Tom Fries is currently a Program Manager at General Atomics Aeronautical. Recently transitioned from Marine Corps active duty, his last position was the Chief of Staff and Executive Officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA. During his Marine Corps career, Tom worked as a Program Manager for the Joint Strike Fighter; a multinational, multibillion-dollar program focused on the design and acquisition of the Marine Corps’ future jet aircraft. He has also worked as a director of future operations where he managed planning and future requirements for a 10,000-person team. Tom is certified through the Marine Corps as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is an adjunct professor for Marine Corps College of Continuing Education and Training. Mr. Fries received a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Temple University.