Our management leads through competence, creativity and teamwork. We understand the importance of applying sound judgement while providing encouragement and support.


We will always seek to deliver excellence and provide continuous improvement. We encourage each employee to take pride in their work.


We respect our customers and listen to their requests. We will work hard to understand their expectations and strive to exceed in affordability, quality, and on-time delivery.



CEO and Founder: Charles R. Kirkpatrick
Charles KirkpatrickIn 1989 Mr. Kirkpatrick saw a niche in the defense industry for smaller, more competitive companies. He founded ICE in 1990, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing the industry’s highest quality simulation, instrumentation and test equipment.

Charles has accumulated more than fifty years in the aerospace defense industry working for General Dynamics, Rockwell International, Northrop, Lockheed and North American Aviation/Rocketdyne on programs such as F16, B1, F5, OH56, F100, Gemini, Apollo, and Saturn 5, as well as miscellaneous “Black” programs. Prior to forming ICE, Charles worked at McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company where he had the responsibility for directing the instrumentation department for flight test, ordinance test, the structures lab and the advanced instrumentation development center. As a guest lecturer, Mr. Kirkpatrick has written and delivered several papers including “Onboard 1553 Mux Bus Recording Techniques” and “Rotating PCM for Helicopter Flight Data Acquisition”. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s membership in numerous associations included the International Telemetry Conference (ITC) where he served as XVII Session Chairman.
President: Shawn Kirkpatrick
Shawn Kirkpatrick
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Electrical Engineer, McDonnell Douglas
  • Electrical Engineer, Texas Instruments

Shawn Kirkpatrick has served as Executive VP of Operations and Finance since 1999, and has overseen an expansion that now encompasses a worldwide customer base. Shawn's efforts have been instrumental in the creation and implementation of multiple strategic business systems for both the financial and manufacturing organizations. Previously, Shawn spent six years as the program manager for ground systems and led the development and production of simulation and instrumentation equipment. Prior to ICE, Shawn acted as a Systems/Test Engineer for various companies including Hughes Helicopters, Texas Instruments and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. In that capacity, he was responsible for development of test equipment, instrumentation, software, and system designs that provided a unique insight into the development and manufacturing of quality products and systems.

Executive VP Engineering: Evan Mussemann
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa University
  • Engineer, Science Applications
  • Member, Technical Staff-Electrical Engineering, McDonnell Douglas

Evan Mussemann is one of the founders of ICE and became Executive VP of Engineering in 1999. He studied at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa University, and Wichita State University. Evan possesses a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe Certificate, a FCC Second Class License (with Radar endorsement) and a Private Pilots License. He worked as a Flight Test Instrumentation Engineer for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation and a Multiple Launcher Rocket System (MLRS) Project Engineer for SAIC, Inc. Evan plays a critical role in new product development, and has been instrumental in the successful development of the Launcher Instrumentation and Data Acquisition System (LIDAS) for the Multiple Launcher Rocket System (MLRS). Evan provides leadership to an ever-increasing staff of engineers involved in circuit board design, electrical/electronic systems, mechanical systems and software development.

VP Programs: Gregory Kraak

Gregory Kraak

  • BS, Finance, University of Florida
  • MBA, Management, Syracuse University
  • MA, National Security & Strategic Studies, US Naval War College
  • Master of Strategic Studies, US Army War College
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Greg Kraak retired from the US Army in 2008 after 26 years of service as a Field Artilleryman, then joined BAE Systems from 2008-2013 as Director of Warfighter Equipment (including hard and soft body armor, helmets, parachutes & load carriage programs). 

Career highlights include US Army Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Budget Director; Chief of Staff for the Iraqi Ground Forces Command Transition Team; Commander of the 6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK (MLRS); Deputy Fire Support Coordinator (DFSCOORD) for the 1st Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany; Executive Officer to the Director of the Army Budget, and Aide-de-Camp to the Under Secretary of the Army.  Greg also served in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 82nd Airborne Division and US Army Special Operations Command.  Greg oversees the development, implementation and direction of all strategic aspects of Program Management.

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VP Business Development: Jim Barker

Jim Barker

  • BS, Marketing, Arizona State University
  • MA, Strategy and National Security, US Naval War College

Jim Barker retired from the US Army as an Aviation Senior Leader in 2014 after 26 years of service around the world.  Immediately upon retirement, Jim spent 3 years with the Boeing Company as the Senior Manager for AH-6 and AH-64 Attack Helicopter Sales and Marketing.  Military career highlights include Tank and Scout Platoon Leader in Germany deploying in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  In 1993, Jim transferred from Armor to Aviation.  His following assignments as an aviator included time in the 101st Air Assault Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Germany, and Directorate of Combat Developments at Fort Rucker, commanding the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. During his tenure in command, the Squadron deployed to Kirkuk Iraq for 15 months during "the surge" in 2007 providing unprecedented direct support to the Bronco Brigade. Following Squadron command, Barker was assigned as the Senior Aviation Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels Germany, completed studies at the Naval War College, and commanded the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade in the Republic of Korea.  Barker culminated his career as the USPACOM J7, Director for Training and Exercises.   

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Director of Contracts: Jeff Regester
Jeff Regester
  • Business Management, Mesa Community College, AZ
  • The Complete Manager, Cornell University
  • ISO Auditor/Lead Auditor Certification
  • Purchasing Manager, Inter-Coastal Electronics Inc.
  • Supply Chain Management, Master Planning of Resources, Planning and Scheduling,  APICS CPIM

Jeff Regester has been with ICE since 1998 starting in Purchasing then Materials and Logistics, and now leading the Contracts organization.  Jeff has over 20 years of personnel management experience.  Over the last 12 years, he has been closely involved with every product that ICE has designed, manufactured and delivered.  The extent of this involvement, experience and education make him uniquely qualified to effectively manage the Contracts department.

Director of Operations: Ben Covington


  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Program Manager, Inter-Coastal Electronics (ICE)
  • Production Planner, Inter-Coastal Electronics (ICE)
  • Materials Manager, Saxon Motorcycle Company
  • Materials Manager, Goodrich Turbomachinery Products
  • BS, Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
  • BS, Economics, Arizona State University
  • Ben Covington has been with Inter-Coastal Electronics in various capacities since 2008.  Ben started as a Production Planner and was promoted into Program Management.  As a Program Manager Ben lead efforts for MAST, AV TESS, LUH Offensive, and all Depot Repair functions.  Ben has experience with ICE's training products on all active Army Aviation platforms and has worked alongside PEO STRI Live Training Systems counterparts through development to fielding.  Ben is responsible for Inter-Coastal Electronics' day-to-day operations in Supply Chain Management, Production, Test, and Depot Repair.

Principal Engineer of Systems Integration - Orlando FL: Matthew Hitchon

Matt Hitchon

  • Principal Engineer of Systems Integration, Inter-Coastal Electronics (ICE)
  • Vice President, Director of Engineering Live and Virtual Training, SAIC
  • Quality Engineering-Software, The Boeing Company 
  • Test Engineering, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace
      • Software Engineering, University of Advancing Computer Technologies
      • Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University (ASU)

Matthew Hitchon has been in the Aerospace and Defense industry for 17 years, with the past 14 years focused on Live and Virtual Training Systems.  Matthew was the lead proposal and system engineer on numerous Live and Virtual Aviation training programs including: RC-12x Cockpit Procedural Trainer (CPT), Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), RAH-66 Comanche, and AH-64 A/D Helicopters.  As the Senior Systems and Test Engineer for several United Kingdom programs, Matthew’s experience includes the WAH-64 Training System, AWES Training Range at Salisbury Plains, and the Lynx helicopter training system.  Matthew also was the Chief Engineer on multiple PEO STRI programs, including the Exportable Training Capabilities Instrumentation System (ETC-IS), Longbow Apache Integration (LBA-I) to the MCTCs, and the 3rd Armed Forces Combat Training Center (AFCTC-3) for the Egyptian Army. While at SAIC, Matthew managed over 60 engineers and technicians in the area of Systems, Software, and Design Engineering, as well as the Technical Publications and Configuration Management groups.  

Matthew is currently the Principle Engineer of Systems Integration at ICE, working directly with PEO STRI and industry partners in Orlando, Florida. Matthew began his career at ICE in June 2001 as a lead Software Test Engineer. Matthew’s efforts in developing test procedures exceeded industry standards and assisted ICE to pass its first Software Quality Assurance (SQA) audit and Formal Qualification Test (FQT).  These Software Development Processes are currently in use at ICE today.