Tim Claude

President

Tim Claude is the President of AVI and has been with the organization since 2013. His lean initiative experience and innovative management promote company leadership, teamwork, growth, and profitability. Tim believes that AVI’s success depends on its team members and performance. With this, it is up to the company to ensure that investment in their development and communication is priority number one. 

Tim, a seasoned engineering professional, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University in Organizational Management and several accreditations, including Six Sigma Black Belt through GE Aviation, SPC Training through Lockheed Martin, and Mutual Tool & Die and Boeing’s Lean Manufacturing Training & Certification.

Before joining  AVI, Tim worked with Swihart Industries, Dysinger Inc., U.S. Aerostream, Enginetics, and Mutual Tool & Die. His most significant professional achievements have been starting his own business from the ground floor and growing a company from $12 million in revenue to over $24 million.

Tim enjoys boating, camping, golf, yard work, and playing guitar, and when it comes to giving back, the volunteer projects at church win his attention.

Matt Claude

VP of Engineering

Matt Claude is the Vice-President of Engineering at AVI and has been with the organization since 2018. Innovative, hardworking, and well-organized, Matt leads with a focus on upholding the highest degree of integrity while leading people and the organization to become the best in class. Matt believes that AVI’s success depends on implementing strong systems, processes, and people.

Matt, an experienced and goal-orientated engineering professional, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University in Organizational Management and Leadership with several accreditations, including Tool & Die Certificate Program through Sinclair Community College. Matt has also obtained a Master of Divinity degree in Theology/Theological Studies from Liberty University.

Before joining  AVI, Matt worked with Mutual Tool & Die, Enginetics Aerospace within the Aerospace Manufacturing industry. Matt also has a solid background in Medical Device Manufacturing with IMDS, Coorstek Medical, Autocam, and NuVasive. His most significant professional achievement was to lead a 12-month, 180,00 square foot world-class lean medical device manufacturing expansion project.

Matt enjoys family, coaching soccer, and studying the bible. When it comes to giving back, he is the Director of Family Life Ministries at The Covenant at Sugar Grove Church. 

Melissa Kern

VP of Finance & Information Technologies

Melissa Kern is the Vice-President of Finance & Information Technologies at AVI and has been with the organization since 2019. A progressive, inquisitive and dedicated problem solver, Melissa leads with a focus on the concept that there are multiple lenses through which to view the organization, and it is imperative to switch between the executive lens and that of the laborer quickly. Melissa believes that AVI’s success depends on digging into the details and solving problems efficiently and effectively.

Melissa, an experienced and accomplished accounting professional, obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as a Bachelor’s in Forensic Accounting from Franklin University. Melissa draws on 20+ years of experience in Accounting, Operational Excellence, and Leadership. 

Before joining  AVI, Melissa worked with Clark Schaefer Consulting as Director of Business Development, a division of Clark Schaefer Hackett CPAs. Melissa also worked with M/I Homes as the Internal Auditor. Her most significant professional achievement was obtaining her Bachelor of Science with a double major while working full-time, and being a single mother.

Melissa enjoys family, boating, camping, and dog training. She dedicates her free time to making the most of the time with her family and enjoying life.

Megan King

VP of Human Resources

Megan King is the Vice-President of Human Resources at AVI and has been with the organization since 2021. Passionate, determined, and goal-orientated, Megan leads with a focus on upholding the highest degree of integrity through candid communication and mutual respect. Megan believes that AVI’s success depends on supporting every AVI team member with training, communication, and respect. 

A United States Airforce Veteran, Megan has obtained her master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Human Resources. She is currently completing her SHRM Certification. 

Before joining  AVI, Megan worked as a communication specialist that dealt with Nuclear Command in the United States Airforce. She also has worked for Konecranes and B.L.E.S.S LLC. Her most significant professional achievement has been to elevate her education and experience, opening her horizons to the VP position here at AVI.

Megan is a foodie who enjoys working out and breeding her Dobermans as a hobby. Megan’s other passion includes a deep-rooted love for learning.

Tony Dudon

VP of Sales

Tony Dudon is the Vice-President of Sales at AVI and has been with the organization since 2022. Dedicated, hardworking, and personable, Tony leads with a focus on developing deep relationships with all AVI customers, new and old, and AVI team members. Tony believes that AVI’s success depends on the quality of every interaction and its commitment to quality at every level of the business. 

An experienced and goal-oriented sales professional with over 30 years of sales experience, Tony obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 

Before joining  AVI, Tony worked with Mutual Tool & Die, Belton Foods, Precision Shapes, and Superior Equipment Solutions. His most significant professional achievement was to expand new territories by 50%, doubling overall sales revenue and long-term contracts.

Tony enjoys working out, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. When it comes to giving back, he is an active volunteer and table sponsor for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Collin Johnson

VP of Quality

Collin Johnson is the Vice-President of Quality at AVI and has been with the organization since 2019. Dedicated to the pursuit of quality, Collin leads with a focus to provide safety, quality, and operational process excellence to all aspects of Manufacturing. Collin believes that AVI’s success depends on setting a world-class standard for quality and a commitment to achieving that standard every day.

Collin, an experienced and goal-oriented quality professional, obtained his bachelor’s degree in Operations Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. In addition, Collin has several accreditations, including ASQ CQT (Certified Quality Technician) and ASQ CQE (Certified Quality Engineer), and GE Lean Six Sigma.

Before joining  AVI, Collin worked for many industries in safety including 5 years in apparel, 4 years in food, 11 years in automotive, and 8 years in medical. His most significant professional achievement has been the opportunity to work with his teams to build and shape leaders of business.

Collin is a gas station memorabilia enthusiast. He enjoys auctions, garage sales, antiquing and classic cars.

Keith Fultz

VP of Operations

Keith Fultz is the Vice-President of Operations at AVI and has been with the organization since 2017. A diversified manufacturing professional, Keith leads with a focus on combining his project, quality, and operations management experience with every part, employee, and customer. Keith believes that AVI’s success depends on utilizing the experience of the AVI and that of its team members to deliver the quality products its customers expect.

Keith brings 42+ years of manufacturing experience to every project and several accreditations, including a Hobart School of Welding certificate, a National Finalist in the NTMA Apprentice Program, Sinclair College top Gun Program certificate, and GD&T Training. 

Before joining  AVI, Keith worked with Mutual Tool & Die, Hofacker Precision Machining, Rhinestahl AMG, and Hi-Tek Manufacturing. His most significant professional achievement is becoming an accomplished manufacturing professional through his diversified working background in estimating, project, quality, and operations management. 

Keith enjoys hunting, fishing, Nascar, Buckeye football, and Dayton Flyers basketball. Outside of work, Keith tries to just enjoy life.