Earl Larkin has over forty years of aerospace industry experience and has held key positions within the Aerospace & Defense Tier 1 and Tier 2 component supply base. His industry and enterprise leadership expertise spans a broad range, from having led aerospace acquisitions and integrations for Parker Hannifin Corporation and Stratoflex Inc. on both the buy and sell sides, to directing the global sales and marketing efforts within their core operating units. During his forty year tenure, Mr. Larkin has led critical component and system supply efforts on virtually every major airframe and engine program, built and directed a global distribution network across 5 continents, and secured long-term agreements with many major aerospace and defense original equipment manufacturer (OEM).Mr. Larkin’s unrelenting passion for customer service and sustained organic growth helped his organizations achieve an average compound annual growth rate in excess of 10% since the mid-1980s, and an overall growth rate of nearly 10x. Mr. Larkin’s name and reputation are synonymous with Aerospace Tier 1 and 2-component supply, a reputation, which has helped him negotiate and secure contracts totaling in excess of $2 billion. He believes his business success has been the result of having cultivated deep personal relationships with key customers, manufacturing partners, distribution channels, sales companies, and suppliers.
Mr. Larkin enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. His personal interests are golf and spending time at his family’s Texas hill country retreat northwest of San Antonio, Texas.
Marissa Kelly comes from a background in strategic marketing, analytics, recruiting, and human resources, all of which allows her to bring a unique perspective to our talent management. Ms. Kelly has five years of aerospace experience during which she held a key position at a large local aerospace manufacturer. Her expertise ranges from employee relations and development, full life-cycle recruiting, talent retention, as well as market analysis, strategic initiative development and sales forecasting. Ms. Kelly has a passion for empowering employees and has been appointed to lead special projects to engage team members at a higher level leading to increased productivity and company performance. During her career, she has been exposed to all levels of talent recruitment and development and the intricacies involved with each. Ms. Kelly believes the success of an organization is strongly dictated by giving employees the tools and resources necessary to develop their individual talents, which in turn increases their contribution to the organization’s strategic initiatives.Ms. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Kirk and their twin daughters, Kanon and Clare.
Jim Clemons has over twenty years of experience in accounting and finance with a wide range of knowledge in manufacturing and service environments. His background includes management roles with Safety-Kleen Systems, Oldcastle, and Pavestone as well as his most recent position at Cressman Tubular where he led the finance and accounting organizations.Mr. Clemons brings his expertise as a strong financial leader to Novaria and its businesses’ on ongoing infrastructural, earnings, and operational improvement initiatives. He also has a strong background in budgeting, manufacturing cost analysis, cost accounting, variance analysis, lean accounting, ERP implementation, continuous improvement, and a variety of compliance and accounting fundamentals. Mr. Clemons plays a key role in our ongoing acquisition diligence, integration efforts and audit requirements as Novaria Group and its companies continue to grow.
Mr. Clemons is a Certified Management Accountant with an MBA, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Northwood University. He is actively involved with the Institute of Management Accountants and is a Past President of the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter. Mr. Clemons enjoys spending time with his family, relaxing with a great cup of coffee, and lives with his wife and five children in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC MATERIALS
Mike Wagner has over twenty years experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management, with the past twelve years concentrated in the aerospace industry while working at PCC Aero structures and Parker Hannifin. His expertise ranges from having led the supply chain strategy and acquisition synergy efforts for more than twenty global sites of PCC Aero structures to directing daily operations and supply chain functions at five North American manufacturing sites for an operating division within Parker Aerospace. His manufacturing and supply chain leadership expertise spans a broad range from machining and metal fabrication to acquisition integration, manufacturing rationalization, and spend leveraging across multiple platforms.Mr. Wagner’s extraordinary drive for continuous improvement and elimination of waste have led to year over year bottom line improvements for his employers and improved service levels for his customers. During his career, Mr. Wagner has had a unique opportunity to spend a majority of his time cultivating relationships at small to medium size aerospace suppliers across the globe while supporting sourcing and manufacturing initiatives. He believes success in the organization is realized through empowering employees and creating accountability in organizations through open communication and continuous improvement.
Mr. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science degree and has received certifications with The Association for Operations Management (APICS) and the Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM). His personal interests are golf and spending time with his son, Logan.
Monty Gillespie is the President of Novaria Fastening Systems, comprised of a growing portfolio of premier manufacturers of aerospace fasteners and hardware components. As the executive leader of the Fastening Systems platform, he is responsible for maximizing customer value through a focus on strategic planning and execution. Platform businesses include Fitz Aerospace located in North Richland Hills, TX, John Hassall in Westbury, Long Island, NY, and Sky Aerospace Products, in Commerce, CA (Los Angeles). Mr. Gillespie has over 18 years of aerospace manufacturing experience, joining the Novaria team in September of 2013.Mr. Gillespie’s aerospace career began with Alcoa Howmet where he most recently served as Plant Manager for Alcoa Howmet’s Investment Casting facility in Wichita Falls, TX. During his tenure, Mr. Gillespie lead the team to record production levels for the location by promoting a culture of disciplined execution, utilizing lean manufacturing tools to deliver sustained improvement. His manufacturing leadership experience has been developed through his role as a key supplier of precision castings to all major aerospace engine original equipment manufacturers and their sub-tiers. Over the course of his career in aerospace, Mr. Gillespie has served in leadership roles across many functions including sales and marketing, manufacturing engineering, production control, supply chain, and operations.
Prior to entering manufacturing, Mr. Gillespie served in the United States Air Force assigned to the 80th Flying Training Wing’s Euro-Nato Joint Jet Fighter Training Program (ENJJPT) at Sheppard Air Force Base Texas, where he served in a variety of roles supporting the wing’s mission to produce combat pilots for NATO member countries.
Mr. Gillespie has a passion for the aerospace industry and the people who contribute their service to advancing it. Through an engaging leadership style, he believes in creating an environment of accountability, with total team alignment on the strategic initiatives of the organization. During his career, Mr. Gillespie has demonstrated a “hands on” leadership style, contributing to many notable accomplishments including, awards for Most Improved Safety Performance, year over year improvement in Employee Engagement indexes, and a Global Award for Best Productivity competing against over 200 locations in 30 countries.
Active in the community, Mr. Gillespie has enjoyed opportunities to serve on community boards, and has volunteered time to support local academic institutions. Benefitting from his experience as a business owner, he has also served as a facilitator assisting start-ups in rural Texas communities to promote economic development.
Mr. Gillespie completed his undergraduate studies with honors, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management, and holds an M.B.A., both from the Dillard College of Business at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.