President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Rick Jones joined MTI in 1993 and held several positions throughout the organization; including Corporate Staff Accountant, Controller, Director of Finance and Administration, Senior Director of Finance & Operations and Vice-President of Finance & Operations. In his current position, Mr. Jones oversees the financial reporting, internal control compliance and administrative support functions, as well as the treasury, human resources and risk management for the corporation and the production, quality and shipping departments.
Prior to joining MTI, Mr. Jones served as Controller for both Hobbs Management Corporation and Galesi Management Corporation.
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 – Precision 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.
Director of Systems Engineering
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 New 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.
John N. Hamilton
Director of Product Development
John N. Hamilton, MTI Instruments’ Director of Product Development, joined MTI in in 2011 as a Program Manager. In his current position, Mr. Hamilton is responsible for Engineering and Operations. Engineering responsibilities include design and implementation of new products as well as maintenance and improvements on existing products. Operations responsibilities include all aspects of operations including procurement, quality and continuous improvements.
Prior to his employment at MTI Instruments, from 1989 to 2011, Mr. Hamilton was employed at Inficon, Inc. where he held various positions from Engineer to Director of Engineering. Previous to that, he was an Engineering Group Leader at Philips Display Systems.
Mr. Hamilton holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.