Leadership Team

Steve Fendley, Executive Chairman

A co-founder of the company, Steve is responsible for managing 5-D Systems across all locations and programs. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He provides over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry with a focus on unmanned systems. Steve's experience includes extensive overseas program development and support in addition to participation in domestic programs. He is the 5-D Systems design authority for company technical and airworthiness activities. His industry experience includes engineering and management positions with defense contractors, including Northrop Grumman and Tracor Flight Systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Karnes, Vice President, Business Operations

Kim is responsible for the business operations of the company, including 5-D Systems' Round Rock site programs, Human Resources, Finance, and Contracts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge in Business Administration with an option in Accounting Theory and Practice; and additionally holds a Program Management Professional (PMP) certification. Kim has been in the defense industry for over 15 years and has expertise in program management, specifically development programs. Her industry experience includes finance and management positions at BAE Systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Truett Atchley, Director, Huntsville Operations

Truett is responsible for managing 5-D Systems' Huntsville, Alabama location. Truett holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of South Florida and a Master’s of Science in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a former Army Aviator with experience flying the UH-60 and UH-72 rotorcraft. Truett has over 15 years’ experience between active duty military service and the defense industry. His industry experience includes aircraft maintenance retrofit management with 5-D Systems, and program management with SAIC for Air Traffic Control Systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Tangedal, Vice President

Craig is a co-founder of the company and has primary responsibilities for unmanned aircraft systems programs. Craig earned a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in electrical engineering, and he brings over 25 years of experience in unmanned aircraft systems. Craig became a lead systems engineer for the QF-4 Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) during development, and was the program’s System Engineering Manager over 10 years of its operation. Craig's experience also includes the QF-106 FSAT, MQM-107E Subscale Aerial Target programs, and the Airbus A400M Network Server System. He now spearheads the company’s unmanned systems growth efforts. His industry experience includes engineering and management positions with defense contractors, including Honeywell Defense Avionics Systems and Tracor Flight Systems.

 

 

 

John Kurkjian, Director of Engineering

John, a co-founder of the company, is the company’s Director of Engineering with over 20 years of experience in systems and software engineering.  John holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, his major in control systems. As Director of Engineering, John manages multiple, concurrent engineering projects and provides technical direction across the company. His industry experience includes engineering roles with defense contractors, including Honeywell Defense Avionics Systems and Tracor Flight Systems.