RECOVERING YOUR TIME RESPECTING OUR PLANET

INNOVATORS

THE NEXT GENERATION OF GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS

We've set out to significantly reduce the time and friction of travel while leaving no carbon footprint behind.

We are committed to bringing people closer together in a more vibrant and compassionate world where distance is no longer a barrier, and to innovation that is kind to our planet.

TOM VICE

CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, AND CEO

TIME IS PRECIOUS

Through supersonic flight, we will give time back to our customers. Time to connect, to love, to grow, to enjoy.

PROTECT THE PLANET

We are committed to addressing climate change and work hard to be part of the result to reverse it.

DEEPER HUMAN CONNECTIONS

Personal connections are now more important than ever for empathy, understanding, and compassion to thrive.

TRAVEL SHOULD BE AMAZING

We are making air travel an exciting, enjoyable, efficient, and luxurious experience that seamlessly integrates into our customers life.

AERION

ENTREPRENEURS, INNOVATORS, RISK TAKERS, AND PIONEERS

The mindset of a startup with decades of research and experience underneath us.

100+

AIRCRAFT PROGRAMS AND LAUNCHES

15%

OF EMPLOYEES CERTIFIED PRIVATE PILOTS

160+

EMPLOYEES

675+

JOBS BY 2026

AERION TEAM

Tom Vice

Tom Vice

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Mejía

Matthew Mejía

Chief Financial Officer & EVP Strategy and Investor Relations
Dr. Richard Tracy

Dr. Richard Tracy

Founder, Chief Technology Officer & EVP Technology and Advanced Programs
Doug Coleman

Doug Coleman

General Counsel & EVP Governance and Compliance
Steve Berroth

Steve Berroth

Chief Operating Officer & EVP of Programs
Lisa Holden

Lisa Holden

Chief Human Resources Officer & EVP Culture and Talent
Kristi Finney

Kristi Finney

Chief of Staff
Matthew Gionta

Matthew Gionta

VP, Design & Engineering
Matt Cram

Matt Cram

Chief Sustainability Officer & Chief Commercial Officer
Randy Griffith

Randy Griffith

VP, Airworthiness & Certification
Bissell Smith

Bissell Smith

Chief Information Officer & EVP Enterprise Systems
Alex Egeler

Alex Egeler

EVP, Aerion Technologies
Scott Kalister

Scott Kalister

VP, Worldwide Support & Logistics
Hal Martin

Hal Martin

VP, Global Supply Chain
Tim Fagan

Tim Fagan

Head of Industrial Design & Cabin Experience
Cathy Rice

Cathy Rice

SVP, Business Management
Dr. Peter Sturdza

Dr. Peter Sturdza

VP, FLIGHT SCIENCES
Matthew Clarke

Matthew Clarke

SVP, Global Marketing & Communications
Chris Leger

Chris Leger

Director of Structures
Michael Hinderberger

Michael Hinderberger

SVP, Chief Engineer
Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

VP, Chief Systems Engineer

Tom Vice

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Tom is the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Aerion Corporation.

Tom retired from Northrop Grumman after nearly 31 distinguished years of service with the company. He served as President of its Aerospace Systems sector, overseeing an $11 billion global advanced technology business with 23,000 employees. Aerospace Systems is a pioneer in space-based observatories, satellites, fully autonomous systems, combat aircraft, high-powered lasers, and microelectronics.

Previously, Tom was President of Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services sector, a leader in integrated logistics and modernization, defense and government services, and training solutions, with more than 19,500 employees in 300 locations in all 50 states and 29 countries.

Tom joined Northrop Grumman in 1986 as an engineer on the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Over the span of his career, he led nearly every aspect of the business: strategy, engineering, program management, advanced programs and technology, manufacturing and operations, supply chain management, business development, and information technology.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.

He has completed numerous advanced management programs including MIT’s Corporate Strategy; Northwestern’s Value Creation through M&A; Caltech’s Management of Technology and Innovation; Caltech’s Strategic Marketing of Technology Products; UCLA’s Executive Marketing; and Defense Acquisition University’s Advanced Program Management course.

Tom serves on the board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA); the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Associations (AIA); the board of directors of Local Motors Industries, a technology-enabled manufacturer focus on mobility products; the board of councilors for USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering; the board of advisors for Purdue University’s School of Astronautics and Aeronautics; and previously served on the board of governors for the USO; the board of trustees for the Florida Institute of Technology; and the board of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.Tom is the recipient of the 2016 Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. The Engineering Management Award was founded in 1978 to recognize industry leaders who have made lasting contributions to science and engineering through exemplary professional accomplishments and contributions to the field of engineering management.

Tom and his wife, Kim, have been married for 33 years and have two daughters, Shannon and Hailey.

Matthew Mejía

Chief Financial Officer & EVP Strategy and Investor Relations

Matthew brings twenty years of aerospace & defense experience in management consulting, strategic due diligence, and investment banking to his role as CFO and EVP Strategy & Investor Relations at Aerion.Matthew joins us from Renaissance Strategic Advisors, where he led the Commercial Aerospace and Financial Sponsor & Due Diligence Services practices. Prior to joining Renaissance Strategic Advisors in 2009, Matthew held leadership positions with the aerospace & defense practices at Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) and Charles River Associates International. His responsibilities included business development, client relations, and project management, as well as extensive interaction with industry media including collaborative publications, interviews, and speaking engagements.Matthew also spent eight years as an investment banker at First Equity Development, a boutique investment bank focused on aerospace & defense advisory and merchant banking activities. As Vice President, Matthew had direct responsibility for new business generation, transaction execution, and client development and relations. Specific transaction experience included numerous international and domestic advisory assignments including sell side, buy side, M&A strategy, due diligence, and capital raising as well as extensive support for portfolio companies owned by First Equity’s merchant bank.Matthew is a graduate of the Jerome Fisher Management & Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.S., Economics from Wharton and a B.A.S., Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science. He is a past fellow at the NASA Glenn Research Center and was a student private pilot. Matthew lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Dr. Richard Tracy

Founder, Chief Technology Officer & EVP Technology and Advanced Programs

Richard is an aerodynamicist whose extensive research on high speed aircraft design has led to a series of patents.

He formed the ASSET Group in 1991, and later Asset Research Corp., to commercialize development of civil supersonic technology. Asset Research Corp. became Aerion Corporation in 2003.

He has worked on a number of classified defense programs and civil aircraft development and certification projects, including the single stage to orbit X-30 and the Northrop Grumman “Global Hawk.” As chief engineer for Bill Lear’s LearAvia in the 1970s, he led the advanced design of the LearStar 600, which was later developed as the Canadair CL- 600 Challenger. He initiated the design of the carbon composite Lear Fan and led the development effort on that aircraft through its successful first flight.

Richard holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech, the latter in hypersonic aerodynamics, which he earned in 1964. He attended the Brussels-based NATO Von Karman Institute in 1959-60 as the General Motors Fellow and was awarded the Von Karman Prize for his thesis on heat transfer in separated supersonic flows.

Doug Coleman

General Counsel & EVP Governance and Compliance

As Aerion’s chief legal officer, Doug oversees all legal matters, contracts, compliance and corporate governance programs as the company develops the AS2 supersonic business jet.

Doug brings extensive experience in commercial and corporate law, intellectual property, and compliance in the aerospace and defense industry. He joins Aerion from Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, where he served as Deputy General Counsel of the $7.2 billion aerostructures manufacturer. Previously, Doug served in a variety of legal positions at BAE Systems, a global defense, aerospace and security company; Curtiss-Wright Corporation; and the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a trial attorney in the Aviation & Admiralty Section.

Doug received his Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. His passion for aviation extends to his personal interests as a licensed commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.

Steve Berroth

Chief Operating Officer & EVP of Programs

Steve’s responsibilities include: AS2 program management; leadership of the engineering and manufacturing organization and global supply chain organization; oversight of Aerion’s facilities; and management of environmental and safety programs. He is also the company’s compliance officer.Steve has extensive experience in leading large aerospace organizations and aircraft development programs. He joined Aerion from Triumph Aerospace where he served as Vice President of Metallic and Composite Components Programs and Operations. In that role, he led six site presidents with more than 3,000 employees in operating companies around the globe.Prior to Triumph, he worked at Northrop Grumman for 31 years in various leadership positions, including Director of Production Operations and Program Manager for numerous advanced aircraft and rotorcraft programs. He also led flight test operations for several aircraft programs prior to his program manager responsibilities.Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the University of Michigan’s Executive Program at the Ross School of Business. He isa Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Lisa Holden

Chief Human Resources Officer & EVP Culture and Talent

Lisa joined Aerion in June of 2015, bringing more than 25 years of professional human resources experience to her role with the company.

Since joining Aerion, Lisa has worked to craft an integrated and complete human resources architecture that will effectively and efficiently serve the company as it grows. She oversees the corporate direction and strategy for managing Aerion’s workforce nationwide, including organizational design, talent acquisition, leadership development, talent optimization and retention, recognition, compensation and benefits, and compliance.

Prior to joining Aerion, Lisa served as the Director of People for The Spaceship Company, the manufacturing division of Virgin Galactic, where her focus on strategic recruiting and leadership coaching allowed the company to successfully double in headcount six times.

She spent nearly a decade in the health care industry at Anthem and MED3000, a subsidiary of McKesson. There she led efforts to develop and reinforce a successful corporate culture, improve employee engagement, cultivate leadership skills, and drive operational efficiencies. Lisa has extensive experience in leading organizational transformations, driving large-scale change, delivering improved cycle times and satisfaction results and building a world-class human resources team.

Lisa holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Long Beach, focusing on industrial/organizational psychology. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources(SPHR) by the Society of Human Resource Management.

Kristi Finney

Chief of Staff

As Aerion’s Chief of Staff, Kristi operates as an advisor to our CEO, Tom Vice. She is responsible for executing the organization’s strategic priorities as well as managing the cadence and discipline for the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team. Kristi also oversees cross-functional organization-wide projects, initiatives and events.

Previously, Kristi operated as Tom’s Executive Assistant in addition to her position as Manager of Administration and Special Projects. She advised and offered business support to C-Suite Executives as well as managed the daily operations, often implementing administrative solutions to address and evolve the business so it remained relevant in a rapidly changing environment.

Upon joining Aerion in 2008, Kristi utilized her previous experience in executive support, recruiting, human resources, sales management and marketing to assist in those same areas of the business.

Kristi holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sociology from the University of California Davis

Matthew Gionta

VP, Design & Engineering

Matthew Gionta is the VP of Aircraft Development at Aerion. He began as a Project Engineer at Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites for 11 programs including three completed aircraft: Raptor D2, Proteus, and the Williams V-Jet. During his seven years at Scaled he was promoted to Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering, developing Virgin GlobalFlyer, the Ansari X-PRIZE and Collier SpaceShipOne. Earning the Aviation Week "Laurel Award" for bringing two new aircraft to flight in under 15 months.

Joining ICON Aircraft in 2007 as the company's first CTO and VP Engineering, he was charged with establishing the engineering department and designing the ICON A5 amphibious sport aircraft - going from building Proof of Concept A5 first part to flight in just 6 months meeting the FAA Part 23 Spin Resistance standard.

As the Vice President, Design & Engineering at Aerion he is putting his experience and talents into overseeing the development of the AS2 supersonic jet.

Matt Cram

Chief Sustainability Officer & Chief Commercial Officer

In a dual leadership role, Matt serves as Chief Commercial Officer, EVP of Sales and Marketing and Chief Sustainability Officer for Aerion.Bringing more than 20 years’ experience in the aerospace industry from a broad range of leadership roles, Matt is responsible for global Aerion sales and marketing while also leading the company’s objective to become a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability. Matt also has responsibility for developing Aerion ConnectTM, Aerion’s vision for a future global mobility ecosystem. Previously Matt served as Aerion’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with oversight of legal, contractual, compliance, corporative governance and administrative matters.Before joining Aerion, Matt was a partner at Aero Law Group, a leading aviation transactional law firm. His practice included representing commercial airlines and lessors in the acquisition and sale of hundreds of billions of dollars of aircraft. He also represented corporate clients and high net worth individuals in the purchase, sale, lease, exchange, ownership structuring and tax planning of new and pre-owned corporate aircraft.Prior to that, Matt graduated through The Boeing Company’s renowned Business Career Foundation Program, where he amassed a full spectrum of experience across several key business and finance functions,. Latterly at Boeing he held a variety of contractual positions where he developed proposals, led negotiations and administered contracts for the sale of commercial aircraft and aviation services with a diverse group of customer airlines and leasing companies in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia. In addition, Matt supported negotiations and administered military contracts with foreign governments. He also has experience in revenue management, financial planning and procurement.Matt earned his J.D. from Seattle University’s School of Law in 2005, graduating cum laude, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the University of Idaho in 2001, graduating with honors. He also studied international finance at the Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.Matt is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and serves on the University of Idaho’s Advisory Board for the College of Business and Economics.

Randy Griffith

VP, Airworthiness & Certification

Randy Griffith joined Aerion as the Vice President of Airworthiness & Certification in April 2019, bringing exemplary experience with over thirty years of aerospace engineering experience on a diverse range of aircraft and technologies.

His previous experience includes new product development, production introduction, and support for in-service aircraft.

Randy has an extensive background in Type Certification, including involvement with regulatory development and implementation, managing unique and complex projects requiring development of novel compliance approaches, and in various new/startup companies and organizations which he now incorporates at Aerion in development of the AS2 supersonic business jet.

Bissell Smith

Chief Information Officer & EVP Enterprise Systems

Bissell is responsible for all aspects of our enterprise business systems strategy, implementation, and administration – including all information technology and business systems, software licensing, desktop and mobile devices, high performance computing infrastructure, cloud computing services, enterprise system security, and PLM and ERP systems.

Bissell brings to our team more than three decades of experience at Northrop Grumman in enterprise systems (IT, PLM, and ERP) implementations, advanced manufacturing technology and automation, data science and analytics, integrated digital environments (Model Based Enterprise, Digital Thread/Twin) and the implementation of innovative new operating models to improve program execution. Bissell also brings strong financial management and strategic planning experience to our team. Bissell previously served as the Chairman of SAP’s Aerospace & Defense Executive Advisory Council.

Bissell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and political science from Marquette University; a Master of Business Administration degree in corporate finance from the University of Texas at Arlington; a Master of Arts Degree in conflict management and dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University; and a Computer Engineering Certification in Client Server Computing for the University of California Irvine.

Alex Egeler

EVP, Aerion Technologies

Alex heads Aerion Technologies, Aerion’s software development division in Palo Alto, California. He has been at Aerion for more than five years, working on everything from software development for optimization, to supersonic inlet design, to strategic planning and direction.

Prior to Aerion, Alex worked as a systems engineer innovating new performance analysis capabilities at Northrop Grumman in their Marine Systems division. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford.

Scott Kalister

VP, Worldwide Support & Logistics

Scott Kalister is Vice President, Worldwide Support & Logistics for Aeiron, establishing a future global support network for the AS2 supersonic business jet, as well as policies and procedures for creating a new standard in business aviation support.

Scott previously served as Senior Vice President of Customer Support and Services for Embraer Executive Jets, prior to joining Aerion. Scott established the Embraer Executive Jets customer support organization in 2001 and led it to top ranked status. Previously, he served 23 years with Raytheon Aircraft Company, including as Vice President of International Sales, Vice President of Marketing, and Vice President of Customer Support.

Scott has a bachelor's degree in finance and economics, as well as an MBA from Oklahoma State University.

Hal Martin

VP, Global Supply Chain

Hal joined Aerion in March of 2019, bringing considerable experience in managing international supply chains at major aerospace companies and driving continuous improvement in supply chain performance through Lead Six Sigma strategies.

Since joining Aerion, Hal has been leading the team building an expanding network of the most prominent names in aerospace suppliers to support the development of the new AS2 supersonic business jet which begins manufacturing at Aerion Park, Florida in 2023.

Prior to joining Aerion, Hal forged an established background in managing supplier networks for complex, large-scale aerospace programs. Hal joined Aerion from Aerojet Rocketdyne where he served as Vice President, Supply Chain Material Management. Prior to that position he was Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain, Avionics & Satcom for Cobham Aerospace and Defense. He has also served as Vice President Integrated Supply Chain at Honeywell Engines, Systems and Services.

Hal holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore.

Tim Fagan

Head of Industrial Design & Cabin Experience

Tim joined Aerion in December of 2019, bringing more than 20 years of experience in aviation Industrial Design and business aircraft completions.

Since joining Aerion, Tim has been leading the team developing the interior design and user experience of the new AS2 supersonic business jet ahead of manufacturing start at Aerion Park, Florida in 2023. Tim and his team will curate a unique blend of visionary technologies and traditional craftsmanship to set a new standard in business jet cabin comfort for the AS2.

Prior to joining Aerion, Tim became widely recognized as a leading expert in aviation industrial design and an innovator in aircraft interior development. He brings extensive experience in product development with projects that include leadership roles in the industrial design of the Bombardier Global 7500 interior and the Bombardier Global 5000 & Global 6000 Premier Cabin. Tim also led industrial design activity for the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck, the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 interior and the 2010 Olympic Torch as well as holding several positions in customer-facing roles in business jet completion.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Cathy Rice

SVP, Business Management

Cathy joined Aerion in February of 2019, bringing more than 35 years of business management experience across several leading aerospace roles.As Senior Vice President of Business Management at Aerion, Cathy is responsible for contracts, pricing and cost schedule management functions. Her role includes lead coordination with Accounting and Finance, plus interfaces with Program Management, Major Subcontracts, Legal, Engineering, Manufacturing, IT, HR and Production Operations.Prior to her position at Aerion, Cathy was the Vice President of Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations (CPPBO) at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. In this role, Cathy led the CPPBO organization, chartered with the responsibility for contracts, pricing and estimating, cost and schedule management, ITAR/Export and risk management disciplines. She also provided oversight and guidance to CPPBO functional personnel in program business operations.Previously Cathy served as the director of Contracts for Aerospace’s Military Aircraft Systems division, where she was responsible for contract activities with the U. S. Navy, Army and Air Force customers for products that include the E-2D Hawkeye, E-8C Joint STARS, B-2 Spirit, and mine warfare technologies. Cathy also worked with industry partners in support of the F/A-18, EA-18G and the F-35. In 2011, she led the Contracts organization through the successful negotiation of the $1.7 billion NATO AGS contract with the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency.Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cortland State University of New York. She also completed numerous advanced management programs with Northrop Grumman and graduate accreditation through Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Peter Sturdza

VP, FLIGHT SCIENCES

As a graduate student at Stanford, Peter became intrigued with the potential for supersonic applications of laminar flow technology after hearing a guest lecture by Dr. Richard Tracy. Tracy, an expert in hypersonic and supersonic aerodynamics, and at that time a design consult to DARPA and others, posited that supersonic laminar flow could greatly improve the efficiency of a supersonic jet, overcoming some of the previous obstacles to commercial success in this category. Tracy later founded Aerion with Robert Bass, with Peter as one of the company’s first employees.

As part of his PhD thesis, Peter laid the foundation for what became Aerion’s proprietary boundary layer transition software. By predicting the transition from laminar air flow around a wing to turbulent airflow, Aerion has demonstrated supersonic wing performance with over 80 percent natural laminar flow—all the way aft to the hinge line for flaps and ailerons. This breakthrough work has become the core enabling technology for the Aerion AS2 supersonic jet.

Peter earned a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and both Master’s and PhD degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford. He has worked on advanced design programs at Harvard University, Caltech, and Bell Helicopter. Peter is a passionate aviator and FAA-certificated flight instructor.

Matthew Clarke

SVP, Global Marketing & Communications

Matthew joined Aerion in February of 2020, bringing more than 20 years of experience in global marketing and communication management in the luxury and high-performance sector.Since joining Aerion, Matthew has been leading the company’s marketing and communications team and the growth of Aerion’s brand to a global audience.Prior to joining Aerion, Matthew amassed experience in global communications and brand management with leadership roles at Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and Karma Automotive, honing a record of developing and launching unified communications campaigns to aid expansion of established brand and build start-up enterprises. He spent over 15 years at Aston Martin Lagonda leading teams in Marketing Communications and Media Relations in both the Global Headquarters and the Americas region. Most recently, Matthew served as Vice President Marketing & PR for Karma Automotive, maker of luxury electric vehicles, where he led the development of a global marketing launch campaign for the start-up company.Matthew earned a master’s degree in Public Relations from Birmingham City University, a BA with Honors in Business & Economics, and a Certificate in Journalism & Media Law, both from University of Warwick, England.

Chris Leger

Director of Structures

Chris Leger, joined Aerion as Director of Structures with 30 years of experience. He was previously the Chief Engineer/Vice President of Engineering at Boom Supersonic and also spent 11 years as Director of Aerospace Programs for Engineering Services and was the Engineering Manager/Lead Engineer at Lockheed Martin.

Holding a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and having graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Chris is putting his talents and expertise into bringing the world’s first supersonic business jet to market.

Michael Hinderberger

SVP, Chief Engineer

Michael Hinderberger, SVP, Chief Engineer at Aerion, is an aerospace leader specializing in management of large technical organizations and complex integrated programs.

He has a broad background in engineering, operations, and program management with more than 25 years of experience leading development programs as well as established production and engineering organizations.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Technical Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Richard Johnson

VP, Chief Systems Engineer

Aerion's Vice President, Chief Systems Engineer, Richard Johnson joined Aerion in June of 2019.

He began as an Aircraft Structural Engineer at Lockheed before spending 29 years at Gulfstream Aerospace where he was in Engineering Management and Vice President, Chief Scientist. He then became the President of D3 Technologies and soon after joined Aerion.

Richard holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.