Gray and Sullivan

Mike Gray, Micro Craft Inc. president and chief operating officer, left, is pictured with Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Micro Craft chief executive officer. The company’s founder, Charles Folk, is in the photo in the background.

The Micro Craft Inc. Board of Directors recently approved the promotion of Winchester native Mike Gray to president and chief operating officer while Dr. Kenneth W. Sullivan, also a Winchester native, will remain as chief executive officer.

Micro Craft produces wind-tunnel models, flight demonstrators and specialized test equipment for the aerospace industry.

Gray will focus on continuing to increase the company’s revenue while Sullivan will have more time to focus on Micro Craft’s long-term strategy.

“This change has been planned for a couple of years,” Sullivan said in a published statement. “We are following our management-succession plan. I have served as both president and CEO for more than five years. The time is right for a leadership change.

“Mike and I have the same values and possess the same vision for the future of Micro Craft.”

While functioning solely as CEO, Sullivan, a 1980 Franklin County High School graduate, will focus on business development, corporate strategy and special projects for Micro Craft.

Prior to joining Micro Craft, Gray, a 1983 FCHS graduate, served as the executive business advisor for the commander for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command and its subordinate commanders.

He advised the AETC commander regarding organizational change and technological innovation to enhance professional military education, training and force development.

Gray is an accomplished global leader with a 30-plus-year track record in maximizing operational efficiencies and bottom-line growth across Fortune 500 companies.

He is a recognized turnaround agent with success in leading service delivery for government and commercial projects and is known for his ability to mentor and develop high-performing organizations and next-generational leaders.

Gray is the former senior vice president of Operations Finance with the Science Applications International Corporation.

“I am excited to lead Micro Craft at this exciting time,” Gray said. “I have been fortunate in my career to have opportunities to lead a variety of government and commercial entities. I am confident that my experience will be invaluable as I lead the team at Micro Craft to take the company to the next level.

“Micro Craft has made significant improvements in its manufacturing capability, including facility and equipment upgrades. Micro Craft has also upgraded its business systems. We have revamped our accounting, manufacturing and program-management systems to permit us to manage larger programs, both commercial and governmental, in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. It is an exciting time to be at Micro Craft and I am delighted to be part of the growth and success.”

Gray became a full-time employee in January 2021, serving as the executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before that, he served as an advisor to the Board of Directors since 2017.

Since 1958, Micro Craft Inc. has provided support to the aerospace industry, NASA and the Department of Defense with prototype models and flight hardware. Throughout its history, Micro Craft has supported such programs as the Apollo moon landing and multiple 2 hypersonic development projects.

Micro Craft Inc. has been employee-owned since 2011 and is a certified small business that is AS9100 Rev. D certified, providing engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and testing services.