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MAKer spotlight: John Schlott - Vice President, Orlando Operations

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John Schlott has been in the simulation and training industry since 1992. He currently serves as MAK’s Vice President of Orlando Operations with overall responsibility for programs and business activities in our Orlando facility.

From 1992 to 2004, John held positions of increasing responsibility with Lockheed Martin (GE Aerospace, Martin Marietta). While with Lockheed he served as a system engineer, product manager, and technical director ending as the Senior Program Manager for F-16 Training System Programs. Between 2004 and 2019, John worked for L3Harris (L3 Technologies) at the Link Training and Simulation Division. His initial assignment was Senior Program Manager, followed by Director of Navy Programs and finally Director of Business Development with a focus on Air Force and international opportunities.

Prior to joining industry, John served in the United States Army as an Armor Officer. His assignments included locations both in the United States and overseas. His responsibilities ranged from platoon leader, unit commander, and staff positions at the battalion, brigade, and division levels to instructing in gunnery and tactics at the Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

John has been heavily involved in the simulation and training industry. He served on the I/ITSEC planning committee for six years and led the Human Factors subcommittee in 2017. He also served on the ITEC committee for fifteen years, serving as the Conference Chairperson in 1999.

Outside of work, John reads to relax, escape, and think. He loves to play golf but admits that his game today does not match what it was when he was in the Army.  Like all golfers, he continues to try to recapture that single-digit handicap. He golfs and exercises to support another one of his passions: wine. He is by no means a sommelier but enjoys good wine and understanding all the factors that impact its taste. His personal goal is very good wine under $10 as anyone can find good wine over $20. One of his top picks, Cloud Break Chardonnay, meets this challenge and tastes like La Creme!

By far his favorite pastime is spending time with the three grandboys, who invade the house as often as possible. Jonah, two and one half, and Gabe, 8 months, are there regularly. Kenley, five and a half, lives in Jacksonville so he is not seen as often. John (known as Pops) is considering buying a boat to continue to spoil the grandboys and to drive all their parents crazy by teaching them ornery boy tricks. 

It would be a major omission not to mention Barkely, the 14-year-old Bichon, and Rosey, the 7-year-old Malti-Poo. They serve as John’s consultants on multiple business Zoom conferences and they always come through at 5 o’clock to end calls so they get dinner on time. 

Of course, the most important person in his life is Becky. They just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary but are also high school sweethearts.

 
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