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Leadership

Brian Neff, CEO

Mr. Neff founded Sintavia in 2015 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.

Brian Haggenmiller, CFO

Mr. Haggenmiller joined Sintavia in 2021 after having previously served as the Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at AerSale Corp., where he led that company’s financial planning efforts in advance of it going public via a special purpose acquisition company in 2020. Brian holds a BS from Washington University and an MBA from the University of Miami.

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.

Christina Kurth, Vice President of Sales

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.

Pavlo Earle, Vice President 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.

Keren “K.C.” Callen, Director of Operations

Mr. Callen is a process engineer with over five years of experience leading manufacturing groups to produce the highest quality metal components. Prior to joining Sintavia, KC worked as production manager for Precision Metal Works where he developed key performance metrics to measure labor efficiency, downtime, and conformance to schedule.

Eric Sherman, Controller

Mr. Sherman has been the Controller of Sintavia since March 2020. Prior to joining Sintavia, Eric was the CFO of Tooling Technology, LLC, an advanced manufacturing company located in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Eric has a BA in Accounting and an MBA from Wright State University.

Elisabeth Solis, Director of Human Resources

Ms. Solis joined Sintavia in 2018 with over 15 years of human resource experience. Elisabeth is a graduate of Stetson University and her strengths include building teams from the ground up and establishing proper policies and procedures.

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.

Design Team

Sintavia’s design engineers use state-of-the-art simulation software to optimally design and test critical flight and launch components, including heat exchangers, ducts, and chassis. Our engineers have designed components for all end markets within the Aerospace, Defense, and Space industry.

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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