Management Team

Tom DeBenedetto

President and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trustee

Mr. DeBenedetto is the President of LTM and the Trustee of the ESOP. He joined LTM in 1999 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining LTM he was the Vice President – Contracts at General Scientific Corporation (1990 to 1999) and the Executive Vice President at Rail Company (1980 to 1989). In addition to his 35 years’ experience in the Engineering and Technical Services industry he completed a thirty year Naval Career in 2002 with seven years on active duty and twenty-three years as a Naval Reservist. Active Duty tours included a Mod Squad Destroyer, Fleet Ballistic Nuclear Submarine, Deputy Business/Financial Manager on the F/A-18 Program, and during an involuntary recall for the first gulf war Deputy for Engineering and Quality at the Naval Supply Systems Command. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Villanova University along with a regular commission in the US Navy in 1973. He is also an executive management graduate of the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth.

Donna O. Hester

Executive Vice President, Business Operations

Ms. Hester is LTM’s Executive Vice President, Business Operations with 25 years of progressive experience in Financial Management.  She provided Foreign Military Sales (FMS) financial support for twelve years for various Navy and Marine Corps programs including the Spanish and Finnish F-18 programs.  Ms. Hester transitioned to Corporate Finance in 2002 and in 2008 was promoted to Executive VP, Business Operations, with oversight functions for contracts, finance and accounting.  Ms. Hester is responsible for strategic planning, budget development and adherence, job profitability and daily financial operations of the Company. In 2014, she was elected to the Board of Directors of LTM.  Ms. Hester holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the College of William & Mary.

Johnny Urban

Vice President Operations, Logistics Support Services

Mr. Urban is Vice President Operations, Logistics Support Services for LTM and serves on the Board of Directors. He joined LTM in 2006 after a distinguished career as a Supply Officer in the United States Navy. His 30 plus years of logistics and supply chain experience includes all aspects of logistics operations and management in the Department of Defense, wholesale and retail, with a significant background focused in Naval Aviation. Serving as the lead Program Manager to DLA Aviation on BRAC Supply, Storage and Distribution transition, Mr. Urban provided SME consulting on complex management of retail logistics in various areas such as systems, operations, resources, distribution, inventory, as well as strategic planning, for all service industrial logistics operations designated for transition to DLA. Mr. Urban holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s degree in Military Studies from Marine Corps University, and is also an executive management graduate of the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth.

Chris Kawolics

Senior Vice President of Engineering

Mr. Kawolics is Senior Vice President, Engineering for LTM. He joined LTM in 2001. He has over 35 years of Naval Aviation engineering and acquisition management experience including Reliability-Centered Maintenance in support of naval aircraft. He oversees LTM’s engineering programs in Havelock, NC, and Jacksonville, FL, the company’s IT division, along with PMA-207, and PMA-261 efforts at our Patuxent River, MD Operations. Prior to joining LTM in 2001, he supported PMA-265 during the F/A-18E/F acquisition at NAVAIR Headquarters and the Software Support Activity at China Lake, CA. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Level 3 RCM certification.

Eric Norris

Vice President for Contracts

Mr. Norris is LTM’s Vice President for Contracts and Contractor Program Security Officer. He joined LTM in 1995 after a successful career as a U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer with primary emphasis in Naval Aviation. He has nearly 40 years of experience among logistics, budget, financial, inventory, acquisition, and contract management disciplines. Serving as Program/Project manager for various financial and information systems programs he developed policy and procedure; and ensured cost, schedule, status, and contract performance. Mr. Norris ensures contract consistency, compliance, and continuity with Government customers, prime contractors, subcontractors, and commercial customers. With nearly 15 years’ experience, Mr. Norris is also key in crafting corporate security policy and procedures, and ensuring compliance with the National Industrial Security Program. Mr. Norris earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Oregon State University, and with “Distinction,” a Master’s in Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Jackie H. Baber

Vice President Operations, Human Resources

Mrs. Baber joined LTM INC. in January 1997 as a member of LTM’s first government contract in support of PMA-226 and the H-46 Helicopter. She became the Director of Human Resources in June 1999 and was promoted to Vice President in June 2006. Her background includes benefits negotiations, governmental compliance, payroll administration and employee relations and management. In addition she serves as the Plan Administrator for both the LTM 401K Plan and The LTM Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Ms. Baber is a member of LTM’s senior management team as well as the Board of Directors of LTM. She holds her B.S. degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. Mrs. Baber also holds a Senior Professional Human Resource Certificate (SPHR) since January 2006 and is an executive management graduate of the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth.