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Choosing an investment partner is the most important decision a company and its shareholders can make. We at Blackland believe that values such as integrity and a spirit of partnership are the foundation for successful investing relationships. And with our heritage and capabilities in operational process improvement, we have the unique ability to drive greater success in very fundamental ways increased quality, shorter lead-times, more satisfied customers, stronger profit margins, and greater operational capacity to capture growth opportunities.

Michael L. George

Mike George, Jr. was Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for George Group's Federal Services division, and led George Group's entry into the Federal space. He was subsequently responsible for developing more than $160 million worth of prime Government contracts for George Group from 2004 through 2007. These contracts contributed significantly to the George Group's enterprise value, resulting in its growth of 50% per year between 2004 and 2007.

Mr. George also has a deep understanding of developing Marketing and Business Development strategies in the Department of Defense.

Mr. George holds a BA in Physics and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Michael L. George Sr.

Mike George, Sr. is a thought leader and executive advisor helping Global 2000 companies and U.S. Government agencies truly connect strategy to execution and process improvement.

Mike was Chairman and CEO of George Group. In this capacity he personally trained over 50% of all Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Marine Generals, and related SES including SECNAV, SECARMY, and the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

George Group was acquired by Accenture in August of 2007. More information is available upon request. Mr. George holds a BS in Physics from the University of California and an MS in Physics from the University of Illinois.

Joseph P. Gasparino Jr.
Chief Executive Officer, Blackland Aerospace

Joe Gasparino has over 12 years of business experience, most recently as the President of Kessington Machine products, a high precision machining company for aircraft engines and landing systems.

He was previously the General Manager for Chromalloy San Antonio, one of the world's largest non-OEM providers of advanced coatings, repairs and replacement parts for gas turbine engines.

Previous to that, he led various Chromalloy facilities as the Director of Operations driving Operational Excellence and Lean Six Sigma, sites included Newnan and LaGrange, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Nuevo Lerado, Mexico; Windsor, Connecticut; and San Antonio, Texas.

Prior to that, he led a manufacturing Business Unit at Barnes Aerospace in Windsor, Connecticut; part of the Barnes Group which manufactured solutions and provided comprehensive component overhaul and repair services to the world’s major turbine manufacturers, commercial airlines and the military.

Mr. Gasparino holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT; B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA; M.B.A. with a finance concentration from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA; and currently obtaining a D.B.A. with a focus on Lean Six Sigma Implementation within Aerospace from the Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.

Mr. Gasparino is also a trained Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Expert.

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