“Persistence: The Value of Taking the Long View”

“Persistence: The Value of Taking the Long View”

San Fernando Valley Chapter meeting on August 15

Exploring space with robots and humans requires persistence and taking the long view; it is not uncommon for mission objectives to take many years, even decades to accomplish. Although the timescales may be different, important objectives in business, and life for that matter, also require that we are persistent and take the long view; constantly taking steps to move in the direction that we want to go.

Please join us in Sherman Oaks, CA, on Tuesday, August 15, 7:30–9:00am, when Garry Burdick, Manager, Human/Robotic Mission Systems, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will share some personal insights into our nation’s space program that might suggest some possibilities with broader application, particularly in your business.

For those interested in becoming suppliers to JPL, Garry will answer questions and make suggestions.

The meeting is free for members ($30 Early Bird for non-members). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsfvaug17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Fernando Valley chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by CohnReznick, City National Bank, and InVista Associates.

“The Challenges for Small Companies in Doing Business with Big Companies”

“The Challenges for Small Companies in Doing Business with Big Companies”

San Fernando Valley Chapter meeting on July 18

Please join us in Sherman Oaks, CA, on Tuesday, July 18, 7:30–9:00am, when David Sharp, Senior Manager of Procurement and Subcontracts, Orbital/ATK, will provide a brief overview of the challenges small companies face in doing business with large companies and steps that can be taken to mitigate those risks.

He will provide information about recent changes in the regulatory and business construct that influences how companies can establish and develop a relationship with a large global company in the ever evolving defense industry.

David will elaborate on the recent FAR changes regarding technology and data security and how it applies to a small business and steps to be prepared to handle information and information transfers in a digital age.

The meeting is free for everyone. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsfvjul17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Fernando Valley chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by CohnReznick, City National Bank, and InVista Associates.

“Managing Three Aerospace Companies in 50 Hours/Week”

“Managing Three Aerospace Companies in 50 Hours/Week”

San Fernando Valley Chapter meeting on June 20

Join us in Sherman Oaks, CA, on Tuesday, June 20, 7:30–9:00am, when Steve Cormier, CEO, Global Aerospace Technology, CEO, Pacific Western Aerostructures, and VP Finance, Space Vector Corporation, will address the executive challenges of juggling three aerospace companies at once.

Steve was deeply involved with the 2006 management buyout of Global Aerospace Technology, and as CEO now owns 58% of the company. Likewise, he was involved with the 2009 buy-out of Space Vector Inc. and now as CFO owns 10% of that company. In 2015 he added Pacific Western Aerostructures Inc. to his duties and as CEO owns 100% of this company.

These companies serve different aerospace markets. Global is one of three companies that sell aircraft cargo loading systems, mainly into the passenger to freighter conversion market. Space Vector engineers and produces a variety of products used on rockets and spacecraft. Pacific Western Aerostructures is an aerospace job shop that machines, fabricates and assembles complex mechanical assemblies used on aircraft and various space vehicles.

Interesting approaches to acquiring companies will be summarized, including how these companies were acquired and how they are currently doing operationally.

In these executive roles, time management is very important. Key is the ability to multitask without getting bogged down into a projects that might be assignable to someone else within the organization.

The meeting is free for everyone. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsfvjun17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Fernando Valley chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by CohnReznick, City National Bank, and InVista Associates.

“Government Supports for A&D Exporting and Manufacturing”

“Government Supports for A&D Exporting and Manufacturing”

San Fernando Valley Chapter meeting on May 16

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development advances Los Angeles by developing sound policies, creating strategic partnerships, prioritizing investments and delivering key services that will accelerate pathways to economic opportunity.

Join us in Sherman Oaks, CA, on Tuesday, May 16, 7:30–9:00am,when William Chun, Senior Director, Economic Development, Office of the Mayor, Los Angeles will provide an update on work related to the Aerospace and Defense/Manufacturing industries and highlight the programs and tools available to local businesses.

Recently, Mayor Garcetti launched the new Export Program, an initiative that assists local businesses access international trade opportunities and prepare their businesses to export products abroad. The program is designed to guide local manufacturers throught he complex export readiness process, help them address key challenges and connect them with a variety of training and counseling services available through city, state and federal partners.

The meeting is free for everyone. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsfvmay17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Fernando Valley chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by CohnReznick, City National Bank, and InVista Associates.