Leonid J. Tasheiko, Esq.


September 17, 1948  -  November 10, 2013

Leonid J. Tasheiko,  Esq. - Born in Stamford, Connecticut and full of all life had to offer; Leon was a lawyer and entrepreneur.  He graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California where he studied Mandarin Chinese.  As an aerial intelligence expert in the Air Force, Leon was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.  He earned a dual undergraduate degree in history and business, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence with an emphasis in corporate and constitutional law.  Leon practiced his chosen area of law, military law, in Montgomery, Alabama.  He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar, and also practiced at the federal and appellate levels as well as in the military courts.  Additionally, Leon studied international law and English legal history at the post-doctoral level at Oxford University, England.  Aviation was his avocation.  As an avid aviator, Leon earned his private pilot license while in the Air Force, and continued to earn his multi-engine rating, commercial rating, and seaplane rating.  He flew as a drug enforcement officer for the Civil Air Patrol in Montgomery, Alabama.  He piloted his Piper Cheyenne until just a few weeks before his death.  Nothing gave him more pleasure, as he would say, than soaring through the skies with his bride, Sandra, and then having afternoon tea.

In 1994, Leon and Sandra founded LJT & Associates, Inc. (LJT), and Leon served as both Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.  Under Leon's leadership and vision, the aerospace and defense company has grown to hundreds of employees with dozens of operating locations and a worldwide presence supporting civil, NASA, and DOD agency missions.  His vision included that of invention and he was honored to have his inventions result in several patents.  Leon built a management team that resulted in the strong and stable company that LJT is today.  We will carry Leon’s vision forward and continue to build LJT in his honor.



Robert J. Conrad

Robert J. Conrad

President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert J. Conrad is President and Chief Executive Officer of LJT, overseeing day-to-day management and execution of all LJT operations, and also serves on LJT’s Board of Directors.  Prior to his appointment to company President, Mr. Conrad served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Federal Space.

Prior to LJT, Mr. Conrad was Vice President of Operations at TSI TelSys, Inc. overseeing a technology manufacturing company supporting the remote sensing market. Before TSI, Mr. Conrad spent 10 years with Allied Signal Aerospace Technical Services and its predecessor Bendix Field Engineering Corporation. Mr. Conrad served as Deputy Director of Space Services and before that held various engineering and management positions supporting the aerospace sector.

Mr. Conrad is an Advisor to the LJT Board of Directors and also serves on the Leadership Advisory Board to Capitol College.  Mr. Conrad holds a United States Patent on a Continuous Tunable High Rate Communication Receiver and is a licensed Sea Captain by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Mariners.

Mr. Conrad holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Capitol College in Laurel, MD, and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  He currently resides in Burtonsville, Maryland, with his wife Jennifer and three children.

James W. Bishop

James W. Bishop

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

James W. Bishop joined LJT & Associates in August of 2002 as the Director of Federal Space. He is currently the  Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and his responsibilities include oversight of all LJT operations and business development as well as providing guidance for Human Resources, Quality Management initiatives and Safety affecting both the program and corporate organizations.

Mr. Bishop's career began at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1995 with the Microelectronics branch in the Engineering Directorate. Having graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a BSEE, he continued his graduate work pursuing his doctorate in semiconductor device physics until his departure in late 1995 as a founding member of TSI Telesys Inc., where he served as Director of Engineering and Vice President of Operations responsible for producing high rate telemetry products.

Mr. Bishop lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with his wife Lori and three children.

Andrew C. Fleischer

Andrew C. Fleischer

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Andrew C. Fleischer is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LJT, overseeing day-to-day accounting and finance operations, and also serves as an advisor to LJT’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Fleischer has more than 20 years’ experience in leading the financial management in closely-held businesses. Prior to LJT, Mr. Fleischer served in various CFO and financial management roles with GoIndustry-DoveBid, Alabanza Corporation, BulkRegister.com, Inc., Baltimore Technology Park, and Honeywell Technology Solutions and its predecessor Allied Signal Aerospace Technical Services.

Mr. Fleischer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Maryland and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA). Mr. Fleischer also holds a Six-Sigma Greenbelt Operational Excellence Certificate from AlliedSignal.

Mr. Fleischer resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with his three children.


Richard H. 'Doc' Klodnicki, PhD, PMP

Richard H. 'Doc' Klodnicki, PhD, PMP

Vice President of Capture

Dr. Richard H. ‘Doc’ Klodnicki joined LJT in November 2016 as the Vice President of Capture leading the research, analysis, and planning of the company’s business growth activities.  Doc is a retired Veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he held a variety of command and staff assignments in Space and Missile Operations with special duty assignments at the USAF Academy as an Instructor, Executive Officer, and Chair, Military Training. 

Upon retirement, Dr. Klodnicki transitioned to Industry supporting the Space, Missile, Missile Warning, Missile Defense, and Nuclear Weapon markets. Doc served as a Chief Scientist, Program Manager, Program Director, Director of Business Development, and a Client Executive.  Doc is also a certified Program Management Professional (PMP).

Doc received his PhD from the University of Denver, earning the Doctorate of the Year award.  He earned his Masters of Science Degree from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.  Dr. Klodnicki published and presented papers on Space and Missile Operational Testing; Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); Missile Event Sensing; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs); Operational and Operational Testing Interoperability; and leadership. 

Doc Klodnicki currently resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Monica and their daughter.

Randy Hunter

Randy Hunter

Vice President of Business Development

Randy Hunter joined LJT & Associates in April of 2017 as the Vice President of Business Development. Prior to LJT, Randy was with SAIC for 7 years and was the Assistant Vice President/Deputy Division Manager of Systems Engineering & Integration and Business Development – Space Coast Operations. He was responsible for the management and direction of engineering and operations activities associated with Expendable Launch Vehicles, Software Engineering, Space Lift Range Services Radar Engineering and Reliability Engineering activities for NASA. These responsibilities included Software Engineering, Database Architecture, Safety & Mission Assurance, Reliability, and Range Systems.

Prior to SAIC, Randy spent 14 years with McDonnell Douglas – Boeing at the Kennedy Space Center.  He was a Senior Manager and Program Manager on what is now known as the KSC ELVIS Contract. He also managed all voice, data & video systems engineering for Boeing on the Payload Ground Operations Contract (PGOC). Prior to his ELV - Program Manager role, he worked with the Shuttle Electrical Payloads Department as the manager of Payload Electrical Engineering also on the PGOC. He started in the Shuttle Payload community as a Senior Systems Engineer and was the KSC lead electrical engineer on the Hubble Space telescope and for the planetary missions (Galileo, Magellan, and Ulysses) as well as the STS- 26R return to Flight Mission. Randy graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Minor in Business Management.

Randy is married (wife Kim) with one daughter (Lindsey). He also holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio License and is a licensed Private Pilot.


Julio Varela

Julio Varela

Vice President of Engineering

Julio Varela joined LJT and Associates in July of 2004 as the Federal Space Division Director of Engineering and Program Manager. He is currently Vice President of Engineering and is responsible for managing and directing the corporate operations and engineering functions of the company. He has over twenty two years of experience in System Engineering, Product Design and Development, Corporate and Program Management, and Business Development.

Prior to joining LJT, Mr. Varela spent his career in private industry specializing in the design and development of highly customized ground and space antenna, radio frequency, optical, and telemetry systems and components for a variety of DoD and Civilian Space Agencies. Mr. Varela is also a United States Patent holder.

Mr. Varela holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Capitol College in Laurel, MD, and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  He currently resides in Ellicott City, Maryland, with his wife Dana and two children.