About Us

Leadership

Frontgrade Executive Staff

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Mike Elias, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems

Mike Elias

Chief Executive Officer
 

Mike Elias serves as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Mike oversees the company’s operations with the assistance of the leadership team.

Prior to Frontgrade, Mike spent over 30 years at Honeywell International, where he recently served as Vice President and General Manager for the Space Business. He holds both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electronics Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University.

In addition, Mike is Six Sigma Green Belt certified, Black Belt trained.

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Mark Suffoletto

Mark Suffoletto

Chief Financial Officer
 

Mark Suffoletto serves as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mark is responsible for leading all financial activities including, company-wide financial reporting, financial controls, financial strategy, treasury, pricing, and value creation initiatives.

Prior to Frontgrade, Mark served as Senior Director, Finance in various DoD, Intel and Space Businesses at L3Harris.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Central Florida.

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Gary Keymont

Gary Keymont

Chief Operating Officer
 

Gary Keymont serves as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Gary is responsible for supervising daily business operations, leading key initiatives, and implementing company-wide strategies.

Prior to Frontgrade, Gary served as the Vice President, Programs at DRS Technologies and held various leadership roles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing from Florida Southern University, Program Management certification from Carnegie Mellon and a Black Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.

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Ricardo Gonzalez

Ricardo Gonzalez

Vice President, Microelectronics
 

Ricardo Gonzalez serves as Vice President, Microelectronics. In this role, Ricardo leads product development and production for Custom and Standard Products business areas and also manages customer engagements and marketing and sales strategies across the Microelectronics portfolio.

Prior to Frontgrade, Ricardo served as the Senior Director, Space Systems within BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems Sector.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Catholic University of America.

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Ted Damaskinos

Ted Damaskinos

Vice President, Power Solutions
 

Ted Damaskinos serves as Vice President, Power Solutions. In this role, Ted oversees the power products portfolio at the Plainview, New York site, which consists of devices focused on power management, regulation and conversion and a synthesizer product line that supports Radio Frequency (RF) generation.

Prior to Frontgrade, Ted most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the Electronic Defensive Solutions division in L3Harris.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from St. John’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University, CW Post.

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Chris Clardy

Chris Clardy

Vice President of Business Development, Strategy and Technology
 

Chris Clardy serves as Vice President of Business Development, Strategy and Technology. In this role, Chris leads all business development, strategy and technology activities for the company.

Prior to Frontgrade, Chris served in roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, program management and business development with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Microchip.

Chris began his career with the U.S. Navy, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton.

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Allegra Campbell Gray

Allegra Campbell Gray

Senior Director, Contracts
 

Allegra Campbell Gray serves as Senior Director, Contracts. In this role, Allegra leads legal, contracts, trade compliance, and ethics.

Prior to Frontgrade, Allegra served as a Director of Contracts Compliance at Vectrus and as a civil service contracting officer for the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command.

Allegra is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a Master of Arts in English from Virginia Tech University.

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Casey Mertens

Casey Mertens

Senior Director, Human Resources
 

Casey Mertens serves as Senior Director, Human Resources. In this role, Casey leads the development and execution of HR strategy in support of the overall business plan, specifically in areas of Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Performance Management, and Total Rewards.

Prior to Frontgrade, Casey held a variety of HR positions at CoBank and DaVita, both Denver based companies.

She holds a Master of Science in Management from University of Colorado, Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Business Management from University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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Jeff Winchell

Jeff Winchell

Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain
 

Jeff Winchell serves as Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain. In this role, Jeff leads all site level production operations, test and process engineering, planning and procurement, business transformation including the SIOP team.

Prior to Frontgrade, Jeff served as the Senior Director, Operations at L3Harris.

He holds multiple Master of Science Degrees in Management, Engineering and Health Care Administration. Jeff is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Lean Sensei and Certified Purchasing Professional.

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Jon Mabra

Jon Mabra

Senior Director, Engineering
 

Jon Mabra serves as Senior Director, Engineering. In this role, Jon leads the product development engineering team responsible for the management of Research & Development and technology roadmaps bringing mission-critical, high-reliability products to our customers.

Jon has been with Frontgrade for over 20 years.

He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

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Jon Shesler

Jon Shesler

Senior Director, Supply Chain
 

Jon Shesler serves as Senior Director, Supply Chain. In this role, Jon leads the supply chain team including strategic sourcing, procurement, logistics, and materials management.

Prior to Frontgrade, Jon served as the Director of Strategic Sourcing at Honeywell.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master of Business Administration from University of New Hampshire.

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Rob Urban.

Rob Urban

Vice President, Information Technology
 

Rob Urban serves as Vice President, Information Technology. In this role, Rob leads IT strategy and operations of technology solutions that support our business objectives.

Prior to Frontgrade, Rob served as head of Program Management Office at ARRIS.

He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University.

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Roger Hardy

Roger Hardy

Vice President, Quality & Mission Assurance
 

Roger Hardy serves as Vice President, Quality & Mission Assurance. In this role, Roger leads the company’s Quality teams, the Lean Promotion Office team and Business Operations & Analytics team.

Prior to joining Frontgrade, he led teams in Operations, Quality and Continuous Improvement at Leonardo – DRS.

He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years.

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Thomas Charpied

Thomas Charpied

Vice President, Electro-Mechanical Systems

 

Tom brings over 14 years of Aerospace and Defense expertise to the business, having held positions of increasing responsibility across multiple disciplines. He joins us from his prior role within Frontgrade as the Site Lead/Product Line Senior Director for the Motion Control business located in Hauppauge, NY. 

Tom holds an MBA from New York University and both a Master's of Science and a Bachelor's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University.