Executive Staff

Rick Fenstermacher

Chief Executive Officer

Rick Fenstermacher was initially engaged as a consultant in 2006 to assist the Board of Directors in developing the strategic initiatives to complete the Memorial project. With the early years focused on legislative, conceptual design and site selection approvals, the organization faced significant challenges in completing the Capital Campaign; securing final approvals from Federal and local agencies; selecting qualified construction and artisan contractors; managing architects, engineers and designers; leading and administering staff, facilities, tax and regulatory filings and the public relations campaign; and communicating with multiple constituencies.

Mr. Fenstermacher then joined the Foundation staff as Chief Operating Officer in 2007 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Under his leadership, the Foundation successfully executed its responsibilities under the U.S. Commemorative Works Act [40 USC Chapter 89] and began construction of the Memorial in August 2013.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Fenstermacher’s professional career in Corporate Risk Management included senior executive positions with Aon Corp. and Mutual Insurance Company (Bermuda) Ltd. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Denison University with post-graduate studies in Organizational Management, Law and Finance.


Barry Owenby

Project Executive

Barry Owenby joined the Foundation staff as the Memorial’s Project Executive in the spring of 2007. His initial focus centered on resolving design issues and related fabrication challenges, leading to final design approvals by the National Capital Planning Commission and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In addition to coordination with the commissions, he has been engaged with the Architect of the Capitol, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, and the National Park Service to ensure the Memorial’s success.

Mr. Owenby retired from the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2005, having served as the Director of Contracting and also Project Executive for the National World War II Memorial. Prior to his tenure with ABMC, Mr. Owenby served in the General Services Administration as a senior procurement official and contracts manager with supervision and oversight of major design and construction procurements. Mr. Owenby is a distinguished military graduate of The Citadel, and has graduate degrees in management and business administration.

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