April 2013 – Present

Captiva Applied Solutions

Chief Executive Officer.  Founding principle and majority owner.  Setting corporate strategy and culture to obtain and grow the military contracting line of business.  Responsible for financing startup operations and final authority in approving allocation of financial resources. 

Jan 2015 – Present

UPS Airlines, Louisville, KY

Flight Qualified Supervisor. Designated Line and Simulator Check Airman, Line Captain for Part 121 operation.  Conducted research project to obtain single-aircraft training for the B757 and B767 in the recently mandated EET program, and implemented the AeroData performance system for B757/767 at UPS.

Apr 1999 – Jan 2015

American Airlines, Ft. Worth, TX

Line Pilot for Part 121 operation.

Jan 2006 – March 2012

United States Air Force Reserve, US Transportation Command, Scott AFB, IL

USTRANSCOM Staff Officer providing global air, land, and sea transportation to meet national security objectives in peace and war.  Detailed Military history available on request.

March 2000 – Jan 2005

Illinois Air National Guard, Springfield, IL

170FS Squadron Commander, Sep02 to Jan05.  F-16C Block 30 Combat Mission Ready qualified pilot.  Flight lead, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot qualified.  Detailed Military history available on request.

July 1984 – Oct 1998

United States Navy, Washington D.C.

Test Pilot.  Developmental, research, operational, and production fighter pilot and test pilot for F-14 and F/A-18 aircraft.  264 day & 110-night carrier arrested landings.  Naval Fighter Weapons School & U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate.  Detailed Military history available upon request.

Dec 1983 – July 1984

Air Exchange, Inc, Dallas TX

Part 135 Line Pilot.  Scheduled cargo and freight transport operations throughout the Southwest.

1961 – 1979

Allen Grain Incorporated, Speer, IL

Family owned and operated company which processed, stored, and merchandized grain in a Central Illinois farm community. 


Doctorate of Philosophy

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL – Sep 2021

Original research investigated the impact organizational frameworks have on team formation and effectiveness, especially focused on subordinate pilot behavior. 

Master of Business Administration

Washington University in St. Louis, MO – May 2012

  • Beta Gamma Sigma inductee for academic excellence
  • Received Emory Award as EMBA 37 distinguished graduate


Master of Science, Aviation Safety

University of Central Missouri; Warrenton, MO – Dec 2018

  • Graduated on Dean’s List for academic excellence


Bachelor of Science, Aviation Technology

Southeastern Oklahoma State University; Durant, OK – Dec 1983




USAF Air War College and Staff College
USAF Air Command and Staff College
U.S. Naval Test Pilot School
Dec 1991
U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN)
Jan 1988
Graduated “Top Stick” F-14 Replacement Training
Oct 1986
Graduated #1 all phases of Naval Flight School
Jan 1986


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