Sharyn E. Ochoa co-founded Federal Defense Industries, Inc., on March 1, 2000.
Since FDI's inception, Sharyn Ochoa has served on the Board of Directors of the Corporation, and actively participated in every aspect of the organization. Ms. Ochoa has served in the roles of Corporate Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Vice-President, and with effect from 17 November 2017 now serves as President and Chairperson of the Board.
At inception Ms. Ochoa accomplished the Accounting and Billing functions and helped with vendor relationships, bank financing, human resources and regulatory compliance. Ms. Ochoa has also assumed the Warehouse Manager role for several months at the end of 2016 and was responsible for developing time-saving procedures to reduce materials turn-around-time. Sharyn Ochoa is also credited with implementing several innovative employee programs for FDI resulting in high employee morale and low turnover, including "Motivation By Appreciation" in which she is a certified facilitator.
Prior to launching FDI, Sharyn Ochoa served in executive positions including from 1998 to 2001 serving as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President of Vetronix Corporation (now Bosch) in Santa Barbara, CA, a developer of high tech automotive diagnostic equipment to the major automotive OEMs.
Sharyn Ochoa attended Eastern Oregon State University where she majored in Business and Psychology.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Philip L. Ochoa co-founded Federal Defense Industries, Inc., on March 1, 2000. Mr. Ochoa serves as FDI’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary. Prior to co-founding FDI, Mr. Ochoa served in executive positions in similar industries and has an extensive career in business development, parts supply and customer service. Mr. Ochoa is credited with development of numerous data-driven processes and procedures for FDI which help perfect the accuracy of sourcing and supply for military requisitions. Mr. Ochoa also pioneered the innovative FEDBASE®, an expansive database used by FDI to track government requisitions for replacement parts, as well as FEDSCAN®, FEDCLEAR®, FEDTRACK®, FASTBID® FASSHIP® and SPEED® subroutines which empower quality, efficiency, and on-time performance. Mr. Ochoa is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. While at Texas Tech University he served as President of his Fraternity. Mr. Ochoa is also a Past President of the Laredo Rotary Club, a former member of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Director Of Operations
Raymond L. Macey has served on the Board of Directors of Federal Defense Industries, Inc. since 2011. Mr. Macey has also functioned as FDI’s Director of Operations. Prior to joining FDI, Mr. Macey served for 16 years as the Director of Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Vetronix Corporation, a developer of high tech automotive diagnostic equipment to the major automotive OEMs. Prior to that Mr. Macey served as the Controller for Twyford Plant Laboratories, a biotechnology venture capital start-up. Mr. Macey has also worked for Becton-Dickinson & Co., a manufacturer of hospital & pharmaceutical supplies as well as Heublein, Inc. a distiller and food processor. Mr. Macey has an accounting degree from New England School of Accounting and has studied at Central Connecticut State College and California Lutheran University.
Lee C. Schuh has been associated with Federal Defense Industries, Inc. since late 2010 and joined the Board of Directors in 2011. Prior to joining FDI, Mr. Schuh has served as an advisor for ten years to small businesses involved in government contracting, following thirty years in middle and top management positions in the aerospace industry. Since the 1970's Mr. Schuh has been an instructor of Government Contracting and Finance courses for various universities. In 2007, Mr. Schuh received the UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award. Mr. Schuh has also served as advisor to several government agencies including the IRS. His degrees are in Accounting and Law from UCLA.
Rear Admiral Dan Stone served 36 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 43rd Chief of Supply Corps. While serving as Commander, he managed the Navy’s largest supply chain organization of over 25,500 military and civilian personnel, providing logistics support and services to U.S. and allied naval forces. As Chief of Supply Corps, Rear Adm. Stone was responsible for community management of more than 3,400 active and Reserve Supply Corps officers and some 27,000 active and Reserve enlisted personnel. Rear Adm. Stone graduated from Villanova University and holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is highly decorated and is the recipient of various honors, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with bronze cluster) and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars). Along with being an avid Dodgers fan, Stone enjoys spending time working on his 1979 MGB, and taking it out on scenic drives with his wife Donna.
Brigadier General Ron Huntley retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 33 years. Prior to his retirement he was the Director of Financial Management and Comptroller at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; and in that role he was responsible for fiscal resource planning, programming and execution for control processes, supporting the nation’s space and cyberspace operations. During his 33 year career, General Huntley served in various capacities, including space, missile and network operations; as commander at squadron, group and wing levels, and completed an assignment with the Pentagon Joint Staff (J5). Brig. Gen. Huntley received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and, among several degrees, earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from National War College, Washington, D.C. He is currently serving as a consultant and motivational speaker, and teaches Martial Arts. He and his wife Ruth enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, family and friends.