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Penta Participates in Rockets on Parade
March 18th, 2019
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Lunar Landing and has encouraged businesses across Huntsville to get involved. Penta has partnered with the Hampton Cove Middle School STEM club by sponsoring a rocket which will be decorated by the club for display and judging. Rockets on Parade is a way to note our city’s ongoing contributions to the American space program with designs specific to the Rocket City, the monumental achievements of the Apollo program, the future of space travel or through unique artistic expression. The rockets will be judged based on impact, creativity, subject matter and historical storytelling and be on display throughout the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration. An opportunity to view early entries is Panoply Arts Festival in downtown Huntsville, April 26 - 28, 2019.
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Penta Research Announces ESOP
March 7th, 2019
Penta CEO John Gipson announced today that the company will transition to a 100% employee-owned company effective July 1st 2019. Under Penta’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), all participating employees will benefit from the financial success of the company. By transitioning to an employee-owned company, Penta will transition the ownership from the founding owners to the employees without selling to an outside buyer. The result is that there will be no change in the culture, benefits or leadership of Penta, and will allow Penta to experience uninterrupted growth for years to come.
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Penta Employee Wins Rocket City Marathon
December 8th, 2018
Penta proudly salutes employee Brandon York for winning the 2018 Huntsville Rocket City Marathon! Brandon braved cold and wet conditions to best over 1000 other runners in the 42nd running of the event through the streets of Huntsville. Brandon’s winning time of 2 hours 23 minutes and 37 seconds was more than five minutes faster than the 2nd place finisher. A former cross country and track athlete at UAH, Brandon led the race wire-to-wire to take home the $1,000 first place prize. Race time weather conditions were horrendous with the temperature at 41 degrees along with rain, fog and a heavy mist. According to the National Weather Service in Huntsville, the wind chill was 36 degrees with a northeast wind at 8 miles per hour. “My training for the marathon was a nine-week, 57 miles per week workout on the streets of Madison,” said York. “I think the new race directors did a fantastic job with the event and crossing the finish line inside the Von Braun Center arena before a great crowd was certainly awesome.” Brandon is a design engineer for Penta supporting THAAD’s ICOFT project.
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COL (R) Brian Byers Joins Penta Leadership Team
October 1st, 2018
Penta Research is very pleased to welcome COL (R) Brian Byers to the team! Brian will serve as Vice President of Penta Research responsible for leading the Executive Team in identifying opportunities and ensuring positive customer relations. Mr. Byers was previously 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 joining Penta Mr. Byers held 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.
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