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PNAA is excited to have Speakers from Boeing and Airbus plus these industry leaders:
Richard Aboulafia – Vice President of Analysis / Teal Group
Dr. Kevin Michaels – Managing Director / AeroDynamic Advisory
John Pillas – Chief Technology & Quality Officer / Spirit AeroSystems
John Pilla serves as senior vice president, Chief Technology and Quality Officer for Spirit AeroSystems with overall responsibility for Spirit’s Global Quality, Engineering, and Information Technology.
Prior to this assignment, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Airbus Programs, and senior vice president/general manager of Propulsion Aerostructures at Spirit. Pilla graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and began his career at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, as a stress analyst in 1981.Over his 20-plus years at Boeing Wichita, Pilla led a host of programs and organizations. He worked on Nacelle Programs, company IRAD and the A-6 Replacement Wing and completed a master’s degree in Aerospace Structures in 1986.
He managed Next-Generation 737 engineering programs including the development of the 737-900 fuselage and empennage. He led the design effort for Struts and Nacelles on the 777 long range airplane, and then moved on to head up business operations while earning an MBA from Wichita State University a year later.
The new Boeing 787 Program brought an assignment as director of product definition and manufacturing in July 2003. At the divestiture of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Wichita Division in June 2005, Pilla became Spirit AeroSystems vice president/general manager-787.
John and his wife, Mandy, have two sons, Tony and Nick, and a granddaughter, Ella. In the ever-elusive spare time, he enjoys watching Ella grow up and the Jayhawks basketball team. He is a passable cook who also enjoys boating on Table Rock Lake.
Michel Tellier – VP Aerospace & Defense / Dassault Systemes
Mr. Michel Tellier has been Vice President of Aerospace & Defence at Dassault Systemes SA since September 2011 and served as its Chief Executive Officer of Enovia since October 2008. Mr. Tellier joined DS in 1997 as Program Manager for the VPM solution, and since then served in increasing levels of responsibility including business development for ENOVIA and development of the DS Services & Consulting organization in the Americas. Mr. Tellier assumed global responsibility for Dassault Systemes Solutions organization, where he successfully led the implementation of PLM for diversified customers. Mr. Tellier also led the PLM deployment for major Boeing global programs, including the Boeing 787 Global Collaboration Environment (GCE). Previously, Mr. Tellier worked for Bombardier Aerospace in Dorval, Canada where as an engineering manager he was responsible for the internal transformation to a 3D digital design-based aircraft development process. Mr. Tellier holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
Steve Carrington – VP of Sales / Norsk Titanium
Steve Carrington's executive bio coming soon.
Michael Black is a Managing Director with First Hill Partners. Michael has 20 years of experience in investment banking as well as principal investing. He has led a variety of Mergers & Acquisitions and Equity Offering transactions throughout his career. Prior to joining First Hill Partners, Michael was a Managing Director at Zachary Scott & Co., where he led the firm’s efforts in the Industrial Technology sector. While at Zachary Scott & Co. he advised private and public companies on transactions in the Aerospace, Defense, and Industrial sectors. Before joining Zachary Scott & Co., Michael ran a search fund to acquire control positions in lower middle market companies. Prior to his search fund, he was a Managing Director in investment banking with D.A. Davidson & Co. where he led the Semiconductor Manufacturing and Electronics Value Chain sectors. Michael began his investment banking career as an Associate with Piper Jaffray. Prior to Michael's career in finance, he was a design engineer. Michael has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A., both from the University of Washington.
Mary Kaye Bredeson – Executive Director / Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
MaryKaye Bredeson is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing housed at Everett Community College. For the past twelve years she has brought her leadership skills to the Higher-Ed system in promoting and maintaining the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington's economic and workforce development initiatives.
As the Executive Director, Ms. Bredeson works to encourage educational programs to share best practices and resources as well as providing a clear point of contact for industry employers to share their workforce needs with all 34 community and technical colleges as well as other education and training providers.
A member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Flight since 2013, Bredeson is currently serving as Secretary for the foundation. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the nationally recognized American Technology Education Council, ATEA as 2nd Vice President.
In 2013 she received the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Leadership Academy, Mesa Community Colleges.