served more than 40 years in general administrative and management functions in both government and private sector venues. Formerly Executive Director of The Federal Trade Commission, where he advised the Chairman on all aspects of administrative management, providing policy guidance and directing agency support functions, including: budget planning, execution, and resource allocation; information resource management; personnel management; procurement, and general administrative support. He also served as Deputy Executive Director for Management, Director of the Division of Procurement and General Services, and Deputy Director of the Division of Budget and Finance. He was honored by President Clinton as a recipient of the Presidential rank Award for Distinguished Service in 1995. Subsequent to his retirement from the Federal Government Senior Executive Service, he served as the Firm Administrator for Blankingship & Keith, P.C., a mid-size law firm in Northern Virginia.

Bob received a B.S. degree in Biology from the Virginia Military Institute, and served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S.Army. He and his wife Mary Landon (Smith) reside in Williamsburg, Va.


*This advisory board is an informal group that provides counsel and suggestions for Mr. Topping and Covenant Wealth Advisors. It is not a board of directors.