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Michael E.

Gilson 1200 Woodborough Road * Lafayette, CA 94549 Home: (925) 933-9659 * Cell: (925) 766-6114 * mgd305ce@westpost.net

Global High-Tech Executive * DEMONSTRATED SUCCESS GENERATING SIGNIFICANT SALES IN CHALLENGING MARKETS * KEY STRENGTHS: STRATEGIC PLANNING, OPERATIONS LEADERSHIP, ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Expert in establishing and building global business and creating optimal operational infrastructure. Extensive business experience living and working in 30+ countries for world-class organizations, including McKinsey, Airbus and General Electric. US Air Force Veteran, Wharton MBA and 20+ years' experience driving extraordinary revenue growth in emerging and established high-tech companies in varied product segments.

Career Highlights

* GREW ANNUAL SALES REVENUES FROM JUST OVER $2M TO $6M IN 4 YEARS AND BUILT BACKLOG TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN 28-YEAR HISTORY OF DEEP OCEAN ENGINEERING. * REORGANIZED ASSETS OF ADVANCED AEROSPACE, GREW REVENUES FROM $0 TO $15M IN 8 YEARS, AND SOLD COMPANY TO A MULTINATIONAL AEROSPACE SUPPLIER. * DROVE SALE/LEASE REVENUES OF $1B+ AND ACQUISITIONS OF $3B+ FOR GE CAPITAL AVIATION SERVICES THROUGH SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS IN DEVELOPING 10+ COMPLEX TRANSACTION STRUCTURES. Qualifications Summary

* STRATEGIC PLANNING * CHANNELS & ALLIANCES * P built backlog to highest level in company's 26-year history. Grew annual sales revenues from just over $2M to $6M and increased export revenues by nearly 60% * Launched 3 products into a highly competitive marketplace with formidable and well-funded competitors; sold products to customers in 14 countries. * Developed fresh brand strategy supported by new market

materials, including website, advertisements, brochures, and other collateral items ATA RETAIL SERVICES, Hayward, CA 2003a"2004 _$35M privately held supplier of household items to major grocery retailers._

VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE Updated, developed and implemented financial management systems, procedures, and controls for company experiencing rapid growth, including safeguards to prevent fraud on all disbursement and collection accounts. MICHAEL E. GILSON Page 2 a mgd305ce@westpost.net

* Restructured all banking, asset financing, insurance, and accounting functions. * Managed implementation of new accounting and EDI systems. * Effectively took advantage of Section 179 tax benefits by negotiating 1st financings of equipment valued at $500K.

ADVANCED AEROSPACE, San Luis Obispo, CA 1995a"2003 _Privately held, start-up manufacturer of high-technology refrigeration equipment. _

CO-FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBER

With engineering partner, purchased and restructured bankrupt entity. Built an advanced technology refrigeration manufacturing company with 55 employees supporting the airline and rail industries. Oversaw finance function and all internal operations.

* Raised external funding and provided finance, accounting and IP leadership to develop company into high-tech manufacturing and global sales company. * Reorganized assets, grew revenues from $0 to $15M during 8-year tenure, and sold company to a multinational aerospace supplier. * Developed and structured all financings and contracts, including acquisition of all manufacturing equipment and all sales contracts.

GE CAPITAL AVIATION SERVICES, San Francisco, CA 1989a"1994 _$6B airplane leasing division of GE Capital Corporation. _

VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGY AND MARKETING

Defined and led growth initiatives that grew company from $3B to $6B in assets over tenure. Managed 1st major commercial transactions in China.

* Drove sale/lease revenues of $1B+ and acquisitions of $3B+ through efforts in developing more than 10 complex transaction structures. * Generated $3B+ in aircraft purchases by conceptualizing and implementing comprehensive capital acquisition plan. * Directed compilation of selected quarterly SEC reporting requirements. AIRBUS INDUSTRIE OF NORTH AMERICA, Herndon, VA 1985a"1989 _Global aircraft manufacturer._

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT a" STRATEGY AND MARKETING

Devised and executed strategic marketing initiatives that resulted in 100% revenue growth (from less than $500M to $1B+ annually) and 700%+ employee growth (from 15 to 125) over tenure.

* Developed initial business plan that shaped growth from 1 customer to 8 within 4 years. * Played key role in market launch of 4 new aircraft models that generated minimum of $5B in U.S. sales. * Planned and executed relocation of company from New York to Virginia. * Established company's HR function following the move, prior to hiring an HR manager.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: SENIOR ENGAGEMENT MANAGER a" McKinsey & Co.,

Inc., New York, NY / Washington, DC. Directed in-house and on site client engagement teams for leading U.S. and European transportation, manufacturing, chemical and metal companies. * Special focus on financial turnaround, corporate finance strategy, and organizational change. * Led major strategy and OD engagement for large, national, and well-known not-for-profit organizations. * Conceptualized and wrote numerous training syllabi, including those centered on creative problem-solving and effective teamwork.

Education

* MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA) a" Finance and Corporate Strategy The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

* BACHELOR OF ARTS a" POLITICAL SCIENCE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT University of California, Davis, CA