Vice President DOD/IC Programs
Don retired from the U.S. Air Force with nearly 27 years of service and is recognized as an operational expert in fighter operations, space surveillance, space control, missile warning and defense, and base/installation management. Previous military assignments included staff positions in the headquarters of Air Training Command, the United States Air Force Academy, Air Force Space Command and The Joint Staff. He commanded at the squadron and group level and served as the Executive Officer to both the Vice Commander and the Commander of Air Force Space Command as well as the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy; he also served as Speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
For the majority of the past eighteen years, Don has served as a consultant and trusted advisor to senior leaders of the aerospace and defense industry and our Nation’s military, specializing in business processes, business development, leadership development, wargaming and strategic planning.
After years as a consultant to Omitron, Don joined their ranks in 2018, serving in business development and strategic planning roles, as well as serving as a subject matter expert at the National Space Defense Center (NSDC). At the NSDC, Don serves as a senior advisor to the director of a cutting-edge operations center deigned to protect and defend our Nation’s most critical space assets as part of the newest combatant command in the United States Armed Forces, United States Space Command. Prior to Omitron, Don helped stand up the Catalyst Campus in Colorado Springs as Executive Director of the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (C-TRAC), a non-profit established to promote and advance technology transfer from the Government to commercial entities and facilitate the Air Force’s first cyber innovation center, CyberWorx.
Particularly interested in the development and growth of small businesses, Don has served on the National Small Business Association’s Leadership Council, Small Business Technology Council, Tax Committee and Economic Development Committee.
Like his wife, Ann, Don is very involved in his local community, having served on the Chamber of Commerce and EDC Board of Directors, as the Chair of the Chamber’s Defense Mission Task Force, the Chair of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council, the President of the Lance P. Sijan Chapter then Mountain States Regional President for the Air Force Association, led the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation’s Military Family Tickets Program, and served as the Chair of the Peterson Air and Space Museum Foundation.
Don obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; an MBA from National University; a Master’s degrees in Strategic Studies from The Air War College.
Ann and Don have two children, Eric and Courtney, and a granddaughter, Rylee.