Management : Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart
Brett Fulford is President of Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. He was promoted to this position in 2013 and previously was responsible for program management for the Boeing 737 and 777 programs. He began working for the company in1985 at Triumph’s Jefferson Street facility in Dallas (then LTV Aerospace and Defense) as an Industrial Engineer. He moved to Triumph’s Nashville facility (then Textron Aerostructures) and served in Industrial Engineering, Contracts and Program Management through 1997. He then was Director, Contracts & Risk Management until 1999 for Textron Turbine Engine Components. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fulford was co-founder and Director of Global Solutions & Logistics, with day-to-day responsibility for business development and operations. He also worked as Director of Business Operations & Strategic Planning/Projects for Franke Commercial Systems.
Mr. Fulford earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in management from the University of Tennessee. He has completed an Executive Leadership Program at Vanderbilt University and Lean Six Sigma training through the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Mr. Fulford has held leadership roles in several professional and non-profit organizations, including the National Estimating Society, the National Contracts Management Association, Habitat for Humanity, and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association.
Patrick Whitfield is responsible for program management for the Boeing 767 and 747 programs at Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. His aerospace career began in 1985 when he began working for the company’s Jefferson Street facility in Dallas in Program Scheduling, responsible for master scheduling for multiple programs. In 2001 he moved on to a Program Integration role, responsible for program metrics for multiple programs. In 2003 Mr. Whitfield worked as a Program Manager, responsible for cost, quality and schedule metrics for several programs.
Mr. Whitfield holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Texas A&M and an MBA from Dallas Baptist University.
Bryan Brackeen joined Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division - Stuart in 2013 and is responsible for managing all aspects of site’s Boeing 737 and 777 programs. Before joining Triumph, Mr. Brackeen was the Plant Manager for Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, where he was responsible for leading an operations organization and value stream partners. Six years prior to that, he was a Program Manager for Spirit AeroSystems and handled engineering change management, cost reduction initiatives and the start-up of new aircraft programs. Prior to working for Spirit, Mr. Brackeen was employed by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Wichita, Kansas, where he held business development and project management leadership positions.
Mr. Brackeen obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University and his MBA from Baker University. He also has earned certificates in project management from the University of California-Irvine and Stanford University.
Sales and Marketing
Mac Thompson is the business manager for the G450, 737 and 777 programs for Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. In addition, he has management oversight for the Spares Sales. He began working for the company in 1979 in the Pricing organization at the Jefferson Street facility in Dallas (then LTV) and was promoted to Pricing Manager in 1984, responsible for all pricing activity on the C-17 and B-1 programs in Dallas. From 2000 to 2004, he served as the site’s Director of New Business Proposals, and then in 2005 was named Business Manager, responsible for the Blackhawk cabin assembly business functions in Dallas. In 2009 he was asked to manage the 787 contracts with Boeing after the sale of Vought’s Charleston facility. He worked in this capacity until transferring to Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart to assume his current position in 2011.
Mr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and has completed finance courses through the University of Texas and the University of California-Los Angeles. In addition, he is a NCMA member and has received the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Silver Eagle Award twice in his career (1995 and 2002).
John Bowman is responsible for managing the day-to-day production operations at Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. He joined the company in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of manufacturing management experience to Triumph. Mr. Bowman previously worked for Piper Aircraft where he first served as was Director of Production Engineering and then Director of Metal Fabrication. From 1994 to 2009, he was employed by Chrysler in a variety of engineering and business management positions at several of the company’s assembly plants. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowman was a Project Manager and Service Technician for Detroit Center Tool.
Mr. Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree in production management and an associate’s degree in applied science/tool design from Ferris State University. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Baker College.
Luis A. Zubillaga
Luis Zubillaga is responsible for engineering operations at Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart, a position he has held since December 2014. He leads the Stuart site’s Automation & Technology, Liaison Engineering, Configuration Management, and Tooling organizations. Mr. Zubillaga joined Triumph from Pall Aeropower, where he was the Director of Programs. Before that, he was General Manager for Pratt & Whitney’s Oklahoma City operations, where he led F-22 engine overhaul and special coatings facilities.
Mr. Zubillaga earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an international MBA from the University of Miami. He also earned an Advanced Program Management Certification from Defense Systems Management College and was in the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia - Darden School of Business.
Jorge Zamora joined Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart in 2012 and is responsible for managing the site’s Quality organization. This includes program quality engineering, tooling quality engineering, NDI quality engineering, Supplier quality assurance, product and tool inspection, audits, receiving and shipping inspection, calibration and the NDI lab. He also is responsible for managing the AS9100 Quality Management System. Mr. Zamora began working in the aerospace industry in 1991 as a Quality Engineer and then as a Quality Management professional for the following companies: Rockwell International – Space Systems Div., Rockwell Collins Inc., Avidyne Corp., and L3 Communications-Linkabit Division. Earlier in his career, he served with the U.S. Air Force, where he worked in the Site Development Group in support of a radar bomb scoring mission involving B-52 and FB-111 aircraft. His assigned group was the First Combat Evaluation Group at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
Mr. Zamora earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a master’s degree in management of technology from the University of Miami.
Julie Blair is responsible for all financial activities and functions at the Stuart facility, a position she has held since 2012. She joins the company from Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was a Program Cost Analyst. Prior to that, Ms. Blair was Finance Manager for Welded Tube in Charleston, responsible for all financial and human resources aspects of the site. From 1998 to 2006, she worked for Behr America, transferring with the company from South Dakota to South Carolina to serve in Controller and Cost Analyst positions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Blair worked as an Accounting Manager, Lean Facilitator and other positions for CCL Label in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1987 to 1998.
Ms. Blair earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from National College and an MBA from Colorado Technical College, both of which are located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.