Leadership

Mark W. Mirelez

President/CEO

Beginning with his service in the military through various leadership positions across a number of defense companies, Mark Mirelez has spent his entire career supporting the defense and space industries.

Since 2018, he has served as president and CEO of BEI Precision Systems and Space Company, a leading provider of highly accurate, resilient and reliable positioning sensor technologies for mission-critical space and military applications. In this role, Mark is responsible for the entire family of companies affiliated with BEI including BEI Precision, Wenzel Associates, Croven Crystals and Thistle Design.

Prior to joining BEI, Mark worked at DynCorp International, an aviation and logistics services company supporting U.S. and foreign government customers, where he first served as vice president of global supply chain before being named vice president and general manager for the company’s aviation, engineering, logistics and sustainment division. Earlier in his career, Mark served in executive leadership roles at Norvell Electronics, Rockwell Collins and National Instruments.

Mark served in the United States Air Force as a contracts and acquisition officer from 1993 to 1999.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University. He sits on advisory boards for the Center for Global Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the Aviation and Logistics program at the University of North Texas.

Kristin B. Gawlik

CFO/Vice President

Ms. Gawlik joins BEI Precision with over 20 years of experience in various financial management roles, primarily in the government-contracting domain.

Prior to joining BEI Precision, from 2014-2016 Ms. Gawlik served as Chief Financial Officer of VT Group, a private equity-owned provider of advanced engineering and logistics solutions primarily to government customers, where she held direct oversight of all finance activities including strategic planning and forecasting, government contract compliance, and optimizing shared services across the organization. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer for VT Group, Ms. Gawlik served as Chief Financial Officer for its Technical Services Division where she had direct oversight of finance, treasury, contracts, and tax across multiple companies within the division.  Ms. Gawlik has also held senior finance positions at Lockheed Martin and Kelly Air Force Base as a member of the U.S. Civil Service.

Ms. Gawlik holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting as well as a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University.

Eric G. Forstner

Vice President of Business Development

Eric Forstner as Vice President of Business Development. Eric has thirty-six years of experience in business development.  He has held various BD positions with Data Device Corporation, Cobham Microwave Electronics, Rodelco Electronics, most recently as Director of Business Development with Harris Corporation.

Mr. Forstner holds a BSEE from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from The Polytechnic Institute of New York University.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

Steve Schmitt

Vice President of Engineering

Steve Schmitt joined BEI Precision as Vice President of Engineering in March of 2020. Steve joins us following his position as Senior Engineering Manager & Chief Engineer. Combined Steve has over 30 years of Engineering experience with leadership positions at Metro-Optix, Rockwell Collins, and most recently L3-Harris.

Mr. Schmitt holds a BSEE from Oklahoma State University and an MSEE from Southern Methodist University.

 

Wilfred J. Schultheis

Director of Operations

Mr. Schultheis attended the University of Manitoba and is certified in Production and Inventory Management from the American Production and Inventory Control Society. Mr. Schultheis is responsible for the Operations team at BEI Precision. This team consists of Production Control, Purchasing and Materials, all of Production, as well as Manufacturing Engineering. Mr. Schultheis is also the Government Property Administrator.

With thirty-five years’ experience in materials and manufacturing Mr. Schultheis has worked as a Master Scheduler, Purchasing Agent, Materials Manager, Warehouse Manager, Planning and Production Manager in both Aerospace and Heavy Equipment manufacturing.

David N. Dam

Vice President Programs

David joined BEI Precision in March of 2005 as a Program Manager. David came to BEI Precision after previous engineering experience with Rockwell Collins as a Hardware Design Engineer as well as a Senior Electrical Engineer.

While at BEI Precision, David has held the positions of Deputy Program Manager, Program Manager, Senior Program Manager, Director of Military Programs and Sales Administration. David is currently the VP of Programs and help manages both Space and Military programs.

John T. Beasley

Chief Engineer

John Beasley is the Chief Engineer for BEI Precision. In his 20+ years at BEI PSSC, Mr. Beasley has also served as Systems Engineering Manager from 2014 to 2017, Engineering Manager from 2004 to 2014, Space Program Manager from 2002 to 2004, Space Project Engineer from 2000 to 2002, and Electronics Design Engineer from 1998 to 2000. Under these titles, he has been responsible for product development, product design maintenance, internal R&D projects, technical infrastructure development, customer interface, program planning, program performance, and for detailed circuit design and analysis for space encoder products. He has been recognized by numerous customers for his accomplishments solving complex, multi-disciplinary problems.

Mr. Beasley came to BEI PSSC from Raytheon (formerly Texas Instruments Defense Group) in Dallas, Texas, where he was a Systems Engineer on military infrared and visible-light systems for use in threat warning, target detection and recognition, target tracking, fire control and missile flight control. He has been published in the Texas Instruments Technical Journal on the performance modeling of Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) systems.

Mr. Beasley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction in Physics from Hendrix College and a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas.

Steven C. Parker

Sr. Director Performance Excellence

Mr. Parker is the Performance Excellence Senior Director responsible for our quality management system, product reliability, continuous improvement, compliance, EH&S, and facilities management. Prior to BEI Precision, Mr. Parker was the Director of Continuous Improvement at DynCorp International, where he covered a $1.2B Aviation business segment with over 23 domestic and international programs focused on aviation maintenance, operations, and supply chain.

Mr. Parker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the University of Michigan. He is also an AS-9100D/9110C trained auditor through the International Aerospace Quality Group and is a certified Occupational Safety and Health Professional through the OSHA Academy.

Michael W. Francis

Chief Information Officer

Michael Francis was named CIO of BEI Precision in November of 2015. Prior to his appointment, Michael served as BEI Precision’s MIS Manager from 2007 – 2015 and had direct oversight of business-critical software services and systems. He has over 16 years of experience in MIS/IT, project management, and personnel management.

Michael holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Central Arkansas.