JULIA BENNETT

CEO / President
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Ms. Julia Bennett serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bennett Aerospace, Inc. Ms. Bennett is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has over a decade of engineering project management experience. She began her career working as an environmental engineer at a national civil and environmental engineering consulting firm, where she was responsible for leading the project management efforts over a diverse portfolio of engineering related projects. In 2008, she was a senior advisor and co-founder of Bennett Aerospace, LLC. In 2011, she took over as CEO and then later as CEO/President of Bennett Aerospace, Inc. Ms. Bennett is passionate about utilizing science and technology to protect America from threats both global and domestic. Under her sole leadership, she grew Bennett Aerospace, Inc. from roughly 35 employees to over 140 employees and continues to grow this organization with the help of her corporate team. Ms. Bennett has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.

WILLIS HERWEYER

Vice President, Strategic Programs (PMO and BD/Capture)
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Mr. Willis Herweyer is a certified PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 25 years of supervisory experience managing DoD programs. A former US Navy (Ret) Officer, Mr. Herweyer is a transformational leader who developed and motivated cross-functional business acquisition teams for the US Government that comprised over 1,000 SMEs who never failed to meet customer expectations. He managed scope creep and executed budget and project requirements for 25 international project sites in five war-torn countries supported by 4,000 employees. Recognized for exemplary project acumen and executive acquisition and financial leadership, Mr. Herweyer was selected by senior decision-makers for close consultations during austere financial periods, promoting improved leadership with customers and contract stakeholders. Mr. Herweyer was selected as the US Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division and Middle East District Project Manager of the Year for outstanding program operations, oversight, quality, and safety. Mr. Herweyer has more than a decade of experience supervising R&D programs in the science and engineering industries. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the US Naval Academy.

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MICHAEL FREELANDER

Contracts Officer
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Mr. Michael Freelander is the Contracts Officer at Bennett Aerospace, Inc., managing contracts, negotiations, subcontracts and compliance for Bennett’s various contractual agreements and proposals. He works closely with other members of Bennett’s Executive Management Team, while interfacing with Government Contracting Officers, subcontractors, teaming partners, internal program control office, business development, and proposal/program managers. Mr. Freelander has over 20 years of procurement, contracts management, compliance, and cost/budget management experience, having served as Director of Contracts, Bid Team Lead, Senior Negotiator, Strategic Sourcing Contracts Officer, and Contracts Manager for companies like RTI, IBM, General Dynamics, DoD, NC State University, among others. Mr. Freelander invented the Expanded Far Matrix for CCH and he has attained accreditation by DoD at the Acquisition Professional Development Program Level II and by the NCMA as a Certified Federal Contract Manager. Mr. Freelander has an MBA and a B.S. from East Carolina University. In his spare time, Mr. Freelander volunteers as an officer for the RTP NCMA Chapter and is an avid cyclist, who enjoys relaxing in the mountains and on the coast. He is married for over 20 years to his lovely wife and has enjoyed living in North Carolina for most of his life.

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AIRIE BOWN

Program Controls Manager

Airie Bown is the Program Controls Manager for Bennett Aerospace, Inc.  Currently, her areas of focus are in the financial management of all current projects, proposal pricing, DCAA compliance, and reporting and monitoring of Corporate financials.  Ms. Bown obtained her Masters degree in Business from the University of Central Florida in 2003 and has since been deeply embedded in both the consumer and corporate finance industries.  Her diverse experience and successful performance has earned her several industry awards over the last 10 years.  As a finance professional in the government contracting environment, she has gained extensive knowledge of Defense Contract Audit Agency and Federal Acquisition Regulations and ensures Bennett Aerospace is diligent in its compliance of these regulations.

ROBERT JONES

Director of Human Resources
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Robert Jones joined Bennett Aerospace in 2018 as Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining Bennett Aerospace, Mr. Jones held HR leadership roles in the U.S. military, defense contracting, private and public sectors. Mr. Jones culminated his military career as Director of Human Resources for the National Guard in North Carolina. He is a graduate of NC State University, U.S. Army War College and Capella University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. He resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two daughters.

REBECCA BARBOUR

Business Capture Manager
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Rebecca Barbour is the Business Capture Manager for Bennett Aerospace, Inc, providing process leadership and data analysis to capture strategic business opportunities. She has over 10 years of government procurement and supply chain experience.  Prior to joining Bennett, Rebecca worked as a procurement counselor for the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center and held a variety of roles in supply chain planning and order fulfillment for several large corporations in the Triangle area. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Rebecca graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Public Administration. Rebecca holds current certifications as a NCMA Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM), and a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).