IAI North America is the U.S subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company. IAI is a globally recognized technology and innovation leader specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide including: satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned systems, robotic systems, electronics, C4ISR , navigation systems and EO payloads. IAI designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations.
Stark Aerospace, Inc., located in Columbus, MS has a 100,000+ SF state of the art production facility which includes Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Sensors, Production Services and Engineering.
ELTA North America located in Fulton, MD designs, manufactures and supports innovative electronic systems for the U.S. Government. The company provides a wide range of proven, cost-effective solutions in the ground, maritime, airborne and security domains.
Robert H. Foglesong is the CEO of IAI North America and the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Stark Aerospace, a subsidiary of IAI North America.
Foglesong is a retired General from the United States Air Force. He served in various positions including the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Commander of United States Air Forces in Europe, and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After retiring from the Air Force, he was the President of Mississippi State University and an independent director on numerous Board of Directors across a variety of businesses. He is also the President and Executive Director of the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, a non-profit he founded whose mission is to identify and enable financially challenged, motivated young men and women from Appalachia to attend college and prepare themselves for leadership roles in their communities and businesses. He was appointed by the President of the United States as Chairman of the US-Russia Commission on MIA/POW’s and continues to serve in that role. Foglesong has a PhD in Chemical Engineering, an MSChE, and a BSChE from West Virginia University and several honorary doctorates.
Tom Ronaldi is the current President of Stark Aerospace. He was previously hired as the Chief Operating Officer in January 2010.
Tom has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and business operations. His experience includes several defense procurement programs. These programs include Program Management support for Trident and Fast Attack Class submarines, as well as Program Management, Design Development and Production for Electro-Optic infrared detectors used on missile program and land based target acquisition, primarily for the Army and Air Force. Tom also lead design, test, and production teams for counter-counter measure program for FLIR infrared sensors. In the commercial sector, Tom has lead business operations in six countries (US, Germany, The Netherlands, UK, France, and China).
Mr. Ronaldi holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a MBA in Operations Management from the University of Dallas.
Eric Womble is the President and CEO of ELTA North America.
In December 2012, Eric retired from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ as Corporate Vice President for Program Integration and Assessment and started a consulting company focused on helping defense and start up companies better understand the Washington DC business environment. While at HII and Northrop Grumman Corporation from 2002 to 2012, Eric served in various positions including leading Corporate Programs Division; the research and development, strategic planning, advanced concepts and new business development efforts for the Shipbuilding sector which had $6 billion in annual sales; and the Large Deck Amphibious program office which was responsible for the design and construction of LHD-8 and LHA-6.
Prior to joining the defense industry, Eric was the Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) and National Security Advisor for the Senate Majority Leader from 1995 to 2012. In these positions, he was instrumental in setting and passing legislation and appropriations that positively impacted the Department of Defense, its service members and their families and was responsible for coordinating all military, legislative and budget activities with the Pentagon, other Congressional offices, industry, academic institutions, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Defense and Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittees. Mr. Womble also serves on the Board of Directors for Decision Sciences International Corporation, Juliet Marine Systems, Mississippi Ammunition Corporation and ELTA North America.