Dirkson R. Charles has been the CEO of Loar Group since its inception in January 2012.
Prior to his founding of the Loar Group, Mr. Charles was the executive vice president of McKechnie Aerospace, which he joined in the fall of 2007. At McKechnie he had responsibility for all aspects of financial operations for this multinational organization and was instrumental in all aspects of McKechnie’s financial and operational improvement. He founded Loar Group subsequent to the sale of McKechnie in December 2010.
Before joining McKechnie Aerospace, Mr. Charles held a similar position as executive vice president and chief financial officer with K&F Industries, a leading manufacturer of aviation wheels, brakes, fuel tanks and brake control systems that was acquired by Meggitt-USA in May 2007. In total, Mr. Charles had 17 years with K&F Industries, playing a key role in that company’s operational development as well as the successful IPO and subsequent sale to Meggitt. In addition, Mr. Charles was with Arthur Andersen and Company during the mid-1980s for five years where he supervised audit engagements and acquired expertise in the Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations.
Mr. Charles holds an undergraduate degree in public accounting and a MBA in finance from Pace University. He is a certified public accountant.
Glenn D’Alessandro joined Loar Group in February 2012 as the chief financial officer, with 21 years of prior experience in the aerospace industry. He is responsible for all Loar Group financial operations.
Prior to his employment at Loar Group, Mr. D’Alessandro was vice president and controller of McKechnie Aerospace, which he joined in January 2008. He was involved in all aspects of financial management, financial reporting and cash management until the sale of the company in December 2010.
Mr. D’Alessandro spent 17 years with K&F Industries in several financial roles, the latest as vice president and controller. He worked on numerous recapitalizations of the company and then oversaw a successful IPO as well as the subsequent sale of the company.
Mr. D’Alessandro is a certified public accountant and holds a degree in accounting.
Michael Manella, a 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry, directs all of Loar Group’s legal affairs as the company pursues its acquisition and growth strategy.
Before coming to Loar Group, Mr. Manella served as vice president and general counsel at McKechnie Aerospace overseeing all aspects of the company’s legal affairs including the sale of the company to TransDigm, Inc. He has also held senior legal and management positions at three other companies.
Mr. Manella holds a BS in accounting from the University of Akron, an MBA from Kent State University and a JD from the University of Akron School of Law. Mr. Manella also completed the executive management program at the University of Oxford, Said Business School.
Jim Mullen is responsible for working with companies in the Loar Group portfolio to enhance product development and upgrade operational capability.
A former vice president of engineering and product development at Tyee Aircraft, a division of McKechnie Aerospace, Mr. Mullen has 35 years experience in the aerospace industry. His previous positions include operations, sales, marketing, and both manufacturing and design engineering.
Aside from a well-trained engineer with several continuing education certificates to his credit, Mr. Mullen is a private pilot and life-long member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a group devoted to amateur building of experimental aircraft.
Doris Harms became an operational leader in July 2015. Doris oversees operations for AGC in addition to serving as president of both Gar Kenyon and General Ecology. She joined AGC as president in November 2013. Prior to AGC she was president of Electromech Technologies for 13 years where she managed four different company locations and was instrumental in the acquisition of a maquiladora located in Mexico. During her tenure at Electromech the company successfully maintained a strong customer base, added new business, expanded into new markets, developed new business units and built a strong executive team. Ms. Harms’ solid background in finance, operations, quality control, procurement and restructuring will drive ACG’s goal of future growth.
Ms. Harms earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She enjoys her three children and five wonderful grandchildren. She is also very active in several charity boards and events.
Debra Wick was made an operational leader in July 2015. Debra joined Loar Group in March 2013 as executive vice president, originally responsible for Freeman Company and Freeman Composites Company. Upon acquisition in September 2013, Terry’s Precision Products was added to her responsibility. Debra will continue as president of Freeman Company. Leveraging 25 years in the aerospace industry, Ms. Wick is responsible for leading Freeman’s high-quality production team as well as mapping new business plans for the company’s growth.
Ms. Wick has particular expertise in utilizing information management systems to create strategic business plans.
Previously with Tyee Aircraft, a division of McKechnie Aerospace, Ms. Wick held positions at various times in finance, sales, procurement, materials management and operations.
Shelly Anderson served as AGC’s controller for 11 years and was promoted to president of AGC and controller of Gar Kenyon in July 2015. During her time as controller she has overseen the company’s accounting functions, including preparation of all required financial reporting, both internal and external. She was also responsible for quarterly budgeting, cost analysis, capital expenditures budgets as well as working on bank refinancing and other lending opportunities. Anderson also oversaw AGC’s MIS department and the company’s ITAR compliance programs.
Before coming to AGC, Anderson was a senior accountant at the firm of Simione, Macca and Larrow for five years. She worked with clients on a broad variety of accounting functions, including annual financial reports, conducting audits, tax planning and tax return preparation.
Justin Schramm joined Applied Engineering in November 2005. He has held various positions at Applied Engineering including procurement, finishing management, machining management and manufacturing operations management. In March 2016, Mr. Schramm was promoted to general manager.
Mr. Schramm is responsible for leading Applied Engineering’s team with a company focus on highly-automated machining systems as well as multiple finishing operations to provide customers with the best possible value.
Mr. Schramm has particular experience with operations management, strategic planning and lean manufacturing. His team at Applied Engineering is on a continuous mission to be the supplier of choice for major aerospace, archery and other customers.