Hillard R. Torgerson recently retired from Boeing, where he worked as the Senior Manager in the Vertical Lift System’s Chinook Program. In that role, he handled domestic and international business development for Boeing’s Defense Security Systems, in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Torgerson has a broad academic background in communications, finance and international relations. His business background is in sales and market development, media and public affairs. Bob’s extensive Boeing Business Development experience includes having leadership of both Boeing’s V-22 Osprey and CH-47 domestic and international market development activities. He was the V-22 Program’s Business Development Senior manager for eight years for Boeing and Bell Boeing. He has a long and successful track recording in international sales, previously leading the company’s domestic Chinook business development activities as well as Chinook sales campaigns in Canada and most recently with the UK for 14 new Chinook helicopters. His recent Boeing campaign experience was to lead the company’s initial market efforts with the Japanese Army for the V-22 Osprey. He is now doing same also for the Japanese Chinook program on behalf of the JDCDF and JASDF. Previously he served as Boeing Mobility Rotorcraft’s UK and Europe market lead. For 14 years he was the lead press spokesman and advertising manager, as well as Pennsylvania state and local government affairs manager for Boeing. Prior to joining Boeing, Bob served as spokesman for Fairfax County, Virginia, the largest suburban county in Washington, DC. He has also written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Bob has advanced degrees in Finance/MBA (University of Iowa); Journalism and Communications (Iowa State University) and International Business (Georgetown University). He received his undergraduate degree from Luther College Decorah, Iowa. Bob has many hobbies, including golf, pottery, reading, and he is dedicated to his daily times exercise regime, as well as lowering his golf handicap and going to the movies.