2005 HOF Award Recipient
Robert R. Featheringham
Robert R. Featheringham
Robert R. Featheringham is a native of Massillon, Ohio, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Engineering (with Option in Mathematics) from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland. He spent his 40-year career active with defense contracting companies in the Washington, D.C. area. He served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility from junior engineer to vice president and general manager of an operation division, where he managed his own business development. As a line manager, he supervised the engineering and testing of state-of-the art communications-electronics systems for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. As a seasoned business manager with P&L responsibility, he met or exceeded his revenue and income targets for 10 consecutive years. As a business developer, he grew his division from a single contract to a $30 million, multi-contract business unit. Between Ron and his wife, Connie, they have three daughters, six grandchildren, and a three-pound teacup toy poodle, Zachary.
Later, Robert became director of new business development for a defense information systems integrator, where he positioned the company on several billion-dollar programs and won a number of information security contracts and task orders.
In October 1999 he retired from full-time employment, moved to Toms River, New Jersey, and married Connie Caputo, a long-time business colleague. They established Two Feathers Consulting to provide business development and management consulting services to the United States Army.
Bob has a personal interest in assisting young engineers in defining and reaching their career goals. He was active in the executive administration of Sigma Phi Delta, an international fraternity of engineers, where he worked with engineering students and administrators at 12 campuses in the United States, Canada, and Bangladesh. In addition to administration of the fraternity, Bob applied his management skills to chapter expansion and alumni fundraising.
As a volunteer he serves on the Fort Monmouth Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA) chapter’s Scientific and Engineering Careers Committee, which raises and distributes more than $100,000 worth of annual scholarships and grants to high school students and guides a program for mentoring young engineers and professionals at Fort Monmouth. He also endowed a scholarship for deserving engineering students at Indiana Tech in memory of his first wife Celia, who died in 1995.
Bob is a member of many organizations, including:
- Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA)
- Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA)
- Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)
- National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
- Fort Monmouth Industrial Representatives Association (IRA)
- Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
- Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)
- International Society of Logistics (SOLE), Garden State Chapter