Coalition Leadership: Regional Board

In January 2006, ACIBC  established a regional board consisting of representatives from the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southern and Western United States. The regional board provides advice and counsel to the ACIBC Chair and Vice-Chair, help raise awareness about the importance of carriers and mobilize members in their regions to advocate for carrier funding. Like the ACIBC Chair and Vice-Chair, the regional board members are widely recognized leaders in their fields, bringing considerable experience to the organization.

  • Dr. Iain AttwaterVice President-Programs and Customer Services, PaR Marine, Southern Region
  • Susan H. KellyChief Executive Officer, Jo-Kell Inc., Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Tim McGeeBusiness Development Manager, Exlar Corporation, Midwest Region
  • Harry EpsteinChief Executive Officer, Marine Electric Systems, Northeastern Region
  • Lisa Dante PapiniVice President, Dante Valve Company, Western Region


Dr. Iain Attwater

Vice President-Programs, Customer Services
PaR Marine
Dr. Iain AttwaterSouthern Region

Dr. Iain Attwater is Vice President of Programs and Customer Services at PaR Marine. PaR Marine, through Jered and other key acquisitions has been providing marine and offshore systems for over 60 years. These include cargo, weapons and vehicle handling systems, boat launch and recovery, crane and tensile hoists, elevators, deck machinery, critical door systems and passive fire protection.

Over the course of his 23-year career in the defense, marine, nuclear safety and information systems industries Iain has gained international experience within the USA, United Kingdom, India, Australia, China, Italy, Malaysia, Japan and United Arab Emirates. During his tenure at PaR he has also served as Vice President, Programs and Engineering. Prior to joining PaR, Iain was Director Shiplift IPT for Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc., a large international marine business. Before moving to the USA from Scotland, Iain had more than 15 years of experience with the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) both as a student and employee. Fortunate to be sponsored by the MOD for his time at university he joined them post-graduation and chaired 2 key nuclear design control safety boards charged with the oversight of shore support services and dry docking for nuclear powered submarines. Dr. Attwater holds a BS in Engineering and a PhD in Computing Science, focused in the area of Artificial Intelligence, from the University of Paisley (UK). Iain lives with his wife in GA and has two children, a son who is married and a daughter currently at university.

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Susan H. Kelly
Chief Executive Officer
Jo-Kell Inc.
Mid-Atlantic Region

Susan H. KellySusan Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of Jo-Kell, Inc., an electrical distributor and solutions provider servicing the military, commercial marine and industrial markets.

Susan began her career as the corporate treasurer for Jo-Kell in 1979. In 1999, she was promoted to Executive Vice President, and in 2002, she became Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Susan has held a number of leadership and association positions as well as served on various advisory boards. Currently, she is the Chair of the Chesapeake Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and is a national founding member of the organization - Women Impacting Public Policy. Additionally, she has served on a number of boards including SunTrust Bank, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Chesapeake Health Foundation. Currently, she is also a member and regional board representative for the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition.

In addition, Susan has received various awards and honors such as the national Athena Award, Corporate Volunteer Excellence Award from Hampton Roads in 2004 and the Chairman’s Award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce in 2002. Jo-Kell, the company where she currently serves as CEO, received the Chesapeake Small Business of the Year award in 2002.

Susan holds a Masters of Science degree from Old Dominion University, and Bachelor of Science from Loyola University.

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Tim McGee
Business Development Manager
Exlar Corporation
Midwest Region

Tim McGee is Business Development Manager for Exlar Corporation, a small business manufacturer of COTS electromechanical linear actuators and brushless servo motors.  The combination of power density, high speed and positioning accuracy make Exlar’s roller screw linear actuators a popular selection for many defense contractors.

With more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, Tim has spent the last 8 years developing the growth strategy for Exlar’s entrance into the defense market.  He is responsible for leading Exlar’s market development, sales and strategy development within the defense industry.  In addition to his work at Exlar, Tim is a member of Rotary International and serves on the board of the Chanhassen Rotary Club Foundation.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint John’s University in central Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Harry Epstein
Chief Executive Officer
Marine Electric Systems
Northeastern Region

Harry Epstein is the Chief Executive Officer of Marine Electric Systems, a Department of Defense contractor since 1942 that manufactures process control instrumentation, power systems, proximity sensors, and audio and navigational aides. The company has recently expanded its product list to include explosive detection equipment.

Prior to purchasing Marine Electric Systems in 1988, Harry was an investor in underperforming assets, including both businesses and real estate properties. He also acquired product lines from large companies that had fallen below their minimum sales requirements as well as divisions that no longer met strategic goals.

In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Business where he lectured on issues of entrepreneurship. He also has participated in discussion groups on business topics and the pitfalls of operations and financing.

Additionally, Harry has served on the Boards of the Benevolent Society for Retarded Children at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, and the Liberal Jewish Day School in Roslyn, New York. He also has worked for Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta and the Guidance Center in Westchester County.

Currently, he is a member of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and is a board member and the treasurer of Pave The Way Foundation, an organization that strengthens relationships between Israel, the Jewish people, and the Holy Sea.

Harry graduated from New York University in 1969 with a BS in Management and Industrial Relations. He currently resides in Livingston, NJ with his wife and two children.

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Lisa Dante Papini
Vice President
Dante Valve Company
Western Region

Lisa Dante PapiniLisa Dante Papini is the Vice President of both Dante Valve Company and Danco Valve Company. Dante Valve Company is a distributor of valves and related products for both Defense and Commercial applications. Danco Valve Company manufactures a variety of military specification valves for shipboard applications. 

Lisa joined Dante Valve in 1993 and served in multiple production and sales roles prior to being named Vice President. Throughout her tenure at Dante Valve, she has been instrumental in determining the company’s strategic direction and managing the resulting rapid growth and expansion.

Prior to joining Dante Valve, Lisa held positions in the music industry and produced numerous concerts and festivals, including a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Long Beach Blues Festival and events in New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Memphis, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ms. Papini holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations from California State University, Long Beach.

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