Founders

John KaufmannAs Chairman and CEO, John Kaufmann established and implemented the company's vision and direction. For over 30 years, he managed business development and marketing for federal services companies and had extensive experience in managing aircraft development, logistics, planning and analysis programs. Prior to co-founding NTA, John held a Vice President position at JWK International where he was responsible for technical and financial aspects of all NAVAIR support contracts.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from James Madison University.

John passed away suddenly in October 2014 at the age of 63. During his years of service with NTA, he created a lasting personal legacy that outlives his role. He valued fellow staff members, encouraged a positive attitude and inspired loyalty to the company. John will be remembered as a warm-hearted friend and mentor.

Tom Drake

Tom Drake is responsible for many of the company’s accomplishments. As President and COO, he was responsible for daily operations of the company and delivery of services to customers. He has over 30 years of experience in advanced weapon systems supporting aviation platforms including V-22, F/A-18, and F-14. Prior to co-founding NTA, Tom was Program Manager at the F/A-18 Logistics Management Office where he supervised engineers in matters relating to systems integration.

He earned his Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Systems Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute.

Tom retired in July 2014 and sadly passed away in 2015.

To honor our founders, NTA’s CEO has established a scholarship fund in their memory.