AIS Staff Announcements

AIS is pleased to make the following staff announcements:

Blaine Klusky has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) through an outsourcing agreement with Hearken Advisors, Inc. an innovative provider of strategic, operational and financial advisory services with deep government contracting and compliance expertise.

In this position, Klusky leads AIS Finance, which includes the functions of Finance & Accounting, Treasury, Risk Management & Compliance and Strategic Financial Planning & Analysis.

An accomplished and dynamic client-centric senior global executive, Klusky has more than 30 years of experience in industry and consulting across institutional investment management, alternative investments, finance, banking, insurance, energy and government contracting.

Klusky earned a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior and an MBA in Finance and Marketing with a concentration in International Business from New York University Stern School of Business.

Jeffrey Dailey has been promoted to Chief Information Officer (CIO).

In this position, Dailey is responsible for Information Technology (IT) and Security. This includes IT Enterprise Support, IT Enterprise Infrastructure, IT Cybersecurity, IT Business Systems and Security.

Dailey most recently served as Director of IT at AIS and was responsible for the delivery and management of IT solutions and infrastructure that supported business functions across the company. Prior to joining AIS, Dailey served as Senior Director of IT Solution Delivery at National Grid.

Dailey holds an associate’s degree in Computer Programming from Bryant and Stratton College in Syracuse, New York and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College in Syracuse, New York.

Christopher Ficke has been promoted to Vice President of Finance & Controller.

In this position, Ficke is responsible for managing the Finance & Accounting Team to achieve corporate goals, while processing the financial activities of the organization to maximize profits and plan for growth.

Prior to joining AIS, Ficke was a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specializing in forensics and government services. Ficke has served companies in an extensive range of industries, from Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, to Utility, Aerospace and Defense and Entertainment. He will utilize his more than ten years of professional experience to enhance and optimize financial operations at AIS.

Ficke holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Accounting and Professional Consulting from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Larry Harris has been appointed to the AIS Board of Directors.

Harris has served as a corporate executive and CFO in the aerospace and defense sector with 40+ years of experience. His formative years were spent at General Electric, where as a graduate of their Financial Management Program, he spent ten years in a multitude of financial and contractual assignments. In 1992, Harris joined Sensis Corporation, a startup founded by former GE executives. Sensis was sold to Saab Aerospace and Defense, a $4B multinational A&D company, in 2011. Harris was named the EVP and CFO of Saab’s US Operations after the Sensis acquisition.

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University and has firmly put his roots in Central New York (CNY). Over the years Larry has served on the Finance and Audit Committees of Syracuse Stage, the Salvation Army, the Francis House, Upstate Medical University Foundation and the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. Today, Harris sits on the Board of ICM, a manufacturer of industrial controls. In 2009, Harris was named CFO of the Year in CNY.

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