Meet the VRC Metal Systems management team, a group of professionals behind the development of cutting edge cold spray systems.
Rob Hrabe, MS
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Mr. Hrabe is a seasoned emerging technologies entrepreneur and has founded several engineering-focused start-ups. This follows 22 years of distinguished service in the United States Air Force Lt. Colonel (ret), as a B-1B Pilot and Technology Insertion Engineer. He has ingenuity, vision, and passion for deploying new technologies to solve real-world problems. He has leveraged his military relationships, developed networks, built teams, and formed companies to commercialize these technologies. Mr. Hrabe became an effective leader and expert in aircraft engineering and maintenance during his military service as an Acquisition Officer, Logistics Engineer, Computer-aided Engineering Program Manager, Assistant Director of Operations and Inspector General. Mr. Hrabe holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master of Engineering from California State Polytechnic University.
Christian Widener, PhD
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Dr. Widener is a nationally recognized expert in cold spray and friction stir welding with more than 60 publications and multiple patents as a result of his R&D work in advanced materials processing technologies since 2003. He leads the company’s technology development which drives innovation with new products, market applications and business opportunities. Dr. Widener also serves as an important resource for teaching, coaching, and training both internally and externally. As Research Lab Director and Associate Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Dr. Widener’s research led to the commercialization of the cold spray system and the development of a host of successful applications of the technology. Previously, he worked for Siemens Westinghouse in industrial installation and repair of gas turbine generators. Dr. Widener holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University.
Terree Matson, MS
President/Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Matson is an experienced leader of the rapidly expanding VRC manufacturing operations. She lead the design and construction of the new VRC World Headquarters and manufacturing facility and the implementation of ISO 9001. Prior to joining VRC, Ms. Matson was Vice President of Operations at Lehman Trikes USA and was a Senior Quality Engineer at Polaris. She has a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering and an MS in Technology Management from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Jeff Pederson, CPA (Inactive)
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Pederson has extensive background working with the financial aspects for multiple start up companies. In his current role, he is leading the design of profitability business operations while balancing the demands of organizational growth. Mr. Pederson maintains full accountability for overall company financial results, develops budgets, and creates strategies for long term membership and company development. Prior to VRC, Mr. Pederson was the Controller and Asset Manager at Renew Energy and the President & CFO at Hagan Benefits. He holds a BS in Accounting from the University of South Dakota .
Thomas Woods, MBA
Chief of Corporate Ventures
Mr. Woods is spearheading the development of Corporate Ventures at VRC. His efforts in new business development have led the company to triple digit year over year sales growth. Before joining the VRC team, Mr. Woods served for 27 years as a Colonel in the US Air Force in multiple strategic and executive level leadership positions. Prior to his military service, Mr. Woods was Sales Representative for Proctor & Gamble. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of South Dakota.
VRC Metal Systems’ Services
Learn more about VRC Metal Systems’ comprehensive cold spray services, which include equipment leasing, system calibration and cold spray process development. Our knowledgeable team is also available to provide dependable off- and on-site support to ensure you receive the products and services you need every step of the way.