FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 31, 2016 – Defensewerx announces the selection of Ms. Laurie Moncrieff as its new Executive Director.
Ms. Moncrieff joins Defensewerx with over 34 years of engineering, sales, operations and entrepreneurial experience in the manufacturing and non-profit sectors. Early in her career, she held various business development and executive level positions with Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. She then joined Schmald Tool & Die in 1995 as Sales Manager and purchased the business in 1997. She operated Schmald Tool & Die until 2007, when she established Adaptive Manufacturing Solutions LLC in response to an industry adversely affected by globalization and outsourcing. In 2011, she established a non-profit: ReSET, Restructuring Skills thru Education & Technology in conjunction with the MITI, Manufacturing Innovation Technology Institute, branding the manufacturing facility to support advanced manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship. Through her experience, Ms. Moncrieff has amassed a strong collaborative network, including Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Economic Development Administration, Small Business Administration, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy as well as the private sector industrial base.
Defensewerx Chairman of the Board, Robert “Wink” Yelverton, said, “We’re thrilled to have Laurie join the team. Her operational management, non-profit and networking experience, with a focus on innovation and workforce development, were an ideal fit for Defensewerx and its potential role as an innovation driver in Northwest Florida and Tampa Bay.”
A 501(c)(3) non-profit named in honor of James “Jimmy” Doolittle, commander of WWII’s historic Doolittle Raid, Defensewerx is headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with a second facility in Tampa, Florida. Modelled after the rapid innovation and problem solving necessary to modify and deploy B-25 bombers from aircraft carriers, Defensewerx provides Innovation, Collaboration, Workforce Development and Technology Transfer solutions for its clients. The FWB location supports clients such as the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, and the SOFWERX Tampa facility supports USSOCOM at MacDill Air Force Base, which was featured in the September 30 CNN video spot, Where Special Ops Meets Silicon Valley.