About Us

Our Company

CREAN Inc provides services to industries looking to be at the cutting edge of innovation.  By combining exceptional engineering talent, largely from the aerospace industry with leading smart factory specialists, we help our clients develop systems from idea through full scale production.  No matter where they are in that journey our team of highly skilled, and highly experienced experts aid the teams of some of the most advanced and innovative companies in the world deliver their systems.

At CREAN, it is our people that set us apart.  It is not just the out of this world skillset they bring, but the ability to respond quickly to the next challenge.  Whether it is a new project that needs just the right system architect, a complete experienced project team that can hit the ground running, or a client that wants to help a supplier ramp up to new customer demand, the CREAN team delivers rapid results.

We are dedicated to delivering quality mission-oriented technical services and solutions and to contributing to the security of our nation and well-being of our local communities. We believe high ethical standards are essential to achieving our individual and corporate goals. We apply our core values to all our interactions with our customers, our fellow employees, our partners, and our neighbors.

CREAN is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB).

To Our Customers:

  • We place the highest priority on providing effective, high-quality, timely, and competitive services and solutions.
  • We are committed to personal integrity and high professional standards.
  • We are dedicated to protecting our clients’ intellectual property, designs and methodologies.
  • We strive to offer innovative solutions to meet or exceed expectations.

To Our Employees & Associates, Present and Prospective:

  • We provide a healthy and safe workplace.
  • We promote an environment that encourages new ideas, high-quality work, and professional achievement.
  • We treat our fellow associates honestly and fairly.
  • We ensure equal opportunity for employment and advancement.
  • We share the rewards of success with those whose honest efforts contribute to that success.

To Our Partners:

  • We are fair and professional in all our business dealings.
  • We honor our commitments to our business partners.
  • We select partners who will adhere to our ethical standards and commitment to only high-quality products and services.

Diversity & Inclusion is an opportunity and an appreciation of the rich dimensions of differences within our workforce that fuel group dynamics, and it fosters an environment where all individuals and teams are welcome to participate and perform to their full potential. We strive to attract, retain and engage talented and diverse professionals to ensure a competitive edge in the global marketplace and deliver innovative solutions and services to Crean & Associates customers.

CREAN has a team of hundreds of engineers, managers, & specialists ready to help our clients

Jennifer Crean, Co-Founder, CEO/CFO

James Crean, Co-Founder, President / CTO

Jennifer Crean, Co-Founder, CEO/CFO

Mrs. Jennifer Crean is an aerospace executive with decades of experience supporting the growth and development of companies ranging from Fortune 100 to aerospace start-ups. She co-founded Crean & Associates in 2002 after nearly two decades of financial, operational, and program office experience in aerospace and other industries. Her program office experience includes programs such as the NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System which provides high bandwidth data, voice, and video communication to the International Space Station. She also provided Program Office project planning & management support to the GOES N,O,P weather satellite system.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Crean helped large and small companies strategically to create integrated technology development and management plans for both large scale government and a wide range of commercial systems. She also has extensive experience in new business development, proposal creation, and project scheduling and financial planning. Her extensive aerospace experience includes work for Hughes Space & Communications, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, AMPAC, and providing leading roles in financial management and execution to small businesses seeking to grow and expand their markets.  Jennifer Crean is a graduate from Brock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  She is married with 3 children.

James Crean, Co-Founder, President / CTO

Mr. James Crean is an aerospace innovator with a passion for driving the implementation of smart factory technologies & methods in the United States.  He spent the first half of his career at Hughes Space & Communications and Boeing where as a systems engineer he and a small team developed the first DirecTV satellite system, as well as other novel mobile communication systems for commercial companies as well as to support vital US government missions. He put this wide-ranging experience to use in developing leading edge large-scale deployable antenna systems for satellite applications, performing launch simulation vibration and acoustics testing of  full-up satellite systems, and systems engineering the world’s most advanced global weather satellite systems. His diverse background also includes developing key aspects of the company’s enterprise wide asset tracking system application as well as a variety of engineering analysis applications.  He stood up the Supplier Program Manager role for Boeing satellite propulsion group, working with suppliers to qualify their systems and deliver faster and cheaper.  He was a program manager for the NASA Tracking & Data Relay Satellite System, was deputy business unit leader, and formed the company’s Lean Six Sigma group.

After founding CREAN Inc., Mr. Crean’s Lean Six Sigma experience developed into a focus on integrating smart factory technologies with LSS methods to develop real-time optimization methodologies coupled with embedded and integrated systems to maximize the efficiency and responsiveness of production environments, which he dubbed the Smart Flow Operating System™.  He has been integrally involved in over 100 Smart Factory / LSS engagements that have progressively produced more and more astounding efficiency & effectiveness results, including in some of the most well run and complex operations in the country.  Although CREAN Inc. supports some of the largest Fortune 100 companies in the world, his greatest pleasure comes from working with entrepreneurs in engineering new innovative systems and then producing them faster and more efficiently than any competitor could imagine.

Mr. Crean has an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science Engineering. He is married with 3 children, and yes, before you ask, quite enjoys working with his wife.

Gary Gawlas
Engineering Solutions

Parker Counts
Advisor

Kristina Grad
Finance & HR

Steve Burdette
Operations

Franco van Heijningen
Special Projects

Bill Rothschild
Aerospace Solutions

Pete Woll
Client Relations

Ashley Armenta
Operations

Bob Specchio
Customer Solutions

Carlos Chavez
Smart Factory

Dave Sherry
Innovation

Shelly Tufts
Finance

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