The Composite Approach Team

It’s not too often that you run across a work environment where you actually like everyone you work with and call many of your co-workers friends; or strong, caring friends at that… and then there’s Composite Approach–where the closest thing that comes to mind is an old TV sitcom that ran for much of the 80’s called Cheers, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” Except Mike has replaced Norm and Steve is the new “Coach” … well, the list goes on. Meet our team, where we’re more than co-workers, we’re family.

Leadership Team

Brian Harris

Brian Harris

Owner / Technical Director

Husband, father, friend, crew chief; Brian Harris is a man of many talents and titles—mostly, he’s a man of his word. Oddly enough, titles aren’t really his thing, and that’s probably why he is as successful as he is at all that he does. Brian’s keen eye for perfection has set the bar in the composite aircraft industry. From the ground up, Brian has built his business around the basics: trust, honesty, integrity, and the good ole’ fashioned handshake. Since 1997, Brian has sculpted Composite Approach into one of the leading contract composite manufacturers in the industry; with much of our focus being in the Composite Kit Aircraft Sub-contracting business, he is continually pushing our envelope into the world of Advanced Composites as well. Born and raised in Bend, Brian has spent the majority of his life seeking every back road known to exist in Oregon. A long-time bow hunter, off-road four-wheelin’ junkie, dirt bike racer, mountain biker, pilot, and professional tinkerer, it’s a mystery how Brian finds time to sleep.

Holly Harris

Holly Harris

CFO / AR / AP

Wife, mother, friend, crew chief to the crew chief; Holly Harris is hands down one of the nicest women on God’s green earth. Her impeccable organizational skills, stunning sense of class, and orderly detail have given new life to a side of our business that we haven’t seen in our history. Having spent 12 years as our behind-the-scenes bookkeeper, it wasn’t until the fall of 2015 that Holly decided to make it public and official. With a degree in elementary education, Holly has spent several years of her life pouring into the lives and minds of our youth. We’re thankful and blessed to have Brian’s better half here at the office!

Brian Nicholson

Brian Nicholson

Business Development

Growing up as a Michigan native, Brian has known a thing or two about business from a young age. Working his way up as paperboy for the Grand Rapids Press, he eventually worked on building nuclear submarines in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; later to earn his MBA degree. Now his next chapter is right here at Composite Approach where he runs everything from sales to marketing to finance. And that’s not the only thing he runs- Brian is a triathlete, sub three hour marathoner, and Boston Marathon finisher! He appreciates how Brian H. makes sure everyone’s goals are in alignment, and we are all pulling in the same direction at Composite Approach. As a father of two perfect daughters and a husband of more than a quarter century, we are truly grateful to have Brian as a part of our team.

Guy Drescher

Guy Drescher

Lead Engineer/QA Manager

As a kid, Guy had his own drawer full of disassembled appliances—he didn’t put them back together, he just wanted to see how they worked. As he grew older he got a diverse spread of experience putting things together through construction work, dabbling in web design, a database internship, a job at Stereo Planet (setting up wiring for home stereo systems) and house framing. In school he studied computer science, then engineering physics, and ended up obtaining his degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. An internship at Epic Aircraft turned into a position on staff as a mechanical design engineer. Later Guy worked for Lancair as a mechanical engineer, and then at Advanced Energy as a mechanical design engineer, which became the position of engineering manager. Fun fact: Guy first met Brian, and Mike at Father’s House, where Guy later became an associate pastor for a time. These connections led to his current position as senior mechanical engineer at Composite Approach. He appreciates that Brian offers a flexible work schedule, which is helpful for him as a husband and father of four. He also values the quality of private ownership (and with it, the absence of office politics and endless meetings and emails), as well as the fact that he has the privilege of helping to develop his position; he says, “I have more control over my destiny here.”

Mike McReynolds

Mike McReynolds

Fiberglass Production Manager / Facilities Manager

Originally one of the Back Street Boys, Mike can move on the dance floor like none other. Or maybe the story goes something like this. After Brian spent a few years building planes by himself, he decided to hire some help. Some might call it help, some might label it as a really bad nightmare, either way, Mike McReynolds showed Brian a few magic tricks and a sleight of the hand later, became Brian’s go-to man, a “second” of what would become the “three” amigos. Mike is an incredible asset to our team and a machine when it comes to getting things done. He is an “air master”—overseeing production of our fiberglass unit as well as keeping all of our equipment humming. We are truly blessed to have one of the most liked and respected guys around as a part of our team.  An awesome dad to three kids and a loving husband to his better half, Mike spends most of his spare time hanging out with his family.

 

Traci Medeiros

Traci Medeiros

Office Manager

Hailing from the small town of Scholls, Oregon, Traci has over 30 years in office management experience. With a passion for supporting and empowering her team members, as well as a commitment to providing exceptional customer service, Traci thrives in dynamic work environments.

Outside of the office, Traci finds joy in spending time with her family and friends. Traci and her husband are proud parents to their daughter, and they share their home with three feline companions,  who keep them on their toes constantly. In her free time, Traci loves working in her yard, horseback riding, cycling, or finding new trails to hike.

Office Team

Tiffany Nicholson

Tiffany Nicholson

Office Assistant/Shipping/Receiving

Engineering Team

Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards

CNC Team Lead/Design Engineer

Sam Quijano

Sam Quijano

CNC Specialist

Sean Belardo

Sean Belardo

Design Engineer

Jo Carroll

Jo Carroll

Engineer/Lay Up Team Lead

Cory Mays

Cory Mays

CNC Lead

Hunter White

Hunter White

Manufacturing Designer

Research & Development Team

Jack Mulkey

Jack Mulkey

R & D Specialist

Tony Romanio

Tony Romanio

R&D/Assembly Technician

Ashton Tague

Ashton Tague

Technician 1

Quality Management

Jake Elliott

Jake Elliott

Quality Manager

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Quality/Metal Fab

Tooling Team

Matt Hicks

Matt Hicks

Tooling Team Lead

Jessy Howard

Jessy Howard

Technician 1

Lay Up Team

Lisa Soper

Lisa Soper

Lay Up Team Lead

Cesar Mancillas

Cesar Mancillas

Lay Up Team Lead

Maria Barajas

Maria Barajas

Technician 3

Trevor Chervnsik

Trevor Chervnsik

Technician 3

Vicky Johnson

Vicky Johnson

Specialist 1

Patty Colley

Patty Colley

Specialist 1

Assembly Team

Edd McCorkle

Edd McCorkle

Technician 2

Jesse Anderson

Jesse Anderson

Technician

Levi Anderson

Levi Anderson

Technician

Fiberglass Team

Alfonso Cruz

Alfonso Cruz

Fiberglass Area Lead

Esteban Reynoso

Esteban Reynoso

Specialist 2

Ignacio Alonso-Bautista

Ignacio Alonso-Bautista

Specialist 2

Tanner McMaster

Tanner McMaster

Technician 2

Chris Hirata

Chris Hirata

Specialist 2

Travis Klopp

Travis Klopp

Technician 2

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