SCOTT ERNEST — PRESIDENT & CEO
As president and chief executive officer, Scott Ernest is the leader of Textron Specialized Vehicles across all its brands and product lines, including E-Z-GO, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Jacobsen, Cushman, Dixie Chopper and Textron GSE. He was named to his role in October 2018, having previously served as president and CEO of Textron Aviation.
Scott joined Textron in 2011 as president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company. Under his leadership, Cessna experienced a surge in new product investment, resulting in the launch of multiple products including the Cessna Citation Latitude, Citation X+, Citation Sovereign+, Citation CJ3+, Citation M2, Cessna TTx, and Cessna Grand Caravan EX. He also presided over the global expansion of the service center network, and the integration of Beechcraft and Cessna operations into the newly established Textron Aviation segment.
Before joining Textron, Scott had a 29-year career at GE Aviation in multiple leadership roles, leaving as vice president and general manager of Global Supply Chain. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
JIM PENNOYER — VICE PRESIDENT & CFO
A 26-year Textron veteran, Jim Pennoyer rejoined Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. as Vice President and CFO in November 2018 after a two-year stint as Senior Vice President and CFO at Textron Aviation. Before that, Pennoyer served for a decade at TSV, first as Director, Financial Planning & Analysis and later as Vice President and CFO. Jim joined Textron in 1992, holding leadership positions in finance, mergers & acquisitions and treasury before joining Textron Specialized Vehicles in 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Bentley University.
MATT CHAFFIN — VP & GENERAL MANAGER, GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
Matthew joined Textron Specialized Vehicles in 2016 as Vice President of Ground Support Equipment leading both TUG and Douglas. Prior to joining Textron Specialized Vehicles, Matthew worked at Textron Aviation as Vice President of Quality Assurance where he led the integration of Cessna and Beechcraft quality organizations. Matthew has worked in a diversity of roles across numerous disciplines including plant manager, human resources program manager, labor relations manager, product line manager, and front-line supervisor, among others. He holds a degree in Communications from the University of Cincinnati.
JOHN COLLINS — VP, Sales & Marketing
John joined Textron Specialized Vehicles in 2000. Over the course of his career with the company, John has held several leadership positions, including Project Leader for the launch of the E-Z-GO RXV golf car platform, Plant Manager, Director of Sourcing, and Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain. In 2013, John transitioned to become Vice President, Parts & Service business within Textron Specialized Vehicles. John received a bachelor's degree from Clayton State University and a Master of Science from Southern Polytechnic State University.
CRAIG KENNEDY — VP, Arctic Cat Sales
Craig joined Textron Specialized Vehicles in 1997 as a Design Engineer for Arctic Cat, in Thief River Falls, MN. After having the opportunity to lead several different functions and programs within engineering, he transitioned to International business. While there, his focus was on Scandinavian, European and Russian strategic distribution partnerships. In 2014, Craig rejoined the ATV/ROV division as Director of Product Development prior to assuming his current role.
HEIDI MCNARY — VP, INTERNATIONAL SALES & OPERATIONS
Heidi McNary leads sales of Textron Specialized Vehicles product lines outside of North America, and also oversees operations at the company’s many facilities across Europe and Asia. Prior to joining the company, Heidi’s career in aerospace and defense took her across the globe, most recently as Vice President, European Customer Service Centers for Textron Aviation. Heidi has extensive leadership experience across numerous functions, including engineering, sales, marketing, product development, and operations.
STEVE METAYER — VP, CUSTOMER SERVICE
Steve Metayer leads aftermarket sales of parts and accessories across Textron Specialized Vehicles’ brands and product lines, and also leads the company’s warranty and customer care organizations.
Before joining Textron Specialized Vehicles in November 2018, Steve served in leadership roles at Textron Aviation, first as Vice President, Aftermarket Sales, and later as Vice President, Sales. Prior to joining Textron in 2016, Steve was a leader at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. – commonly known as SpaceX -- where he built the company’s supply chain organization as its Vice President, Supply Chain. Steve also had a lengthy career at GE Aviation, where he served in multiple, successive roles of increasing leadership importance, including Asia Sourcing Leader, Plant Leader, Global Fulfillment & Logistics Leader, and lastly as General Manager leading the integrated supply chain for the company’s Actuations and Components value stream.
MICHAEL PARKHURST — VP, GOLF
Michael joined Textron Specialized Vehicles in 2000 as a Regional Manager in the Northeast. Since then, Michael has held the roles of Director for the West Region and Vice President, North American Sales. As Vice President, Golf, Michael leads the company's Golf/Turf business, including domestic and international sales, development and management of factory-direct and Authorized Distributor networks, product development and management, and marketing. Michael also works in conjunction with supply chain and logistics to support the distribution network channel. Prior to joining Textron Specialized Vehicles, Michael was the Vice President of Sales at Bruedan Corporation.
BILL RHINESMITH — VP, COST ENGINEERING
Bill Rhinesmith is Vice President, Cost Engineering for Textron Specialized Vehicles. Bill leads a team that works to reduce costs in the company’s products and operations, providing a better value for the customer. A 25-year Textron veteran, Bill worked for more than two decades at Textron Aviation in a number of engineering and leadership roles, helping to design and continuously improve a number of products, including the Cessna Citation Longitude, the Citation 560 Encore, the Citation Mustang, and the Citation X. Before entering his current role, Bill also led engineering for the company’s side-by-side and ATV product lines.
JAMIE RUTLEDGE — VP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Jamie joined Textron Specialized Vehicles in 2016 as the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Textron Specialized Vehicles, Jamie spent a little over seven years working in a variety of HR roles at Textron Aviation, located in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to Textron, Jamie served in HR roles in the manufacturing, aerospace & defense and finance industries. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University.
CHRISTOPHER SPENCER — VP, ENGINEERING
Chris joined Textron Specialized Vehicles in 2010. As Vice President, Engineering, Chris leads all aspects of the company's engineering function, overseeing more than 200 engineers across numerous disciplines in both new product development and ongoing improvement and management of Textron Specialized Vehicles' existing product lines. Before joining Textron Specialized Vehicles, Chris had a lengthy career at Bell Helicopter, where he served in leadership roles in Air Vehicle Design, Flight Test, Structural Analysis and Integrated Product Team Management supporting the V-22 Osprey Program as well as other Bell products. Chris received his Master of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
BRIAN TIDWELL — GENERAL COUNSEL
Brian joined Textron Specialized Vehicles in January 2013 as General Counsel. Brian previously worked as the Assistant General Counsel at Bell Helicopter. Prior to his time at Textron, Brian served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and an attorney in private practice. Brian received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration at Boston College, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama.