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Leadership

Jana Neff, Chairman

Ms. Neff has been involved with Sintavia since its inception in 2012. In addition to serving as Sintavia’s Chairman, she is also the CEO of Apogee Investment Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate investment company focused on South Florida industrial properties. Jana’s previous aviation experience includes serving on the board of CTS Engines, LLC, a jet engine MRO based in Ft. Lauderdale, from 2010 to 2016. Prior to joining Apogee in January 2011, Jana held senior leadership roles at Coach, Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch. Ms. Neff is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fisher Island Day School and is a graduate of both Dartmouth College and Phillips Academy Andover. She and her husband have four children.

Brian Neff, CEO

Mr. Neff founded Sintavia in 2012 after working with metal additive manufacturing at CTS Engines, a jet engine MRO he acquired in 2010. Prior to CTS, Brian was the President of Southern Air, a wide-body cargo airline, from 2007 to 2009, and was its CFO from 2003 to 2007. Brian holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Alex Bencomo, Vice President of Operations

Mr. Bencomo is an operations specialist with over 12 years of aerospace manufacturing experience. Prior to joining Sintavia, Alex worked for United Technologies Corporation as a process expert in aerospace quality systems, Nadcap implementation, and lean manufacturing.

Pavlo Earle, Director of Engineering

Mr. Earle is an additive engineer with over 10 years of experience working in advanced manufacturing. Previously employed by Rolls-Royce, Pavlo has expert-level knowledge of material testing, engineering design and creating adaptive and cost-effective CAM/CAD additive manufacturing solutions.

Carolyn Allan, Director, Defense Sales and Business Development

Ms. Allan worked in strategic sales and marketing for precision manufacturing companies for the last 15 years. Prior to joining Sintavia in 2016, Carolyn served at Embraer Executive Jets for two years in Melbourne Florida, and eight years with Terumo Cardiovascular Systems, a Class II medical device manufacturing company in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Christina Kurth, Director of Sales, Commercial and Space Programs

Ms. Kurth joined Sintavia as Sales Engineering Manager in 2018 with over ten years of experience in production design and sales engineering at both Bombardier and Embraer Executive Jets. At both Bombardier and Embraer, Christina was responsible for advanced design and new product introduction, as well as advanced technology fleet upgrades.

Jason Heimer, Director of Key Accounts

Mr. Heimer is a program management and supply chain professional with over 20 years of experience working in aerospace. Prior to joining Sintavia, Jason worked at Honeywell, Astronautics Corporation of America, and Rockwell Collins with increasing responsibilities in quality, supplier management, and programs.

Materials Testing Team

Part performance in real-world applications can be measured through mechanical testing. This is especially important when dealing with optimized parts that are to be used for replacement of traditional cast parts. Trained at institutions such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the materials testing team possesses many years of experience.

Machine Shop Team

The machining and finishing team at Sintavia removes supports, mills, lathes, and blasts components to customer requirements. The certified machinists at Sintavia draw their experience from institutions including United Technologies Corporation and hold certifications in CAD/CAM, machine setup, programing and operation.

Quality Assurance Team

Sintavia is committed to the most stringent Quality Control systems in the industrial world. The company is Nadcap, ISO 9001, AS9100-D, and ANAB certified, and OASIS and ITAR registered. Sintavia’s QA team establishes risk analysis and is responsible for training and implementing procedures for continuous improvement. The team leadership comes with experience from United Technologies and other aviation manufacturers with expertise in lean six sigma.

Production Engineering Team

The Sintavia production engineering team prepares part data prior to each build and is involved with all phases of the AM build process, providing immediate feedback on production to the customer. Sintavia’s personnel have many years of experience in the engineering departments of Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Northrop Grumman, and HEICO Aerospace.

Powder and Metrology Laboratory Team

Powder sampling is a critical part of the AM process to ensure quality builds. After each sieve, a sample is sent to the in-house powder laboratory for viability of chemical, elemental, and gas parameters. Prior to each time powder is loaded into an AM machine, it is tested for conformance by Sintavia. Similarly, metallographic analysis is critical post-production. Sintavia’s in-house metallurgical laboratory is able to analyze specimens to understand the microstructure of each build. Sintavia’s metallurgical lab is ISO 17025/ANAB accredited.

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