Adviser and great friend of The Chess Academy – Francisco (Franc) Guadalupe is the Chief USCF Executive Director of Chess, a FIDE Arbiter and USCF National Tournament Director. His experience is quite extensive in both scholastic and adult events. In the last few years, Franc has been the Chief TD for more National events than any other TD in the country. Chief TD of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 US Class Championships; the 2008 Pan American Class Championships; numerous US Opens, Chief TD for the 2010 US Open, Chief Arbiter of the 2008 WC Olympiad Selection for Nigeria, Zone 2, Assistant Arbiter for the 2006 US Championship, member of the USCF Scholastic Committee and the Tournament Director Certification Committee. In 2009, he received the USCF Tournament Director of the Year award. Franc is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico and has a business degree from St. Leo University, 23 years in the U.S. Army; wife Bonnie served for 12 years. They have six children, the youngest two in college. One of his sons, Francisco II, is a chess master at University of Texas at Dallas where he studies Electrical Engineering, Jonathan is a combat medic serving in Afghanistan.