Management : Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart
Brett Fulford is President of Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. He was promoted to this position in 2013 and previously was responsible for program management for the Boeing 737 and 777 programs. He began working for the company in1985 at Triumph’s Jefferson Street facility in Dallas (then LTV Aerospace and Defense) as an Industrial Engineer. He moved to Triumph’s Nashville facility (then Textron Aerostructures) and served in Industrial Engineering, Contracts and Program Management through 1997. He then was Director, Contracts & Risk Management until 1999 for Textron Turbine Engine Components. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fulford was co-founder and Director of Global Solutions & Logistics, with day-to-day responsibility for business development and operations. He also worked as Director of Business Operations & Strategic Planning/Projects for Franke Commercial Systems.
Mr. Fulford earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in management from the University of Tennessee. He has completed an Executive Leadership Program at Vanderbilt University and Lean Six Sigma training through the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Mr. Fulford has held leadership roles in several professional and non-profit organizations, including the National Estimating Society, the National Contracts Management Association, Habitat for Humanity, and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association.
Patrick Whitfield is responsible for program management for the Boeing 767 and 747 programs at Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. His aerospace career began in 1985 when he began working for the company’s Jefferson Street facility in Dallas in Program Scheduling, responsible for master scheduling for multiple programs. In 2001 he moved on to a Program Integration role, responsible for program metrics for multiple programs. In 2003 Mr. Whitfield worked as a Program Manager, responsible for cost, quality and schedule metrics for several programs.
Mr. Whitfield holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Texas A&M and an MBA from Dallas Baptist University.
Bryan Brackeen joined Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division - Stuart in 2013 and is responsible for managing all aspects of site’s Boeing 737 and 777 programs. Before joining Triumph, Mr. Brackeen was the Plant Manager for Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, where he was responsible for leading an operations organization and value stream partners. Six years prior to that, he was a Program Manager for Spirit AeroSystems and handled engineering change management, cost reduction initiatives and the start-up of new aircraft programs. Prior to working for Spirit, Mr. Brackeen was employed by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Wichita, Kansas, where he held business development and project management leadership positions.
Mr. Brackeen obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University and his MBA from Baker University. He also has earned certificates in project management from the University of California-Irvine and Stanford University.
Sales and Marketing
Mac Thompson is the business manager for the G450, 737 and 777 programs for Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. In addition, he has management oversight for the Spares Sales. He began working for the company in 1979 in the Pricing organization at the Jefferson Street facility in Dallas (then LTV) and was promoted to Pricing Manager in 1984, responsible for all pricing activity on the C-17 and B-1 programs in Dallas. From 2000 to 2004, he served as the site’s Director of New Business Proposals, and then in 2005 was named Business Manager, responsible for the Blackhawk cabin assembly business functions in Dallas. In 2009 he was asked to manage the 787 contracts with Boeing after the sale of Vought’s Charleston facility. He worked in this capacity until transferring to Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart to assume his current position in 2011.
Mr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and has completed finance courses through the University of Texas and the University of California-Los Angeles. In addition, he is a NCMA member and has received the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Silver Eagle Award twice in his career (1995 and 2002).
Joseph John Pileggi
Joe Pileggi joined the company in 2012 and is responsible for purchasing, production control, shipping, receiving and warehouse functions at Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart. Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Pileggi spent 19 years with General Dynamics, working in purchasing and supply chain functions. His most recent job before joing Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart was Director of Supply Chain for General Dynamics.
Mr. Pileggi holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Penn State University.
Luis A. Zubillaga
Luis Zubillaga joined Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart in 2013 with more than 25 years of aerospace industry experience. He is responsible for optimizing lean manufacturing practices in the Stuart facility and providing leadership for the production supervisors and operations mechanics. Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Zubillaga was Director of Programs for Pall Aeropower for two years. Before that, he was General Manager for Pratt & Whitney’s Oklahoma City operations, where he led multi-site facilities and implemented lean programs that drastically improved operating efficiencies.
Mr. Zubillaga earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Miami 1999. He also has completed an advanced program management program at the Defense Systems Management College and an executive leadership program at the University of Virginia.
Jorge Zamora joined Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Stuart in 2012 and is responsible for managing the site’s Quality organization. This includes program quality engineering, tooling quality engineering, NDI quality engineering, Supplier quality assurance, product and tool inspection, audits, receiving and shipping inspection, calibration and the NDI lab. He also is responsible for managing the AS9100 Quality Management System. Mr. Zamora began working in the aerospace industry in 1991 as a Quality Engineer and then as a Quality Management professional for the following companies: Rockwell International – Space Systems Div., Rockwell Collins Inc., Avidyne Corp., and L3 Communications-Linkabit Division. Earlier in his career, he served with the U.S. Air Force, where he worked in the Site Development Group in support of a radar bomb scoring mission involving B-52 and FB-111 aircraft. His assigned group was the First Combat Evaluation Group at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
Mr. Zamora earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a master’s degree in management of technology from the University of Miami.
Jim Kuiack is responsible for engineering and day-to-day operations at the Stuart facility, a position he has held since 2012. He transferred to Stuart from the company’s Nashville facility, where he held several management positions since 2007, including Manager of Bond Shop and Assembly, Second Shift Plant Manager, and Strategic Long-Term Business and Development Manager. Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Kuiack worked for LEARJET in Wichita from 2002 to 2007, serving as Operations Manager for the 60 model and Project Manager for the 40/50 models. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Kuiack worked for Canadair in Montreal, first as a Methods Engineer Supervisor and then as a Program Manager on a refurbishment program. His aerospace career began in 1994 with DeHavilland in Toronto as an Integration and Design Engineer.
Mr. Kuiack holds an aeronautical engineering degree from the Canadian Confederation College of Applied Science and Mathematics in Thunder Bay and an MBA from Wichita State University. He also has completed a finance education program through the University of Texas and several leadership training programs. Mr. Kuiack is Lean certified through the University of Michigan and is a Six Sigma Certified Green Belt.
Julie Blair is responsible for all financial activities and functions at the Stuart facility, a position she has held since 2012. She joins the company from Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was a Program Cost Analyst. Prior to that, Ms. Blair was Finance Manager for Welded Tube in Charleston, responsible for all financial and human resources aspects of the site. From 1998 to 2006, she worked for Behr America, transferring with the company from South Dakota to South Carolina to serve in Controller and Cost Analyst positions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Blair worked as an Accounting Manager, Lean Facilitator and other positions for CCL Label in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1987 to 1998.
Ms. Blair earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from National College and an MBA from Colorado Technical College, both of which are located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.