Leadership Team

Frontgrade Executive Staff

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mitch Stevison

Dr. J. Mitch Stevison serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Frontgrade Technologies. In this role, Mitch leads the company with the assistance of the senior leadership team.

 

Prior to joining Frontgrade, Mitch was with Mercury Systems as an Executive Vice President of the company and President of its Mission Systems business. He began at Mercury as EVP and Chief Growth Officer. Mitch previously spent 10 years at Raytheon, including as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development for Raytheon Missile and Defense, a $16 billion division of RTX. He also led multiple strategic business units while at Raytheon with profit and loss responsibilities exceeding $3 billion in annual revenue.

 

After serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years in both operational and research and development roles, Mitch transitioned to the private sector in operations and program management roles with Miltec (a Ducommun company) and Lockheed Martin.

 

Mitch earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Business from Trident University International, a Master of Science in Business from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Science from Athens State University.

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Mitch Stevison
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Mitch Stevison
Chief Financial Officer

Conrad Gagnon

Conrad Gagnon serves as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for developing and executing the company’s operational and financial strategy as it relates to both short- and long-term strategic growth objectives.

Conrad has brought to Frontgrade 40 years of experience in senior executive and finance roles within the aerospace and defense industries. He has been an integral part of private equity-owned and public companies and has managed numerous mergers and acquisitions. As CFO of MACOM, a privately held microelectronics supplier, Conrad led the company through its initial public offering in 2012. He then served as CFO of Anaren, an aerospace and defense subsystems business, through 2018.

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Vice President, Microelectronics

Ricardo Gonzalez

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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Ricardo Gonzalez
Vice President, Power Solutions

Ted Damaskinos

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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Ted Damaskinos
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Ted Damaskinos
Vice President, Electro-Mechanical Systems

Thomas Charpied

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.

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Thomas Charpied
Chief Technology Officer

Lorne Graves

Lorne Graves serves as Chief Technology Officer, leading the creation, execution, and evaluation of the company’s technology roadmap, with a direct focus on driving the product vision and growth strategy.

 

Prior to Frontgrade, Lorne was Chief Technologist at Spectrum Control and Chief Technology Officer at Abaco Systems, both leading technology companies supporting the aerospace, defense, and commercial industries. He began his career with Mercury Systems as an Engineering Manager and ultimately advanced to become Chief Technologist.

 

Lorne holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

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Lorne Graves
Chief Strategy Officer

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch joins Frontgrade as the Chief Strategy Officer coming from L3Harris where he had begun working in 2000. Previous to Frontgrade, Tim was the Vice President of the Multi-Domain Architecture Group within the Space and Airborne Systems Segment. Prior to that, he was the Chief Mission Architect for L3HarrisSpace Sector and the Senior Director of Advanced Programs with the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance business unit.

 

Tim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the Wharton executive leadership program.

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Tim Lynch
Chief Operations Officer

Neil Dial

Neil has 30+ years of manufacturing operations and supply chain management experience in the semiconductor and electronics market sectors. Most recently, Neil served as the Chief Operating Officer of ABACO Systems, a Veritas Capital portfolio company. Before joining ABACO Systems, Neil held senior level global positions at Benchmark Electronics, Plexus, Dell Computer, and Motorola Semiconductor where he was the plant manager for Motorola’s assembly and test manufacturing facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Neil has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business and is a certified Lean – Six Sigma Black Belt.

 

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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Neil Dial
Chief Information Officer

Mike Wilcox

Serving as Chief Information Officer, Mike Wilcox brings more than 20 years of finance and IT experience to his role. He is responsible for ensuring that Frontgrade’s IT infrastructure and business applications can reliably support and readily evolve with the company.

 

Prior to joining Frontgrade, Mike served as CIO at Trexon, leading IT for this rapidly growing, private equity-owned company operating in the medical, aerospace, and defense industries. Over his career, Mike has led global IT at nVent and Arctic Cat and spent 13 years at Honeywell leading transformation of finance, technology and IT organization to realize business improvement.

 

Mike received his MBA from the University of Minnesota, focused on Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, and earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in Finance and International Business.

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Mike Wilcox
Chief Human Resources Officer

Frank Peloso

Frank Peloso serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Frank is responsible for all aspects of our human resources strategy, including talent management, leadership development, compensation and benefits. He works closely with the Executive Committee to ensure we continue to build a culture that attracts, retains and develops the best team.

 

Before coming to Frontgrade, Frank most recently worked for 20 years at the Sierra Nevada Corporation, finishing his time there as the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Vectrus, Inc. where he led the creation of the HR organization, infrastructure and talent acquisition for the company during the spin off from Exelis.

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Frank Peloso
Senior Director, Human Resources

Casey Mertens

Casey Mertens serves as Senior Director, Human Resources. In this role, Casey leads the develop 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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Casey Mertens
Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel

Len Anthony

Len Anthony joins Frontgrade as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel from Ball Corporation (Ball), where he served as Asst. General Counsel and lead counsel for Ball’s subsidiary, Ball Aerospace, providing legal support for its aerospace, national defense, and civil/commercial businesses. Prior to Ball, Len was a government contracts attorney with the Department of the Navy’s Office of General Counsel and a government contracts associate with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper), a global full services law firm.

 

Early in his career, Len honorably served in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Specialist onboard the USS Jouett (CG-29) within its Ops/Intel Division. He also served as a contracts negotiator and administrator for the Naval Supply Systems Command’s Fleet and Industrial Supply Center. Len holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a B.A. in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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Len Anthony
Senior Director, Contracts

Allegra Gray

Allegra Gray serves as Senior Director of Contracts at Frontgrade, leading the Contracts, Trade Compliance, U.S. Government Compliance, and Ethics functions for the company. Prior to joining Frontgrade, Allegra was the Director of Contracts Compliance at defense contractor Vectrus, now known as V2X, Inc. She previously served as a civil service contracting officer for the U.S. Army 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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Allegra Grey
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Allegra Grey