Steve Bolton

Steve Bolton

Vice President Army Programs, Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas
Director, Army Programs – Textron Corporation, Washington, DC
General Manager US Helicopter – Ozark, Alabama
Vice President and General Manager Boeing Sikorsky Aircraft Support – Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Director, Business Development – Sikorsky Aircraft
Deputy Program Manager Comanche Helicopter – Sikorsky Aircraft
Director, Supportability Comanche Helicopter – Sikorsky Aircraft
Executive Officer to the Chief, Aviation Division, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and Plans, Headquarters Department of the Army, Pentagon
Chief, Concepts & Studies Department of Combat Developments, United States Army Aviation Logistics School, Fort Eustis, Virginia

MAS Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

B.A. Sociology, Lander University, Greenwood, SC

University of Virginia, Darden School of Management, Developing Strategic Partnerships

US Army Command and General Staff College

Steve Bolton has over 44 years combined military and defense contractor experience. He has over 21 years distinguished military service and a combination of over 23 years service with Sikorsky Aircraft, Textron Corporation and as an independent defense and aerospace consultant. His broad experience extends across aviation logistics and operations, program management and business development. Since 2008, he has been a principal partner in LS Bolton Group, LLC, a management and consulting company specializing in assisting engineering and technology companies develop, market and present capabilities/core competencies, develop business plans and prepare proposals.

Steve began his military career as a Field Artilleryman and Army Aviator. He held various command and staff positions at company, battalion and brigade levels. As a leader of both artillery and aviation formations, he gained a high degree of understanding of the use of combined and joint operations as a combat multiplier.

Steve completed his military career in the Aviation Division at Headquarters Department of the Army, Pentagon. As a senior level staff officer he managed the allocation, distribution and integration of the utility and cargo helicopter programs for the Department of Army. He was responsible for the force planning, programming and budgeting of 5,800 utility and 500 cargo helicopters. He developed the distribution and retirement plans to meet a congressionally mandated 20% force reduction. These plans increased capabilities, reduced costs and continued modernization of the force within level funding guidelines. Additionally, he developed and successfully defended budgetary requirements within the Department of Defense and Congress for the $3.5 billion Army Aviation program.

Steve joined Sikorsky Aircraft in 1990 where he led the Boeing Sikorsky Joint Venture Operational Suitability and Armament Teams during the competition for the Army’s RAH-66 Comanche program. After successfully wining the contract, he became the Deputy Program Manager and Armament Product Development Team Leader. Later he became the Director supportability for the RAH-66 Comanche.

In 1993 Steve became General Manager of Boeing Sikorsky Aircraft Support (BSAS) where he was responsible for the management of the joint venture company performing Life-Cycle Contractor Logistical Support (L-CCS) for 29 Boeing MH-47E and 26 Sikorsky MH-60K aircraft at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in support of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). BSAS performed all aircraft fielding, initial pilot and crew training and qualification courses, as well as, maintaining two Special Repair Activities for all Integrated Avionics Systems and the Multi-mode Radar.

Steve became Sikorsky’s Southern Region Business Development Director in 1998. He was responsible for all Sikorsky Aircraft business development activities at the Army Aviation Warfighting Center, the United States Special Operations Command and the United States Southern Command. He established the requirements for company field service representatives to support the 90 UH-60 aircraft at Fort Rucker, Alabama and was instrumental in shaping requirements for Sikorsky products and services with each of the commands.

In 2004, Steve joined Textron Corporation as Director, Government Affairs where he was responsible for U.S. Army government and international business development programs. He was instrumental in developing and presenting Textron strategy to Department of Defense and Army staffs, as well as Congressional staffs. He was specifically responsible for monitoring and supporting all Textron Business Units to maximize the opportunities for US Government Programs vital to Textron.

He later became Vice President, Army Programs at Textron Bell Helicopter. He was responsible for all developmental and fielded Army Programs, including the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, TH-67 Training Helicopter and the Army’s top aviation acquisition the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). He supported the Army’s warfighting effort through a Safety Enhancement Program and a rapid turn-around of crash damaged OH-58D aircraft. Both programs returned aircraft to the Army an average of 30 days ahead of schedule.

Steve is a member of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), serving on the National Scholarship Foundation Board of Governors and the Tennessee Valley Chapter Board of Directors. He is also serves on the Board of Directors for the Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology (HASBAT). He is a member of the Association of the United States of America (AUSA) and the Huntsville Aerospace Marketing Association (HAMA).

Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He attended the University of Virginia, Darden School of Management, Developing Strategic Partnerships. He attended Texas Christian University Tandy Center for Executive Leadership in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended the Army’s Field Artillery and Aviation schools, and the Army Command & General Staff College.