As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mr. Hughes provides strategic planning, budgeting, and program oversight as well as evaluation of growth and merger-acquisition opportunities. He brings over 40 years of combined operational, acquisition, and financial military expertise coupled with C-Level experience for companies ranging from $10 million to $1.8 billion in annual revenue. Serving on multiple venture-backed technology and local company boards, Mr. Hughes supports strategic planning, operational evaluation, financial assessment, merger-acquisition, and integration activities. He continues to serve as a technical and business executive consultant to the Air Force and Intelligence Community on major space and fighter weapons systems having been part of numerous source selections, acquisition strategy planning phases, and independent program assessments.
Serving 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Hughes had an array of assignments to include principal personal advisor to the Under Secretary of the Air Force; provided leadership and operational expertise at various command levels, initially as a tactical and training aircraft instructor pilot, academic instructor, and flight examiner; and led the development and acquisition of our nation’s most advanced aircraft and satellite systems.
As a retired Air Force Colonel, Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science degree in Management Science from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy, concentrating on Information Operations and Strategy from the National War College.