Steve Hannaford

VP of Public Division

Steve brings an energy to Illumination Works that cannot be matched by anyone other than him. It can only be described as a fatherly presence equipped with strong leadership qualities and plenty of dad-jokes. He is just one of those people- the ones you can talk to for 5 minutes and you feel like you’ve been best friends for 5 years.

Equipped with over 37 years of public sector and business experience, Steve’s reputation in the government sector is everlasting. As an Air Force civilian, Steve implemented the largest successful information system in the AF. He accomplished this feat by taking successful aspects of different systems from the Navy and the defense finance accounting services while using middleware to tie it all together. This information system has nearly 50,000 users and is currently the same system used today. He also led a transformation effort in the AF to completely change logistics, product support, and life cycle management. Reporting, training, certifications, and almost every other aspect was transformed during this process.

Steve has his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Wright State University. Steve has always been an innovative thinker who believes that a good culture is more long-term and a more successful way of doing business.

Steve’s pride and joy is his large family that includes his wife, five daughters, five son-in-laws, and four grandchildren (two girls, a boy, and another boy on the way!) He was the head coach of the Fairborn Skyhawk’s varsity women’s basketball and golf teams from 2008 through 2013. It was one of the hardest things for him this past season not being head coach, although he stays very involved in the program. In his spare time Steve can be found on the golf course, basketball court or in the yard.