Tenax is led by a team of business professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the aerospace industry and a passion for customer service. With diverse aviation and business backgrounds, our leadership team is highlighted by extensive experience in government and defense aviation operations, aircraft leasing, aircraft system engineering and integration, contractor logistics support, training and project management.

Taran Bakker

President

  • Mr. Bakker joined Tenax in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in Private Equity, Investment Banking, Strategy, Business Transformation and Origination
  • Prior to joining Tenax, Mr. Bakker was with Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2017 where he worked in the Merchant Banking and Investment Banking divisions in Europe, Africa and North America. Mr. Bakker has also worked at Morgan Stanley Asset Management and McKinsey & Company
  • Mr. Bakker has served on the boards of Pret-a-Manger Ltd, Ontex NV and Christian Hansen Holding A/S
  • Mr. Bakker graduated with a BSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MSc. in Finance and Management from HEC, Paris

Terry Ryan

President of Business Development

  • Mr. Ryan joined Tenax in 2015 with over 30 years of experience in Business, the U.S. Government and the U.S. Military
  • Prior to joining Tenax, Mr. Ryan was the CEO of VT Group from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Ryan has also held several other senior management positions within ManTech, SAIC and SRA
  • Mr. Ryan has more than 20 years of experience with the U.S. Government and has held pivotal senior executive positions as the OSD Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and as the Deputy Director of the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office. He also served as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Mr. Ryan’s 10-year military term included a position as senior intelligence analyst for the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence, and infantry commander and intelligence officer for the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Mr. Ryan earned a B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University

Tim Cantrell

CFO

  • Mr. Cantrell joined Tenax in January 2014 as CFO with over 30 years of experience in Finance
  • Prior to joining Tenax, Mr.Cantrell was CFO for Phosphate Holdings, Inc., a Mississippi-based manufacturing company. Before that, he was at KPMG and spent 23 years at Arthur Andersen
  • Mr. Cantrell earned a B.S. Accounting from the University of Mississippi and is a CPA

Alan Oswalt

Executive Vice-President of Operations

  • Mr. Oswalt joined Tenax in 2014 with over 30 years of experience in Operations and Finance
  • Prior to joining Tenax, Mr. Oswalt was the President of MMI from 2003 to 2014, a Mississippi-based Healthcare Products manufacturer. Before that, Mr. Oswalt worked in the Cellular and Electric Utility industries at Tritel and Entergy
  • Mr. Oswalt earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Accounting

Steve Narbo

VP of Program Management

  • Mr. Narbo joined Tenax in 2015 with over 25 years of experience in Operations and Finance in the Defense Contracting and Aerospace Logistics sectors
  • Prior to joining Tenax, Mr. Narbo held management and leadership roles within the U.S. Department of Defense, Raytheon, Vertex Aerospace and L-3 Communications
  • Mr. Narbo earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi College and is a CPA and Certified Federal Contracts Manager

Jason Dean, Ph.D.

VP of Program Development

  • Mr. Dean joined Tenax in 2013 as VP of Program Development with 20 years of experience in economic development related activities including Sales and Marketing
  • Prior to joining Tenax, Mr. Dean was the Executive Director of the Aerospace Alliance, a four state trade association focused on recruiting the Aerospace industry to the southeast U.S.
  • Mr. Dean previously served as a White House Fellow. He has served on the staff of Governor Haley Barbour and is currently Vice Chairman of the State Board of Education in Mississippi
  • Mr. Dean earned a B.S. in International Studies  from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Mississippi