1971 – 1980. Mr. Gustin began his professional career as a US Marine Corps Officer; Primary role as jet fighter pilot; Underwent training as Test Pilot, and Advanced Tactics Instructor (the Marine Corps version of the Navy’s Top Gun); Held numerous supervisory and administrative positions:
1980 - McDonnell Douglas Corporation. First assignment, to research and develop the "Air Combat Maneuvering" and "Fighter Intercept" chapters for the F/A-18 Tactical Flight Manual. Then promoted to Operations Analyst for the Advanced Design Concept Branch where he led the development of advanced simulation techniques (both realtime and non-realtime) for the study of advanced weapons systems. He developed an innovative, easily usable, computer data retrieval and analysis system, providing his company the ability to answer Congressional and DoD weapons’ capability queries in minutes, rather than in months.
1981 - Washington, DC Consulting Firm. Tasked with the responsibility to develop F/A-18's Training Program Master Plan (TPMP) which involved the study and analysis of all training materials and devices, including aircrew and maintenance simulators, As Pentagon Consultant, received open access to wide variety of design approaches; Concluded the Pentagon was not receiving fair market value for its dollars, and delivered an enlightening report; Pentagon implemented most his recommendations, savings millions of dollars.
1982 - Northrop Corporation. Employed as man-in-the-loop test pilot, responsible for, the design and testing (in the simulators) of new concepts for Northrop’s newest fighter jet, the F20 TigerShark; authorized $200 Million for design and manufacture of four flight simulators, yet designed a twelve cockpit facility for less than $134 Million.
1982 - Wall Street investment-banking firm. After receiving a recommendation from the Pentagon, a NY firm approached Mr. Gustin to perform an analysis of start-up; Firm then offered employment, in which Mr. Gustin was to perform all engineering and technical analysis for all the bank’s potential investments; generated over $4 million in funding and responsible for all sales.
1983 - Formed HTM (hi-tech Marketing Corporation). Mission was to establish marketing processes for new companies that developed high technology products; designed and developed world’s first PC-based, real-time graphics computer, the Black Box.
1984 – 1992 Formed Paragon Graphics, Inc. (PGI). Co-designed and developed industry state-of-the-art realtime computer image generators for military simulation industry.
1992 – 1996 Formed Top Gun Entertainment, Inc (TGE). Recognizing the trend in military budget reductions, Mr. Gustin’s firm was one of the first to apply its technical skills to the entertainment industry;
1997 - Present. Business Development for Domestic and International Clients. Mr. Gustin has been active consulting for several investment firms; his unique technical background, coupled with his ability to analyze and describe new technologies, has provided several investment firms with the necessary insight in their due diligence process; engaged to analyze the business potential for more than one hundred firms in the past ten years.
Mr. Gustin has been engaged by numerous firms to assist in various segments of Corporate Growth for both start-up and mature organizations. His personal technical, financial and management experiences have often proved invaluable to his clients. He is currently providing assistance to Brigadier General (Retired) Mark Beesley and his firm Lone Star International LLC (“LSI”) by coordinating and managing contracts, logistics and Business Development with new clients. In 2011 Mr. Gustin accepted the position of Managing Partner and President of LSI. Since 2013, Mr. Gustin has accepted and continues to serve as President for several additional companies: Central Sun Group of Companies, and The Ravenswood Group, which itself manages operations for nearly 50 companies throughout the word.
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS
Academics: Graduated 1 of 601 in high school - GPA 4.0; Commandant's List for Academics in the USMC Basic School; Commodore's List for Academics in the Navy Training Command; "High Flight" Award for academic excellence in the Navy Training Command and two "E" Awards for Excellence in the air-to-ground dive bombing syllabus; Earned highest performance awards in air combat simulation since the inception; While in the Marine Corps, earned Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics (Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Management) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, completing studies with honors (GPA 4.0).
Paper presentations/Panel chairman/guest speaker: IEEE, Royal Aeronautical Society, Image Society, Society for Computer Simulation, Society for Optical Engineers and multiple publications; AIAA Symposium on Visual Simulation, Interavia Forum, Interservice/Industry Training Systems Conference (I/ITSC), Conference Manager for Virtual Reality Symposium at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Meckler VR Conference, DMSO Symposium.
IATA Working Group on Visual Systems Standards for Commercial Aviation; University Aviation Association Simulation Committee; Task Force 2000; Charles A. Lindbergh Fund Grants Committee; Awarded the first Co-operative Research and Development Award (CRDA) with the US Government in the Field of Simulation relating to Helmet Mounted Displays; Visiting Researcher for Keio University, Japan.
Designed first digital production method for “colorizing” black and white film; First real-time image generator demonstrated at the Interservice Industry Training Systems Conference (I/ITSC); First multi-channel real-time image generator demonstrated at I/ITSC; First full fidelity jet simulator at I/ITSC; First networked full fidelity simulators at I/ITSC; First non-SIMNET funded company to demonstrate interoperability with SIMNET nodes; First international real-time networking using standard phone lines (without using data extrapolation); Developed innovative process to reduce effective system transport delay in HMD systems from 83msec to 16msec; Designed first wide FOV for US Navy Dynamic Flight Simulator; Designed visual display system for US Navy Landing Signal Officer Trainer (LSOT); Demonstrated industry’s first working model of real-time voice recognition system for LSOT; Designed distortion correction methodology for world’s smallest dome (NASA Pre-Adaptive Trainer); Designed world’s first real-time graphics playback system of “black box” data streams used for post-crash analysis (client was US Army Safety Center tasked with examining unknown cause(s) of Black Hawk helicopter crashes); Designed and demonstrated first digital real-time field record/playback system for computer animation.
National Merit Scholar, Class President, Student Body Vice President, Who’s Who (US High School), Multiple awards for athletics, USMC wrestling team (part time), USMC Orientation Team (part time), broke several marksmanship records in USMC for both rifle and pistol, officer-in-charge of award winning shooting team, WESTPAC Chess Champion, multiple awards for superior performance in Air-to-Air combat competition (most kills, highest kill ratio, best survival ratio), received Meritorious Augmentation into the Regular Officer Corps, Deep Selected for Captain, Deep Selected for Major, broke world record for marathon snow skiing on downhill mountain (nearly 30 hours without stopping/falling), subject of nearly two dozen media stories (both print and television, including CNN special report and Scientific American article on flight simulation).
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