VP Business Development
Mr. Bennici is THOR's Vice President for Business Development & Account Management. He is responsible and accountable for leading development and execution of data-driven market strategies to apply THOR's deep technical expertise and extensive corporate experience to drive growth across all lines of business. Mr. Bennici is experienced in all aspects of the business development and account management lifecycle, from opportunity identification and qualification, pipeline development and maturation, through integrated capture strategy and bid and proposal development. Since 2012, Mr. Bennici has led successful opportunity identification, qualification, capture, and bid and proposal engagements resulting in award of $115M+ in prime awards - and has led THOR's growth of 75%+ in 2014. He leads a high energy, collaborative team of entrepreneurs focused on providing high quality, cost competitive, best value support services across the Government and commercial maritime domain.
Mr. Bennici’s professional experience includes serving as the Program Manager for the Commander Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) directed and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) executed Readiness Task Forces in concert with 25+ stakeholder commands and organizations, to identify, resource, and close mission readiness gaps for U.S. Navy Surface Combatant and Amphibious Warfare platforms – including CG 47 Class, DDG 51 Class, MCM 1 Class, LPD 17 Class, and AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD). In total, $1.1B in previously unknown and unfunded requirements were identified, and to date $400M+ has been provided to close readiness gaps. He also supported PC 1 Class corrosion control requirements and numerous congressional-level engagements for the Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare (SEA 21). He supported a comprehensive SEA 05-led process improvement initiative of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration, and Intelligence Modernization Plan (C5IMP) resulting in $15M+ savings across the FYDP and a 16% improvement in process time efficiency by clarifying roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities across more than a dozen organizations. Mr. Bennici’s experience also includes strategic planning and performance management support for the Commander NAVSEA (COMNAVSEA) in support of the NAVSEA Chief Strategy Office (SEA 00X) and direct support to the NAVSEA Chief of Staff (COS).
Prior to roles of increasing responsibility in program management and business development in the defense industry with Anteon Corporation, Alion Science & Technology Corporation, RGS Associates, and McKean Defense Group, Mr. Bennici’s experience included the U.S. Department of State Office of the Secretary of State with then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with then-Ranking Member Senator Joseph Lieberman. While at the State Department, Mr. Bennici supported the Secretary of State’s Executive Secretariat (S/ES), comprise of the Executive Secretary and four Deputy Executive Secretaries, and responsible for coordinating the work of the Department internally, serving as the liaison between the Department’s bureaus and the offices of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretaries – as well as managing the State Department’s relations with the White House, National Security Council, and other Cabinet agencies. Mr. Bennici supported S/ES engagement with various offices of the Department in drafting and clearing written materials, including policy recommendations and decisional memoranda related to counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and nation building in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Mr. Bennici also supported S/ES advance preparations for the Secretary’s official trips – domestic and international – staffing the mobile office and keeping the Secretary’s schedule on track during such engagements. This included 17 official trips worldwide, including Head of State visits in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, and Germany, and U.S. European Union (EU) and G-8 Economic Summits.
Mr. Bennici also supported the State Department’s Operations Center (S/ES-O), the Secretary’s and Department’s 24/7/365 communications and crisis management center monitoring world events, preparing briefings for the Secretary and other Department principals, and facilitating communication between the Department and the rest of the world – as well as coordinating the Department’s response to crises and supporting task forces, monitoring groups, and other crisis-related activities. In support of S/ES-O, Mr. Bennici also supported the evacuation of nearly 15,000 American citizens from Lebanon during July and August 2006, one of the largest overseas evacuations of American citizens in recent history, which included Executive Secretariat coordination of Crisis Management Support Task Forces across the Under Secretary for Political Affairs and the Under Secretary for Management as well as the U.S. Embassies in Nicosia, Cyprus, Ankara, Turkey, Beirut, Lebanon, and Tel Aviv, Israel. He supported interagency coordination across the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Navy (USN), and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs), as well as U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and U.S. European Command (EUCOM) for evacuation and air and sea transport of evacuees to staging safe havens in Cyprus and Turkey during the ongoing conflict in which air and land evacuation routes were blocked and safe navigation of sea routes required negotiation with Israel during an unforeseen crisis in which U.S. Naval assets were not immediately available for a full scale sea evacuation.
Mr. Bennici’s Capitol Hill experience with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was focused on matters of domestic preparedness and emergency management for threats posed by both terrorism and natural disasters. He conducted public policy analysis, including legislative, budgetary, and regulatory review to assess post-9/11 funding for natural disaster and terrorism emergency preparedness – and engaged Fortune 100 emergency management and continuity of operations experts to identify and apply relevant private sector best practices within and across the Government. Mr. Bennici supported the committee’s Hurricane Katrina emergency preparedness and response investigation, which included 24 hearings, review of over 840,000 documents, and interviews of more than 320 people, and inter-agency engagements across the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and White House. Mr. Bennici assessed federal, state, and local statutory emergency response requirements including the Stafford Act, National Response Plan, National Incident Management System, and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Plan and developed recommendations adopted to improve integration of response plans and their execution. Based on findings from the investigation, the Committee drafted and Congress enacted the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006.
Mr. Bennici earned a B.A. in Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross and a M.A. in International Affairs at Georgetown University. He has completed Executive Education in Strategic Communications with the University of Southern California and additional coursework in Strategic Decision and Risk Management of California with Stanford University.