The LS Technologies, LLC (LST) leadership team shares a vision of excellence and commitment to customer service.
Tom J. Loftus, President
Tom Loftus is the founder and President of LST. Tom is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the company. As a former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Program Manager, his early vision for the company centered on FAA engineering and telecommunication infrastructure. A decade later, LST has achieved significant growth and expanded the companies’ area of expertise to provide mission-critical services—information technology support, acquisition support, program management, engineering, business and financial support and information security. Tom had a 23-year career in government service with the Department of Defense and the FAA before founding LST.
Keith A. Wallace, Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO, Keith is accountable for both tactical and strategic corporate planning and execution. Keith has a 29-year career comprised of progressively increasing technical and management positions in the federal government, private and military sectors. He has direct experience in the management, acquisition, architecture, engineering, test, integration and operations of multi-billion dollar programs. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, Summa Cum Laude, and is a Project Management Institute, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2004.
Derek B. Bigelow, Chief Financial Officer
Derek Bigelow, CFO and co-owner of LST, is responsible for all financial operations, including the offices of controller and internal audits. Prior to joining LST, Derek served the FAA as a program manager responsible for financial management of numerous FAA programs. Derek also worked in the Office of Finance, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems. Derek holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in Finance as well as a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Georgetown University in Management Science.
Allison S. Poltorak, Chief Operating Officer
Allison Poltorak is the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for operational execution. She brings more than 30 years of industry experience in program management and business execution, including 15 years developing complex, high performance systems and solutions and integrating them into the FAA’s NAS. Her proven large program experience includes management of a multi-billion dollar network implementation contract for the Federal Government. In addition, Allison has extensive experience in the development and execution of strategic, tactical, and operational business plans. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University.
Stephen R. Dash, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Advanced Programs
Steve Dash is the Executive VP of Corporate Strategy and Advanced Programs and oversees business development for LST. Prior to joining LST, Steve had a 22-year career with the FAA where he was the Director of ATC Communication Programs, responsible for several large-scale program undertakings. He led the award and program execution of the FAA Telecommunication Infrastructure (FTI) nationwide communication infrastructure. Steve led several Next Generation enabling program efforts, including: DataComm, NVS and SWIM. He concluded his FAA career acting as Deputy Director, Enterprise Programs where he was responsible for the planning, procurement and execution for all ATC Communications, Weather, Navigation, and SOA Messaging programs. Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from York College and is a Project Management Institute, Certified PMP since 2003.
Sue Handy, Executive Vice President of Business Operations
Sue Handy is the Executive VP of Business Operations with responsibility for federal acquisition programs as well as LST Business Operations. Prior to joining LST, Sue had a 37-year career with the federal government and retired as the Senior Executive responsible for all FAA acquisition and contracts. She has a long history of government acquisition experience, including FAA and Department of Defense. As a federal government procurement official, she was a Level III certified Federal Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant. She comes to LST with expert knowledge in creating Business and Acquisition solutions for federal government programs. During her federal career, she had direct experience establishing and managing a full range of contracts including a $3.5B Performance Based Service Contract with Service Level Agreements. Sue has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, is a member of the National Contract Management Association, and a Project Management Institute, Certified PMP since 2014.
Richard Jehlen, Vice President of Air Traffic Management Services
Rich Jehlen is the Vice President for Air Traffic Management (ATM) Services. Prior to joining LST, he had over 37 years’ ATM experience across the Department of Defense (USAF) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). During his tenure, his leadership responsibilities included; operational units, Air Traffic Procedures, Airspace, Automation, Planning, and Requirements, as well as, the development and deployment of both safety critical and advisory ATM systems. He led organizations with over 300 indirect reports as well as small-scale teams, one of which was recognized with the National Air Traffic Service Team Award. His international experience included selection as the U.S. member to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for ATMRPP and FPLSG, engagement with international partners for the successful Mini-Global Demonstration, and served as the FAA lead for Annex 4 of the FAA/Eurocontrol Memorandum of Cooperation (focused on Operational Harmonization. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Excelsior College.
Dale Olpin, Vice President of Operational Support Services
As Vice President of Operational Support Services, Dale Olpin is responsible for managing contracts and resources in support of Federal Operations programs. Dale has been with LST since 2001 and has served several roles including Senior Field Engineer, Project Manager, and Director. Prior to joining LST, Dale had a 12-year career with the FAA at the Salt Lake City ARTCC where he was the Airspace Telecommunications Lead. He has extensive experience supporting NAS Operations as well as implementation and engineering support for the FAA in the Field, Regional, and Headquarters offices. He manages LST’s technical organizations supporting field maintenance, second level engineering, program administration, as well as NAS Operations. Dale holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Weber State University. He is also a Project Management Institute, Certified PMP since 2013.
Jim Little, Vice President of Engineering and Program Services
Jim Little is the Vice President for Engineering and Program Services with responsibility for leadership and strategic direction for LST’s business in the areas of Enterprise Architecture & Systems Engineering, Requirements Development & Management, Acquisition Planning & Execution, Program Management & Implementation, and Technical Training Support. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in program management, government consulting, program development and execution, and business operations, both in private industry and the FAA. Jim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.