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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
An Oregonian-again, Christy joined the team at Composite Approach after leaving the flatlands of Kansas and Corporate America. New to the manufacturing world, Christy hopes to leverage her business and administrative background to help take Composite Approach to the next level. In her spare time she is an avid runner and hiker and is enjoying exploring Central Oregon with her husband.
CNC Team Lead/Design Engineer
Engineer/Lay Up Team Lead
Research & Development Team
R & D Specialist
Tooling Team Lead
Lay Up Team
Lay Up Team Lead
Lay Up Team Lead
Fiberglass Area Lead