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).
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.
J. Keith BucknerVice President of Services
J. Keith Buckner is the Vice President of Services at Pinnacle Solutions, and as such, provides executive direction to multidisciplinary teams to ensure that Service programs and projects remain within the cost, scope, and schedule. He assists the company in reaching goals and objectives related to the respective Business Area’s sales, productivity, profitability, and industry penetration; identifies priorities and improves efficiency with the goal to exceed quality, safety, and customer expectations. Keith Buckner is a Southeast Tennessee native. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He has over 35 years of experience in various commercial, DoD, and Army Aviation executive level operations, manufacturing, and business development. He is an avid aviator and an active commercially-rated helicopter pilot. He has served as a panel expert on various technology transition and advanced technology committees and, since 1995, has led various programs to transition technologies from concept to production. During his career, he has directed numerous advanced technology programs involving hybrid-electric transit vehicles, power, and energy system developments for mobile platforms, water purification technologies, and systems development initiatives for anti-submarine warfare technologies.
Rich SneedVice President for International Business Operations
Rich Sneed is the Vice President for International Business Operations at Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. In his role Mr. Sneed oversees all Pinnacle international direct commercial sales work related to program, training, and technical services. Mr. Sneed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy. After graduation he served in various U.S. Army logistics positions at Fort Hood, Texas supporting the maintenance and readiness of troops and their equipment in garrison and deployments. With his unit, Rich deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Vigilant Warrior. Once Rich transitioned out of the U.S. Army, his civilian jobs included several positions at Emerson Climate Technologies, Director of Nation Building Programs at Agility Defense and Government Services, and Global Sales & Marketing Senior Manager at Boeing supporting US Army services and international programs.
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.