Our Leadership


John F. Taylor, Sr., Founder & Chief Executive Officer


John F. Taylor, Sr. is the company’s founder and continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of J.F. Taylor. Mr. Taylor was the first person from his family to attend college, earning his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Providence College in 1961. He also holds a Degree of Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, as well as a Master of Science in Administration of Science and Technology from George Washington University. Mr. Taylor served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as a Commander in 1981. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Taylor worked as a Program Manager at Electromagnetic Technology, Inc. (EMT) before founding J.F. Taylor, Inc.


Wayne Taylor, President

Wayne Taylor was named President of J.F. Taylor in 2011. Prior to becoming President, Wayne served as Vice President of Business Operations for 20 years. Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University in 1986. Wayne started part-time in 1983, while still in college, and has been involved with J.F. Taylor since the company’s founding. For over 30 years at J.F. Taylor, Wayne has managed all aspects of business operations, including human resources, accounting, contracts, proposals, procurement, and facilities.


John Taylor, Jr., Vice President of Engineering Services


John Taylor, Jr. has been in a leadership role in engineering and program management since the company's founding in 1983.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and graduated Magna Cum Laude. John was the catalyst to developing our hardware engineering expertise where he designed and developed real-time data recorders for flight testing. For the past 20 years, John has been in his role as Vice President responsible for all Acquisition and Test and Evaluation Services efforts. 



Chris Wasniak, Vice President of Products Operations and Business Development


As Vice President of Products Operations, Chris Wasniak is responsible for overseeing the management and implementation of complex military system solutions for a wide array of domestic and foreign military customers. As Vice President of Business Development, Chris is also responsible for creating and executing business development strategies and implementing corporate-wide initiatives to expand our business in target growth areas for all products and services. In addition, Chris serves as a Program Manager for high priority, product-based solutions. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Ohio University and an MBA from University of Maryland University College. He has 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry, including 8 years as Director of Engineering and Fabrication for a large defense contractor.    


Dave Sydnor, Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing

As Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing, Dave Sydnor is directly responsible for the technical aspects of engineering design, fabrication, and development. Dave has been with J.F. Taylor since 1984 and has over 30 years of engineering expertise. Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology. Dave previously served as the Lead Electrical Engineer for the Comm/Nav/ID (CNI) Hardware Development Team and Aircrew Procedure Trainer development projects, among other engineering accomplishments. Dave continues to serve as the lead Systems Engineer directly responsible for all engineering and fabrication activities across all training device programs.


Lloyd Montgomery, Vice President of Simulation Services

As Vice President of Simulation Services, Lloyd Montgomery brings over 25 years of operations and management experience supporting Simulation Projects for testing and training of military systems. Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from Denison University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology. Lloyd began working for J.F. Taylor in 1993, has served as the Lab Operations Manager at Manned Flight Simulator facility, and currently serves as Program Manager for all Simulation Services contracts.


Matt Campbell, Vice President of Quality


As Vice President of Quality and Program Manager of Avionics Mission Systems, Matt Campbell is responsible for overseeing the management and delivery of aircraft systems. Before joining J.F. Taylor 25 years ago, Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.  At J.F. Taylor, Matt has supported various programs in flight testing and hardware design.  As his experience grew, he became a key Systems Engineer on a number of important mission systems upgrade programs in support of NAVAIR.  Matt has been involved in program management and other leadership roles with the company for the past 10 years.


Tina Shade, Vice President of Business Operations


Tina Shade is responsible for human resources, recruiting, security, IT, facilities, and administration.  She also provides company-wide executive duties supporting the Office of the President.  Tina has been with J.F. Taylor since 1999.  Initially, she served as Recruitment Manager.  Over the years, her responsibilities have grown to include leadership roles in most Business Office operations. Tina has been a crucial factor in developing the processes in our evolution from 100 employees and one facility to over 500 employees and 10 facilities. 



Tammy Sparks, Chief Financial Officer


Tammy serves as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Tammy brings over twenty-five years of combined financial and contractual analysis experience supporting Department of Defense contracts. Tammy earned her B.S. with Honors in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Prior to joining J.F. Taylor in 2011, she worked for other large and small firms in the defense industry.