Our Team

Leadership Team

Kenneth P. Rusterholz

President and CEO

Ken is a dynamic professional with 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry. His career includes leaderships roles with companies such as B/E Aerospace, Unitech and Textron. As president and CEO he provides direction for our strategic path to operational excellence and a superior customer experience. After receiving a BS in Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and serving 12 years in the Navy Reserves, he went on to earn his MBA from the University of New Haven. He also holds numerous certificates in executive education, operational excellence and Lean Manufacturing.

Amy Faine, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Human Resources

Amy joined TIGHITCO in 2009. As the Vice President of Human Resources, she is responsible for the direction of the Human Resources team, with responsibility for leading the HR strategy and execution within the organization. Amy is a seasoned business professional with over 20 years of in-depth experience. With a diverse background of HR leadership and management, she has worked within a variety of industries including education, public relations, legal and international manufacturing. Amy holds an Associates of Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Western Kentucky University, as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree.

Keith Jones

Director – FP&A, Reporting, and Systems

Keith graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a degree in Business Management in 2007 and completed his MBA at Texas A&M University – Commerce.  Prior to joining TIGHITCO in 2018, his career included roles at Racetrac, HD Supply, Caraustar, and IBM.  He has dedicated his career to Finance with leadership positions in FP&A, operational, and supply chain finance.

Tawne Castorina

Chief Technical Fellow – Aerostructures Division

Tawne joined TIGHITCO, Inc. in July of 2005 as Engineering Manager. He was promoted to the position of Vice President of Engineering in 2009, and then to the position of Vice President and General Manger in 2012. His career includes roles at Indy Honeycomb, Bonded Technology and Lunn Industries. Tawne received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Aerostructures Division

Overhaul Support Services

Terrence M. Maher

Vice President & General Manager, Aerostructures Division

Terry comes to TIGHITCO with a broad range of experience from Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation where he was Chief Procurement Officer for Commercial Programs and Components. His experience operating procedures, program dynamics, and customer relationships compliments our growth strategies. Terry received his BS in Management from Fairfield University then went on to obtain his MBA and Masters in Management from Albertus Magnus College.

Brett Gillespie

Vice President and General Manager

Brett is one of our favorite TIGHITCO stories. After graduating high school, he started working for TIGHITCO as a technician. From there he worked in production, customer support and operations before being named VP in 2019. He celebrated 20 years with the company in 2020. As the leader at OSS, he oversees daily business operations including evaluating production, quality and delivery.

Insulated Products Division

Humberto Santiago Chihuahua and San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer MX

Prior to joining TIGHITCO in 2001, Humberto led or participated in the leadership of three manufacturing startups in Mexico, including two in the aerospace industry with Nadcap and AS9100 certifications. He has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry and his signature is in the incorporation bylaws of the Mexican Federation of the Aerospace Industry association (FEMIA). At FEMIA, he served as Vice President and Treasurer. Currently Humberto is an active Member of the Board. He has an MBA from Monterrey Tech in Mexico and other degrees from universities in Germany, Canada and Japan. Humberto is also able to speak German, English, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese.

Frederick Johnson

Vice-President and General Manager Insulated Products Atlanta, GA

Prior to joining TIGHITCO in 2014, Frederick held supply chain management and manufacturing positions in the chemical, transportation, and retail industries. His career has spanned across the states of Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia. Frederick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with an emphasis in Operations Management. He is involved with mentoring, academic efforts that support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and The Men’s Extension, an organization that transforms the lives of chemically dependent homeless men.

Esther Altamirano

General Manager - San Luis Potosi, MX

Victor Prieto

General Manager – Sheet Metal/Fabrication - Chihuahua, MX

After working in project management, production control and customer services positions, Victor joined TIGHITCO in 2008 as a Quality Manager. In 2011, he was promoted to General Manager. In the Chihuahua facility, Victor is leading the organization to ensure effective utilization of human and material resources, with the firm objective of customer service and satisfaction. He received his degree as an Electronics Engineer, Digital Systems from the. Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua. He and stays involved with the Chihuahua Migrants Friend Group and plays three musical instruments.

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