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Slope Mower Leadership Team

Cross-Industry Trailblazers

Game-changing products and unmatched customer service don’t change industries alone. Our leaders spark growth and revolution through their commitment to pushing limits, solving problems, and continually pursuing more. Developed by a team of first-class specialists with over 50 years of combined expertise from the military and high-level industries including aerospace, heavy equipment, and industrial manufacturing, our machines are a reflection of our team: versatile, whip-smart, and 100% American-made.

[Michael Brandt, Chief Executive Officer]

A hands-on problem-solver and inspirational leader, Michael is spearheading RC Mowers' charge to revolutionize the commercial mowing industry. Having engineered groundbreaking technologies at companies including Raytheon, LifePort, and Lockheed Martin, Mike is equally experienced with and passionate about developing outstanding product solutions that drive new efficiencies, and more importantly, save lives.  LinkedIn | Phone

[Ray Watkins, Chief Technology Officer]

Ray comes to the RC Mowers CTO role from an incredible 31-year career at Boeing. There, Ray worked his way from an aircraft electronics (avionics) technician to a senior manager in aircraft testing, and was recruited by the Boeing Phantom Works Division as a principal researcher for classified defense programs, where he worked to develop and improve weapons systems. Ray joined Boeing’s Corporate Strategy Office and developed strategies for investments in breakthrough aerospace and classified defense projects. Many of Ray’s process and system breakthroughs are still in use in Boeing factories or flying aboard Boeing aircraft today. We salute Ray’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as an aviator with flight time in multiple carrier-based aircraft and two combat deployments.  LinkedIn | Phone

[Tim Kubista, VP Sales and Marketing]

Tim specializes in revenue growth, acquisition, sales training and building dealer networks – helping transform small businesses into powerhouse enterprises. He has had two companies on the INC 5000 list and comes to RC Mowers with vast knowledge of the commercial mowing industry, having contributed significantly to growth at Diamond Mowers. Tim brings over 30 years experience in leadership, strategy, people development, financial management and market expansion to lead RC Mowers’ sales and marketing teams.  LinkedIn | Phone | Email

[Mark Wittak, Director of Engineering]

A long-term veteran of the outdoor power equipment industry, Mark leads RC Mowers’ engineering team with an intense focus on safe, efficient designs and enhanced performance through cutting-edge data acquisition and digital simulation. Complementing his expertise with turf equipment, Mark has diverse knowledge gained though wind tower design, refuse trucking, and hydraulic systems. His first patent was a safety innovation that significantly reduced deaths and injuries in the refuse industry – and Mark brings that same focus on safety today to RCM’s slope mower designs.  Phone

[Jason Lopez, Operations Manager]

Jason has been a crucial part of RC Mowers’ success from day one. With tool and molding design background, along with R&D experience and expertise in rapid prototyping, Jason leads RC Mowers' factory operations. He is a jack-of-all-trades and expertly coordinates inventory management, process procedures development, and integration with RC Mowers' design and engineering teams.  Phone