Mitch Free is a serial entrepreneur and manufacturing industry maverick. He currently serves as the founder and CEO of ZYCI. Mitch also founded Fast Radius (NASDAQ FSRD) in 2014, MFG.com (global manufacturing marketplace) in 2000 and 3DATUM (CAD/CAM software and 3D printers) in 1998. Mitch began his career as a CNC machinist and worked in the aerospace and automotive tooling sectors producing some of the most complex parts and assemblies. After working in job shops for 7 years, Northwest Airlines recruited him to develop methods to rapidly reverse engineer and produce aircraft parts when they could not be quickly obtained from the OEM or surplus market. While at the airline, he was awarded multiple patents (5,167,720 and 5,162,659) for technologies he created for inspection and repair of jet engine components. Mitch Free’s “owner mentality”, a track record of innovation, a penchant for results and leadership quickly led to senior management positions where he oversaw aircraft acquisition, refurbishment and fleet modernization projects worldwide.
Mitch left the airline business to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams and founded 3Datum, a company focused on providing product designers and manufacturers with 3-D CAD, CAM and 3-D printing systems. 3Datum was acquired after 3 years and Mitch subsequently founded MFG.com. Mitch built MFG.com into the largest global marketplace for the manufacturing industry serving customers in 50 countries and 11 languages with regional offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Paris, France and Shanghai, China. MFG.com’s success attracted high profile investors including Jeff Bezos and Fidelity Ventures. Mitch ran MFG.com as Chairman and CEO for 13 years.
In 2013, Mitch’s passion for manufacturing and building companies that delight customers led him to found ZYCI in 2013. Mitch has a very hands on management style is intimately involved in the day-to-day operations and leadership.
Mitch writes for Forbes about manufacturing as it related to aerospace and defense. He is a dynamic and sought-after presenter, Mitch has spoken at Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Fudan University in China, numerous industry conferences and appears regularly on various media outlets including CNBC and Fox Business.
Mitch serves on several boards, is a member of YPO, an aviation enthusiast, and private pilot.
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Pt Angel Tran is from Lawrenceville, GA and is a 2022 graduate from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering minoring in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. She joined ZYCI in 2022 as a project manager to ensure all key aspects of a project are correct and delivered on time.
Rocio is originally from Venezuela where she work as a professor of Geology at a prestigious University. Rocio has help multiple positions of increasing responsibility within ZYCI and currently leads the logistics team with responsibility for receiving inspection, packing / preparing orders for shipment and coordination of outgoing shipments.
Vice President of Finance
Shirene Free is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has lived in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai before settling down in the United States.
Shirene began her career in Singapore as a production planner in the injection molding industry for one of the largest plastic molders in Asia. She advanced to positions of increasing responsibility giving her significant first-hand experience with machining, tool development, molding and the global manufacturing industry. Subsequently, Shirene was recruited to lead procurement and logistics by a leading supplier of polyethylene products for the food and beverage industry and relocated to Hong Kong. Shirene is a member of Women in Manufacturing
Prior to moving the United States, Shirene lived in Shanghai, China and ran sales, marketing and customer service for MFG.com for southeast Asia. Shirene has a tremendous reputation for her work ethic, manufacturing expertise, attention to detail and obsession with exceeding customer expectations.
Chance joined ZYCI after serving in the United States Marine Corp. He began as an apprentice machinist and developed and insatiable curiosity for learning machining, strategies, best practices and CAM software.
Steve joined ZYCI as Purchasing Manager in 2022. He has vast experience in manufacturing with many well known industrial, consumer, and medical companies (Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Smiths Medical, Kimberly-Clark, Siemens, EMS Technologies, Honeywell, Alpha Technologies, and Enersys).
He grew up in the Chicago area and attended Valparaiso University and Michigan State University studying Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He relocated to Atlanta in the late 1990’s where he lives with his wife and two children. His hobbies include custom car building and restoration of various 1960s and 70’s classic muscle cars. He got started restoring cars as a teenager when a family member gave him a “free” non-running classic car which he ended up restoring and driving for the next 5 years before moving on to other projects. Before electric cars were commonly available, he built and restored about a dozen EVs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His car collection has included many Mustangs, Camaros, and other muscle cars.
Brian joined ZYCI in February of 2020, bringing nearly 10 years of aviation industry experience, overseeing piston & turbine aircraft piloting, instructing and managing various airframes. Since joining ZYCI, Brian has been focused on continuously improving ZYCI’s AS9100:ISO9001 Quality Management System.
At ZYCI, Brian spends his time monitoring key performance indicators and working with aerospace customers, suppliers, and department managers to identify and execute process improvements as well as verify internal training and QMS procedural adherence.
Brian is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Auburn University, where he studied Supply Chain Management, Aviation Management and Professional Flight. He spends his personal time volunteering with Angel Flight Soars and as a founding team member of Operation AirDrop disaster relief, led South Florida operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and currently serves as an operations consultant.
Project Manager, Aerospace & Defense
Andrés graduated from Georgia Tech in 2022 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined ZYCI as an engineer and helped develop strategies to machine complex, high precision parts. He designed tooling and developed repeatable process to maintain quality and consistency during the manufacturing process. Andres was promoted to Program Manager, Aerospace and Defense where he interfaces with customers to collaborate on projects, develop quotations and project manage orders to ensure they meet the required specifications and are delivered on-time.
Lead CMM Programmer
Originally from Venezuela, he began with ZYCI as a production operator learning manufacturing from the ground up and took on positions of increasing responsibility. Jesus is a certified PC-DMIS CMM programmer and is ZYCI’s lead CMM programmer.
AS9100 Quality System Manager.
James joined ZYCI is 2019 and has served in a variety of roles in increasing responsibility in production, quality control, project management and quality system management. James is a certified internal AS9100 auditor.
Quality Inspection Manager
Susie is a graduate of Clemson University. She joined ZYCI as a quality inspector and demonstrated an incredible penchant for detail and leadership. Susie is a certified CMM PC-DMIS programmer.
Assistant Logistics Manager
Laura is originally from Venezuela.
She has been working with ZYCI since 2019. Her planning skills and good team development have been key to the success of this department.
Her experience as a salesperson, and her hardworking spirit have led her to the position that she now leads with great responsibility.