The Team

FTC has a highly motivated and experienced leadership team with a wealth of knowledge of the aerospace industry.  We are dedicated to continually work with our customers to deliver a World class service whilst continuing to be a great place to work.

Dennis Suedkamp

President

Dennis Suedkamp joined FTC in 2017. He is the President/CEO of Fastener Technology Corp. (FTC), and President of Avantus Fasteners, overseeing California Screw Products (Cal Screw) in Paramount, CA, and Fastener Innovation Technology (FIT) in Rancho Dominguez, CA.

Dennis Suedkamp is an accomplished executive with over 40+ years of industry experience and a proven track record of growth, employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction across several sectors of Aerospace and Defense (A&D).

Dennis holds a BS from the University of Phoenix and the AIET (Aviation Instrument Electronics) from the Spartan School of Aeronautics.

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Tom Boat

President/CEO

Tom Boat, CFO, joined FTC in 2018 after working as a Controller in the Aerospace Industry for eight years.

Tom participated in the company-wide ERP system upgrade in 2018 and the financial integration into Avantus Aerospace in 2019. During this time FTC’s annual revenue grew over fifty percent.

Tom has over 30 years of finance experience including public accounting for a national CPA firm, and financial management positions in the Consumer Products, Entertainment, and Aerospace industries. Tom holds a degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

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Poppy Carellos

Chief Information Officer

Poppy Carellos, CIO, joined FTC in 1985 and has enjoyed several diverse roles including MIS Manager, CFO, and Board Member.

In her current role of Chief Information Officer, Poppy led the company-wide ERP system and IT infrastructure upgrade in 2018. Her focus is to use technology to improve collaboration, performance and align digital strategy with the overall business strategy of the organization.

Poppy has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McGill University and holds several Cyber Security Industry Certifications including the CISSP (ISC2) and SANS GIAC GSEC, GCIH, and GREM.
 

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Rahmi Zorlu

Director of Engineering

Rahmi Zorlu joined FTC in 2006, served in multiple roles and currently serves as the Director of Engineering.

Rahmi has extensive knowledge in both fastener applications and Quality Management Systems (QMS). In his previous roles, Rahmi was responsible for implementing our AS9100 Quality Management System and maintaining compliance to subsequent revisions.  Rahmi also served as Interim Quality Manager before being appointed to Director of Engineering. Rahmi’s focus is continuous improvement with innovation. Rahmi holds an electrical engineering master’s degree from Viterbi School of USC.

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Dave Prakash

Plant Manager

Dave Prakash joined FTC in 1980 from Huck Fasteners as Production Manager. At that time FTC had less than 10 employees. Along the way, Dave wore many hats (costing, planning, outside processing, purchase machinery and raw materials, interviewing and hiring of new production employees etc.) and grew with the company.

In 1994,  Dave was promoted and given the responsibilities of Plant Manager which continues to be his current role at FTC.



 

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Victoria Winer

HR Generalist

Victoria joined FTC in late 2017 to serve as H.R. Generalist and E.A. to the President/CEO. She brings over 30 years of direct experience in all facets of H.R., earning her Designation in H.R. Management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business earlier in her career.

She is currently studying for her SPHR Certification through SHRM and has enjoyed her professional experiences which include HR and Industrial Relations for Price Pfister Plumbing Fixtures, and 20 plus years in the Behavioral Health field.



 

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Robert Baca

EHS Manager

Bob Baca joined FTC in July 2020, and serves as the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for the three Avantus fastener businesses located in Southern California.

Bob has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and has held EHS leadership positions with the Hughes Aircraft Company, Raytheon and most recently Alcoa Fastening System (now Howmet Aerospace).

Bob brings an approach to EHS management that focuses on employee safety, management systems and environmental sustainability.

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