Meet the STM Team


Mark Fisher President and CEO

Born and raised in Southern California, Mark Fisher grew up disassembling and rebuilding anything he could get his hands on. The self-proclaimed tech geek would parlay his favorite hobby as a kid into a real world career.

It all started in the 1990s at microscope manufacturer McBain in the San Fernando Valley where Mark worked his way up to consultant. He eventually started a laser light show company (Laser Sound) for films, TV and music. Mark would meet a Vegas show producer who hired him to take the laser systems on worldwide tours. After seven years on the road, Mark moved back to California to work at Skjonberg Controls, based in Ventura, where the company provided control systems for the entertainment business from rock n’ roll bands to Broadway shows.

At Skjonberg, Mark would meet his future business partner Lawrence Faulkner who invited him to work as a hardware engineer for a software company in Moorpark – Genoa Technology. Together, they built testing products for USB, printing and the fax industry. In their spare time, the two discussed ways to work together because they knew that they could fill a need for local engineering firms who wanted terrain models – something they both strongly believed in.

Not surprisingly, the Pentagon would soon be knocking on their door; the government needed a terrain model and fast. After putting together a very compelling piece, the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Mark and Lawrence decided that they would start a company and turn terrain models into a production process. Their peers thought it was a great idea; so did Angel investors. They launched Solid Terrain Modeling (STM) on August 24, 2000.

STM provides a level of understanding not found in any computer model, ordinary topographic model or flat map. STM builds models of any size - from tabletop to wall mounted or even tiled to fill an entire exhibition hall. National Geographic would be their first customer and the company has not looked back since.

Today, though Faulkner is pursuing other interests, STM builds models for museums, land planners, oil, gas and mining companies, universities, aerospace, research, legal professionals, emergency response, border patrol, police, bureaus of land management and all branches of the military, as well as any company trying to convey a project’s scope through a 3D model.

In the coming years, Mark plans to expand the business and create new visualization technologies by exploiting the digital data revolution. He wants to help his clients view any piece of data and present it in ways that humans can comprehend via a unique visual medium.

Justin Luton Vice-President

Has been developing software since 1986. Working in various languages, he has developed complex software programs and protocols including printer and color performance programs, video applications and motion tracking systems. As an independent consultant, he has worked in many various industries. He is the recipient of numerous product awards and brings to STM a diverse technical background.

Remy Frank Sales and Marketing

Remy handles all sales inquiries, prepares customer quotations and is project manager for most modeling projects. She also coordinates trade shows and exhibits, is responsible for planning and achieving overall sales objectives and is the primary contact point for STM's Value Added Resellers.

Jeffrey Klittich Cartographer

Jeffrey handles cartographic design, model data engineering and preparation of model data for production.
He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Geography at California State University Northridge.

Sylvia Meza Administrative Assistant

Since its inception in 2000, she has provided valuable administrative and clerical support. Her knowledge of the business has played a significant role of liaison between clients and personnel of STM. She currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Finance from California State University Northridge.



board of directors
Thomas (Tom) Corcoran

Tom Corcoran is President and CEO of Gemini Air Cargo (a Carlyle Group Company). He is also President of Corcoran Enterprises LLC, a management consulting company. Previously, he was President and CEO of Allegheny Teledyne. Prior to that, he was President and COO of Lockheed Electronics Sector from 1995 to October 1999. Prior to the 1995 merger of Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation, he was President of the Electronics Group of Martin Marietta, a position he assumed in 1993. He began his career in 1967 at General Electric Company. He progressed rapidly through increasingly responsible positions in mostly commercial businesses. He joined GE Aerospace in 1983. In time, he was named Vice President and General Manager of GE Government Electronic Systems and Vice President and General Manager of GE Ocean and Radar Systems, before becoming Vice President and General Manager of GE Aerospace Operations. In that role he had responsibility for manufacturing and sourcing for all of GE's aerospace business units. In 1992 he was given full profit and loss management responsibility for about half of GE Aerospace. He is a director of REMEC Corporation and L-3 Communications Corporation. He serves on the board of Stevens Institutes of Technology and has also been a trustee at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is active in the American Ireland Fund. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the GE Manufacturing Management Program.

Darryl Nolan Garrett

Darryl Garrett is Senior Vice President at Photon Research Associates, Inc. and also serves as an independent consultant to Intelligence Community agencies and their related contractors.

Upon his early retirement as a senior official from CIA, Mr. Garrett received the CIA Career Intelligence Medal. Mr. Garrett concurrently was a member of the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology Board of Directors and the Director of the Technology Office at NIMA.

Prior to that he served in various leadership roles within the CIA; where his responsibilities included imagery production, visualization, and physical models in support of intelligence analysis and operational support. From 1985-1987 he worked at the White House Science Office as a senior policy analyst and then as the Executive Assistant to the Science Advisor to the President.

Mr. Garrett is a graduate of the National Security Program at Harvard and has a Masters of Science degree in industrial engineering and a BS degree in mathematics.

Gary A. James

Gary James is Principal and Director of QualityLogic, Inc. a Software Quality Assurance tool development company and QA Services provider. Mr. James was President and founder of Genoa Technology, Inc., where he spent 13 years building it into one of the leading suppliers of test solutions to the computer and telecommunications industries. Previously, he was Director of Quality Assurance for Dataproducts Corp., with divisional responsibility for operations in the United States, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands, CA

Lawrence Faulkner

Lawrence Faulkner began research and development work on a computerized Solid Terrain Modeling machine in 1990. Over a three-year period he designed, tested and built the production hardware, electronic interface and customized software. Subsequently, in 1994, he embarked on a targeted test market program to assess and commercially validate government (Federal, State and Municipal), military, institutional and corporate interest in his applied technology and product line in the mapping and modeling sectors. Hence, his intuition and ambition has brought him here today.


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