Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance Announces New Officers to Board of Directors
BELLEVUE, WA – September 29, 2015 – Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, a non-profit aerospace organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of the aerospace industry in the Northwest, announced its new board following its Annual Meeting to elect directors and officers on September 24, 2015. The PNAA board has a new president, vice president, and secretary.
Bill King, SubRosa Aero LLC, was elected Chairman and will replace JC Hall of Esterline. Ted Croft, Pyrotek Inc., was elected Vice Chairman and will replace Jim Sheehan, Technical Aero, and returning board member Keith Sims, Composite Solutions, will replace John Graham as Secretary. Hall, Sheehan and Graham will remain on the board. Tom Sanger, Moss Adams LLP., was re-elected treasurer.
“Over the years, PNAA’s stature and influence has grown within the aerospace community,” said PNAA Executive Director Bob Uptagrafft. “Much of that growth is due to the energy and leadership provided by PNAA’s Board of Directors. We have always been fortunate to have an active and committed board, dedicated to quality and excellence.”
“We are pleased that Bill, Ted and Keith have stepped forward to carry PNAA’s leadership torch. Their aerospace experience and proven business leadership, as well as their experience as PNAA committee chairs, will serve our organization well,” said Uptagrafft. “Serving on the board of a thriving non-profit like PNAA requires time and a commitment to the industry. We are incredibly grateful to each of our board members for committing their time and talents to strengthening our organization. Their experience and industry insights will have a tremendous impact on our organization and the Northwest aerospace industry.”
PNAA’s board consists of: Chairman Bill King, SubRosa Aero LLC; Vice Chairman Ted Croft, Pyrotek Inc.; Secretary Keith Sims, Composite Solutions; Treasurer Tom Sanger, Moss Adams LLP; Gaia Borges Brown, University of Washington William E. Boeing Dept of Aeronautics & Astronautics; Tom Brosius, Orion Aerospace; John Graham, Fulcrum Associates; JC Hall, Esterline Engineered Materials; John Monroe, Economic Alliance Snohomish County; Michel Merluzeau, Frost & Sullivan; Frank Nichols, Silicon Forest Electronics; Chris Nussbaum, Universal Aerospace; Jim Sheehan, Technical Aero; and Kevin Steck, STELIA Aerospace North America Inc.
Bill King is the principal at SubRosa Aero, LLC. He works as an independent consultant assisting aerospace companies, both locally and internationally. For over 20 years, King worked for the Washington State Department of Commerce where he led the aerospace industry sector programs. He was integral in assisting companies access to the international marketplace as well as providing assistance to international aerospace companies seeking to invest in Washington State or partner with existing Washington State based suppliers. King is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), a national certification of competence in global commerce.
Ted Croft is founder and partner of Pyrotek Heat Treating Ltd, and co-founder and partner of Anotek Anodizing Inc. Both companies, located in British Columbia Canada, are NADCAP and Boeing approved special process houses. Croft started in the metallic industry in 1976. His career in the aerospace industry began in 1988 at Avcorp Industries where he worked in the sheet metal / heat treat department.
In 1993, Pyrotek was founded and became the second company in BC to be registered to the ISO 9002 quality standard. ISO registration enabled Pyrotek to become an approved supplier to Major OEM’s such as Bombardier, Bell Helicopter and eventually Boeing in 1997.
Croft is a firm believer in building opportunities for aerospace companies in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his new post as Vice Chair of PNAA, Croft also serves with the AIAC Pacific committee, and on the board of the Aviation Leadership Foundation, both in BC.
Keith Sims is the Program Manager for Composite Solutions Corp in Sumner, WA. Sims provides oversight of the Customer Service and Contracts Departments. In this role he is responsible for building strong relationships with existing customers while maintaining internal business alignment which through the application of Lean Manufacturing provides composite components that exceed customer expectation in quality and on-time delivery. Having previously served as a PNAA board member from March 2011 through December 2012, he is proud to be serving the aerospace community of the Pacific Northwest once again.
Composite Solutions manufactures high strength, lightweight composite structures and components for commercial and military aircraft, helicopters and business jets. Its core business is comprised of complex hand layup composites and assembly with access to low cost, high volume composites components and raw materials via their parent company in Taiwan.
Tom Sanger has been a board member of the PNAA since 2005 and has been attending the conference for years. Tom is a Partner at Moss Adams LLP, where he started public accounting in 1994. He is a Partner in the Tax Specialty Group which is a group of 70+ professionals that provide tax services that serve all clients throughout the firm. These services include Cost Segregation, Research Credit, Other Federal Incentives and Credits, State and Local Taxes, Transfer Pricing, Federal Tax Controversy, and Comp and Benefits. Sanger is in charge of the firm’s Federal Credits and Incentives Group overseeing the Research Credit, Cost Segregation and Other Federal Credits and Incentives groups. These groups are structured to serve middle market clients in saving tax through various federal incentives and credits.
About PNAA: The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) is a non-profit organization that has been promoting the growth and success of the aerospace industry in the Northwest for over 11 years. Its primary purpose is to assist members in being globally competitive. This is accomplished through frequent educational and networking events and informing members and participants of important industry changes and business opportunities.
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