The President & Chief Designer, James Warren, spent his first career as a United States Naval Officer specializing in mechanical engineering and deep-sea diving and salvage engineering. After an initial tour as the Main Propulsion Officer on a gas turbine destroyer, he spent a second tour as the Chief Engineer of the USS Pegasus (PHM-1), the first production hydrofoil in the U.S. Navy's arsenal. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School to obtain his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was then stationed at the Navy's shipyard in Guam as the Design Officer and spent the remainder of his career in shipyards in various positions of increasing responsibility. After retiring from the Navy, James held positions as an engineer for both military and civilian projects including the Navy's newest stealth destroyer, USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) and was Chief Design Engineer for a 260 foot long super-yacht. Civilian projects included process and administrative buildings, as well as a range of smaller projects in the construction industry. After settling back in his home town, he decided to do designs for friends and family which eventually developed into Lycoming Design.