President - Richard L. Manganello
Rick is the Founder and President of Windmill International, Inc.
A proud “Army Brat” Rick attended high school in post-war Okinawa where he was active in Explorer Scouting. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Rick served as an Air Force Officer for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1988. His assignments included Wing Mechanical Engineer in the 381st Strategic Missile Wing (Titan II), SR-71 Systems Engineer in the Strategic Air Command’s Aircraft Engineering Division, Test Engineer and Logistics Specialist in the AWACS Program Office, Chief of AWACS Logistics at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Chief Engineer of Pave Mover/Joint STARS, and Engineering Lead on Electronic Support Measures (ESM) Program for the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Agency (NAPMA).
Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1988, Rick founded Windmill International, Inc. in order to directly support NAPMA in completion of its ESM program. Realizing that NAPMA needed significant additional support he submitted an unsolicited proposal to them to provide an expanded scope of work. They agreed, and Windmill engaged a growing number of AWACS experts to support NAPMA and their ongoing task of sustaining NATO’s fleet of AWACS aircraft. In the process, Windmill extended its reach to virtually all AWACS customers worldwide and added a full range of acquisition support services across a spectrum of Air Force Programs.
Rick feels blessed by the incredible support he and Windmill have received from hundreds of professionals who have ably served the company since its inception. To reward their talent and commitment, Rick conveyed 49% of the company to these members as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
In addition to Windmill, Rick is very active in Rotary International, is President of not-for-profit Pure Water for the World, is co-founder and Past Vice Chairman of the Nashua Bank, and past Director of Rivier College.
President of AQYR Technologies Inc: Mr. Jay Davison
Jay Davison, President of AQYR, a wholly owned subsidiary of Windmill International Inc. Mr. Davison will provide direction,
overall guidance, and management to the AQYR team. Mr. Davison was
recently responsible for directing AQYR’s Government Programs. His
leadership spans procurement, engineering, manufacturing, quality,
training, field service and the help desk. Mr. Davison has extensive
telecommunications and technology experience garnered from both
commercial industry and the military.
Since 2006, Mr. Davison has been a core
member of AQYR and is a named inventor on AQYR products. He held
technical roles at DTC Communications, Inc., iBasis Inc. and the US
Military prior to joining AQYR. Mr. Davison is US Marine Corps veteran
and graduated from the GMF SATCOM Technician Signal School and Marine
Corps C&E Schools.
Vice President of Professional and Engineering Services: Mr. Steve Chimelski
Mr. Steve Chimelski, Vice President of the Professional, & Engineering Services Division for Windmill International, Inc., has more than 35 years of weapon systems acquisition, strategic business development and industry operations experience. Steve is a seasoned professional combining more than 22 years’ acquisition program management experience in the US Air Force with 14 years’ experience in industry operations leadership and business. He is an energetic executive with a background in both small and large companies, in addition to the federal Government. Well versed in today’s information technologies, Steve has a credible background leading successful programs and bringing them to completion.
Like our founder, Mr. Chimelski served the US Air Force with pride for over 22 years. He was a test manager for 5 years and a program manager for more than 17 years. His career began in the Aeronautical Systems Center (Formerly ASD and now called the AF Life Cycle Management Center) Moving from a staff test manager, he assumed the concurrent duties as the test manager for the HH-60 Helicopter, The Combat Talon II C-130 Aircraft and V-22 Tilt-Rotor, at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
His career changed from aircraft acquisition to radar acquisition, as he transferred to Hanscom AFB, MA (formerly Electronics Systems Center (ESC)) where he managed the Joint FAA-Air Force Radar Replacement Program prior to managing two Over-the-Horizon Backscatter (OTH-B) Radar programs; one, jointly with the United Kingdom (UK), and one for the USAF West Coast OTH-B Program.
After a 20-week Defense Systems Management College, DOD Program Management Course at Ft. Belvoir, VA, he was assigned to HQ Air Force Material Command (HQ AFMC), where he managed Modeling & Simulation Policy for the new command formed from the merger of the USAF’s Systems and Logistics Commands. From there, he was assigned as the F-15 Chief of Avionics, managing over 30 avionics programs for the F-15 aircraft. His next assignments took him back to Hanscom AFB where he was Deputy Director to the Combat Air Forces Directorate, the Global Air Traffic Navigation and Landing Division Chief and finally, the Center’s Staff Director for Strategic Planning. His career provided him an understanding of the Government’s way of doing business that cannot be taught in business schools.
This privilege of serving in the Air Force allowed Steve to build the leadership, management and technical skills necessary to be successful in our business. After more than 10 years with a small, 600-person company, which grew to 12,000 employees, he came to Windmill International.
From his initial position as Windmill International’s Director of Business Development, Steve moved on to manage Windmill’s largest division, the Professional & Engineering Services Division. As Vice President of Professional and Engineering Services, Steve Chimelski brings experience, commitment and energy to our Company.
After multiple assignments at Hanscom AFB, he is also a familiar face at the USAF Electronic Systems Center (now also called the AF Life Cycle Management Center) and takes great pride supporting the mission of the Warfighter. Years of Program Management, both inside and outside of Government, have left him with experiences in growing, adapting and refining corporate approaches, overcoming challenges to provide the best solutions to the customer.