Our firm is led by CEO and three-time author, Jon Rydberg. His vision and supply chain consulting expertise is what clearly sets us apart from other firms and professional organizations who merely provide point-in-time checklist audits.
(photo from the 2014 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference highlights reel)
We are not lawyers trying to act as consultants – we are experienced transformational advisors with advanced degrees in business administration from top schools whose experience includes Big-4 supply chain strategy firms.
Orchid Advisors partners with only the leading legal experts in the United States and around the world to bring you unprecedented, CEO-level consulting services. When requested by our clients, our engagements are conducted under attorney-client privilege.
The Orchid Advisors Executive Team
Jon Rydberg, Chief Executive Officer and Three-time Author
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Jon Rydberg is the CEO of Orchid Advisors and author of: (1) Global Anti-Corruption & Anti-Bribery Leadership: Practical FCPA and U.K. Bribery Compliance Concepts for the Corporate Board Member, C-Suite Executive and General Counsel; (2) Firearms Compliance Guide 2014; and (3) The Four Pillars of Firearm Compliance.
Mr. Rydberg has served as a global Big 4 audit, compliance, and business consulting executive for approximately 20 years. He was most recently the Chief Compliance Officer and VP, Internal Audit at Smith & Wesson and was previously employed by such leaders as Ernst & Young, Protiviti, and United Technologies, a worldwide Fortune 50 conglomerate. He served public Board members, CEOs and CFOs on high profile matters pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, corporate fraud and SEC financial reporting scandals, Federal FCPA investigations, Sarbanes-Oxley material weakness remediation and the optimization of internal audit programs for billion dollar entities. He is an expert in manufacturing production control, supply chain management, process re-engineering and ERP optimization.
Mr. Rydberg was responsible for implementing the largest full-scale compliance and anti-corruption/anti-bribery program in the wake of an industry-wide DOJ/SEC-led FCPA sting. He is also author of The Four Pillars of Firearm Compliance, a text focused on transforming ATF compliance in the Firearms Industry and has featured in such media sites as the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.
Mr. Rydberg also served in the role of global Aerospace & Defense industry practice leader and held additional positions with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Manufacturing Industry Sector Board and was an Executive Committee Member of the DHS Manufacturing Supply Chain Team, APICS, the IIA and Mensa. He holds a Secret Clearance and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). And, he holds three U.S. Patents and is a BSME, MBA and MACC (partial).
Jeff Grody, Principal and Leader of Export / ITAR Services
Jeff Grody is a Principal in Orchid Advisors. At Orchid Advisors, he leads the firm’s export /ITAR practice, assisting clients with a broad range of commercial and compliance and commercial matters. His export compliance practice includes assistance to manufacturers and others in the firearms, aerospace and defense industries in such projects as the development and implementation of ITAR and EAR compliance systems, technology control plans, export compliance manuals, training programs, and ITAR and EAR compliance assessments at the company, facility and department level. He also helps clients with ITAR and EAR export and temporary import licensing, including licenses for permanent and temporary export, licenses for foreign person employees, trade shows and off-shore procurement and the preparation of Manufacturing License Agreements (MLAs), Technical Assistance Agreements (TAAs) and Warehouse and Distribution Agreements (WDAs). Jeff’s commercial advice encompasses all aspects of international commercial and governmental trade in firearms and related products and services.
Jeff came to Orchid Advisors in July 2014 from Colt Defense, where he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Jeff joined Colt Defense in 2005.
Jeff brings to Orchid Advisors years of hands-on experience with every aspect of the business of designing, manufacturing and selling firearms and related products in the United States and throughout the world. He has structured and negotiated countless transactions with customers, distributors, representatives and others relating to the distribution and sale of firearms, components, accessories, kits and ammunition throughout the world. Jeff also has worked with supply chain issues of every type domestically and internationally. In addition, he has structured multiple collaborative relationships, including teaming, joint development, cooperative research and ITAR-regulated manufacturing license agreements and technical assistance agreements.
Jeff is intimately familiar with the legal and regulatory environment within which firearms manufacturers operate in the United States and when they export products or technology to other countries. As the senior corporate officer responsible for compliance, he has supervised corporate systems covering export, import and anti-bribery compliance, compliance with ATF regulations, and compliance with laws regulating manufacturers and government contractors generally, such as OSHA, environmental and government contracting regulations.
Jeff has participated in numerous financing, merger and acquisition and other corporate transactions as both inside counsel and during 25 years in private law practice. He also has played a key role in the initial registration of securities and periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
At Colt, Jeff helped weave systems for complying with laws, engaging in transactions professionally and managing business relationships ethically, as well as preserving intellectual property, into the everyday way of doing business. The result, with the assistance of many other people, was less time and money spent fixing problems, less value and time lost to disputes, and an outstanding track record with regulatory authorities. At Orchid Advisors, he will help clients implement similar practices.
Jeff graduated from Princeton University and the Columbia University School of Law.
Jillair Kubish is the President, Regulatory Compliance.
Mrs. Kubish has approximately 15 years of professional experience, with over half of her career as a regional ATF executive. Key ATF roles include that of Director, Industry Operations of the New Orleans Field Division and leader of New England Industry Operations.
Mrs. Kubish has been recognized at ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States for her balanced approach as an independent regulator and advisor to Chief Executive Officers, Corporate General Counsel and Retail Store Owners. As the leader of the Northeast ATF Industry Operations, she has been responsible for the largest companies in the country including, but not limited to: Auto-Ordnance, Camfour, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, Colt Defense, Century Arms International, Marlin Firearms, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Kahr Arms, Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc., Smith & Wesson, Savage Arms, and many others.
Mrs. Kubish has become one of the country’s most well known experts on Federal and State firearm and explosives matters. This includes: ATF Compliance, Import / Export Compliance and ITAR. As such, she has been regularly called upon as a liaison between industry and Washington D.C. and has been chosen by both the ATF and National Shooting Sports Foundation to present on critical matters.
Mrs. Kubish now brings to the industry experience gained from performing thousands of regulatory inspections and developing key ATF HQ materials such as the Industry Operations Investigator Competency Model Project, the Industry Operations Operating Plan, and Online Training Videos for Federal Firearms Licensees. She has worked closely with and trained the State and Local Regulators and Law Enforcement Officers in matters pertaining to firearms. She has also been the Industry Operations Investigator (IOI) Class Supervisor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia.
Mrs. Kubish graduated Magna cum Laude from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she received distinction in her major.
Michelle Ingram, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer
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Michelle Ingram is the CFO and CIO of Orchid Advisors. Ms. Ingram has approximately 15 years of international business experience leading Finance and IT functions for two Fortune 100 organizations. Since joining the firearms industry she has audited, designed and implemented systems and controls
for industry’s highest volume manufacturers and domestic and international distributors.
Michelle co-designed a proprietary application for analyzing industry A&D records and has personally evaluated millions of transactions. She has performed both routine and in-depth mock inspections for the largest manufacturing facilities in the industry with a focus on: Pistol-Revolver- Rifle-Shotgun Manufacturing, NFA Manufacturing, Import Management including Form 6 / 6a, ATF-issued variances and electronic A&D books in accordance with ATF Ruling 2013-5. Michelle has also performed
post-implementation assessments of leading ERP software such as SAP, Oracle and Epicor.
Additional career accomplishments include: (1) Managing highly sensitive M&A and litigation finance matters for a Top 5 global law firm; and (2) Playing a leadership role in the securitization of multi- billion dollar portfolios for the secondary markets. Ms. Ingram was also employed earlier in her career by a high-profile technology R&D center at ESPN. There, she designed and implemented advanced automation including the well known “Shot Tracker” technology that is commonly featured during ESPN’s on-air coverage of MLB, NBA and NHL events.