Hershel Gober
National Commander



Patriot Puskar attended Pennsylvania State University under a full NROTC scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Viet Nam in 1967 – 1968 and as a Captain, commanded MATCU-62, First Marine Air Wing, a unit of 150 Marines which was attached to the Third Marine Division, and the 26th Marine Regiment. The unit operated the airfields at Dong Ha and at Khe Sanh during the Siege in 1968, and also provided perimeter defense. Patriot Puskar was wounded during a rocket attack at Dong Ha on March 25, 1968. 

Following his tour in the Marine Corps, he joined the IBM Corporation, where he held a number of sales, marketing, and general management positions over the course of his career, including: 

  • General Manager, Southwest Trading Area, which included responsibility for Marketing Operations (sales, marketing, systems engineering); Service Operations (customer engineering); Professional Services (including management consulting) and Finance, Planning and Administration, for Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, and Guam. The Trading Area generated revenues of $356 Million on an expense budget of $50 million, involving 550 employees. 
  • General Manager, North America Sales and Marketing, IBM Printing Systems Company, a business unit which generated $960 Million in revenue, and included a sales force of 275 people. 
  • Vice President, New Markets, IBM Technology Group, an $8 Billion business unit. Patriot Puskar created new market opportunities through the cultivation of strategic partnerships with worldwide companies in the consumer products, communications, internet appliance, and information technology marketplaces. 

While at IBM, he participated in extensive IBM general management, finance, marketing, sales and product education, including in-company programs conducted by the Harvard Business School. 

After retiring from IBM, he became CEO of two startup software companies: Rulebase, in Scottsdale, AZ, and Betasphere, in Palo Alto, CA. Currently, he is the founder, owner and CEO of R&D Ventures, Inc, focused on asset management, equities, options, and commodities trading activities.