The GAI team helps you tap into new and emerging markets—worldwide.
In business it is always about two things:
1. Who you know
2. What you know
With the unique talents, connections and varied backgrounds of the GAI team, led by Michael Guest, you have exactly who and what you need to successfully compete for lucrative government and military work in the aviation and aerospace markets. With a finger on the pulse of the industries we serve, we know what’s going on in advance of most other companies who claim to offer what we do.
GAI can help you grow your market share, and your revenue, by giving you the competitive advantage—and that starts with working with the best in the business:
•Michael C. Guest – CEO & President:
Michael is the connection point at GAI and is a “known” quantity in the business world. Following in the footsteps of his father, Fred K. Guest, who founded GAI, Michael has more than 25 years of marketing and business development experience and has guided GAI’s clients to successful ends with his knowledge in information technology; computer science; aerospace and aviation systems; military programs; small and disadvantaged business consulting; and mergers and acquisitions.
He has a deep, technical understanding of computer hardware, software and programming; management information systems; aircraft structural materials; aircraft survivability; air speed sensors; engine temperature sensors; and aerospace precision machining. His work has supported companies that read like a Who’s Who of successful businesses: IBM, Apple, Toshiba, CSC, SAIC, Bellsouth/AT&T, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and NASA.
All this has not been lost on his peers or industry media giants, as they have recommended him as someone to keep an eye on by featuring him in publications like Entrepreneur Magazine, Who’s Who Magazine and Cambridge Publishing’s Top 101 Industry Experts of 2009.
•William (Bill) Goldberg – Chief Scientist/Engineer:
Bill is our go-to for all things technical. With more than 45 years of engineering experience in aerospace systems, land combat systems, and environmental engineering, as well as vast experience in Air Force and Army R&D programs (aviation, missiles, lasers and satellite systems), Bill’s knowledge is invaluable.
His expertise has been called upon by companies such as Teledyne Brown Engineering, Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems, and Boeing and General Dynamics. He has established and managed, systems, related to lasers, optical materials, composite structural materials, aircraft survivability, IR sensor technology, ballistic missile defense system studies and environmental engineering for chemical weapons destruction.
His education and professional ethos puts him at what we call “the experts-expert” level with a B.S. in Engineering Physics, M.S. in Aerospace and Engineering Sciences and Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering. He is a Life Member of the Association of the U.S. Air Force, AIAA Associate Fellow, USAF Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
•William (Buck) Clemons – Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant:
Based in our Huntsville, Alabama, office near Redstone Arsenal, Buck is our Army expert. With more than 20 years of military and aviation experience as an AH-64 and AH-1 pilot in the U.S. Army, he understands everything related to manned and unmanned vehicles. He also brings a wealth of technical expertise when it comes to electronic warfare (EW), command and control systems, communications, C4 computer systems, aircraft survivability equipment and tactical operations.
He excels in writing technical white papers and proposals in addition to researching aviation and aerospace-related engineering subjects and developing marketing plans in response to SBIR’s and BAA’s.
He has worked with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), OKOS Solutions, Defense Research Associates, Symetrics Industries, Avion, MOOG and Aurora Flight Sciences.
Buck’s B.S. in History and M.S. in Computer Resource and IT Management gives him a wide perspective. He is a member of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and Association of Old Crows.
•Dominique Seagrave- Vice President of Marketing and Business Development:
Dominique is an excellent resource for manufacturing clients given her diversified experience and background within the technical market. Her expertise lies in understanding our customers’ specific requirements, assisting in the pricing and negotiation phase and using her creativity to deliver results for the client. Dominique has the knowledge and experience to identify technical needs that grow revenue for our clients. Dominique is a Huntsville native having graduated from UAH in 1994 with a B.S. in Mathematics. Her professional connections in the Huntsville business community are maintained by being active in associations such as The Army Aviation Association of America, Women in Defense, NDIA, Huntsville Aerospace Marketing, Huntsville Association of Small Business in Technology and Air, Space & Missile Defense Association.
•Robert (Bob) Segal – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development:
As an ex-Army Corps of Engineers Reserve Major and with more than 40 years working in mechanical, electrical and software engineering as well, Bob knows his way around our business and yours. He has expertise in developing, testing, evaluating, procuring and marketing complex systems in disciplines such as avionics, navigation, communications, command and control, missile air defense and infrastructure security.
He has an in-depth knowledge of software and hardware development, requirements analysis, modeling and simulation studies, and IV&V. He has worked for companies and agencies including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, Titan Corporation, Elbit Systems, Israel AerospaceIndustries, Galaxy Scientific, Innovative Power Solutions, LIMCO Airepair, CSI Aerospace, and Agent Video Analytics.
Bob received both his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering and is located in our Philadelphia office to cover NAVSUP (Naval Supply Center) and markets components and systems for Navy programs including H-53, F-18 fighter jet, V-22 Osprey, and H-1 and SH-60 helicopters.
•Richard (Rich) Wallace – Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant:
Rich knows the Army procurement process backwards and forwards. With his considerable experience in Business Development, Marketing, and Management related to the Department of Defense(DoD) programs, he is highly valued on our team.
Rich spent more than 20 years as a Business Development Director in the CECOM community responsible for marketing electro-optics, infra-red, and inertial guidance products for the UH-60 and CH-47 aircraft and marketing missile programs such as Maverick, AMRAAM and Stinger.
Companies and Agencies he has supported include the U.S. Army at AMCOM, CECOM, TACOM, Tobyhanna Depot, Rock Island Arsenal, Picatinny Arsenal and PEO STRI; U.S. Navy at Surface Warfare Center, CRANE, Underwater Surface Center, and Lakehurst NAS; U.S. Air Force at Warner Robins ALC, Hanscom AFB, and Hill AFB. Applied Devices Corporation, United Telecontrol Electronics, Teledyne Brown Engineering, L3, Titan Corporation, LaBarge Industries, SAIC, Qinetiq NA, General Dynamics, Sechan Electronics and Compass Aerospace.
•Gadi Shapira – Senior Vice President of International Marketing and Business Development:
Gadi guides our international marketing efforts with extensive, globally relevant knowledge, experience and reach. His education (a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Engineering) combined with 15 years of Business Development and Marketing experience in the fields of Aerospace, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering says it all. He is well versed in composite and metal technologies, R&D; build-to-print production, testing of missile technology, ground equipment and electro-mechanical assemblies,power generation and regulating systems. Additionally, he has experience with airworthiness, survivability and crashworthy engineering concepts related to crashworthy seats.
The list of those who have profited from Gadi’s knowledge include the U.S. Army at AMCOM, CECOM and TACOM; U.S. Navy/Marine Corps at Pax River, Philadelphia, Cherry Point and Lakehurst; U.S. Air Force at Hill AFB; Warner Robins AFB and Tinker AFB; DLA, Elbit Systems -Cyclone,Israel Aerospace Industries, Innovative Power Solutions, PCI International, TAT Technologies, Piedmont Aviation, LIMCO Airepair, ENERTEC Systems, ACT, Beth El Industries and EMCignal.
Gadi is a member of the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA), CONNEXX (Director of the Board) formerly known as the Israel American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) and TV-HFES (Tennessee Valley Human Factor Engineering Society).
•Itamar Shapira – Vice President Engineering and Biomedical Programs:
Itamar is the newest member of the GAI Team and the resident expert in Biotechnology and Biotech lab Protocols. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2014. While at Vanderbilt he led a design team to develop an intraoperative laser imaging system for clinical use at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is proficient in Scientific and Technical Writing, Statistical Analysis, Engineering Design and Solid Modeling. He will be assisting GAI with business development regarding Biomedical programs due to his extensive medical and engineering knowledge. He is bilingual in English and Hebrew which is also an asset for GAI’s present client base in Israel. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).
•Janet L. Guest – Vice President of Communications and Public Relations:
Janet is our HR expert having supported staffing initiatives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Her 20+ years of experience in technical recruiting and human resource management means she understands the complexities of government contracts and proposal development for various aerospace programs. She has helped staff engineering positions related to mechanical, electrical, human factor, hardware, software, and metallurgical disciplines. And prior to working with Guest Associates, Janet amassed 10 years of management experience in the field of telecommunications related to product sales, inventory control and human resources.
Just a few of the companies and agencies she has supported include Verizon Wireless, Cingular, BellSouth Mobility, United Space Alliance, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Space Coast Launch Services, Jacobs Sverdrup, L3, SAIC and NASA.
Janet is a member of Women in Defense (WID), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and North Alabama Industrial Trade Association (NAITA).