Richard Aboulafia – Vice President of Analysis / Teal Group
Dr. Kevin Michaels – Managing Director / AeroDynamic Advisory
Beth Anderson – Vice President of Payloads and Systems for Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management / Boeing
Beth Anderson is the vice president of Payloads and Systems for Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management. She was named to this position in May 2014. In this role, Anderson leads the organization responsible for the setting strategy and sourcing components and systems to support the BCA production system from suppliers around the world as well as daily management of suppliers.
Simon Pickup – Strategic Marketing Director / Airbus Americas Sales, Inc.
Dr. Leo Christodoulou - Director, Engineering Structures and Materials Technology Chief Engineer, Materials and Manufacturing Technology / The Boeing Company
Tobias Caldas - Marketing Analysis Manager / Embraer Commercial Aviation
Gordon Preston - Vice President, Marketing / Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc.
Randy Tinseth – Vice President Marketing / Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Dan Korte - CEO / LMI Aerospace
Chance Brimhall – Director / Washington State SHRM
Chance is currently serving as the Director of Washington State SHRM and has held a variety of leadership positions in his more than thirteen years of HR consulting and workforce solutions experience. He has a PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification through the HR Certification Institute as well as his SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) certification. Chance has served on the Washington State SHRM Council for the past four years, and on the Board of Directors of South King County SHRM chapter for the past eight years. As the Director of Business Development for New Era HR Solutions, Chance works to support organizations of all sizes and in virtually all industry verticals. His role is to understand clients’ workforce & organizational development objectives and to align industry resources, technologies and programs to deliver best-in-class solutions.
Melanie Brown – Human Resources Generalist / Skills Inc.
Melanie is a qualified Human Resources Generalist and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Before joining Skills Incorporated in 2015, Melanie worked 15 years for a diverse range of organizations as a Senior Human Resources Specialist with the City of Houston, a Benefits Analyst at TrueBlue Inc, and as an Absence Disability Coordinator. Melanie’s expansive background in human resources, benefits administration, regulatory compliance, and vendor management, provided the perfect foundation to administer the internal apprenticeship programs at Skills Incorporated.
Edward L. (Ed) Colvin – VP Technology / Arconic Forgings and Extrusions
In addition to his roles at Arconic, Ed serves on the Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Desputanta, Virginia.
Markus Hamann – Head of Sales & Marketing / Premium AEROTEC
Markus has more than 10 years’ experience in aerospace and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford. He started his career with Lufthansa Technik in various aircraft overhaul divisions and joined Airbus in 2006. Markus held various positions in the customer services organization with focus on key account management and sales for customers in South East Asia and the Middle East before taking over responsibility to start and grow the standard hardware business to airlines and MROs at Airbus/Satair. Markus joined Premium AEROTEC in 2015, becoming Head of Sales and Marketing.
Scott Hamilton – Managing Director / Leeham Co.
Giuseppe (Joe) Marcheschi – Deputy, Procurement / Airbus Americas Inc.
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).
Holger Mayländer – Chief Sales Officer / Broetje-Automation GmbH
Holger has nearly 40 years’ experience in aerospace, and holds a university degree in space and aeronautics engineering from the German Joint Forces University in Munich-Neubiberg. After spending twelve years in the German Air Force, Holger began his career with Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm in 1985 as Project Manager. Since August 1991 he continued his career at Broetje-Automation for now more than 25 years. He is responsible for Sales & Marketing for the whole Broetje-Automation Group.
Harald Mehring – Chief Customer Officer (CCO) / Diehl Aerosystems
Harald Mehring was appointed Chief Customer Officer and Member of the Corporate Division Board of Diehl Aerosystems in November 2015. In this role he is responsible for OEM and retrofit sales, marketing, innovations and customer support at division level. Before his current appointments at Diehl, Harald Mehring spent his entire professional career in the aviation industry, where he held increasingly senior positions in sales, most recently as Vice President Sales with Recaro Aircraft Seating. During his stint at Lufthansa Technik, he held management positions in the fields of component service, VIP sales and executive jet cabin completion, most recently the position of Deputy Director Sales Middle East & Africa. Harald Mehring was born in 1966 in Nagold, Germany. He studied at Stuttgart University, where he received his degree in aeronautical engineering in 1992. In 1998 he graduated with a Master degree in Business Administration from Hagen University.
Gary Moe – President / ID Integration
Gary Moe is President of ID Integration and is an authority on emerging innovations in RFID and barcoding technologies for Smart Manufacturing applications including: work-in-process (WIP) for improved workflow visibility; automated asset tracking solutions and improved supply chain control to track and validate raw materials and finished goods traveling to, and stored in, their proper locations. Customers of IDI include Boeing Commercial and Defense, Space & Security, US Army, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Sikorsky Helicopter, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell Aerospace and Engines, GE Aerospace, Goodrich Aerospace, Parker Aerospace and the US Navy.
Eric Schinfeld, Sr. Manager of Federal and International Government Relations / Port of Seattle
Eric Schinfeld is the Sr. Manager of Federal and International Government Relations for the Port of Seattle. In this role, he staffs the Port’s elected officials and executives on key federal and trade policy issues that impact the Port, its customers and the residents of King County. Prior to this role, Schinfeld served as both Chief of Staff of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and as the President of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT), where he led WCIT’s advocacy and outreach efforts on trade policy issues that benefit Washington employers and increase our state’s international competitiveness. Eric also spent five years as staff to the Prosperity Partnership – a coalition of business, government and community organizations focused on ensuring long-term prosperity for the Puget Sound region – and he began his career in the Washington, DC office of U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher. Eric has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.
MaryLou Thomas – Executive VP / Triumph Group
MaryLou Thomas is the Executive Vice President for Triumph Aerospace Structures. She has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry. MaryLou joined Triumph in 2003, following the acquisition of Boeing’s Spokane Fabrication Operation, where she served as Executive General Manager. She began her career in the U.S. Air Force before joining Lockheed Support Systems to specialize in nuclear weapon and military aircraft modifications and technology. In 1990, she joined The Boeing Company. In her 13 years with Boeing, MaryLou earned roles of increasing responsibility. Nominated to the Executive Leadership Development Program for her performance, MaryLou also led Boeing’s benchmarking of the Toyota Production System (Lean). Prior to taking on the role of acting EVP for Triumph Aerospace Structures, MaryLou headed Triumph’s Composites, Structures and Interiors business area with operations in the United States, Mexico, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Triumph Aerospace Structures supplies commercial, business and military manufacturers with large metallic and composite structures. Products include wings, wing boxes, fuselage panels, horizontal and vertical tails and sub-assemblies such as floor grids. Inclusive of the former Vought Aircraft Division, Aerospace Structures also has the capability to engineer detailed structural designs in metal and composites.
Ian Toner - Managing Director, Strategic Research / Versus Investments
Mr. Toner is responsible for ensuring that the research resources at the firm are focused on solving the real problems faced by the firm's clients, and on maintaining an appropriate balance between academic rigor and practical real-world client solutions. He has responsibility over all research, including manager research, capital markets research, topics of interest, and is a key contributor to the investment committee. He is particularly engaged in finding ways to ensure that new insights created at the firm are used across the whole range of clients of the firm, whether those clients are large or small, and whether the services those clients consume are discretionary or non-discretionary.
He joined Verus in late 2013 from Russell Investments in Seattle, where he was most recently director, capital markets research in the investment division. He was at Russell for 7 years, and was particularly focused on two key areas: understanding the effect of currency risk on client portfolios, and understanding and managing the complex range of risks that clients and investors experience when interacting with Wall Street. Before Russell Investments he was an executive director at UBS Investment Bank in London, and a vice president at both Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and InterSec Research Corp. Earlier in his career he worked on the sell-side of the institutional markets in London, focused on European equity markets.
Mr. Toner has a degree in Law from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and is a CFA charter holder (Chartered Financial Analyst). He is a regular author and speaker on a range of investment topics. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Seattle. Mr. Toner is a trustee of Charles Wright Academy, an independent co-educational school based in University Place, WA. He is also a board member at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where he co-chairs the finance & audit committee. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory board of the Washington Council on International Trade.
John Turner – Manager, Workforce Development Manufacturing & Safety / Boeing Commercial Airplanes
John Turner leads the Workforce Development team supporting Manufacturing and Safety for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, he is responsible for engagement between academia, state and local government, industry, and The Boeing Company as it supports the development of the manufacturing workforce pipeline.
Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman - Regional Labor Economist / Employment Security Department
Anneliese Vance-Sherman has served as a regional labor economist for the Employment Security Department for seven years. She covers Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Anneliese works closely with economic and workforce development partners, and serves as a board member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference. Prior to state service, she was a visiting fellow at the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. Anneliese has a Ph.D. in economic geography and a master’s degree in economics both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dave Wallace - Research Director / Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Dave Wallace is currently the Research Director for the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. In that capacity he oversees and directs surveys, reports, data base management and stakeholder input. Previous to working at the Workforce Board Mr. Wallace was the staff economist at the Washington State Commerce Department, working on program evaluation and economic development issues. Prior to Commerce, he served as the Chief Economist for the Employment Security Department.
Kevin Wright – Vice President of Strategy and Business Development / Ducommun Incorporated
Kevin Wright is vice president of strategy and business development for Ducommun Incorporated. He is responsible for leading and directing Ducommun’s corporate business development strategies, including sales, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions, to support the company’s profitable growth objectives.
Wright joined Ducommun in 2015 with more than 30 years of experience spearheading market-driven growth strategies. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of strategy, sales and marketing at Meggitt Control Systems. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in strategic business development at Crane Aerospace and SITA.
Wright received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Nottingham, U.K.
Tech Session Speakers
Heather Bartlett - Principal Engineer / SLR International
Heather Bartlett is a Principal Engineer with SLR International Corporation located in West Linn, Oregon. She leads an environmental compliance team specializing in permitting, compliance, auditing, and due diligence support for industrial clients. Heather’s experience encompasses over 25 years working with industry as an employee at both the facility and corporate levels and as a consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University.
Dave Dittrich - Cyber Security Researcher / Center for Data Science at UW Tacoma
Dave Dittrich has been investigating, studying, and countering computer crimes since the mid-1990s. He was the first to describe technical details of DDoS attack tools in 1999, was an early researcher into botnets, and one of the first to study P2P for botnet command and control.
This lead him to research the ethical and legal bounds within which "white hat" researchers can justifiably act to respond to "black hat" hackers and criminals. He has written extensively on ethics and the "Active Response Continuum," served for 6 years on one of the UW's Institutional Review Boards evaluating human subjects research, and with Erin Kenneally co-edited the "The Menlo Report: Ethical Principles Guiding Information and Communication Technology Research" and "Applying Ethical Principles to Information and Communication Technology Research: A Companion to the Department of Homeland Security Menlo Report."
Michael Mylrea - Manager for Cyber Security and Energy Infrastructure / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Mylrea is Manager for Cyber Security & Energy Infrastructure at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has over a decade of experience working on energy, cyber security and technology issues for industry and government. His appointments include: U.S. Department of Energy, Cyber Innovation development (CISO), Deloitte (Manager for Energy and Natural Resources), U.S Cyber Consequences Unit (Director for Energy) and Good Harbor Consulting (Senior Advisor to Richard A. Clarke.
Michael's Cyber Security and energy thought leadership has appeared in news and journal articles, television, congressional testimony and various industry and government publications. Recent and upcoming publications include a cyber energy nexus study with Sandia national Lab and Department to f Energy, a book chapter on cyber security leadership and an article on securing smart cities from emerging cyber threats. Michael received his MA from Tufts University and completed graduate course work at Harvard Law School and Kennedy School of Government. He received two BA’s from University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Fulbright Scholar.
Denny Organ - CEO, Innovation Educator & Innovation Coach / The Dennis Organ Group, Western Washington University
Denny Organ is an early retired ex-Starbucks senior supply chain leader. He has a consulting practice focused on teaching corporate clients and organizations the tools/skills/systems for innovation. He teaches a series of college courses grounded in the knowledge that innovation is a learned skill accessible to anyone. Mr. Organ volunteers a great deal of time to coach/mentor/advise the Western Washington University students in the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, and Entrepreneurship/Innovation Programs.
He believes that by teaching innovation skills, tools and systems to teams in any business or organization, positive transformational change will follow. Innovation as a core competency will drive success and growth, will foster team and individual development, and can be a foundational step in creating positive cultural change.
Andrew Parker - Data Scientist Manager / Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Andrew Parker has been with The Boeing Company for eight years. Currently with BCA Analytics in Tukwila, Washington, he works as a Data Scientist Manager coordinating development efforts of future technologies and methods for customers. His background includes work with 787 Program Estimating and SM Finance. Andrew completed his Masters of Applied Statistics from Colorado State University and completed a BS in Mathematics and in Economics from the University of Puget Sound.
Andrew Roberts - Cyber Security Researcher / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Adam Roberts is a Cyber Security Researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) who returned to the lab in 2009 to join the Cyber Security Group. His primary focus areas involve finding new methodologies to detect advanced cyber-attacks, finding new ways to secure clouds, and designing managed attribution technology for browsing the internet. He has also served as the subject matter expert for technical assessments of computer systems, networks, and devices from government sponsors. He is also in charge of a Cyber Security Test Range which can simulate real world networks at a large scale with minimal resources. The real world networks involve business systems and industrial control systems. This range capability has been used in multiple research projects for testing, technical assessments, and for creation of new cyber-security detection technology. He is also well versed in physical security systems which include RFID, smart card, and NFC-enabled technology.
Adam currently holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification which is known as a leading international certification which tests the knowledge against a core set of relevant information security topics. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Systems from City University in Bellevue, WA. He also served as an IT Manager for Whitman County which provided him with hands on operational experience of protecting government infrastructure and finding new methods for securing government systems.
Steve Stranghoener - Finance Lead / Boeing Enterprise
Steve Stranghoener is currently the Partnering for Success Finance Lead for the Boeing Enterprise. Throughout Steve’s 11 year career with Boeing he has held a myriad of financial analyst positions for the procurement function, most recently focused on affordability. Prior to Steve’s career at Boeing he was a Finance Manager for First Tennessee Bank. Steve holds an MBA from Lindenwood University and BSBA in Finance from the University of Missouri.
Paul Van Metre - Co-Founder and VP of Sales and Marketing / Adion Systems
Paul Van Metre has been in the manufacturing industry for 20 years, first co-founding Pro CNC directly out of college with 5 college buddies including Kelsey. Paul helped lead the company to great success, serving aerospace and commercial clients around the world with world class machining, assembly and design services. Pro CNC was successfully acquired by Trulife Inc. in 2014. Paul is now co-founder and VP of Sales and Marketing for Adion Systems, Adion develops web based ERP, MES and QMS software for the aerospace industry.
Paul is a graduate of Western Washington University and the Vehicle Research Institute. Having learned machining, project management, design engineering and world class sleep deprivation skills while building vehicles at the VRI for up to 120 hours a week at times, Paul and his partners decided that working for other companies would offer far too much opportunity for sleep. With money from a second mortgage from a partner, Pro CNC was born directly out of college and proved to be a great training ground for how to grow a company focused on customer service, continuous improvement and world class quality. Paul is also a Design For Manufacturing expert and has lectured and taught worldwide.