Tenax is led by a team of business professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the aerospace industry and a passion for customer service. With diverse aviation and business backgrounds, our leadership team is highlighted by extensive experience in government and defense aviation operations, aircraft leasing, aircraft system engineering and integration, contractor logistics support, training and project management.

General Michael V. Hayden

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US.

At Chertoff Group, General Hayden uses his broad geographic and political knowledge to brief clients on intelligence matters worldwide – including developments in cybersecurity – that may affect their businesses.

“The best defense is knowing what your enemies are up to, before they know you know it. For today’s CEOs,” he adds, “there is also the challenge of figuring out who and where your enemies are.”

Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service.

General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in modern American history in 1969. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University.

General Charles R. Holland

General (Ret) Holland was born in West Virginia. He entered the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated in 1968 with a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He received Master’s Degrees in Business Management from Troy State University in 1976 and in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1978. He completed several professional military education schools to include the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1986. In addition, he completed the Program for Senior Officials in National Security in 1990 and the National and International Security Management Program in 1998, both at Harvard University.

In 2003, he retired as the Commander, Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command. During that assignment he was responsible for all special operation forces of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, both active duty and reserve. Prior to the culmination of his active duty military career, he commanded a squadron in the Philippines, two Air Force wings, served as Deputy Commanding General of the Joint Special Operations Command, and was Commander of the Special Operations Command, Pacific. Prior to commanding USSOCOM, he commanded the Air Force Special Operations Command and was the Vice Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe. He was a Command Pilot with over 5000 flying hours in multiple SOF aircraft to include a combat tour in the AC-130 Gunship at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand during the war in Southeast Asia.

Upon retirement, he now serves as a Director or Advisor on multiple corporate boards and acts as an independent consultant for several companies within the defense industry. In addition to industry boards, he is a Senior Advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a volunteer Director on the Special Operations Warrior foundation Board which provides college educations to the sons and daughters of fallen special operations personnel.

John J. Young, Jr.

John Young served as the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) (USD(AT&L)); Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E); and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN(RDA)). Prior to these Presidential appointed, Senate-confirmed positions, John served ten years as a professional staff member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense.

During his tenure with the U.S. Department of Defense, John led the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Program Task Force at the direction of Defense Secretary Gates. Additional accomplishments include guiding the Biometrics Task Force, establishing the Reliance 21 science and technology oversight process, structuring the SSGN Submarine Conversion program, securing the Virginia Class Submarine multi-year contract, and leading the unprecedented swap of DDG-51 destroyers and LPD-17 amphibious ships between two industry ship yards. John constantly focused on increasing effectiveness and efficiency of the Department of Defense procurement and research programs while controlling costs. Throughout his Pentagon tenure, he worked the details of the Pentagon budget processes to ensure acquisition programs were fully funded to enable successful execution.

John currently serves on the Board of Directors of SRI International, the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. John is a member of advisory boards for Cubic Defense Systems, PIXIA Corp and FedBid, Inc. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Committee (AESAC) as well as a Trustee for the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Additionally, John serves as Vice President of Business Development at E6 Partners, LLC.

While at the Defense Department, he received Distinguished Civilian Service awards from the Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army. He received a Distinguished Public Service award from the Department of the Navy. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and member of the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as being named to the Council of Outstanding Young Engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

John earned a Master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he where he participated in the Cooperative Education Program.

J.L. Holloway

As one of Mississippi’s most successful entrepreneurs, J. L. Holloway thrives on developing business, grooming leaders, and helping others.

Mr. Holloway, a self-made industrialist, began his dream over four decades ago when he founded HAM Marine, which later became Freide Goldman, employing over 2-thousand people worldwide. 2003 was a pivotal year for J. L. when he founded Tenax, LLC, a capital investment firm. Ever expanding, what is now Tenax Aerospace, LLC, has developed into a multi-million dollar aviation leasing company. Mr. Holloway is a leader, a teacher, and a dedicated professional who continually strives to guide his team by example.

Mr. Holloway’s commitment to success does not outshine his passion for philanthropy as he has touched many lives. The J. L. Holloway Business & Technology Center at Mississippi College School of Business was established in 2008. The J. L. Holloway MBA scholarship program was also created allowing students to further their education. A faculty development fund was launched to provide professors additional training.

Mr. Holloway has been named the Governor’s Citizen of the Year and to the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame. He and his wife Diane reside in Ridgeland.

Tim Cantrell

Tim has over 30 years of financial management experience and expertise. Throughout his career, Tim has earned the reputation as a trusted business advisor to organizations in a wide range of industries. More recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer for a publicly traded Mississippi based manufacturing concern.

Tim joined the Tenax management team as Chief Financial Officer in January 2014. Tim will assist in the development of the strategic direction of the Company and work to ensure that the organization efficiently deploys capital to develop world class solutions for our customers and other stakeholders.

Tim, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, is a Certified Public Accountant. Throughout his career he has served on the Board of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations in the mid-South area. Outside Tenax, Tim enjoys golf and spending time with his family at Ole Miss sporting events.

Dan Grafton


Dan Grafton most recently served as President of L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, a leading aviation and aerospace services provider. During his career, Grafton also served as president and chief executive officer and chief operating officer for Raytheon Aerospace, a division of Raytheon Company, a publicly traded company.