The Florida Defense Contractors Association (FDCA) announces the appointment of three new board members.

The current board members of FDCA are happy to welcome new board members Eric Ellis, James Nelson, and Frederick Schor.

Eric Ellis is presently the Vice President and General Manager for General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

James (Jim) Nelson is a Director in the Forensic Services Government Contracts Practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Advisory Services LLC in Melbourne, Florida.

Frederick D. Schor is the co-owner of On-Point Defense Technologies LLC in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

In addition to Ellis, Nelson and Schor, FDCA’s Board of Directors consists of the following individuals:

  • Chair, Noel McCormick, President, McCormick Stevenson
  • Treasurer, Bill Reuter, President, R-Squared Solutions, L.L.C.
  • Secetary, Sue Englander, President and CEO, EEI Manufacturing Services
  • Jim Batina, Vice President, Business Development, Chemring Ordnance
  • Ed Dottery, CEO and Founder, Alakai Defense Systems, Inc.
  • Alan Higbee, Managing Partner – Tampa, Shutts & Bowen
  • Joe Mayer, Director, Government Relations – FL, Lockheed Martin
  • Rick Roman, Insurance Agent, Gulf Coast Underwriters
  • Edward D. Spenceley, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

“From the Space Coast, to the Panhandle, to Tampa Bay, each of our new members represents an important Florida defense industry community, and will help to connect and expand the diverse capabilities of our statewide membership. I look forward to working with my new and existing colleagues as we continue to enhance Florida’s role in support of America’s warfighters.” said, FDCA Board Chairman, Noel McCormick.

About the Florida Defense Contractors Association

Florida Defense Contractors Association is a statewide, state-focused business development and education group for Florida defense businesses of all sizes. FDCA is a Florida nonprofit corporation and federal 501(c)6 (applying) with the long-term goals of the following: Making Florida the premiere state where defense contractors conduct business, create jobs, and expand operations and facilitating a statewide business development network for defense related businesses and stakeholders.

Tallahassee – The Florida Defense Contractors Association (FDCA), Florida’s premier statewide defense business development organization, supports all efforts to encourage government prime and subprime contractors to consider Florida vendors and partners in their business plans. Florida is widely recognized as a business-friendly state and a substantial defense industry supports our larger national defense community from within Florida.

Enterprise Florida has consistently played an important role in fostering a supportive business environment in which defense companies of all sizes can compete fairly for government business and thrive. Their success stories are many.

Gene Moran, Executive Director of FDCA, stated, “We look forward to furthering our mission of helping defense companies in Florida strengthen their business development efforts through all available means and channels. We see the outcomes of the efforts of Enterprise Florida as worth preserving for the good of the defense industry across the state.”

The Florida Defense Contractors Association (FDCA) Board of Directors announces Gene Moran, President of Capitol Integration, as FDCA’s Executive Director. As Executive Director, Mr. Moran will coordinate external communications, event programming and membership issues.

Mr. Moran has previously served as Vice-Chairman of FDCA and is founder of Capitol Integration, a Florida-based government relations firm. He is a retired US Navy Captain and well-established government relations expert in the defense and security industries. Of the appointment Moran said, “I am excited for this new role with FDCA, particularly as the nation welcomes a new administration and the discussion around our national security interests becomes even more prominent. I am grateful to the FDCA for this opportunity to continue to develop and strengthen the business interests of Florida’s defense industry.”

FDCA Chairman, Noel McCormick, President of McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design of Largo, FL, said, “We could not be more pleased that Gene Moran has agreed to take on the critical role of Executive Director. Together with our association management firm, Wilson and Associates of Tallahassee, FL, our leadership team has now evolved to even better reflect the world-class membership of FDCA.”

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) – a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee – meets with LM Aeronautics in Pinellas, FL for an update on key national security programs, such as the F-35, during a visit organized by the FL Defense Contractors Association.

From L-to-R: Joe Mayer (LM Government Relations-FL and FDCA Board Member), Tony Yehl (LM Aero Business Operations), Rick Concotelli (LM Aero Business Development), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Andre Trotter (LM Aero Pinellas General Manager), and Don “Bo Bo” Schilpp (LM Wash DC Government Affairs).
From L-to-R: Joe Mayer (LM Government Relations-FL and FDCA Board Member), Tony Yehl (LM Aero Business Operations), Rick Concotelli (LM Aero Business Development), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Andre Trotter (LM Aero Pinellas General Manager), and Don “Bo Bo” Schilpp (LM Wash DC Government Affairs).

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