OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
John Gipson
Chief Executive Officer
John Gipson is a founder of Penta Research and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman. Mr. Gipson is responsible for setting the direction and vision for Penta. Previously, Mr. Gipson also served as Penta President. Mr. Gipson has over 35 years of engineering and management experience focused on systems analysis and GN&C for missile defense systems. Mr. Gipson has most recently supported the Missile Defense Agency, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin by managing system performance and mission analysis efforts. Prior to joining Penta, Mr. Gipson was a Vice President for THAAD SETA support with Coleman Research. Mr. Gipson’s experience also includes anti-tank weapons analysis, 6DOF simulation development, requirements definition, and algorithm development. Mr. Gipson has an Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University where he graduated with High Honors.
Steve Moore
President
Steve Moore is the President of Penta Research and is responsible for leading the Executive Team in the execution of company operations, setting strategic goals, communicating those goals to the Executive Team and company employees and managing the overall health of the company. Mr. Moore was previously Vice President of Corporate Development for Penta. Mr. Moore has over 30 years of engineering and management experience focused on the development and testing of missile defense, PEO Missiles and Space, SMDC and AMRDEC systems and elements. Prior to joining Penta Mr. Moore held Director and Vice President positions with Gray Research, GH Systems and MacAulay-Brown. Mr. Moore spent 20 years as a civil servant in various leadership positions related to missile defense working intelligence data analysis, ERIS, Army ASAT, THAAD and the GMD program. Mr. Moore holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering from Auburn University.
David Ames
CFO/COO
David Ames is a founder of Penta Research and serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the company. As the CFO, Mr. Ames manages all the Financial, Contractual and Program Management requirements for Penta. As the COO, Mr. Ames runs all aspects of the day to day operation of Penta managing the Facilities, Security and IT requirements of the company. Mr. Ames holds a BS degree in Computer Science and a minor in Accounting from Pensacola Christian College.
Gary Cobb
Vice President - Integration and Test
Gary Cobb is a founder of Penta Research and Vice President responsible for Systems Engineering, Integration and Test. Mr. Cobb has nearly 40 years’ experience in Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Analysis, with the majority of that in support of the THAAD program. While supporting THAAD, Mr. Cobb was instrumental in developing an analytical methodology for test planning, which was later incorporated MDA-wide. Prior to the founding of Penta Research, Mr. Cobb lead various studies and analyses efforts for Coleman Research, after beginning his career with Teledyne Brown Engineering. Mr. Cobb holds a BS degree in Engineering Physics from Murray State University and MS degree in Operations Research from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Cobb manages the Human Resources functions for the company, and his interests include developing and maintaining a positive, fun and rewarding corporate culture for Penta.
Jim Wilson
Vice President - Software/Simulations and Analysis
Jim Wilson is a founder of Penta Research and Vice President responsible for Software and Simulations Development and Analysis. Mr. Wilson has nearly 28 years’ experience in Ballistic Missile Defense high fidelity simulation and component model development and analysis across several programs including THAAD, Aegis BMD, and GMD. While supporting GMD, Mr. Wilson proposed and led the development for the high-fidelity element simulation GMDSim which continues to be used by MDA to represent the GM element in ground test, flight test, and system verification. While working on the THAAD program, Mr. Wilson was the lead developer and GN&C analyst for the government high fidelity element simulation. Mr. Wilson holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Wilson also is a key technical advisor for the corporate IT department.
Brian Byers
Vice President - Strategic Initiatives
Brian Byers is the Vice President of Penta Research responsible for leading the Executive Team in identifying opportunities for the company, ensuring customer relations are positive, and for ensuring teaming with other corporate partners are successful. Prior to joining Penta, Mr. Byers was the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Project Manager with the Missile Defense Agency. Mr. Byers has over 30 years of program management and leadership experience focused on the development and testing of missile defense, testing of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), robotics development, and combat vehicle design and development. Prior to leading THAAD, Mr. Byers was the Deputy Director AMRDEC, Program Manager Ground Vehicle Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and served on the senior Army staff in the Pentagon. Mr. Byers spent over 28 years as an Army Officer. Mr. Byers holds an MBA as well as an MS in Strategic Studies.