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QUALITY POLICY

Customer Focus
Understand the needs of our customers and provide products and services that meet or exceed their expectations.

Leadership
Foster an innovative and rewarding workplace that enables employees to focus on providing quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Involvement of People
Enable each employee to perform to the best of their ability by investing in tools and training, and involve employees in problem solving, quality control, and continuous improvement.

Personal Development
Provide career advancement using mentoring to foster increased skill, responsibility, and authority opportunities.

Process Approach
Manage business by developing and maintaining clearly defined procedures that do not overly burden the Company with useless bureaucracy.

System Approach to Management
Utilize a “total system” approach for managing change.

Continuous Improvement
Use feedback from the QMS for the continuous engineering of quality, producability, and testability into product designs; thereby reducing the need for inspection and test verification.

Factual Approach to Decision Making
Base decision making on factual information and data analysis, when possible.

Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationships
View suppliers as partners and maintain a “win-win-win” relationship for the Company, the Supplier, and Customer.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Biographies

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 Operations: Greg Lundberg
  • BS, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Ohio State University
  • MS, Business Administration, Arizona State University
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Greg Lundberg has over 27 years of Manufacturing, Engineering, Materials, and Procurement experience in the defense, commercial and semiconductor sectors. Highlights of his career include General Manager, Program Manager, Director of Operations, Materials Manager, and Advanced Engineering Manager for a number of international corporations such as Cincinnati Electronics, Inc. (GEC Marconi Ltd.), BOC Edwards (The BOC Group), Praxair Electronics (Praxair, Inc.), and Quadri Electronics (Argo-Tech). Greg was responsible for Profit & Loss, ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 efforts, participated in Mergers and Acquisitions, developed Product Roadmaps, and led Lean Manufacturing implementation efforts. Greg is focusing his efforts at ICE on Lean Manufacturing, ISO Certification, Enterprise Resource Planning, Design-to-Cost, Design-for-Manufacturing, and introduction of 6-Sigma tool kits. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University; a Master of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University; and a 6-Sigma Green Belt from Praxair Electronics.

VP Programs: Mark McKearn

Mark McKearn

  • B.S. General Studies, United States Military Academy, West Point
  • M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, United States Naval War College

 

Mark J. McKearn retired from the U. S. Army in May 2011 after 30 years of service as an Army Aviator. Career highlights include assignments as: Commander 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt Germany; Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General USAREUR, Heidelberg Germany; Commander 3rd Battalion 158th Aviation Regiment, and 5th Battalion 158th Aviation Regiment, Giebelstadt Germany; Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood Texas; and Test Officer, Test and Experimentation Center (TEC), Fort Hunter Liggett, CA.  Mark led platoon through brigade level aviation units and has been deployed around the world to include: Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.  As a Test Officer, Mark worked on the Mini Eye-Safe Laser Infrared Optical Set (MELIOS), Multi-Spectral Close Combat Decoy (MCCD), Javelin AT Missile, and Longbow Apache testing.  Mark was also the Aviation Brigade Operations Officer (S3) for the Task Force XXI, Advanced Warfighting Experiments at Fort Hood Texas, and NTC rotations 97-06.   

Mark is overall responsible for the design, development, and manufacturing for Programs contracted to ICE.

Communicate directly with Mark at:  mmckearn@inter-coastal.net

VP Business Development: 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 international and domestic business development.

Communicate directly with Greg at:  gkraak@inter-coastal.net

Director, Contracts, Technical Publications & Logistics: 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 taking over the Materials group and now leading the Logistics organization.  Jeff has over 20 years of personnel management experience in Logistics, Materials, Purchasing, Inventory and Operations.  Over the last 12 years, he has been closely involved with every product that ICE has designed, manufactured and delivered including support of Logistics requirements.  The extent of this involvement, experience and education make him uniquely qualified to effectively manage the Logistics, Technical Publications and Materials groups.

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.