Stewart Cramer brings over thirty-five years of diverse leadership and technology experience to his work as a consultant for aerospace, defense and precision manufacturing to Signium. Trained as an engineer, Stewart worked as a Senior Technical Specialist in the Structures Research organization at Northrop Grumman, a leading US Defense firm. In this capacity, Stewart developed a strong talent for bringing people and ideas together in high-performing teams. In recognition of this skill, Stewart was selected by Northrop Grumman to lead a team of design and manufacturing engineers assigned to Lockheed Martin to work on the design of the F-35 aircraft.
In 2000, Stewart joined LAI Companies, a group of three small job shops located across the United States. Hired as Director of Aerospace Products, he was ultimately promoted to President of the group of companies. As President, he established common practices across sites, then acquired and integrated two additional companies. LAI International instituted lean-sigma, became ISO9001 and AS9100 certified and received preferred supplier awards from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, GE and other customers while growing over 300 percent during Stewart’s tenure. Key to his success at LAI was the integration of five separate organizations into a single virtual enterprise, and building and managing a world-class, geographically dispersed leadership team.
In 2013, Stewart relocated to Toronto and joined Mercap Holdings Inc., an investment partnership as Chief Operating Officer and acted as CEO of their investment, Vertex Precision Manufacturing. During Stewart’s tenure at Vertex, the company established itself as a tier one aerospace supplier, successfully acquired and integrated two additional companies and developed and implemented industry leading technologies on the production floor. He also became a board member of the Ontario Aerospace Council, where he continues to chair the highly regarded Research and Technology Committee.
Stewart holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is the holder of two U.S. patents and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. His hobbies are landscape photography and astronomy.