The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, NIDIA, is excited to announce the transition of its Chairman, David Augustine, the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Stryke Industries to its newly elected Chairman, Joe Peters, the President of Ultra Electronics USSI in Columbia City. Augustine stated “I’ve truly enjoyed the past two years as the Chairman of NIDIA. With the great support of our membership, board, universities and local sponsors, NIDIA has had the time to re-establish its game and create a plan to start growing defense related business once again. It’s been an honor to serve this great organization – I’m excited for Joe as our new leader!”.

As we continue to maneuver NIDIA into the future Joe Peters, the new Chairman stated “over the past few years, we’ve automated the NIDIA processes and created a path for growth called the ‘Why Northeast Indiana for Defense Plan’. Our job now is to execute the plan and grow defense jobs as part of our regional development. NIDIA takes great pride in giving the warfighter only the best tools possible by a highly competent and committed workforce of defense professionals.” The region continues to improve its communities and capacity to improve Indiana’s defense ranking in not only the ‘State that works but the State that works in Defense!’

The NIDIA Board of Directors for 2017

Name, Industry Role
Joe Peters, USSI *Chairman
Open *Vice Chairman
David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
Susan Divers, Ivy Tech *Secretary
Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
Rick Howard, Raytheon *Executive Board Member, Large Business
Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
Bill Busch, XcelHR *Executive Board Member, Small Business
Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business