KEM Proudly Becomes NDIA Member


In addition to appreciating our valued Strategic Partnerships during our #KEM10 celebration, KEM is the proud member of key Aerospace and Defense (A&D) organizations that protect American interests and create new opportunities domestically and internationally.

As of this month, KEM is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association, NDIA. This membership is an essential resource for our business and compliments our Mission and core Department of Defense (DoD) and A&D capabilities.  NDIA’s mission statement:

NDIA is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit that engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation.“

They are a vital resource within the Defense and Aerospace industry. With 1,600 corporate and 85,000 individual members, they connect industry leaders and operate abiding by 6 Strategic Priorities:

  • Advance Budget Stability
  • Expand International Security Cooperation and Interoperability
  • Gain Acquisition Agility and Regulatory Efficiency
  • Promote Innovation in Technology and Process
  • Foster Small Business Success
  • Strengthen the Defense Industrial Base and Workforce

As Trusted Advisors for DoD, Civilian Agencies, Federal Agencies and global Aerospace and Defense Commercial Firms, it is a true privilege to become a member of NDIA. Our team appreciates this unique opportunity to network within both the local chapter as well as across the country.

NADIC features KEM as ‘Company of the Week’

As KEM progresses through 2018, our 10 year company anniversary, we value and recognize our business partners now more than ever.

KEM continues to maintain its significant relationship with NADIC (Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Council) since becoming a Bronze Member in 2012.

We support their mission in all facets –

“NADIC seeks to enhance existing relationships by promoting awareness of capabilities and products and services offered by the Norwegian defense and security community.”

They serve a crucial role in the Defense industry, strengthening NorAm relations, and their shared expertise contributes greatly to our overall mission. Recently, KEM was honored to be featured as a highlighted Company of the Week by NADIC through their digital channels. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“KEM is a trusted advisor to U.S. and Global Aerospace, Defense, and Supporting Commercial Missions.  KEM supports and strengthens our clients’ near and long-term strategies, engagement approaches and deliberate program management disciplines by leveraging our domain knowledge and proven partnership network in Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyber for all markets.”

As a member of the industry, KEM considers it a privilege to be recognized by NADIC. We will continue to build upon this partnership as we move toward the future. We are proud to be a member – thank you from the entire team!

To connect with NADIC, find them on Twitter @NADIC_US

For their full feature on KEM, navigate to their website News section.

#KEM10 June Highlight | Major General William Catto, USMC (Ret.)

2018 is a momentous time for the KEM team. We are proud to celebrate and acknowledge the 10 year anniversary of our company founding. As part of reflecting on what we have achieved thus far, we are highlighting our valued Strategic Partners whose proven performance contributes to our overall success in supporting the warfighter.

June features Major General William Catto, USMC (Ret.) – A results driven leader with over 25 years of senior management experience leading multifunctional, technical and acquisition organizations in both the Defense industry and the U.S. Marine Corps. Proven expertise in program management, profit and loss and international business development.

Major General Catto’s expertise is invaluable and will enable us to thrive as we look to the future. As our team moves forward, we will continue to value this partnership and the privilege to have him as part of the extended team. KEM CEO Ken Miller shares his own personal words in praise of Major General Catto:

The KEM team is honored to have General Bill ‘Catman’ Catto – as a Strategic Partner, he brings broad experience in DoD acquisition, international military sales and USMC requirements. Moreover, a good person to work with!” – Ken Miller, CEO KEM and Associates

KEM Celebrates 10 Years – A Letter from our CEO – #KEM10

2018 represents a significant milestone for the KEM team – we celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It offers a unique opportunity to reflect on this past decade and look toward the future and what is yet to come.

In a Letter from the President below, KEM CEO Ken Miller delivers a message of appreciation to members of the military as well as our strategic partners as the team moves forward. Thank you to all of our supporters, both local and across the world.

#WeAreKEM #KEM10 #TrustedAndProven

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KEM Supports Strategic Partner NADIC at 2018 Syttende Mai Gala

As KEM approaches its 10 year company anniversary, we continue to value and support our Strategic Partners that contribute greatly to our growth and success.

On May 17, 2018, NACCMA (The Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Chapter) held the Syttende Mai Gala, a special event celebrating the signing of the Norwegian Constitution at Capitol View at 400 in Washington, D.C.

Pictured: NADIC’s Vidar Skjelstad and KEM’s Ken Miller (Photo: NACCMA / Kristina Klakegg)

KEM’s Ken Miller attended the Mai Gala in direct support of Strategic Partner, Vidar Skjelstad, President of both Kongsberg Defense Sysytems and NADIC. It was a honor and privilege to be present alongside Vidar and we value this opportunity to further strengthen NorAm relations now and toward the future.

In attending, KEM stands proudly with both Vidar and NADIC in celebrating Norway. We express appreciation to NACCMA, their sponsors and partners for executing this event, recognizing Norway’s significant achievements and impactful relationship with the United States.

2018 Syttende Mai Gala – Capitol View at 400 (Photo: NACCMA / Kristina Klakegg)

Ken Miller, CEO of #KEM, Presents at 2018 Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar

As a team, KEM has been proud to attend the Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar in the past. This year, it was held at the Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C. over the span of two days, May 8th and 9th.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, was chosen as a speaker at 2018’s Seminar, presenting on Best Practices for Approaching Primes for System Sales and Partnerships to the U.S. and French executive teams of both Zodiac Aerospace and Safran

  • Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space applications.” – zodiacaerospace.com
  • Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities.” – safran-group.com

It was a unique opportunity to discuss relevant Defense trends both as they stand today and looking toward the near future, to an esteemed audience of Defense industry leaders. KEM appreciates this chance to offer expertise and insight as a speaker and looks forward to attending in future years.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, speaking at the 2018 Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar

Join Ken Miller – MSU Black Pioneer – Donate Now to Support the Next Generation of MSU Black Leaders

Please join the Black Alumni Advisory Council (BAAC) in this worthwhile effort and provide your support by CLICKING HERE to make a contribution to the BAAC endowed scholarship. 

I am sure you have a story about the first time you set foot on your college campus.

For me, it was in June 1969, as a new freshman, I first set foot on the Mississippi State University (MSU) campus.  I was only 15.  I was the first member of my family to attend college, and I had my sights set on completing the Aerospace Engineering program and serving my nation. Equally important was the fact that I was part of the first group of African Americans admitted to MSU. I became the second African American to graduate in Aerospace Engineering.   Nearly 50 years later, I am considered to be a black pioneer of MSU.

My time at MSU has had a huge impact on my life.  The excellence of my courses, my professors, and the friendships formed in the Bagley College of Engineering  established the solid foundation upon which my success during  30+ years serving the Departments of the Navy and the Air Force and in my current role leading a global Aerospace and Defense Advisory firm is based.  Just as we all have stories about our first experiences on campus, I am sure you have stories about the tremendous impact your University had upon your life, as well.

Today as an active and humble member of the MSU Black Alumni Advisory Council (BAAC), Head of the Scholarship Committee of the BAAC and a proud member of the Bagley Aerospace Engineering Department Board of Advisors, I, and all members of the BAAC, are striving to pay this foundational debt forward. 

To that end, the BAAC is establishing an ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP to assist full-time entering African-American students who demonstrate financial need and leadership ability – with preference given to first generation university students.

Please join the BAAC to provide your support by CLICKING HERE to make a contribution to the BAAC endowed scholarship. 

Our story at MSU is continuing with this new chapter in which we can make a difference and give the next generation of black leaders at MSU a hand up for success.

Thank you. #HailState,

Ken Miller

(Images: msstate.edu)

#KEM Congratulates Jeff Bezos and His Blue Origin New Shepard Team’s Win at the Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner

@KEMllc Ken Miller (right) and Denise Holmes (left) congratulate @JeffBezos as he accepts the Collier Trophy for #NewShepard

KEM and Associates congratulates Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture for the New Shepard reusable launch system Team’s success in winning The National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy.  

The award is “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”

KEM executive team members, Ken Miller and Denise Holmes, were commending Mr. Bezos and team at the Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner honoring the Blue Origin New Shepard on June 16, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia.

Collier Trophy 2016

Source: https://naa.aero

 

 

Ken Miller Honored as 2017 Distinguished Fellow – Mississippi State University, Bagley College of Engineering

Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering honored 10 alumni for their accomplishments and commitment to the field of engineering at the 2017 Distinguished Fellows banquet on March 30.

KEM and Associates extends a well deserved congratulations to our CEO, Ken Miller, for earning and receiving the 2017 Distinguished Fellow Award.

“I am grateful to have attended and graduated from this great University and Aerospace Engineering Program.  I am honored and humbled to be recognized with these other fine alumni by the University that gave me a solid foundation in preparing me for my professional journey in Aerospace and Defense.  This award would not be possible without the many great people – my family, friends, teachers, colleagues and mentors – that have helped shaped my life.  Thank You”.   Ken Miller, CEO KEM and Associates LLC

The Distinguished Fellows program began in 1991 when 100 alumni were honored to celebrate the college’s 100th anniversary. Now, each spring, new alumni fellows are selected to recognize not only their great commitment to the engineering field, but also to represent the best and brightest that Bagley College has to offer.

Kenneth Miller

Miller is currently serving as the president and CEO of KEM and Associates. Prior to starting that venture, he spent more than 30 years in the military, first with the U.S. Navy and then with the Air Force. He won the Nathanial Stinson Award in 2003 and twice received the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of both the Air Force Association and the Navy League.

Charles Bridges

Bridges has enjoyed a successful career as an engineer for General Electric. He spent more than 13 years in a variety of positions with GE Nuclear Energy before moving on to a customer quality manager role with GE Energy in 2003. Since 2006, he’s been the product line leader for large motors with GE Hitcahi Nuclear Energy Americas. In the community, he also was involved with Habitat for Humanity and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Walter Dowdle

Dowdle got his start as a reservoir engineer and well log analyst with Chevron Oil. Since then, he has served as a vice president at both Intercomp Resource Development and Engineering and at Galactica Enhanced Oil Recovery Corporation. He served as president of Dowdle, Fairchild and Ancell before starting and serving as president of Dowdle and Associates. He has also been active with the civil air patrol as part of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.

Larry East, Jr.

East is currently the vice president of global engineering at Albermarle Corporation. He has previously served as general manager of Stone and Webster and was the recipient of the American Chemical Society “Heroes of Chemistry” award. He is a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board while also serving on the board of directors of the South Louisiana chapter of Teach for America.

Jerome Gilbert

Gilbert is undoubtedly a familiar face among MSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni as he spent much of his career as a bulldog. He began his career at Mississippi State as an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering in 1988 and served as department head in that department from 1996-2004. He was named associate provost in 2004 before becoming provost and executive vice president in 2010. Unfortunately, he left MSU last year and is now the president at Marshall University. He is also a fellow of both the Institute of Biological Engineering and the American Institute for Medical and Biological engineering.

Jeffrey Herren

Herren is the current CEO of Herren Associates, which was named as one of INC Magazine’s 500 fastest growing private companies and as one of the 50 fastest growing companies by the Washington Business Journal. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and has been involved with the Association of the United States Army and the U.S. Naval Institute. He was also the recipient of the inaugural GovStar Award by Smart CEO Magazine.

Elliott Will Henry Johnson

After receiving his Bacehlor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Johnson immediately took advantage of the Mississippi State co-op program to earn his first job out of college with Eastman Chemical. While there, he received a U.S. patent for a scrubber system that is designed to eliminate hydrocarbon emissions to the atmosphere. In 1998, he moved to Chevron Chemical and has had a variety of roles there, most recently being promoted to plant manager at Chevron Phillips’ Plant in Orange, Texas. He is also active in the community as a board member of the United Way in Orange County, Texas.

Ronnie Martin

Martin spent more than 30 years of his career with Texaco Exploration and Production, rising to serve as vice president. Since 2002, he has been the senior managing director at FTI Consulting where he created the firm’s oil and gas litigation practice. He is a member of the mechanical engineering advisory board and an advisory board member at the Institute of Energy Law. He also won the Minerals Management Service’s Corporate Leadership Award.

 

Huey Jiun Ngo

Ngo first started his professional career at SkyTel after earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at Mississippi State in electrical engineering. While at SkyTel, he won the Ovation Leadership Award and the Circle of Excellence Award. In 2006, he moved to Bomgar Corporation where he is serving as the executive vice president of products and services. He is the recipient of several patents and has been published in the areas of telemetry, telematics, secure access and management. He is also a member of the electrical and computer engineering advisory board.

Ginger Ricchetti

Ricchetti is currently serving as the director of application development at Regions Bank, where she has worked for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Regions, she was an application development manager at Bank of America. She is a member of the computer science and engineering advisory board and has also been active with Habitat for Humanity and Children’s Hospital.

The Bagley College of Engineering is online at bagley.msstate.edu. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram by searching for @msuengineering.

Group Photo: The 2017 Bagley College of Engineering Distinguished Fellows Walter Dowdle (from left), Ronnie Martin, Huey Ngo, Larry East Jr., Jeffrey Herren, Jerome Gilbert, Ginger Ricchetti, Charles Bridges, Elliott Johnson. Pictured Separately: Kenneth Miller

#KEM 2017 Letter From President: Focus on Cyber Defense and International Markets

“KEM and Associates’ vision is to solve complex problems for our U.S. and Global Aerospace, Defense, and Supporting Commercial Clients.  We are dedicated to the highest standards of performance and ethics advising our clients on a solid strategies achieving their full growth potential.  We are extremely proud of all that our KEM Partners have accomplished together this past year, and we look forward to building on our joint success together.”  — Kenneth E. Miller, CEO and President KEM and Associates LLC

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