Kurt Harendza serves as Senior Vice President of Peerless Technologies’ Innovation and Research Business Group. He focuses on providing research and development support services and groundbreaking technology solutions to Peerless’ Government customers. His customers include NASA, Air Force Material Command, Air Force Research Lab, U.S. Strategic Command, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and the Department of Energy. Mr. Harendza brings more than 29 years of experience in program management, business development, and business operations in both Government and commercial markets.
As a former US Air Force officer, Mr. Harendza managed the development, fielding, and production of systems critical to national defense, such as ballistic missiles, navigation satellites, advanced airborne sensors, and intelligence systems. He was awarded the Air Force Material Command’s Junior Engineer of the Year award and holds numerous other military distinctions and decorations. After completing his military career, Mr. Harendza was a program manager for delivery of technology services for a global IT provider, a business development manager for one of the largest US defense contractors, and a business development director for an innovative data services company.
He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He has certifications as a Level III Acquisition Professional in Program Management and as a Project Management Professional.