Peter D. Rettaliata
Peter D. Rettaliata was appointed Chairman of our Board of Directors in July 2023 and has been a director of our company since 2005. He also serves as Chairman of our Executive Committee. Mr. Rettaliata served as our Acting President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2, 2017 to November 15, 2017, and as our President and Chief Executive Officer from November 30, 2005 to December 31, 2014. He also served as President of our wholly-owned subsidiary, AIM, from 1994 to 2008. Prior to his involvement at AIM, Mr. Rettaliata was employed by Grumman Aerospace Corporation for twenty-two years, where he attained the position of the Senior Procurement Officer. Professionally, Mr. Rettaliata has served as Chairman of “ADDAPT”, an organization of regional aerospace companies, a member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the AIA Supplier Council. He is a graduate of Niagara University where he received a B.A. in History, and Harvard Business School, where he completed the PMD Program.
Chairman of the Board
Michael N. Taglich
Michael N. Taglich served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from September 2008 through July 2023. He is Chairman and President of Taglich Brothers, a New York City based securities firm which he co-founded in 1992. Mr. Taglich is currently Chairman of the Board of Mare Island Dry Dock LLC, a company engaged in ship repair services, He also serves as a Director of two other public companies, Bridgeline Digital Inc. and Decision Point Systems Inc., as well as a number of private companies.
Robert F. Taglich
Robert F. Taglich has been a director of our company since 2008. He is a Managing Director of Taglich Brothers, which he co-founded in 1992. Prior to founding Taglich Brothers, Mr. Taglich was a Vice President at Weatherly Securities. Mr. Taglich has served in various positions in the securities brokerage industry for the past 25 years Mr. Taglich holds a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.
David J. Buonanno
David J. Buonanno has been a director of our company since 2008. He is the Founder and President of Buonanno Enterprises Consulting, providing strategic management, supply chain/operations and recruitment services to aerospace and defense industry clients. Mr. Buonanno has extensive experience in manufacturing, supply management and operations. He was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft, Inc., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, as Vice President, Supply Management and International Offset (from January 1997 to July 2006) and as Director, Systems Subcontracts (from November 1992 to January 1997). From May 1987 to November 1992, he was employed by General Electric Company serving as Operations Manager and Manager, Program Materials Management of GE’s Astro-Space Division. From June 1977 to May 1987, he was employed by RCA and affiliated companies. Mr. Buonanno attended Lehigh University College of Electrical Engineering and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Rutgers University. He completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1996.
Michael Brand has been a director of our company since 2012, and from March 2017 to November 2017 served as a consultant to our company focused on day to day production issues, scheduling of the products to be manufactured and related operational issues such as the maintenance of appropriate inventory levels. He was the President of Goodrich Landing Gear, a unit of Goodrich Corporation, from July 2005 to June 2012. Prior to joining Goodrich for over 25 years he held senior management positions in the Aerospace industry. He began his career at General Electric Corporation and rose to senior management in its jet engine manufacturing operations. Mr. Brand is a graduate of Clarkson University, with advanced degrees and certificates from Xavier University and the Wharton School.
Michael Porcelain has been a director of our company since October 23, 2017. Since January 2022, he has severed as President and Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and a member of the Board of Directors of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., ("Comtech") a publicly traded company and a leading global provider of next-generation 911 emergency systems and secure wireless communications technologies. He was first appointed President of Comtech in January 2020 and also served as Comtech’s Chief Operating Officer since October 2018. Prior to holding these positions, he served as Comtech's Chief Financial Officer from 2006 through 2018, and from 2002 to March 2006, he served as Comtech’s Vice President of Finance and Internal Audit. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Porcelain was Director of Corporate Profit and Business Planning for Symbol Technologies, a mobile wireless information solutions company. Previously, he spent five years in public accounting holding various positions, including Manager in the Transaction Advisory Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers. In March 2021, Mr. Porcelain was elected to the Board of Directors of The Fund for Modern Court, an independent court reform organization that advocates for the improvements of the New York State Court system to ensure a diverse, highly qualified, and independent judiciary. Since 1998, he has owned and operated The Independent Adviser Corporation, a privately held company which holds the rights to use certain intellectual properties and trademarks (including various Internet websites) related to the financial planning and advisory industry. Mr. Porcelain has served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University located in New York where he taught graduate level accounting courses. Mr. Porcelain has a B.S. in Business Economics from State University of Oneonta, New York, a M.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. degree from Binghamton University.