Our Leadership team includes our Corporate Officers, Vice Presidents, and Site Leadership. Our unique leadership team bring many years of aviation expertise combined with business acumen in the industry.
The Ace Aeronautics corporate leadership team includes:
Chief Executive Officer
Darrell Kindley has had a lifetime passion for the aviation industry. Darrell has spent 32 years in various engineering and executive leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter and FLIR systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA in Engineering Management, and has attended executive education at Wharton School of Business.
Darrell currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) that is headquartered in Guntersville, Alabama. In addition, he serves as the President of Aerospace and Technical Support Service. (ATSSi), located in Huntsville, Alabama, a wholly owned subsidiary company of Ace Aeronautics that specializes in airworthiness qualification support to the U.S. Army and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and government relations and contracting.
Prior to starting several successful business ventures, Darrell served as the Vice President and General Manager for FLIR Systems, Inc. Under his leadership the FLIR facility won many large Department of Defense contracts. One key highlight was a 10-year IDIQ to provide Electro Optical Sensors to the US Special Operations Command. Prior to his employment with FLIR, Darrell was the Air Vehicle Director for Bell Helicopter’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH-407) and the Sr. Manager for the Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 60 Program.
Outside of his career, Darrell was an active drag boat racer from 2006 until 2011 piloting his Pro Modified hydroplane drag boat at speeds up to 180mph. Additionally, he loves to golf, and is an avid fisherman. Darrell enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two talented children.
Executive Vice President
Frank Wallace is the co-founder of Ace Aeronautics. Prior to current position at Ace Aeronautics Frank had 30-year career in the defense and aerospace sector which include government service, a stint at Bell Helicopter and 5 years as a consultant. Frank has also founded and successfully operated several companies in a variety of different fields to include construction/development, engineering and Aviation.
He is an accomplished pilot with over 4500 hours logged in more than dozen different Aircraft types and categories. Frank makes his home in Huntsville Alabama where he spends his spare time when he is not working or flying at his family farm enjoying life along with his wife Katinka, their 6 children and 6 grandchildren.
Vice President of Business Management
Hans Ingold joined the team at Ace Aeronautics, LLC in May of 2018 as the Vice President of Business Management. Hans came to Ace from Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) where he served as the Director, Contracts and the IIS Business Offset Leader. In this role, he is responsible for capture and execution of International Direct Commercial Contracts including related Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Contracts and Major Subcontracts.
Hans’ defense and aerospace career spans more than 30 years, beginning in International Program Business Management and progressing through positions of increased responsibility on increasing complex Programs. Hans has held managerial positions in Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Personnel Support, Subcontract Management, Proposal Development, Capture Management, Contracts and Offsets Administration. Hans has demonstrated skills in effective leadership and supervision of administrators, technicians and foreign nationals and has successfully started and managed six major Middle East programs in the last thirty years.
Hans was the Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 60 Contracts Manager, responsible for contractual oversight, including capture and implementation of the $6.5 Billion direct commercial sale, development program. Specifically, he drafted and negotiated contractual documents as well as negotiated terms & conditions with the customer. He was instrumental in leading the company in changing its contracting paradigm from FAR based government contracting, to market driven, commercial contracting.
Hans received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Doane College and his Masters of Business Administration, from University of North Texas. Hans is a graduate of numerous Lockheed Martin Business and Leadership Classes and is a qualified Raytheon Six SigmaTM Specialist.
Katrina Fisk joined the team at Ace Aeronautics, LLC in September of 2017 as the Controller. Katrina came to Ace with an extensive background in auditing, Sarbanes-Oxley practices, financial accounting and analysis, General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and financial reporting. Her past experiences are in the fields of public accounting, manufacturing, and distribution.
Katrina is a 2004 graduate of the University of Alabama, Birmingham where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting and minor in Management. In 2010, Katrina obtained her Certified Public Accountant license and maintains an active status by completing annual continuing professional education courses. In 2014, she completed her Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Katrina and her husband live in Alabama with their two children.
Vice President of Operations
Kerry Brunson is the Vice President of Operations for Ace Aeronautics. Kerry was previously the Vice President of Logistics Support Facility (LSF) Programs and General Manager of the LSF for Science and Engineering Services. In this capacity, Kerry spent 6 years managing a portfolio in support of the US Army Program Executive Office - Aviation where he was responsible for cost, schedule and performance of over 70 programs on a contract valued at $1.5B.
Kerry retired from the US Army in 2009. During his Army career, Kerry served in numerous Aviation assignments including over five years as an Experimental Test Pilot where he specialized in the testing of software-intensive avionics, communications and electronics systems. Kerry culminated his Army career as a Department of Army board-select Product Manager for Apache Modernization and Recapitalization - responsible for all post production modifications to the Army AH-64D fleet and managed the cost, schedule, and the performance for over 15 products and modifications to the AH-64D helicopter.
Kerry has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the US Naval Experimental Test Pilot School. Kerry is a Master Army Aviator and is qualified in numerous rotary and fixed wing platforms.
Vice President of Engineering
Randy Nolin is the Vice President of Engineering for Ace Aeronautics. His responsibilities include design, analysis, testing, certification, and configuration management of all Ace Aero engineering efforts. He also supplements the company’s business development unit and serves as a company test pilot. Randy was born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama. After high school, he entered service in the Alabama Army National Guard and, over the next 32 years, served in multiple command and staff positions at various levels in the Guard, Reserves, and on Active Duty. He is a Master Army Aviator and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Randy retired from the Army in 2017. He is qualified in the OH-58A/C, OH-6A, UH-1H/V, and UH 60A/L/M helicopters. Over the years, he has flown more than 35 aircraft models. Randy is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 116. He is a former FAA certification engineer and had 18 years of civilian service with the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (and the former U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center), where his positions included Flight Test Engineer, Assistant Division Chief, Division Chief, and Chief Engineer. Randy currently resides in Guntersville, Alabama with his wife Toni. They have three grown children. Randy enjoys golf, fishing, hunting, and flying his small personal airplane.
Tracy Stapleton ,
Vice President of Business Development
Tracy Stapleton joined the team at Ace Aeronautics, LLC in August of 2018 as the Vice President of Business Development and Experimental Test Pilot. Tracy came to Ace from FLIR Systems, Inc. where he served as the Director of Army Aviation Business Development for the Government and Defense Business Sector from February 2015 until July 2018. He represented FLIR in the Huntsville, AL office and supported PEO AVN, USSOCOM, USASOC, TAPO and NSRW.
Tracy retired from the U.S. Army in December of 2014. He retired in the grade of Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) as a Master Aviator and Experimental Test Pilot with over 14 years of service with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Tracy served multiple tours of duty as an Assault and Attack Helicopter Pilot in Command in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His final active duty assignment was the Regimental Test and Evaluation Officer and Experimental Test Pilot for the 160th SOAR (A).
Tracy is a 1991 graduate of the University of Virginia, Wise. In 2016, he completed an Executive Education program in Leadership and Innovation at Babson College. Tracy’s Military Education included the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course, Warrant Officer Staff Course, United States Naval Test Pilot Course (Class 135), Warrant Officer Aviation Advanced Course, Aviation Officer Basic Course, the U.S. ARMY Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course (High Risk).