ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. October 30, 2013 – Patrona Corporation, a leading woman-owned small business service provider to the US Navy and DoD, announces the hiring of James L. Conklin as Senior Program Manager, supporting the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) community. He will lead task support for the Virginia Class Submarine construction efforts.
Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. Conklin was the Ship Design Manager for the Ohio Replacement Class of Submarines. As the Technical Authority, he reviewed and approved the technical design and development of ship specification requirements and Government Furnished Information (GFI). Mr. Conklin also acted as technical liaison between the Strategic Systems Programs and the United Kingdom, managing a design team of more than 75 members, and overseeing the yearly budget development and program cost reduction initiatives.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jim to our team,” said Patrona President Joseph Novak. “Jim has a proven record with more than 30 years of Federal Civilian Service, employed in various engineering and management positions related to U.S. Naval Submarine and Carrier Programs. Most important, he brings the energy and entrepreneurial drive that we know is valued by our customers and critical to our culture.”
Mr. Conklin has been recognized for his significant contributions to the United States Navy and NASA, including the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NASA Engineering & Safety Center Letter of Appreciation and recently the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Award.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also Certified Level III as a Department of Defense Acquisition Professional in Systems, Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, as well as in Program Management, and LEAN Six Sigma.