The Experts Behind RLD Consulting & Executive Coaching, Inc.
Our company is led and operated by some of the most experienced and established professionals in the industry. With their solid expertise and strong commitment to excellence, our team will deliver exceptional services to meet your needs.
Ray L DeLuke
Ray has distinguished himself as a transformational leader during previous tenures as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in three Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining RLDCEC he was SVP and CIO at L3 Technologies, Inc. (L3) and a member of the CEO’s Executive Leadership Team. Ray led L3’s “digital transformation” including first in industry cloud and enterprise analytics initiatives.
Ray has led functional workstreams for several $1B+ M&A activities including the formation of Exelis (a Fortune 500 spin-off of ITT Corp.) and the acquisition of Exelis by Harris Corporation. He was a member of Executive Steering Committee for the merger of L3 and Harris Corporation that resulted in the creation of L3 Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX), a top tier Aerospace and Defense company with a market cap of over $40B and over 45,000 employees worldwide.
Ray was also VP of Shared Business Services and CIO at Exelis where he had responsibility for transactional processing and service delivery in the areas of IT, Finance, HR, Travel, Indirect Procurement, and Corporate Real Estate. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board Chairman for technology start-up Seventh Knight and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Ray holds a BA in Computer and Information Sciences from SUNY Potsdam and an Executive MBA from Syracuse University.
Ralph Lorenzo DeNino
Ralph Lorenzo DeNino is a tenured expert and change agent in Supply Chain Management (SCM), having designed and implemented enterprise-wide programs for three Fortune 500 companies. As a VP corporate Supply Chain, he is an experienced transformation executive, with a quality, service, metrics and savings driven approach. Managing global supply chains with up to $7.5 billion in enterprise-wide procurements, he’s devised and deployed multiple systems, including a global SAP Ariba implementation. Training, collaboration and engagement of functional organizations are hallmarks of his leadership style. In addition to SCM programs, he has cultivated and effected corporate quality management and multi-facility operations management programs, leveraging 5S lean manufacturing / six sigma and ISO certifications.
A recognized expert in the integration of mergers and acquisitions, Ralph has been part of over 125 M&A transactions throughout his career. A Certified Executive Coach, he co-designed a corporate leadership program and places immense value on assisting individuals in achieving their full potential. Ralph spends his free time volunteering locally, internationally and in support of the Aerospace Industry. He holds a MS in Business/Operations Management from NYU – Polytechnic School of Engineering, a MA in Human Organization Development from the Fielding Institute and a BA in Business Management from Dowling College
Bob serves as President of CAJ Solutions, LLC headquartered in Madison, MS. CAJ Solutions focuses on organizational health strategies for both profit and nonprofit small businesses. Previously, Mr. Blakely served as Vice President / Director of Operations, Vista Technical Services (VTS), a small disadvantaged business headquartered in San Antonio, TX, providing information technology, environmental and logistics services for the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. As Vice President / GM within ITT’s Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division, Herndon, VA, Mr. Blakely was responsible for all aspects of the Information Systems business unit providing full life cycle execution of Information System Solutions across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Blakely held numerous other positions at ITT including Deputy Department Manager, Deputy Director Business Development, Six Sigma Black Belt, Strategic Planner, Six Sigma Champion and Vice President, Corporate Development before being assigned profit and loss responsibility. Mr. Blakely began his working career by serving numerous assignments in the U.S. Navy (enlisted and commissioned). He has significant experience in surface, subsurface, air operations and salvage diving
Charles Cameron is a network solutions architect, technical consultant, and retired US Navy Senior Chief (submarines) with more than 25 years of experience in the architectural technology industry. Charles’s repertoire as an experienced business solution provider includes a long list of technical skills which includes technology architecture and management; engineering sales support; marketing and technical consulting. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Clarkson University and has completed many of the US Navy’s senior leadership training courses.
His deep knowledge of complex data systems makes him a versatile systems solutions provider. As a senior solutions architect for multiple organizations, Charles has demonstrated an extensive range of expertise which includes, but not limited to, unified communications, security, carrier services, MPLS, data center systems and routing/switching. As such, Charles is a certified network designs expert having achieved both CCDP and CCNP (Cisco Certified Design/Network Profession) certifications.
Charles takes pride in having an outstanding staff development and leadership record. He strives to always keep learning in every task he takes on. As a former Verizon employee, he lead the engineering team supporting the largest client account, valued at 4.9 billion dollars.
Charles and his wife live in upstate New York on a beef farm, where he enjoys time with his grandchildren. He also enjoys carpentry and heavy equipment operation
David is a transformational leader offering a Supply Chain Management and Operations career distinguished and commended for tackling complex supply chain challenges across the material lifecycle. He is a visionary with great success delivering exceptional operational results through strategic sourcing, shared service reorganizations, focused supply chain execution, and continuous improvement. David builds diverse, high-performing cross-functional teams, creating strong collaboration and engagement with enterprise-wide stakeholders at all levels. David has organizational leadership experience, responsible for all areas of supply chain management in the Semiconductor, Fastener, Consumer Electronics, and Aerospace & Defense companies. He has broad-based experience leading Direct & Indirect Procurement strategy, organizational design, and business planning. David is an outstanding team player with solid team negotiation and analytical skills. David holds a BS in Business/Operations Management from the Northern Illinois University and lifetime Procurement Management certifications from the Institute for Supply Management. David also has certifications in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. He is the co-author of several procurement compliance and supply chain management training materials. Outside of work, David enjoys woodworking, attending community events, museums, and historical sites. He also actively supports Special Olympics.
Steve recently retired from L3Harris as Senior Director of Information Technology. In that role, he directed and coordinated multiple teams, providing all aspects of Information Technology services including operations, system implementations, regulation compliance, supplier contract negotiations and M&A activities. Over his tenure with L3Harris and its legacy companies, Steve has identified many cost effective technology solutions and has driven millions of dollars of savings in operational efficiencies with standardization and effective negotiations. In the recent merger and integration of L3 Technologies and Harris, he was responsible to identify and drive $75M in Information Technology savings achieving $55M in the first 18 months.
Prior to the integration, Steve’s focus was mainly on Strategic Initiative business case development, IT Shared Services implementation, IT policy & compliance, managing partner technology relationships, and providing IT strategy and guidance to the many businesses of L3 technologies. A key accomplishment included negotiating the first Microsoft contract for Microsoft’s Government cloud, making L3 the first A&D company to successfully migrate to O365.
Having spent 10 plus years as a software developer and system implementer, Steve is no stranger to business operations and has a broad knowledge base. He has experience in providing all functional organizations with solutions to automate and streamline processes, such as Manufacturing MRP, Quality, Incoming Inspection, HR talent management and Supply Chain Procurement. In addition to Functional knowledge, Steve’s technical depth is equally sizable, with experience in all aspects of IT including Application Development, Infrastructure Management, Service Desk and Telecommunications.
Steve has more than 30 years of IT experience in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. Before joining L3 in 1998, he worked for 9 year at Lockheed Martin Corporation in a diverse range of IT Roles, including Business Relationship Manager, IT Manager, Infrastructure Manager and Software Developer. While with L3 Technologies, he held a number of management positions, successively increasing in responsibility and has reported directly to the CIO for the past 16 years. A Graduate of Syracuse University, Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in with majors in Management Information Systems and Marketing.
Murray Feig is a Senior Finance, Project and Administrative Leader with progressive corporate and operational experience within start-up, high growth and established corporate and division environments. He has worked in a variety of industries including technology, multi-national defense, manufacturing, and retail. Most recently, Mr. Feig has provided project management leadership in the Integration Management Office (IMO) including oversight of numerous workstreams in support of a multi-million dollar acquisition. As a member of the Project Management Office (PMO), Mr. Feig is responsible for working with a team of program managers to identify financial synergies associated with the transaction including related one-time expenses and cost savings. As a project manager, Mr. Feig has provided oversight in support of acquisitions working alongside external consulting firms, stakeholders and steering committees. Mr. Feig also has leadership experience supporting various IT initiatives. His financial experience includes almost twenty years as a Division Controller for L-3 Harris and Communications and Power Industries. In these roles, Mr. Feig was fully involved in operating plan development, financial and cash flow forecasting, division strategic planning and compliance.
John M Finegan
John has more than 38 years of experience in information technology. His primary focus is on developing IT strategy based on corporate goals and initiatives. He also specialized in driving business transformation through a formalized business process flow.
John was awarded SAP North American Innovation Award 2018 and was invited as a highlighted speaker for Microsoft’s Global Summit in 1998 and 2000. He has also served companies and joined councils in the following positions:
- Principal IT Consultant Serving as CIO for CPI Delivering IT Strategy and Overseeing Implementation of Strategy, Reorganizing IT (2020)
- Principal IT Consultant Developing Enterprise Analytics Strategy and Roadmap (2020)
- IT Integration Strategy Director for LHX (2019)
- IT Strategy, Architecture, and Innovation Director for L3T (2015 – 2018)
- Director IT Enterprise Applications L3 Communications (2011 – 2015)
- Chief Information Officer for LSG (2009 – 2011)
- Chief Information Officer for Titan Group (2007 – 2009)
- One of the 19 Members of Microsoft Corporation’s Knowledge Management Advisory Council (1997 – 2001)
Damon (Skip) Handley has over three decades of experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry. APICS trained, Skip is a Supply Chain Management (SCM) professional with deep subject matter expertise in direct and indirect category management, freight and logistics, expenditure analysis and web application development. He has demonstrated communication and leadership skills specializing in leading multiple SCM project teams. Most recently, he led a team that successfully implemented a large contingent labor MSP / VMS program. He also led a multi-divisional freight council to negotiate best-in-class rates in support of a large aerospace merger. A solid team player with outstanding negotiation and analytical skills, he is eager to share relevant knowledge and to drive to meet and exceed goals. Skip and his wife Michelle reside in San Diego, CA. He is a graduate of San Diego State University.
Brian has served as Vice President of Quality and Lean for multiple organizations driving systemic business process improvements, implementing lean six sigma business systems, and improving customer satisfaction. He has worked in multiple industries including medical device manufacturing, transportation security, and Aerospace and Defense where he deployed a continuous improvement business system integrating a diverse organization into a single framework.
Brian has achieved certifications as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP). Brian’s employer recognitions include Outstanding Engineer Awards and Corporate Team Performance Awards.
Brian’s background also includes managing Information Technology, Security, and Environmental Health and Safety operations.
Brian holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida College of Engineering
John Mason is a management consultant with over 40 years of experience. Having developed expertise in both business and I.T. management, John helps businesses of various sizes grow either organically or through mergers / acquisitions.
Before becoming a consultant, John served as V.P., Operations for Incisive Media, a global provider of business news and information. John joined Incisive through their acquisition of American Lawyer Media (ALM).
As V.P., Operations, John led the company’s North American I.T., Production, and Fulfillment operations. He led Incisive Media’s post-acquisition efforts to consolidate production systems and operations; relocate all back-office operations; and develop an e-commerce technology stack that ultimately won Incisive Media AOP’s Digital Publisher of the Year Award in 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2017.
Prior to joining ALM, John enjoyed a 20-year career with Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI) where he served as Publisher, Assistant Group Publisher, Applications Manager, and Systems Analyst. During his GCI tenure, John led business units, won a Publisher’s ring in 2003, chaired GCI’s inaugural Diversity Committee, published a workforce development white paper, led several post-merger integrations, and converted countless business applications.
John is happily married with one daughter and a pet dog. He is highly active in his church and enjoys traveling, teaching, and playing golf.
Michael R. Nelson
Michael R. Nelson is a result-oriented dynamic professional with proven success and expertise in corporate Supply Chain Management (SMC) and Quality Management. He has held strategic corporate leadership positions in Fortune 500 firms in Aerospace & Defense, high technology electronics industries and in small businesses. Mike is proficient in setting up supply chain initiatives and corporate purchasing agreements, resulting in significant cost savings and continuity of supply. He has expertise in Quality Management Systems (QMS) and has established enterprise-wide quality administration solutions. He has also designed company-wide conflict minerals programs for reporting annually to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and held leadership positions within the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA). Mike has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that have allowed him to be successful, regardless of the size of the organization. Mike likes to spend his free time volunteering locally, playing golf, scuba diving, boating and spending time with his family.
Kathleen is an accomplished and recognized innovator and leader in the travel industry, having held various roles with several Fortune 500 companies. Areas of expertise include sourcing, negotiations, contracts, project management, relationship management, conflict resolution, process improvements, onsite management of strategic meetings and crafting effective travel policies. These skills are harmonized and brought together when managing multi-faceted global and national conferences and events.
With 30+ years of industry experience, Kathleen maintains key supplier relationships and designs successful strategies that produce exceptional client experiences while increasing efficiencies and reducing cost.
Continuously working to improve processes, Kathleen incorporates innovative strategies and technology deployment to produce year over year savings and process improvements. A close working relationship with her clients results in exceeding goals and objectives with quality results.
Kathleen’s industry reputation is that of a team building. Her approach is evident in her client relationships, exceptional customer contacts and numerous travel industry recognition awards. Kathleen spends her free time volunteering in her own community and beyond.
Erin Pfarner holds a Master of Supply Chain Management from the University of San Diego and has over 30 years of supply chain management experience. Erin has extensive experience and expertise in the structuring, negotiation and management of IT purchase agreements and supplier relationships. Erin led a supply chain team in the of implementation and utilization of a global deployment of SAP Ariba Procure-to-Pay and Master Data Governance across an 80 location enterprise spanning dozens of different ERP interfaces. In addition to her IT and systems background, Erin specializes in the areas of government compliance, including terms and conditions, FAR and DFAR requirements, government audits and training.
Ms. Ginger Scott has over 25 years of experience in import/export compliance management. She has an exceptional background in U.S. and Foreign government regulations for a diverse range of commodities. Her expertise in interfacing with import/export supply chain personnel and third party service providers (e.g. freight forwarders and customs brokers) resulted in significant cost savings for her previous employers while mitigating risk exposure.
- Assuring compliance with US export laws and regulations
- Export and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
- Training of company personnel
Throughout Ginger's 25 years in the International Traffic field, she has worked for various L-3 Technologies Divisions, most recently as the Export Manager/Empowered Official, overseeing all State Department/Commerce license applications. Ginger’s experience includes preparing and maintaining Technology Control Plans for the company's Foreign National as well as managing Technical Assistance Agreements and Manufacturing License Agreements. As part of her comprehensive approach to training, Ms. Scott conducts annual Import/Export training to Program Managers, Engineering, Contracts and Senior Management personnel. Additionally, she is well versed in conducting classification reviews of all company manufactured items and preparing Commodity Jurisdiction Requests.
Ms. Scott is a graduate of New York University's International Traffic Management Program.
Vince is a goal oriented and talented leader with a long record of consistent successes in improving business performance and profitability in corporate and factory operating environments. He is value focused, broadly experienced, strategic in thinking and drives a systematic and purposeful approach to delivering results. He leverages a disciplined team oriented methodology aimed at aligning with and achieving business goals and objectives. He has strong financial acumen, excellent communication skills and highly developed interpersonal skills – all dedicated to delivering promised business results.
His career experience includes global and domestic leadership roles in Fortune 300 & 500 companies where he expanded gross and operating margins, increased productivity, improved balance sheet performance and led successful M&A efforts ultimately resulting in year over year increasing shareowner returns.
A cyber security maverick and entrepreneur, Curt Vincent has dedicated his career to helping companies and organizations minimize risk and thwart would-be attackers. Curt is well-known for his work as Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he founded, defined, built and lead the 400-person Cyber Security Division over a 15-year period. Curt has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Operations Command Center at Bank of America and as VP of a Dev/Ops team at Goldman Sachs. Curt is also a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who was recalled to active in a by-name request following 9/11 to be the Operations Officer of the Army’s Global Network and Security Operations Center. Curt also teaches Cyber Security as an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College.
Curt is a lifelong learner. Through a set of events he was forced to leave high school to join the Army but later earned both an Electrical Engineering degree and a Master’s in Digital Communication. When he’s not working, Curt spends time as a musician and restoring vintage microphones. He and his wife Maria currently live in Connecticut.
Matt got his start in IT in the mid 90s, working as a Certified Netware Engineer. Sometime in the late 90s he attended his first Cisco class and became passionate about network implementation. Matt spent the following 15 years designing, implementing, and troubleshooting all areas of networking in the enterprise, from routing and switching, wireless, WAN, circuit level then application-level firewalls, and load balancing. Matt has experience in smaller companies that require their IT folks to wear many hats, and experience in enterprises, working with and leading cross functional teams. More recently Matt has engaged with a variety of clients in a consulting role, from helping a client integrate their LAN/WAN and monitoring setup with an acquired companies setup, and helping another client move from an MPLS network to SD-WAN.
CISO, Cyber Consultant
ND-ISAC / DSIE Chairman of the Board
Jay Weinstein is a former Defense Industry CISO. He was previously CISO for L3 Technologies and Sr. Cybersecurity Advisor for L3Harris. His responsibilities include the cyber transition/merger of all cyber tools and processes for the new organization, advising the operations and strategic plan of the enterprise network, network security, business continuity planning, and IT corporate purchase agreements. As CISO for L3 Technologies, Jay was responsible for the creation, growth, and operations of a world class cyber security team including security engineering, incident response team, and security operations center. Accomplishments include patented Internet Isolation, security centralization solutions, secure enterprise wireless, secure gov cloud migration and DFAR/CMMC compliance, all while securely enabling the business.
Jay has been fighting the APT since the early 2000’s and was part of the original 6 companies that were requested by the DoD to collaborate on the Titan Rain incidents in 2004 that led directly to the current DIB CS program. Jay is also the Chairman of the National Defense Information Sharing Analysis Center (ISAC) for the Defense Industry Base. This organization provides real time intelligence (indicators of compromise – IOC) and cyber security best practices through 25+ working groups. Jay also has 20 years of engineering, engineering management, and program management experience.