Joe is the President of Ultra Electronics – USSI in Columbia City, Indiana. At USSI, Joe is responsible for the leadership, management, and financial performance of the USSI business unit within the Ultra Electronics Corporation. USSI has two primary product areas: Undersea Products, which is primarily associated with the development and manufacturing of underwater sensors and sensor systems; and Audio Products, which is primarily associated with the development and manufacturing of first responder personal protective gear communications equipment and loudspeaker systems used for acoustic hailing and mass notification. Joe has 37 years of experience with the development and manufacturing of military products with an emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare for the Navy and Command and Control Systems for the Army. Joe holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the University of St. Francis. Joe is on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Indiana Defense Industrial Association (NIDIA) and also serves on the Northeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board.
Col. David L. AugustinePast Chairman
David L. Augustine, Col (ret) was hired in Oct 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Business Development by Stryke Industries where he is responsible for the growth and development of businesses dealing predominately with the Federal Government. Primary focus is to provide highly specialized business development services with progressive companies to expand their marketplace. Augustine retired as Wing Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing in 2014 with just shy of 32 years of service. Augustine flew over 3,500 hours in a variety of aircraft to include the A-10, F-4 and KC-135. Augustine is a combat veteran having flown over 148 combat hours in Operation Iraqi Freedom to include combat sorties during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. In September 2014, Augustine was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Governor Mike Pence, the highest distinction given by the Governor.
Scott began his professional career at Magnavox in 1984 as an electrical engineer in the Electronic Warfare (EW) area. He spent 14 years in various roles within the EW and Communications groups leading a variety of development projects as an engineer and eventually as a program manager. In 1998 he joined Invisible Technologies Inc. as the Vice President of Engineering and Product Development. While there he led the creation of 2 new product lines which won 3 Consumer’s Digest “Best Buy” awards. In 2004 he returned to the defense industry by taking a position as the site manager at the Northrop Grumman office in Fort Wayne In. In 2014 he joined Riverside Mfg as the Director of Engineering & Quality. Scott is very active in the community, holding positions on the NE Indiana Defense Industry Association (Treasurer) Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) (College of Engineering Advisory Committee) and the ANG 122nd Fighter Wing STARBASE Indiana board of directors. He is the holder of 3 utility patents issued by the USPTO.
Scott is the director of Manufacturing for BAE Systems’ Controls and Avionics Solutions and site executive for the Fort Wayne, Indiana, facility. He leads global operations for OEM production, supply chain management, and aftermarket service of electronic aviation controls. Since 2000, Scott has held various leadership positions with BAE Systems in manufacturing, program management, operations, and sourcing. He is an expert in large program execution, operational transformation, and business relocation. He led the construction of the new facility on Airport Expressway as well as designing and executing plans to relocate the entire Fort Wayne Operations Campus without impact to his customers.
Chris Straw is the founder and President of Team Quality Services, a firm that provides Quality Support and Safety Consulting services to companies where they need assistance in the value chain. Team Quality Services’ network of experts in Supplier Quality, Internal Quality, Safety and Customer Quality allow companies to have a global reach and better service their customers and keep closer eyes on their suppliers. Certified in Lean Six-Sigma, Internal Auditing and Customer Service, Chris is also a graduate from Purdue University and a decorated officer, pilot and veteran of the US Air Force Reserves having flown combat missions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Residing in Auburn, Indiana with his wife and children, Chris is very active in the community, volunteering and serving on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Northeast Indiana Defense Industrial Association (NIDIA), Northeast Indiana Works, Elevate Ventures and DeKalb Learning Link. In 2015 Chris received the Ernestine Raclin Community Leadership Award for Northeast Indiana and the Junior Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Education.
Gil Perry started his career at Magnavox in the Purchasing Department. Through numerous mergers and acquisitions, he served in the Commercial, Industrial and Defense Divisions for 35 years in a variety of supply chain assignments. Gil retired from Raytheon in 2000, then invested as a partner in eXcellon Technologies and worked there for eight years. After selling his interest in the contract manufacturing business, Gil joined Partners In contracting Corporation in August, 2009. In 2014, the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) was initiated.
Gil is a native of Fort Wayne and has been active in community not-for-profit organizations such as Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana. He attended Indiana University and completed Executive Management Programs at Ohio State and Michigan State universities. Gil is married to Susan and they have five grown children and thirteen grandchildren.
The Indiana PTAC operates with six regional centers in the State. PTAC helps Indiana businesses market their products and services to the federal, state and local governments as well as to prime and sub-contractors. PTAC maintains a close affiliation with the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, and the National Defense Industrial Association. Gil’s office is co-located with the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center in Fort Wayne.
Eric Webster is vice president and general manager, Environmental solutions, of harris corporation’s space and intelligence systems segment at Harris Corporation. Space and intelligence systems offers complete earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing, and information analytics.
Webster is responsible for the business unit strategy, financial performance and overall program execution. The Environmental solutions portfolio includes the full range of ground, air and space remote sensing instruments and enterprise ground processing systems for U.S. Government and international customers, including a line of commercial offerings.
Former NIDIA Board Members
Jeff Uhey is a seasoned Technical Program Manager and Business Unit Director with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the Defense C4ISR industry from companies that include ITT-Exelis, Sierra Nevada Corporation and General Dynamics. His background includes Business Unit P&L responsibility, IRAD strategy and management, Product and Development and Program Management within geographically dispersed operations. A results-driven change agent, he has a successful record of coaching teams to break through the status quo, turning around troubled programs, and organizations. In 2009, Jeff co-founded the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA), a 501(c)(6) and currently serves as Chairman, directing the group’s strategy and policy initiatives to enhance the regional business climate. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and has been trained as a Lean Six-Sigma Blackbelt and Robust Design Expert.
Edward J. Hendler
Edward is the Account Manager of Auburn Gear, LLC in Auburn, Indiana. At Auburn Gear, Edward is responsible for the business development, sales, and marketing of Driveline Systems product line, export, and strategic aftermarket accounts. Auburn Gear products include planetary gearboxes, performance differentials, driveline systems, and electric drives for mobile equipment and for on- and off-highway vehicles. Prior to joining Auburn Gear, Edward spent 21 years at Spartan Motors at various positions, including the Director of Defense Sales and the Director of Global Business Development. His responsibilities included managing the defense business providing subcontracting work of building MRAP vehicles. Edward has 25 years of experience with the development and manufacturing of defense and commercial vehicles, drive systems and components. Edward attended Polytechnic of Warsaw, Poland and holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Michigan State University. Edward is on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Indiana Defense Industrial Association (NIDIA.)