About Us | Leadership
The Chief Executive Officer's Team
Daniel G. Korte* - Chief Executive Officer
- Clifford C. Stebe, Jr.* - Chief Financial Officer
- Joseph DeMartino* - Chief Operations Officer
- Jennifer Alfaro - Chief Human Resources Officer
- Brian P. Olsen - President, Engineering Services
- Renée Skonier* - Executive Director, Legal - Chief Compliance Officer
- Lawrence E. Dickinson III* - President, Corporate Development & Strategy
- Amy Horton - Director, Corporate Communications
The Chief Operations Officer's Team
Joseph DeMartino* - Chief Operations Officer
- Michael J. Biffignani* - Executive Director, Information Technology
- Thomas M. Dorff - Executive Director, Quality & Operations Support
- Brian McCarthy - Executive Director, Material Management
- Janice Loveless - Executive Director, Human Resources, Aerostructures
- Rob Hickman - Executive Director, Programs, Aerostructures
- Troy Ferrero - Executive Director, Contracts & Pricing
- David A. Fillmore - Vice President and General Manager - Fabrication & Composites
- Keith Schrader - Vice President and General Manager - Assembly
- Ray Hemann - Financial Controller, Aerostructures
Board of Directors
- Ronald Saks
- Joseph Burstein
- Sanford S. Neuman
- John M. Roeder
- John S. Eulich
- Judith W. Northup
- Gerald E. Daniels
- Gregory L. Summe
- Steven Schaffer
- Daniel G. Korte*
- Larry Resnick - Special Board Consultant
Daniel G. Korte
Chief Executive Officer
Dan Korte joined LMI as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors in August 2014.
Prior to joining, Dan was President of the Rolls-Royce Defense business responsible for the strategy and performance of the $4 billion global defense aerospace business. Before joining Rolls-Royce, Dan spent 24 years with The Boeing Company in St. Louis where he began his career as an engineer and then moved progressively through leadership positions related to engineering, procurement, and program management, with his last position being the Vice President and General Manager for Global Strike Systems, a division of the Boeing Military Aircraft business. Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University, Missouri. He also completed the Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Clifford C. Stebe, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer
Cliff joined LMI as the Corporate Controller in June 2010, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November, 2013.
Prior to joining LMI, Cliff worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for approximately twelve years, where he held various positions, including Senior Manager of Assurance and Business Advisory Services during his final four years at the firm.
Cliff has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Louis University with a double major in accounting and finance, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Operations Officer
Joe DeMartino joined the Company as Chief Operations Officer in August 2014.
Prior to assuming his current position Joe was a principal with DRB Consulting & Coaching. Previously, he spent eight years with GKN Aerospace, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace Structures located in St. Louis and Cromwell, CT. Joe also held key leadership roles with the Stevenson Group, AGC, Inc., and GKN Westland Aerospace. He began his career as an engineer in the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
Joe has an Associate of Applied Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and continued his education in a mechanical engineering program at Fairfield University and holds a Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jennifer Alfaro joined LMI as Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2015.
Prior to joining LMI, Jennifer worked for the Aerospace Solutions Division of KLX Inc. as the Vice President of Human Resources. She brings over 22 years of Human Resources experience, including 11 years in the aerospace industry from Goodrich Corporation (now part of United Technologies), in various human resource positions.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and holds a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification.
Brian P. Olsen
President, Engineering Services
Brian originally joined LMI in 2002 as a Market Sector Director, and became Regional Vice President in 2003. He left LMI in 2005, but returned in 2010 as the Director of Contracts. He was appointed Executive Director of Business Development in 2011 and in 2015 he was appointed President of Engineering Services.
Previous to joining LMI for the second time, Brian was President of Empire Aero Center in Rome, NY. He also has served as General Manager of Milgard Manufacturing, President of Sierra Manufacturing, and he spent 15 years with BF Goodrich/Tramco in various leadership and marketing roles.
Brian has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Washington with concentrations in marketing and finance.
Executive Director, Legal - Chief Compliance Officer
Renée joined LMI as Executive Legal Director in October 2011 and was also appointed Chief Compliance Officer in May 2014.
Prior to joining LMI, Renée was Corporate Counsel at Cisco Systems for seven years, primarily supporting the Global Government Solutions Group in Research Triangle Park, NC. She began her career at The Boeing Company working in the Rotorcraft division’s contracts group in Philadelphia, PA and supporting both the export management and contracts functions for Missile Defense Systems in Arlington, VA.
Renée has a Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law.
Lawrence E. Dickinson, III
President, Corporate Development & Strategy
Ed joined LMI in 1993 as the Chief Financial Officer, and in January 2015 he was appointed to President of Corporate Development and Strategy.
Prior to joining LMI, Ed spent nine years at LaBarge, Inc. first at Assistant Controller and Financial Analyst and then as Controller. Previously, he was a Cost Accountant and Credit Analyst at the Monsanto Company and a Staff Accountant for Waller & Crook, CPA in Alabama.
Ed has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Alabama and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Director, Corporate Communications
Amy joined LMI in March 2015 as director of Corporate Communications.
Prior to joining LMI, Amy worked at The Boeing Company for more than 14 years, where she held various Communications positions. Previously, she served as Communications specialist for Litton Interconnect Technologies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications Management and a Master of Arts in Communications from Missouri State University.
Michael J. Biffignani
Executive Director, Information Technology
Mike joined LMI in 1999 as Chief Information Officer and in January 2015 he was appointed to Executive Director of Information Technology.
Prior to joining LMI, Mike spent 16 years with the Boeing Company (previously McDonnell Douglas), the last three of which he was a Director of Information Services. His previous positions with McDonnell Douglas included various roles of increasing responsibility in engineering business management. Mike also worked with Sony Professional Products as a Material Control Manager and a Special Products Audio Engineer.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and he is near completion of a Master of Engineering – Acoustics from Penn State University. He also completed the 12 month McDonnell Douglas Executive Development Program and the Boeing Executive Development Program.
Thomas M. Dorff
Executive Director, Quality & Operations Support
Tom joined LMI in 2008 as the Director of Quality, and in January 2015 he was appointed Executive Director of Quality and Operations Support.
Prior to joining LMI, Tom spent seven years with GKN Aerospace in St. Louis, first as the Director of Quality and then as Senior Director of Quality and Continuous Improvement. He also was employed for 21 years with the Boeing Company in Ridley Park, PA, beginning as an assembler and, when he left, as a Senior Manager for Supplier Quality Assurance.
Tom has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Villanova University in Villanova, PA, an MBA from St. Louis University, and is a veteran of the US Navy.
Executive Director, Material Management
Brian McCarthy joined LMI as Director of Supply Chain in January 2009 and was appointed the Executive Director, Materiel Management in January 2015.
Prior to joining LMI, Brian worked at Gulfstream Aerospace for twenty two years, where he held various positions, within that organization. Prior to leaving Brian led the New Product Development group for the procurement organization during the launch of two new aircraft.
Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from South College.
Janice S. Loveless
Executive Director, Human Resources
Janice S. Loveless joined LMI as Human Resources Manager in 1996 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was promoted to Regional Human Resources Manager in 2007, Director of Human Resources in 2011 and was appointed the Executive Director of Human Resources, Aerostructures in January 2015.
For ten years prior to joining LMI Aerospace, Janice held various Human Resources management roles at AGC Maintenance Services, Radco and Purolator, a Division of Pennzoil.
Janice attended Tulsa Technology College, Tulsa Junior College, Oklahoma State University and obtained a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 1999.
Executive Director, Programs, Aerostructures
Rob, joined LMI as Program Director, Bonded Panels in March of 2014 and was appointed the Executive Director, Programs, Aerostructures in January 2015.
Prior to joining LMI, Rob worked at Spirit Aerosystems for the eight years, where he held various executive management positions on Gulfstream programs, most recently Program Director on the G280 wing program.
Rob has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology from Purdue University.
Executive Director, Contracts & Pricing
Troy joined LMI in March 2015 as executive director of Contracts & Pricing.
Prior to joining LMI, Troy worked for Huntsman Corporation where he served as National Accounts Manager. Previously, he was Senior Director of Contracts and Pricing at GKN Aerospace. He spent the first 12 years of his career with 3M where he held various positions, most recently managing Profit and Loss for the Aerospace Adhesives product line. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Management from Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from Maryville University. Troy also has a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.
David A. Fillmore
Vice President and General Manager - Fabrication & Composites
David joined LMI in 2013 as the Director of Processing and in January 2015 he was appointed to Vice President and General Manager of Fabrication and Composites.
Prior to joining LMI, David worked for Spirit Aerosystems in Tulsa, OK first as the Director of Production Engineering and then as the Director of Business Jets. Previously, he spent 22 years with, the Boeing Company, and then Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, KS, where he began as a tool builder and then held Senior Manager positions in Fabrication, Processing, and Assembly; Environmental, Health, and Safety; and Facilities Maintenance and Site Services.
David has a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Technology, and a Master of Business Administration both from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. He also holds Certificates in Lean Enterprise Systems from the University of Tennessee and in Japanese Gemba Kaizen from the Shigijutsu Company in Japan.
Keith M. Schrader
Vice President and General manager - Assembly
Keith Schrader joined LMI as the Vice President and General Manager of Assembly in January of 2015.
Prior to joining LMI, Keith was the Vice President of Programs and Vice President, Site Operations at GKN in St. Louis. Prior to GKN, Keith held several roles of increasing responsibilities with Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas and Everett/Renton, Washington.
Keith holds a Masters of Business Administration from Baker University, with a specialization in executive leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Operations from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS.
Financial Controller, Aerostructures
Ray joined LMI as Corporate Controller in 2005 and was appointed the Aerostructures Controller in January 2015.
Prior to joining LMI, Ray worked for Hussmann Corporation for 20 years in various plant and Corporate financial accounting and management positions.
Ray has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis.
Ronald S. Saks
Ronald Saks serves on the Board as Non-Executive Chairman. He served as Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company from 1984 to March of 2014. Prior to his employment with the Company, Ronald was an Executive Vice President with Associated Transports, Inc. for eight years. Prior to that, he was a tax Manager with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., now known as KMPG Peat Marwick LLP; also for eight years.
Ronald obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Washington University in 1966. He also studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed an executive education program at Stanford University. In addition, Ronald is a Certified Public Accountant.
Joseph Burstein has been a director since 1984, serving as Chairman of the Board from 1984 to March 2014. Joseph has extensive entrepreneurial and managerial experience, including an executive role in the Company, providing valuable insight in long-term strategic planning, the operations of the Company and supervision of management in implementing corporate policy and goals. Such background and experience is particularly relevant to his service on the Compensation Committee and the CG&N Committee.
Sanford S. Neuman
Sanford Neuman has served as a Director and Assistant Secretary since 1984. Mr. Neuman is a Senior Partner at the law firm Polsinelli PC, which he joined in 2012. Prior to joining Polsinelli PC, Mr. Neuman had been a Member of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C. for more than thirty years. Mr. Neuman served as the Managing Member of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C. from May 2000 until he was elected Chairman on March 31, 2005. Mr. Neuman’s legal background, together with his leadership role in the management of a major St. Louis law firm and his long association with the Company, give him valuable insight into the Board’s supervisory responsibilities of management and corporate governance matters, including legal and regulatory compliance. Such background and experience are particularly relevant to Mr. Neuman’s service as Chair of the CG&N Committee.
John M. Roeder
John Roeder has served as a director since 2003. John has acted as a financial consultant since 1999. Previously, he was an Office Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen an international accounting firm. Mr. Roeder was formerly the Director in Residence at The Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance of The University of Texas at Dallas – School of Management and a member of the board of directors and the audit committee of Fiduciary/Claymore MLP Opportunity Fund (a Guggenheim fund), which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FMO. From 2005 through 2008, Mr. Roeder was a member of the board of directors and the audit committee for Fiduciary/Claymore Dynamic Equity Fund, which was traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HCE. His extensive experience in, among other things, corporate finance, accounting, and strategic planning is particularly relevant to his service as Chair of the Audit Committee.
John S. Eulich
John Eulich was elected as a director in August 2005.
Since March 11, 2010, Mr. Eulich has also served on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Financial Services Corp., which is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol EFSC. He served as President of Mark Andy, Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Corp, from 1989 to 2003 and as President of INDEECO (Industrial Engineering and Equipment Company, Inc.), a privately held manufacturer of electric heaters and controls, from 2008-2011. He served as Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of ASPEQ Holdings, Inc., the parent company of INDEECO since July 1, 2008. Mr. Eulich’s extensive executive experience, especially in manufacturing, finance, marketing and human resources, is particularly relevant as the lead director and as a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees.
Judith W. Northup
Judith Northup was elected to the board of directors in May 2006.
Ms. Northup served as an executive officer of Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. (now owned by Triumph Group, Inc.), a large aircraft manufacturer and assembler, from 1997 until her retirement on March 1, 2006. On June 30, 2014 Ms. Northup retired from the board of directors of Exostar, a provider of secure collaboration and integrated supply chain solutions to the aerospace and defense industries. Her extensive executive experience in the aerospace and defense industries, including operational experience, particularly in manufacturing, supply-chain management, human resources and corporate governance, provides valuable and relevant insight into the Company’s business operations and long-term strategic goals and business plans and is particularly relevant to her service as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the CG&N Committee.
Gerald E. Daniels
Gerald (Jerry) Daniels was elected to the board of directors in July 2014.
Jerry is a retired aerospace/defense industry executive. He has served as chief executive of the Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems Company and as chief executive and vice chairman of Engineered Support Systems, Inc., both headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Daniels served as the CEO and vice chairman of Engineered Support (NASDAQ: EASI) from 2003-2004. During this period, the company’s stock more than doubled in value and the company was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States.
Daniels served from 2000-2003 as President and CEO of Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems. This company ($13 billion annual sales) designed, produced and supported fighters, bombers, transports, rotorcraft and weapons for the United States and its allies around the globe. Prior to this assignment, Daniels was vice president and general manager of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Programs for Boeing, responsible for the F/A-18, AV-8, T-45 and V-22 aircraft programs. He simultaneously served as manager of Boeing’s St. Louis operations.
Daniels holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Southern California. He was an Olmsted scholar studying international relations at the University of Munich from 1973 to 1975.
Gregory L. Summe
Gregory L. Summe was elected to the board of directors in July 2014.
Gregory is the Founder and Managing Partner of Glen Capital Partners LLC., an investment manager specializing in companies undergoing significant operational, strategic or capital structure change. From 2009-2014, Mr. Summe was the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Global Buyout at the Carlyle Group. He was a member of the Firm's Operating Committee and responsible for the Buyout Funds in Financial Services, Infrastructure, Japan, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Summe’s focus was on developing new investments, helping to drive portfolio company improvements, and raising new funds, including the Sub Saharan Africa Fund.
Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Summe was the Chairman and CEO of PerkinElmer, Inc., a company he led from 1998 to 2009. He joined PerkinElmer in January 1998 in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer and in 1999 was elected Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. He also served as a Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners from 2008 to 2009.
Mr. Summe serves as the Chairman of the Board of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., (FSL) and as a director of Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP), and the State Street Corporation (STT). Mr. Summe holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and the University of Cincinnati, and an M.B.A., with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is in the Engineering Hall of Distinction at the University of Kentucky.
Steve Schaffer was elected as a director in March 2015.
Mr. Schaffer is a retired executive of The Boeing Company and brings over 36 years of experience in the aerospace industry to LMI's Board. Prior to his retirement from Boeing in April 2010, Mr. Schaffer was vice president and general manager, Supplier Management, responsible for all outside production for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. With his significant experience in production as well as supply chain management at one of LMI’s largest customers, Mr. Schaffer will provide relevant insight as LMI further refines its business strategy and growth plans in the coming years. Schaffer has also served on the boards of various nonprofit and civic group organizations.
Mr. Schaffer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Kansas and completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Hawaii.
Special Board Consultant
Mr. Resnick founded AeroAdvisory, LLC in 2010 to provide strategy development and deployment, business development and all aspects of acquisition support within the aerospace industry for private, public and private equity owned businesses.
Mr. Resnick currently serves as CEO and on the Board of Cadence Aerospace, Inc. Cadence Aerospace’s seven companies generate revenue of approximately $300,000,000 and provide machining and assembly services to Boeing, United Technologies, Spirit Aerosystems, Airbus, Honeywell, and others in the aerospace and defense industry. Cadence is owned by Court Square Capital Partners and Cadence’s management team.
In 2013, Mr. Resnick led the fundraising for the successful management buyout of Aviation Technical Services from Marquarie Capital (USA) Inc., and currently serves on its Board. In 2011, he provided buy-side advisory services to Inverness Graham Investments for its purchase of Nobles Worldwide, Inc. the preeminent supplier of medium caliber ammunition feed chutes and gun mounts to the DOD and Allied militaries, and serves on Nobles’ Board. Since 2010, he has worked with LMI Aerospace, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:LMIA), most recently as its Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Vermont Composites, Inc. (aerospace and medical composite design/build) from 2009 until its sale to Kaman in November 2011 by Vincente Capital Partners.
In 2008, he was recruited as CEO of Taurus Aerospace Group to lead the company through a period of significant organic and internal growth within the global aerospace industry. Taurus’ primary holdings were Aviation Technical Services and Brek Aerospace and had revenue of approximately $300,000,000.For the six months prior to joining Taurus, Mr. Resnick was co-lead of Arsenal Capital Partners’ aerospace and defense practice.
From 1996-2007, he was with Triumph Group, Inc., most recently as SVP-Operations, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, acquisitions, acquisition integration, supply chain management, lean enterprise implementation, business development and corporate marketing. During his tenure leading the acquisition activity at Triumph, the parent company acquired eleven companies and three product lines that accounted for in excess of 39% and 58% of consolidated parent company FY 2008 Forecasted Sales and EBITDA, respectively.