David Alabed

President and Chief Executive Officer

David Alabed was appointed President and CEO of Stark Aerospace in November 2020. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Operations. Mr. Alabed has over 25 years’ experience in commercial, defense and aerospace systems. He joined IAI in 2018 after 12 years with Elbit Systems of America as the Vice President of Operations/Site Leader where he worked closely with the US Department of Defense and Israel Ministry of Defense on many projects. Mr. Alabed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Kyle Mattison

Director of Manufacturing

Kyle Mattison is the Director of Manufacturing. Kyle joined Stark in 2007 after working with another UAV development and manufacturing company. Kyle brings 17 years of aerostructure and integration experience to Stark. He has expertise in the field of advance composites manufacturing and has successfully led several UAV, robotics and commercial aerostructure production transitions from overseas companies.

Carlos Escalante

Director of Engineering

Carlos Escalante is the Director of Engineering. Carlos joined Stark in 2016 as a Production Engineer for the Aerostructures Division and has vast experience in new product introduction and build to print manufacturing for all of Stark’s divisions. Mr. Escalante led the Stark team that achieved the company’s first Nadcap Accreditation. Carlos has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University.

John Grady

Director of Project Management

John Grady is the Director of Program Management. John joined IAI North America as a program manager in 2019 and has extensive experience supporting program portfolios within the US defense industry. Mr. Grady holds his Program Management Professional (PMP) certification and Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and in Secondary Education from Alderson-Broaddus University.

John-Paul Morgante

Director of Human Resources & Administration

John-Paul Morgante is the Director of Human Resources. With over 30 years of experience, John-Paul has worked in multiple industries as well as consulting with clients including ATT, Best Buy, Bridgestone, Carrier, Chegg, ExxonMobil, United Technologies, and Habitat for Humanity. John-Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The Open University in the United Kingdom. He has SPHR and GPHR certifications.

Jerilynn Billingsley


Jerilynn Billingsley is the Plant Controller. Jerilynn joined Stark in 2020 after a long career in finance at a large outdoor power equipment company. In Ms. Billingsley’s last position, she worked as the Plant Controller, with responsibilities for the plant level areas of finance, including financial reporting, accounts payable, payroll, product costing, budgeting, and forecasting. Jerilynn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University.

David Weaver

Director of Materials, Planning & Logistics

David Weaver is the Materials and Planning Manager for Stark Aerospace. David Joined Stark in 2020. He has held several similar management roles in the aerospace and defense industry for 40 years. His experience includes leading materials and planning teams for companies like Elbit Systems of America, Jabil Circuit and Honeywell. David has CPIM and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.