Mike DurantPresident and CEO
Mike Durant is the Pinnacle President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Durant oversees all aspects of the company, including development of company mission and purpose, ensuring adequate resources and effective management, providing fiscal accountability and budget approval, and establishing strategic plans, goals, and objectives. Mr. Durant is a New York Times best-selling author of In the Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers. He was the pilot of Black Hawk helicopter Super Six Four that was shot down during the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. Mr. Durant was held captive for 11 days, and his story was portrayed in the Academy Award winning movie, “Black Hawk Down”. He retired from the Army in 2001 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 Blackhawk helicopter Master Aviator in the 160th SOAR after participating in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent. In 2008, he was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2013, Mr. Durant was named Vetrepreneur of the Year. He has received the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, the POW/MIA ribbon, and numerous other military awards. Mr. Durant received an M.B.A. in Aviation and a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Duke Tucker, PMPDirector of Program, Training, and Technical Services
In his role as the Director of Pinnacle’s Program, Training, and Technical Services business area, Mr. Tucker is responsible for providing executive direction to multidisciplinary teams and represented workforces comprised of program managers, aircrew, maintainers, engineers, logisticians, and financial professionals. These teams are currently located on three continents and five states and support customers that include NASA, the USAF (including AFSOC), the US Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), and the US Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization (SATMO). The employees that make up this business area have backgrounds, skill sets, and experience as Instructor Pilots, Instrument Examiners, Maintenance Test Pilots, Maintenance Examiners, Flight Engineers, Boom Operators, Aircraft Mechanics, Simulator Technicians, Accountants, Cost Estimators, and Financial/Business Professionals. Prior to joining Pinnacle as a Program Manager in 2011, Mr. Tucker served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, primarily as an AH-1W Cobra pilot. In addition to two combat tours in Iraq in the AH-1W, he served four years at Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) as a Presidential Helicopter pilot and as the Officer in Charge of Marine Aviation Training System Site Camp Pendleton where he managed five training facilities and the scheduling and maintenance of eight H-1 and CH-46E simulators, including the first production AH-1Z and UH-1Y simulators. Mr. Tucker received an M.B.A. (Finance) from Florida Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University. He has also been awarded his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
Tina TuckerDirector of Engineering Development and Light Manufacturing
Tina Tucker is the Director of Engineering, Development, and Light Manufacturing at Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. Mrs. Tucker provides executive direction to three highly technical development teams at Pinnacle’s corporate headquarters. The scope of work for these three teams includes training system development and modification, virtual interactive environments, and web-based applications. She is responsible for developing new work, generating/obtaining quotes, and managing/providing full-scale proposal support; sustaining current programs in her business area; approving, managing, and allocating resources across multiple programs; establishing and reviewing program budgets; and maintaining multiple program schedules to ensure on-time delivery. After starting her career with Rockwell Collins STS as a Software Engineer in 2005, she began working at Pinnacle in 2008 and now has over ten years of technical and software development experience working with aviation training systems, with four years of project, program, and executive level management experience for training systems and simulations. Mrs. Tucker received her Masters of Science in Project Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Austin Peay State University.
Allen RobinsonDirector of Human Resources
Allen Robinson is the Director of Human Resources (HR) at Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. As the director of HR, Mr. Robinson develops corporate policy, provides guidance, and oversite of existing policies. Mr. Robinson is responsible for all aspects of company culture, Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation, employee relations (Union and Non-union), benefits, recruitment, employee retention, company communications, and company ethics. Through these areas of focus, Mr. Robinson sets strategic initiatives and goals, while ensuring compliance with contract and federal requirements. Mr. Robinson holds over 12 years of HR and Acquisition experience in DoD, manufacturing, nonprofit, services industries, and other complex environments. Mr. Robinson is a current member of the National Society of Human Resource Management, and a former board member for the North Alabama Society of Human Resource Management. Mr. Robinson earned a B.B.A (Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior) from The University of Michigan-Flint.
Dennis MixDirector of Finance and Accounting
Dennis Mix is Pinnacle’s Director of Finance and Accounting. His primary responsibility is to oversee internal and external financial reporting, forecasting and accounting systems to ensures the integrity of financial records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Mr. Mix is well versed in establishing account functions, systems best practices, and automation strategies to streamline accounting functions and drive cost savings through robust use of company preferred ERP. Mr. Mix earned an M.B.A (Finance) from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Athens University. Prior to earning his degree Mr. Mix served in the US Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S Army Chemical Activity, Pacific (USACAP) at Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JACADS).
Terri J. RushingDirector of Contracts
Terri Rushing is Pinnacle Solutions Director of Contracts. As the Director of Contracts, she is responsible for developing corporate policy, providing guidance and oversite to staff on contractual issues, negotiating terms and conditions which are compliant with corporate and regulatory requirements, serving as corporate liaison to customers on contractual issues, and providing proposal support. Mrs. Rushing also serves as the point of contact for Corporate Insurance. Mrs. Rushing has over 30 years of experience working in the Federal contracts arena including experience with DoD, NASA and many civil agencies. Her career includes additional skills in negotiation, acquisition & mergers, integration of workforces as well as contract novations & name changes. She is a member of the National Contract Management Association and earned her Masters Certificate in Procurement & Contract Management from the University of Virginia and her Masters of Business Administration from Strayer University. In 2010, Mrs. Rushing received the Huntsville NCMA Paula Cushman Membership Award.
Vikki BoyettFacility Security Officer/Property Manager
Vikki Boyett is Pinnacle Solution’s Facility Security Officer, Property Manager and Export Compliance Officer. As FSO, Mrs. Boyett manages all aspects of the National Industrial Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), maintains the Company Security Program, Safeguards classified material. She also manages and maintains all Corporate and Government Issued Property, and coordinates facility audits and inspections by DSS. In her role as Export Compliance Officer, she has the responsibility for implementation and enforcement of the Export Management and Compliance Program. Mrs. Boyett is certified in FSO Program Management. She is a member of NCMS, The Society of Industrial Security Professionals and SIA, Society for International Affairs. Mrs. Boyett received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Alabama.
Jason TerryProject Engineer
Jason Terry is a Project Engineer for Pinnacle Solutions, Inc., where his primary focus is the development of virtual interactive environments used in simulation and training. Mr. Terry manages a small team of artists, engineers and instructional designers in order to create these virtual environments.Before starting a new career in software at Pinnacle, Jason managed a small, high-end woodworking shop for 13 years. Mr. Terry received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Athens State University and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech University.
Todd BealesProject Engineer
Todd Beales is a Project Engineer for the development and support of Pinnacle web-based applications. Mr. Beales manages a team of software engineers creating modern, innovative solutions for customers. He makes technical decisions, produces data requirements, and sets timelines for project completion. He is responsible for maintaining, updating, and providing phone support for a line of deployed web-based products including the 160th SOAR’s PTMS.Mr. Beales began as a Software Engineer at Pinnacle’s Huntsville branch in March of 2016 immediately after separating from the United States Air Force. He served 12 years in the Air Force as an officer and a C-130E/H and C-130J Evaluator Pilot. His last assignment was Little Rock Air Force Base where he led a team of 40 inspectors conducting base-wide exercises, inspections, and readiness drills to ensure the compliance of wing personnel. While stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, he oversaw the training of all aircrew personnel and maintained the readiness of an entire Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) team in support of theater-wide actions. He deployed four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq flying over 120 combat missions. He has led aircrews throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East. Mr. Beales received an M.B.A. from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.
James OhlmanProject Engineer
James Ohlman is a Project Engineer for Pinnacle Solutions. As a TPM Mr. Ohlman is the technical lead for Pinnacle’s training system development and modification. He is responsible for developing estimates for new business opportunities, system architecture and design, test development and coordination, and subcontractor/vendor interface. He is also the primary point of contact between the development team and customer personnel. He oversees a team of engineers with wide ranging experience in the simulation field, including device modification, new device development and desktop and part-task trainers. Before coming to Pinnacle Mr. Ohlman was the Lead Engineer for the CLS support of the training devices at the 160th SOAR(A) at Ft. Campbell, KY. Mr. Ohlman received a B.S. in Computer Science from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
Arthur J. OvermanQuality Specialist
Arthur Overman is Pinnacle Solution’s Quality Specialist. In his role, Mr. Overman is responsible for all aspects of process and product quality. He develops and maintains processes and procedures to assure corporate compliance to ISO 9001 and CMMI Level 3 certifications. He provides direction and assistance for hardware and software product testing to ensure that quality products are delivered on-time. Mr. Overman has 30 years of experience with computer related design, development, project management and quality assurance. He has designed and developed rack mounted computers and printed circuit boards, served as project manager for an enterprise level software solution and performed both hardware and software quality assurance supporting major corporations. Mr. Overman received an AAS in Computer Design and Drafting from Hinds Community College, Jackson, MS.
Dominic M Scola, PMPInternational Business Development
Dom Scola is the lead for International Business Development at Pinnacle Solutions. In this capacity he is responsible for identifying customer requirements and capability gaps, developing an effective engagement strategy for every identified business opportunity, developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships, serving as capture manager for each business opportunity, and drafting proposals for all international efforts. Currently, Mr. Scola is managing customer engagements in thirteen different countries over three continents. Prior to joining the Pinnacle Solutions team, Dom served twenty years in the United States Army and retired as an Army Acquisition Officer at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to joining the Acquisition Corps, Mr. Scola was an aviation officer and CH-47D, Chinook, helicopter pilot. Dom went on to graduate from the United States Naval Test Pilot School and performed duties as an Army Experimental Test Pilot before finishing his career as the Deputy for Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy --- Prague. Mr. Scola is a Master Army Aviator and is qualified in seven different aircraft and has flight experience in twenty others. Dom graduated from West Point with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology with an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and is currently finishing his thesis for an M.A. in International Relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dom is a Certified Member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Certified Level II in Test and Evaluation and Science and Technology Management and Level I in Program Management. In addition, he is a graduate of the Security Assistance Management Overseas Course and the Mastering Business Development Course. He was awarded his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2016.
Jeremy HeerdinkProgram Manager
Jeremy Heerdink is a Program Manager and the lead for the Aircraft Modernization and Sales business area. Mr. Heerdink is a retired CW4 and Special Operations Aviator that has been on multiple combat tours and flown UH-60A/L’s and MH-47E/G’s as an Instructor and Maintenance pilot. Mr. Heerdink has worked for several fortune 500 companies in Logistics and Operations, to include Amazon as well as over 15 years of program and project management in the US Army. Mr. Heerdink received a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.