President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Rick Jones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MTI and MTI Instruments since January 2017, while still managing the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer (positions he has held since June 2009). Since joining the Company in 1993, Rick has had numerous roles in the leadership of our organization; including Corporate Staff Accountant, Controller, Director of Finance and Administration, Senior Director of Finance & Operations and Vice-President of Finance & Operations. Prior to joining MTI, Mr. Jones was Controller for the Galesi Management Corporation in Rotterdam, New York.
Mr. Jones holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Siena College.
Global Director of Sales – Turbomachinery
Ken Ameika, MTI Instruments’ Director of Sales – Turbomachinery, joined MTI Instruments in 2014 to lead the Turbomachinery segment of MTI’s instrumentation solutions. In his current position, Mr. Ameika’s 11-year experience in aerospace propulsion, energy generation, and turbo-compressor applications will not only assure customers’ needs are met but provide technical solutions best to the customers. Mr. Ameika’s responsibilities include analyzing customer need, serve as a liaison between the customer and MTI, presents best solution for customer need, post-sales support, and define future technologies and instrumentation products applicable to the turbomachinery vertical.
Prior to his employment with MTI Instruments, Mr. Ameika served with DSPCon, Inc. (later the DSPCon division of CDI Corporation) as a design engineer, client services manager, and most recently as the director of sales for aerospace instrumentation and instrumentation systems from 2003 through 2014.
Mr. Ameika holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago.
Global Director of Sales – Instruments
George Relan, MTI Instruments’ Director of Sales for the U.S. and European Territories, joined Mechanical Technology in 2000 and later MTI Instruments in 2013. Mr. Relan is responsible for product sales, marketing and sales strategy. Since joining MTI, he has held numerous positions in both the corporate side and within the MTI Instruments division including Director of Market Strategy and VP of Corporate Development. Previously, Mr. Relan worked for Honeywell International, and General Electric.
Mr. Relan holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Product Innovation Engineer – Instruments
Peter Opela, MTI Instruments’ Director of Systems Engineering, joined MTI in 2006 and leads the company’s engineering effort through new technological development and advancing the technology and functionality encapsulated within our existing products. Previously, Mr. Opela worked for Motorola in their CDMA and GSM cellular handset divisions and for Freescale Semiconductor in their advanced 3G chipset division.
Mr. Opela holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Director of Engineering and Business Development
Don Welch, MTI Instruments’ Director of New Business Development, joined MTI in 1985 as an R&D project development engineer. Mr. Welch is responsible for new product development, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he was the engineering manager for Tele/ Resources a private business telecommunications firm where he directed PBX product development. Since joining MTI, Mr. Welch has held a number of positions in both corporate R&D and within the MTI Instruments division, most recently Director of Engineering.
Mr. Welch holds a B.S.E.E. from Union College.
Product Innovation Engineer – PBS Group
In this role, Mr. Abbott is responsible for managing the future of the PBS line of products. This involves understanding technology trends, market dynamics, and customer needs and subsequently leading the engineering team through product improvements, feature additions, and new product development efforts. Mr. Abbott joined MTI Instruments in 2013. Prior to his role as Product Innovation Engineer, he held the positions of Embedded Software Engineer and Continuous Improvement Engineer at the Company.
Mr. Abbott holds a M.S.E.E from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S.E.E from Cedarville University.