Fort Walton Machining, Inc.

Proud to Be a Woman-Owned Small Business


Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Ft. Walton Machining and also owner of Emerald Coast Anesthesia, Inc. Jan is the widow of Tim J McDonald. Jan received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 1976 and worked as an OR nurse for 21 years before becoming a full time Anesthesia Recruiter for Nationwide Anesthesia Services, Inc. She and her late husband have 3 grown children and 1 grand daughter. Jan has intimate knowledge of Ft. Walton Machining and will carry out her husband's legacy.

Mr. Kenneth W. Hill served six years as the Vice President and General Manager of L-3 TCS, Warner Robins, GA where together teamed successfully in establishing a true partnership recognized by joint customers as the “industry standard for superior performance and cooperation.”

Prior to his last assignment with L-3 Ken held senior leadership positions within The Boeing Company as the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Support Program/Site Executive here in Fort Walton Beach, and the Vice President of Launch Operations for the International Sea Launch Team in Long Beach, CA where his responsibilities included all aspects of commercial spacecraft payload processing and launch to orbit operations.

Ken is a graduate from Harvard Business School of Advanced Management Program; Defense Acquisition University, Executive Program Management and holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (Newport, RI), and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from National University (San Diego, CA.).

Mr. McDonald is a life-long employee at Fort Walton Machining. As the son of recently deceased Tim J. McDonald, he has worked in every area at FWM from sweeping floors to running large Aerospace Defense programs. McDonald received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Alabama in 2007. McDonald started at FWM in 1997 working as a custodian and grounds maintenance. He worked in the quality department for four years while finishing high school. During college McDonald continued his career by working on the manufacturing floor running CNC machining centers. In 2004 he transferred to the University of South Alabama and finished his engineering degree. He returned to FWM in 2007 as a process planner writing complex procedures for multiple defense and aircraft programs. In 2009 he was appointed Secretary / Treasurer while maintaining his previous duties as a process planner. His extensive understanding of internal procedures makes him an effective officer of the company with the responsibility for making high level decisions in all aspects. As Secretary / Treasurer his duties include contract management, process flow management, financials, job cost analysis and profitability.

James R. (Bob) Richburg, better known as Dr. Bob, is the retired president of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fl.. He earlier served as President of Chipola College in Marianna, Fl. During his 38 years in Florida higher education he has served numerous position in professional organizations and was instrumental in the development of the state college system in Florida. Locally he has been active in professional and civic organization and held numerous positions. Prior to joining the FWM Board he served as a management consultant for the company owner.

Joseph W. Henderson, CPA, CCIFP has been a Partner in the Entrepreneurial Services Division of O’Sullivan Creel, LLP for 17 years and has almost 30 years of experience in the field of public accounting. A graduate of the University of West Florida, he has been performing government audits since 1983. He has earned the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Certificate for Educational Achievement in Governmental Accounting and Auditing and is proficient in governmental, not-for-profit entities, construction contractors, and income tax planning and preparation. He became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida in 1985.


  • University of West Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Accounting, 1982
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Florida, 1985
  • Fire Fighter I – (1992)
  • Past Chairman, Committee on State and Local Governments, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Certificate for Educational Achievement in Governmental Accounting and Auditing


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
  • Director (COB), Beach Community Bank
  • Past President, Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club
  • Past President, All Sports Association of Northwest Florida
  • Past Chairman, Northwest Florida State College District Board of Trustees
  • Board of Directors, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
  • Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties
  • Community Associations Institute, North Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, University of Florida Alumni Association

Thomas J. Hannon has more than 35 years of experience in a number of key areas of business management. After graduation from university his experience included work with a national CPA firm a large international corporation and as well managing two offices of a regional CPA firm. In 1979 he joined Mac Tools, a subsidiary of the Stanley Works, as controller. With Mac there were opportunities to contribute and grow in many areas of the business and he was always ready for a new challenge. Tom’s varied experience prepared him for a mid career change to manage and grow the Mac Tools sales organization. He directed the development of an onboard computer system, which provided the information necessary for the more than 2,000 mobile distributors to manage their business. This system gave area managers timely information to help the independent distributors improve their business. His leadership and business advice helped many independent business owners manage a successful business.


  • Central State University, Bachelor of Science, 1972
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1975


  • Ernst & Ernst, CPA’s—Auditing, 1972-1975
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)
  • Financial Management & Analysis, Borden, Inc., 1975-1978
  • Clark Schaffer Hackett—Small Business, Tax & Panning, 1978-1979
  • Mac Tools 1979-2007
  • Controller
  • MRP System Implementation
  • Business System Development
  • Vice-President of Sales
  • Management Training and Consulting
  • Volunteer, Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association
  • Various Church Ministries

William J. Grant served in the United States Air Force for 24 years retiring as a Colonel. During that time he served in a variety of senior staff and command positions to include service as Director of Defense Policy at the National Security Council under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Upon his retirement he started his second career with Rockwell international and subsequently The Boeing Company when Boeing acquired Rockwell’s Defense Businesses.

During his career at Boeing he held a variety of executive positions to include Vice President and General Manager of a Boeing wholly owned overseas subsidiary in Australia. His company was one of the first Australian companies to achieve ISO 9002 certification and to implement an “Enterprise Bargaining Agreement” which was recognized by the Australian Labor Court as a model agreement for labor relations.

Upon his return to the U.S. he became Program Executive/General Manager for the Special Operations Forces, at Boeing’s Aerospace Support Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This business unit was a distressed business unit with declining revenues of $60m and very poor customer relations. Over the next seven years he built the business into a $350m business with a backlog of over $500m. He reversed customer satisfaction levels from extremely negative to favored contractor status and changed the culture of the business and workforce from very negative levels to a world class quality standard with employee satisfaction indices among the best in the industry.

Bill is a proven leader with substantial hands-on experience. He is an individual whose personal philosophy and values have enabled him to succeed and to inspire and lead others in a variety of environments. Upon his retirement from Boeing he has continued to offer his services as a consultant.


  • Central Michigan University—Masters of Arts in Management, 1978
  • University of Florida—Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Business, 1966


  • Member Air Force Association
  • Member of Military Officers Association of America
  • Member of National Management Association
  • Trustee for North bay Firefighters Pension Trust Fund
  • United States Air Force—Officer, 1966-1990
  • Former Trustee, Okaloosa County Economic Development Commission
  • President Emeritus, Florida Governor’s Sterling Council
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
  • Former Member, Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member, Crestview Chamber of Commerce
  • Life Member, University of Florida Alumni Association
Fort Walton Machining is a recognized leader in the manufacturing and assembly of custom designed, precision machined parts. Fort Walton Machining offers: Precision Machining, Custom Machining, CNC Machining, and Precision CNC Machining. Contact us for all of your machining needs.