Darryl Wilkerson is president of Meta Special Aerospace which includes companies with synergies in maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO), new and used aircraft sales, proprietary FAA-certified aftermarket products, system integrations specific to intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and turn-key government special mission air operations. He joined MSA with 28 years of defense industry experience, and has had full profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for the companies in his group since 2006.
Prior to his current position he served in advanced programs, program management, and business development roles at Teledyne Brown Engineering and L-3 Communications. He has extensive experience managing systems engineering and integration, modeling and simulation, LRIP manufacturing, contractor logistics, and field service operations in support of U.S. and foreign government and commercial customers.
Mr. Wilkerson began his aerospace career in 1978 with honorable service in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and is a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
He currently serves as a member of the National Defense Industrial Association, Air Force Association, USAF Logistics Officer Association, Army Aviation Association of America, Association of the US Army, National Contract Management Association, and the University of Oklahoma Chapter of the Gamma Beta Phi Society.
Greg Meacham was recently hired to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of Meta Special Aerospace. He has more than 20 years of experience serving as CFO, COO and Executive VP with companies operating in both the private and federal sectors. He was part of the senior leadership team for a subsidiary company of SAIC, a US-based, publicly-traded company, as well as, the US subsidiary of WS Atkins, a UK-based, publicly-traded company.
In his roles he has provided the overall direction and management of finance, accounting, legal, contracts, human resources, risk management, marketing, strategic and commercial operations, and strategic planning. He has led numerous business integrations while driving process improvements in order to mitigate risks and create real value for the organization. He has extensive experience with all aspects of mergers and acquisitions ranging from due diligence through negotiating definitive agreements. He has been intimately involved in structuring numerous business arrangements which included complex organizational and financial solutions for federal privatization and commercial projects.
Greg earned his Bachelors in Business Administration–Finance from the University of Oklahoma and his Master’s in Business Administration-Finance from Oklahoma City University. He currently serves on the Board of several non-profit organizations and financial institutions.
Mike Bowen is an aircraft maintenance and support professional with over 20 years of experience. Mike joined Valair Aviation (formerly The Servicenter) in 2001 as an aircraft mechanic to help develop the King Air line of business. In his current role as Senior Vice President of Ground Operations his responsibilities include oversight of all Maintenance Repair and Overhaul and Fixed Based Operator operations, Customer Service personnel, Material and Logistics support.
Prior to joining Valair Aviation, Mike worked for Raytheon Aerospace (BASI) in Selma, Alabama and Keesler Air Force Base as a lead mechanic refurbishing King Air 200’s, 90’s and 1900’s under a CLS contract for the US military. He then transitioned to a Branch Manager for Raytheon Aerospace (L-3) where he was responsible for all maintenance on King Air, Citation 550’s, Cessna 210’s, ASTAR helicopters, Bell 206’s, as well as performing quality control duties required to maintain aircraft in accordance with FAA regulations, ordering parts, maintaining on site budgets and manning from 1997 – 2001. Mike’s career began with service in the USMC and USAF maintaining Huey’s, Cobra’s and as a jet engine mechanic on the F-16.
Ken Haley is the Vice President Technical Services for Commuter Air Technology, Inc. (CAT). He joined CAT in 2005, with over 39 years of experience in the aviation industry and extensive background in aircraft modification. He has full responsibility for all aircraft acquisitions, integrations, has oversight on aircraft airworthiness as well as QA on all vendors holding PMA. He manages new STC’s and maintenance of all existing STC’s.
Prior to his current position he was an Owner/Operator, Trans Jet International, an International Sales Manager and General Manager of several FBO’s. His professional education consists of DeVry University specializing in electronics. Ken’s military background includes Air Force, Crew Chief C-130 Hercules and entered 3/74.
He currently serves as a member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and National Business Aviation Association.
Patricia Sutton serves as VP, Human Resources for Meta Special Aerospace and has been with the company since October 2013. Patricia brings over 25 years of HR Business Partner experience from the government, military and private/public sectors. She has held progressively responsible positions in Human Resources management in Fortune 500 & 1000 companies including the retail, IT software development, and medical device industries.
Patricia served in the US Army for 6 years and is very proud of her veteran status. During Patricia’s tenure as the Director of Human Resources at United Orthopedic Group, in Plano, Texas, the Company enjoyed a 34 percent increase in attracting Veterans to the organization. This effort led to United Orthopedic Group winning the large employer award for Veteran’s Employment Affirmative action in recruitment award from the Texas Veteran’s Commission in 2012. Also, in 2012, United Orthopedic Group was awarded the Texas Employment Security Commission’s Best Employer Award for Affirmative Action in hiring practices.