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Jim Gerwien-Moreta is the Executive Director for Extant Aerospace. Mr. Gerwien-Moreta has more than 29 years of aerospace industry experience in a wide variety of businesses and executive leadership roles. Prior to founding Extant, Mr. Gerwien-Moreta was President of BBA Aviation's Legacy Support Division with responsibility for the company's Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing business unit, where he had previously served as President from 2002 to 2008. He began his aerospace career with General Electric in 1982 and held a number of executive leadership positions within the company. He later served as Business Unit Manager for Vickers Fluid Power, a division of Eaton Aerospace in Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Gerwien-Moreta holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BSME from the University of Connecticut.
Eric Hilliard is the President for Extant Aerospace. Mr. Hilliard has over 25 years of experience in management of diverse industries in both domestic and international markets, as well as the private and public sectors. He has held management positions in Sales, Marketing, Finance, Operations, and Distribution. Mr. Hilliard enlisted in the United States Navy after high school. He served from 1985-1989 in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean fleets. Mr. Hilliard has received various recognitions and medals for his service during his enlistment prior to being honorably discharged. Mr. Hilliard received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He began his civilian career with HJ Heinz Company in the Star-Kist Division. This assignment took him to the Island of Samoa as a compliance engineer for one of the company’s largest processing facilities. Mr. Hilliard later held progressive positions at BFGoodrich Aerospace, and multi-national Saint-Gobain, and Energy Focus Inc, before joining TransDigm at their AeroControlex facility in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as Business Unit Manager, VP of Operations and VP of Sales during his tenure.
David Souders is the Vice President of Business Development for Extant Aerospace. His previous work at Extant included leading the Mechanical, Displays and Accessories business as a Business Unit Manager. Prior to Extant, David was employed at Rockwell Collins beginning in design and development as an Electrical Engineer and moving into Operations as a Program Manager associated with New Product Introduction. David has a breadth of industry experience in Engineering, Operations, and Business Management as well as holds 3 Master’s degrees from the University of Florida in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems’ Engineering and an MBA.
Chad Dixon is the Vice President of Financial Reporting for Extant Aerospace. Prior to joining Extant, Chad was the Controller of Illinois Tool Works’ Dynatec business, where he led Finance and IT teams across US, Europe, and Asia. With a strong international background throughout his career, Chad has held similar roles at the Fiat Group and Imerys. Chad completed his MBA at ie Business School in Madrid, Spain, and holds a dual-degree BA in Economics and Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.
Thomas Deasy is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing, leading the Sales/Program Management and Customer Support functions. Before joining Extant, Mr. Deasy was the Principal Operations Manager at Rockwell Collins, where he exhibited a strong focus on development and execution of Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement strategies, to include mentoring and project leader roles for significant improvement in business processes related to customer quality, margin expansion, and internal cost improvements/controls. Mr. Deasy is a 1995 graduate from Flagler College, B.A.; 2007 graduate from Villanova University, Master’s, Lean Six Sigma; and 2013 graduate from Breakthrough Management Group, Master Black Belt Development Program, Lean Six Sigma.
Mark Phillips is the Head of Human Resources for Extant Aerospace. After working more than 30 years in a variety of high tech industries to include aerospace, semiconductor and telecommunications, Mr. Phillips brought a wealth of human resources experience to Extant. Before joining Extant, Mr. Phillips completed a short term consulting role with a.i. solutions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he worked to help build their executive leadership team. Prior to that he spent 10 years with TriQuint Semiconductor as Human Resources Director helping grow the business through a tremendous expansion cycle. Mr. Phillips is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Management from The University of Florida and already holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from The University of Central Florida.
John Russell is the Head of Engineering, leading obsolescence redesign, manufacturing methods, component engineering, configuration management, and the sustainment engineers. Prior to joining Extant, Mr. Russell was the Electronics Systems Segment Test Engineering Manager at Harris Corporation. His experience encompasses the whole product lifecycle from prototype, EMD, to NPI, Production and sustainment. After joining Extant Aerospace, he developed the Product Transition Center and managed the transition engineering team in support of acquisitions. He has served as an engineering manager and an acquisitions program manger prior to his current role. Mr. Russell has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and is lean six sigma trained. He was born and raised in Honduras, and fluent in Spanish. He served in the United States Airforce Special Operations Command from 1995-1999 assigned to C-130 Gunships working on targeting systems.
George Faris is the Head of Quality for Extant Aerospace. Mr. Faris has been in manufacturing quality for over 35 years. Before joining Extant Aerospace, Mr. Faris was the Head of Quality for Collins Aerospace, Jacksonville Florida, Busch facility. Prior to Collins, he was the Quality Manager for Gulfstream Aerospace’s interiors build group in Savannah Georgia. Mr. Faris attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for their AMT program, and he also obtained his FAA Airframe and Powerplant License while there. Mr. Faris is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, CQE, and ISO-9000 Lead Auditor.

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