LEADERSHIP TEAM

A strong and experienced executive team leading a skilled and engaged workforce.

Anthony Rios

President

An entrepreneurial leader with domestic and international experience in strategy development, sales, product development, operations, and engineering, Rios brings two decades of experience with innovative, aviation technology start-ups as well as established market leaders. His unique combination of business skills and the deep technical credibility gained through 13 years of engineering experience positions Rios to successfully lead the rapidly growing organization.

Mike Mason

Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer

30+ years of experience in corporate finance and the aerospace industry. Former engineer with Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Previously held executive finance positions with American Airlines, Sabre, PepsiCo, and King Aerospace. Holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Rice University and an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

Shane LaPlante

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

30 years in aviation working at industry-shaping organizations like Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglas, Honeywell, and L3 Harris Technologies. In his prior role, as the Vice President Aftermarket Sales and Marketing for L3 Harris Technologies, Mr. LaPlante managed the sector aftermarket sales organization and integration of the sales and marketing team of a company acquisition to provide Flight Data Management (FDM) solutions. LaPlante holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Behlul Poonawalla

Director of Engineering

10+ years of design, manufacturing, and integration experience in the aerospace industry. Previously held engineering positions at FreeFlight Systems include Engineering Manager, and Sr. Developmental Engineer. Holds a BE in Electronics Engineering from Pune University, India, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Univeristy.

Kayla Spence

Director of Operations

12 years of management experience in Operations and Human Resources.  Ms. Spence graduated with a Business Management degree from Tarleton State University in 2005 and later earned certifications in PHR and SHRM-CP in 2010.  She has been managing Operations since 2016 including Manufacturing, Repair Station, Quality, Planning, Logistics and Human Resource teams.  She is also responsible for continuous improvement programs.

Morgan Branum

Manager of Organizational Development

Fresh to the aerospace industry, Ms. Branum has been the Manager of Organizational Development since 2020. Ms. Branum graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Tarleton State University and is presently pursuing a Dual Master of Arts in Human Resources Development and Human Resources Management from Webster University. Spent 15 years at the Walt Disney World Resort responsible for training, development, and local HR matters whilst running retail operations.

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