Lynn leads statewide Business Development for eight regions at TMAC, the Texas MEP, with a primary focus on small and medium-sized manufacturers including the defense industrial base and supply chain. She is a Board Director for the SW Association of Manufacturing Excellence in Research, Innovation & Technology. Lynn has 30+ years business management experience including for profit, nonprofit, and volunteer management, Corporate Strategy & Communication, Corporate Governance, and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives in the healthcare, education, manufacturing, and service industries.
Prior to joining TMAC, Lynn was Director of Operations, promoted to CEO of the NIST Baldrige Performance Excellence Program serving Texas and Puerto Rico. With a nationwide network of centers, this program was created by the Department of Commerce to improve the competitiveness and performance of U.S. organizations. Lynn served on the national Alliance for Performance Excellence Board as Director and Governance Committee Chair. Prior to her role as CEO, Lynn worked 22 years in the manufacturing industry at Sanden International and Zenith Distributing where she gained an in-depth working knowledge of manufacturing operations and hands on experience in key processes. She served on the core team at Sanden International which led to the organization winning the Deming Prize, and state level Baldrige award. Prior to transitioning to manufacturing, she held senior leadership positions in the commercial property & casualty insurance industry where she worked closely with the State Board of Insurance focusing on Audit, Risk Management, Finance & Accounting, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Additionally, Lynn managed multiple startup operations throughout the Southwest while working for American International Group.
Lynn is a member of the American Society for Quality, Women in Manufacturing, a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, LSS Black Belt, state/national Baldrige examiner, Shingo alumni, and ASQ International Team Excellence Judge. She was a state Shingo examiner, served as a member of the ASQ CMQ/OE Body of Knowledge Review Board, contributor to the Baldrige Framework, and guest speaker on TV/radio talk shows in TX, NM, and Puerto Rico. Additionally, Lynn served as Adjunct Faculty at Dallas College and Quality Texas Training Institute. She currently serves as NDIA Lonestar and Sooner States President, and is a member of the Manufacturing, and Small Business Divisions at the national level.
Mr. Michael Morford – Executive Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer
Michael Morford is the Co-Founder and the visionary of the base architecture for Sustainment Technologies Inc, an online software platform that efficiently connects the fragmented ecosystem of the US manufacturing industry with large-scale buyers to enable efficient, secure, onshore, America-first supplier networks. Michael spun Sustainment out of his portfolio holding company, VertiPrime Government Services, a company focused primarily on manufacturing structural airframe replacement parts for the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of fighter jets and long-range bombers. Michael is co-lead of an on-going, multi-year academic investigation examining the applications of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning…Read More
Mr. Jeff Moses – VP Innovation
Strategy Principle at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Jeff Moses joined the Lockheed Martin team in 2019 and serves as a senior strategist in Aeronautics’ Enterprise and Campaign Strategy organization. This is in direct support for the F-35 weapon system to analyze, develop and curate products to crystallize understanding and decision options for the F-35 as it relates to the United States Department of Defense. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Jeff served in the United States Marine Corps first as an enlisted Marine in artillery and then, after commissioning, he accrued 5,000+ hours in the KC-130J and 11 different aircraft. Throughout his career he completed 7 combat tours…Read More
Mr. Jared Febbroriello – VP Legal and Regulatory Affair
Mr. Febbroriello is a Texas and Massachusetts licensed attorney with experience representing prime and subcontracting defense companies assisting them with regulations promulgated by the State Department (DDTC), Department of Defense (DCMA, PARCA), the Commerce Department (BIS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). He regularly works with firearms and munitions companies on a variety of matters ranging from the ITAR and export compliance to general corporate matters and litigation risk management. Mr. Febbroriello has worked extensively with microcap and small cap growth companies on various United States stock exchanges and quotation systems including the NYSE, NASDAQ and OTC Markets and he has successfully closed PIPE financed RTOs and registered offerings for companies valued up to $500,000,000….Read More
Alexander B. Gray serves as Managing Partner of American Global Strategies LLC (AGS),an international strategic consulting and advisory firm headquartered in Washington,D.C. Mr. Gray founded the firm with former U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien in January 2021 and AGS advises clients in the defense, aerospace, technology, private equity, and maritime sectors.Mr. Gray is a Strategic Counselor at Ballard Partners, a government and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where he provides internal advice to the firm’s leadership on a variety of international matters. Additionally, Mr. Gray is a member of the Advisory Board at Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) in Beloit, Wisconsin. In addition to his private sector activities, Mr. Gray is a Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC); a Senior Advisor at The Marathon Initiative; a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI); and a Member of the Nixon Seminar at the Richard Nixon Foundation. He is currently writing a book on the history of U.S. strategy in the Pacific Islands. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Gray served in a variety of capacities in the U.S. Government, most recently as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC). He earlier served as Special Assistant to the President for the Defense Industrial Base at the White House National Economic Council (NEC) and as Director for Oceania and Indo-Pacific Security at the NSC.Prior to his service at the White House, Mr. Gray was a Member of the 2016 Presidential Transition Team at the U.S. Department of State and Senior Advisor to former U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. Mr. Gray is a frequent commentator on national security and foreign policy issues. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Naval War College Review, Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, The National Interest, The Hill, Newsweek, Real Clear Defense, and other outlets. He also appears regularly on Fox Business Network and a variety of national and international television and radio broadcasts. Mr. Gray, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the National Security Council’s Outstanding Service Award. He is a Member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, appointed by the President for a three-year term, and a Member of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. A graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (B.A. International Affairs), Mr. Gray resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and son.
Lex Keen is the CEO of Secure Foundry, a technology firm specializing in commercializing and domesticating high end microelectronics for the US Government. They currently support DoD programs of record with anti-tamper microelectronics and provide quantum encryption to Indiana’s 5G zone. His current focus is standing up a low volume semiconductor market anchored in SecureFoundry’s globally unique Multi eBeam Direct Write Lithography system, currently installed at the Northrop Grumman Advanced Technology Lab.
Mr. Keen is a reservist, currently assigned to the Marine Corps Innovation Unit, managing wargaming, experimentation and prototypes. He previously served as the Technical Director at US Cyber Command and NATO’s Quantum Expert Group.
Ms. Emily Kimmett – VP Membership
Emily L. Kimmett has multi-industry experience as a Business and Proposal Development professional with experience in test engineering, marketing, state lobbying, UAS programs, and project management.
In addition to performing all aspects of business development, she continues to work as a practitioner directly supporting clients as a Color Team Reviewer and Trainer…Read More
Beth Lahaie is a Sales Strategy Consultant, Data Science Beagle. Proud to be a Texas Aggie, Class of ’87, Beth launched an enterprise sales career with AT&T and moved on to Silicon Valley software companies, including a VC backed startup where she proved her executive chops and built a sales force from the ground up to launch 20 markets nationwide in under a year. Referred to as a Trail Blazer, her experience has won numerous
Director of Research, Interim Executive Director, University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI)
Eileen Clements joined the Research Institute at UTA in February of 2007 as a Faculty Associate Researcher. In 2012, she became the Director of Research at UTARI, overseeing the research portfolio across the Institute in the areas of performance prediction for advanced composites and materials, autonomous vehicles and systems, robotics, biomedical technologies, and data science. In this role, she is focused on increasing research funding through development and execution of research programs, establishing new collaborations, and managing personnel and resources. In 2021, she became the Interim Executive Director of UTARI, responsible for the business, financial, research, operations, and personnel interests and strategies of the Research Institute.Eileen works to develop new partnerships with businesses, other research organizations, and other units across UTA, looking for opportunities for UTARI to partner on proposals to federal and state agencies and provide unique research expertise to solve targeted problems. Eileen received her B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and her M.S. and PhD. both in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her own research interest is in the area of biomedical technologies specifically developing systems to assist individuals manage their chronic health conditions.
Rob Gorham – Director, Manufacturing Committee Chair
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robgorham/Rob Gorham Executive Director of SecureAmerica Institute Rob Gorham is the Executive Director of The SecureAmerica Institute for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) where he is responsible for development and execution of strategic manufacturing initiatives. His current focus is leading the SecureAmerica Institute, a private-public partnership converging technology, economics, and policy to enable a secure and resilient U.S. manufacturing and industrial base through applied research,education and workforce development (EWD), and technology transition. He previously served as the Executive Director of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). In this position, Gorham was responsible for execution of the $400M, Department of Defense (DOD) sponsored, public-private partnership charged with advancing the adoption of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technologies within the United States. Prior to joining America Makes, he was Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs, also known as The Skunk Works. In this position, Gorham was responsible for leading the transition-focused development and application of affordable manufacturing technologies for Lockheed Martin. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.
Gary grew up in Jenks Oklahoma and enlisted into the United States Army 18 and Retired after 30 years of active federal service. Currently serving as the President of Veterans Solutions 4 Life, Vice President of LostSoldiers Foundation and Former Customer Service Representative at the Social Security Administration. Being in these positions allows him to interact with veterans daily to offer profound solutions to those he interconnects with. He epitomizes the word selfless servant in his willingness to put the needs of others beyond his own. Gary is an experienced training and management professional with an extensive background in diverse organizational and cultural settings. Served as a Human Resource manager and supervisor for over 30 Years. Recognized as a subject matter expert in all facets of training and human resource support.He successfully managed the United States Field Artillery Distance Learning program and supervised 12 instructors, 200 civilian personnel across the Army in implementation to its current teaching methodology. Proficient in performing public speaking engagements at multiple levels of management. Strong record of professional integrity, loyalty, moral courage, and ethics. Gary graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s degree in Human Resource with a certification in Diversity. He also graduated from Excelsior University with a Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences and Business Management.
Dr. Scott Nichol – Director
Scott works at the Department of State starting in 2017 where he is Present Washington D.C.Staff Advisor, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. He has also works at the Emergency Operations Proving Grounds in 2016 at Jacksboro, TX. Other assignments include: Director of Academia at University of North Texas 2013 -2016 Professor Criminal Justice Dept. Department of Homeland Security 2008 to 2014 Dallas, TX. Intelligence Officer George W. Bush Administration 2004 – 2007Washington DC – Dallas, TX Assistant to the Press Secretary…Read More
Mr. David Shaw – Director, Small Business Committee Chair
David is a Co-Founder and Chief Commercialization Officer of Astrapi Corporation, a communications signal modulation company with offices in Dallas, TX and Washington, D.C. David’s efforts helped Astrapi win the Grand Prize for Astrapi at the SATELLITE 2017 Startup Space Pitch Competition and earn one of the “Most Promising Startup” awards at the FinSpace Summit for Satellite Finance in Paris. David also acted as the Astrapi Principal Investigator…Read More
LTC John Thane – Director
United States Army, Fort Bliss
Lieutenant Colonel John Mark Thane is assigned to the U.S. Army’s Capability Package Directorate, System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss, Texas as the Executive Officer with additional duties supporting the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capability Office. His organization has a critical role in the U.S. Army’s modernization effort. During a career spanning over 30 years of commissioned service, he…Read More
Mr. Chuck Weis – Director
Raytheon Director of Programs – Retired
Chuck has 39 years experience in defense contracting at Texas Instruments and Raytheon. Chuck has worked on a variety of missile programs and intelligence services. His worked has spanned development, production and sustainment’ both in the US and overseas including contracting with the United Kingdom, Netherlands and others. He has worked in a variety of missile and intelligence technologies, and has experience ranging from software coding to director of missile programs. Chuck has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Wisconsin… Read More