Mr. Ronnie Favors
Administrator, DLA Strategic Materials
As Administrator of DLA Strategic Materials, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Ft. Belvoir, Va., Ronnie L. Favors directs the Department of Defense organization responsible for managing the National Defense Stockpile, a program created after World War II to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of strategic and critical materials during national emergencies.
Mr. Favors became the Administrator in April 2010. He served as Deputy Administrator from April 2007 until his appointment as Administrator. Previously he was Director of Material Management where he was responsible for managing the organization's operations, logistics and environmental divisions.
Mr. Favors also served DLA Strategic Materials as Chief of Operations and Logistics, and Deputy Director for Marketing and Sales Research. In those positions he carried out a variety of assignments related to commodity management, transportation, environmental, communications, contracting, marketing, security, and health and safety associated activities.
His initial employment with DLA Strategic Materials was as a Storage Specialist where he assisted the depot manager in managing the daily operations of the Baton Rouge Depot and satellite locations.
Mr. Favors received his bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and his master’s degree in public administration in 1992 via a Southern University and Louisiana State University cooperative program.
In 2001 Mr. Favors attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, Logistics Management Certification Program. In 2002 he received the designation of Senior Fellow from the Council on Excellence in Government and in 2003 completed the one year DLA Executive Development Program. In February 2009, Mr. Favors completed additional senior level management training at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Eric J. Mata
Deputy Administrator, DLA Strategic Materials
As Deputy Administrator of Defense Logistics Agency Strategic Materials, Mr. Mata assists in directing the Department of Defense organization responsible for managing the National Defense Stockpile, a program charged with the mission of reducing U.S. dependence upon foreign sources of strategic and critical materials during times of national emergency.
Mr. Mata was promoted to the position of Deputy Administrator in October of 2016. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing general stockpile management operations, material sales, acquisitions and supply chain analysis. Prior to becoming Deputy Administrator, Mr. Mata was promoted to the position of DLA Strategic Materials Director of Finance in 2014, and he served in that role until becoming Deputy Administrator. Prior to becoming Director of Finance, Mr. Mata served in a variety of financial management positions supporting other supply chain operations within the DLA portfolio. Preceding the start of his career as a federal civil servant in 2009, Mr. Mata enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2001. He completed a five year enlistment, primarily supporting U.S. diplomatic missions abroad and was honorably discharged in 2006.
While serving in the Marine Corps, Mr. Mata earned his BS in business management from the University of Phoenix. He is currently pursuing his MBA with a focus in Global Supply Chain Management from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.