Falcon Focus – Marc Piloian
by: Joseph Rodriguez
To start off the New Year of 2022, I sat down with InterConnect’s Vice President and Co-Owner, Marc Piloian. Marc is the leader of Engineering, IT, and Field Services at InterConnect. Things are about to get a bit technical.
How did you start working at InterConnect?
I knew John (Ashour, InterConnect’s President) while he was an Intern at Comanche Peak. He told me he was interested in starting his own company, so I invested in it. I was an owner before I was an employee. One summer I worked as a consultant for InterConnect and then continued to work in different places. Once InterConnect landed its first big job with Lockheed, I quit my other job and came to work for InterConnect. My employee number is 1027, so I’m employee number 27!
How does your role connect you with employees?
I’ve always been interested in technology and solving technical problems. I mainly like doing this with InterConnect by improving our processes through technology. This makes things simpler, more efficient, and easier. This helps our employees and allows them to be more productive.
Why are you proud of InterConnect?
I like seeing our team and the company be successful. It means a lot to hear we are a preferred supplier instead of just another supplier. I think that comes from InterConnect having good data systems in place so that we can interface with various customer systems. We can handle data from a lot of different sources and different formats and get it into a system where we can process it expeditiously. Those are the kinds of things that differentiate us, because we can take on large programs with our great system.
What is your favorite aircraft?
The F-16 is one of them, although it is not the one I have been around the most. We had a job where we rewired Blackhawk Helicopters. So, I have been inside, outside, and on top of Blackhawks. We reverse engineered the wiring for an entire Blackhawk. We took the geometry of the aircraft and old wiring from the customer and merged those two together to make new harnesses based on both the old and new data. We also did that with the H-1 Cobra. The F-16, H-1, and UH-60 are my three favorites for that reason.
Marc holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt. He enjoys spending time with his family including his wife, two children, two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A Florida native, Marc likes being out on the water, sailing. He is well traveled and has had jobs in Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, and England before settling down in Granbury, Texas.