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Thanks to a strong and strategically successful 2018, the team at Pratt Miller Engineering (PME) is excited to be kicking off 2019, its 30th year in business, with some exciting organizational announcements.
Going forward, the company’s division that serves the Defense and Mobility industries, formerly known as Engineering Services, will be operating under the name Engineered Solutions. This new name more accurately describes the company’s ability to address the entire product development lifecycle and their unique ability to take programs from research and development, engineering and design, prototype manufacturing, test and development, through to low rate production.
To lead PME Engineered Solutions, the company has appointed Kris Houghton to serve as the division’s Vice President. In the 10 years Kris has been with PME, he has been an essential part of diversifying the company’s business portfolio outside of Motorsports.
“Under Kris’s leadership, we have transformed what was once a mainly services-based business into the streamlined, end-to-end product development, solutions-based business it is today,” Jim Miller, PME, Chairman and Founder said. “I am thrilled to see Kris recognized for his contributions to our business.”
Over the past 30 years, PME has also expanded its operations in Motorsports, the fast-paced world in which the company was founded. To lead this side of the business, PME has appointed Brandon Widmer to Vice President of Motorsports.
“In addition to an impressive resume, when Brandon joined us in 2007, he brought a real passion for competition and Motorsports,” said Gary Pratt, PME, Executive Vice President. “He lives and breathes what we do every day and is an integral part of helping Pratt Miller exceed our client’s expectations.”
Brandon will continue to work closely with Doug Louth, PME’s recently appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure the most advanced technology is integrated into the company’s Motorsports operations. Doug has been with PME since 2002, with the majority of those years spent in the Motorsports side of the business.
“There are few people that understand the tech transfer opportunities between Motorsports and production vehicles quite like Doug,” said Brandon Widmer. “He is always looking for opportunities to develop technologies that can improve vehicle performance and the vehicle development process itself, which is why seeing him as our CTO is both exciting and inspiring.”
To lead the company’s strategy and growth plans in all of its business lines, PME has promoted Lynn Bishop, to serve as the company’s first Chief Growth Officer (CGO), an area he has been unofficially filling since he joined PME in 2002.
“Lynn’s inherent entrepreneurial spirit, ability to strategize, and desire to pursue new business opportunities, is like no one I’ve ever met,” said Matt Carroll, PME, CEO. “He is a true visionary and industry disrupter, so this is a very natural fit for him and an exciting transition for our team.”
As CGO, Lynn will lead Pratt Miller’s growth strategy, business development, corporate development, and new venture development, areas that Lynn has already demonstrated strong abilities and interest.
“The promotions of Kris, Brandon, Doug, and Lynn happened naturally for us and it gives me great confidence for us to promote from within,” said Matt Carroll, PME Chief Executive Officer. “If our 30-year history has taught us anything, it is that strong leadership starts with strong employees; employees who are passionate, eager to succeed, and focused on our clients most difficult challenges.”
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