John Ed Boyington, Jr
President & CEO, Vertex Aerospace LLC
John “Ed” Boyington was named President and CEO of the newly formed Vertex Aerospace in June 2018. Prior to that, he most recently served as President of L-3 Vertex Aerospace from 2015 to 2018, where he was responsible for the successful execution of a complex portfolio of aviation programs with global reach across a broad customer base. Ed has held multiple senior leadership positions at L-3, including President of L-3 Vertex Aerospace, Waco Site Executive, Senior Vice President of Federal Programs, and President of L-3 Flight International. Outside of L-3 and Vertex, he also served as Vice President and General Manager at DRS Technologies in Herndon, VA from 2009 to 2013, and President and CEO at Galaxy Technologies from 2013-2015. Retiring as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and the Chief of Naval Air Training, Ed held numerous additional leadership roles throughout his military career, including major commands in the 7th and 5th Fleet, NATO, Navy Region South, and Mine Warfare Command. He is a rated Army helicopter pilot, a dual rated Naval Aviator, and Experimental Test Pilot with over 8,500 hours in 92 different aircraft, including over 600 armed combat missions. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida, a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science in National Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Ed is a graduate of the Naval Test Pilot School, DSMC Program Manager and Sr. Executive Program Managers courses, a UWF Distinguished Alumni, and a Department of Defense Designated Level 3 Acquisition Professional.
Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Finance
Robert “Bob” Sill is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Vertex Aerospace. He arrived at Vertex in 2016, and is an accomplished aviation and aerospace executive possessing over 30 years of financial operations experience in defense, commercial and international business environments. Prior to joining Vertex Aerospace, Bob held key financial leadership roles with GKN Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Cessna Aircraft, and Honeywell Aerospace. He has vast experience in both private equity and publicly traded environments. Bob earned an MBA from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Six Sigma Green Belt from Honeywell and Raytheon.
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Aircraft Integration & Sustainment
Don Davis is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Vertex Aerospace’s Aircraft Integration & Sustainment division in Crestview, FL. His division provides aircraft structures, major airframe assemblies, and military aircraft modifications for leading prime contractors and original equipment manufacturers. Don previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy at Vertex’s headquarters in Madison, MS. He began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps., where he served over 25 years in various aviation roles, including Helicopter Mechanic, Crew Chief and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. After his retirement in 2001, Don joined The Boeing Company as a Business Development Manager, and later held the roles of Senior Manager of Business Development and Strategy and an executive position in the Director Maintenance Modifications & Upgrades Division Business Development team at Naval Integrated Logistics in Saint Louis, MO. Don joined DRS in 2010 as Vice President of Operations for the Aviation Division, Sustainment, and Modernization in Elizabeth City, NC. Don holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Aerospace Defense Services
Richard “Vinny” Caputo is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s Aerospace Defense Services division. He is responsible for providing aviation services and customer support to Department of Defense, Other Government Agencies, and commercial customers. He also oversees the Company’s international business line, Vertex Global Aerospace, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He previously served at L-3 Vertex Aerospace as Senior Director of Aviation Field Maintenance at the Army Sustainment Division based in Huntsville, AL. Vinny retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. as a combat veteran with the rank of Colonel after 24 years of service in command and operational positions. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in 1988 and amassed over 3,600 flight hours, including 700 in combat. Vinny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rhode Island College and master’s degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Operational Art and Science.