Strategic Advisory Group
John Ed Boyington, Jr
President & CEO, Vertex Aerospace LLC
John “Ed” Boyington, President and CEO of Vertex Aerospace, presides over the Company’s Strategic Advisory Group. The group is comprised of retired senior military leaders who provide Vertex strategic insight into Company growth opportunities.
GEN (Ret.) Richard Cody
Sr. Vice President, Army & Political Advisor
U.S. Army GEN (Ret.) Richard A. Cody is currently a Senior Vice President on Vertex Aerospace’s Strategic Advisory Group, serving as a political advisor while assisting in the strategic growth of the Company’s U.S. Army business capabilities. Prior to that, he served for over 36 years in the U.S. Army, with assignments in six of the Army’s combat divisions. GEN Cody has held several key staff positions throughout his career, including: Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk in Albania; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army; and as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff, Army. He is a master Army Aviator with over 5000 hours of flight time with ratings in over 19 helicopters. GEN Cody is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Army’s Aviation Maintenance Test Pilot School, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is a 2008 inductee of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame and a 2016 Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.
Lt Gen (Ret.) Steven Polk
Sr. Vice President, Air Force Advisor
U.S. Air Force Lt Gen (Ret.) Steven Polk serves as a Senior Vice President on Vertex Aerospace’s Strategic Advisory Group. He serves as an Air Force advisor and assists in the strategic growth of the Company’s Air Force business capabilities. He retired from the USAF in 2006 with command experience at all levels, from tactical fighter squadron to a numbered air force. During his lengthy military career, Lt Gen Polk served in a number of senior level staff positions, including: Inspector General of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Director of Operations at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces; and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, NATO. He is a Command Pilot with over 4,500 hours of flight time in over 30 aircraft. He has chaired the board of a publicly traded cyber security company as well as several non-profit organizations, including the Order of Daedalians, the Daedalian Foundation, and the Air Force Retiree Council. Lt Gen Polk holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in Engineering from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Col (Ret.) Robert P. Spivey
Sr. Vice President, Special Operations Advisor
U.S. Air Force Col (Ret.) Robert Spivey serves as a Senior Vice President on Vertex Aerospace’s Strategic Advisory Group. He serves as a Special Missions Advisor and assists in the strategic growth of the Company’s special missions and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) business capabilities. Retiring after 28 years of distinguished service, Col Spivey served in key operational and managerial positions throughout his career, including: first Commander of the 10th Military Airlift Squadron; J3S at the U.S. Special Operations Command; and Deputy Director of the SOCOM Joint Studies and Analysis Group. During his military career, he earned the Military Senior Parachutist Badge and was qualified as a Jumpmaster with the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps. Col Spivey is also a Command Pilot with over 15,000 flight hours in 17 types and models of aircraft. Col Spivey serves as COO of ALABCO Corp. and works as an Aerospace Consultant in Special Operations, ISR operations, and aircraft management, with an in-depth knowledge in worldwide operations of remotely piloted vehicles.