President, Chief Executive Officer
CAPT Rick Hepburn, PE, USN (Ret), is a United States Naval Academy graduate with a BS in Ocean Engineering and MS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Naval Engineer degree from MIT. He is a past President of the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). He is the current President/CEO and co-founder of Hepburn and Sons LLC.
Principal, Chief Operations Officer
Scott Hepburn, PMP, earned his BS in Finance with a Minor in Economics at Virginia Tech and is MS in Finance at The George Washington University. He earned his PMP in 2008. Scott worked both in the civilian federal government sector and management consulting before co-founding Hepburn and Sons LLC in 2010. As COO at Hepburn and Sons LLC he developed from ground up the BD B&P and client execution portfolio into four independent business operation divisions.
Principal, Chief Financial Officer
Eric Hepburn earned a BSBA in Finance and minor in Economics at Longwood University. He is an expert in Costpoint, accounting, financial functions, and contracting including a thorough knowledge and experience following the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR).
Samantha Hepburn Hertel
Principal, Customer Relations Officer
Samantha Hepburn Hertel earned a BS in Sociology from George Mason University. She has 10 years of experience in sales with Marriott International and 11 years of experience with Hepburn and Sons LLC. She served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the ASNE Flagship Section, winning section of the year multiple years in a row. She was past Marketing Director at American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association. She currently handles all travel, conferences, social events and marketing for Hepburn and Sons LLC.
Chief Information Officer
CDR, Frank Koye, USN (Ret) graduated from U.S. Naval Academy with his BS in electrical engineering and completed post graduate studies in nuclear engineering and business. His experience includes defense and national security with Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and Serco included supporting the Navy, Army, and Air Force, and international partners. As a naval officer he worked in submarine and surface warfare, naval aviation, intelligence, and special warfare. As CIO he ensures compliance with cybersecurity and IT regulatory compliance for classified systems with the Risk Management Framework, and unclassified information systems with requirements of NIST SP 800-171 and the Cyber Security Maturity Model (CMMC).
Director of Advisory Services
CAPT Tim Crone, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earned a M.S. in Justice, Law & Society from American University and a M.A. in National Security Policy and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He served in the Navy for 27 years as a member of the Surface Warfare Officer Acquisition Corps, and his Commands included USS PONCE (LPD 15), Mine, Amphibious, Command and PC Ships Program Office (PMS 470) and Surface Ship Readiness and Sustainment Program Office (PMS 443).
Mark Hetz earned a BSBA and MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. He has over twenty years of experience in corporate finance, accounting, and government contracting. He is the Director of Finance and Accounting for Hepburn and Sons LLC, since 2018, where he leads the budgeting/forecasting, pricing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and audit functions.
Director of Technology Transition
Robert Medve is a graduate from Ohio State University with a BS in Industry and Product Design (BSID) and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a MS in Systems Engineering and Technical Management (MSSE). He is the Director of Technology Transition for Hepburn and Sons LLC, where he assists the company with developing and executing strategies for technology transition. He also provides oversight and directly manages projects, assists with creation of company long-range goals, and helps identify new technologies to be considered for the company portfolio.
Director of Electrical Engineering
Ben Ford is a graduate from Florida State University with a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is the Director of the Electromagnetic Survivability Division at Hepburn and Sons LLC, where he leads HEMP hardening across multiple DoD agencies. Previously, he served as an electrical engineer with EDO/ITT and at NSWC PCD on minesweeping, mine detection, mine neutralization, Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC), Ship to Shore Connector (SSC), and other amphibious systems.
Director of Engineering Support Services
CAPT Jeff Sinclair USN (Ret) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and has a Masters of Public Administration from Troy State University. He served in the Navy for over 27 years as a member of the Surface Warfare Officer Acquisition Corps, and his Commands included USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), Patrol Coastal Squadron One, and Surface Training Systems (PMS 339). Following his retirement in 2018 he joined Gryphon Technologies (formerly CDI Marine) where he served as a Capture and Operations Center Manager for a diverse portfolio.
Director of Human Resources
Chaz Balkenbush earned her Leadership and Management degree at Bluefield College located in Bluefield, Virginia. She is a Human Resources and Talent Acquisition expert and provides consultation to management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and labor relations.
Senior Manager, Advisory Services
LtCol Gary Loberg, USMC (Ret.) holds a BA in History from the University of Cincinnati, and advanced degrees in systems analysis (Naval Postgraduate School), international business administration (Columbia Business School and London Business School), and international public policy (Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies). He is a combat veteran who served in the Marine Corps for 23 years as an aviator, senior operational planner, and joint qualified officer. While in uniform, and specific to service with the Navy, he served as the Chief of crisis and future operational planning (N35B) for 6th Fleet, Naval Forces Europe, and Naval Forces Africa, and as head of rotary-wing assessments and Marine Corps programs within the Assessments Division (N81) of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Senior Manager, Contracts
Shawn Whittington, CPCM, holds a BBA and a MBA. Shawn also brings over twenty years of progressive contracts management experience in both the Federal Government and Private sectors. Having earned a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification, demonstrates she is knowledgeable about all facets of contracts management which sets her apart from other contract professionals. Prior to joining Hepburn and Sons, she provided Contract Management for Peraton and the Boeing Company and was responsible for all aspects of the Contracting process. She represented these companies and others to diverse customers and partners including international customers, U.S. Government entities, commercial companies, and internal stakeholder groups.
Senior Manager, Material Science
David Rice is a graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School (Machinist) and a Materials Engineering graduate of Virginia Tech. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in 2019 after a career that spanned more than 45 years. David held various leadership positions at NNS. He was responsible for Research & Development Programs funded by ONR/ManTech, the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), ONR, DARPA, SBIRs or other funding organizations. David is currently a member of the Materials Science and Engineering Department Advisory Board at Virginia Tech. He served as Co-Chairmen for Virginia’s Advanced Materials Sector Steering Committee and is a past chairman of the Executive Steering Committee for the Navy’s ManTech Composite Center. David served as the NSRP Ship Design & Materials Technology Major Initiative Team Leader. In 2019, he was selected a Fellow of ASM International.
Senior Engineering Consultant
Dr. Daniel Georgiadis has a BS in electrical engineering, a MS in Leadership, and PhD in Systems Engineering. He began his career as an electrical apprentice in 1998. He joined civil service for the US Navy in 2001 in electrical and systems engineering having served at multiple duty locations including NSWC Panama City Division, Pentagon OPNAV N95, PEO LMW, PEO LCS, and PEO SUB where he served as the Acquisition Manager for Undersea Defensive Warfare Systems. He joined Hepburn and Sons in 2015, and is a part time Sr. Engineering Consultant. Dr. Georgiadis was instrumental in starting the company’s Technology Transition Division. He is also the Director of Systems Engineering and Professor at Florida State University.
Senior Manager, Advisory Services
CDR Todd Peltzer, PE, USN (Ret.) graduated from MIT where he earned a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, an MS in Mechanical Engineering, and the degree of Naval Engineer. He served in the Navy for 20 years as an Engineering Duty Officer and Salvage Officer, developing expertise in project management, ship repair, ship salvage and towing, and systems engineering. Prior to joining Hepburn and Sons in 2020, he gained broad experience over two decades in the private sector managing defense-related science and technology research programs. A licensed Professional Engineer, he is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He has written, published, and presented extensively throughout his career.
Gary Weiss is a graduate from Marquette University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He has twenty years of USN power engineering at Eaton, L-3 Westwood, and DRS Technologies. During this time, Gary worked on propulsion, power distribution, motor controllers and/or control systems for CVN68, CVN78, DDG51, DDG1000, LCC19, LCS1, LHD1, LHA6, LPD17, and LSD41 ship classes, as well as various International ships and USN submarines. He has five years active duty in the Navy, serving as an engineer at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Directorate (NAVSEA 08) and seven years of production and PLC/control system engineering at Corning and Rockwell Automation.