Leadership Team

Jon Bennett, Alpine Advanced Materials

Joe D’Cruz

Executive Chairman

Joe D’Cruz is the Executive Chairman of Alpine, where he has overall responsibility for the company’s strategy and mission. As founder of Alpine’s parent company, Catalyze Dallas, D’Cruz has developed a deep knowledge of the aerospace, defense, energy and transportation markets and is adept at building strong relationships with Alpine’s partners, stakeholders and shareholders.  

D’Cruz is a results-driven senior executive and entrepreneur with achievements in both early-stage and established multinational corporate environments.  His creative and visionary approach has consistently delivered strong revenue growth while laying the foundation for sustained development and profitability. His extensive experience and success have established him as a leader of unparalleled ability. 

Slade Gartner, Alpine Advanced Materials

Roger Raley


Roger Raley serves as president of Alpine Advanced Materials, leading the company as it expands the use of custom-engineered parts made of the superior HX5™ in the commercial space, aerospace, and defense industries. An international executive with deep roots in these markets, Raley has spent more than two decades helping deliver solutions that improve complex defense and commercial supply chains, a history that is invaluable as Alpine commercializes high-performance materials developed by top defense contractors.

Raley came to Alpine from TTI, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company, where he led its Military and Aerospace Business Unit as Vice President, shepherding the $460 million segment through dramatic revenue and market share growth. Before TTI, Raley spent nearly 14 years at Arrow Electronics, Inc., prior to which he earned his B.S. in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

James Bendle

Chief Financial Officer

James Bendle is the Chief Financial Officer for Alpine Advanced Materials and its affiliates, Catalyze Dallas and Metro Aerospace. Bendle leads financial planning, accounting, compliance, and reporting, as well as financial reviews and investment structuring for new opportunities.

Bendle has built finance and investment organizations throughout a 25-year career at companies from startup stage to Fortune 50. After his early manufacturing and finance roles at Caterpillar, Dell, and General Bandwidth, he went on to demonstrate a penchant for incubating and growing businesses by launching an early e-commerce company that landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies for 3 consecutive years.

Bendle moved on to an investment career at Silicon Valley-based Flex, where he negotiated investment and spin-out agreements, served on boards of directors, and operated as interim CFO. He was most recently Senior Vice President of Finance for space communications startup CesiumAstro, in Austin, Texas.

Matthew Krause

Vice President of Operations and Engineering

Matthew Krause is Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Alpine Advanced Materials. His responsibilities include identifying operational risks and developing strategies for mitigating them, building strategic relationships with customers and suppliers, establishing and maintaining the highest standards of operational excellence, and collaborating with engineering and business development teams to identify and capture strategic business accounts.

Krause has more than 20 years of managerial and leadership experience in roles spanning engineering, operations, and business development, with companies ranging from startups to multinational corporations in oil and gas, aerospace, and medical device industries.

Jon Bennett, Alpine Advanced Materials

Greg Olson

Vice President, Business Development

Greg Olson is the Vice President of Business Development at Alpine Advanced Materials. His responsibilities include increasing HX5 thermoplastic nanocomposite material market share in multiple arenas, including aerospace, defense, and a variety of specialty automotive and industrial markets. Olson identifies specific needs and develops innovative marketing strategies, collaborating with sales and engineering teams within the organization for deployment.

Olson is an innovative engineer devoted to expanding market share for the application of nanocomposite materials across multiple industries. During his career in engineering, marketing and sales, he has held a variety of leadership roles in which he redefined company marketing strategies and improved customer relationships for greater efficacy and increased market share.

Tim Watkins

Vice President, Business Development

Tim Watkins serves as Vice President, Business Development for Alpine Advanced Materials, working across the global defense and commercial aerospace sectors.

A former naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with broad international sales experience, Watkins served as a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and most recently with Metro Aerospace, LLC working to drive adoption of Metro’s 3D-printed Microvane technology in the military and commercial aerospace sectors. Prior to his time at Metro, Tim was at Gartner, Inc., working with leaders in the Aerospace & Defense, Airline, and Hospitality industries. Watkins also spent time as the Director of Foreign Military Sales for the U.S. Embassy’s Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, working across U.S. agencies to gain approval for military sales and security assistance to U.S. allies and partners.

He has served as a pilot in the S-3 Viking and deployed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, later serving as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Megan Lammert

Business Development Manager

Megan Lammert is the Business Development Manager at Alpine Advanced Materials. Her responsibilities include lead generation, new market discovery and sales efforts across a variety of market verticals ranging from outdoor products and sports to commercial space.

Prior to stepping into the role of Business Development Manager, Lammert started her career managing marketing for Catalyze Dallas and its affiliate company Alpine Advanced Materials. In that role she was responsible for directing a website redesign and social media as well leading the effort to further refine the value proposition for Alpine’s HX5™ thermoplastic nanocomposite.  Following that role, Lammert naturally progressed to a sales role within Alpine as a Business Development Associate where she supported leadership across the defense and aerospace sectors. She is a graduate from Texas Christian University and has previously held positions in corporate public relations where she worked alongside defense primes, aerospace organizations and nonprofits.

Aaron Daniel

Director of Engineering

Aaron Daniel is Director of Engineering for Alpine Advanced Materials.  He oversees the growth and development of the engineering team, which is responsible for all aspects of the business process from initial customer consultation through manufacturing, including design, analysis, and project management.

Daniel has more than 20 years consulting, developing products, and leading engineering teams for aerospace, defense, medical, industrial, and consumer product companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 50.  With an extensive development background, he has brought many products to market in these industries.

Pete Shpik, Alpine Advanced Materials

Peter Shpik

Director of Technical Services

Peter Shpik is Director of Technical Services at Alpine Advanced Materials. In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting innovative new methods, processes, and procedures to more effectively bring Alpine products to market.

Formerly Director of Technical Services at Teijin Carbon America and Technology Manager at GKN Aerospace, Shpik pioneered the implementation of groundbreaking techniques for the manufacture of composite structures, including the use of thermoplastic matrix materials in their production. With a strong engineering background and extensive hands-on experience, Shpik has been able to leverage his skills to innovate new ideas and procedures, and he has achieved broad recognition throughout the industry.

Danny Kauffman

Director of Quality

Danny Kauffman is the Director of Quality for Alpine Advanced Materials. As the designated Management Representative, he is responsible for all the activities required to ensure customer and regulatory requirements are met, including the effective performance of the Quality Management System and overall management of the supply chain.

Kauffman has spent his entire career in various quality assurance roles spanning aerospace, business aviation, and automotive industries. He holds an MBA from Midwestern State University and is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and CQE by the American Society for Quality.