Board of Directors



Mr. Daffan is currently a senior consultant for companies providing services to the Federal Government. Previously, Mr. Daffan was the founder and Chief Executive Officer for AERA Incorporated, an engineering and information technology company. During Mr. Daffan’s tenure with AERA, the company grew from a small start-up company to a $50 million revenue company with nine field offices and over 500 employees. During this period, Mr. Daffan was responsible for the strategic vision and planning to grow the company from a small business into a large company providing high level engineering and information services to the Navy and other federal agencies. From 1993 to 1996, AERA Incorporated was on the INC 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America. AERA was also on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 list for four consecutive years. In 1994, KPMG Peat Marwick presented Mr. Daffan the High Tech Entrepreneur of the year award for his leadership of AERA. Prior to forming AERA, Mr. Daffan held positions of increasing responsibility with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Advanced Marine Enterprises and Advanced Technology Incorporated. Mr. Daffan has held positions of Senior Design Engineer, Senior Marine Engineer, and Program Director for Research & Development Programs with these corporations. Mr. Daffan is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Aerospace & Ocean Engineering and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.



Carol Smith is currently a strategy consultant to the high tech industry, including Fortune 50 and international companies. Prior to her retirement from Lockheed Martin Corporation in June of 2005, Carol was vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Littoral Ships and Systems business. Prior to this position, Mrs. Smith led Lockheed Martin’s unprecedented new entry into the shipbuilding marketplace by winning the multi-billion dollar U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship program. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mrs. Smith led the Washington Operations for Rockwell Collins. With Rockwell International Corporation since 1985, she held positions of increasing responsibility in the finance, contracts, government relations, management, lobbying and marketing/sales functions, serving the companies’ domestic, international, commercial and government interests. Mrs. Smith holds a BS in Business from Biola University, and an MS in Procurement and Acquisition Management/MBA.



Mr. White is Vice President of Finance and the Chief Financial Officer of Gibbs and Cox, Inc. His entire business career has been at Gibbs and Cox, where he has advanced his career in positions of increasing responsibility. He has held the positions of Cost/Pricing Manager, Financial Accounting Manager, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer. Mr. White possesses a combination of cost accounting and financial accounting capabilities, which enhances the team he supports. His experience enables him to identify and implement process improvements that control costs, increase accuracy, consistency and efficiency. In his role as Vice President of Finance, Mr. White is responsible for all corporate and Administrative matters. He develops, and is responsible for, a multi-million dollar operating budget, controlling actual costs to budgeted costs. Some of Mr. White’s other duties and responsibilities include: proposal and contract pricing, pricing strategies, and investment strategy and audit responsibility of the Gibbs & Cox multi-million dollar pension plan assets. Mr. White is a 1979 graduate of Fordham University with a degree in Accounting.

Deegan G&C


Mr. Deegan was promoted into the position of President and Chief Executive in June 2016. He joined Gibbs & Cox as the Engineering Group Vice President in April 2013 following a distinguished 28 year civil service career with the US Navy. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, and a MS in Engineering from The Catholic University of America.

In his naval acquisition career, Mr. Deegan was a member of the Department of the Navy’s Senior Executive Service (SES) for nearly ten years, serving in executive positions in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Financial Management Budget office. Before his SES tours Mr. Deegan spent much of his career in submarine program management and in 1997 he was selected as a Brookings Fellow and served on Congressman John Murtha’s (House Appropriations Committee – Defense ranking member) personal staff.

Mr. Deegan is a recipient of NAVSEA’s Engineer of the Year award and the Presidential Medal for Meritorious Service. He is published in two military journals, authored the Naval Open Architecture Contract Guidebook for Program Managers, is a certified Program Management Professional and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana.

Mr. Deegan joined the Board of Directors of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. in 2016, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Gibbs & Cox Australia and Donald L. Blount & Associates, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Gibbs & Cox, Inc.



Mr. Rick Biben was the Chief Executive and President of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. from 2010 until June 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Biben focused the company towards business growth and diversity. He also led the infusion of new business and infrastructure resource tools into the company. Mr. Biben led the effort to the first acquisition in the company’s history of Donald L. Blount Associates (DLBA). Also during his tenure, the Company developed a robust business pipeline, and he successfully led the organization to winning new business prime contracts and greatly expanding the commercial and shipyard direct marketplace.Mr. Biben is a member of the Partner’s Committee of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), and serves on the SCA Communications Committee and the Dues Committee. Mr. Biben is a member of the Board of Advisors of a charitable organization named Workshop for Warriors.

Before joining Gibbs & Cox, Mr. Biben was a Sr. Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from December of 2006 into August of 2010. This organization of nearly 1,200 employees had revenue exceeding $300M and over the last two years realized new contract awards exceeding $1.5B. Prior to SAIC, Mr. Biben was a Vice President at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) from 2004 through 2006 Mr. Biben was Senior a Vice President at Anteon Corporation (now part of General Dynamics) from 1999 – 2004. Prior to that Mr. Biben spent over 18 years (1981 – 1999) at Northrop Grumman, including eight years at the Vice President level. Prior to his years with Northrop Grumman he worked for a small business and for the US Government (National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and US Peace Corps).

He holds a BS in Management from Bryant University and has completed post graduate/executive management courses at Duke University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Mr. Biben joined the Board of Directors of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. in 2010, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Gibbs & Cox Australia and Donald L. Blount & Associates, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Gibbs & Cox, Inc.



Mr. Prince is President and Chief Executive Officer of an aerospace support company. Mr. Prince has been Chief Executive Officer and President of public and private companies, Managing Member and Chief Operating Officer of a private equity fund, Managing Member of investment banking and consulting firms, a principal of a strategic advisory and merchant-banking group, and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy in the area of sealift and logistics. Mr. Prince also was an attorney with a major Wall Street law firm, and is admitted to practice before New York state courts, Federal courts and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Prince is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, earning his B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, the United States Naval Submarine School and the Naval Nuclear Power Program. He received, concurrently, his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School respectively.


Vice Admiral PAUL E. SULLIVAN (Retired)

Paul E. Sullivan, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral (retired) is currently Executive Director of Penn State’s Defense Related Research Units (DRRU) and Applied Research Laboratory (ARL). As director of DRRU, Sullivan oversees and coordinates the research activities of ARL, Penn State’s Electro-Optics Center and ARL’s field offices in Warminster, Pa.; Keyport, Wash.; and Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, Mr. Sullivan was Vice President, American Centrifuge Project, and Chief Engineer at USEC.  He left the U.S. Navy in 2008, retiring with the rank of Vice Admiral. In Mr. Sullivan’s last assignment in the Navy, he served as Commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) – the Navy’s largest Echelon II Command).  Under his leadership, the Navy received delivery of 22 new ships, 63 major ship overhauls and more than 140 private sector overhauls.  Before that, he was Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration, and Engineering (Chief Engineer) at NAVSEA.  Prior to this role, Mr. Sullivan served in the New Attack Submarine (VIRGINIA Class) Program Office.  Upon selection to Captain, he served on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), then as Program Manager, SEAWOLF Attack Submarine Program and Program Manager, VIRGINIA Attack Submarine Program.  Mr. Sullivan also served in various engineering assignments including Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Engineer Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Officer on USS DETECTOR (MSO 429); Engineering Duty Officer on the USS JAMES MADISON BLUE; OHIO class Project Officer; and LOS ANGELES Class Project Officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Groton, CT.  Mr. Sullivan graduated in 1980 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual degrees of Ocean Engineer and Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Mr. Sullivan received his Bachelor of Science degree from the US Naval Academy in the area of Mathematics.  Mr. Sullivan joined the Board of Directors in August of 2011.



Mr. Argy is an executive consultant in the area of diversified business advisory and accounting services to clients across a variety of industries; including government contracting, technology, manufacturing, real estate, nonprofit organizations, and other service businesses.  Mr. Argy brings over 30 years of experience in this industry.  Prior to joining the Board of Directors of Gibbs & Cox, Inc., Mr. Argy was Senior Partner and National Director for the Center of Government Contracting Excellence at BDO, USA LLP. Prior to this position, he was a founder as well as CEO and President of Argy, Wiltse and Robinson, which he saw evolve from a start-up to the top 100 firms nationally measured by firm revenue.  The firm was purchased by BDO in 2012.  Prior to forming his company, Mr. Argy had a 10 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), where he left as a senior manager specializing in Government Contracting and Technology in their middle market specialty group, Comprehensive Practice Services. He also served as a Corporate Controller for a publicly-held technology/government contractor, providing him with valuable experience from the inside of a consolidated corporation.  Mr. Argy has extensive experience in successfully building and growing companies organically, and through mergers & acquisitions.  His technical and leadership skills led to a highly successful business career where he was able to provide visionary and practical advice to serve his clients in many industries.  Mr. Argy graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Accounting, and also holds a CPA.