Bluewater Defense strives to be a forward-thinking, innovative, and standard-setting manufacturing concern. We envision our company as a leader labor-intensive sewn goods, able to implement difficult programs and provide innovative solutions to our customers. We want to lead the industry by doing what is right, not what’s expedient.
Bluewater Defense aims to produce the highest quality on-time and on budget. Exceeding client expectations and going above and beyond industry standards. We believe that creating a healthy and happy work environment, where people are proud to come to work everyday, greatly contributes to the success of our company.
President & CEO.Since 2009.
Mr. Spackey comes to BWD with over 30 years of experience leading finance, development and operations of successful start-ups in healthcare, wireless telecom, internet and manufacturing. Prior to joining BWD, he was CEO of ShippingPal.com, an Internet start-up in Toronto, Mr. Spackey’s partner has gone on to be named “one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Canada”.
Prior to ShippingPal, Mr. Spackey held senior leadership roles in a number of successful wireless telecommunication startups, eventually becoming seconded to AT&T Wireless International to lead business development and regulatory affairs in the Caribbean. In this role, he worked closely with the senior leadership of local and national government, finance, network infrastructure and handset providers, including: Carlyle Group, CL Financial, MC Venture Partners, Siemens, Nortel, Lucent, MCI, Panasonic and others.
Mr. Spackey is a member of the Republican Governors Association Executive Roundtable, where he works closely with senior government, military and industry leaders. He’s a veteran of the US Air Force. Mr. Spackey holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
“Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about”
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (VII.3)
Tom Earnhart is the VP of Operations at Bluewater Defense with responsibilities for manufacturing, delivering company revenue, quality assurance, engineering, facilities maintenance, and ensuring organizational effectiveness.
Prior to joining Bluewater Defense, Tom worked for 9 years manufacturing products for the Department of Defense and for 31 years with Levi Strauss & Co.
Tom managed, owned, and operated facilities for L.S. &Co. and has extensive international experience managing contractors in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean basin.
Tom was a Senior Advisor to the Community Involvement Team at several Levi Strauss & Co. facilities involved in raising thousands of dollars for local charities.
Tom’s greatest strengths are his drive to succeed and leadership.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
– Proverbs 29:18
Director of Business Development and Supply Chain.
Ms. Hanson has 5 years of experience in business development, program management and supply chain within DoD manufacturing. Ms. Hanson is responsible for managing all government contracts, the Supply Chain department and for communication with both BWD vendors and customers.
Ms. Hanson currently serves as the Co-lead for the Post-Process Sub Group of the Shade IPT Counsel for the DLA-Troop Support. Prior to joining BWD, Ms. Hanson was responsible for marketing and business development at Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC in Denver, CO.
Ms. Hanson graduated with Distinction, with a double-major B.A. in Economics and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations with a Concentration on the Ancient Near East from Yale University.
"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
– Babe Ruth
Director of Human Resources.
Ms. Negron comes to BWD with over 30 years experience in Human Resources Management leading people development within the manufacturing environment.
Prior to joining BWD, Ms. Negron was responsible for Human Resources at PharmaBio Serv, McNeil Healthcare and Whitehall Robins, where she focused on leadership development, change management, organizational development, training and safety. She is an innovative leader who has worked to improve relationships between the shop floor and management, increasing productivity and quality at the same time.
Ms. Negron has a Bachelor in Political and Social Sciences and a Juris Doctorate from Interamerican University and is Green Belt Certified. She has led the Johnson & Johnson college relation initiatives and leadership forum.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
– Winston Churchhill
Director of Finance.
Hector Torres is Director of Finance, with over 25 years experience in Accounting, he is responsible for leading the accounting and finance team to ensure timely financials, audits and production analysis. Prior to joining Bluewater Defense, he was Finance Manager at SNC Technical Services, an Alaska 8(a) producing apparel and equipage for the DoD. In this role, he developed production and financial analysis to ensure management had the tools necessary to oversee the operations.
Mr. Torres graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and MBA in Finance from Bayamon Central University.
"Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on this earth.”
– Roberto Clemente
Director of Government & Subcontracting.
Benjamin Belcher has worked for 9 years with a broad range of experience in the Tactical Nylon and Uniform industry. His primary responsibilities have been in contract/program management, supply chain management, and production scheduling.
Prior to BlueWater, Mr. Belcher worked at Propper International as Director of Contract Management and with Eagle Industries as Master Scheduler/Program Manager.
He holds a BS in Personal Financial Management Services from the University of Missouri-Columbia
“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”
Manager of Product Development.
Ms. Lopez has 4 years of experience in Product Deployment/Program Support, Supply Chain within apparel and equipage manufacturing. Acting as a liaison between the Company and its customers, Ms. Lopez manages the Product Development process, along with the requirements of DoD solicitation proposals, as well as serving as a point of contact for Bluewater’s non-government related commercial programs. Additionally, Erika serves as the ISO lead, ensuring the Company conforms with all ISO:9001 related requirements.
Prior to joining BWD, Ms. Lopez was a Substitute Teacher for the St. John’s School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ms. Lopez graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business Management from Boston College.
"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of our goal- a commitment to excellence- that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
– Mario Andretti
Pablo S. Quesada – Bluewater Defense – General Counsel
Mr. Quesada is a founding partner of the Miami law firm, SMGQ Law, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and securities, with an emphasis in mergers and acquisitions, financing and lending transactions, domestic and international commercial transactions, and board governance issues. He previously served as Regional Counsel for VISA’s Latin America and Caribbean Region, where he was responsible for advising all levels of management at VISA’s Regional headquarters in Miami, and its sub-regional offices in Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, and was an attorney with the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP, where he served as primary counsel to one of the country’s largest private companies.
Mr. Quesada graduated from the University of Miami, with a B.B.A. in Accounting, and the Florida State University College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. degree, with honors.
“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”
– President Ronald Reagan
VP Customer/Technical Support.
Sharon Birk comes to BWD with over 26 years experience in textile development and marketing for commercial and military products. Prior to joining BWD, she was responsible for end-use marketing and market development at DuPont and INVISTA, with over half her career focused on the military market, establishing and managing relationships with key program managers and contracting officers across the different services.
Ms. Birk is a Six Sigma Blackbelt and Design for Six Sigma Champion and a two-time winner of DuPont’s corporate Marketing Excellence Award. She holds two patents.
Ms. Birk holds a M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Specialized in Biomechanics and B.S. in Engineering Science & Mechanics. from Virginia Tech.
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."