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Our Directors

Leading the Rampmaster team with true entrepreneurial spirit

Robert Watkins
Chairman and Founder

A Bronze Star, Vietnam Army Veteran, Robert founded the business in 1971 as a refueler maintenance company that grew to 14 major city airports by 1974. The first Rampmaster refueler was designed in 1978 with the prototype put in service with TWA at Cincinnati in 1979.

Rampmaster is primarily an American story, based upon several design patents which he holds. Developments include a new patented self-sustaining, electric airport hydrant refueler for the USAF that regenerates its own power and eliminates all CO2 emissions.

Rampmaster has built and leased more USA heavy refuelers than anyone on any continent, at any time anywhere, representing an 80% USA market share. The current fleet is active at all major airports, delivering 60 million barrels of jet fuel a year, or about 12% of total USA demand.

An accomplished pilot for 50 years, Robert also flies a Learjet worldwide on direct marketing campaigns.

He holds a Christian Ministerial Ordination from Gospel Crusade in Bradenton, Florida, a 1,200 member family of churches, which includes several startup Pentecostal churches on Israel’s West Bank. Robert and his family conduct missionary work part time into eastern Nigeria supporting Christianity, and run a private 501c3 for such purposes.

He and his wife Linda have two sons, one daughter and eleven grandchildren.


 

Leighton M. Yohannan
Chief Executive Officer

Leighton M. Yohannan is an accomplished business, technology, and community leader who believes passionately in the entrepreneurial spirit, a solid governance model, energized associates, and integrity as the foundation of relationships with each and every individual. As the CEO of Rampmaster, Leighton M. Yohannan draws on more than 23 years as the CEO of growth stage companies. With both the strategic savy and operating expertise that a successful career affords, Lee is responsible for developing and executing Rampmasters corporate strategy. His goal is to build upon the company’s legacy of success as the preeminent manufacturer of jet refuelers globally, both in the Commercial Aircraft sector, and the General Aviation industry.

In addition to his role at Rampmaster, Lee is a Partner of SureFlight, LLC, which specializes in high-end exterior and interior completions for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Mr. Yohannan is also Executive Chairman of PayCommerce, Inc. where he is responsible for corporate vision, Capital structure and the go-to market product strategies. PayCommerce provides next-generation cloud based universal business payment solutions for vertical market segments on a global level.

In early 2000 Mr. Yohannan was the founding partner of LiquidHub, a systems integrator and technology strategy consultancy with revenues of more than $70 million annually. He has served as LiquidHub’s CEO and CFO then later Executive Chairman until its acquisition by a private equity firm in late 2007. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Yohannan continued in his role as Chairman and most recently Vice Chairman. His major contributions to LiquidHub include the development and execution of its business development and customer relationship management strategies, brand identity in the marketplace, and global Revenue expansion. Mr. Yohannan was also the architect of the LiquidHub corporate culture, management philosophy, and employee recruitment principles.

During his tenure LiquidHub was listed in Deloitte Fast 50, Philadelphia 100 and Inc. 5000 as well as named Philadelphia’s Best Places To Work and Eastern Technology Council’s Companies of the Year as a Startup and later as a Growth Company. Mr. Yohannan was named the regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was a National Finalist in 2006. He currently serves as Director Emeritus of LiquidHub.

Prior to starting LiquidHub, Mr. Yohannan was owner and CEO of The Reohr Group, Inc., a multi-million dollar Global Technology Consultancy, which he sold and was later merged in 1998 with Global Consulting and SoftTech Solutions to create Broadreach Consulting. Post sale, Mr. Yohannan was responsible for the Business Development strategy, financial performance and operational mentorship of offices in eight major metropolitan cities nationwide. Mr. Yohannan was also catalyst for the development of Recruitment Centers in both Manila and Singapore enabling global recruiting to fuel growth and expansion in the USA. Prior to Reohr, Mr. Yohannan was an investment-banking analyst for Hopper Soliday & Company.

Mr. Yohannan has applied his entrepreneurial leadership experience to both the Delaware Valley business and charitable communities. He has served on the Regional Board of Directors of TD Banknorth, has raised funds for the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center in Philadelphia and Breast Cancer.org. Additional activities and Board responsibilities include the President’s Council Board of the Malvern Preparatory School and the Board of Advisors for Listen Logic, LLC. Mr. Yohannan has also served a major leadership position with the Cystic-Fibrosis Foundation as a member of its Board of Directors and as a significant fundraiser.


 

Owen Watkins
Vice President, Engineering and Production

Owen J. Watkins is a son of Rampmaster's CEO and founder, Robert G. Watkins. Owen originally joined the company in 1990 working in the production department building Rampmaster fuel trucks. Owen currently serves as not only our Vice President, Engineering and Production, but leads all technical innovation strategies within our products group. From the time Owen began managing the Engineering and Production division, Rampmaster has expanded its production line capability each year, leading to new record production level outputs for our customers. Prior to that, Owen served at various levels within Engineering and Production as well as spending significant time in Technical Sales and delivery. Owen has spearheaded many of the patents that Rampmaster holds and continues to develop technological advancements that are nationally recognized within the refueling industry. Owen also is actively involved with strategic planning initiatives including new product development, strategic sales and operations management.

In addition to his role at Rampmaster, Owen is President of SureFlight, LLC, which specializes in high-end exterior and interior completions for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Owen holds a Magna Cum Laude BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from LeTourneau University with a minor in Electrical Engineering Technology. Owen holds an ATP pilot license and is the leader of Rampmaster's corporate pilots group.


 

Daniel G. Watkins
Chief Financial Officer

Daniel G. Watkins is a son of Rampmaster’s CEO and founder, Robert G. Watkins. Daniel originally joined the company in 1995 as Rampmaster’s Leasing Sales Manager. Daniel currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Rampmaster and specializes in leasing strategies globally for acquisition of Rampmaster’s refueling equipment. Daniel manages a multi-million dollar lease portfolio and arranges transactions with our leasing partners. Daniel is also actively involved with vision and strategic planning as Rampmaster determines forward looking growth strategies.

In addition to his role at Rampmaster, Daniel is also the CEO of SureFlight, LLC, which specializes in high-end exterior and interior completions for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Daniel holds a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Delaware. Daniel was the recipient of the Jerome E. Scott Excellence in Marketing award which was awarded to the business school’s number one Marketing graduate. Daniel holds minors in International Business and in Economics. Daniel also is a Private Pilot.

 

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