Felix Ammann, SVP Group Procurement & Material Services (OM), SR Technics
Jack Arehart, VP Commerical Sales & Marketing, AAR Corp.
J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Jim Buckalew, VP Technology, Product & Services, AAR Corp.
Mike Cantillon, Manager, Ground & Technical Operations Safety, JetBlue Airways
Kevin Carter, CEO, TIMCO
Kevin shares the Chief Executive Officer title with Ron Utecht and is also Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for TIMCO. Kevin has deep experience in treasury, planning and finance having managed all aspects of financial reporting, debt structuring an investment management during his career. In 2011, Kevin was recognized by the UNCG Bryan School of Business and The Triad Business Journal for being one of the region's "40 Leaders Under Forty." Before joining TIMCO, Kevin was an associate with Geneva Merchant Banking Partners, a Greensboro-based investment banking firm, and had also been the Assistant Treasurer for Kayser-Roth Hosiery. Kevin holds an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University and a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College.
Barry Eccleston, President and CEO, Airbus Americas Inc.
Barry joined Airbus in August 2005.
He was VP and General Manager for Honeywell’s Engines, Systems and Services division, and has served as Honeywell’s VP of Commercial Aerospace for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has worked for Fairchild Dornier Corporation, Rolls-Royce and International Aero Engines.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Loughborough University and completed the International Executive program at the Institute of Management Development, Switzerland.
Barry is a private pilot, served as Chairman of the Washington, D.C. branch of the RAeS, and is an executive committee member of the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors.
Rich Hallman, Maintenance &Engineering Director of Human Resources, UPS
Paul Hawthorne, VP Quality, Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA)
Brian Hirshman, VP Maintenance & Engineering, Southwest Airlines
Brian Hirshman joined Southwest Airlines in mid 2010 as Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering. Southwest operates 547 Boeing 737s, making it the largest all-737 fleet in the world. Hirshman draws from an extensive background in aviation to lead Southwest’s 2,500 M&E Employees in providing Safe, clean, reliable and ontime aircraft for Southwest Customers, while continuously conquering costs and always providing a positive work environment for Employees. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and he went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration, Operations Management from Baruch College, City University of New York. He has worked at both Northwest and Alaska Airlines, where he was Staff Vice President, Maintenance. Brian broadened his knowledge of aviation with his experience at Oliver Wyman Consulting in Dallas. There, he specialized in strategy and operations projects, primarily in the MRO world. While with Macquarie Capital, also in Dallas, Brian was responsible for all principal investing and advisory activity within the aerospace sector. Brian and his wife, Valerie, live in Southlake, TX, with their two children.
C. Rayner Hutchinson III, VP Quality & Safety, AAR Corp
Mr. Hutchinson has over 40 years of aircraft maintenance/manufacturing quality/safety experience developed at leadership positions with AAR CORP, GE Aircraft Engines-Garrett Aviation, Raytheon Systems Company, Hughes Aircraft Company, Desert Pacific Airways, Cessna Aircraft Company, USAF and as independent consultant.
A regular contributor to the advancement of the quality discipline in aviation, Mr. Hutchinson is an active lecturer, instructor, and author of FAA approved training programs. The Federal Aviation Administration recognized Rayner for his contributions to the industry by awarding him the FAA STAR Quality Award for Commitment to Quality, Service, and Productivity in the Great Lakes Region in both 2002 and 2003.
Mr. Hutchinson maintains A&P, IA, DAR, Pilot, and Lead FAASTeam Representative certificates from the FAA and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) certification from the American Society for Quality.
He is active in a number of relevant technical societies and is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and maintains memberships in the International Society for Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and the System Safety Society (SSS).
Tom Hutton, VP Global Service Partners, Pratt & Whitney
James Keenan, SVP Technical Operations, United Airlines
Stephen Kolski, Executive VP Corporate Affairs, AirTran Airways, Inc.
John Laughter, SVP Maintenance Operations, Delta Air Lines
John Laughter, 40, is Senior Vice President, Maintenance Operations, in the Technical
Operations division (TechOps) of Delta Air Lines, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, Laughter directs TechOps’ worldwide maintenance operations including airframe, engine, component and line. Laughter is responsible for the safe and reliable execution of all Delta maintenance as well as TechOps’ growing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business.
Previously, Laughter was Director, Materials & Planning, with responsibility for forecasting and allocation of all TechOps maintenance demand as well as management and allocation of TechOps' inventory. He also had operational responsibility for the warehousing, distribution and logistics of all TechOps inventory on the Delta network. In this role, he led multiple initiatives to streamline and optimize Delta’s maintenance plan through lean maintenance and enterprise planning techniques.
He began his career in 1993 as an Aircraft Structural Engineer at Delta and held various leadership positions in the Engineering group, including Interiors Engineering and new aircraft acquisition.
Laughter holds a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University's Goizueta Business School. He, his wife, and four sons live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Roger Lehman, Director, Aviation and Aerospace Practice, Oliver Wyman
Roger Lehman is a Partner at Oliver Wyman and the Leader of the firm’s global Aviation, Aerospace & Defense practice. Mr. Lehman assists airlines and aerospace MRO service providers in innovating their business models and transforming their operations. With more than 19 years of consulting experience, his engagements have covered growth strategy, acquisitions, post merger integration, operations effectiveness, global strategic sourcing, financial and operational analysis, and major corporate restructuring.
John Linn, Vice President Customer Support & Services, Embraer North America
John Linn serves as Vice President Customer Support & Services for
Embraer North America based in Fort Lauderdale providing after sales support and services to all Embraer products in the region. He is currently responsible for field support, engineering, materials, logistics and MRO for the airline market. His organization currently serves over 1300 aircraft in the Americas and the Caribbean.
His career with Embraer began in 1987. He has extensive experience in all areas of customer support and services having previously served in the capacity of Manager of Customer Training, Sr. Manager of Technical Support, and Vice President, Field & Engineering Support, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to joining Embraer, John worked for several Commercial Airlines in the Midwest United States.
Werner Luehmann, Manager Regulatory Compliance & Authorities Liaison, Lufthansa Technik AG
Werner Robert Luehmann served two years in the German Air Force, studied at the Technical University Brunswick, Germany and holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. His professional experience includes working as a design engineer at MB/AIRBUS in 1981. He then joined Lufthansa German Airlines, Hamburg in their engineering department and engine overhaul shop. Werner moved to the quality management department in Lufthansa Technik in 1989. He currently is responsible for maintenance, production organization and CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Org.) as well as ISO/EN approvals, respective aviation authority liaison and regulatory compliance management in the Lufthansa Technik Group. Werner was involved in the introduction and ongoing development of Lufthansa Technik’s novel integrated, process oriented and Intranet based Quality Management Documentation System IQ MOVE as well as responsible for the introduction of SMS (Safety Management System) into the Lufthansa Technik Group. He also participates in EASA regulation drafting groups and is a representative for Lufthansa German Airlines at the Association of European Airlines (AEA) in the Engineering and Maintenance Subcommittee. Werner is married with two children.
Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA)
Dave Marcontell, EVP Team SAI, and President, TeamSAI M&E Solutions
Patrick Markham, VP Technical Services, HEICO
Patrick Markham received his BS in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Pat worked on PW4090, PW4098 certification programs and F119 development programs while at Pratt & Whitney. In 1997, Pat joined HEICO to work on the PMA compressor blade certification programs. Pat is currently VP of Technical Services for HEICO, with technical oversight responsibility for HEICO’s PMA activities.
Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Retired, Lufthansa
Abdol Moabery, President and CEO, GA Telesis
Abdol Moabery is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GA Telesis, a global leader in commercial aerospace. Founded in 2002 by Mr. Moabery, GA Telesis has fast grown into one of the largest firms in its sector, amassing vertically-integrated global businesses with hundreds of employees. He has over 20 years of direct experience in various disciplines in aviation from flight, lease and structured finance to logistics and maintenance.
A serial entrepreneur, he is responsible for the start-up, organization and development of several companies in the fields of finance, defense technologies, military software and commercial aerospace. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Aviation Systems International, Inc., where his responsibilities included oversight and management of all operations. Prior to joining ASI, Mr. Moabery was Director of Marketing and Sales at C-S Aviation Services, Inc. (a Soros Fund Management company), where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of a fleet of commercial aircraft that were placed in EETCs and syndicated leverage instruments.
Mr. Moabery and his wife are prominent philanthropists who have donated and directed millions of dollars to charitable causes that directly impact children. Some of these organizations include His House Children’s Home, Kids in Distress, Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Food for the Poor, the ISTAT Foundation, the Wing’s Club Scholarship Foundation, the Factor Foundation, and the March of Dimes. The Moaberys also sponsor several deserving special needs families through their commitment to cover expenses not generally covered by government programs or charitable organizations.
Mr. Moabery is the President of the Wing’s Club Scholarship Board and serves as advisor to several national and local children’s charities. He is an honorably discharged veteran from the United States Navy and United States Naval Reserve.
Mr. Moabery resides in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife and two children.
Michel Pacull, Chief Engineer - A310, Airbus Industries
Dave Ramage, VP Technical Operations, JetBlue Airways
Dave Ramage has served as JetBlue’s Vice President of Technical Operations since September of 2003 and is based at the Forest Hills, New York Support Center. He joined the airline following at a 31 year career at Air Canada where he held a number of different senior positions in the Maintenance and Engineering department, the most recent being Vice President, Operations of the Technical Services business unit. Dave is a 1972 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering graduate of Sir George Williams University in Montreal.
Christine Remmo, Manager, Safety Systems, American Airlines
Craig Richardson, Sales, Marketing and Leasing Director, TES Aviation Group
Mark Rodu, Managing Director of QA and Technical Programs, US Airways
Ernesto Ruiz, CEO, Aeroman
Paul Sahatdjian, VP Recruiting Operations, PlaneTechs
Brad Sandford, VP Commercial Enterprise Customer Support, Goodrich
David Seymour, SVP Technical Operations, USAirways
As Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, David’s responsibilities include line and base maintenance, maintenance planning, supply chain, engineering services, quality assurance and aircraft acquisitions.
David brings more than 25 years of logistics and operational experience to his leadership role at US Airways. His aviation career began with America West Airlines in 1999 as director of materials. He was later promoted to senior director, materials and planning, which included oversight of all aircraft material requirements and the management of all repairs and vendors. From December 2002 to April 2008 David served as vice president, operations control and planning, overseeing the Operations Control Center and the crew resources and scheduling function.
Joe Sirico, Pratt & Whitney Fellow, Manager of Regulatory Compliance, Pratt & Whitney
David Sisson, President and CEO, AirLiance Materials
David J. Sisson is President and Chief Executive Officer of AirLiance Materials. One of the original founders, Mr. Sisson is widely considered an innovator of modern supply chain dynamics within the aviation industry. He was instrumental in developing the strategies that propelled AirLiance from start-up in mid 1998 to industry leadership within three short years. Under his guidance, AirLiance redefined the basic business model within its business segment and in the process grew to become the most successful distributor of its type and integral supply chain partner to leading air transport operators worldwide. Prior to joining AirLiance Materials, Mr. Sisson was President and CEO of AVSCO Aviation Service Corp., a division of Aerospatiale. His extensive career in the aircraft industry includes positions with Heads Up technologies, Inc., Superior Air Parts, Inc., Textron Lycoming Div. of Textron, Inc., the Statham Div. of Solartron and Pratt & Whitney. Mr. Sisson holds a B.S. and a MSEd. in Education from Bowling Green State University. In addition, he is a commercial pilot with single and multi-engine and instrument ratings, and is a veteran of over 20 marathons and has completed the prestigious Ironman, a multi-discipline event consisting of a 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112- mile bicycle race and 26.2 mile run.
Mont Smith, Director of Safety, Air Transport Association (ATA)
Mr. Smith’s aviation career spans 48 years since he soloed in a Piper Colt at Bader Field, New Jersey at age 17. After graduation from the United States Coast Guard Academy and shipboard duty, he attended flight training at Pensacola and received Naval Aviator wings. Mr. Smith devoted 21 years to Coast Guard aviation, flying helicopters, C-130s and Falcon 200 jets at 4 stateside and 3 overseas units. He commanded the Coast Guard’s largest overseas air station at Kodiak, Alaska in the late 80s. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Smith was an Emergency Medical Services helicopter pilot in Maui, Hawaii. He served as Site Director for the Pacific Disaster Center on Maui from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2004, he held the position of Director of Safety for Hawaiian Airlines. Mr. Smith is rated as an Airline Transport Pilot in multi-engine jets, turboprop transports, and helicopters with over 7,600 hours of flight time. He holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida, and has received specialized training from Arizona State University, The University of Southern California, and the Naval Postgraduate School in aviation accident prevention and investigation. He has investigated numerous aviation accidents and is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. He has received recognition from the FAA’s Honolulu Flight Standards District Office and the Hawaiian Airlines Master Executive Council of the Airline Pilots Association for his field work in aviation safety. Mr. Smith is the Director of Safety at the Air Transport Association, which represents 15 of the country’s largest air carriers and 85% of the country’s revenue air passenger and cargo service.
Jim Sokol, VP Maintenance Operations, Southwest Airlines
Mont Smith, Director of Safety, Air Transport Association (ATA)
Marc Swearingin, VP Technical Operations, Atlas Air and Chairman, Engineering, Maintenance, and Materiel Council (EMMC), ATA
John Taussig, VP Aftermarket, Goodrich Engine Controls & Electrical Power Systems
Dan Trombley, National Account Manager, Aerotek Aviation
Dan Trombley serves a dual role with Aerotek as the State Contracts Manager for Florida and working with the National/International Business Development team for Commercial and Government Aviation business. Dan is responsible for creating and developing key customer relationships with several national accounts as well as tracking aviation industry trends.
Dan has more than 16 years of experience in the aviation industry, providing maintenance and engineering personnel support with Aerotek Aviation LLC, focusing heavily in the Commercial MRO, Business Aviation, OEM, and Federal sectors. He has established several large, national engagements to provide recruiting services, government subcontracts, and Managed Service Programs.
Dan began his career with Aerotek in 1994 as a technical recruiter in Milwaukee, WI and subsequently assisted opening the Miami and Tampa offices for Aerotek. Currently, Dan resides in Orlando, FL where he supports local, national, and international business. He is also on the advisory board at National Aviation Academy where he supports and develops the curriculum for future A&P Mechanics and Avionics Technicians.
Ron Utecht, Senior Advisor to CEO, TIMCO Aviation Services
Ron is one of TIMCO Aviation Services' Chief Executive Officers and also holds the titles of President and Chief Operating Officer. Ron has had a long and distinguished career in aviation, and is well-regarded by his peers in the aerospace industry. Prior to joining TIMCO in August 2003, he had retired from United Airlines after an impressive 39-year career, culminating in the role of Senior Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. In that role, Ron was responsible for all of United's maintenance and engineering operations and had oversight of more than 16,000 employees around the world. In 2009, Ron was presented with the prestigious "Nuts & Bolts Award" by the Air Transport Association for his service and contributions to aerospace, and in early 2011 the FAA presented Ron with its Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award recognizing his more than 50 years of service in the aircraft maintenance industry.
Rick Wysong, SVP Tech Ops, Virgin America
Mark Yerger, VP Aircraft Engineering, FedEx Express
Since joining Federal Express in 1989, Mark Yerger has held a number of aviation-related positions, and is currently serving as the Vice President of Aircraft Engineering and Technical Planning for FedEx. In that role, he manages the engineering, configuration control, reliability, and technical publications activities needed to support the on-time operation of one of the world’s largest airlines.
In addition to his work at FedEx, Mark is a member of the Air Transport Association’s Engineering, Maintenance, and Material Council, the airline group that manages national EM&M policy issues with the FAA, the manufacturers, and other aviation stakeholders. He also is the airline co-chair of the FAA-sponsored Airworthiness Assurance Working Group, which has worked since the Aloha Airlines accident of 1988 to address and solve the issues surrounding the operation of large aircraft as they age.
Mark began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as an engineer based at Kelly Air Force base in San Antonio. After leaving the Air Force, he worked as an engineer with Boeing before coming to FedEx.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech (1982), and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis Tennessee (1992).
- Hervé Alexandre, VP Technical Procurement, Air France Industries/KLM
- Felix Ammann, SVP Group Procurement & Material Services (OM), SR Technics
- Jack Arehart, VP Commerical Sales & Marketing, AAR Corp.
- J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- James J. Ballough, Consultant, CAVOK – A Division of Oliver Wyman) and former FAA Director of Flight Standards
- Jonathan Berger, VP Technical Services, SH&E
- Iain Blackhall, Managing Director, Civil Aviation, Aviation Week
- Matthew Bromberg, VP & GM Customer Service, Hamilton Sundstrand
- Jim Buckalew, VP Technology, Product & Services, AAR Corp.
- Frank Buratti, Director Maintenance, JetBlue Airways
- Tom Burian, Project Leader RFID, Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH
- John Burtz, SVP Airline Marketing, RBS
- Mike Cantillon, Manager, Ground & Technical Operations Safety, JetBlue Airways
- Kevin Carter, CEO, TIMCO
- Andrea Di Fede, Head of Commercial Services, Superjet International
- Chris Doan, President and CEO, TeamSAI
- Barry Eccleston, President and CEO, Airbus Americas, Inc.
- Tom Gentile, VP and GM, Services, GE Aviation
- Rich Hallman, Maintenance &Engineering Director of Human Resources, UPS
- Ed Hazelwood, Editor-In-Chief Conferences, Aviation Week
- Jerry Hernandez, President, Flightstar Aircraft Services
- Brian Hirshman, VP Maintenance & Engineering, Southwest Airlines
- Paul Hawthorne, VP Quality, Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA)
- Tom Hutton, VP Global Service Partners, Pratt & Whitney
- Ralph Kaeding, Director Sales, Lufthansa Technical Training
- James Keenan, SVP Technical Operations, United Airlines
- James Kidwell, Sr. Industry Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Stephen Kolski, Executive VP Corporate Affairs, AirTran Airways, Inc.
- Leo Koppers, SVP Marketing & Sales, MTU Maintenance
- Harmen Lanser, Director, Component Availability, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Peter Laszcz, Managing Director, Component, Repair and Overhaul, American Airlines
- John Laughter, SVP Maintenance Operations, Delta Air Lines
- Roger Lehman, Director, Aviation and Aerospace Practice, Oliver Wyman
- John Linn, Vice President Customer Support & Services, Embraer North America
- Werner Luehmann, Manager Regulatory Compliance & Authorities Liaison, Lufthansa Technik AG
- Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA)
- Jay Maloney, VP Fleet Management, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing
- David Marcontell, EVP TeamSAI, Inc. & President, TeamSAI M&E Solutions
- Patrick Markham, VP Technical Services, HEICO
- Chris Markou, Assistant Director Engineering and Environment, IATA
- Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Lufthansa
- Mike McBride, EVP & CFO, TeamSAI
- Mike Mecham, Northern California Bureau Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology
- Kevin Michaels, Partner, AeroStrategy
- Abdol Moabery, President and CEO, GA Telesis
- Elyse Moody, Associate Editor, Overhaul & Maintenance
- Kathleen Moore, Student, Aviation Maintenance & Operation Program, Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Ron Murray, 787 Chief Mechanic, Boeing
- Huntley Myrie, GM Service Solutions, GE Aviation
- Brian Ovington, Director, MRO Services Marketing, GE Aviation, Engine Services
- Michel Pacull, Chief Engineer - A310, Airbus Industries
- Ric Peri, VP Government and Industry Affairs, Aircraft Electronics Association
- Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn, Director Customer Service, Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik
- Roxanne Pillo, Structures Fleet Support Chief, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
- Dave Ramage, VP Technical Operations, JetBlue Airways
- Chris Reamy, Director, Services, Solutions & Strategy, Airbus Americas
- Christine Remmo, Manager, Safety Systems, American Airlines
- Pierre Yves Reville ,VP, Services-Solutions, Services & Customer Support, Airbus
- Judith Rice, Program Coordinator, Aerospace Resource Center
- Craig Richardson, Sales, Marketing and Leasing Director, TES Aviation Group
- Mark Rodu, Managing Director of QA and Technical Programs, US Airways
- Ernesto Ruiz, CEO, Aeroman
- Paul Sahatdjian, VP Recruiting Operations, PlaneTechs
- Brad Sandford, VP Commercial Enterprise Customer Support, Goodrich
- David Seymour, SVP Technical Operations, USAirways
- David Sisson, President and CEO, AirLiance Materials
- Joe Sirico, Pratt & Whitney Fellow, Manager of Regulatory Compliance, Pratt & Whitney
- Mont Smith, Director of Safety, Air Transport Association (ATA)
- Jim Sokol, VP Maintenance Operations, Southwest Airlines
- James Stewart, CEO, SR Technics
- Marc Swearingin, VP Technical Operations, Atlas Air and Chairman, Engineering, Maintenance, and Materiel Council (EMMC), ATA
- Lee Ann Tegtmeier, Editor-in-Chief, Overhaul & Maintenance
- Larry Thomas, Director, Business Development, North America, SITA
- Dan Trombley, National Account Manager, Aerotek Aviation
- Miguel Angel Uribe, SVP Supply Chain, AeroMexico
- Ron Utecht, Sr. Advisor to CEO, TIMCO Aviation Services
- Robin Wohnsigl, President & CEO, Laurentian Aerospace Corp.
- Boris Wolstenholme, Chief Executive, AJ Walter Aviation
- Rick Wysong, SVP Tech Ops, Virgin America
- Mark Yerger, VP Aircraft Engineering, FedEx Express