Our Leadership team
John Lehman, President
John Lehman is the co-founder of Crystal Management, LLC (Crystal). He is responsible for providing the vision, direction and leadership to achieve company goals. This includes creating a high performance culture led by outstanding talent as well as ensuring continued client satisfaction with all Crystal contracts. John co-founded the company in 2005 with business partner Dawn McKenna after both of them successfully contributed to the renovation of the Pentagon Information Technology (IT) infrastructure on the Command Communications Survivability Program (CCSP) in response to the events that occurred at the Pentagon on 9/11.
John leverages over 25 years of significant executive leadership, program management, financial and sales experience to help him drive Crystal’s growth and client satisfaction. His expertise is in project management, information management, network engineering and systems integration. For the last four years John has led the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) aspects of the Yongsan Relocation Program, Seoul, Korea. Before that John spent seven years as Program Manager at the Network Infrastructure Services Agency and Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the $485 Million dollar Pentagon Renovation Command Communications Survivability Program. John has twenty years of progressively responsible positions in the U.S. Army including the Director, Information Management, Personnel Command, and U.S. Army in Korea for two years, the Automation Manager, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army in Korea for two years, and spent many years serving in various logistics automation management capacities.
Ernie Willard, Executive Vice President of Business Development
As Executive Vice President of Business Development, Ernie Willard is responsible for driving sales and revenue growth across the entire marketspace. Ernie brings 27 years of experience successfully growing large portfolios of business as well as leading large, complex programs. Prior to joining Crystal, Ernie worked for EDS, now Hewlett Packard, for 25 years, most recently, responsible for strategic planning, growth and delivery of Hewlett Packard’s (HP’s) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) business which grew nearly 250% over four years. Previous positions with HP included executive oversight of the DHS Second Data Center program and the Command Communications Survivability Program (CCSP) worth over $1 Billion dollars collectively. Ernie also led the HP Department of Justice (DOJ), Intel Community, US Army, and Air Force business in prior positions with HP. Ernie’s business acumen and broad knowledge of the above mentioned clients enables Crystal to develop and deliver creative solutions to meet our clients' needs.