NTS Announces CEO, COO Promotions
Rich Adams and Hector Paez to Guide North America’s Qualification Testing, Inspection, and Certification Leader
Anaheim, CA (July 10, 2018). National Technical Systems, Inc. (“NTS”), the leader in qualification testing, inspection, and certification solutions in North America, announced today that effective July 1, 2018, Rich Adams, formerly Senior Vice President of Testing Operations in the West, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and Hector Paez, formerly Senior Vice President of Testing Operations in the East, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.
“Rich and Hector both embody the spirit of the future of NTS: technological leadership, operational excellence and an unrelenting focus on delivering for our customers,” stated Ray Milchovich, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. “NTS is home to some of the strongest testing, inspection, and certification talent in North America, and that these two leadership promotions come from within the organization is a testament to the depth of expertise within this company.”
CEO Rich Adams originally joined NTS from Intertek, where he rose to the position of Senior Vice President with executive responsibility for the Electrical and Wireless Global Business Line, one of Intertek’s fastest growing businesses operating across 22 countries, 64 sites, and 4,700 employees. Prior to joining Intertek, Rich served in the United States Army. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Technology from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA from the University of Redlands.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead an organization with such deep history in our markets and technological leadership in this space,” said Adams. “We have tremendous opportunity, and tremendous responsibility, as we help our customers deliver products the world can trust. I am honored to have been selected by Ray, the rest of the NTS Board of Directors and Aurora Capital Partners. We could not ask for a more supportive group as we seek to achieve our collective vision for NTS. It is an inspiring time for the company.”
Hector Paez began his career in the testing industry in 1987, joining NTS in 2000 after having served four years in the United States Marine Corps. During his nearly 19 years with NTS, Hector has progressed through various leadership roles, serving as General Manager of NTS’ Fullerton lab from 2009 to 2014 and Vice President of Commercial Excellence from 2014 through 2016 before being appointed Senior Vice President of Testing Operations in the East. Hector holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from ITT.
“Rely on NTS for technological leadership, ease of doing business and absolute reliability,” said Paez. “It is a privilege to lead the company’s operations and help deliver the deep capabilities of NTS’ people, equipment and technical resources to the thousands of customers who rely on us to support their work. We support some of the most innovative and technologically advanced companies in the world in their most important programs, and I look forward to ensuring that they receive the best and most reliable service in our industry.”
NTS is a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based Aurora Capital Partners.
About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is the leading provider of qualification testing, inspection, and certification services in North America, serving a broad range of industries, including the civil aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical, and automotive end markets. Since 1961, NTS has built the broadest geographic presence in the United States, offering more than 70 distinct environmental simulation and materials testing categories, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, product safety, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests.
Operating through a network of more than 27 technologically advanced testing laboratories, this geographically diverse footprint puts NTS facilities in close proximity to its more than 4,000 clients, allowing NTS to serve the nation’s most innovative companies with industry- leading accessibility and responsiveness.
NTS is accredited by numerous national and international organizations and operates its inspection division under the Unitek brand, providing a wide range of supply chain management services. NTS’ certification division, which operates under the NQA brand, is one of the largest and most respected global ISO registrars, with active certifications in more than 75 countries. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at nts.com or call 800-270-2516.