I am pleased to announce that my brother Ramsey and I have acquired Whitman Controls from our father and longtime Whitman President, J. Yancey “Yank” Brame. Whitman Controls has always been a part of our lives, and it is a privilege for us to have the opportunity to continue the legacy built by our father. As a result of the transition, and the 13 years of military service by my brother, Whitman Controls will now be a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. We believe in applying the same principles of military service to our every day practices; tireless dedication, rigorous standards of quality, and faithfulness to our values and customers.
Despite the ownership change, we remain fiercely committed to our clients, particularly those who have been loyal partners for the entirety of our 43 year existence. While we have a number of exciting initiatives and product updates on deck, we will never lose sight of the core values upon which Whitman was built: high quality products with an unrelenting focus on customer service. If you have any questions, I encourage you to reach out to me directly at any point, and I would welcome hearing from many of you. In addition, if you are interested in learning more about the two of us, I have included brief bios below.
Thank you for your commitment and loyalty to Whitman Controls over the years, and we look forward to continuing the partnership with you on this next phase in our company.
William Brame will serve as President of Whitman Controls, focusing on managing daily operations and growing the company’s global footprint and product offering. Will has spent the past year as a Vice President at Whitman assisting the company in building its online presence while identifying opportunities for growth and product development. Prior to joining Whitman, Will spent 11 years at J.P. Morgan in New York City, with the majority of that time as an Executive Director in the firm’s investment bank. Will earned his BA, magna cum laude, from Hobart College, his MBA with honors from Columbia University, and is a CFA charterholder. He lives in Norwalk, CT with his wife Kate and one year old son Charlie and is involved in several philanthropic organizations in the area including the Madison Square Boys and Girls club and South Central Scholars.
Ramsey Brame is a Co-Owner of Whitman Controls and will serve as acting Chairman of its Board of Directors. He joins Whitman after thirteen years of service as a Marine Officer and F/A-18 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. Ramsey is a native of West Hartford, CT, whose active service in the Marines began in 2004 after graduating from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and four years on the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Team. After his commissioning in August 2004, Ramsey completed Naval Aviation Flight training in Pensacola, FL and Meridian, MS and he was “winged” as a Naval Aviator in April 2007. Following his initial training in the F/A-18 Hornet in Miramar, CA, Ramsey deployed to Al Asad, Iraq as a part of the “troop surge” in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He then joined the VMFA(AW)-121 “Green Knights” and deployed twice to Southeast Asia in 2010 and 2012, where he partook in multiple international training exercises including Red Flag, Foal Eagle, SFARP, Green Flag, Lava Viper, and Geiger Fury. In 2013, Ramsey was hand-selected to serve as an F/A-18 instructor pilot back in Miramar, CA at VMFAT-101, where he was responsible for training the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps fighter pilots. He completed his active service in 2015, but remains active in the Marine Corps Reserves, serving as a Public Affairs Officer and F-35B Requirements Officer with Headquarters Marine Corps at the Pentagon. Ramsey has earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Marshall University. He has also completed the Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College through Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA.