Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Samuel P. Thevanayagam

President and CEO                                                     
Sam has 30 years of experience in executive leadership with the task of implementation of quality assurance programs, operations management, supplier development, strategic direction for sourcing & commodity rationalization, and managing suppliers and subcontractors. Sam currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association) Delaware Valley Chapter. Sam's certifications include CPIM, CPM, CQMC, and CSE (Certified Seal Engineer). He provides world class cutting edge solutions in re-manufacturing and reverse logistics. As the expert in obsolescence solutions, he developed and trademarked the value proposition R.O.P.E.® (Rapid Obsolescence Planning and Execution).

Richard Pacitti

Vice President & General Manager
Richard is an Operations Executive with over 30 years' experience in the Automotive and Heavy Duty Aftermarket industries. He is a high-energy, results-oriented leader with an entrepreneurial attitude. Richard has successfully managed a multimillion dollar business on various levels including Product Management, Finance & Operations. He was Owner/Operator of a Tool and Die Company, specializing in development and production of tools and equipment for the Automotive, Military, and Medical Industries. He currently holds a patent for Catalytic Combustion Surface Material. Richard's educational background includes Business Administration and numerous Certifications in Operations Management and People Development. He is a member of NJTMA.

Jeannie Whitfield

Director of Market Insight and Business Intelligence
Jeannie received a Bachelors from Temple University and an MBA from Louisiana State University. She started at Parts Life, Inc. as a Business Development Specialist working to research and identify opportunities for Parts Life. In her current role, she is expanding on that research gaining a better understanding of the current market as well as identifying growth opportunities for Parts Life, Inc.

James Emerich

Director, Finance & Human Resources
James has more than five years of diverse experience in financial and business management positions. He spent over two years in operations at a top-10 U.S banking institution and more than four years working with a large non-denominational church, where he managed a multimillion dollar operating budget and led key capital and expansion initiatives. His experience is in various aspects of business management such as finance, accounting, and human resources. James graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a B.S. Degree in Business where he studied corporate finance, accounting, and economics.

Mark Medvetz

Program Manager
Mark is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Mark has over 12 years of experience in the defense industry including multiple Ballistic Missile Defense and Foreign baselines. With an extensive background in development and evaluation of designs and system requirements, product support and programmatic decision making, system modeling, simulation and analysis, ship integration and testing, and full life-cycle of systems development, Mark is a strong addition to Parts Life, and brings value to our mission. Upon graduation, Mark was commissioned into the Navy and now currently serves in the Navy Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Mark stands as the Officer In Charge (OIC) and Training Officer for the Strategic Sealift Unit at JBMDL (Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst) overseeing over 200 hundred Strategic Sealift officers and their training.

Strategic Advisors

Kim J. Huntley

Mr. Kim J. Huntley retired from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in January 2010 where he served as the Director of the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) at DLA Headquarters. He chaired the Federal Interagency Working Group for Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy and was Chief of the DLA Customer Support Office at the DESC during his career with DLA. At DLA, Mr. Huntley served as the Principal Executive Officer in charge of approximately 1,100 employees worldwide and over $25 billion in annual appropriations involving energy infrastructure and products. He served in the DLA for more than 32 years in various positions, including Deputy Commander for the Defense Supply Centers in Richmond, Virginia (Aviation) and Columbus, Ohio (Land & Maritime). He also served as DLA's Executive Director of Customer Support and Readiness. Mr. Huntley holds a BA degree in Economics from Golden Gate University and attended post-graduate courses in economics at California State University, Hayward.

Paula Watts

Paula is a Federal Procurement Strategist and a Certified Contracts Specialist and CEO, of the Government Procurement Innovators, LLC better known as (GPI). GPI provides business coaching to many small business entrepreneurs based on Ms. Watts experience as a successful business owner who won close to 15 million dollars in contracts through SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program. As a former SBA Business Opportunity Specialist, Ms. Watts's expertise has successfully guided many 8a firms in obtaining multi-million dollars' contracts. As an expert on the procurement and management of government contracts, Ms. Watts has conducted over 800 seminars and counseled over 10,000 businesses through workshops on small business start-up, business expansions, and developing winning strategies when marketing to the Federal government. Since establishing GPI, September 2015, GPI has trained over 450 individuals through GPI's 8-week Boot Camp Classes on becoming either Business Ready, Government Ready, or Contract Ready. Additionally, GPI has strategically assembled a team of subject matter experts who will provide a step-by-step approach in areas such as: responding to RFP's, establishing your government accounting system, and bidding on products and supplies.

Joseph Ford

Joe Ford, the power behind Barcroft Associates, brings a wealth of experience from a highly successful business career spanning over 30 years. He has been the President and CEO of 12 companies which include numerous turn around accomplishments (averaging 6 months to complete). Joe has also served in the role of CFO & COO with great success. In some cases revenue was doubled and most often more than doubling operating and net income. His past professional affiliations include: Iron League of Philadelphia (Past President), CFMA (SJ Chapter President), SCORE (Certified Mentor), AISC, ASTM, AWS, CEMA, FMA, ABC & Several Board Positions.

Larry Handman

Larry has over 40 years of experience as an engineer, working in various projects and plants in the process industry. Additionally, Larry has a few patents under his name. Larry is a registered Professional Engineer and is licensed in NJ, MD, PA, and DE.


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