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 M.B.A. 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 B.S. in accounting from the University of Akron, an M.B.A. from Kent State University and a J.D. 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.
Debra joined Loar Group in March 2013. Ms. Wick assumed a new role at Loar as vice president of business development and strategy in April 2018 where she works with customers to develop and coordinate new product solutions. Additionally Debra assists Loar business units with adopting new customer and product strategies and streamlining best practices across the Group. Leveraging 25 years in the aerospace industry Debra assists new members to the Group in improving their administrative and enterprise systems.
Previously with Tyee Aircraft, a division of McKechnie Aerospace, Ms. Wick held positions at various times in finance, sales, procurement, materials management and operations.
Doris Harms became an operational leader in July 2015. Doris oversees operations for AGC, Gar Kenyon, General Ecology and Maverick. 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 LOAR’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 six wonderful grandchildren. She is also very active in several charity boards and events.
Michael Couitt joined the Loar Group in April 2018 as executive vice president, responsible for Terry’s Precision Products, Applied Engineering, Freeman Company and Freeman Composites Company. Upon acquisition in November 2018, BAM Inc was added to his responsibility. Leveraging 20 years in the aerospace industry, Mr. Couitt is responsible for leading these organizations, improving operational performance with his extensive operations background as well as engaging in new business to support the company’s growth. Previously with Hartwell Corporation for the prior 18 years, Mr. Couitt held leadership positions at various times in operations, sales, and most recently leading the business as president.
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.
Michael Brinkerhoff has 24+ years of manufacturing experience, 11+ years are in the aerospace industry. Positions held at AMG included engineer, operations manager and engineering manager. Currently Michael holds the position of interim general manager at AMG and will become the business unit manager of AMG post consolidation with Applied Engineering.
Michael is responsible for all aspects of AMG’s operations with P&L responsibility. As business unit manager Michael will focus on new business development.
Before coming to AMG, Michael work for Snap-on Tools, for 13 years. Positioned held at Snap-on included cnc machinist, shop supervisor, engineer and production control. Also with his time at Snap-on, Michael participated in all aspects of Lean Principles.
Brian D’Archangelo has over 20 years of engineering, manufacturing, procurement, and quality assurance experience at General Ecology. Mr. D’Archangelo has a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a minor in business logistics from The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. D’Archangelo was promoted to general manager in March of 2017, and leads a team of passionate individuals dedicated to manufacturing the best point-of-use drinking water devices in the world.
Matt Trombly joined Maverick Molding in 2006 initially filling the role of quality manager. Matt was promoted to director of operations after successfully developing and certifying Maverick’s AS9100 QMS system in 2007. While serving as director of operations, Matt oversaw a facility consolidation from northern Ohio, production scale-up activities supporting OEM growth engine platforms, new product introduction, and rollout of the Epicor ERP system. Matt’s diverse background and extensive knowledge of Maverick Molding’s operations, materials and customers resulted in his promotion to general manager for Maverick Molding in 2017.
Prior to joining Maverick Molding, Matt spent 12 years at Cookson Electronics in various roles including: quality engineer, manufacturing manager, training and development manager, Six Sigma Black Belt, and East Coast VMI and sales manager.
Terry “T.C.” Queener joined Terry’s Machine and Manufacturing in 2018. TC comes to Terry’s with nearly a decade of experience in the aerospace industry. Prior to joining Terry’s TC has held a variety of positions with AvtechTyee, Inc. He began his tenure with AvtechTyee as a manufacturing supervisor, held several positions within the company in operations and sales, and most recently served as AvtechTyee’s director of operations. TC managed an array of manufacturing processes including electronics assembly and testing and multi-axis machining. He was also directly responsible for all manufacturing, supply chain, planning and maintenance operations. TC holds a B.S. degree from Oregon State University in industrial and manufacturing engineering.