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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
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
Randy Tinseth – Vice President of Marketing / Boeing Commercial Airplanes
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.
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.
Jenette Ramos – Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations / The Boeing Company
Jenette Ramos was named senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations in June 2017. She is responsible for oversight of the company’s manufacturing operations and supplier management functions, including implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies and global supply chain strategies. She also leads Boeing’s Environment, Health & Safety organization. A member of the Boeing Executive Council, Ramos reports directly to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg.
A 29-year veteran of The Boeing Company, Ramos has served as vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication since April 2014. Fabrication is a worldwide operation of more than 15,000 employees that serves as the largest supplier to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, Ramos led operations at 12 sites in Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. that are dedicated to engineering and manufacturing composite, metal, electrical and interior aerospace parts, tools and assemblies.
Prior to her current assignment, Ramos was vice president, Supply Chain Management; vice president, Operations Supply Chain Rate, Supplier Management Capability for Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and director of Business Operations for Boeing Fabrication.
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.
John Pilla – 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 is the Vice President of Sales for Norsk Titanium, a leading innovator in additive manufacturing of Titanium aerospace components. He joined Norsk Titanium in 2015 and leads the sales activity for the company including Qualification, Certification, and Production for all of NTi’s Strategic Customers.
Carrington brings over 15 years of executive Business Development and Customer Management experience to the role. Most recently, he served as a Division Vice President for L-3 Communications performing business development for defense products.
Before L-3, he worked at GE Aviation, earning Lean Six Sigma certifications and representing GE Aviation Military Systems with several key international customers.
For 12 years, Carrington served as a US Navy F/A18 pilot and Weapons/Tactics Instructor. He holds an MBA from Indiana University and a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Ron Scruggs– VP of Ralee Engineering Company / Triumph Group
In 2001, Ron Scruggs was named the Vice President of Marketing for the Triumph Structural Components Group of companies. In 2003, he was named as the Vice President of Business Development for Triumph’s Structures companies in Los Angeles and supported the integration of several operating site locations into a consolidated operating entity. In 2009, he was appointed to head up a low cost sourcing initiative to start a green field facility in Zacatecas, Mexico and was named President of Triumph Group Mexico. From 2013, he has been the President of Triumph Structures – Everett and now serves in a corporate position as the Triumph Boeing Account Director. He is a Computer Science graduate of Mount San Antonio College and has almost 30 years’ experience in the aerospace industry.
Mr. Scruggs is married with 3 children and enjoys playing baseball, golfing and other outdoor related activities.
Jeffrey E. Duven – Director, System Oversight Division / Aircraft Certification Service
In March of 2017, Jeff Duven was selected for the Director of System Oversight Division position in the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR), responsible for the executive oversight of all FAA approvals, certificates, and bilateral partners, in addition to designee and delegation programs. Prior to his current position, in November 2013, he was appointed as the Manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate, where he oversaw the development of regulations and policies, certification, validation, and continued operational safety of transport airplanes in the United States. The Directorate had both geographic responsibilities for aircraft certification within 11western states and product responsibilities associated with 14 CFR part 25 across the U.S. and in working with our international partner agencies. He was regularly involved in making safety decisions regarding appropriate safety actions for the existing fleet and the development of recommendations aimed at improving the design standards for future aircraft models.
Mr. Duven has 25 years of experience with the Aircraft Certification Service. He began his FAA career in 1991 as an engineer in the Propulsion Branch of the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO). In 2002, he was promoted to manager of the Seattle ACO. Prior to his appointment as the Directorate Manager, Mr. Duven served as the acting manager, assistant manager, and technical advisor for the directorate. He was a propulsion systems engineer with The Boeing Company for more than five years before joining the FAA.
Mr. Duven holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University.
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.
Harman K. Wales ("Jet") – Managing Director / Moss Adams Capital, LLP
Mr. Wales has over 30 years of experience providing investment banking services to middle market companies, with a particular focus on the aerospace supplier segment. In addition to his investment banking experience, he was an Air Force officer, including as an USAF acquisition manager on Boeing aircraft programs, as production supervisor for an aircraft overhaul and maintenance facility, and as a flightline maintenance officer for a fighter squadron. He is a pilot, and has a passion for the industry, as well as comprehensive knowledge about M&A market activity and investor activity in the aerospace segment.
He earned a Bachelor degree at The United States Air Force Academy, a MS degree in Systems Engineering from AF Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Giuseppe Fiorentino – Commercial & Marketing Development / SOGECLAIR Aerospace
Giuseppe joined SOGECLAIR Aerospace in February 2017 to lead its commercial and marketing development.
Stationed in Toulouse, France at SOGECLAIR’s HQ, he drives global sales and business development activities around engineering and design & build areas for the aerospace market.
Giuseppe has 14+ years of experience in the aerospace industry. He started his career with Airbus, spending 8 years, before joining COMAU S.p.A., a leading company in the area of industrial automation, as Sales Executive followed by an assignment as Sales Director in Detroit, MI, USA for 2 years.
Giuseppe holds a master in mechanical engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and an MBA from HEC Paris.
Norbert Steinkemper – Project Manager Industrial Networks& International Affairs / Niedersachsen Aviation
Norbert Steinkemper is Project Manager Industrial Networks and International Affairs at Niedersachsen Aviation. Norbert and his team provide direct access to partners throughout the entire aerospace value chain in Northern Germany.
Norbert started his career at the Süderelbe AG, a regional economic development agency in the Hamburg Metropolitan region with the development of several cluster projects in the logistics, food industry, chemical industry and aerospace industry sectors. Since 2008 he is responsible for the network and cluster development in aerospace in the state of Niedersachsen with a strong focus on internationalization, trade and investment. He is founding member of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP), a network of 42 clusters from 15 European countries and is leading the working group strategy for the European aerospace clusters.
Norbert Steinkemper is 38 years old. He studied spatial planning and regional development in Germany and graduated at the Technical University of Dortmund as Dipl. Ing.
Norbert is married and has one son.
Donald E. Larsen - Vice President and General Manager R&D and Advanced Manufacturing
Donald E. Larsen is Vice President and General Manager, R&D and Advanced Manufacturing for Arconic, a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing leader. In this role, he is responsible for leading R&D and production teams working on priority titanium technology projects, including 3D printing and advanced manufacturing activities. He also serves as a liaison to the Arconic Technical Center (ATC) and Arconic’s Whitehall Technology Center.
Don joined the company in 1988 and has served in a number of roles focused on the research, development and production of titanium products. Most recently, he was Plant Manager of the company’s titanium ingot operations in Whitehall, MI. He has also held operational and sales and marketing roles with the company.
Don has a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University
and is the holder of 11 U.S. patents. He has published more than 30 technical articles in the field of titanium. He serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the International Titanium Association and is a member of the International Titanium Foundation Board of Directors.
William E. Bigot - Vice President, Business Development
AIT (Advanced Integration Technology)
William E. Bigot is currently Vice President of Business Development for AIT in Bothell, Washington, USA. His responsibilities include management of the Business Development and supporting world-wide Aerospace activities. Nova-Tech Engineering was purchased by AIT in December, 2016.
Prior to joining Nova-Tech in December 2014, Mr. Bigot was Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for PaR Systems in Shoreview, Minnesota, USA. He joined PaR Systems in August, 2009.
Before PaR Systems, Mr. Bigot spent 24 years in technical and managerial positions with MTS Systems Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. At MTS Systems he helped lead the company in becoming a worldwide leader in the integration of physical and virtual simulation product development in Aerospace and Automotive markets.
His technical and managerial positions were focused in aerospace, automotive and geo-civil engineering groups. He is currently leading the Single Aisle A320 4th FAL in Hamburg, Germany. He was instrumental in the development of capabilities and methods integrating physical testing with virtual simulation and the establishment of the SmartSimTM Community. His diverse MTS background includes positions as Software Manager, Market Manager, Director of R&D, Director of the Modeling Integration Products & Services Division and Director of the Advanced Systems Sales Division.
He served the industry as Chair of the SAE Vibration Controls Committee for seven years. Mr. Bigot holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota as well as an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Brian Barents - Executive Chairman and CEO
Mr. Barents has successfully participated in the development of three major general aviation companies, all leaders in their respective markets.
He served as president, CEO, and managing partner for Galaxy Aerospace Corporation, where he led the company to a sales backlog of $2.5 billion prior to negotiating its sale to General Dynamics in 2001.
As president and CEO of Learjet, Inc., Barents turned the company’s negative earnings into the most profitable in the company’s 32-year history, with increased revenues of more than 400%. During his tenure (1989-1996), long-range strategies and new innovative products were introduced that resulted in an order backlog exceeding $1 billion.
As a senior vice president for Cessna Aircraft Company, he was responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, product support and aircraft completion, and actively participated in new product development programs.
Barents is a past chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and currently serves on the boards of Kaman Corporation and The Nordam Group. Barents retired from a 34-year military career in 2002 with the rank of brigadier general in the United States Air Force and The Kansas Air National Guard.
Ignacio Gonzale-Blanch Fernandez - Executive Director
Ignacio is an Executive Director of Airgrup, a Seville based manufacturer of precision tubes, pipes and ducts. Ignacio studied engineering in Spain, the USA and Germany. His career started in Airbus, working in international engineering projects and after five years he moved to management consulting, supporting clients in the A&D and high tech industries during his time at Roland Berger.
Returning to Seville, he brought views on building a digital culture within Airgrup, part of a 73 year old, family owned manufacturing company.
The vision of combining best practices in manufacturing automation with the collection and leveraging of large flows of data have transformed Airgrup into a 21st century leader, delivering 100% quality and on time products and services to their customers. Airbus recognized the significant impact which a digital cultural can bring to its supply chain by awarding Airgrup the 2016 Airbus Defense and Space Best Performing Supplier of the Year Award.
Ignacio lives in Seville with his wife and four children.
Charles Cassidy - Engagement Manager
Charles Cassidy is an Engagement Manager in our Advanced Industries Practice, with extensive experience in Product Development, R&D and Operations. Charles joined McKinsey London in September 2013 and is now based in San Francisco. In additional Charles is an active member of McKinsey’s Nuclear Service Line, focusing on the development manufacturing, and commercialization of small modular nuclear reactors.
Charles is also active in McKinsey’s advanced manufacturing practice, with a focus on how advanced manufacturing methods can be used to reduce costs and risks in the nuclear industry. The focus of his activity has been product development, the scaling up manufacturing technology and supply chain management. Charles has served clients across North America, South Africa and Europe.
Kevin Goering - Associate Partner
Kevin Goering is an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s San Francisco office. Kevin is an operations dedicated practitioner that has led numerous transformations in supply chain, procurement, manufacturing and service operations. In addition to deep operations expertise, Kevin is a leader in the North American Digital Operations practice, driving transformations to new levels of performance leveraging new data and technology capabilities (digital manufacturing, I4.0, IoT)
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.