Sarah B. Hiza, Ph.D.
Lockheed Martin Vice President for Fleet Ballistic Missile Programs
This year Lockheed Martin Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) officially relocated its headquarters from Sunnyvale, CA. The company is investing nearly $40 million into the Titusville campus as well as transitioning 350 jobs here. Leading this effort is Sarah Hiza, who serves as Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Programs and Board of Director member for Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE, U.K.). Previously, she was FBM’s Director for Propulsion, Structures, Ordnance & Controls. Before joining Lockheed Martin, in 2015, she worked at ATK (now Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems) for 11 years. Hiza’s education includes a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from The University of Akron.
Her technical expertise includes polymers and energetic materials such as explosives and rocket propellants. Recognition of her contributions includes 2016’s honoree of Silicon Valley’s YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award, 2011’s Technology Innovator Award by the Women Tech Council, and 2010’s finalist for the Rising Star Award by the Women Tech Council.
Hiza currently serves as the Co-chair for Lockheed Martin Space’s Inclusion Council, as the executive sponsor for the Space Coast Women’s Impact Network, and as the Co-chair for the NOLS Advisory Council.
Christopher “Chris” E. Kubasik
L3Harris Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer
Christopher “Chris” E. Kubasik assumed the role of chief operating officer of L3Harris upon merger of Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies, Inc. in June 2019. The global aerospace and defense technology innovator, headquartered on the Space Coast, has more than 50,000 employees who serve customers in 130 countries. Immediately prior, he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of L3 Technologies, Inc.
Kubasik has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry, having joined L3 as president and chief operating officer in 2015. Prior to joining L3, Kubasik was president and chief executive officer of the Seabury Advisory Group LLC, a leading aviation and A&D professional services firm. In 2010, he was appointed president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Before joining Lockheed, he enjoyed a successful career at Ernst & Young, where he was named partner in 1996.
Kubasik serves on the executive committee and board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and is a member of the Air Force Association (AFA), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the Navy League of the United States and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). He is also vice president of the board of governors of The Wings Club Foundation, Inc. and a member of the University of Maryland board of trustees, his alma mater.
President and CEO Brevard Achievement Center
Amar Patel is one of the most respected voices in Brevard’s influential and ever-growing millennial community. In addition, he is also a leader in championing meaning employment for individuals with disabilities. The President and CEO of Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) since June 2012, he serves an organization that is the 27th largest employer in the county and the largest employer of persons with disabilities. BAC serves more than 4,000 individuals with disabilities each year through innovative services across its various programs. Since 2012, their budget has grown by more than 20%, with annual revenues in excess of $26 million.
Prior to joining the BAC team, Patel was with L3 Harris Corporation for eight years, where he provided a leadership role as program manager of F35, the largest avionics program to date at the Melbourne-based communications and information technology firm. Patel holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an MBA from the University of Florida. He serves on numerous boards and was the 2015 recipient of LEAD Brevard’s “4 Under 40” award. Of his many accomplishments, however, Patel is most proud of his family: wife, Megan, and two children, Layla and Luca.