Leadership Team

Ken Arnold

President and CEO

Ken has worked in the Aerospace for over 40 years. Ken started his career in aerospace at age 16 working at a Cessna dealership in Springfield Missouri. He graduated Spartan School of Aeronautics (now Spartan College) and completed training in Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance and earned his FAA A&P mechanics license and his AAS in Aviation Maintenance He also completed training in nondestructive testing and quality control.
He received his BS in Occupational and Adult Education from Oklahoma State University. He also earned his Master’s Degree from Norwich University in Business Administration and Management.
He worked as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic before becoming a faculty member at Spartan School of Aeronautics. He taught for 10 years in the Aircraft Powerplant, Airframe, Nondestructive Testing and Quality Assurance degreed programs. He held positions of Director of Student Records and Director of Powerplant, Nondestructive and Quality Assurance. Ken moved to Director of Quality Assurance with NORDAM Repair in Tulsa Oklahoma. While at NORDAM, Ken held the positions of Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Information Systems, and Director of Material and Inventory. In 1999 Ken took the position of Director of Operations over NORDAM Europe (Cardiff Wales) where he worked to improve the European operations.
In 2004 Ken took the position of V.P. of Operations for Marianna Airmotive Corp. (MAC). MAC was the largest facility outside of the Warner Robins AFB depot completing repair, overhaul and manufacture of new parts for the C5 Galaxy aircraft.
In 2015 Ken took the V.P. and General Manager position at Honeycomb Aircraft Repair Center. HARC was a start-up and is whole owned by Honeycomb Company of America. In 2017 Ken was promoted to President/CEO of Honeycomb Company of America residing in Sarasota, FL.
Ken has authored two books. “Quality Assurance: Philosophies, Methods and Technologies” McGraw Hill and “The Managers Guide to ISO 9000” Simon Shuster. This book was translated into Portuguese and sold across Europe and South America.

Kevin Pierce

Sr. Vice President of Operations

Kevin joined HCOA in 2017. He brings 29 years of Aerospace Experience, with the last 13 years in increasing levels of management responsibility in commercial and military aircraft, including line maintenance, heavy checks, modifications, manufacturing, conversions, and the setup of FAR145 Repair Stations. He has extensive experience in Operations, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Supply Chain. Prior to joining HCOA, Kevin has worked in both large and small aviation businesses in both manufacturing and MRO.

Daphane Ramsden

Corporate Controller

Daphane is our Controller and has been with the HCOA since 2015. She has over 20 years of financial reporting, budget and taxation experience. Previous to HCOA, Daphane spent 12 years as an Accounting Manager / Cost Accountant for the multi-location company Downs Paint & Body, Inc. in Pace, FL., and 4 years as a staff accountant at public accounting firm, John Ducker & Company, Milton, FL.
Daphane has a passion to create an enjoyable workplace for all employees and is constantly looking for additional ways to improve the workplace environment and culture.
Personal interests include coaching youth softball programs and travelling with family and friends.

Steve Day

Buiness Development Manager

Steve joined HCOA, Inc. In 2017 as the Operations Manager for Honeycomb Aircraft Repair Center located just outside of Pensacola, FL. In June 2019 he relocated to Sarasota, FL. to become Honeycomb's corporate Business Development Manager.
Steve has over 40 years' experience in the aerospace industry. His introduction to aerospace was as a pilot. He has over 3.200 flight hours and held numerous positions including Chief Pilot of a turbine aircraft flight department. Beyond flying, he sold corporate jets and was West Coast regional manager for Executive Air Fleet; the company that invented executive jet management. Steve later worked with Learjet, serving as Manager of Product Support Marketing, and lead the marketing efforts that turned struggling factory service centers into substantial corporate contributors.
Steve has a BA in Marketing from the University of Tennessee.

Rupam Modi

Director of Contracts and Customer Service

Rupam joined the HCOA team in 2009 and has held supervisory, Managerial, and Director roles. In January 2018, Rupam transitioned from Director of Quality to his current role of Director of Continuous Improvement. In this role, he is leading the teams in continuous improvement projects, employee idea implementation, Root Cause and Corrective Action, and the 4DX program. In 2018, he lead the team in the review, selection, training, and implementation of our new ERP system.
Rupam holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and a MBA from Moravian College. In addition, he holds ASQ certifications in Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, Quality Manager, and Quality Auditor.

James Bakay

Engineering and Quality Manager

James joined the HCOA team in 2013 as the Engineering Manager. With a leadership philosophy grounded in integrity, James ensures the engineering and quality teams assist their partners in production to fabricate exceptional products meeting the requirements of multiple aerospace equipment design authorities. Since joining HCOA, James has developed, implemented, and sustained several new processes as well as modernized our manufacturing techniques. Prior to joining HCOA, he earned his A&P License and worked as a landing gear overhaul specialist for 10 years. Later as an engineer, he designed equipment modifications for a Part 135 airline. From sheet metal forming, honeycomb core cutting, to composite bonding, James has the education and experience that allows HCOA to deliver exceptional products and services to its customers.
James holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida and FAA A&P License.

David Herbert

Director of Support Services

David Herbert joined the HCOA team in 2013, and currently serves as the Director of Support Services at Honeycomb Company of America. With a mission of enabling manufacturing success, David oversees the management of Engineering, Quality, Supply Chain, Training, and New Product Development departments. Collectively, the Support Services team provides the support needed to produce correct and on-time products while constantly striving to exceed Customer expectations. As a member of the Honeycomb leadership team, David has been an integral part of the company’s development and growth in manufacturing capabilities and talent.
Prior to Honeycomb, David served in roles of progressively increasing responsibility in multiple professional disciplines at Lockheed Martin for over 16 years including Liaison and Design Engineering, Systems Engineering, Structural Analysis, Program Management, Supply Chain Operations, Process Improvement, and Strategy Development. Significant leadership roles included serving as a Project Engineer for Lockheed Martin’s L-1011 and JetStar Commercial Aircraft Programs, Certified Parts Program Manager, and Program Operations Lead for Global Supply Chain Services.
David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in structural analysis, and is a certified Lockheed Martin Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.
With over 20 years in the aerospace industry, David continues to be a Customer focused and results driven leader with a passion to pursue life, challenges, and success.

Terry Sowers

Facilities Manager

Terry Sowers joined HCOA in 2007. Terry was promoted to Facilities Manager in February of 2018 after holding several department positions over the years, including Surface preparation technician, Heat treat and Autoclave operator. In January 2011 Terry was transferred from autoclave operator to First Article Expeditor where he performed multiple tasks in our production scheduling and build process from raw material to final product. Terry’s abilities were quickly recognized by his superiors and in 2012, on top of his First Article responsibilities he was promoted to Bonding supervisor where he was responsible for the final build process until 2015, when he transferred to Autoclave supervisor.
Terry served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993 as an Aviation Ordnance Tech. on A-6 Intruders (fixed wing) and CH-53E, UH-1, Ch-46 helicopters. He served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Provide Comfort in Bosnia. Terry is a Life Member of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and a past Junior Vice Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3233 of Sarasota, Florida. Terry is happily married and has a son and two daughters. When time allows Terry enjoys playing golf with family, friends and coworkers.

James W. Warren

Training Manager

James joined HCOA in 2015. He has held the positions of Production Scheduling, Production Control Coordination & Management, Program Manager, and is currently the Training Manager.
James has 32 years of Aerospace Industry experience in various disciplines; 15 years in Flight Data Telemetry Systems, 10 years Avionics Flight Systems (Test Engineering) performing Depot Level Avionics System Repairs (NASA Space Shuttle Logistics Depot), and 7 years in Manufacturing Avionics & Airframe Assemblies.
He holds undergraduate degrees in Electronics, Computer Engineering, Professional Administration, and graduate degrees in Management & Leadership, Human Resources and Training & Development. Certifications includes Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Total Quality Management Facilitator, Lean Bronze Practitioner, Certified Manager (ICPM).

Tom Horrocks

Production Manager

Tom joined Honeycomb in 1986. His first job was fabricating the aluminum honeycomb core we use in our products. Over the years Tom has progressed through the company and its various departments. He has held supervisory positions in the core shop, drill shop, detail fabrication and inspection department. With every new position he learned about a different aspect of building Honeycomb's products. Today, Tom is using decades of hands-on experience in production and management to oversee the wide variety of production activities at Honeycomb.