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
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.
Keith has more than 14 years working in the aerospace and electronics industry and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. While serving, Keith was awarded two Achievement Medals: Airman of the Month for the 310th Fighter Squadron and nominated Airman of the Quarter. Keith received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Information Technology in 2002 and his Master of Business Administration Degree in 2004. Keith has been with Spirit Electronics for over 10 years and is an integral part of Operations of Spirit Electronics using his knowledge, experience, and learned skills to promote and ensure our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. Keith provides leadership responsibilities for the staff while overseeing the daily operations in conjunction with long term strategic planning and program management for customer projects.
Keith is married with three children and currently resides in Surprise, AZ.
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!
Christy Solko is the Quality Manager for Spirit Electronics, LLC. She started in the aerospace industry more than five years ago. In her current role at Spirit, Christy oversees all facets of the quality management system, including certification to ISO 9001 and AS9100. This position establishes, implements, and maintains the policies and practices necessary to ensure the proper and effective operation of the Quality Management System, QMS. She works closely with the Spirit staff to; ensure customer needs are met, customer satisfaction is exceeded, and to promote continuous improvement.
Prior to this role, Christy worked in the business services industry for Xerox Corporation for more than 18 years specializing in operation management, pricing and contracts management, and Lean Six Sigma. During her career at Xerox she assisted with the creation and implementation of their District customer satisfaction training, Customer First. She also served as her District’s Xerox Community Involvement Program Coordinator.
She is married with two children and currently resides in Surprise, AZ.
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.
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.
SMI Program Manager
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 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.
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.
Account Representative | Outside Sales
Sr Product Pricing Specialist
Mirna Urquidez is new to the aerospace and electronics industry. She has over 28 years in the shipping (import/export) industry working with direct carriers and freight forwarders.
She is a veteran of United States Army. She was with two transportation/Logistics battalions, 4th Infantry division and 68th transportation battalion. This was the start of a long career moving goods around the world.
She brings a vast knowledge of pricing to Spirit Electronics. Her position as Sr Pricing Product Specialist will be to ensure a strong working relationship with suppliers, sales, internal/external customers. She will also be heavily involved in bids, quotes, and support the Quality Manager in Terms/conditions and Quality notes per each bid/request.
She was born in Safford, Arizona, lived in Dallas, Texas for 30 years, and moved to Phoenix in 2013 to be closer to her family.
Product Pricing Specialist
Alyson Kellander joined the Spirit Electronics team as a Pricing Product Specialist in April of 2018. She spent the first five years of her career in ocean carrier shipping and supply chain logistics, handling bid pricing, day-to-day RFQs, and key account contract management. After leaving the ocean carrier industry she transitioned to project management where she gained experience reducing project cycle time and streamlining processes. Her varied experience and keen organization serve her well in her Pricing Product Specialist role where she works directly with suppliers and sales to facilitate accurate and timely turn of customer RFQs.
Alyson was born and raised on the Central Coast of California and moved to Arizona in 2010. She resides in Cave Creek with her husband and their cat.
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.