The Power of Women: Michelle Platt
CEO, AVNIK Defense Solutions, Inc.
When Michele Kochoff Platt arrived in Huntsville in 1997, she saw an opportunity to serve the warfighter.
Armed with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Central Florida and a masters in business from Florida Instite of Technology, and over a decade of engineering and management experience gained at Lockheed in Orlando, Florida, she founded AVNIK. AVNIK (a combination of Aviation and Nikita, the name of her son) provides crucial programmatic, technical, and logistics expertise and services to the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command and innovative research to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
Under her direction, AVNIK, incorporated in 2006, provides military and commercial program strategic planning, systems design development, systems analysis, and manages innovative solutions to complicated systems. On a daily basis, the energetic CEO manages a diverse workforce and interacts with top military leaders everywhere from Huntsville to the Pentagon in Washington.
Never forgetting the community that helped secure her success, Michele honed her leadership skills even further in the Huntsville Leadership Class of 2016. She is an active member of Women in Defense, Energy Huntsville, the Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology (HASBAT), the Huntsville Aerospace Marketing Association (HAMA), and The Vertical Lift Society.
She lives every day by the motto, “This or something better.”
AVNIK Defense Solutions, Inc.
Enabling the Warfighter
7262 Governors West, Suite 102 Huntsville, AL 35806
256-513-5292 | avnikdefense.com