OUR FOUNDER, LOUIS E. CHALL

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Team

Dr. Philip A. Roberts - Manager and President

Dr. Roberts is the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Processor Architectures, LLC ("APA"). He previously held Senior Management positions at Ford Motor Company and Ford Aerospace Corporation, and he served as Regional General Manager at Technical and Management Services Corporation.

He is a retired Colonel, United States Air Force, with 23 years of active duty service, including positions as Director of Technology, Advanced Research, Special Projects (Stealth programs); Executive Secretary, USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the USAF Academy; fighter pilot; flight instructor; and test pilot. Colonel Roberts has been awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism and extraordinary achievement while in flight, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal by the US Air Force.

As a result of his civilian and military positions, Dr. Roberts has extensive experience with global interfacing of operating organizations and management teams, and he possesses expertise in high technology product evaluations, applications, development, training, and installations.

He holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and an M.S. in Astronautics from Purdue University; and a B.S. in Engineering Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Dr. Roberts has long been actively involved in a host of professional, technical and educational organizations, including:

  • Prior Chairman of the Board, National Business Aviation Association
  • Technology Transfer Society
  • Association of Old Crows
  • Aviation Director's Roundtable
  • Adjunct Professor, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

Dr. Roberts teaches seminars on personal leadership, teamwork and business aviation across the country. He is dedicated to educating and developing the best young leaders possible.

Phil is married to the former Jonell Kay Lloyd of Rockford, Ohio. They have three daughters Deborah, Deidra and Dyan.

John B. Serson - Vice President Technology

John Serson, our close friend and valued colleague, passed away unexpectedly in late April, 2019. At the time of his passing, John served our Company as Vice President of Technology, playing a leading role in driving the strategy and development of the Chall Architecture.

John held a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois, and he had over 40 years of experience in software and combined software/hardware based projects.

Prior to joining APA, Mr. Serson held Principal Software Engineering positions at Lockheed Martin, Loral, Ford Aerospace, and Philco-Ford. Over his distinguished career, he developed operating system interfaces, assemblers and software tools for a variety of application-specific and general-purpose computer systems. For several years, John managed the Image Processing Laboratory and acted as Principal Engineer and technical contributor for the Ford All-Weather Vehicle programs. He also developed telemetry, tracking and targeting software and three-dimensional, real-time graphics display software for defense applications. Representative defense programs that John contributed to include imaging software for the F/A-18 aircraft and the AIM-9R Sidewinder missile. During his long career, John spent time on assignment at the Western Missile Test Range, Vandenburg Air Force Base; at the Army Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Technology Center; at the White Sands Missile Range; and at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center.

After retiring from Lockheed Martin, John operated an independent consulting business providing software services to industrial and private clients, with a special emphasis on developing software for embedded systems and networked systems that control devices both locally and over the internet. John operated this business while serving as the Company’s Vice President of Technology.

John gave generously of his time and talents to The Childrens Bureau of Orange County, California, by developing specialized software to support that organization’s annual events.

We celebrate John Serson’s engineering expertise and his professional accomplishments, but we shall most remember John as a devoted and helpful friend who always was quick to assist in any way he could. He will be sorely missed.

Eugene Hutchins - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hutchins brings substantial business and financial experience to the Company. Mr. Hutchins has held finance, controller and general management positions at two publicly traded companies. He was the CFO of an electronics manufacturer, with operations in the United States and Europe and approximately 700 employees, for over 6 years. He previously was an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 7 years, and has been the chief executive and principal shareholder of a private real estate management and investment company since 1984. Mr. Hutchins is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona earning a Bachelors of Science in Accounting; a California CPA (inactive); a member of Financial Executives Institute; and he has attended Executive programs in Finance and General Management at the Harvard Business School and the University of Southern California.

Heide B. Chall - Secretary

Heide Chall has over 40 years of business experience in sales, marketing and communications. She was an anchor woman for one of Germany's largest television networks before immigrating to the United States in 1968. Mrs. Chall built several successful real estate related businesses in Southern California prior to joining APA.