Dr. Pete Franks is the President of Blackhawk Aerospace Solutions, provides dynamic leadership for a forward-thinking small business that offers small business opportunities to large businesses and government organizations to accomplish engine, propeller, and landing gear upgrades and MRO management of components. Dr. Franks served 23 years in the U.S. Army as an aviator, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served as a maintenance company commander during Desert Shield/Storm and a battalion commander during OIF 1. His terminal assignment was two years in the Pentagon as the Director of Aviation Logistics for the G4. He has worked within the defense industry for fifteen years as a Program Manager and Director of Software Systems that developed some of Army Aviation’s most critical software in the Aviation Data Warehouse and ULLS-A; and as the Modification and Obsolescence Manager for L-3 Technology on the Army C-12/RC-12/UC-35 LCCS program. He earned his Doctorate through Capella University in Business Administration with a focus on Strategy and Innovation. In addition, his dissertation focused on the utilization of analytics in the defense industry. He has been with Blackhawk Aerospace since September 2015 at the President of Blackhawk Aerospace Solutions. He enjoys being able to offer cost affordable options for extending the service life of military aircraft that removes obsolescence, making them safer and provides better performance for the aviators and service members who use those aircraft.