Officers and Advisors of the Club
Board of Directors
President and Executive Director
Christopher Perrien, United States Naval Academy Class of 1974
Christopher Perrien is a 1974 graduate of the United States Naval Academy; a retired Technical Sales Executive with IBM; Secretary of the USNA’s Triangle Chapter; and the Founder, along with Matthew Cox, of AnchorRTP.com, a service dedicated to veterans in career transition to the Research Triangle Park.
A native of New Orleans, Christopher has lived in the RTP since 1985 with his wife, Tessa, and sons, Owen and Alexander.
Jeff Truitt, United States Naval Academy Class of 1993. Captain USNR
Jeff Truitt is the general counsel for Securrency, a blockchain technologies company that is helping remake the world’s financial infrastructure. Prior to this role, he served as a Corporate and Commercial Partner at Smith Anderson, a Raleigh-based law firm.
Jeff began his career as a nuclear-trained submarine officer on the USS FLORIDA near Seattle, and borrowed the idea for an official nonprofit to support the USS NORTH CAROLINA based on the legend of the “721 Club” that supported the submarine USS CHICAGO. As a former Navy JAG Corps attorney, he helps ensures that the 777 Club operates within ethical guidelines in its interactions with the Boat. As a member of the North Carolina Board of CPA Examiners, Jeff helps the Club maintains proper stewardship with its donors and regulatory authorities.
Jeff graduated with Distinction from the United States Naval Academy, and received an M.A. from the University of Maryland-College Park as well as a J.D. (with Honors) from the University of Chicago Law School. Jeff lives in Cary, NC, with his wife and three children. He is a qualified personal pilot and enjoys high intensity shooting sports.
Luke Wolf, United States Naval Academy Class of 2008. Lieutenant Commander USNR
Luke is a partner with East Franklin Capital, a Chapel Hill based wealth management firm serving high net worth families and small businesses. Prior to returning to North Carolina, Luke served in the Navy to include tours as a nuclear-trained submarine officer onboard the USS WEST VIRGINIA and USS ALASKA.
Luke graduated in 2008 from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and in 2016 from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business with an MBA. Luke and his wife, Lauren, reside in Cary with their two daughters.
Andy Kell, Trestle Capital Partners
Andy Kell is a partner with Trestle Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank based in Raleigh, NC, that he helped found in 2003. He works with clients across all industries providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, capital formation and financing strategies. In addition, he is involved with a number of local start-ups, including udu, Inc., where he is a founder and VP of Finance, and BioFluidica, where he serves as interim CFO. Prior to joining Trestle, Andy worked as an investment banker with Greenhill & Co. and Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Andy received a BBA summa cum laude in Finance / Organizational Behavior and Business Policy from Southern Methodist University, where he was a President’s Scholar, and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, where he was a Bank of America Fellow.
Andy and his wife Amy live in Cary, NC, with their three children, Jack, Chase and Madison.
Navigation and Sustainment Committee
David Sharpe, US Naval Academy Class of 1974; resident of Honolulu, Hawaii
Dr. Frank and Rachel Shelton, Durham, N.C.
Alan DeVaney, President of Crispin Corporation; former submariner
Commander Mike Bowers USN (ret); Wilmington, NC