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Carlos Velez


Mr. Velez is the president and owner of CRL Technologies.  He founded the company after 20 years of government service in order to continue providing rapid, flexible, and responsive solutions to support the continually changing and challenging environment of the Department of Defense.  His civil service tenure included several leadership positions, the most recent being, the Naval Aviation Advanced Science and Technology (S&T) Transition Director.  In this position, he was the senior civilian reporting to the Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft (PEO(T)), focusing on the development, test and evaluation, and fielding of advanced technology programs for Naval Aviation aircraft. Mr. Velez was responsible for the development and testing of new concepts, planning and evaluating long-range transition of advanced S&T programs for the E-2C, E-2D, F/A-18E/F, EA-18G, advanced air-to-air missiles, advanced subsystems and the Multi-Functional Information Distribution System (MIDS).  Other positions included:  Principal Deputy Program Manager for major Joint Air-to-Air (A/A) Missiles Program Office, where he was responsible for all acquisition phases (i.e., development, procurement, sustainment, and disposal) of tactical A/A missiles; and lead for the F/A-18 Communications, Navigation, & Identification (CNI), where he was responsible for cradle-to-grave acquisition management of Communications Navigation and Identification (CNI) system development and engineering contracts for the F/A-18C/D/E/F aircraft.


Mr. Velez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and has completed the advanced program manager courses from the Defense Systems Management College at Ft. Belvoir, VA.  


Clarenton W. “C.W.” Furlow

Executive Vice President

Mr. Furlow is our Executive Vice President and is responsible for achieving the company’s financial goals and objectives, as well as increasing our operating performance. Prior to joining CRL, Mr. Furlow was selected to the Senior Executive Service and served as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology (IT) Resource Management. He was the senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology (AS/IT) on resource requirements related to the Office of Information and Technology (OI&T), directing the financial management of over $2 billion of annual budget authority, human capital management, IT asset management and IT contracting.  During his tenure as a Department of Defense civilian, his positions included: the Principal Deputy Program Manager, Navy Unmanned Combat Air Systems Advanced Development Program Office; Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Liaison to Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Fleet Readiness Division; Senior Analyst, Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC); Principal Deputy Program Manager, Defense Suppression Systems; F/A-18 Communication/Navigation/Identification Systems Integrated Product Team Lead; and Lead Tactical Aircraft Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) Tester for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division.​

Mr. Furlow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and has completed both the executive and advanced program manager courses from the Defense Systems Management College at Ft. Belvoir, VA. 


Pete Heisey

Vice President, Special Programs

Mr. Heisey is the Vice President for Special Programs and is responsible for the capture, execution, and management of CRL contracts in this critical support area.  His breadth of experience in the advanced programs market makes him uniquely qualified to interpret and understand customer needs.  Mr. Heisey has supported multiple advanced development programs for the Department of Defense in the areas of avionics and sensor development, weapon integration, and integrated fire control.  He has filled multiple engineering support roles, concept of employment: requirements development: system analysis: modeling and simulation: test and evaluation.  He is a 1988 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he received his commission in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of flight training, he served as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) at VP-8 in Brunswick, Maine, where he participated in the 1990-91 Gulf War while deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, Jeddah, and Saudi Arabia.  He later attended the Naval Postgraduate School and served as Atlantic Fleet Air Warfare Training Officer with Commander, Second Fleet based in Norfolk, VA.  He retired from military service in 2010 after spending 11 years on active duty and 10 years in the Navy Reserve as an NFO and Aviation Engineering Duty Officer.  After leaving active duty, he held multiple Senior Engineering and Management positions at General Dynamics Marine Systems, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.  


Mr. Heisey holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School.


Dawn Chronister

Vice President, Corporate Operations

Mrs. Chronister is Vice President for Corporate Operations and her responsibilities include oversight and management of Accounting and Finance, Contracts, Human Resources, Procurement, Facilities, Security, and Information Systems. She brings a broad background in support of corporate operations for fast-growing organizations and has over 35 years of professional experience in accounting, finance, and human resources.  Prior to joining CRL Technologies, Ms. Chronister was a partner at Cordia Partners where she was responsible for service delivery of accounting and consulting services for organizations in the government contracting and not-for-profit communities. She assisted her clients with establishing internal controls, policies and procedures, financial reporting planning and budgeting, pricing, implementation of accounting systems, and compliance with government contracting and government grant reporting. Preceding this highly demanding position, Mrs. Chronister held the positions of Senior Manager of a regional accounting firm; Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a software development firm; Finance Manager of a telecommunications company; Controller of a multinational software and engineering services firm; and Assistant Controller for program management and engineering firm.


Mrs. Chronister holds a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce with a concentration in accounting from the University of Virginia. Mrs. Chronister maintains her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Anthony "Tony" Manich

Vice President, AIRWorks Programs

Mr. Manich is the Vice President for AIRWorks Programs and is responsible for the capture, execution, and management of CRL contracts in support of on aircraft modification portfolios for the Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).  In addition, Mr. Manich heads NAWCAD AIRWorks’ high-visibility special projects for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN(RDA)) and the Naval Air Systems Command for rapid fielding to meet urgent warfighter needs. Before joining CRL, Mr. Manich served 30 years as a civil servant, retiring as the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Deputy Assistant Commander for Acquisition, responsible for the management of seven departments and six program offices which executed more than 80 ACAT III-IV programs and Abbreviated Acquisition Programs. Before that, he held positions as the Principal Deputy Program Manager for the EA-6B Program Office, Principal Deputy for the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office, Deputy Program Manager for the F/A-18 Finland Program, and F/A-18 Foreign Military Sales Lead Logistician.


Mr. Manich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds a Master of Science degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the NAVAIR Senior Executive Management Development Program and the Defense Systems Management College's Advanced and Executive Program Managers' courses.

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