PALM BEACH, Fla., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: GDSI), a company that is positioning itself as a leader in providing cyber arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas, today announced that firearms industry expert, Richard Feldman, has joined the company's Advisory Board. Feldman is President and CEO of the Independent Firearm Owners Association ("IFOA"), former Executive Director of the American Shooting Sports Council, and a former Regional Director with the National Rifle Association ("NRA").
"We're delighted that Richard Feldman, with his extensive public affairs and firearms industry experience, has joined our Advisory Board," said GDSI's President and CEO Richard J. Sullivan. "Richard worked as a regional director for the NRA and now leads the IFOA. Richard's knowledge of the firearms community is second-to-none and we believe he will provide invaluable advice and guidance as we pursue our growth strategy, including potential acquisitions, in the cyber arms arena."
"I'm very excited about joining GDSI's Advisory Board," said Richard Feldman. "I see enormous growth potential for GDSI in the cyber arms industry and I applaud Dick Sullivan and the GDSI leadership team for recognizing the forces of technological convergence and consolidation that are reshaping the small arms industry. This industry is in a state of rapid transition and I believe the seasoned GDSI team is well-positioned to take advantage of this unprecedented growth opportunity in a manner consistent with and mindful of the critical Second Amendment concerns that American firearm owners wisely hold."
As previously announced, the GDSI Advisory Board includes former Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, international financing expert Edwin Wang, and strategic financial advisor Matthew Kelley. In a sign of confidence in GDSI's significant growth opportunity, and to ensure that they are aligned with the interests of shareholders, all members of the Advisory Board will receive equity instead of cash compensation.
More About Richard Feldman, Esq.
Richard Feldman is an attorney specializing in public affairs and is among the top public affairs consultants. A former Reagan White House appointee at the Commerce Department, he later became the regional political director for the National Rifle Association. From 1991-1999, Feldman served as Executive Director of the American Shooting Sports Council (ASSC). In his role as chief lobbyist and spokesman for the firearm industry's national trade association, Feldman formulated and implemented national litigation strategy and forged collaborative relationships with regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
A frequent guest on interview shows including Good Morning America, the Today Show, C-Span, CNN, Fox News, and others, Feldman was the guest on the Peter Jennings' special, "The Gun Wars." His widely acclaimed book, RICOCHET: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2007.
Since 2004, Feldman has served as the founder and CEO of MLS Communication, LLC, a public relations and political consulting firm. For more information, visit www.MLSCommunication.com. He also serves as President and CEO of the Independent Firearm Owners Association. Visit www.independentfirearmowners.org.
A member of the Washington, DC, bar, Feldman earned his law degree at Vermont Law School and his BA degree from Union College (NY).
About Global Digital Solutions, Inc.
Global Digital Solutions is positioning itself as a leader in providing cyber arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas. For more information please visit http://www.gdsi.co.
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