ChIef executive officer
Kurt Parsons is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with over 20 years of active duty service. Kurt spent 4 years as a U.S. Navy Deep Sea Diver operational throughout Southeast Asia in 11 different nations. As a U.S. Navy Pilot, Kurt flew the P-3C Orion and deployed to 8 countries flying over 1500 hours operationally, including over 150 hours in combat zones as an Officer in Charge, Mission Commander and Patrol Plane Commander fighting the global war on terror. He was awarded 44 different medals and ribbons, including the Bronze Star (Combat Action), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike Flight), Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals, and Combat Action Ribbon. In June 2012, Mr. Parsons purchased Platform Systems Aerospace and became the CEO. Incorporated in 1993, Platform is an aerospace manufacturing company that integrates new aviation technologies through rapid prototyping, engineering design, analysis and aircraft modifications. Kurt holds a M.S. from the Naval Post Graduate School and a B.S. from Jacksonville University.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
A 20 year retired U.S. Navy veteran, Michael Seal provides leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative oversight and reporting procedures for Platform Aerospace operational success. He spent 20 years in Naval Aviation responsible for every aspect of maintenance on several different airframes. Michael also served as the Value Stream Manager and FAA Repair Station Supervisor at Crane Aerospace for over 2 years. His high level of aviation proficiency is critical and he is recognized as the expert on the most challenging projects. Michael has a M.A. in Organizational Leadership and a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics to include the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Candlist Greenwell has 11 years of professional experience in the Accounting field and is a critical piece to the Platform Aero team. She is a well-rounded accountant with in-depth knowledge of government contracting accounting, cash-flow analysis, multi-state tax planning, payroll processing and much more. Mrs. Greenwell founded Accurate Accounting Certified Public Accountants, LLC, in 2013. Her mission is to help business owners better understand their financial information to make the best financial decisions and teach owners the value of accounting records as an aid for targeting profitable customers, identifying inefficiencies in routine processes and locating areas of cost savings. She has assisted many clients in improving and maintaining their accounting system for compliance with DCAA and GAAP. She has performed external auditing, evaluated internal controls and implemented new and modified practices to eliminate risks and improve efficiency.
She was a key contributor as the CFO for another local government contractor. She implemented policies and procedures to improve operations and effectively coordinated open communication between Project Managers and Administration. She has excelled in many capacities, holding titles such as Business owner, Sr. Financial Analyst, Chief Financial Officer, Adjunct Professor and Sr. Accountant; all of which she has shared her expertise and unique skill-set and vast knowledge of business strategies.
Mrs. Greenwell is a Maryland Certified Public Accountant and holds an Intuit Certification as QuickBooks Pro Advisor. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Maryland University College in Accounting; graduated Summa Cum Laude and a Master of Science Degree from University of Maryland University College in Specialization in Accounting.
Director of Engineering
Anan Takroori is our Lead Aerospace Engineer and Director of Engineering. Anan uses his several years of experience in the design, simulation and analysis in both the Automotive & Aerospace industries to lead the Engineering Department throughout the life cycle of the project from concept to production. Anan helps create a dynamic relationship between the engineering and production teams in order to provide the best product that meets the customer’s requirements. Anan moved to the U.S in 2005 and originally from Palestine, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Brian Read is the Production Engineer for Platform Aerospace and plays a key role in moving each project through the transition from innovative design to manufacturing and installation. He is a self-motivated, team player who is a relentless problem solver and has proven successful over his 10 years as an engineer in the defense and aerospace industry. Brian oversees multiple projects ranging from engineering design and airworthiness certifications while providing high quality leadership in solving our client’s unique challenges and quick turnarounds. As a Certified Professional in Solidworks and an Adjunct Instructor at the College of Southern Maryland, his skill set goes beyond in his dedication to the high standards set at Platform Aerospace and is shown in every project accomplished.
Jesse Jacobson, Navy Veteran, has over 16 years’ experience in the aviation field with extensive experience in repair and maintenance on a plethora of aviation systems and equipment. He is responsible for ensuring that urgent and special projects meet the deadlines while also conforming to airworthiness configurations. As a very focused and top performing flight operations, safety and production manager, he has specialized experience in advance composite repair, fabrication and management. His skill set includes manufacturing, project management, quality assurance, employee training, and safety. He is an analytical thinker who leverages organizational skills to work through operational issues and generate effective solutions. Jesse is a strong communicator with a high sense of urgency that exceeds expectations while working well under pressure, often in difficult circumstances. Having his leadership in our Fabrication and Installation Department is critical in ensuring that Platform Aerospace’s high standards are maintained from concept to design to in flight on the aircraft.
Ron Reichenbach, Flight Engineer and Navy Veteran, has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation repair and maintenance fields with experience on many aviation systems and equipment. Ron's skill set includes manufacturing, project management, quality assurance, employee training, and safety and outside the box thinking to solve the complex problems our clients demand. Having Ron’s experience and leadership in our Fabrication and Installation Department is a key ingrediant in ensuring that Platform Aerospace’s high standards are maintained every systems integration project.