"We are reminded daily that innovative solutions are needed that will lighten the load, achieve greater energy efficiency, and reduce our footprint in the area of operations." --Marine Corps Systems Command, Program Executive Officer, Land Systems 2010 Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry
Joe Fields, VP of Business Development
Mr. Joe Fields, Vice President of Business Development, has 26 years of experience in manufacturing businesses including military tents, industrial base and automotive air bags. Mr. Fields currently serves on the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute committee, (USIFI), reviewing military tent fabric specifications.
In 1988 - 1992, as Vice President, Joe Fields played a key role in the startup and growth of an Outdoor Venture project which resulted in an automotive air bag manufacturing business. He played a key role in successfully growing this business to a $25 million dollar business.
Outdoor Venture's air bag manufacturing business, one of the first in the United States, employed 175 persons and produced 25,000 air bags per week before Outdoor Venture's stockholders' sold the business in 1992. Joe Fields spent several years as Director of Development with the air bag manufacturing business where he had one patent, three patent applications and five record inventions.
You can contact Joe Fields by using the contact information listed on the Contact Page or by email at
Joseph F Weiss, VP of Programs and Engineering
Mr. Joseph F Weiss, currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Engineering for the Engineered Solutions business of Outdoor Venture. Mr. Weiss has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry. He has held positions as engineer, Manager, Director, Program Manager, General Manager and Vice President. He has led functional, matrixed and direct organizations with responsibility for technical, research, financial and sales results. He has also written papers, presented at conferences and consulted on military, security and commercial aviation systems.
Hired in 2009 by the forerunner of the Engineered Solutions business, Mr. Weiss has been instrumental in providing new unique solutions solving the needs of Army Expeditionary Sustainment, as well as successfully managing a number of Combat Support programs for the Army, Navy and Marines. In addition, he has led mission-solution efforts for the State Department and Customs & Border Protection.
Prior to joining Outdoor Venture and Engineered Solutions, Mr. Weiss held positions at ARINC, GE and RCA. Starting as an engineer leading new designs for Army test equipment at RCA (TMDE), he moved up into Program Management leading the highly successful rapid prototype Echelon Above Corps SIGINT processing system, followed by winning and managing two tactical imagery programs for USAF. At ARINC, Mr. Weiss led a 300+ engineering department supporting Air Traffic Control and airline operations throughout the world. Later on Mr. Weiss was Vice President of the Network Applications Division spearheading business endeavors into wireless facilities and services for high-availability and secure air operations worldwide.
Mr. Weiss successfully completed the Stanford Executive Program given by the Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Mr. Weiss holds the following degrees:
- BS – Mathematics & Physics, Villanova University
- MS – Mathematics, University of Minnesota
- MSEE – Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Anita Sutton, Business Development Manager
Ms. Anita Sutton, Business Development Manager, has 28 years of manufacturing experience and has been with Outdoor Venture Corporation since 2003. Ms. Sutton obtained a BS degree in Chemistry and Biology from Austin Peay State University.
Prior to 2003, experience includes bench chemistry, pharmaceutical laboratory, extensive experience with automotive quality assurance standards including 3rd party registration, industrial management in quality assurance, as well as engineering.
Ms. Sutton has extensive background in industrial management with a technical background.
You may contact Anita Sutton by using the information listed on the Contact Page or by email at .
Mike Peterson, iPanel® Business Development
Mr. Mike Peterson has 36 years of construction management, design and project development experience and has been with Outdoor Venture Corporation since 2013, and is currently responsible for business development within the iPanel® business unit of the company. Prior to joining OVC, Mr. Peterson was active as an owner, manager, or investor in a wide variety of real estate development and construction projects throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota and was initially employed by Xerox Corporation in several Sales and Management positions before continuing his career in real estate development and construction.
You may reach Mike Peterson by using the information listed on the Contact Page or by email at
Debbie Bowman, Assistant Contracts Administrator
Debbie Bowman, Assistant Contracts Administrator, has been with Outdoor Venture Corporation since 1986, serving in various roles of progressively increasing responsibilities such as contracts administration, subcontract management, purchasing, inventory management and control, work flow, operations, EDI coordinator, cost accounting and system administration.
You may contact Debbie Bowman by using the information listed on the Contact Page or by email at