Connecting Aerospace Interests

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Company Speakers TBA


RichardRichard 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.
Richard writes and edits Teal Group's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. He also writes publicly about aviation and defense, with regular columns in Aviation Week and Space Technology and at His articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, AIAA's Aerospace America, the Financial Times, Professional Pilot, and other publications.
Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, Richard has appeared on numerous television news and radio programs including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and PBS. He has spoken at numerous conferences, and presents a yearly lecture to the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy Industry Study program.

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.

Kevin MichaelsDr. 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. 

Simon PickupSimon 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.


Tobias Caldas 300Tobias 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.



Patrick Baudis 300Patrick Baudis Vice President and Head of Marketing / Bombardier
Patrick Baudis joined Bombardier Commercial Aircraft as Vice President and Head of Marketing in January 2016.
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.



Daniele CDaniele 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.





JoeJoe Marcheschi - 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).



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.

ErikErik Lindbergh - VerdeGo Aero, President

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".

Michel MerluzeauMichel 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.



Sujeet ChandSujeet Chand - Senior Vice President and CTO / Rockwell Automation

Sujeet Chand leads global technical innovation and business development for Rockwell Automation with a focus on making a difference for customers by helping them achieve greater productivity and sustainability. His focus is on accelerating business growth from the development of innovative products, software, engineering best practices, M&A, and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Sujeet was at Rockwell Scientific Company where he led the development of innovative technology solutions for the company’s commercial and defense businesses. Previously, he served as the chief operating officer for a successful software start-up company.

A strategic leader and engineer with a unique perspective on technology, innovation, and customer needs, Sujeet serves on a number of industry, government, and higher education boards. He is a member of the board of directors of Proto Labs (PRLB), a public company. His advisory board service includes the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), FIRST Robotics, Wisconsin Technology Council, University of Wisconsin Research Foundation, and Robert W. Baird Venture Partners. He has also represented the United States as the head of a delegation to Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, a worldwide consortium on manufacturing technology.

In 2018, IoT ONE named him to the list of top 100 Industrial IoT Influencers, and in 2016, Smart Manufacturing named him to the list of 30 Visionaries of the World in Advanced Manufacturing. In 2014, Sujeet was recognized with the Forbes Excellence in Innovation award. He currently holds 40 patents, has published more than 75 technical papers in research journals and conferences, and has received a number of distinguished honors for his engineering practices and technology leadership.

Sujeet earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.


Amandine Crabtree BRPHAmandine Crabtree - Project Development Director / BRPH

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 is very excited to use her experience and expertise to help BRPH secure new opportunities. She is lucky in the fact that she remained in her favorite industry and grew her aerospace family while supporting BRPH's business.




Vivek Saxena 96Vivek 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.







MaryKayeBMary 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.


RobinRobin 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.

Tim TempleTim Temple - Bio Coming Soon!



Bill 2Bill Cress - SpaceExcess LLC, Founder and CEO and CFO

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.
He is also a ham radio operator.

Bill is also President of:
•  William Cress Corporation
•  Global Realty Associates Corp.
•  CC Global LLC
•  CC Technologies LLC
•  Lite Station USA/ Cress Photo
•  Graflex Products LLC

Fellow, British Interplanetary Society; Member, IAF, International Astronautical Federation; Member, Initiative For Interstellar Studies I4IS, Enterprise Committee; Consultant, Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Business Development Committee; Member, National Press Photographers Association


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