Tricia D'Cruz, Executive Chairman

Tricia D’Cruz is the Executive Chairman of Metro Aerospace, the first company she helped found in her role as Managing Director of Catalyze Dallas.  Since 2014, Catalyze Dallas specializes in commercialization of promising innovations sourced from some of the world’s most respected defense and industrial companies.

Ms. D’Cruz is an experienced senior executive, entrepreneur, and strategy consultant. She has been a leader to growing high technology companies for over 30 years, with a track record of achieving accelerated growth.  Ms. D’Cruz has the distinction of success at both large multi-national companies, where she held P&L responsibilities at three public companies, as well as launching numerous successful startup ventures.  Additional accomplishments include the dramatic growth and successful initial public offering of a startup, the achievement of #1 global market share position in multiple product categories in the telecommunications industry, and numerous successful M&A ventures.

Tim Watkins, Vice President, Business Development

Tim Watkins serves as Vice President, Business Development for Metro Aerospace, driving adoption of Metro’s Microvane™ technology across the global defense and commercial aerospace sectors, while also helping bring additional drag reducing technologies to market.

A former naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with broad international sales experience, Watkins served as a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and most recently with Gartner, Inc., working with leaders in the Aerospace & Defense, Airline, and Hospitality industries. Watkins also spent time as the Director of Foreign Military Sales for the U.S. Embassy’s Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, working across U.S. agencies to manage military equipment sales and security assistance to U.S. allies and partners.

During his military career, Watkins served as a pilot in the S-3 Viking and deployed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later served as a Foreign Area Officer in the Asia-Pacific region.