Mr. Frank Montie is the Chairman of the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and serves as Vice-President of Brookwood Companies Inc., (Brookwood), an integrated textile company that provides a wide range of technically oriented military, tactical, medical, industrial and performance fabrics. The company is known for its focus on technical textile research and development and its commitment to U.S. manufacturing. At Brookwood Mr. Montie leads the design, development, production and engineering of advanced textiles and materials. An acknowledged industry expert, Mr. Montie has been called upon throughout his career to successfully resolve technical issues that face the U.S. industrial base.
Luke Hillier currently serves as Chairman of the Board ADS, Inc., and is the Chairman Emeritus of the WPRC. Luke heads one of the national leading special operational equipment and logistics solutions providers with annual sales over one billion dollars. Luke oversees a workforce of more than 400 employees with both east and west coast operations. Prior to his involvement at ADS, Luke founded and served as CEO for the largest Oracle-based information system solutions provider, Mythics, Inc. Under Lukes leadership Mythics grew from a garage startup into a dominant Oracle solutions provider with annual sales over $300 million.
David M. Bohannon, II, is the Secretary of the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and is the President of London Bridge Trading Company (LBT), a family owned, small business industry leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of tactical nylon products. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, LBT products are made in the Continental United States with manufacturing facilities also in El Paso, TX and Rupert, WV. LBT was founded by the CEO, Dr. Doug McDougal, in 1985. David and his wife, Laura, have four children: Emily, David, Leah, and Molly.
After graduating from the University of Delaware with a BS in Business Administration in 1982, Mr. Vavala joined Sony Corporation of America where he held various sales and marketing positions in the consumer products division.
In 1988 he joined W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. a science and technology driven enterprise headquartered in Newark, Delaware.
During his 29 year career at Gore Mr. Vavala has served in numerous business and sales leadership positions including: Business Development Leader for North American General Outerwear, Sales Leader North American Consumer Footwear, Business Leader of the Asia Pacific Domestic Fabrics Business
and Sales Leader for Fabrics Division – New Business Development
Mr. Vavala is currently the Director of Military Government Relations at W. L. Gore & Associates. He is a Director and Treasurer of the Warrior Protection & Readiness Coalition and is the former Chair of the NCTO Government Textile Committee. He resides with his wife of 35 years, Margaret, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Gregory Maguire is Sr. Director of Legal and Government Affairs for Revision Military, an international developer, manufacturer and seller of personal protective equipment. In this role he manages Revision’s federal, state and local government relations of Revision, as well as serving as the chief legal manager. Prior to joining Revision in 2009, Mr. Maguire served as the Director of the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a Defense Logistics Agency program to render assistance to existing and potential government contractors.
Justin Mayer is the Military FR Apparel Program Manager with DuPont Protection Technologies, (DPT). Prior to DuPont, he graduated from the Naval Academy and served in the Marine Corps as a CH-46 and MV-22 Osprey pilot. Following his final deployment in Afghanistan he attended UVA’s Darden School of Business, and started with DuPont in 2013. Justin believes passionately in protecting our military, and is honored to be a part of the Nomex® and Kevlar® team.
Bruce LaFlam serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Milliken’s Military and Performance Fabrics Business. Milliken and Company has been a leader in innovation for over 150 years and operates three global divisions: Performance and Protective Textiles, Chemicals, and Floor Covering. Mr. LaFlam holds a BS degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and an MS degree in Textile Technology from the Institute of Textile Technology. He has served in various leadership roles serving the military market space since 2003. Mr. LaFlam lives in SC with his wife Susan and has two sons Josh and Andrew who attend the US Naval Academy and Army West Point.