Meet the VRC Metal Systems management team, a group of professionals behind the development of cutting edge cold spray systems.
Rob Hrabe, MS
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Mr. Hrabe is a seasoned emerging technologies entrepreneur and has founded several engineering-focused start-ups. This follows 22 years of distinguished service in the United States Air Force Lt. Colonel (ret), as a B-1B Pilot and Technology Insertion Engineer. He has ingenuity, vision, and passion for deploying new technologies to solve real-world problems. He has leveraged his military relationships, developed networks, built teams, and formed companies to commercialize these technologies. Mr. Hrabe became an effective leader and expert in aircraft engineering and maintenance during his military service as an Acquisition Officer, Logistics Engineer, Computer-aided Engineering Program Manager, Assistant Director of Operations and Inspector General. Mr. Hrabe holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master of Engineering from California State Polytechnic University.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Nardi is responsible for technology leadership within the organization, identification of emerging trends in technology and positioning VRC to take advantage of those trends. In addition, Aaron is responsible for ensuring the technologies being developed align with the core VRC mission, business goals, and organizational strengths. Prior to VRC Aaron was the team lead for the Solid-State Additive Manufacturing Team within the Weapons and Materials Division of the US Army Research Labs. In this role he had technical leadership for all activities underway within the lab including operations at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, at facilities which are part of ARL Northeast, and at partner laboratories within academic and industrial collaborator sites.
Terree Matson, MS
President/Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Matson is an experienced leader of the rapidly expanding VRC manufacturing operations. She lead the design and construction of the new VRC World Headquarters and manufacturing facility and the implementation of ISO 9001. Prior to joining VRC, Ms. Matson was Vice President of Operations at Lehman Trikes USA and was a Senior Quality Engineer at Polaris. She has a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering and an MS in Technology Management from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Thomas Woods, MBA
Chief of Corporate Ventures
Mr. Woods is spearheading the development of Corporate Ventures at VRC. His efforts in new business development have led the company to triple digit year over year sales growth. Before joining the VRC team, Mr. Woods served for 27 years as a Colonel in the US Air Force in multiple strategic and executive level leadership positions. Prior to his military service, Mr. Woods was Sales Representative for Proctor & Gamble. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of South Dakota.
VRC Metal Systems’ Services
Learn more about VRC Metal Systems’ comprehensive cold spray services, which include equipment leasing, system calibration and cold spray process development. Our knowledgeable team is also available to provide dependable off- and on-site support to ensure you receive the products and services you need every step of the way.