Redwire, a new leader in mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy, announced today that Stanley Kennedy, Jr. has been appointed as the company’s Chief Architect, effective January 20, 2021.
In this expanded role, Mr. Kennedy will oversee the development of the company’s system of systems architecture to support Redwire’s business goals and technology maturation priorities. Additionally, Mr. Kennedy will oversee proposal development and establish an architectural roadmap for the company, maintaining awareness of the organization’s evolving portfolio, technology advancements and internal research.
“To deliver cutting-edge solutions to our customers, Redwire is committed to maintaining a world-class technology portfolio through our robust innovation ecosystem,” said Redwire Chairman and CEO Peter Cannito. “Stan’s success and strong leadership in the aerospace industry, along with his keen insight into space technology, will ensure that Redwire is positioned to deliver on our mission of transforming the future of space infrastructure.”
“It is a privilege to support Redwire in this exciting new role, and I am looking forward to supporting the company’s continued growth alongside a very capable team of industry leaders,” said Mr. Kennedy. “Redwire’s pioneering space technology is not only delivering innovative solutions for our customers’ biggest challenges in space but is also key to building the much-needed space infrastructure of the future.”
As an experienced aerospace executive with over thirty-six years of direct, hands-on experience in aerospace engineering, Mr. Kennedy has held technical and executive positions with Oakman Aerospace, Comtech AeroAstro, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and Lockheed-Martin Space Systems Company. Mr. Kennedy comes to Redwire from Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), where he was Co-Founder, President, and Chief Systems Engineer. OAI was acquired by Redwire in January 2021.
Mr. Kennedy is an Associate Fellow and Lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) serving at both the regional and national levels. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.
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Redwire is a new leader in mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy. With decades of flight heritage combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to assist its customers in solving the complex challenges of future space missions. For more information, please visit www.redwirespace.com.
About Oakman Aerospace
Founded in July 2012, Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is dedicated to providing cutting-edge products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft and satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services. As a global provider of space-based solutions, OAI offers complete end-to-end capabilities for customers, teammates, and stakeholders. OAI was acquired by Redwire in January 2021. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.
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Inc. magazine today revealed Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) placed in the top 50% of its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“We are honored to be ranked in the Inc. 5000 list alongside some of the fastest growing companies in the country,” said Maureen S. O’Brien, CEO of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. “This recognition is a testament to OAI’s motivated and hardworking team. Our company growth can be attributed to the evolving needs of our loyal partners, clients, and teammates. We look forward to continuing growth and innovation as we advance our mission to enable your journey through space.”
Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.
“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”
The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000
The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.