Connecting Aerospace Interests



Richard Aboulafia – Vice President of Analysis / Teal Group

Richard is Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group.  He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends.  He has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second- and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe and Asia.  He also advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions.
Richard writes and edits Teal Group's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets.  He also writes publicly about aviation and defense, with numerous articles in Aviation Week and Space Technology, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Professional Pilot, and other publications.  He has a regular column in AIAA's Aerospace America.
Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, Richard has also appeared on numerous television news and radio programs including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and PBS.  He has spoken at numerous conferences, including ATRIF, NAFA, NARA, Network for Aerospace Management in Europe (NAME), and Speednews.  He presents a yearly lecture to the National Defense University/Industrial College of the Armed Forces and has served as an expert witness in aerospace markets.  Before he joined Teal Group in 1990, Richard analyzed the jet engine market at Jane's Information Group, served as an aerospace industry consultant for an international trade advisory company and supported research projects at the Brookings Institution.  He has a Masters degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London and a Bachelors degree from George Washington University.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Casey, son, Simon, and daughter, Wren.

KevinDr. Kevin Michaels – Managing Director / AeroDynamic Advisory

Kevin Michaels is Managing Director of AeroDynamic Advisory, a speciality consulting firm focused on the global aerospace and aviation industries. He has 30 years of aviation experience, including hundreds of consulting engagements for leading aviation and aerospace companies across the globe. 
Kevin is a globally recognized expert in the aerospace manufacturing and MRO sectors, and also has significant expertise in business-to-business marketing, customer satisfaction, M&A advisory, technology assessment, cluster development, and strategic planning. His experience spans all major market segments, including air transport, business & general aviation, and military. 
Previously Dr Michaels was a Vice President with ICF International’s Aerospace & MRO consulting practice from 2011 - 2016.  He was a co-founder and partner with AeroStrategy from 2001-2011, until its acquisition by ICF. Previously, Dr. Michaels was Director - Strategic Development with Rockwell Collins Government Systems, and Principal with The Canaan Group, an aerospace consultancy.  He began his career as a project engineer with aeroengine supplier Williams International. 
Dr. Michaels holds BS - Aerospace Engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan, and MSc and PhD degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics. 

BethBeth Anderson – Vice President of Payloads and Systems for Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management / Boeing


Beth Anderson is the vice president of Payloads and Systems for Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management. She was named to this position in May 2014. In this role, Anderson leads the organization responsible for the setting strategy and sourcing components and systems to support the BCA production system from suppliers around the world as well as daily management of suppliers.

 Anderson has also served in a number of manufacturing leadership roles at Boeing. She was director for the Interiors Responsibility Center (IRC) with fabrication facilities in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C. Employees at this business unit design, manufacture, assemble and integrate a wide range of interior systems for production, after-market and spares for Boeing commercial jetliners, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Anderson focused on engaging people in an environment of trust for continued improvement in the organization’s Lean journey.
She was the Modification Services director for Commercial Aviation Services, which integrates avionics, airframe, propulsion, systems and interiors for airlines’ after-market airplanes. The unit is part of Technical Services, which operates in Everett, Wash. and Long Beach, Calif.


SimonSimon Pickup – Strategic Marketing Director / Airbus Americas Sales, Inc.

Simon Pickup joined Airbus in 1988 and spent the first part of his career as a Toulouse based Customer Marketing Manager, working primarily on sales and marketing campaigns in the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia.  He transferred to the US in 1995 and has played three roles since his arrival in the US: As Airline Marketing Director, as Director of Business Operations and since late 2013, as Strategic Marketing Director.
In his current function Mr. Pickup liaises with Airbus' Toulouse headquarters on market strategy, research and forecasting.
In addition to his internal functions, Mr. Pickup has also represented Airbus at a variety of external finance, raw materials, transportation, supplier, forecasting and valuation conferences in both the US and Canada.
He holds a Bachelor's degree from Leeds University and a Master's degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University - both in the United Kingdom.

LeoDr. Leo Christodoulou - Director, Engineering Structures and Materials Technology Chief Engineer, Materials and Manufacturing Technology / The Boeing Company

Dr. Leo Christodoulou is the Enterprise Domain Leader for Structures Technology, one of Boeing’s eight focused technology domains that comprise the company’s Enterprise Technology Strategy.  He is also the chief engineer for the Materials and Manufacturing integrated technology team and Boeing’s enterprise additive manufacturing strategy leader.
As the aerospace leader, Boeing's broad and diversified technology portfolio is focused on the future. And so, Christodoulou works across Boeing’s many businesses to provide focus on technical priorities and maximum value for structures-related research investments.
Christodoulou joined Boeing in October 2012 from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was head of the Advanced Manufacturing Office and co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Working Group on the White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative, a program launched by President Obama in June 2011. Before that assignment, Christodoulou was Director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he applied his research expertise to developing revolutionary capabilities for the U.S. military. While at DARPA, Christodoulou directed interdisciplinary research and development across the fields of math, physics and quantum science, materials, portable energy and power, tactical medicine, biological warfare defense and neuroscience. He also pioneered the accelerated development of multifunctional materials to realize a new class of unmanned, micro aircraft used by U.S. forces today. He is also the co-inventor and primary developer of a class of materials known as XD Alloys.
Christodoulou earned a bachelor's degree and doctorate in metallurgy from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, and his research in environment-sensitive fracture of engineering materials continued at Carnegie Mellon University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Christodoulou has taught materials science at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Metals, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1996 Grunfeld Medal, 2006 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies, and 2011 Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.


TobiasTobias Caldas - Marketing Analysis Manager / Embraer Commercial Aviation

Tobias Caldas is the Market Analysis Manager for Embraer North America and has over 20 years of aviation experience in the airline industry.
Tobias started his career at Embraer as an aircraft performance engineer. He has also held global marketing positions as Product Strategy Manager and Sales Engineering Manager at Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil. 
Tobias has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Minas Gerais University, in Brazil, and a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Space from Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aérospatiales (ESTA), in France. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, and is IFR, multi-engine and flight instructor rated.


GordonGordon Preston - Vice President, Marketing / Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc.

Now responsible for Marketing at Mitsubishi Aircraft, Americas, Mr. Preston has been involved in various disciplines of Engineering, and Marketing and Sales roles with Regional Aircraft OEMs for over 20 years.
Regionals fly more than 45% of all US daily departures, preserve access to smaller communities, as well as advance the latest aircraft technologies to improve services and reduce operating costs.  Mr. Preston has been involved in the development and launch of several successful regional aircraft programs, and now, with the exciting new MRJ Program, is flying into the future.
Mr. Preston is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Aerospace Engineering program, and is based out of MITAC-A’s offices in Dallas, Texas.




 RandyRandy Tinseth – Vice President Marketing / Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Randy Tinseth is vice president of Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes leading the teams responsible for global go-to-market strategies and analysis in support of sales and product strategy.
In this position he has held since April 2007, Tinseth is responsible for marketing efforts across the Commercial Airplanes family of products and services – contributing to planning and product development, understanding and communicating market requirements and the market outlook.
He also hosts the Boeing blog, “Randy’s Journal,”, which is one of the most-read aviation blogs.  In 2006, Tinseth was the customers leader for the 747-8 program, responsible for developing marketing and in-service support strategies for the new 747-8 airplane, executing sales and working with the customer base.  Before that position, Tinseth served as director of Product and Services Marketing. He was responsible for marketing Boeing’s commercial airplanes and services to airlines, financial institutions and other constituencies globally.  During this period, the Marketing team launched innovations such as the new 787 livery, the “Name Your Plane” effort, which led to the selection of the Dreamliner name, and the “” website.
From 1989 to 2001, Tinseth held various positions in Sales and Marketing including manager in the Airplane Economics Group, and sales director in the North America region for United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and United Parcel Services.  Tinseth joined Boeing in June 1981 as a flight test engineer.  Born in Kalispell, Mont., Tinseth holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and in 1986, he received a master’s in business administration from Seattle University.  Outside of work Tinseth is active in the community as Chairman for the Seattle Aquarium’s Board of Directors and a member of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business Board of Directors.



Dan Korte - CEO / LMI Aerospace

Dan Korte is chief executive officer of LMI Aerospace, a leading supplier of structural solutions and engineering services to the commercial, business and regional, and military aerospace markets. LMI is publically traded with annual revenue of approximately $400 million. Headquartered in St. Charles, Mo., the company has approximately 2,000 employees at 21 locations across the United States and in Mexico, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.
Korte has 30 years of aerospace and defense industry leadership experience in design and systems engineering, integrated product team leadership, supplier management and program management. Before joining LMI, he was president of Rolls-Royce Defense, responsible for the strategy and performance of the $4 billion global defense aerospace business. Previously, he served as vice president and general manager for Global Strike Systems, a division of the Boeing Military Aircraft business. He joined Boeing in 1985 as an electronics engineer and held various leadership assignments, including as V-22 program manager and vice president of Supplier Management & Procurement for Boeing’s defense business.




ChanceChance Brimhall – Director / Washington State SHRM

Chance is currently serving as the Director of Washington State SHRM and has held a variety of leadership positions in his more than thirteen years of HR consulting and workforce solutions experience. He has a PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification through the HR Certification Institute as well as his SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) certification. Chance has served on the Washington State SHRM Council for the past four years, and on the Board of Directors of South King County SHRM chapter for the past eight years. As the Director of Business Development for New Era HR Solutions, Chance works to support organizations of all sizes and in virtually all industry verticals. His role is to understand clients’ workforce & organizational development objectives and to align industry resources, technologies and programs to deliver best-in-class solutions.


Melanie BrownMelanie Brown – Human Resources Generalist / Skills Inc.

Melanie is a qualified Human Resources Generalist and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Before joining Skills Incorporated in 2015, Melanie worked 15 years for a diverse range of organizations as a Senior Human Resources Specialist with the City of Houston, a Benefits Analyst at TrueBlue Inc, and as an Absence Disability Coordinator. Melanie’s expansive background in human resources, benefits administration, regulatory compliance, and vendor management, provided the perfect foundation to administer the internal apprenticeship programs at Skills Incorporated.


EdwardEdward L. (Ed) Colvin – VP Technology / Arconic Forgings and Extrusions

Ed Colvin leads Arconic Forgings and Extrusions’ New Product Development & Introduction team, which drives product development from conception to full implementation and supports continuing production. The team organizes AFE’s R&D program for both process and product technology, monitors external trends, and identifies and develops opportunities that create value for customers.
Ed joined Alcoa in 1985 at the Company’s technical center outside Pittsburgh, PA, where he worked on development of aerospace aluminum alloys, particularly fuselage skin products. He also led Alcoa’s corrosion research efforts, including projects in the automotive, beverage can, rail car, and chemical industries. During this time, he chaired two ASTM sections that developed corrosion and stress corrosion cracking standards for aluminum alloys.
In 1999, Ed transferred to Alcoa’s extrusions facility in Lafayette, Indiana, taking on progressively more responsible roles in operations, quality, technical and customer facing functions, including Chief Metallurgist, Application Engineering Manager, Quality Manager and Technical Director Aerospace.
A native of Virginia, Ed received his B.S. Chemical Engineering 1982 and M.S. Material Science 1985 – both from the University of Virginia. He is a named inventor for ten U.S. and international patents and has authored or co-authored 15 publications on Al alloy and corrosion developments.

In addition to his roles at Arconic, Ed serves on the Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Desputanta, Virginia.


MarkusMarkus Hamann – Head of Sales & Marketing / Premium AEROTEC

Markus has more than 10 years’ experience in aerospace and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford. He started his career with Lufthansa Technik in various aircraft overhaul divisions and joined Airbus in 2006. Markus held various positions in the customer services organization with focus on key account management and sales for customers in South East Asia and the Middle East before taking over responsibility to start and grow the standard hardware business to airlines and MROs at Airbus/Satair. Markus joined Premium AEROTEC in 2015, becoming Head of Sales and Marketing.






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Scott Hamilton – Managing Director / Leeham Co.

Scott Hamilton is managing director of Leeham Co. and editor of Leeham News and Comment. Leeham Co. provides consulting services to the aerospace industry, including identifying business trends and opportunities, competitive intelligence and through Twelves Unlimited, company branding and marketing. Leeham News and Comment provides news and commentary of the airline industry with special focus on the Big Four airframe OEMs.


GiuseppeGiuseppe (Joe) Marcheschi – Deputy, Procurement / Airbus Americas Inc.

Giuseppe (Joe) Marcheschi joined Airbus Americas Inc, Global Sourcing Network Team, October 2013 and is based in Herndon, Virginia.
He is responsible for North American Strategic Procurement (United States, Canada, Mexico) and for Airbus commodities Aerostructures, Raw Materials, Detail Parts Fabrication, Standard Parts & Fasteners and Flight Simulation.
Focal point for Airbus Group Business Units; Premium AEROTEC and Satair.
Geographic responsibility for Canada with respect to Strategic Procurement & Procurement Marketing activities; Airbus Procurement relations with trade associations as well as Provincial and Federal Government departments.
Joe has over 29 years in Aerospace in Procurement, Program Management and Repair & Overhaul of equipment. Prior to joining Airbus, he worked at Heroux-Devtek, CAE, Hubbell and Avior Integrated Products.
Joe has a degree in Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering (AME), from John Abbott College and École Nationale d'Aérotechnique (ÉNA).




HolgerHolger Mayländer – Chief Sales Officer / Broetje-Automation GmbH

Holger has nearly 40 years’ experience in aerospace, and holds a university degree in space and aeronautics engineering from the German Joint Forces University in Munich-Neubiberg. After spending twelve years in the German Air Force, Holger began his career with Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm in 1985 as Project Manager. Since August 1991 he continued his career at Broetje-Automation for now more than 25 years. He is responsible for Sales & Marketing for the whole Broetje-Automation Group.






haraldHarald Mehring – Chief Customer Officer (CCO) / Diehl Aerosystems

Harald Mehring was appointed Chief Customer Officer and Member of the Corporate Division Board of Diehl Aerosystems in November 2015. In this role he is responsible for OEM and retrofit sales, marketing, innovations and customer support at division level. Before his current appointments at Diehl, Harald Mehring spent his entire professional career in the aviation industry, where he held increasingly senior positions in sales, most recently as Vice President Sales with Recaro Aircraft Seating. During his stint at Lufthansa Technik, he held management positions in the fields of component service, VIP sales and executive jet cabin completion, most recently the position of Deputy Director Sales Middle East & Africa. Harald Mehring was born in 1966 in Nagold, Germany. He studied at Stuttgart University, where he received his degree in aeronautical engineering in 1992. In 1998 he graduated with a Master degree in Business Administration from Hagen University.


GaryGary Moe – President / ID Integration

Gary Moe is President of ID Integration and is an authority on emerging innovations in RFID and barcoding technologies for Smart Manufacturing applications including: work-in-process (WIP) for improved workflow visibility; automated asset tracking solutions and improved supply chain control to track and validate raw materials and finished goods traveling to, and stored in, their proper locations. Customers of IDI include Boeing Commercial and Defense, Space & Security, US Army, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Sikorsky Helicopter, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell Aerospace and Engines, GE Aerospace, Goodrich Aerospace, Parker Aerospace and the US Navy.


EricEric Schinfeld, Sr. Manager of Federal and International Government Relations / Port of Seattle

Eric Schinfeld is the Sr. Manager of Federal and International Government Relations for the Port of Seattle. In this role, he staffs the Port’s elected officials and executives on key federal and trade policy issues that impact the Port, its customers and the residents of King County. Prior to this role, Schinfeld served as both Chief of Staff of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and as the President of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT), where he led WCIT’s advocacy and outreach efforts on trade policy issues that benefit Washington employers and increase our state’s international competitiveness. Eric also spent five years as staff to the Prosperity Partnership – a coalition of business, government and community organizations focused on ensuring long-term prosperity for the Puget Sound region – and he began his career in the Washington, DC office of U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher. Eric has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.



Mary LouMaryLou Thomas – Executive VP / Triumph Group

MaryLou Thomas is the Executive Vice President for Triumph Aerospace Structures. She has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry. MaryLou joined Triumph in 2003, following the acquisition of Boeing’s Spokane Fabrication Operation, where she served as Executive General Manager. She began her career in the U.S. Air Force before joining Lockheed Support Systems to specialize in nuclear weapon and military aircraft modifications and technology. In 1990, she joined The Boeing Company. In her 13 years with Boeing, MaryLou earned roles of increasing responsibility. Nominated to the Executive Leadership Development Program for her performance, MaryLou also led Boeing’s benchmarking of the Toyota Production System (Lean). Prior to taking on the role of acting EVP for Triumph Aerospace Structures, MaryLou headed Triumph’s Composites, Structures and Interiors business area with operations in the United States, Mexico, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Triumph Aerospace Structures supplies commercial, business and military manufacturers with large metallic and composite structures. Products include wings, wing boxes, fuselage panels, horizontal and vertical tails and sub-assemblies such as floor grids. Inclusive of the former Vought Aircraft Division, Aerospace Structures also has the capability to engineer detailed structural designs in metal and composites.




IanIan Toner - Managing Director, Strategic Research / Versus Investments

Mr. Toner is responsible for ensuring that the research resources at the firm are focused on solving the real problems faced by the firm's clients, and on maintaining an appropriate balance between academic rigor and practical real-world client solutions. He has responsibility over all research, including manager research, capital markets research, topics of interest, and is a key contributor to the investment committee. He is particularly engaged in finding ways to ensure that new insights created at the firm are used across the whole range of clients of the firm, whether those clients are large or small, and whether the services those clients consume are discretionary or non-discretionary.

He joined Verus in late 2013 from Russell Investments in Seattle, where he was most recently director, capital markets research in the investment division. He was at Russell for 7 years, and was particularly focused on two key areas: understanding the effect of currency risk on client portfolios, and understanding and managing the complex range of risks that clients and investors experience when interacting with Wall Street. Before Russell Investments he was an executive director at UBS Investment Bank in London, and a vice president at both Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and InterSec Research Corp. Earlier in his career he worked on the sell-side of the institutional markets in London, focused on European equity markets.
Mr. Toner has a degree in Law from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and is a CFA charter holder (Chartered Financial Analyst). He is a regular author and speaker on a range of investment topics. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Seattle. Mr. Toner is a trustee of Charles Wright Academy, an independent co-educational school based in University Place, WA. He is also a board member at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where he co-chairs the finance & audit committee. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory board of the Washington Council on International Trade.


John TurnerJohn Turner – Manager, Workforce Development Manufacturing & Safety / Boeing Commercial Airplanes

John Turner leads the Workforce Development team supporting Manufacturing and Safety for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, he is responsible for engagement between academia, state and local government, industry, and The Boeing Company as it supports the development of the manufacturing workforce pipeline.






AnnelieseDr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman - Regional Labor Economist / Employment Security Department

Anneliese Vance-Sherman has served as a regional labor economist for the Employment Security Department for seven years. She covers Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Anneliese works closely with economic and workforce development partners, and serves as a board member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference. Prior to state service, she was a visiting fellow at the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. Anneliese has a Ph.D. in economic geography and a master’s degree in economics both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.






Dave WallaceDave Wallace - Research Director / Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Dave Wallace is currently the Research Director for the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. In that capacity he oversees and directs surveys, reports, data base management and stakeholder input. Previous to working at the Workforce Board Mr. Wallace was the staff economist at the Washington State Commerce Department, working on program evaluation and economic development issues. Prior to Commerce, he served as the Chief Economist for the Employment Security Department.






Kevin2Kevin Wright – Vice President of Strategy and Business Development / Ducommun Incorporated

Kevin Wright is vice president of strategy and business development for Ducommun Incorporated. He is responsible for leading and directing Ducommun’s corporate business development strategies, including sales, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions, to support the company’s profitable growth objectives.
Wright joined Ducommun in 2015 with more than 30 years of experience spearheading market-driven growth strategies. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of strategy, sales and marketing at Meggitt Control Systems. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in strategic business development at Crane Aerospace and SITA.
Wright received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Nottingham, U.K.


 Tech Session Speakers

Heather BartlettHeather Bartlett - Principal Engineer / SLR International

Heather Bartlett is a Principal Engineer with SLR International Corporation located in West Linn, Oregon. She leads an environmental compliance team specializing in permitting, compliance, auditing, and due diligence support for industrial clients. Heather’s experience encompasses over 25 years working with industry as an employee at both the facility and corporate levels and as a consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University.




Dave DittrichDave Dittrich - Cyber Security Researcher / Center for Data Science at UW Tacoma

Dave Dittrich has been investigating, studying, and countering computer crimes since the mid-1990s. He was the first to describe technical details of DDoS attack tools in 1999, was an early researcher into botnets, and one of the first to study P2P for botnet command and control.

This lead him to research the ethical and legal bounds within which "white hat" researchers can justifiably act to respond to "black hat" hackers and criminals. He has written extensively on ethics and the "Active Response Continuum," served for 6 years on one of the UW's Institutional Review Boards evaluating human subjects research, and with Erin Kenneally co-edited the "The Menlo Report: Ethical Principles Guiding Information and Communication Technology Research" and "Applying Ethical Principles to Information and Communication Technology Research: A Companion to the Department of Homeland Security Menlo Report."

Michael MylreaMichael Mylrea - Manager for Cyber Security and Energy Infrastructure /  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Michael Mylrea is Manager for Cyber Security & Energy Infrastructure at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has over a decade of experience working on energy, cyber security and technology issues for industry and government. His appointments include: U.S. Department of Energy, Cyber Innovation development (CISO), Deloitte (Manager for Energy and Natural Resources), U.S Cyber Consequences Unit (Director for Energy) and Good Harbor Consulting (Senior Advisor to Richard A. Clarke.

Michael's Cyber Security and energy thought leadership has appeared in news and journal articles, television, congressional testimony and various industry and government publications. Recent and upcoming publications include a cyber energy nexus study with Sandia national Lab and Department to f Energy, a book chapter on cyber security leadership and an article on securing smart cities from emerging cyber threats. Michael received his MA from Tufts University and completed graduate course work at Harvard Law School and Kennedy School of Government. He received two BA’s from University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Fulbright Scholar.

Denny Organ - CEO, Innovation Educator & Innovation Coach / The Dennis Organ Group, Western Washington University

Denny Organ is an early retired ex-Starbucks senior supply chain leader. He has a consulting practice focused on teaching corporate clients and organizations the tools/skills/systems for innovation. He teaches a series of college courses grounded in the knowledge that innovation is a learned skill accessible to anyone. Mr. Organ volunteers a great deal of time to coach/mentor/advise the Western Washington University students in the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, and Entrepreneurship/Innovation Programs.

He believes that by teaching innovation skills, tools and systems to teams in any business or organization, positive transformational change will follow. Innovation as a core competency will drive success and growth, will foster team and individual development, and can be a foundational step in creating positive cultural change.

Parker Andrew J 1790126 orgAndrew Parker - Data Scientist Manager / Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Andrew Parker has been with The Boeing Company for eight years. Currently with BCA Analytics in Tukwila, Washington, he works as a Data Scientist Manager coordinating development efforts of future technologies and methods for customers. His background includes work with 787 Program Estimating and SM Finance. Andrew completed his Masters of Applied Statistics from Colorado State University and completed a BS in Mathematics and in Economics from the University of Puget Sound.



Adam RobertsAndrew Roberts - Cyber Security Researcher / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Adam Roberts is a Cyber Security Researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) who returned to the lab in 2009 to join the Cyber Security Group. His primary focus areas involve finding new methodologies to detect advanced cyber-attacks, finding new ways to secure clouds, and designing managed attribution technology for browsing the internet. He has also served as the subject matter expert for technical assessments of computer systems, networks, and devices from government sponsors. He is also in charge of a Cyber Security Test Range which can simulate real world networks at a large scale with minimal resources. The real world networks involve business systems and industrial control systems. This range capability has been used in multiple research projects for testing, technical assessments, and for creation of new cyber-security detection technology. He is also well versed in physical security systems which include RFID, smart card, and NFC-enabled technology.

Adam currently holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification which is known as a leading international certification which tests the knowledge against a core set of relevant information security topics. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Systems from City University in Bellevue, WA. He also served as an IT Manager for Whitman County which provided him with hands on operational experience of protecting government infrastructure and finding new methods for securing government systems.

Stranghoener Steve 01Steve Stranghoener - Finance Lead / Boeing Enterprise

Steve Stranghoener is currently the Partnering for Success Finance Lead for the Boeing Enterprise. Throughout Steve’s 11 year career with Boeing he has held a myriad of financial analyst positions for the procurement function, most recently focused on affordability. Prior to Steve’s career at Boeing he was a Finance Manager for First Tennessee Bank. Steve holds an MBA from Lindenwood University and BSBA in Finance from the University of Missouri.



Paul Van MetrePaul Van Metre - Co-Founder and VP of Sales and Marketing /  Adion Systems

Paul Van Metre has been in the manufacturing industry for 20 years, first co-founding Pro CNC directly out of college with 5 college buddies including Kelsey. Paul helped lead the company to great success, serving aerospace and commercial clients around the world with world class machining, assembly and design services. Pro CNC was successfully acquired by Trulife Inc. in 2014. Paul is now co-founder and VP of Sales and Marketing for Adion Systems, Adion develops web based ERP, MES and QMS software for the aerospace industry.

Paul is a graduate of Western Washington University and the Vehicle Research Institute. Having learned machining, project management, design engineering and world class sleep deprivation skills while building vehicles at the VRI for up to 120 hours a week at times, Paul and his partners decided that working for other companies would offer far too much opportunity for sleep. With money from a second mortgage from a partner, Pro CNC was born directly out of college and proved to be a great training ground for how to grow a company focused on customer service, continuous improvement and world class quality. Paul is also a Design For Manufacturing expert and has lectured and taught worldwide.


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