Your Performance Team

Valence is led by a team of industry powerhouses in special processing, with decades of exceptional surface technology expertise. Their goal is simple – to provide every customer around the world with best-in-class quality, delivery, and value.

Tracy Glende

Chief Executive Officer

  • Over 25 years of aerospace, energy and industrial markets, including special processing experience
  • Former CEO of Veritas Steel
  • Other Experience: President – Aerospace, Defense & Energy – Bodycote Plc.; Vice-President & General Manager – Honeywell Aerospace
  • Expertise: executive leadership, global operations, strategic sales and marketing, certified Six Sigma Black Belt

James "Jamie" Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer

  • More than 20 years of executive leadership in multiple industries
  • Former Chief Financial Officer at Dover Artificial Lift
  • Other Experience: Bemis Company; Emerson Electric; Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Expertise: business integration, business development, operational finance and accounting

Jorge Della Costa

Chief Technology Officer

  • 25 years of aerospace special processing experience
  • Founder and Former President & CEO of Chrome Plus International, Inc.
  • Other Experience: Swick Manufacturing
  • Expertise: operations, continuous improvement, chemical and process engineering

Tim Mickael

Executive Vice President Corporate Development

  • 15 years of aerospace special processing experience
  • Former President & CEO of Coast Plating, Inc. and CSL, Inc.
  • Other Experience: Partner at The 180 Group and Berggruen Holdings
  • Expertise: strategy development, sales and marketing, business development, finance

Matthew Alty

Chief Operating Officer

  • 15 years of special processing experience in the aerospace, electronics and energy sectors
  • Former Vice President with Bodycote Plc – Aerospace, Defense & Energy
  • Other Experience: Wood Group
  • Expertise: multi-site operations, change management, technical leadership, strategic sales and marketing

Chris Grapsas

Vice President Sales and Marketing

  • 15 years of engineering, design, and business development experience in the aerospace, power generation, and oil & gas sectors
  • Former Head of Business Development for Hixson Metal Finishing
  • Other Experience: Calnetix Technologies and Dresser-Rand Company (Siemens)
  • Expertise: technical international sales and marketing, sales process implementation, executive leadership and system deployment

Simone Murphy-Fickenworth

Vice President Quality Assurance and Compliance

  • 18 years of Quality and Compliance experience in the aerospace industry
  • Other experience: Quality Manager- Chrome Plus
  • Expertise: Continuous Improvement, Aerospace, Quality Assurance, and Quality Systems

Steve Cooper

Vice President Information Systems

  • Over 25 years of experience in Oil and Gas, Manufacturing Automation & Software Industries
  • Other experience: IT Director for Honeywell International, other roles in Operations, Information Technology, Quality, & Marketing
  • Expertise: Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Led Global organizations and directives