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Our Team

Donald Mills (President and General Manager)

Mr. Mills is a U.S.  Army veteran and has over thirty years of experience in shipbuilding and ship repair. Mr. Mills gained the majority of his experience while employed at Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport news shipbuilding. Mr. Mills is a graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School as a Pipefitter. After graduation Mr. Mills has held the positions of Nuclear/Non-Nuclear Pipe Supervisor, Construction Supervisor, Field Planner and Construction Engineer. Mr. Mills’ career reflects a reputation for excellence and on-time and under budget project completion, including the management of multimillion dollar projects in support of ship arrivals/departures, annual dry dock certifications and operating system upgrades and replacements. Mr. Mills brings a vast array of knowledge, experience, and skills to the company including expertise in Program/Project Management, Hull, Propulsion, and Auxiliary Systems testing and turnover.

Ernestine Mills (Vice President/Financial Manager)

Mrs. Mills is an experienced Financial Manager with over twenty-two years in banking and finance. As Vice President of Finance, Mrs. Mills covers all aspects of the company’s financial operations including accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, business support, and financial strategy, ensuring healthy cash flow and profitability. Mrs. Mills responsibilities has addition responsibilities covering forecasting, budgeting, planning and financial process improvements. Mrs. Mills’ areas of expertise are in P&L Management, Wide Area Work Flow, DCAA accounting principles, invoicing accounts, payable, fringe allocation, budget/cost analysis, and asset  allocation/ distribution.

 Jerome Nixon (VP of Development/Strategic Planning)

Mr. Nixon is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who served twenty years in a wide range of command, leadership, maintenance and management positions. Mr. Nixon’s last military assignment was Joint Logistics Officer for the J5 Joint Doctrine Center located at Naval Air Station Norfolk. After retiring, Mr. Nixon worked as a Financial Services Manager for Household Finance Company. Mr. Nixon worked as a Material Handling Specialist for the Ford Motor Company where he improved logistics and fleet vehicle maintenance.
Mr. Nixon holds a Bachelors of Art in Political Science from Old Dominion University and a  Master of Business Administration from Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Nixon is also a graduate of the Army Command General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. Mr.. Nixon also serves as the company’s Facility Security Officer. Mr. Nixon’s areas of expertise are Finance, Logistics, Business Development Strategic Planning , Budget Forecasting, Quality and Environment, Health and Safety.

Priscilla Tarr (Contracts Manager)

Ms. Tarr has forty-nine years of experience in the Contracting Field. Ms. Tarr retired from the U.S. Government as a Contracts Department Head and has also held the positions of Procurement Contracting Officer and Administrative Contracting Officer.  Ms. Tarr supervised over sixteen Contract Specialists and also served as the Small Business Deputy for SUPSHIP and MARMAC. Ms. Tar  developed procurements for five year IDIQ Contracts which were firm fixed price, time and material, and cost plus fixe fee type contracts. Ms. Tarr also negotiated changes, issued modifications, and processed invoices for the associated awarded contracts. The yearly estimate of these contracts was in excess of five million dollars. Ms. Tarr has settled request for equitable adjustments ranging from $24k to $3.8M. Ms. Tarr also has experience in the award of Simplified Acquisition Orders. Ms. Tarr brings a vast knowledge of Government Contractual Requirements, which enhances the company’s ability to satisfactorily develop and submit complete and concise solicitations, proposals and pricing.