Leadership

EOS Defence Systems USA, Inc.


Brigadier General (Retired) Phil Coker served with the US Army in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a Cavalry Officer and Analyst for 32 years.  After retirement, he joined the defense industry as a Director, ultimately managing four production facilities in the US and UK, building robots and command and control systems for the Department of Defense and Law Enforcement customers.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from USC and is currently pursuing another Master’s from the University of Texas in Dallas.  He was one of the founding members of the Heartspur Group, and serves as the VP of Operations.  He has extensive experience in government pursuits, new product development, leadership training, holds a certificate in executive and leadership coaching, and has been giving keynote addresses for over 20 years
Phil Coker
President

Brigadier General (Retired) Phil Coker served with the US Army in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a Cavalry Officer and Analyst for 32 years.  After retirement, he joined the defense industry as a Director, ultimately managing four production facilities in the US and UK, building robots and command and control systems for the Department of Defense and Law Enforcement customers.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from USC and is currently pursuing another Master’s from the University of Texas in Dallas.  He was one of the founding members of the Heartspur Group, and serves as the VP of Operations.  He has extensive experience in government pursuits, new product development, leadership training, holds a certificate in executive and leadership coaching, and has been giving keynote addresses for over 20 years.

Colonel (Retired) Jim Heverin served with the US Army as an Artillery Officer and product developer for almost 30 years, including service in the US and Europe as well as the Middle East.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a Master of Science from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  Upon retirement from the Army he was hired to manage and lead hardware production programs for a major defense contractor; culminating in his assignment as CEO of a robotics company.  He has extensive experience leading organizations and turning around failing operations as well as a complete understanding of the DoD acquisition system.  He also brings a strong background in production operations as well as full insight into complex systems integration.
Jim Heverin
Vice President Programs

Colonel (Retired) Jim Heverin served with the US Army as an Artillery Officer and product developer for almost 30 years, including service in the US and Europe as well as the Middle East.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a Master of Science from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  Upon retirement from the Army he was hired to manage and lead hardware production programs for a major defense contractor; culminating in his assignment as CEO of a robotics company.  He has extensive experience leading organizations and turning around failing operations as well as a complete understanding of the DoD acquisition system.  He also brings a strong background in production operations as well as full insight into complex systems integration.

Steve Below has over twenty-five years of business development experience.  He is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and holds Master of Science degrees in Electromagnetic Theory and Information Management.  His broad-based strategic planning career has given him hands-on knowledge of conducting client needs assessments, creating a shared sales vision and building strategic alliances. Perhaps more important is his ability to evaluate company/client needs, and then develop a solution that meets those needs.  In addition, he holds Quality Management System certifications in CMMI and ISO.
Steve Below
Vice President Operations

Steve Below has over twenty-five years of business development experience.  He is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and holds Master of Science degrees in Electromagnetic Theory and Information Management.  His broad-based strategic planning career has given him hands-on knowledge of conducting client needs assessments, creating a shared sales vision and building strategic alliances. Perhaps more important is his ability to evaluate company/client needs, and then develop a solution that meets those needs.  In addition, he holds Quality Management System certifications in CMMI and ISO.



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Meryl Kovac
Director of Contracts

Meryl Kovac has over 35 year’s experience in all aspects of government contracts management.  She is a graduate of the University of Redlands and during her career with various defense industry companies has held positions of great responsibility including Senior Contracts Manager, Division Contracts Operations Manager and Deputy Program Manager.  She has extensive experience with FAR and DFAR requirements, risk management, performance compliance, managing multiple contract types, government negotiation and has routinely directed contracting for individual programs worth more than $700M.  In one two-year period she personally negotiated contracts worth more than $1B.   She has led and developed Contracts personnel throughout her career and is a master in managing difficult customer relationships.

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Elizabeth Mudler
Operations Manager

Elizabeth Mudler is a passionate Consultancy Professional known for her unwavering work ethic, dedication, and commitment to customer satisfaction. Throughout her multifaceted career she has gained extensive hands-on expertise in contracts, accounting, data management and operational support in commercial, defense and community service organizations.

No matter what venture she takes on, Elizabeth strives to be a trusted asset who consistently produces top-quality work that helps advance her company and cater to the needs of her customers.

During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending quality time with her family who inspire her to be her best version daily. She is happily married and a proud mother of 2 beautiful children.

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Dan Pline
Facilities Manager

Dan Pline brings 30 years of maintenance and production facilities management to the EOS team.

He has served in the U.S. Air Force as a Material Facilities Specialist. Along with 12 years in the electric motor and control repair industry, an associate's degree in electronic technology. Dan has the experience to bring efficient and effective production techniques to the EOS group.

Having lived in the Huntsville area for the most of his life, his contacts in the management of facilities are time tested and broad reaching.

Dan has a blended family of six children, four grandchildren, plays the banjo, and combined with his volunteer work at Huntsville Botanical Garden, where his wife Soozi works, he enjoys a full life!



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Executive Officers


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Fred Bart
Chairman

Fred Bart has been Chairman and Director of numerous public and private companies since 1980, specialising in manufacturing, property, technology and marketable securities. Mr Bart is Chairman of Immunovative Therapies Limited, an Israeli company involved in the manufacture of cancer vaccines for the treatment of most forms of cancer. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Appointed to the Board on 8 May 2000.

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Ben Greene
Group Chief Executive Officer

Dr Greene established laser space tracking in Australia and the US Army remote weapon programs, and is the founding CEO of EOS. He is widely published in science and technology, has authored numerous patents, and his work has been recognised by NASA and USAF awards. Ben is a past member of Australia’s Prime Ministers Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC), CEO of the CRC for Space Environment Management and Deputy Chair of the Western Pacific Laser Tracking Network (WPLTN). Appointed to the Board on 11 April 2002.

Scott Lamond
Scott Lamond
Group Chief Financial Officer

Scott joined the EOS team in 2006 and was appointed CFO in 2012. He brought to the team a wide range of experience in SME manufacturing, particularly agricultural machinery. As a CPA, Scott has been able to support the group with the management of ERP systems used by the military business. He is well grounded in the commercial aspects of doing business after initially starting his career in insolvency and reconstruction. Prior to joining EOS, Scott has been Financial Controller for privately owned companies for 14 years.



Pete Short
Pete Short
Group Chief Operating Officer

Pete joined EOS in January 2016 as VP, Strategy and Business Development. Pete served in the Australian Army from 1984 to 2015 as an Infantry Officer. He served in Somalia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan (twice) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for action in Iraq. His last appointments in the Army were as Director General, Land Development and Director General, Base & Customer Support Services. He has a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), Bachelor of Social Sciences (Human Resources Management) and is a Thai linguist.

Craig Smith
Craig Smith
Chief Executive Officer, Space Systems

Ian Dennis BA, C.A. is a Chartered Accountant with experience as director and secretary in various public listed companies and unlisted technology companies in Australia and overseas. He has been involved in the investment banking industry and stockbroking industry for the past twenty five years. Prior to that, he was with KPMG, Chartered Accountants in Sydney. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. Appointed to the Board on 8 May 2000.

Grant Sanderson
Grant Sanderson
Chief Executive Officer, Def. Systems

Grant joined EOS in January 2018 although he has worked on major EOS development activities as a consultant during 2016 and 2017. He is a military veteran of 25 years who prior to joining EOS was the Vice President Strategy and Business Development in Australia for the Israeli defence technology company Elbit Systems. Prior to joining Elbit Grant was the General Manager Strategy for the Thales Australia Land Division and was instrumental in the major product and manufacturing reforms that brought the Hawkei, Steyr F90 rifle and ammunition products to market including the international sales drive for the Bushmaster PMV.



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Warwick Holloway
President, EOS Defence Systems, Australia

Warwick joined EOS in 2011 and was appointed as the CEO of Defence Systems in 2014. He is responsible for management of the business, control of manufacturing activities, coordination of programs and projects and business development activities. Warwick is listed as an inventor on six patents spanning across consumer electronic and telecommunications products and is named as an author on 12 academic papers. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Monash University. He also holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

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Scott Hicks
VP, Strategy and Business Development

Scott joined the EOS team in 2017 and is a retired Brigadier with over 31 years’ experience in the Australian Army in a broad range of logistic and strategic workforce appointments including leadership roles at various levels responsible for the delivery of logistic outcomes to deployed forces. During his service Scott deployed to the Sinai, Bougainville, East Timor and Afghanistan and was awarded the US Legion of Merit for his service in Afghanistan. He holds a Master of Defence Studies, a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.