Welcome to TIGHITCO!
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.
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.
Vice President Finance
As Vice President Finance, Nedra works closely with the executive leadership team to execute and achieve strategic initiatives. She joined TIGHITCO in August 2018 as the Financial Controller for the Charleston, SC facility and was promoted to Regional Controller for the AeroStructures Division in June 2019. This is where she led the Finance function and worked closely with operational leadership to achieve business objectives. Nedra is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has over 15 years of audit and accounting experience. Prior to joining TIGHITCO, she served as VP, Business Risks & Controls Manager for Citigroup/Citibank N.A. and VP, Audit Manager for Truist (formerly SunTrust) where she was recognized for her contributions, earning the organization’s prestigious Performance in Excellence (PEA) Award. Nedra is a University of Michigan Alum, earning a BBA in Accounting and also holds an MBA from Strayer University, with an additional focus in Forensic Accounting.
Vice President of Engineering and Technology
Eric joined TIGHITCO in 2018 and has more than 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry. His experience includes overseeing composite, elastomeric and metallic design functions as well as, materials and process, testing, manufacturing and research and development engineering functions. His background also includes leadership roles in production control and data control. In 202, he was promoted from Senior Director of Engineering and Quality to Vice President of Engineering and Technology. Prior to joining TIGHITCO, Eric held the positions of Director of Engineering, Estimating and Quality, Program Engineering Manager and Manager of Quality for Ducommun AeroStructures, Cobham Mission Systems, and Molded Fiberglass. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
With over 25 years of experience, Jonna is accountable for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and tactics that drive growth. Prior to joining TIGHITCO, she lead the account strategist team at No Joke Marketing, focusing on brands in childcare, financial services, specialty foods and CBD. Jonna previously worked for original equipment manufacturers, including Trane Air Conditioning, in growing market share and developing digital strategies. She focused on developing marketing programs for entrepreneurs while leading the marketing team at Advantage Media Group/ForbesBooks. Jonna holds a B.A. in Communications from Louisiana State University and the IOM designation from the Institute for Organization Management, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Controller/Director – Corporate Accounting
DaShon has been part of the TIGHITCO team for 2.5 years. He has 10 years of finance, accounting, and auditing experience. This includes five years in public accounting where he worked in the public and private sectors for clients in the manufacturing, aviation, and various other industries. DaShon brings years of accounting research, technical guidance, as well as SEC and statutory reporting experience to the team. He earned both his BS in Business Administration and Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
General Manager, Charleston
Andrew has over 15 years of experience in leadership at the OEM and Tier 1 levels. He spent his formative years at Cessna Aircraft Company as a Value Stream Leader in Composites, Metal Bond Assembly, and the Aircraft Completions Center. At Cessna he earned Textron Sig Sigma Lean Manufacturing credentials and became the Chairman of the Board for WSU Tech’s NCAT Composites Industry Advocate Team. In 2012, he pivoted to senior leadership and P&L roles at Tier 1 companies such as Zodiac Seats, B/E Aerospace, Unitech, and Kaman. Operational turn-arounds and accelerating growth are his areas of expertise.
General Manager, Berlin
Conrad currently serves as Vice President/General Manager of our Berlin, CT facility. He started working for Ellcott Manufacturing in 1994 which was purchased by TIGHITCO in 1997. His career with the company started as a Manufacturing Engineer followed by multiple promotions over the decades. Conrad served as Engineering Manager then Materials Manger, Operations Manager, and Director of Operations before his recent promotion. He oversees the daily operations including planning and orchestrating monthly sales goals. Conrad has over 30 years experience in aerospace and previously worked for Kaman Aerospace and Bonded Technology. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University along with earning certificates including Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC) from Connstep and ITO University through UTC.
Overhaul Support Services
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
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer MX (Chihuahua and San Luis Potosi, Mexico )
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.
Vice-President and General Manager Insulated Products Atlanta, GA
Chris has over 26 years of industry experience and joined TIGHITCO in 1995 advancing in the company through management positions such as Program Manager, Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, and Vice President of Technical Operations. Chris has been key for advancing the product and tool design functions along with advancing innovation and technology through automation using CNC laser cutting and robotic welding production operations. Additionally, he has created formal ERP process standards in key areas to ensure consistency and data integrity. Prior to joining TIGHITCO, Chris worked in a variety of roles for Westinghouse Savannah River Company supporting nuclear materials production operations in the areas of equipment productive maintenance and spare parts for the Department of Energy. Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Augusta State University.
General Manager - San Luis Potosi, MX
Esther is a founding member of TIGLA SLP with 20 years of experience managing various areas. Areas include quality, manufacturing and customer service. She was responsible for initial certification in AS9100. Since 2013, Esther has full responsibility of facility’s P&L results. Over the years, she has selected, trained and challenged her team members while building a work culture based on company values. Her focus on teambuilding has resulted in a strong, diverse, empowered and accountable management team within facility. Esther holds a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering as well as a MBA from Instituto Tenológico y de Estudios superiored de Monterrey.
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.