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. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Robert Maddox
Chief Financial Officer

Robert joined Stark Aerospace in 2023 bringing with him deep and significant experience in finance including roles as a CPA with Big 4 accounting firms. In his previous position, he was the CFO for a defense manufacturer. Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Auburn University.

Carlos Escalante
Director of Engineering

Carlos joined Stark Aerospace 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. Carlos led the Stark team that achieved the company’s first Nadcap Accreditation. Carlos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University.

John Grady

Director of Project Management

John joined IAI North America in 2019 as a Program Manager and since 2021 has led Program Management for Stark Aerospace. John has extensive experience supporting program portfolios within the U.S. defense industry. John holds his Program Management Professional (PMP) certification and Bachelor’s degrees in History and Secondary Education from Alderson-Broaddus University.

Kyle Mattison
Director of Manufacturing

Kyle joined Stark Aerospace 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.

John-Paul Morgante
Director of Human Resources & Administration

John-Paul joined Stark Aerospace in 2019. He brings over 30 years of professional experience with 18 years in aerospace and defense, most recently with Elbit Systems of America. His expertise spans multiple industries including client consulting work with ATT, United Technologies, Best Buy, Bridgestone, Carrier, Chegg, ExxonMobil, and Habitat for Humanity. John-Paul has a chemistry degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The Open University in the United Kingdom. He holds SPHR, GPHR, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.

David Weaver
Director of Materials, Planning & Logistics

David joined Stark Aerospace in 2020. He has held several similar management roles in the aerospace and defense industry over his career. 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.