Chairman of the Board of Ft. Walton Machining and also owner of Emerald Coast Anesthesia, Inc. Jan is the widow of Tim J McDonald. Jan received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 1976 and worked as an OR nurse for 21 years before becoming a full time Anesthesia Recruiter for Nationwide Anesthesia Services, Inc. She and her late husband have 3 grown children and 1 grand daughter. Jan has intimate knowledge of Ft. Walton Machining and will carry out her husband's legacy.
Mr. Kenneth W. Hill served six years as the Vice President and General Manager of L-3 TCS, Warner Robins, GA where together teamed successfully in establishing a true partnership recognized by joint customers as the “industry standard for superior performance and cooperation.”
Prior to his last assignment with L-3 Ken held senior leadership positions within The Boeing Company as the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Support Program/Site Executive here in Fort Walton Beach, and the Vice President of Launch Operations for the International Sea Launch Team in Long Beach, CA where his responsibilities included all aspects of commercial spacecraft payload processing and launch to orbit operations.
Ken is a graduate from Harvard Business School of Advanced Management Program; Defense Acquisition University, Executive Program Management and holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (Newport, RI), and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from National University (San Diego, CA.).
Mr. McDonald, "Tim", is a life-long employee at Fort Walton Machining. As the son of Tim J. McDonald, Sr., he has literally grown up working his way through every facet of the Fort Walton Machining business. During his more than 20 years of hands on manufacturing and metal finishing experience he has gained invaluable insight, understanding and application of business leadership at both the strategic and tactical levels. Throughout his career he has successfully assumed increased levels of responsibility from the shop floor, CNC machinist, process planner, Program Manager for large, complex Aerospace Defense programs, to his current position of Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer and Director of Business Excellence. Mr. McDonald received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Alabama in 2007. His extensive understanding of internal procedures makes him an effective officer of the company with the responsibility for making sound strategic business decisions across all aspects of our manufacturing and finishing business. As Secretary/Treasurer and Director of Business Excellence his duties include contract management, process flow management, financials, job cost analysis and profitability.
James R. (Bob) Richburg, better known as Dr. Bob, is the retired president of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fl.. He earlier served as President of Chipola College in Marianna, Fl. During his 38 years in Florida higher education he has served numerous position in professional organizations and was instrumental in the development of the state college system in Florida. Locally he has been active in professional and civic organization and held numerous positions. Prior to joining the FWM Board he served as a management consultant for the company owner.
Joseph W. Henderson, CPA, CCIFP has been a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Services Division of O’Sullivan Creel, LLP for 17 years and has almost 30 years of experience in the field of public accounting. A graduate of the University of West Florida, he has been performing government audits since 1983. He has earned the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Certificate for Educational Achievement in Governmental Accounting and Auditing and is proficient in governmental, not-for-profit entities, construction contractors, and income tax planning and preparation. He became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida in 1985.
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Katie Sharon has been an active part of the Okaloosa business community since graduating from the University of West Florida in 2006 with a degree in Finance. While working as a Commercial Banker for Coastal Bank and Trust, she was able to participate in various civic organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary where she has served in leadership roles including President of the Fort Walton Rotary Club in 2016-2017. While working for Coastal Bank in Fort Walton, Katie was able to utilize her financial acumen and problem solving skills to provide banking services for many area business, including Fort Walton Machining. In 2014, Katie was recruited by BBVA Compass Bank to serve as the President for their Okaloosa-Bay County Region. This was a prestigious opportunity for Katie, who served as one of the youngest presidents in the bank’s history and one of only five women in the organization to hold the title. During her time with BBVA Compass, she was able to spend three years attending the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Leadership Certificate as part of the American Banker’s Association Stonier Banking School. She enjoyed her time with BBVA Compass but in 2017, Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts, JD Peacock, offered Katie an opportunity to continue to leverage her business and professional skills by serving as the County’s Chief Financial Officer. She is enjoying the opportunity this new role provides her to broaden her experience, leadership and commitment to the Okaloosa County community.
William J. Grant served in the United States Air Force for 24 years retiring as a Colonel. During that time he served in a variety of senior staff and command positions to include service as Director of Defense Policy at the National Security Council under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Upon his retirement he started his second career with Rockwell international and subsequently The Boeing Company when Boeing acquired Rockwell’s Defense Businesses.
During his career at Boeing he held a variety of executive positions to include Vice President and General Manager of a Boeing wholly owned overseas subsidiary in Australia. His company was one of the first Australian companies to achieve ISO 9002 certification and to implement an “Enterprise Bargaining Agreement” which was recognized by the Australian Labor Court as a model agreement for labor relations.
Upon his return to the U.S. he became Program Executive/General Manager for the Special Operations Forces, at Boeing’s Aerospace Support Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This business unit was a distressed business unit with declining revenues of $60m and very poor customer relations. Over the next seven years he built the business into a $350m business with a backlog of over $500m. He reversed customer satisfaction levels from extremely negative to favored contractor status and changed the culture of the business and workforce from very negative levels to a world class quality standard with employee satisfaction indices among the best in the industry.
Bill is a proven leader with substantial hands-on experience. He is an individual whose personal philosophy and values have enabled him to succeed and to inspire and lead others in a variety of environments. Upon his retirement from Boeing he has continued to offer his services as a consultant.
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