Our People

LSI employee-owners are a dynamic team of professionals – people with the finest technical expertise, a level of passionate creativity, and a truly visionary outlook who deliver innovative training solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations. Everyone at LSI is an owner and has a personal stake in our success.

LSI has over 450 training and training support experts, engineers, and craftsmen on staff who develop state-of-the-art high fidelity training devices, complex computer-based, highly interactive distributed learning products, and comprehensive, dynamic technical publications. LSI employee-owners collaborate to deliver training products and services for a myriad of programs and customers, using leading edge technology and proven processes.

Senior Management Team

LSI has three Executive Officers – Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer – who serve as the Corporate Board of Directors and oversee company business objectives and strategies. The Executive Officers control the operating budget of the Corporation and designate officers that serve as Vice Presidents for functional areas within LSI.

Michael S. French

Chief Executive Officer

Mike French serves on the Board of Directors as the Chief Executive Officer and provides leadership and focus on the organizational and production requirements of the company. He leads our Business Development team and chairs the Marketing Review Board, evaluating and acting on strategic marketing initiatives and potential business opportunities. In addition, he supervises the Human Resources, Information Technology, Facility Services, and Quality Management functions. Mike is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and an MBA from Jacksonville University. He is a retired Naval Flight Officer with several tours flying the now-retired S-3 Viking carrier-based aircraft, along with staff tours on the Joint Staff and the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Mike is a certified Project Management Professional.

Dean Leonard

Chief Operating Officer

Dean LeonardDean Leonard serves on the Board of Directors as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the company, providing specific oversight of the delivery of all training device, simulation, virtual products, courseware and services for external clients. He ensures the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. He participates in Marketing Review Boards and provides input on proposals and strategic marketing initiatives. Dean graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a degree in political science and is a certified Project Management Professional. Before joining LSI in 2003, Dean was a United States Air Force HH-3E and MH-53J helicopter flight engineer with several tours in the Air Rescue and Recovery Service, Air Force Special Operations Command, and the Air Education and Training Command.

Corkey Harvey

Chief Financial Officer

Corkey Harvey serves on the Board of Directors as the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the accounting, contracts administration, and supply chain management functions. He oversees accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, payroll, and administration of all contracts and subcontracts, as well as LSI’s purchasing and warehousing operations. Corkey manages our two retirement plans (ESOP and 401K), preparation of the annual budget, insurance renewals, and financing agreements. Corkey also provides oversight of LSI’s interaction with government audit agencies, government cost submissions, indirect rate determinations and leasing transactions. Corkey graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining LSI, Corkey was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and employed as a Senior Manager for 18 years with global and national CPA firms with a focus on financial statement audits.

Jeff Tibbetts

Vice President, Information Technology & Facilities / Chief Information Officer

Jeff Tibbetts serves as the Vice President of Information Technology and Facilities and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He is responsible for the management of LSI’s Information Technology (IT), facilities maintenance, and security departments including all computers, data centers, local area networks, telecommunications, real estate, vehicles, equipment, furniture, construction, and maintenance for all LSI properties. As the CIO, Jeff is responsible for ensuring we meet all cyber security, physical security, NISPOM and NIST requirements. Prior to joining LSI in 1997, Jeff spent several years designing and managing computer networks and providing IT consulting services to Jacksonville businesses. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and is active in the local IT community.

Dan Clish

Vice President, Courseware Programs

Dan Clish serves as the Vice President for Courseware programs. He oversees all courseware development programs for LSI clients including Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, and all defense industry partners and is the primary point of contact for Government Program Managers for all LSI courseware programs. Dan is a retired USN Chief Petty Officer, who worked on several aircraft platforms during his twenty years of service. In 1997, Dan joined LSI and since then he has been responsible for overseeing several large curriculum and courseware development programs supporting multiple weapons platforms and customers.

Mike McGuinness

Vice President, Training Device Programs

Mike McGuinness serves as the Vice President, Training Device Programs. He is responsible for the management of all training device programs and oversees the delivery of training devices for our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine customers. He is the primary point of contact for Government Program Managers for all LSI training device efforts. In addition to overseeing daily training device operations he also conducts long range planning to ensure resources are available to meet the training device design and production schedule. Mike served 22 years in United States Navy and Naval Reserve as an Avionics Technician. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In 1990, Mike joined LSI and has been at the forefront of LSI’s simulation innovation efforts. He helped pioneer LSI’s innovative software simulations in support of CH-47F Chinook and AH-64 Apache pilot and maintainer training.

Mike Steele

Vice President, Manufacturing and Production

Mike Steele serves as the Vice President, Manufacturing and Production. He is responsible for the manufacturing and production of LSI’s training device product line, ensuring schedule and quality goals are achieved. Mike is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, who worked on several aircraft platforms during his twenty-two years of service. Mike graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics. In 2011, Mike joined LSI and has since been involved in various aspects of training device production and retrofits. In addition to overseeing daily manufacturing and production operations, he also conducts long-range planning ensuring resources requirements, budgets and schedules are met.