Jim Andrews, General Manager, Kelly Aviation Center Montreal
Jim Andrews is General Manager of Lockheed Martin’s Kelly Aviation Center Montreal, an engine MRO and test complex for the CFM and CF34 variants, and is responsible for all aspects of the facility’s overall performance.
During the seven years prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Jim held positions of increasing responsibility with Aveos/Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS) including Operations, Business Development and Strategies. Most recently, he held the position of Vice President and General Manager of Engine Solutions Business. In that role, Jim successfully diversified the business portfolio by growing competitive engine repair and overhaul services to a global customer base.
For 12 years preceding ACTS/ Aveos, Jim was part of the senior leadership team at Rolls-Royce Canada, holding positions in Customer Business, Operations and Engineering.
Jim graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Tom Cooper, SVP & Principal, TeamSAI
Tom Cooper is Senior Vice President & Principal at TeamSAI, Inc., an aviation and business innovation consulting firm founded in 1990 specializing in strategic, tactical and operational management solutions.
Tom began his aviation career as an engineer at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Delta, he held positions throughout Technical Operations including Director – Engineering and Director - Programs & Planning.
Responsibilities included Configuration, Maintenance Planning & Forecasting, Maintenance Programs, and Fleet Projects.
After joining TeamSAI in 2007, he was named Senior Vice President & Principal in December 2010. At TeamSAI, Tom is practice leader for Technical Services and Certification and works across all lines of business including industry forecasting and data services. He has successfully applied his 20+ years of aviation leadership experience to develop innovative solutions and provide valuable guidance for TeamSAI’s clients.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Mehmet Gokhan Dogan, Project Manager, Supply Chain Directorate, Turkish Airlines Technic
After founding Triad Motors in 2003 and managing it for seven years, Mr. Dogan started his career with Turkish Technic in 2011 in the United States. He became the Project Manager ofthe Company’s Supply Chain Directorate in 2012, making numerous improvements to the Organization with "Turkish Technic Component Services". Some of his new projects include:a logistics hub in the United States to minimize costs and lead times, an ERP system integration with Aeroxchange, aircraft teardowns of A310s and A320s, global PBH contracts and lease pool agreements to support 3rd party customers, and numerous strategic opportunities that include win-win sales & purchasing agreements.
John Duncan, Director Flight Standards Service, FAA
John Duncan is the director of the FAA Flight Standards Service (AFS). Before taking his current position in September 2013, Mr. Duncan served as the AFS deputy director for policy starting in April 2012. Prior to that, he was manager of the FAA Flight Standards Air Transportation Division.
Mr. Duncan joined the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector , and subsequently progressed to various roles such as Manager of the Houston Flight Standards District Office, Assistant Flight Standards Division Manager for the Central Region, Alaskan Region Flight Standards Division Manager, and Manager of the AFS General Aviation and Commercial Division.
Peter Fuchs, Senior Manager, Product Development, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Offering a mix of experience in strategy, corporate finance, marketing and aircraft operations, Peter Fuchs brings nearly 20 years of aviation to our discussion. He currently leads The PinPoint Group, a new business unit within United Technologies that is bringing a new RFID-enabled tool control system to market. Before spinning out the PinPoint business, Peter lead Sikorsky Aircraft’s global technical support organization, including customer training, maintenance planning, publications, and ground support equipment. Previous to that, he directed product development for an early-stage, high-growth private jet operator based in San Francisco. As a Director in KPMG's Mergers & Acquisitions practice, Mr. Fuchs led due diligence engagements on behalf of clients across the aerospace and defense industry, with transactions ranging from $10 million to over $4 billion. He has also served as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for one of the largest fractional aircraft ownership operators. He began his career as a professional pilot, and holds type ratings on Gulfstream, Challenger and Falcon business jets.
Lynn Gambill, Chief Engineer, Pratt & Whitney Manufacturing Engineering and Global Services
Lynn Gambill is Director, Global Services Engineering, at Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines and a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). She assumed this role in December 2006.
Lynn has more than 33 years of leadership experience in the aerospace industry. Prior to her current role, Lynn was Director of Operational Military Engines Engineering, where she was the chief engineer responsible for the design, development and field support of the F119, F100, J52 and TF33. Previously, she was the project design manager leading the design integration of the SSME liquid oxidizer and fuel turbopumps. Lynn is the recipient of the ASME Distinguished Engineer of the Year Award and the YWCA Women’s Achievement Award.
Lynn graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Civil Engineering.
Larry Harper, President, CribMaster
Larry Harper, president of CribMaster, a company within the Advanced Industrial Solutions group of Stanley Black & Decker. Larry is responsible for the Global CribMaster business and develops strategies that keep CribMaster the leader in the Indirect Material Management market.
- Demonstrated skill at driving innovation within a group. Larry holds five patents.
- Strong advocate for the client and their needs as evidenced by being awarded Boeing Supplier of the Year in 2003 and Lockheed Small Business Supplier of the Year in 2009, and Technology Partner for Northrop Grumman PM 100 winner in 2010.
- Larry is well respected by his team and others in the industry.
- He is also a strong motivator and communicator at all levels of the business.
Larry founded CribMaster in 1992 and remains the guiding force behind the company’s success. Prior to founding CribMaster, Larry held a number of programmer roles at Optima Technologies, IFS and ISA.
Christoph Heck, VP Marketing & Sales The Americas, MTU Maintenance
Christoph Heck holds a Master’s degree in engineering from the University of Hannover and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Hagen, Germany.
Christoph joined MTU Maintenance in Hannover in 2000. He started as a Customer Support Manager for American customers. In 2002, Christoph was named Deputy Director Sales and in early 2006 Director Sales and Marketing. In November 2008 Christoph became Vice President Sales and has been since then been leading the sales team for the Americas region.
Christoph lives in Hannover, Germany, with his wife and two children.
Dr. Link C. Jaw, Fellow, Intelligent Systems Group, Intel Corporation
Link Jaw is an Intel Fellow focusing on intelligent systems and predictive analytics for Intel Corporation. As part of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, he works to enhance edge-to-cloud compute solutions with an emphasis on big data analytics, distributed analytics, and machine-to-machine intelligence. Jaw has 30 years of experience in applying modeling, simulation, and data analytics to the control of dynamic systems and predictive maintenance. Most of his experience is in the aviation industry including FlightSafety Simulation, Link Flight Simulation, Honeywell Aerospace, and Scientific Monitoring. Jaw is the principal investigator for more than 50 R&D projects, and holds 11 U. S. patents.
Pete Laszcz, General Manager Greensboro MRO, TIMCO
Pete has responsibility for all of TIMCO’s Greensboro airframe MRO operations. His background includes a strong focus on continuous improvement and employee engagement, and he boasts an impressive career with the military and aerospace industry. Before joining TIMCO, Pete held leadership positions with Northrop Grumman and American Airlines, where he held the Managing Director title in three successive roles over MRO marketing and sales, B757 airframe maintenance and American’s components unit. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in the U.S. Navy, culminating as Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft base maintenance facility at North Island in San Diego, California. Pete holds a commercial pilots certificate and has an M.S. degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Ohio State University.
Tom Levin, GM Material Services, GE Aviation
Tom Levin is the General Manager for Materials Services for GE Aviation, Services. In this role, he is responsible for Customer service/fulfillment for new parts, used parts, component repairs and customized material solutions across all GE/CFM commercial engine platforms. His team also leads the MRO network strategy for GE/CFM.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Levin held various GE Aviation roles in Design Engineering and Customer/ Product Support. Most recently, Mr. Levin was the General Manager of the GEnx Sales and Services organizations, where he was accountable for growing the GEnx engine installed base, selling customized services agreements, and creating an MRO network ready to support the entry of the GEnx into revenue service.
Mr. Levin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters Degree in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Cincinnati.
Paul Lochab, SVP Global Sales and Operations, GA Telesis
Paul Lochab leads the sales initiatives as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Operations at GAT. Paul has oversight of management of approximately 130 staff globally, including all international sales, distribution and operations.
Paul has three decades of direct aviation experience and has most recently held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Aveos. Prior to Aveos, Paul was the Managing Director of Supply Chain, MRO Sales and Services at United Airlines. In addition, he has held several senior positions at Air Canada, ACTS, CAE and British Airways. He has extensive wealth of experience in operation, engineering, sales, marketing, business development and leadership.
Paul holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from London, England.
Kathy MacKenzie, GM Mature Fleet Strategy, GE Aviation
Pat Markham, VP Technical Services & Chief Technical Officer, 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.
Abdol Moabery, President & Chief Executive Officer, GA Telesis
Mr. Abdol Moabery is the founder and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of GA Telesis, LLC, now an affiliate of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Century Tokyo Leasing. Since its inception, Mr. Moabery has led the company to major growth milestones becoming a pioneer in solutions-based development for airlines, MROs and OEMs. GA Telesis' global operations span the globe covering the areas of aircraft and leasing, with an asset portfolio valued over $1 billion. The company is also the leading end-of-life solutions provider for aircraft having disassembled over 200 aircraft and 500 jet engines in just the past ten years. In the past 12 months, GA Telesis entered into a joint venture with Air China called GAIC thus creating the first ever end-of-life solutions company in mainland China. GAIC performed the first ever part-out of a Boeing 747-400 this year in Beijing. GA Telesis is now the only company to provide such solutions in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Earlier this year, the Company also acquired Finnair Engines Services, now rebranded GA Telesis Engines Services. GATES is a well-recognized MRO that is capable of overhauling CF6-80C2 and a variety of CFM56 engines.
Dinakara Nagalla, President & CEO, EmpowerMX
Dinakara Nagalla is highly-respected in the aircraft maintenance industry as an information-based subject matter expert in the disciplines of enterprise workflow, maintenance document authoring/tracking, maintenance planning, configuration management, line maintenance, production control and non-routine management. He has used this wealth of experience to procure patent protection for multiple products and has been awarded two US patents for his MRO and line maintenance software solutions. Dinakara has also been out in front of the competition by introducing mobility and cloud-based technologies into the aviation-maintenance marketplace. Before joining EmpowerMX, Dinakara worked for 16 years in IT management and as an independent consultant to several major airlines in the areas of product and process development.
Brian Neff, CEO, CTS Engines
Brian R. Neff is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CTS Engines, a Ft. Lauderdale-based full service engine MRO focused on the provision of maintenance support to the mature engine market. Prior to acquiring CTS Engines in 2010, Mr. Neff was the President of Southern Air Inc., a company he joined in 2003. In addition to his management of CTS Engines, Mr. Neff is the Chief Executive Officer of CTS Testing, LLC, an engine testing and development company based in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Neff is also a board member of Nordic Global Airlines, Ltd., a Finnish all-cargo operator, and Apogee Investment Partners, a real estate holding company. Mr. Neff is the Board Chair of the Fisher Island Day School and holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Craig Richardson, Director Sales, Marketing and Leasing, TES Aviation Group
Craig is a graduate of the Rolls-Royce East Kilbride Aero Technician apprenticeship programme, during which time he also completed studies in Mechanical Engineering and Supervisory Management at Glasgow Technology College and Stow College in Glasgow, Scotland.
Following nine years at Rolls-Royce, Craig joined Air New Zealand Engineering, before moving to Pratt and Whitney as their Commercial Engine Field Representative and ultimately working at the Christchurch Engine Centre, an Air New Zealand / Pratt and Whitney joint venture. Whilst at the Christchurch Engine Centre, Craig carried out senior roles in Engineering and Sales and Customer Services.
In 2008 Craig joined TES bringing both his technical and commercial skills to the role of Sales and Marketing Director. Soon after his title changed to Director Sales, Marketing and Leasing which sees Craig responsible for sales across all revenue streams as well as the deliverables of the leasing and marketing aspects of TES.
Eash Sundaram, EVP & CIO, JetBlue Airways
Eash Sundaram joined JetBlue on 2012 as its Chief Information Officer. Eash is responsible for creating and executing IT solutions that align with our business, providing consistent service, and maximizing efficiency. Prior to JetBlue, Eash worked at Pall Corporation, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Before joining Pall, he served in a variety of management positions with increasing responsibilities in Information Technology and Supply Chain with PSS World Medical, i2 Technologies, ALK Technologies & the Sea Horse Group. Eash has extensive experience in the transportation industry and is already familiar with the operations of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Early in his career, he was involved in research and development of efficient intermodal operations of container terminals for the Port Authority as part of the State University of New York’s University Transportation Research Center.
Charles Willis, Chairman & CEO, Willis Lease Finance Corporation
Charles F. Willis, IV is the founder of Willis Lease. He has served in a variety of roles including Chief Executive Officer, President and Director since our incorporation in 1985, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996. Mr. Willis has over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry. From 1975 to 1985, Mr. Willis served as President of Willis Lease’s predecessor, Charles F. Willis Company, which purchased, financed and sold a variety of large commercial transport aircraft and provided consulting services to the aviation industry.
Willis Lease went public in 1996 and is listed on NASDAQ with over $1.4 billion in assets and operations in over 80 countries.
- Ray Ames, Managing Director Ground Equipment & Facility Maintenance Operations, United Airlines
- Jim Andrews, General Manager, Kelly Aviation Center Montreal
- Jonathan Berger, Vice President & MRO Practice Leader, ICF SH&E
- Richard Brown, Principal, ICF SH&E
- João Carvalho, Aircraft Maintenance, Composite Structures Specialist, TAP Maintenance & Engineering
- Eric Casterline, President, HEATCON® / HEATCON® Composite Systems
- Bill Cavitt, VP Engineering, Performance and QA, American Airlines
- Hal Chrisman, Vice President, ICF SH&E
- Tom Cooper, SVP & Principal, TeamSAI
- John Croft, Avionics & Safety Editor, Aviation Week
- Chris Doan, Chairman & CEO, TeamSAI
- Mehmet Gokhan Dogan, Project Manager, Supply Chain Directorate, Turkish Airlines Technic
- Steve Douglas, Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division, FAA
- John Duncan, Director Flight Standards Service, FAA
- Peter Fuchs, Senior Manager, Product Development, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
- Lynn Gambill, Chief Engineer, Pratt & Whitney Manufacturing Engineering and Global Services
- Peggy Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA
- Bob Haag, Senior Director, Global Service Business Development, Rockwell Collins
- Greg Hamilton, President, Aviation Week
- Chris Harano, President and CEO, Leading Edge Aviation Services
- Larry Harper, President, CribMaster
- Ed Hazelwood, Editor-In-Chief Conferences, Aviation Week
- James Havers-Strong, Managing Director, ABI Composites, Inc.
- Christoph Heck, VP Marketing & Sales The Americas, MTU Maintenance
- Ken Herbert, Managing Director and Senior Aerospace & Defense Analyst, Canaccord Genuity
- Nate Hoening, Materials Business Leader, GE Aviation
- Gordon Humphreys, VP Turbine Engine Group, GA Telesis
- Dr. Link C. Jaw, Fellow, Intelligent Systems Group, Intel Corporation
- Brian Kough, Director Forecasts & Analytics, Aviation Week
- Kevin Larson, CIO, AAR Corp.
- Pete Laszcz, General Manager Greensboro MRO, TIMCO
- Tom Levin, GM Material Services, GE Aviation
- Eli Liechty, Manager, Additive Development Center & Additive Lean Lab, GE Aviation
- Stephen Lim, President, VT Aerospace
- Paul Lochab, SVP Global Sales and Operations, GA Telesis
- Kathy MacKenzie, GM Mature Fleet Strategy, GE Aviation
- Sandra Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
- Lorenzo Marandola, President, M1 Composites Technology Inc.
- Dave Marcontell, President & COO, Team SAI
- Pat Markham, VP Technical Services & Chief Technical Officer, HEICO
- Jean-Yves Masse, Single Component Solutions, Customer Support Manager, Air France Industries & EALBF Steering Committee Member
- Kevin Michaels, Vice President, ICF SH&E
- Scott Miller, TCAS/XPDR/ELT Director, Honeywell
- Abdol Moabery, President & Chief Executive Officer, GA Telesis
- Dinakara Nagalla, President & CEO, EmpowerMX
- Brian Neff, CEO, CTS Engines
- Pierre Reville, VP, Airbus Customer Support
- Craig Richardson, Director Sales, Marketing and Leasing, TES Aviation Group
- Kate Schaefer, General Manager Commercial Aircraft, MOOG Aircraft Group
- Kyle Smith, SVP Strategic Transactions, Mubadala MRO Aerospace Network
- James Stewart, Group CEO, Mubadala Aerospace MRO Network
- Eash Sundaram, EVP & CIO, JetBlue Airways
- Lee Ann Tegtmeier, Chief Editor MRO, Aviation Week
- Dr Roland Thévenin, Senior Composites Expert, Airbus
- Wayne Thomas, Director Powerplant Maintenance, American Airlines
- Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn, Director Product Sales & Customer Service, Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik AG
- Mitch Weinberg, President, International Aircraft Associates
- Mike West, Director Regional Accounts, Aviation Concepts
- Charles Willis, Chairman & CEO, Willis Lease Finance Corporation
- Jimmy Wu, President and CEO, Infinity Air Allflight
- Rick Wysong, Director, Transportation and Logistics Advisory, PwC