John Hammond

John Hammond is Chief Business Development Officer for Karman Space & Defense. Mr. Hammond’s career encompasses over 35 years of aerospace manufacturing experience, grounded by a solid engineering background. He is responsible for leading strategic business activities, including working on prime customer supply chain issues and providing creative solutions on mission-critical programs. He has extensive experience as a strong advocate on key programs in Washington DC, as well as, with local representatives and national media. Additionally, recent experience includes the beginning stages of additive manufacturing and solid rocket motor manufacturing capabilities.

Prior to Karman Space & Defense’s acquisition of AMRO in 2020, Mr. Hamond previously served as AMRO’s President for five years. Additionally, he held a leadership role as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for 32 years.

Mr. Hammond obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University of Fullerton in 1984.

Taylor Banks

Taylor Banks is the Chief Financial Officer for Karman Space & Defense. Mr. Banks holds 10+ years of extensive experience in accounting and finance. He is responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial activities including, directing the preparation of current financial reports and creating forecasts for future growth.

Mr. Banks previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Systima, a division of Karman Space & Defense, from 2018 to 2021. He also had a leading role as a Controller and Contracts Manager from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Banks also has experience at Blue Origin and served as an Advisor for Relativity Space and Hermeus.

Mr. Banks obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from Foster School of Business, University of Washington in 2018. In addition, he also obtained his Entrepreneurship Certificate from Arthur W. Buerk Center in 2018. In 2012, he received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Foster School of Business, University of Washington.

Tina Gurrola

Tina Gurrola is the Vice President of Human Resources for Karman Space & Defense. Ms. Gurrola holds 25+ years of extensive Human Resources and Talent Acquisition experience. She is responsible for areas of HR, Recruitment, People Management, Compensation, Training & Development, Strategic Planning, and Coaching and Discipline.

Ms. Gurrola has worked in a variety of industries which include, Entertainment, Construction, Education, and Aerospace. She previously served as the National Director of Human Resources & Talent Acquisition for Residential Design Services from August 2016 to August 2021. Before joining RDS, she managed the HR and Recruitment Team at B&H Education, as the National Director of HR and Talent Acquisition. Ms. Gurrola began her career as an entry level Recruiter for Staples Office Supply in 2001, where she advanced quickly to Senior Recruiter for the Western United States.

Ms. Gurrola obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from California State University of Long Beach in 1995 and is currently finishing her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Aaron Freiheit

Aaron Freiheit is Vice President of Information Technology for Karman Space & Defense (Karman). In this role, Mr. Freiheit leads the Information Technology teams across Karman’s divisions, to ensure that company and customer data is protected, and that Karman employees have the technology tools and services to serve Karman’s customers. Mr. Freiheit has over 10 years of experience in his current responsibilities and 20 years of experience with Systima, a division of Karman Space & Defense.

Prior to Karman Space & Defense’s acquisition of Systima in 2021, Mr. Freiheit served a diverse range of engineering and operational leadership roles including Senior Mechanical Engineer, Engineering Program Manager, Director of Operations, and Vice President of Systems and Operations.

Mr. Freiheit obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1997. Additionally, he received a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington in 2006.

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Stephanie Sawhill

Stephanie Sawhill is the Chief Business Development Officer at Karman Space & Defense. Ms. Sawhill has over 18 years of aerospace industry experience. She is responsible for business development and product growth strategies. Ms. Sawhill has extensive expertise in propulsion and insensitive munition technologies, advanced materials and development of energetic devices. She currently holds positions on the AIAA Propulsion & Energy and Energetic Components and Systems Technical Committees.

Previously, Ms. Sawhill held various leading positions including, Engineering IPT Lead, Program Manager and Sr. Research Chemist and leads Research and Development. In addition, Ms. Sawhill is the co-author of three patents, as well as papers in AIAA, IEEE, Ceramics International and other publications.

Ms. Sawhill is a graduate from Western Washington University and obtained a Master of Science degree in Chemistry in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Physics in 2001.

Jonathan Beaudoin

Jonathan Beaudoin is President of Systima, a division of Karman Space & Defense. Mr. Beaudoin has over 15 years of aerospace engineering experience. He is responsible for leading programs and product development for Systima’s most critical technologies, including those for NASA platforms, Vulcan, MDA, Griffin and ARRW and is a subject matter expert on products across the company. Mr. Beaudoin advanced professionally through a series of progressive leadership roles at Systima including, Vice President of Engineering, Engineering IPT Lead and Program Manager. Prior to joining Systima, he previously served as a Stress Analyst at Boeing working on the P-8A Poseidon.

Mr. Beaudoin obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from University of Washington in 2006. Additionally, he received a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from University of Washington in 2014.

Tony Koblinski

Tony Koblinski is Chief Executive Officer of Karman Space & Defense (Karman) since 2021. He is responsible for defining the company’s vision and leading the strategic direction and growth of the company. Mr. Koblinski’s holds over 25+ years of extensive expertise in building integrated systems and processes, enabling Karman’s divisions to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Mr. Koblinski previously served as President/CEO of Madison-Kipp Corporation from September 2011 to November 2020. Before joining Madison-Kipp, he previously had a leading role as National Vice President of Homebuilding Operations at Pulte Homes in 2007. Additionally, he served as Vice President of Operations for Bombardier Recreational Products in 2002. He began his career as Plant Manager for Saturn Corporation where he rose to Executive Director of Production Control at General Motors in 1998.

Mr. Koblinski obtained his Master of Business Administration - Operations from University of Michigan in 1985. Additionally, he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University in 1982.

Mark Mahboubi

Mark Mahboubi is President of Aerospace Engineering Corp. (AEC), a division of Karman Space & Defense. Mr. Mahboubi has over 30 years of experience in design engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies in the aerospace, defense, energy, and space markets. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in California, reaffirming a strong foundation that has enhanced his extensive knowledge and experience in operational growth, team building, new product development, lean manufacturing, significant EBIDTA improvement, full P&L business, and M&A.

Prior to joining AEC, Mr. Mahboubi was employed at R&B Machine “A BrightWater Partners Company”, STADCO, and Senior Aerospace - SSP Division, with his last 2 roles as President/CEO. He is also a member of Advisory and Development Council of California State University Long Beach, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Norm Christensen

Norm Christensen is President of AAE, a division of Karman Space & Defense (Karman). Mr. Christensen is responsible for the overall operations, as well as vision, direction, and strategic business decisions. He brings over three decades of experience in aerospace & defense M&A, organization building, product development, and production manufacturing. Additionally, Mr. Christensen is highly recognized for his extensive expertise in high-temperature ablative and structural composites for mission-critical missile, space and hypersonic propulsion systems, as well as other areas of a system requiring thermal protection.

Mr. Christensen assisted with the initial formation of Karman and in December of 2020, AAE proudly joined the team. “Karman brings together an already trusted group of best-in-class suppliers with proven track records, capable of delivering “tip to tail” end-item content to our customers. This powerful approach also allows us to leverage our small business agility and responsiveness using Karman’s large business resources of facilities, equipment and more than 800 skilled team members.” commented Mr. Christensen.
Mr. Christensen is a member of the Karman Board of Directors.