A retired Navy commander and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate, White has more than 35 years’ experience with the Navy as an officer, civilian employee and contractor.
White said his focus areas as HTii president and CEO are to maximize employee value to customers, continue revenue growth and engage even more with the local community.
“Under Ms. Hammond’s leadership, we managed to expand our business during budget sequestration, even though it was a particularly difficult time for contractors,” he said. “Since then, we’ve only gotten stronger – with more technically educated and better-trained employees, more sophisticated software tools and a closer working relationship with our business partner, IBM.”
HTii provides its government and industry customers a wide range of services including systems engineering, enterprise architecture development, requirements management, logistics management, operational test support and data management and programming. Its primary software tools are IBM’s Jazz lifecycle project management, DOORS requirements management, Rational Systems Architecture, and Rhapsody enterprise architecture applications. HTii also produces its own Test Information Management System (TIMS) for operational testing, along with other in-house database programs purpose-built for specific tasks, such as command staffing data management .
“We’re not just a body shop,” he said. “Our approach is to identify a customer’s needs and then pick a tool – and an operator – to satisfy it.”
He noted that HTii has become a leading supplier of Jazz and DOORS services to Naval Air Systems Command programs and their industry partners, “and we’re expanding into enterprise architecture as well.”
With HTii on a growth trajectory, Hammond said she felt confident turning the company over to White so that she and husband Rick, a retired Navy captain, could enjoy retirement.
“I love this company and the people in it, but my reasons for leaving are strictly personal,” she said. “We want to travel and spend more time with our five children and eight grandchildren.”
White’s Navy and educational background makes him particularly well suited to replace her. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a civil engineering degree and was commissioned a Naval officer in 1982. He later attended the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving a master’s degree in systems management in 1997. He is also a designated acquisition professional and a Defense Acquisition University-certified systems engineer.
While on active duty he served as a Naval Flight Officer, Integrated Program Team Lead and Navy/Marine Corps Airworthiness Officer. Following retirement from the Navy he took a civil service position with NAVAIR for eight years and transitioned from there to HTii, known then as Holmes-Tucker International, Inc.
At HTii he provided systems engineering support to the V-22 Osprey class desk, serving most recently as the company’s vice-president of programs.
In that role he oversaw HTii’s expansion into the installation, configuration and operation of the IBM Jazz lifecycle project management suite and enterprise architecture applications for NAVAIR customers and the hiring and training of technically educated staff to run them.
“Our operating philosophy is twofold,” he said. “First, merge our veteran IT engineers and software developers with the new generation of ‘digital natives’ we’ve hired – recent science and engineering graduates who’ve been immersed in computer technology since birth. Second, maximize their training in software that meets our customers needs, such as Jazz and Rhapsody, and in other increasingly important focus areas such as cybersecurity certification.”
On the community engagement front, White considers it important for businesses to give back to the local people who help support them. He himself serves on the board of southern Maryland’s nonprofit electric coop, works with homeless veterans at the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training and has been an officer with the local Navy League squadron and Leadership Maryland, a statewide community service organization.
Under his leadership, he said, HTii will continue to support community organizations financially, encourage its employees to volunteer their services and give them the time off needed to do it.
“It’s not a feel-good, PR gesture,” he said. “It’s our duty to the community we’re part of.”