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Randy Tinseth is vice president of Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes leading the teams responsible for global go-to-market strategies and analysis in support of sales and product strategy.
In this position he has held since April 2007, Tinseth is responsible for marketing efforts across the Commercial Airplanes family of products and services – contributing to planning and product development, understanding and communicating market
requirements and the market outlook.
He also hosts the Boeing blog, “Randy’s Journal,” http://boeingblogs.com/randy/, which is one of the most-read aviation blogs.
In 2006, Tinseth was the customers leader for the 747-8 program, responsible for developing marketing and in-service support strategies for the new 747-8 airplane, executing sales and working with the customer base.
Before that position, Tinseth served as director of Product and Services Marketing. He was responsible for marketing Boeing’s commercial airplanes and services to airlines, financial institutions and other constituencies globally. During this period, the Marketing team launched innovations such as the new 787 livery, the “Name Your Plane” effort, which led to the selection of the Dreamliner name, and the “newairplane.com” website.
From 1989 to 2001, Tinseth held various positions in Sales and Marketing including manager in the Airplane Economics Group, and sales director in the North America region for United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and United Parcel Services. Tinseth joined Boeing in June 1981 as a flight test engineer.
Born in Kalispell, Mont., Tinseth holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and in 1986, he received a master’s in business administration from Seattle University.
Outside of work Tinseth is active in the community as Chairman for the Seattle Aquarium’s Board of Directors and a member of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business Board of Directors.
Richard Aboulafia – Vice President of Analysis / Teal Group
Richard is Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. He has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second- and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe and Asia. He also advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions.
Before he joined Teal Group in 1990, Richard analyzed the jet engine market at Jane's Information Group. He has a Masters degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London and a Bachelors degree from George Washington University.
Dr. Kevin Michaels - Managing Director / AeroDynamic Advisory
Kevin Michaels is Managing Director of AeroDynamic Advisory, a specialty consulting firm focused on the global aerospace and aviation industries. He has 32 years of experience, including hundreds of consulting engagements for leading aviation and aerospace companies across the globe.
Kevin is a globally recognized expert in the aerospace manufacturing and MRO sectors, and has significant functional expertise in business-to-business marketing, customer satisfaction, M&A advisory, technology assessment, cluster development, and strategic planning. His experience spans the air transport, business & general aviation, and military sectors.
Previously Dr Michaels was a Vice President with ICF International’s Aerospace & MRO consulting practice from 2011 - 2016. He was a co-founder and partner with AeroStrategy from 2001-2011, until its acquisition by ICF. Previously, Dr. Michaels was Director - Strategic Development with Rockwell Collins Government Systems, and Principal with The Canaan Group, an aerospace consultancy. He began his career as a project engineer with aeroengine supplier Williams International.
Dr. Michaels holds BS - Aerospace Engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan, and MSc and PhD degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
He is a contributing columnist to Aviation Week & Space Technology and chairs the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s Aerospace Engineering Department. In 2016, he joined the Board of Directors of Proponent, a leading aerospace distributor.
Felica Coney - Vice President, Operations & Quality / Collins Aerospace
Felica Coney, recognized visionary and accomplished supply chain and operations executive, is Vice President, Operations & Quality at Collins Aerospace. In this role, Felica is responsible for 9,300 employees located at 40 global sites in the Mechanical Systems division. Felica has significant expertise in working across the end-to-end supply chain with global suppliers, operational teams, customer and consumers, and is referred to as a “leader of choice” due to her character, credibility and commitment to the Collins Aerospace mission.
Prior to closing one of the largest aerospace deals in history – the merger of UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) and Rockwell Collins to create Collins Aerospace in 2018 - Felica was vice president, Operations, Quality and Environment, Health and Safety for the Interiors, Actuation and Propeller Systems (IAPS) business at UTAS. Before joining UTAS in 2017, Felica spent 24 years at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where she led supply network operations for P&G’s Fabric Care Asia business and served as the plant director for a world-class P&G manufacturing facility.
Felica earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Southern University A&M and recently completed the Insead Global Leadership Program. She continues her focus on mentorship and diversity and inclusion efforts through employee resource groups, currently acting as the Executive Sponsor for Collins’ African American Forum (AAF).
Outside of the office, Felica is a wife, mother of two boys and active community volunteer. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.
Christina Mercer - Director of Strategy / Insitu
Christina Mercer is the Director Strategy for Insitu (A Boeing company). In this role, she oversees facilitation and implementation of the corporate strategy, including alignment to Boeing strategy, competitive and corporate intelligence, strategic alliances, and mergers / acquisitions.
Mercer was previously the Director, Strategy and Business Transformation for Aviall Services, Inc. (a Boeing company), where she was responsible for developing and deploying Aviall’s long-term growth strategy, including cultivating external partnerships and leading merger / acquisition activities. Additionally, she implemented and led Aviall’s LeanSigma program, enabling the corporation to realize double-digit growth while realizing modest headcount growth. During her tenure the organization transitioned from a multi-million dollar company to a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
Prior to joining Aviall in 2008, Mercer was a Strategic Six Sigma Blackbelt for Raytheon, where her efforts led to double-digit CAGR for the Command and Control Systems
(C2S) business unit. She was also responsible for growth initiatives and business strategy for all government and commercial business areas of Raytheon’s aircraft company, including the development of the company’s international growth strategy for India. Prior to becoming a Blackbelt, Mercer had a career in proposal management where she managed more than 300 proposals, maintaining a win rate of over 85% on competitive bids.
Mercer holds a B.A. from Washburn University of Topeka and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas. She is a strong advocate for empowering women and girls to improve their lives and independence. Prior to relocating to Washington she sat on the Board of Dress for Success - an organization that provides mentoring, professional attire, and business skills to women re-entering the workforce. More recently, she is an active member the Soroptimist International of Mount Adams organization - a global organization focused on improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Dorith Hakim - Vice President Supply Chain / Parker Aerospace
Dorith has a diverse aerospace industry background specifically in supply chain, procurement, program management and operations. Most recently working for Triumph Group Inc. as VP of Corporate Program Management, Dorith was responsible for implementing best practices in Program Management, delivery and quality performance as well as continuous improvement. She also had responsibility at Vought Aircraft Inc. as their Chief Procurement Officer and Director of Supply Chain Management, leading a robust team of procurement professionals and support functions. Dorith has a strong aftermarket background working for Sikorsky Aircraft Inc. as their Director of Aftermarket Operations as well as a P&L leader running Sikorsky's Commercial Aircraft Production and Completions facility and had a successful career at Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. as their Director of Enterprise Strategic Sourcing and Director of Supply Chain.
Dorith earned her BA in Business Administration and Finance from H.E.C. at the University of Montreal, as well as her Executive MBA from Texas Christian University. She is certified as Six Sigma Black Belt and has received several executive leadership certifications.
Erik Lindbergh - President / VerdeGo Aero
Pilot, artist, educator and entrepreneur, Erik Lindbergh has a thirst for adventure and a quest for balancing technological advancement with preservation of the environment. Erik is the President of VerdeGo Aero, which is enabling the multi-billion dollar global market for "flying cars" with Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) systems. Erik holds a commercial aircraft certificate and instrument, flight instructor, and glider ratings. In 1996, he helped launch the XPRIZE Foundation and in 2002 Erik retraced his grandfather's epic 1927 New York to Paris solo flight - raising over a million dollars and 500 million presocial media impressions for XPRIZE. This epic journey helped jumpstart the private spaceflight industry and was captured in the New York Times best-selling book HOW TO MAKE A SPACESHIP. Erik’s story is one of triumph over adversity. He won the Washington state gymnastics championship at age 11 and excelled in water-skiing, and alpine and telemark ski racing during his teens. After climbing and skiing Mount Rainier at age 21, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and by age 30 was disabled. Total knee replacements and a breakthrough biotechnology drug gave him a second chance at living an active life. Inspired by nature, he has been creating wildwood furniture and sculpture designs for over 25 years. Committed to a life of service to future generations, Erik is a passionate public speaker and serves on the Board of Trustees of the XPRIZE Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. Erik's work over the past 20 years showed him that the impossible dream is indeed possible. "We changed the way the world thinks about spaceflight, and we unleashed the potential for incentive prizes to be applied to the great technical, social and environmental problems of our time – it is up to us to continue to realize that potential. We can, and must, work hard to create a brilliant future for our children".
Daniele Cagnatel - President & CEO / AIM Aerospace
Daniele joined AIM Aerospace as the new President and CEO in August 2017. Prior to AIM Aerospace, he served in a number of operational roles at GKN Aerospace, most recently as their President and CEO of Aerostructures North America, as well as serving as Head of Strategic Planning and Business Development at GKN Aerospace corporate level. He began his career at GKN International’s Leadership Development Program in 1999 and was appointed to their Aerospace Executive Committee in January 2014. Daniele received a M.A. in Mechanical Engineering with Management and German Language from the University of Nottingham, U.K.
Sujeet Chand - Senior Vice President and CTO / Rockwell AutomationSujeet Chand leads technical innovation and business development for Rockwell Automation. He is a strategic leader with a unique perspective on technology, innovation, and customer needs. He serves on industry, government, and higher education boards including PRLB, NIST, and NEMA, and has headed a US delegation to Intelligent Manufacturing Systems. In 2018, IoT ONE named Sujeet one of top 100 Industrial IoT Influencers, and Smart Manufacturing named him one of 30 Visionaries of the World in Advanced Manufacturing in 2016. He holds 40 patents, has published more than 75 technical papers, and received distinguished honors for his engineering practices and technology leadership.
Ronald Epstein - Senior Equity Analyst / Bank of America
Experienced and highly ranked sell side equity research professional covering US and global Aerospace, Defense and Industrial companies. Previous work experience includes aerospace research, aerospace engineering & product development and teaching at the university level.
Simon Pickup – Marketing Operations Director / Airbus Americas Sales, Inc.
Mr. Pickup joined Airbus in 1988 and spent the first part of his career as a Toulouse based Customer Marketing Manager, working primarily on sales and marketing campaigns in the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia. He transferred to the U.S. in 1995 and has played several roles since his arrival in the U.S.: as Airline Marketing Director; Director of Business Operations; Strategic Marketing Director and since mid-2015 as Marketing Operations Director.
In his current function Mr. Pickup liaises with Airbus' Toulouse headquarters on market strategy, product developments, research and forecasting.
In addition to his internal functions, Mr. Pickup has also represented Airbus at a variety of external finance, raw materials, transportation, supplier, forecasting and valuation conferences in both the U.S. and Canada.
He holds a Bachelor's degree from Leeds University and a Master's degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University - both in the United Kingdom.
Beckett A. Jackson - Investment Portfolio Director / Boeing HorizonX
Beckett Jackson is the investment portfolio director and strategist for an organization that is shaping the future for Boeing and the aerospace industry. Boeing HorizonX explores opportunities through strategy and experimentation with business models for emerging aerospace applications, leveraging nontraditional partnerships and a venture fund that invests in early-stage startups focused on aerospace and industrial innovations.
Jackson manages the portfolio for a team focused on identifying early-age startups that are developing revolutionary concepts around the world. Boeing HorizonX Ventures provides funding to chosen startups, connecting them with a global network of resources to get their ideas off the ground, and shape the future for Boeing and the aerospace industry.
In his role with the Ventures team, Jackson seeks to identify technology and business model focus areas that will play a role in transforming the aerospace industry, creating new markets or product offerings, or producing productivity gains for Boeing.
He brings to the role a wealth of experience in market strategy, corporate innovation, investment prioritization, competitive intelligence, finance, sales, and international relations. Throughout his career at Boeing, he has led enterprise-wide strategic initiatives, and engaged international customers to develop advanced prototype solutions in the areas of autonomous systems, new air vehicle development and mission systems.
Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in national security from Georgetown University.
Patrick Baudis - Vice President and Head of Marketing / Bombardier
A seasoned professional with wide-ranging industry experience, he brought solid executive experience to his new role leading the marketing strategy for Bombardier’s C Series aircraft, CRJ Series regional jets and Q400 turboprops. Patrick is responsible for all marketing activities for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, including analytical support for sales campaigns, positioning and promotion of Bombardier products, branding and digital strategy, and definition of requirements for product developments.
Patrick previously worked for Airbus, where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Marketing-Americas. He was instrumental in providing marketing direction, influencing product developments and maximizing sales success.
Pierre Laurent Mace - Vice President Procurement / Airbus Americas
Leads the North America Regional Sourcing Office supporting all Airbus divisions in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Activities cover strategic procurement, general procurement, procurement operations & supplier development, and special sourcing support. Team members are located throughout the region at suppliers or at Airbus Americas offices.
Pierre-Laurent has spent a total of 20 years in advanced technologies and innovation, 10 of which were in procurement of complex systems and structures, and 10 in innovation consulting.
Brian Baird - Vice President of Supply Chain Operations / Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Brian Baird, vice president of Supply Chain Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is responsible for managing demand, ordering, flow and delivery of parts from every supplier all the way to delivering components to all Boeing Commercial Airplanes final assembly sites. His team is focused on optimizing supplier performance, improving on-time delivery and quality and providing a world-class fulfillment center for the world’s largest airplane manufacturer. Baird was named to this role in Nov. 2017.
Baird previously served as vice president of Aircraft Materials & Structures for Supplier Management. In this position, he was responsible for strategic development, contracting and supplier management of the metallic and composite raw materials, fabricated parts and assemblies, forgings/castings, structural standards and major structures components for all Boeing commercial programs.
Baird also previously served as vice president of 787 Production Control and vice president of 787 Supplier Management. In these roles, he was responsible for ensuring supplier support and performance for the 787 Dreamliner, managing supply chain risks and opportunities and positioning the supply chain for future airplane derivatives.
With Boeing since 1991, Baird was Program Management Office leader for the 787 program and led Supplier Management’s Seat Integration Team across all airplane programs. He has held cross-functional assignments and leadership roles in Supplier Management, Program Management, Business Management, Manufacturing, Quality, Industrial Engineering, Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance.
Baird has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Montana State University, Master of Business Administration from Seattle University, and Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Washington State University. He completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2008.
Michael Wooff – Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner (Seattle)
Mr. Wooff has been a Career Diplomat since 1986 and served abroad most recently as Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2010-2014) preceded by assignments in Ottawa, as both Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul Political in Warsaw, Poland (1996-2003) and First Secretary in Prague Czech Republic, First Secretary and Liaison to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines (1986-1989).
At the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa, Mr. Wooff has held positions as Deputy Director of the TRIO System Data Quality Management office, Deputy Director the United States responsible for Canada’s bilateral Investment and Science, Technology & Innovation and Venture Capital strategy programs with the USA, Deputy Director for the International Science, Technology & Innovation relations division, and Desk Officer in the Middle East Trade Development Division responsible for Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories, and Desk Officer for Forestry Issues and Business Development.
Prior to his joining the Canadian Foreign Service, Mr. Wooff held several international banking positions in currency trading in Denmark and Australia. He is also a certified electrical and technical draftsman, having started his working career with the Saskatchewan Power Corporation.
Mr. Wooff was born in northwestern Saskatchewan and grew up in Regina, the provincial capital. He studied economics and political science in a double Honours degree program at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan.
Mr. Wooff has two sons, the oldest Sebastian (26) is a Carlton University graduate in Architecture and the younger, Tomasz (21) is in his third year of Electrical Engineering also at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Paula Hay - Executive Director / Collins Aerospace (Formerly UTC Aerospace Systems)
Paula Hay currently leads Additive Design and Manufacturing for Collins Aerospace. Paula is responsible for advancing the use of additive design and manufacturing for production parts across all of the Collins Aerospace business units.
During her 20 years with Collins Aerospace, Paula has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, program management, business development, and operations. Her most recent prior roles included Executive Director of Operations, Quality, and EH&S for Interiors, Actuation, and Propeller Systems Business Unit and Chief of Staff to the President. Previously Paula held the roles of Sales & Operations Planning Director; Strategy & Development Manager covering Space Systems, Actuation, and Propeller systems; Business Development for Space Systems; Deputy Program Manager for the EMU Spacesuit Program; and Systems engineer on the EMU program.
Before joining UTC, Paula was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. She was stationed at Los Angeles AFB, CA starting as a propulsion engineer and working up the role of Chief Engineer for the Titan II launch vehicle. After her assignment in California, she spent time at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
Paula holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University as well as two Master of Science degrees, in Mechanical Engineering and Technology Management, both from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Martin Peryea - Vice President, Engineering / Triumph Aerospace Structures
Martin Peryea is the Vice President, Engineering for Triumph Aerospace Structures. He is responsible for the development of advanced aerospace systems used in commercial and military aircraft. Additionally, he influences the company’s strategy on technology development, manufacturing improvements, and new business pursuits. Martin maintains key relationships within the aerospace industry and anticipates industry trends in aircraft development.
Martin is a hands-on engineering leader with 35 years of experience, 20 of which were dedicated to engineering management. He has successfully implemented lean production systems, selected, managed, and mentored engineering staff, developed and oversaw departmental budgets, controlled costs, established and monitored performance goals, and led cross-functional teams on key projects. As a customer-oriented leader and an industry Technical Fellow recognized for outstanding contributions to the goals and objectives of the vertical flight industry, Martin has advanced innovative technologies and executed new product development.
Martin began his career with Bell Helicopter and has extensive experience with flight sciences, flight testing, and aircraft certification. He was the Chief Engineer for all government programs and was responsible for ensuring the technical integrity of all products and services. Martin served as the integrator between Programs and Engineering to ensure consistent application of all functional competencies and best practices. He was also responsible for the technical requirements, development, and performance of military products. Before leaving Bell, he was the Chairman of the Product Safety Board and the Chief Engineer on Bell’s 525 program.
Martin received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Engineering Physics and masters of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. His wife is an avid gardener and his two boys are starting their own careers as engineers.
Adrian Jennings - Vice President, RTLS Technology / Ubisense
Adrian Jennings serves as the Vice President of RTLS Technology for Ubisense in the Americas. In this role, he consults with enterprise customers to help them understand how to integrate location technologies to support their business objectives and generate meaningful returns. Jennings also acts as an integral advisor at Ubisense, leveraging deep knowledge of the North American market to support global product strategy. Prior to joining Ubisense, Jennings was the CTO of Time Domain, a location technology provider for both civilian and military use. He is a former rocket scientist, and as the designated UK intelligence expert for command-guided missile systems spent three years with the US Department of Defense as a missile consultant. He received a master's degree in physics from Oxford University.
Paul Clarke - Global Head of Technology - GKN Aerospace
Paul is the Global Head of Technology for the Special Products Group at GKN Aerospace. Paul has a diverse background having worked in both the space and aerospace sector in design, manufacturing, operations, programme management and strategy.
Within his current role Paul leads the technological development of GKN’s differenciating technology strands, including; Ice protection and detection systems, transparencies, functional coatings, fuels and flotation systems and digital manufacturing.
As an established leader in the aerospace sector, Paul has over 17 years’ experience in the design, development, certification and management of large high profile programmes including the Boeing 787 electro thermal wing ice protection system. Prior to his current role, Paul was strategic advisor and to the UK government and aerospace industrial leadership at the Aerospace Technology Institute primarily to maximise the effectiveness of the national aerospace strategy. Paul was author to the national digital, product verification and electrical power systems strategies. Paul works internationally to explore and deliver the best technologies working as a European expert for the EU Horizon 2020 initiative, UK electrical power systems national technical committee industrial advisor and consultant to the SAE digital and data leadership team.
Michel Merluzeau - Director, Aerospace & Defence Market Analysis / AIR (AirInsight Research)
Michel Merluzeau brings twenty five years of aerospace research expertise, leading global teams providing analysis and strategic insights. He is primarily responsible for establishing and reviewing AIR strategic priorities and translating them into research services and products across commercial aerospace and defense markets.
Over the years, Michel has managed projects ranging from complex end-user analysis, product launch strategies, capture campaigns, competitive strategy & intelligence assessments. These included strategic analyses across civilian and military markets including special mission, fighter, transport and regional and business aircraft.
Prior to joining AirInsightResearch in 2017, Michel was the Vice President, Strategy for Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence Group. Prior to this, he led G2 Solutions, a boutique market analysis firm based in Seattle for over eight years until 2014.
He has been a regular contributor to Speednews, PNAA, Frost & Sullivan, OAI and Aviation Today conferences and new/publications including: Aviation Today, NPR, NBC, WSJ, TVA, BBC, CNB, Flight International, Radio-Canada, Avionics Magazine, Bloomberg News & Sky News.
Tim Temple - General Manager / Dylan Manufacturing
Tim Temple is the General Manager of Dylan Aerospace, a company that primarily focuses on the manufacturing of details and assemblies for the large commercial and military aircraft markets. As GM Tim is responsible for both the production and financial operations of the enterprise. Since joining the company in 2009 he has been a key contributor to the growth of the business, which has grown from a small 7-person shop to a 27,000 sq ft facility, quadrupling the team and revenues in the process. A significant portion of this can be attributed to Tim’s ability to bring together Aerospace and Tech, especially around Industry 4.0. Dylan is now a supplier to several OEMs and Tier 1’s and is multi-year winner of Boeing’s Supplier Excellence Awards
Prior to joining Dylan Aerospace Tim owned his own insurance agency and commercial printing business. In his spare time Tim enjoys hiking, biking and reading, especially the latest developments in programming.
Bill Cress - CEO / SpaceExcess
Bill has vast experience with corporation development targeting spacecraft for interplanetary and interstellar exploration, and their propulsion systems. He is a senior professional with over 35 years of experience in commercial building and real estate development. He has substantial expertise in construction of mixed-use commercial and residential facilities.
As an entrepreneur he established The William Cress Corporation in 1983 to provide national and international clients with professional, creative, timely, and reasonable construction, and design and management services. His specific experience is in the planning and successfully constructing distribution & warehouse centers, corporate offices, scientific research facilities and laboratories, campuses and sites, designer showrooms, shopping centers, retail stores, high-end boutiques, sports clubs, many restaurants, theatres, entertainment complexes, auto centers, residential communities, and numerous commercial establishments on a national scale.
Bill has civil engineering and engineering construction degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and CUNY, New York City College of Technology.
Robin Toth - Governor’s Sector Lead and Director of Aerospace / Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness
Robin Toth has been with the State of Washington, Department of Commerce, since November 1, 2018. Her role is to support the aerospace industry, including new space, unmanned systems and electric aircraft activities. Prior to joining the State, Robin served as the Vice President of Business Development for Greater Spokane Incorporated. In this role, Robin’s primary responsibilities were to manage recruitment, retention and expansion activities, government contracting, international trade and entrepreneurship.
Before being recruited to Greater Spokane Incorporated, Robin assisted in leading the City of Spokane's economic development efforts, and was a marketing and communications professional for World Wide Packets, Packet Engines and Itron, Inc.
Robin attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, majoring in transportation and received a full scholarship to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She also attended the Organizational Leadership Course at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.
In addition to being the past Chair of the Washington Economic Development Association, Robin also participated on the boards of the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance, the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the Washington Military Alliance, Washington Aerospace Partnership and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance.
Joe Marcheschi - Head of Strategic Procurement / Airbus
Giuseppe (Joe) Marcheschi joined Airbus Americas Inc, Global Sourcing Network Team, October 2013 and is based in Herndon, Virginia.
He is responsible for North American Strategic Procurement (United States, Canada, Mexico) and for Airbus commodities Aerostructures, Raw Materials, Detail Parts Fabrication, Standard Parts & Fasteners and Flight Simulation. Focal point for Airbus Group Business Units; Premium AEROTEC and Satair.
Geographic responsibility for Canada with respect to Strategic Procurement & Procurement Marketing activities; Airbus Procurement relations with trade associations as well as Provincial and Federal Government departments. Joe has over 29 years in Aerospace in Procurement, Program Management and Repair & Overhaul of equipment. Prior to joining Airbus, he worked at Heroux-Devtek, CAE, Hubbell and Avior Integrated Products.
Joe has a degree in Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering (AME), from John Abbott College and École Nationale d'Aérotechnique (ÉNA).
Tobias Caldas - Market Analysis Director / Embraer North America
Tobias Caldas is the Market Analysis Director for Embraer North America and has over 25 years of aviation experience in the airline industry.
Tobias started his career at Embraer as an aircraft performance engineer. He has also held global marketing positions as Product Strategy Manager and Sales Engineering Manager at Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil.
Tobias has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Minas Gerais University, in Brazil, and a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Space from Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aérospatiales (ESTA), in France. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, and is IFR, multiengine and flight instructor rated.
Amandine Crabtree - Project Development Director / PNAA Board Member
Amandine is an experienced economic developer, having worked to bring new business opportunities to the northwest United States as part of the Washington Department of Commerce’s business development team. For almost a decade, she helped to grow the state’s burgeoning aviation and aerospace industry through the international pursuit and development of new business opportunities. She has recently joined PNAA’s Board of Directors and is excited to see where the next decade takes her.
Tyler Alvarado - CEO / Continuous Composites
As the CEO of Continuous Composites, Tyler is an entrepreneurial business leader focused on building and inspiring those around him. Headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Continuous Composites is a rapidly growing tech company in the composites and additive manufacturing industry. Tyler is a licensed CPA and holds a BA & MBA from Washington State University. He has a diverse background in private industry and is a principal in a long-established engineering firm focused in the Ultra High Vacuum industry. His experience extends from start-ups and early stage financing, to acquisitions and legacy business analysis.
Tyler believes a successful business is a reflection of its culture and the well-being of its people and customers - and genuinely emulates this in his leadership and business approach. He surrounds himself with high-quality people and continues to learn from those around him. Tyler has extensive experience in manufacturing and has a deep understanding of how Continuous Composites’ groundbreaking technology is going to revolutionize manufacturing as we know it today.
Dr. Vivek Saxena, PhD - Founder & Managing Director / Advisory Aerospace OSC
Vivek founded the boutique consulting – Advisory Aerospace OSC (aka AdvisoryAero). Their team offers a combination of top executive experience with the rigor of top consulting firms.
Vivek is recognized for his expertise in operational transformations and transactions due diligence. He recently led the transformation of a general aviation OEM as its President & CEO. Prior to that, he was an executive officer and an aerospace practice leader at ICF Consulting. Other roles include General Manager and Chief Engineer at Pratt & Whitney.
He earned his PhD at the University of Cambridge in aerospace engineering and applied mathematics.
Bruce (Tab) Wilkins - President and Center Director / Impact Washington
Mr. Wilkins has extensive experience leading local, regional and state organizations as well as working with federal agencies supporting technology-based economic development. Early in his career he worked in New York heading up their nationally recognized SBIR assistance effort while also leading the development of their industrial extension services. He went on to help develop the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) in both New York and Connecticut. After moving to Washington State, he joined the Washington Technology Center and led the way in securing federal grants, private sponsorship and growing service fees for WTC business lines. Subsequently he joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a Regional Manager in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program where he oversaw centers on the West Coast and led several national program development efforts. Recently he joined Impact Washington as President and Center Director.
He graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Economics and Norwegian and an MBA in Manufacturing and Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also been the President of the Mountaineers, a 13,000-member outdoor recreation club, serves on the board of the Northwest Avalanche Center and is active in climbing, backcountry skiing and scrambling.
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.
Justus Breese / Umbra Group
Justus Breese has worked for over three decades with some of the most valuable global brands including Toyota, Microsoft, Mitsubishi and Boeing as well as small, family-owned manufacturing firms in various business development, relationship management, strategic planning, and consulting roles. To date, his career spans the healthcare, automotive, aerospace and media sectors, and he has traveled extensively for business in Asia and Europe where he has developed a deep appreciation and understanding of the challenges associated with working across cultures to achieve success. Additionally, Mr. Breese has demonstrated an uncanny ability to resuscitate flagging portfolios and business units.
Justus currently works for the Umbra Group, a global mechanical actuation supplier headquartered in Italy with 6 manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America that maintains Tier One relationships with Boeing and Airbus and with all of the leading global system integrators. His responsibilities at Umbra are focused within the company’s military aerospace portfolio as well as with key strategic relationships featuring commercial aerospace customers including Rockwell Collins, Parker Hannifin, Honeywell, General Atomics and Woodward.
Justus earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Consumer Behavior from Florida State University and received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University where he concentrated in Global Strategy. In addition, he is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, and he has received certificates from Berlitz in Japanese, Spanish and Italian.
In his leisure time, Justus is a triathlete and masters swimmer. He enjoys cooking, baseball, FSU football, and binge-watching serial TV on Netflix.
Dan Johns, CTO / OerlikonDan is responsible for creating the R&D capability at Oerlikon AM, with the key objective to solve the challenges of making AM work for industry, and thereby spearhead increased industry adoption.
To do this he has established a highly talented and multi skilled team which leverage technical competencies to create strategic partnerships in key markets that help Oerlikon AM achieve prominence within the industry.
One of the reasons behind his enthusiasm for AM is the technology’s potential to make a huge difference in material and product efficiencies for society. His personal vision is that AM will make a significant contribution to protecting the planets resources by becoming the basis for a low carbon (‘Green’) design and manufacturing eco-system.
Roei Ganzarski - CEO / Magnix
Roei Ganzarski is CEO of magniX, an electric propulsion technology company. magniX is poised to disrupt the aerospace & defense industry with its advanced technology that will enable transportation capabilities and services never possible before.
Prior to magniX, Roei was CEO of BoldIQ - a global provider of dynamic real-time scheduling optimization software. Under Roei’s leadership, BoldIQ grew from a seed software startup to a multi-million dollar profitable SaaS company with customers worldwide and across industries.
Before BoldIQ, Roei was with the Boeing family of companies in continuously increasing roles of responsibility. His last role at Boeing was Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division where he led all worldwide customer and market facing organizations and was responsible for revenue growth and customer service.
Other experiences prior to Boeing include private investment banking, corporate finance, advertising, and the military. He is a graduate of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program, earned an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA in Economics from The University of Haifa. Roei sits on the Washington Technology Industry Association board and lives with his wife and three children in Redmond, WA.
Glenn McDonald - Senior Associate / Aerodynamic Advisory
Glenn McDonald is a Senior Associate at AeroDynamic Advisory, a consultancy focused on the aerospace and aviation markets. Glenn has eight years of consulting experience at AeroDynamic Advisory, ICF International, and AeroStrategy.
During his time in consulting, Glenn has supported and managed many different projects, covering corporate strategy development and execution, acquisition search and transaction support, market analysis, cost and performance benchmarking, economic development, and regulatory analysis and development. His primary focus has been in aerospace manufacturing and raw materials, as well as Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO). He graduated from the University of Michigan with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering.
Michael Black - Partner / First Hill Partners
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.
Matt Rabson - Corporate Development / ATSMatt Rabson is an experienced aviation professional that has consistently delivered tangible results during his career in professional services and corporate strategy. He is currently the Director of Corporate Development at Aviation Technical Services (“ATS”), one of the largest Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (“MRO”) facilities in North America. His efforts at ATS are focused on both inorganic and organic growth, leading the M&A and Strategic Planning teams. During his time at ATS, the company has grown over 100%, including five acquisitions, and has been named, “MRO of the Year 2016” by Aviation Week. In addition to his work at ATS, Matt is also the Principal at Rabson Consulting, a boutique aviation and acquisition consultancy specializing in investment valuation, growth strategy, and operations improvement.
Matt holds an Honors in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of business in London, Ontario.
Anthony Nicoli - Aerospace Director / Mentor's Integrated Electrical Systems Division
Anthony leads the aerospace business for Mentor’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division (IESD). He is charged with expanding IESD’s contribution to this market. Prior to this role, he led the Mentor Graphics technical sales team serving The Boeing Company. He joined Mentor in 1999, growing to lead the marketing organization for Mentor Graphics’ integrated circuit physical verification product line, Calibre, before joining Mentor’s sales team.
He spent nearly twenty years in the defense industry, developing electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems and businesses, working primarily in the tactical missile countermeasure and underwater imaging domains. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Dennis Loktionov - Head of Product / 1Qbit
Dennis has held a variety of technical and product leadership roles in companies ranging from early-stage startups to large enterprises, and ran a software consulting company of his own. Most recently he served as a Director of Product Development at the Boeing Lab in Vancouver where he focused on developing innovative advanced analytics solutions for the aviation industry. As the Head of Product at 1QBit, he is focused on developing platform services, integrating product development with the professional services division, and interfacing with the company’s R&D division and hardware partners. Dennis holds a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Outside of work, Dennis enjoys spending time with his family, trail running, playing guitar, and reading about the latest advancements in neuroscience.
Van Espahbodi - Co-Founder and Managing Partner / Starburst Accelerator
As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Starburst Accelerator, Van Espahbodi is championing today’s aerospace renaissance, uniting early-stage technology innovators with private investment to modernize infrastructure in mobility, communications and intelligence. Van launched Starburst in the US in 2015, operating globally today with offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Singapore, and Montreal. His team works alongside 400+ technology startups developing new aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, drones, sensors, autonomy, robotics and much more.
An entrepreneurial futurist, Van has over 15 years experience in aerospace, identifying future trends, shaping product strategy and investment trade policies. Having worked in Government and Corporate strategy positions in both defense and commercial aviation markets, Van started his career as a congressional aide before joining Raytheon and later UK NATS, the British air navigation service provider. Following graduate studies at George Mason University, Van participated in executive programs at Thunderbird School of Management in AZ and Cranfield School of Management in the UK. He currently serves as a member of the Economic Development Advisory Council for the City of El Segundo and the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Tom Hagen - President / AUVSI / Enterprise Initiatives, Inc.
Tom Hagen is the president of Enterprise Initiatives, Inc., a company he founded in September 2003 to provide consulting, management and education services to the aerospace community and government agencies. Hagen previously worked for The Boeing Company’s Phantom Works division for 13 years where he led several unmanned systems capture initiatives and an international working group focused on the integration of unmanned systems in to national airspace systems. He is also the immediate past president and a current Board Member of the AUVSI Cascade Chapter which represents nearly 400 corporate and individual unmanned systems and robotics stakeholders from industry, government and academia in Oregon and Washington.
A retired Navy carrier aviator, Hagen holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as well as an MBA, both from Oregon State University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for the U.S. Naval War College and a member of several boards and professional associations, including the Tailhook Association, the Association for Naval Aviation, the Washington Unmanned Systems Industry Council and Oregon Aviation Industries (ORAVI).