Houston based Barrios Technology has announced several executive leadership changes at its corporate office and with its prime contract with NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Robert McAfoos is the new president of Barrios, effective April 1, overseeing the day-to-day operational aspects of the company, while owner Sandy Johnson will remain chief executive officer, setting the strategic focus and goals of the company and continuing to champion the Barrios vision, mission and company culture.
Mark Polansky will become Barrios’ International Space Station Program Mission and Program Integration (MAPI) program manager, leading the $40 + million annual contract providing critical mission integration products and services to the ISS Program. Kelly Page will lead the Mission Analysis and Integration (MA&I) organization for MAPI.
Johnson was part of the group who formed Barrios Technology in 1980 upon being awarded the JSC Flight Design Support Services contract. She became president and CEO of Barrios in 1993 when she purchased the company, returning Barrios to its roots as a woman-owned small business.
Barrios Technology grew from $10 to $70 million in annual revenue and has continually held prime government contracts — receiving numerous national recognitions, including twice earning NASA’s coveted George M. Low Quality award, under Johnson’s leadership.
McAfoos has served in leadership roles on Barrios’ largest contracts since 2001. He has managed prime contracts and subcontracts supporting JSC’s Mission Operations Directorate (Space Program Operations Contract), ISS Program Office (Mission Integration Contract), Crew Exploration Vehicle (Orion Project Integration Contract), and, most recently, MAPI. Over the past three years under McAfoos’ leadership, MAPI has become a flagship program for small businesses and the agency. McAfoos also successfully established Barrios’ business base in the Houston area oil and gas market.
Polansky joined the Barrios team in July of 2012 as the MA&I Manager for MAPI as well as leading Barrios’ business pursuits in the commercial space industry. Polansky’s experience as a Space Shuttle Commander was instrumental in bringing the right focus to mission applicable work on the MAPI contract. His mission success focus along with his relationship with the NASA ISS Program Office will be key to the contract’s continued success.
Page has been with Barrios supporting the ISS Program for 10 years and currently leads the MAPI ISS Program Services organization. Her leadership has been critical to successfully implementing streamlined processes and updated technology. She will bring her technical experience in the mission related organizations and her management experience in the program services organizations to integrate functionality where needed.
Barrios hopes to continue to bring together some of the most talented employees in the aerospace industry to a company tailored to support the evolution of space exploration.