The executive team at Applied Composites represent some of the foremost leaders in the field of aerospace composites. With over 45 years combined experience, our leadership is committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations and providing a safe, family-oriented environment for employees.
David Horner has more than 30 years of leadership and manufacturing experience at multi-national companies in medical device, telecommunication infrastructure, aerospace and defense industries.
With a career focused in extremely competitive markets, David’s rapid advancement from quality engineering and operations management to senior leadership positions has honed his proficiency in optimizing operational performance to cultivate trust-based customer relationships. Before joining Applied Composites, David was President – Polymers and Composites for Meggitt and responsible for twelve sites across four countries. His 10+ years with Meggitt included assignments based in Europe and Asia. David holds a BS in Business Administration and a Masters in Manufacturing Technology, and he’s completed an Executive Leadership Program at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School.
Justin Uchida serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Applied Composites. He directs the day-to-day business at the Lake Forest site (formerly AC&A) as well as strategic operations for the entire company.
Justin began his career in manufacturing at Lake Forest in 2006 as a founding member of the technical staff and has served in crucial design, operations, programming, staffing and fabrication functions. His involvement has been a critical factor in the site’s growth to a premier machining and manufacturing center. He is an authority in metallic tooling fabrication, machining operations and prototyping. Justin also has a strong legacy of novel and innovative approaches on projects such as Tesla and SpaceX, which have yielded unique part counts in excess of 100 tools and composite parts in less than 30 days.
Jorge Garcia is the Chief Financial Officer of Applied Composites and is responsible for the financial management of the company including reporting, planning & analysis and compliance.
Jorge joined the Lake Forest site (formerly AC&A) in 2015 before its purchase by AE Industrial Partners and has served as CFO during three subsequent acquisitions. Prior to joining Applied Composites, Jorge spent many years in the medical device industry where he last served as Vice President of Finance, Global Operations for Beckman Coulter. He has a diverse financial background with emphasis on manufacturing companies and extensive international experience, having served expatriate assignments in both Europe and Asia. Jorge received a BS from the University of Florida and is a CPA.