A Management Masterclass, with Chris Celtruda

Today’s Pathfinder episode features Chris Celtruda, CEO of Valence Surface Technologies and Operating Executive at ATL Partners. With over 30 years of leadership experience, Chris offers a masterclass on scaling aerospace & defense businesses and implementing successful management styles.

In addition, Mo and Chris chat: 

  • Chris’ experience building multiple A&D businesses
  • ATL Partners’ new focus on space
  • The current investment landscape
  • Raising capital in today’s market

And much more… 

Check out Pathfinder #0065 on…YouTube, Apple, Spotify, or desktop.

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