Ki Ho Kang, CEO
Ki Ho Kang founded KIHOMAC, Inc. in 2003. He has focused the company’s competency towards sustainment of complex aerospace, military, and C2ISR systems encompassing the entire spectrum of sustainment functions — analysis, design, build, test, field, logistics, supply chain management, and maintenance. Mr. Kang received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1989 and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1994. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program and served 11 years active duty and 10 years reserve duty in various acquisition, technology, and systems development organizations.
Prior to KIHOMAC, Mr. Kang served as a systems engineer, flight test engineer, and program manager for a variety of complex aerospace weapon system acquisition programs in support of the United States Air Force and various Department of Defense agencies. His expertise includes development, engineering, and testing of aircraft, weapons, and sensor systems.
Mike Williams, President
Mike Williams was appointed President of KIHOMAC Inc. in October 2017. Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Mr. Williams was a director with Raytheon where he ran several businesses which supported the Intelligence Community, US Special Operations Command, the US Air Force, Navy, Army, the State Department and other customers.
Before working for Raytheon, Mr. Williams served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force where he held numerous positions including F-16 System Program Director and then Acquisition Wing Commander. As Acquisition Wing Commander, he led a team developing, producing and sustaining the F-15, F-16, A-10 and related fighter systems. During his career he also worked with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-22, B-2, Peacekeeper and Minuteman ICBM, and various Space and C3I systems. He retired from the Air Force in 2006.
Mr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School’s executive MBA program and was an ACAT I program manager from the Defense Acquisition University.
Mr. Williams is a certified Project Management Professional and is a member of the Air Force Association, Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the Civil Air Patrol. He has one published title, “Acquisition for the 21st Century: The F-22 Development Program.”
Scot Merrihew, Chief Operating Officer
Scot Merrihew joined KIHOMAC Inc. in October, 2008 as the Operations Manager, becoming a Vice President of Operations in January 2010 and then Chief Operating Officer in January of 2016. He is responsible for Operations across the company, Business Development, and Capture Management. Mr. Merrihew received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Park University in 2004. He then received a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in 2006.
He has over thirty years of experience in leadership and management in the areas of contracts, operations, finance, project management, human resources, security, and business development. He acquired much of his experience during his service with the United States Air Force, from which he retired in 2006. He served as a contracting officer at Hanscom AFB, Hill AFB, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, and Canada. Through his extensive career, he managed several ACAT I contracts and directly supported OSD in several contingency operations around the world.
Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Mr. Merrihew worked for Grant Thornton as a Senior Manager directly supporting the Office of Secretary of Defense. In this two year effort he managed contracts/operations supporting the Business Transformation Agency. He directly supported the mission of the warfighter through the Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations in Iraq. The efforts included reviewing and assessing the DoD business enterprise processes and associated systems in Iraq affecting contracting, logistics, fund distribution, and financial management.
Adam Grimm, CIO and Systems Division Senior Vice President
Mr. Adam Grimm joined KIHOMAC in March, 2006 as an aircraft systems engineer and has held roles including engineering, program management and strategic program development. He currently serves as Chief Information Officer and the Senior Vice President of the Systems Division. In these roles, he is responsible for KIHOMAC’s information systems as well as efforts in aircraft system integration, software development, range systems integration, calibration systems and national intelligence community support.
Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Mr. Grimm received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program. During his time in the Air Force, he served as an F-16 Maintenance Officer, A-10 Avionics Engineer, and DCMA Quality Assurance Representative in support of U.S. Army base support operations in Iraq.
Mr. Grimm received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; a Master of Arts from The George Washington University; and a Master in Business Administration from the Whitman School at Syracuse University.
Mark Mueller, Aerospace Division Senior Vice President
Mark R. Mueller joined KIHOMAC Inc. in August, 2009 as A-10 Test Director supporting the A-10 System Program Office. He now serves as Vice President of the Aerospace Sustainment Group as of May 2012.
Mr. Mueller brings with him a wide range of capabilities garnered while over his 27.5 years active duty AF career, including financial analyst, project engineer, acquisition program management, Executive Officer, aircraft maintenance, numbered AF staff, Headquarters Air Staff, Squadron Command, and Group Command.
In his final assignment at Edwards AFB, he was tasked with supporting 86 highly modified, uniquely configured test and support aircraft valued at $7.5B for 59 separate programs and the Air Force’s only “demonstration cell” High Performing Organization (HPO) pilot program.
Academic achievements include a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Management Engineering in 1981; a Master’s degree in Business Administration Management in 1987; graduate of Squadron Officer School in residence in 1987; graduate of Air Command and Staff College in residence in 1995; graduate of the Joint Logistics Course in 1997; graduate of Defense Systems Management College, Advanced Program Managers Course in 2000; graduate of Air War College in residence in 2003; and Masters in Strategic Studies in 2003.
Matt Majewski, Advanced Materials & Products Vice President
Matt Majewski joined KIHOMAC in September, 2015 as the Aerospace Engineering Group Director and is currently serving as Vice President for Advanced Materials & Products. In this role he is responsible for commercial applications of KIHOMAC’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities.
Mr. Majewski has over twenty-two years of experience in a variety of leadership, management, and technical positions in automotive, commercial, and aerospace industries. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993; graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 2009; received his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in 2011, and complete a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2011.
Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Mr. Majewski served as a test engineer, design engineer, program manager, quality engineer, process engineering manager, production manager, and supply chain manager at several Fortune 500 companies and Hill Air Force Base, Utah. In his last two years at Hill Air Force Base he was the Aircraft Landing Gear Squadron Director and F-16 Core Avionics Supply Chain Manager responsible for directing maintenance, repair and overhaul activities for nearly all Air Force aircraft landing gear and sustainment management for core avionics and structural systems of the F-16 worldwide fleet respectively.
Frank Griffo, Space and Electronic Systems Group Vice President
Frank Griffo has 30 years of experience in research, development, program management, and test and evaluation within the defense industry. From early 2000, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at ATG, a measurement science and engineering business supporting the Department of Defense. KIHOMAC acquired ATG in 2012, and Mr. Griffo was welcomed into the company along with it. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1985.
Mr. Griffo has supported Naval Aviation engineering, development and test programs at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD since 1986. His experience includes managing electronic combat stimulation personnel and test resources at Navy’s Air Combat Environment Test and Evaluation Facility (ACETEF). While there, he was responsible for development and operations of high fidelity simulation and stimulation systems used for on-aircraft evaluation of advanced avionics and airborne weapon systems. Mr. Griffo served as program manager over Joint Navy/Air Force installed electronic combat system test facilities enhancement programs for evaluations of F-16, F/A-18, F-22, H-60 and other platforms.
Mr. Griffo has a broad range of engineering, test and measurement systems experience. This includes managing engineering and logistics programs for Navy’s Metrology and Calibration Programs. As Senior Program Manager, Mr. Griffo has facilitated improvements from leadership levels including stand-up of Navy’s Executive Agent for Metrology and Calibration, development of Navy-wide system Enterprise Resource Planning requirements, and advancement of automated systems for equipment calibration and test.
Brad Goodwin, Aircraft Systems Engineering Group Vice President
Mr. Curtis Brad Goodwin joined KIHOMAC in November, 2010 as a Senior Engineer supporting the A-10 System Program Office at Hill Air Force Base, UT. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Aircraft Systems Engineering Group. In this capacity he is responsible for a diverse multi-disciplinary team of engineers, program managers, analysts and technicians providing Software & Systems Engineering, Systems Architecture and Integration Program Management.
Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Mr. Goodwin amassed more than fifteen years of experience in Software and Systems Engineering across a number of industries, including Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics and Defense Technology. In his role as the Director of Information Systems for Motor Cargo, Mr. Goodwin played a critical role in the transition to UPS Freight and the integration of their business systems. He leverages his experience integrating complex technologies and data sources and creating seamless and user friendly systems to create significant value for a variety of Government and commercial customers.
Mr. Goodwin received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Weber State University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Joe Leonard, Programs Vice President
Norman “Joe” Leonard joined KIHOMAC Inc. in June, 2016 as the Vice President of Programs and Program Manager for the OC-135 DVIS program.
Mr. Leonard has 26 years of service in the Air Force, with his last assignment as the Senior Materiel Leader of the Aerospace Management Systems Division, Battle Management Directorate, Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB). He led over 300 personnel executing a $1.6B budget used to acquire and sustain over 1,100 aerospace and ground based Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance / Air Traffic Management systems, landing systems, National Airspace System, weather systems, and foreign military sales.
Mr. Leonard graduated Louisiana State University in 1990 in Mechanical Engineering as an AFROTC Distinguished Graduate. After flight training, he flew as a C-141 Examiner airdrop lead and Special Ops, Low-Level (SOLL) II Radar Navigator at Charleston and McGuire AFB, flying in 8 major operations. After finishing as a Distinguished Graduate at Air Command and Staff College, he worked in the F-15 Program Office, and ran the A-10 Program Office at Wright-Patterson AFB. Mr. Leonard then went to Washington DC, where he served in SAF/AQP (Weapons), was a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and was Deputy Director for Coalition Warfare, OUSD(AT&L).
He also has a Master of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology (Advanced Studies in Air Mobility program), and is a graduate of Air War College (correspondence), Joint Forces Staff College, and Defense Acquisition University’s Program Manager and Executive Manager Courses.
Charlotte Rupp, CPA, Staff Director of Accounting
Charlotte Rupp joined KIHOMAC, Inc. in September 2007 as the Business Manager, and was appointed Staff Director of Accounting in September 2017. She is responsible for the Corporation’s financial management, accounting, operations, and reporting. She received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting from Texas State University in 1989. She holds a Texas Public Accountant license. She has a diverse background with over 25 years of experience in accounting and management in the areas of government contracting, software implementation, project management, financial analysis and reporting, budgeting, auditing, payroll, tax, and nonprofit.
Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Mrs. Rupp worked for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. as a Senior Accountant providing variance analysis and analytical reviews of financial and operational reporting at the corporate and brewery level. She gained her public accounting experience working for Ernst & Young, GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany working as a tax consultant in the US Tax Department. There, she utilized multiple country tax treaties to prepare returns for Expats and SOFA individuals. As a current military spouse for 30 years, she was awarded the USAF General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award for 2013 and received the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2015. In addition, Mrs. Rupp is a graduate of USAF Senior Leadership Orientation Course, General Officer Capstone course, Wing Spouse Leadership course, and Department of State Foreign Affairs Counter Threat Course.
Clare Biscardi, Director of Contracting
Clare Biscardi joined KIHOMAC in September 2014 as a contracts manager and currently serves as the Staff Director of Contracting for KIHOMAC. In this capacity she oversees contracting, purchasing, Government property, and pricing proposals; works closely with all departments to ensure smooth execution of all orders, agreements, and contracts; and coordinates with all business areas to assist with business development activities.
Ms. Biscardi has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University where she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College. She served as a contract specialist, contract negotiator, and instructor of economics at the United State Air Force Academy while on active duty and later transitioned to a civil servant and served as a contract negotiator, contracting officer, and course instructor and director for both contracting and program management courses at the Air Force Institute of Technology. She has over 16 years of experience in the areas of leadership, education and training, contracting, and acquisition management and leverages those experiences daily to help further the company in its goals.
Lecia Anderson, Corporate Quality Director
Lecia Anderson joined KIHOMAC in June 2018 as the Corporate Quality Director. In this role she has the responsibility for the development, execution, and maintenance of a comprehensive Quality Management System for KIHOMAC. Ms. Anderson provides direction and support in maintaining organizational excellence. Her role oversees all aspects of corporate quality: quality engineering, inspection, supplier quality, internal/external audits, calibration, regulatory procedures, systems and record retention.
Academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix, a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and a Six Sigma Greenbelt.
Ms. Anderson has an extensive aerospace background, beginning her career as an aircraft mechanic at McDonnell Douglas Corporation and quickly moving into Quality roles. She became a Quality Manager early in her career and has held that position with companies such as McDonnell Douglas, Boeing and Parker Aerospace over a 30-year time period. She also held critical roles throughout her career as a Designated Manufacturing Representative for the Federal Aviation Administration, she has an extensive knowledge in the aviation aftermarket world, providing oversight for Repair Station work as well as type certification, parts manufacturing approval and export requirements. She has also worked as a consultant in Quality Management Systems and Lean Manufacturing.
Christopher Gough, Aerospace Engineering Group Vice President
Chris Gough joined KIHOMAC in July 2017 and has been serving as the Vice President of the Aerospace Engineering Group since February 2018. In this capacity, he is responsible for all composite and metal manufacturing/production, engineering, supply chain efforts and contract/program execution.
Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Mr. Gough served 26 years in the United States Air Force. During this time, he flew and taught in the F-16, commanded the first MQ-9 squadron, acted as a core pilot for development of the F-35, directed Security Operations and Future Plans for US Air Forces Central Command, and twice commanded at the Group level. His last assignment was as the Commander of the Utah Test & Training Range where he led 300 professionals in the planning and execution of sensitive test and training events on the largest overland weapon test range in the DoD.
Mr. Gough received a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy in 1991 and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the Naval PostGraduate School in 2006. He holds FAA certifications as an Airline Transport Pilot and as a Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument.