Ms. White was elected by the Board of Directors to serve as Chief Executive Officer in June of 2019, on SDI‘s 40th anniversary. A shareholder and member of the board for nearly a decade at that time, she has been highly involved in the executive management of SDI since the death of her father, JC White, SDI’s long-tenured President and CEO, in 2010. Mr. White cared deeply about the people of SDI and SDI’s solid industry reputation. Ms. White is honored to assume the mantle of leadership and feels great personal commitment to the people of SDI and to ensure we continue serving our customers with great integrity.
Ms. White began her career in 1991 as a technical illustrator at ADTRAN. By 1995 she had become the Lead Designer in the Art Department, responsible for the corporate image and highest profile pieces, including the 1994 Annual Report on the occasion ADTRAN’s illustrious IPO. She left ADTRAN in 1997 to start her own company specializing in branding and design and spent 21 years as a Creative Director serving a wide range of industries in North Alabama. She received over a dozen awards for her work from the Tennessee Valley Advertising federation while maintaining responsibility over her company’s bidding, contract negotiations, financial risk mitigation, subcontractor management, and customer relations. As her long transition into defense contracting would ultimately mark the end of her creative career, she was grateful to be tapped by the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) to be a personal mentor to an aspiring graphic designer in their scholarship program. Over the course of two years she mentored her scholar through previously unheard of successes both in and ancillary to the program, leaving a proud legacy to the industry she loved before taking over the role of leadership for SDI full time.
A Huntsville native, Ms. White is immensely proud of the world renowned aerospace legacy of Huntsville and of SDI’s role in it for four decades.
Forrest Davis is a federal contracting professional with over 40 years experience contributing to operational, training, and technical solutions in military and federal business environments. Mr. Davis is a US Army veteran with service both enlisted and commissioned in the Infantry, Air Defense, and Military Intelligence Corps with particular service with the 101st Airborne Division, 82d Airborne Division, and US Pacific Command. His early industry experience included service with General Dynamics as the Systems Architect for the Army’s mainstream intelligence training simulation followed by successive efforts with Lockheed Martin, Camber Corporation, and AeroVironment supporting unmanned ground and air systems development, operations, testing, and fielding. Mr. Davis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Soviet Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso, a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and completed graduate programs at the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Military Intelligence College.
Anthony P. Ward
Vice President Business Development & UAS Programs
Mr. Andy Ward joined SDI in January 2014 as the Director for Corporate Business Development. Mr. Ward is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served 10 years where he completed multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Ward graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Information Systems Technologies. He is also PMP certified. Later, Mr. Ward worked as a contractor in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom throughout Afghanistan and Iraq for over 2 years. He went on to become a program manager supporting various unmanned aircraft systems operating in OCONUS locations. Since July 2016, Mr. Ward has served SDI as the Vice President for Business Development & UAS Programs.
Vice President of Operations, Training and Maintenance
Major Voyed Couey (retired) joined SDI in October 2016 as Program Manager of Training and Simulations. Mr. Couey is a retired Army Aviator with over 20 years of military experience and leadership expertise across Industry Business, US Army, and Department of Defense (DOD). Mr. Couey has deployed in support of both Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also developed with Industry a “two-time” award-winning mobile application called “GORRDEE” which is a must-have training application for UAS operators globally. He earned his Level III DAU Program Management Certification as well as having In-depth experience with both Manned and Unmanned Aviation in capabilities and management planning, and used both in a combat and simulation environment. Mr. Couey has been a key contributor to DOD unmanned aircraft systems operational employment and simulation employment in multiple UAS platforms as well as demonstrating the Manned Unmanned-Teaming (MUM-T) concept. Mr. Couey was promoted to Vice President of Operations, Training, and Maintenance in November of 2017.
Mrs. Dana Cantrell joined System Dynamics International in July 2008 as an Accountant after graduating from Faulkner University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in December 2006. She worked for several years in the Accounting and Finance Department, then transferred to the Contracts Department to work as the Contracts Administrator. She advanced to the Director of Contracts in May 2015. Mrs. Cantrell was promoted to her current role as Corporate Controller in September 2017. Mrs. Cantrell is an experienced leader with over ten years of government contracting experience supporting the DoD and is a graduate of the Crestcom® Bullet Proof® Manager Program. She has led SDI through the implementation of software and hardware infrastructure such as DELTEK CostPoint, Concur Travel and Expense, and payroll conversion through ADP. She has been married for over 15 years to her husband Adam and they have two children.