NDIA New England Board Member John Penders

John is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Mainsail Group, Inc., a Massachusetts-based small business delivering program management, engineering services and innovative solutions for complex programs at the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and other Federal customers.  John began his industry career at Raytheon where he was a member of the company‚Äôs Corporate Development team evaluating and executing strategic business pursuits and acquisitions across the defense and intelligence markets.  Prior to Raytheon, John served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator.  John received a BA in history and political science from Boston College and holds an MBA in finance from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College Command and Staff Program.  John continues his military service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, serving as a C-5M Galaxy pilot at Westover Air Reserve Base Massachusetts flying strategic airlift missions around the globe.