William H. Alderman is the President of Alderman & Company, a sell-side M&A advisory firm that he founded in 2001, which exclusively serves the middle market of the aerospace and defense industry. During his career, Mr. Alderman has completed more than $1 Billion in mergers and acquisition-related transactions. Prior to 2001, Mr. Alderman worked for a decade on Wall Street and for industry, predominantly working on M&A transactions in the middle market of the aerospace and defense industry. His past employers include Fieldstone Capital, BT Securities, General Electric and Aviation Sales Company. Mr. Alderman is a graduate of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Kenyon College, where he was a varsity soccer player and recipient of numerous athletic awards. Mr. Alderman is a Securities Principal registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and has four securities industry licenses (Series 7, 24, 63, and 65). Mr. Alderman currently serves on the board of directors of Telos Corporation (OTC:TLSRP). In the past, Mr. Alderman has served on the following boards: UFC Aerospace, now a unit of Boeing; Cox & Co., an ESOP-owned manufacturer of de-icing systems; and Breeze Eastern Corporation (AMEX: BZC), now a unit of Transdigm. From 2007-2019, he served on the board of DLH Corporation (NASD: DLHC). Mr. Alderman is a commercial pilot with more than 30 years of flying experience and owns and operates a Cirrus SR-22 aircraft. Among other volunteer activities, Mr. Alderman is an active Command Pilot for Patient Airlift Services. He has been a member of the Wings Club of New York since 1992. Mr. Alderman has frequently spoken at high-profile aerospace and defense industry conferences in the United States and abroad, including the flagship annual Aviation Week and SpeedNews conferences. He has been quoted as an industry expert by Aviation Week, Bloomberg, Marketwatch, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, and the Washington Post.
The role of the Alderman & Company® Advisory Board is to provide high level strategic guidance to the firm. Our Advisory Board members are highly respected individuals who each served in senior leadership roles in the aerospace and defense industry during their careers. Through the collective insights of these esteemed leaders, we hope to learn how to continually refine our business practices and expand our skill sets, to better serve our clients.
Jim Barber has over 40 years of experience in Aerospace and Defense where he has served in a variety of roles including Engineering, Business Development, Program Management, and General Management and in doing so gaining knowledge and experience leading businesses both large and small. Prior to his recent retirement, Jim served as CEO/President of Cobham’s Mission Systems business where he was responsible for the overall management and leadership of a diversified engineering and manufacturing business sector with product areas that included Aerial Refueling Systems, Aircraft Oxygen and Life Support Systems, Fuel Tank Inerting Systems, as well as Weapons Carriage and Release Systems. Prior to this appointment, Jim was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Integrated Electronic Solutions business unit within Cobham’s Advanced Electronic Solutions business sector. Product areas included sensors and microelectronics, antennas, select electronic warfare systems and subsystems as well as precision positioning and motion control subsystems. Prior to joining Cobham, Jim was with ITT Exelis as the Vice President and General Manager of the Electronic Attack & Release Systems business located in New York. This business included weapons carriage and release technology, sensors and microelectronics, antennas and select electronic warfare systems. Previous to that appointment, Jim held the position of Vice President and General Manager for the ITT Exelis’ Integrated Structures business area, with responsibility for a diversified engineering and manufacturing group that included products in weapons carriage and release technologies and composite aero-structures and subsystems. Lastly, prior to joining ITT Exelis via acquisition, Jim served as the General Manager of the EDO MTech business unit and held numerous project leadership roles for the Department of Defense. Jim has a BS in Civil Engineering from Villanova, has successfully graduated from the Wharton Business School Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and has a Green Belt from the University of Michigan. In addition, Jim has served on several UK boards including Flight Refueling Ltd and EDO MBM Technology Ltd.
Mr. Benvenuti is the founder of Concord Investment Partners, a firm that invests in private and public engineering centric industries. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Benvenuti was an Operating and Managing Partner of Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (“Greenbriar”), a private equity group focused on transportation-related enterprises. While at Greenbriar, Mr. Benvenuti also served as Chairman of the Board of three companies owned by the firm: Amsafe Partners, Align Aerospace and EDAC Technologies. Before joining Greenbriar, Mr. Benvenuti was the President and CEO of Stellex Aerostructures, where he led an award winning turnaround and subsequent sale of the company to GKN, plc. Prior to 2002, he worked at Forstmann Little & Co., a private equity firm, and McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Today, Mr. Benvenuti is active on a number of public and private company boards, including NN, Inc. and Superior Industries, Inc. Mr. Benvenuti is an instrument rated pilot and owns and operates an SR22 aircraft. Mr. Benvenuti earned a BE from Manhattan College, an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, and an MBA from Harvard.
Prior to his recent retirement, Mr. Gould served as a senior executive in the aviation industry during a career of more than 30 years. Mr. Gould started his career in aviation in the Electrical business unit of Boeing in 1988. After 12 years at Boeing, Mr. Gould went on to become the CEO of Piper Aircraft and then President of the Bendix/King division of Honeywell. Mr. Gould actively serving on the boards of directors of a number of companies in the aviation industry, including Peregrine Avionics, an engineering firm specializing in avionics integration and installation certification. Prior to his career in aviation, Mr. Gould was an attorney with McCuthen Black Vergler & Shea. Mr. Gould has over 1,000 hours as a private pilot, with instrument and complex ratings. Mr. Gould earned the following post graduate degrees: JD University of Southern California, MS Stanford University and MBA from Harvard.
Elder Granger MD, FACP, FACHE, MG, USA (retired) – Major General Granger is currently the President and CEO of THE 5Ps, LLC, an SDVOSB, health care, education, and leadership consulting organization. Prior to his retirement from the US Army on July 1, 2009, MG Granger served as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, DC, from December 2005 to May 2009. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on DOD health plan policy and performance. In his role leading TRICARE, MG Granger required strong, value-based relationships with major insurers in order for them to serve as TRICARE affiliates. This required clear guidelines to asses and determine “best value”. A rigorous process was implemented to ensure clear requirements and criteria to manage these relationships to measurable, accountable outcomes. He oversaw the acquisition, operation and integration of TRICARE/DOD’s managed care program within the Military Health System. MG Granger led a staff of 1,800 in planning, budgeting and executing a $22.5 Billion Defense Health Program and in ensuring the effective and efficient provision of high-quality, accessible healthcare for 9.2 million Uniformed Service members, their families, retirees and others located worldwide. Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department, with previous assignments as Commander, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Command Surgeon and Director of Health Services, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Commander, Europe Regional Medical Command, Director of TRICARE Europe, and the Command Surgeon, US Army Europe and 7th Army, Heidelberg, Germany, Acting Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection, Commander, Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany and Commander, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY, and attended Army War College, Carlisle Barrack, PA. MG Granger has received numerous awards, decorations and honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Hematology and Oncology, certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Certified in Medical Quality by the American Board of Medical Quality. CERT-certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University. His professional affiliations include. Member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, American Medical Association ,the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives (Life Member) Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors, member and Fellow American College of Healthcare Executives, member and laureate American College of Physicians, member (life member) and fellow American Association for Physician Leadership, member and fellow American College of Medical Quality, Board of Directors, Defense Logistic Health, Cigna, and Berg Health. Board of Trustee-Rosalind Franklin University, member of Arkansas State University Chancellor Cabinet and, University of Arkansas School of Medicine Board of Visitors. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University in 1976.and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980. MG Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado. MG Granger was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Meharry Medical College in 2009.