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.
Dennis MixChief Financial Officer
Dennis Mix is Pinnacle’s Chief Financial Officer. 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).
Erich ErkerVice President - Services
Prior to joining Pinnacle, Mr. Erker served 25 years in the United States Army, primarily as an aviator and aviation logistician. He has served at the platoon to the Army Theater level as a Maintenance Test Pilot, Commander, Support Operations Officer, Government Flight Representative, and US Army Safety Center Accident Investigator. After leaving active duty Erich served as an Department of the Army Civilian supporting the Redstone Test Center as the Aviation Maintenance Branch Chief and COR, where he was key in executing the BRAC movement from Fort Rucker to Redstone Arsenal. Erich has held Program Manager and Operation Director positions in the aviation industry, supporting the DoD community for the past eight years. He is a master Army Aviator, maintenance test pilot, and maintenance manager who is also a certified A&P mechanic. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Embry Riddle University and a Master Degree from the USAF Air University.
Tina TuckerVice President – Product Development
Tina Tucker is the Vice President of Product Development at Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. In her role, Mrs. Tucker is responsible for strategic growth and operations of the division’s three business areas – Integrated Product Support, Virtual and Web-Based Programs, and Simulator Programs. She provides executive direction to the three highly technical development teams located at Pinnacle’s corporate headquarters, as well as offices in Lexington, KY and Warren, MI. The scope of work for these teams includes training system development and modification, virtual interactive environments, web-based applications, logistics support, graphics and illustration development, and Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs). She is responsible for developing new work, generating/obtaining quotes, and managing/providing full-scale proposal support; sustaining current programs in her division; approving, managing, and allocating resources across multiple programs; and establishing and reviewing program budgets. 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 thirteen years of technical and software development experience working with aviation training systems, with five 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.
Duke Tucker, PMPVice President – Business Development
In his role as the Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Tucker is responsible for implementing Pinnacle’s strategic plans for growth through the pursuit of new business in Pinnacle’s primary business markets. He executes this mission through close coordination with Pinnacle’s President/CEO and the Vice Presidents of Services and Engineering and Product Development to ensure that targeted, deliberate growth is focused on the company’s new business priorities. Prior to joining Pinnacle as a Program Manager in 2011 and subsequent promotions in the Services division, 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.
Terri J. RushingVice President - Contracts
Terri Rushing is Pinnacle Solutions Vice President of Contracts. As the Vice President 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.
Stacey SpringerVice President - Talent Management
In her role as Vice President of Talent Management, Mrs. Springer is responsible for providing executive direction to her team and customer services to internal and external Pinnacle customers. She and her team provide full spectrum TM support to include recruiting and onboarding, employee relations and morale initiatives, union negotiations and relations, compliance, training, benefits administration, and compensation decisions. Prior to joining Pinnacle 2017, Mrs. Springer spent over 13 years in Human Resources with large Department of Defense Contractor organizations. Mrs. Springer holds an MBA and BBA in Human Resources. She also holds a Professional Human Resources Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Arthur J. OvermanVice President - Technical Operations
Arthur Overman is Pinnacle Solution’s Vice President of Technical Operations. In his role, Mr. Overman is responsible for oversight of quality to ensure corporate compliance to AS9100, ISO 9001, and CMMI Level 3 certifications. Additional oversight includes management of the great team of employees responsible for quality assurance, configuration management, facility, security, training and information technology. Mr. Overman has over 30 years of experience with computer related design, development, project management and quality assurance.
Vikki BoyettDirector of Security
Vikki Boyett is Pinnacle Solution’s Director of Security. As Director of Security, 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.
Jeremy HeerdinkDirector – Aviation Maintenance and Operations Programs
In his role as the Director, Aviation Maintenance and Operations Programs, Mr. Heerdink is responsible for the strategic growth and operations of the business area. In support of these responsibilities, he provides executive direction to multidisciplinary teams and represented workforces comprised of program managers, aircrew, maintainers, air traffic controllers, airfield operations, and logisticians. These teams are currently located on two continents and two states and support customers that include, NASA, the USAF (including AFSOC) and the Ft. Rucker Aviation School of Excellence. The employees that make up this business area have backgrounds, skill sets, and experience as Maintenance Test Pilots, Maintenance Examiners, Flight Engineers, Aircraft Mechanics, Air Traffic Controllers, Air Field Operations, and Logisticians. 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, Standardization Instructor, Instrument Examiner and Maintenance pilot. Mr. Heerdink has worked for several fortune 500 companies in Logistics and Operations, to include Amazon, as well as over 20 years of program and project management in the US Army. Mr. Heerdink received a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Jason TerryChief Engineer, Virtual and Web-Based Programs
Jason Terry is the Chief Engineer of Virtual and Web-Based Programs 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.