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He began his professional career at Texas Instruments, where he started as a technology systems analyst. He became a system engineer for large technology programs before serving as a program manager, and business sector leader. His project experience included the first 16-Bit microprocessor, the first use of GPS for seismic exploration, advanced communications satellites, advanced mobile telephony infrastructure, HARM, the F-117, the F-4G Wild Weasel, and JSOW among others. He led Telecom, Satellite Navigation and Interdiction Weapons business organizations, which included the Paveway Laser Guided Bomb product lines, Tomahawk guidance, and a number of other programs.
He was named a Vice President, and was promoted to VP of Strategy, responsible for worldwide business alliances, site selection, strategic finance, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He joined Raytheon upon the acquisition of TI’s systems business. At TI and Raytheon, he reported to the chairman of the respective corporations.
He was born and raised in Iowa. He attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University. He and his wife, Colleen have two children and five grandchildren.
He was recognized by NDIA as Small Business Executive of the year in 2019, for leadership on JSOW, which won an Aviation Week Laurels award, and was named Senior Member of the IEEE for pioneering work in fly by wire. He has served on a number of boards, panels and studies, including the Texas Telecommunications Council, requirements study boards for 5th Gen Aircraft, and supported studies for the Navy Studies Board, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, Defense Science Board, and NSA studies. He holds a number of patents, awarded and pending.