Board of Directors

Chris Cikanovich, Chairman
Christopher Cikanovich is President of CEI Consulting Services. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the defense and aerospace business. His span of experience covers all aspects of business, including Marine Systems; Electronic Warfare; Intelligence Systems; Information Security; Systems Integration; Radar Systems and International Programs to flying as a test and evaluation pilot on the F-16 Radar program. Recently, Chris was a Program Executive for Rolls-Royce Advanced Programs, responsible for the Research, Development, Test and Implementation of new technologies for the Naval and Marine business. Chris graduated from the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree with further studies in Engineering, Aeronautics and International Business.
Carl Fisher, Vice Chairman 
Carl is the Founder and First President of theAmerican Shipbuilding Suppliers Association and is a 1977 graduate of the US Naval Academy.  He is currently the Government Sales Manager of Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.  Previously, he served as Senior Director of Business Development, Marine for Marotta Controls.  Prior to joining Marotta Controls, Carl was the Vice President of Business Development at L3 Maritime Systems, supporting L3's Navy surface ship machinery control and power management technologies. Prior to his L3 years, Carl was the Director of Business Development at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Division, responsible for marketing and successful contract award of such technologies
as EMALS/AAG, Railgun, Integrated Fight-Through Power (IFTP) and other advanced Navy technologies.
Patrick Marotta, Board Member

Patrick Marotta began his career at Marotta Controls in 1998, gaining hands-on knowledge of all aspects of the business by serving in multiple disciplines throughout the company including Operations and Business Development. He transitioned to President and COO in 2009 and began shaping the business for the next generation. In 2015, Patrick was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, where he continues to lead and expand the company to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Patrick is responsible for driving Marotta’s core technical competency which has enabled Marotta to better serve its customers as they incorporate new control architecture and modernize legacy platforms. At the same time, Patrick led Marotta to incorporate lean principles and value key engineering and manufacturing processes. 

Under his leadership, Marotta Controls has achieved some of the highest honors awarded to a small business, such as being named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Regional Small Business of the Year as well as a Lockheed Martin Supplier of the Year.  Patrick is a member of the small business board of advisors to the New York Federal Reserve, and represents the Company at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.  Patrick is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Systems Engineering.

Star Dillard, Board Member

As President of CEPEDA Associates, Star supports the Navy and our sailors by managing a passionate team of skilled professionals who design, qualify, test, and manufacture critical equipment for U.S. Navy Submarines, while meeting the shipbuilders’ and Navy’s technical, quality, and scheduling requirements. Additionally, Star is a direct liaison between management and the Board of Directors. She manages bank financing relations and allocates capital to meet the goals of the strategic plan. Star began as controller of CEPEDA Associates in 1999 and since then, as a conscientious supply chain partner, has quoted and negotiated sole‐source multimillion dollar contracts for new procurements. Star holds both Master of Accountancy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville and began serving on CEPEDA’s Board of Directors in 2007.

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Marc T. Steiner, Board Member

Marc T. Steiner is General Manager of KITCO Fiber Optics headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. He assumed this role in 2017 following KITCO’s acquisition by Marmon Aerospace and Defense, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Previously, he was the owner of FranNet of Southeastern Virginia. He is also a co-founder of Tinole, LLC and IR3Point0. Marc retired from the U.S. Navy in the rank of Commander after 23 years of commissioned service. Mr. Steiner holds his MBA from Old Dominion University, M.S. in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School and B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech.

Todd Leavitt is the vice president of the Maritime Systems business area with the Navigation and Maritime Systems division for the Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector, a leading global provider, manufacturer, and integrator of advanced, secure, and agile software systems and solutions. In his current role, Leavitt has executive responsibility for all maritime programs and products. Previously, he was the director of Maritime Sensors and Shipboard Integration where he was responsible for the business objectives and program management for a wide variety of radar, electronic warfare, and command and control programs. Leavitt served 21 years in staff and leadership roles for the U.S. Navy.

Todd W. Leavitt, Board Member

From 1997 until his retirement in 2014, Captain Hack was General Dynamics primary Government Relations liaison with Congress and the Navy on

submarine-related programs. During his distinguished 30 year Naval career, Captain Hack served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Warfare Requirements, Planning and Assessments (N8) for the U.S. Atlantic Submarine Force.  Captain Hack also commanded the USS ORION (AS 18). Prior to commanding the ORION, Hack was the Director of Navy Programs and Congressional Liaison Officer for Submarine Programs in the Office of Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon.  Before his Pentagon tour, Captain Hack commanded the USS GUARDFISH (SSN 612) where he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

Captain Hack graduated from Villanova University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering.  He is also a graduate of Naval Nuclear Power Training and Naval Submarine School. He is and has been involved with committees of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Navy League, and the Naval Submarine League.

Captain Theodore "Ted" W. Hack, Board Member

Since his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard in July of 2011, Paul Roden has served as Vice President of Washington Operations for the Fairbanks Morse Engine Company (FME), a manufacturer and service provider for many U.S. Armed Forces propulsion diesel engines. From July 2008 to July 2011, Captain Roden served as the Coast Guard’s Chief of Naval Engineering, where he was responsible for policy development and budget management. Roden graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in marine engineering. He later attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Master of Science in naval architecture, marine engineering, and mechanical engineering. Additionally, Roden obtained a Master of business administration from Indiana University. Throughout his career, Captain Roden has been an active member of engineering professional societies.


Paul Roden, Board Member

Bob Coates, Board Member

Bob Coates joined L3 in April of 2005.   There, he is responsible for generating new business opportunities in main stream and adjacent markets for power distribution products and systems, predominantly for Navy combatants, submarines and carriers. Prior to joining L-3, Coates worked for AREVA T&D as General Manager of the Static VAR Control Group where he was responsible for the P&L of the business.  In his 15 years with AREVA, Coates led innovative advancements to the large industrial and utility companies both domestically and internationally that demanded reliable power quality solutions. With SAIC, Coates was instrumental in bringing the first commercial application of a Proton Particle Accelerator for the treatment of cancerous tumors into a hospital environment.  

Bob has served as President of the Marine Machinery Association (MMA) and the NDIA-Delaware Valley Chapter where he remains an executive board member for both organizations.  He is a member of IEEE, ASNE, SNAME, Navy League, Navy Submarine League, Surface Navy and several other professional organizations. Coates graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Electrical Engineering.  Bob served active duty in the US Air Force with station assignments in Texas and Germany.

Dana Beyeler, Board Member

Dana A. Beyeler is Senior Vice President - Defense Engagement for the Ellwood Group, Inc., a private industrial company with over 2200 employs and annual revenues of over $1 billion.  He is also currently a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee – ITAC -7 Steel (ITACs) and the NDIA representative to the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG).  Beyeler held the position of VP Sales & Marketing for Ellwood National Forge Co. (ENF) since it was established in January 2003 as a division of the Ellwood Group, Inc.  ENF produces and markets products globally for a wide range of highly specialized applications, including hard target penetrators, artillery components, pipe molds, turbine rotors, pressure vessels, sub-sea oil drilling platform components and other relatively high length/width ratio products with a bored interior diameter.  Prior to joining Ellwood National Forge, Beyeler was with National Forge Company for over 25 years, eventually earning the position of  VP of Marketing.  Dana also served on the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council and was a member of U.S. Commerce Secretary Daley’s Business Development Mission to India in 1997.  Beyeler also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps on active duty 1973 – 1976 and as an Inactive Reserve Officer until separation in 1986.  He received a BA in Economics and Business from Muskingum College and a M.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University.