Brian T. Fitzherbert has been a businessman, engineer, and project manager in the defense and aerospace industry for seven years. Born and raised in North Jersey, he defected and became life-long lover of South Jersey. He owns a home in Somers Point.
Brian graduated college from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he studied economics and supply chain management. In August 2016, he was nominated for Miami University’s 18 of 9 Award, an award in which the Miami University Alumni Association aims to recognize eighteen outstanding young alumni who have graduated in the last nine years. Brian also completed his Master's degree in Technical Management from at the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, studying systems engineering and project management.
During his high school and college years, Brian worked in retail for ShopRite in Somers Point and Marmora, New Jersey when he was home in the district. During the college academic months at Miami University, he worked at Kroger. At both companies, he was a member of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union for over seven years.
As a Senior Project Manager for defense contractor Textron Systems, Brian was responsible for budgeting, scheduling, and scope adherence to deliver products such as drones, electronic warfare testers, simulators, and area attack weapons supporting the United States Army, Navy and Air Force.
In this capacity, Brian executes multimillion dollar production contracts for Universal Ground Control Stations, supporting the United States Army on the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range Multipurpose (ERMP) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Program.
Prior to shifting to Unmanned Systems, Brian served as a Project Manager for Textron Systems: Electronic Systems, based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. During this time, he managed the sparing and repair efforts for Electronic Warfare Testers and the software development of Electronic Warfare Simulators supporting the United States Air Force and Navy.
Immediately before joining Electronic Systems, Brian served as a Supplier Manager at Textron Systems: Weapon & Sensor Systems in Wilmington, Massachusetts. In this capacity, he served the link between Engineering, Operations, & Programs, and was the Procurement Representative on Supplier visits. He managed dozens of Suppliers and millions of dollars worth of spend on the Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW) Program, supporting the United States Air Force.
Prior to working at Weapons & Sensor Systems, Brian was selected for Textron’s Leadership Development Program: Integrated Supply Chain (LDP:ISC). The LDP: ISC was specifically designed to accelerate the development of high potential college graduates into future leaders by exposing them to a diverse range of Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing disciplines. The program consisted of four rotational assignments, each at a different Textron business unit, in different functional areas of the Supply Chain, and in a different geographical area of the United States.
Brian’s first rotation was at Bell Helicopter, a military and commercial helicopter manufacturer in Fort Worth, Texas. He worked in Strategic Sourcing as Supply Management Analyst. Next, he worked at AAI Corporation, a defense contractor, in Procurement as a Supplier Development Engineer, in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Then, Brian worked at Kautex, an automotive fuel tank manufacturer, in Lavonia, Georgia, where he worked as a Supplier Quality Engineer. In his final rotation, Brian worked at Cessna Aircraft, a general aviation aircraft manufacturer in Wichita, Kansas. He worked in Operations as a Value Stream Leader managing two departments and bargaining employees.
Brian is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has trained for over two decades working to perfect his form and sparring style. Moreover, he has been an active member of USA Hockey, playing his favorite sport in competitive adult leagues across the country. In addition to martial arts and hockey, Brian stays active exercising, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and snowboarding.