President & CEO
Stratom’s president and CEO, Mark Gordon leverages decades of experience in working with the federal government and department of defense on robotics R&D, engineering and programmatic activities. With a deep understanding of strategic planning and execution, financial planning and accountability, and identifying and translating customers’ needs into programs and deliverables, Mr. Gordon has extensive experience in the direction, research and management for global Fortune 500 companies and startups in manufacturing, operations and engineering. From high-technology robotic systems to unmanned logistics, payloads and unmanned systems, he has worked with robotics throughout his career and holds numerous patents. His experience in high-technology companies brings a critical perspective on new product introduction, how to bring products to market and supply/value chain management. Mr. Gordon currently serves as the chairman of the board for the Association of Unmanned Systems Vehicles International (AUVSI) and is on the board for the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC).
Senior VP, Corporate Strategy
An enthusiastic, successful, results-oriented and knowledgable tech executive focused on defense and commercial markets, Sara Blackmer is Stratom’s senior vice president, corporate strategy. In this role, she employs extensive leadership, team-building, creative problem-solving, executive business development, customer relationships and corporate strategy experience to drive the company’s strategic planning and execution and business development efforts. She is also responsible for establishing and maintaining customer relationships, strategic partnerships and capital investment opportunities. Recognized by DBusiness Magazine’s Powered by Women feature and named to Crain’s Notable Women in Tech, Ms. Blackmer has authored and been a speaker at multiple technical sessions at industry events. She has also served on numerous boards of advisors/directors, including the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC), the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC), Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science and several others. A decorated veteran, Ms. Blackmer retired as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer.
Director of Engineering
With more than 12 years of experience in leading complex organizations and production and logistics in a variety of manufacturing sectors, Thomas Steen, Ph.D., is a seasoned engineering leader. Highly effective in mastering new products and industries, building and motivating teams and driving innovation, Mr. Steen, as Stratom’s director of engineering, is responsible for the management and performance of the advanced technology product development team. He contributes to programs by assisting in the development of emerging robotics/unmanned vehicle system-level requirements, developing operational systems concepts, performing high-level system architecture trade studies, originating design concepts and performing systems-level integration and test for highly complex systems. From scheduling and assigning work to reviewing the technical adequacy of products, meeting cost and schedule for assigned group and interface coordination with other groups, Mr. Steen is responsible for project execution and management.
Director of Strategic Services
An experienced project manager and team lead with technical expertise in accounting, personnel, budget and acquisition management, Eric Kitt brings more than 18 years of experience in managing operational and logistic support assets from over 70 countries and multiple DoD agencies to the Stratom leadership team. As Stratom’s director of services and solutions, Mr. Kitt leverages his expertise and strong ability to communicate effectively with technology, executive, military, foreign and business audiences to provide in-depth insight into operational execution and lifecycle logistical support. A detailed and action-oriented analyst providing a deep review of program cost, schedule and performance measures of effectiveness, Mr. Kitt possesses a diverse background and in-depth knowledge of Navy and Marine Corps acquisition processes, an in-depth knowledge of Program Objective Memorandum (POM) builds, budget and resource management, and weapon system safety management and testing.
Chief Financial Officer
An international business executive with over 30 years of experience, Hector Rubi brings his extensive strategic planning, financial reporting and audits, internal controls, corporate finance, managerial finance and accounting skills to the Stratom leadership team. In the chief financial officer role, Mr. Rubi is responsible for managing the cash flow and financial planning of the company. In previous positions, he analyzed the financial strengths and weaknesses of organizations, leading the development of corrective actions and their implementation: expansion, sale, closure and disposal. Previously, he was a member of a global finance team ensuring the achievement of site and group financial goals. Mr. Rubi has also participated in a multitude of different international task forces directed to assess the current capabilities and future requirements of organizations across industries in order to identify streamline and restructuring opportunities.
Principal Robotics Engineer
Possessing in-depth experience spanning robotic architecture design, implementation, system testing and technical leadership, Ryan DelGizzi is a seasoned robotics engineer. In his role as Stratom’s principal robotics engineer, Mr. DelGizzi is responsible for the integration and systems engineering of mechanical and electrical systems for a myriad of robotics platforms, as well as assisting with team leadership and program management functions. Specializing in hardware testing, mechanical troubleshooting, and evaluating mechanical stress and performance conditions on unmanned system designs, his experience stems from various unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) projects, including leading the low-level software development for the XR-P, as well as serving as lead software engineer on the USMC Self Propelled Robotic Pallet (SPRP), lead robotics engineer for Stratom’s AGVR development effort with the United States Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) and as lead software engineer for the Autonomous Ground Resupply UAV Landing Platform and Docking Station (LPDS) program.