ARA Leadership

Board of Directors

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James Allen

James Allen, Chairman, has been an ARA Director since 2009. He serves as a Board member and consultant to numerous companies and has over 40 years of extensive financial and management experience, primarily focused on creation of shareholder value.

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Curt Beckemeyer

Curt Beckemeyer has been an ARA Director since 2012 and with ARA since 1999. He is a Senior Vice President and oversees ARA's Advanced Technologies Sector.

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Daniel Chitty

Daniel Chitty has been an ARA Director since 2013 and with ARA since 1985. He is a Principal Engineer in the Test Technology Division and an ARA Associate.

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General Ellen Pawlikowski (Ret.)

General (retired) Ellen Pawlikowski has been an ARA Director since 2019. She is an independent consultant providing expertise to industry and academia on strategic planning, program management, logistics, and research and development.

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Steven Ruggieri

Steven Ruggieri has been an ARA Director since 2015. He has more than 35 years of experience in building and managing technology development and product businesses for both government and commercial markets.

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Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith has been an ARA Director since 2009 and with ARA since 1993. He is a Senior Vice President and serves on the Nominating & Governance Committee and as the Chairman of the 401(k) and Deferred Compensation Committee.

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Robert Sues

Robert Sues has been an ARA Director since 2005 and with ARA since 1986. He is ARA's President & CEO and also serves on the national-level Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

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George Ullrich

George Ullrich has been an ARA Director since 2014 and with ARA since 2013. He is ARA Senior Vice President for Strategy Development.

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Allen York

Allen York has been an ARA Director since 2021 and has been with ARA since 1998. He is ARA's Chief Systems Officer and an ARA Senior Vice President.