Marti McCurdy, the new owner of Spirit Electronics and current CEO, is a veteran not only of the semiconductor business but also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Marti’s focus as CEO is to serve the aerospace and defense industry for high reliability components. She exercises her engineering knowledge of space qualified flows and sophisticated testing to deliver flight class devices. Throughout her career as a business owner and most recent position as VP, Marti’s goal is to bring her high standard of customer service and cultivated relationships to serve the aerospace sector she is so familiar with. Marti holds a current patent and is a published author in ultrasonic applications.
VP Strategic Business Development
Mr. Zef Malik is an industry veteran with over 40 plus years of Semiconductor experience ranging from IC Manufacturing, Device Characterization, Test and Product Qualification. He was a founder of ICE/IQL Labs and then Silicon Turnkey Solutions, (STS) and remains a respected leader in deliverance for the Military Deep Space and High reliability market. Mr. Malik provides the channel for extensive expertise in the areas of FPGA's ASIC and RF devices which positions Spirit as an integrated OEM distributor that offers OEM devices and value added screened components to the market place.
Mr. Malik retains the position of CEO of SiLife360
Brian Karraker has more than a decade in the Military and Aerospace industry and serves as the Warehouse Manager at Spirit Electronics. He started as a Warehouse Associate with Spirit and was quickly promoted to Warehouse Manager for his outstanding skill in controlling the quality and on-time delivery of the Spirit inventory management. Brian’s meticulous attention to detail ensures that Spirit Electronics meets all industry, ISO 9001 and AS9100C standards, and that our customers receive the highest quality product that meets or exceeds their specifications. Brian is instrumental in the design of the processes and streamlining the logistics of the warehouse, making it a first class facility. Brian manages the warehouse team members and coordinates with the Operations Manager for a smooth operation behind the warehouse doors.
Brian is married and has 2 daughters. He enjoys hunting, fishing, boating – well anything outdoors!
Aaron Grote is a Process Analyst and manages internal IT Support at Spirit Electronics. Aaron is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, with 4 years experience in process improvement and automation in the healthcare and pharmacy industries. Aaron is excited to bring his knowledge and expertise to Spirit and the aerospace and electronics industry.
Aaron was born and raised in Phoenix, and is proud to live in the best city in the world.
Quality Document Analyst
Alyssa's passion for quality in attention to detail and process improvement spans 10 years in the education technology and software industry. Her past 5 years focused on quality assurance testing and team growth, where she developed testing procedures for multiple product lines. Her skills specialize in analyzing quality and processes, and she particularly enjoys creatively solving problems on the job. She is excited to transition to the aerospace and electronics industry where she will focus on quality documentation, records, and process in support of the Spirit Electronics mission.
Her career also took her abroad to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, where she assistant managed the library serving the base's military families. Spirit's own history as a veteran-owned business is particularly meaningful to her as a former military spouse.
Quality Assurance Analyst
Estefania is stepping into her dream job at Spirit working as our Quality Assurance Analyst. She began her quality career in the automotive industry, realizing she enjoyed her role in audits, process efficiency, and product quality assurance. Her professional career has also spanned accounting and human resources positions, giving her a unique perspective on how company roles combine to build an effective team. She is excited to lead the Spirit quality management system to new efficiencies and improvements to meet our customers’ needs for product reliability and timely delivery.
Estefania is originally from Ecuador and moved to Arizona after obtaining her bachelor’s in Management Engineering from Polytechnic Salesian University of Ecuador.
Accounting & HR Manager
Casey O’Connor comes to Spirit Electronics with eight years of experience in business administration, accounting and human resources. Casey started her career as office manager in the retail industry; after a couple years she moved up to human resources, then branched out into recruiting and ultimately landed in accounting. Her varied experience serves her well as she handles the day-to-day office duties and accounting, as well as employee relations and human resources at Spirit.
Casey was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and spent 6 years in Flagstaff during and after college where she acquired an appreciation for hiking and all things outdoors.
Vickie Wessel is a pioneer in the electronics and aerospace distribution arena. Vickie has more than 40 years of business leadership in sales, marketing, procurement, operations, contracts, finance and quality systems management. In 1979, she founded Spirit Electronics, LLC, and grew it into a successful, competitive business that lead to a viable acquisition. Post-sale, her depth of knowledge, skill set and understanding of the business make her a treasured part of Spirit in her continued tenure where she serves as interim COO. Vickie’s innovative and business focused leadership and her continuous pursuit of quality and customer satisfaction has resulted in Spirit achieving many supplier excellence awards from Spirit’s customers, Distributor of the Year by Arizona’s Minority Business Development Agency, Distributor of the Year by the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council, and Region IX Subcontractor of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration.
Senior Account Manager
Laura Bowling currently serves as Senior Distribution Account Representative for Spirit Electronics. She has more than 37 years in the electronics and aerospace industry. She worked for Siemens Corporation from 1980 until 1992 when she joined Spirit Electronics. Laura is the liaison between the customer and our franchised suppliers and provides prompt, courteous and solutions-oriented customer service. Laura leads the way for all account managers within Spirit with her incomparable ability to educate and cultivate the Spirit culture of kindness, respect, leadership and teamwork.
She is a native of Phoenix, AZ and enjoys the many opportunities that Arizona offers.
Strategic Account Manager
Kate Hopeman has more than 20 years of experience in the defense/aerospace electronics industry as Director of Worldwide Sales for Microsemi/White Electronic Designs, supplying memory, processor and GPS products to government subcontractorsacross many of the major weapons and aircraft platforms. Most recently, as an entrepreneur, she was co-owner of OCM Recycle West, an electronics recycling company, ensuring that electronics are disposed of responsibly and that those that are still usable are repurposed to extend their useful life. Additionally, Kate is Board President of Homeless Youth Connection, a non-profit organization that helps teens experiencing homelessness graduate high school and develop a plan for the future. Kate is also an Honorary Commander for the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. Kate has used the knowledge gained from her electronics career to successfully run and grow her electronics recycling company and help steer Homeless Youth Connection’s growth. Kate hails from the east coast, but has lived in Arizona for 25 years.
Strategic Account Manager
Patty Hannon has been an Arizona resident for over 30 years originally from Syracuse, New York . Patty was formerly a co-owner of OCM Recycle West in Tolleson, AZ. OCM Recycle West (OCM) is a small, woman-owned business servicing the Phoenix metropolitan area and greater Arizona. OCM’s mission is to Responsibly recycle electronic items, keeping as much as possible out of landfills, create employment for local area residents and help the local community.
She has traveled extensively all over the world in her Director of Strategic Customers role at Microsemi selling memory to the military. Patty served 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Board in 2016.
Patty currently sits on the board of Meals of Joy, a nonprofit organization that supplies affordable or free meals to our senior citizens in the Southwest Valley. She is on the Executive Board of Hope Community Services. Hope Community Services' (formerly West Valley Child Crisis Center) mission is to create lasting solutions for children and families by providing innovative programs to foster safe and healthy communities within Arizona.
Patty was also a Honorary Commander for Luke Air Force Base and has graduated to the The Blue Blazer Squadron (BBS), an Alumni Association of the Honorary Commanders Committee of Fighter Country Partnership (FCP), that shall provide support for the men and women of Luke Air Force Base through FCP, and shall be the prominent volunteer force representing FCP in the community.
Senior Account Representative
Ivan Santana is a SMI Program Manager at Spirit Electronics, Inc. He has over 10 years of experience in distribution and supply chain. Ivan is responsible for customer interactions and communications and also works on all customer reporting and analytics. Ivan also is responsible for all new program implementations.
In 2005, Ivan obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University with a certificate in International Business. Ivan resides in Mesa, Arizona and has 3 children.
Senior Account Representative
Megan Downie has over 15 years of experience in customer service and business administration. In her current role at Spirit, Megan is responsible for developing and maintaining customer relationships. She strives to provide superior customer satisfaction through excellent communication and the capability to fulfill every need.
Born and raised in Chicago, Megan moved to Scottsdale in 2015 to enjoy the gorgeous weather and beautiful scenary.
Sales | Contract Coordinator
Dan Jasinek joined the Spirit Electronics team as a Product Pricing Specialist in October 2018. He is new to the aerospace and electronics industry and excited to learn all aspects of it. Dan spent over 12 years in the furniture industry where he did everything from merchandising to accounting and operations. He is looking forward to building strong relationships with our suppliers and working closely with them to help Spirit Electronics grow.
Dan is a native Phoenician and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Product Pricing Specialist
Melissa Ramirez is a Pricing Product Specialist at Spirit Electronics. She joins the aerospace and electronics industry with 12 years of experience in International Trade (Import/Exports). Her passion for travel, geography, and global affairs led to a career in international ocean container shipping. As she transitions to aerospace and electronics, Melissa looks forward to bringing her vast knowledge of Customer RFQs, Bid and Contract Negotiations, and experience in global trade to Spirit Electronics. She will be responsible for growing business through RFQs/Bid process and building strong relationships with Suppliers.
Born and raised in Arizona, Melissa is a proud University of Arizona Alumni (Bear Down, Go Wildcats!), who enjoys the outdoors and traveling with her husband.
Product Pricing Specialist
As a Pricing Products Specialist at Spirit Electronics Heather joins our team with 19 year of experience in international supply chain and logistics. She will be responsible for handling RFQ’s and bid request as well maintaining supplier communication. Heather is excited to expand her knowledge of the industry and is looking forward to contributing to the continuous growth of Spirit Electronics.