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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.


KevinDr. Kevin Michaels – Managing Director / AeroDynamic Advisory

Kevin Michaels is Managing Director of AeroDynamic Advisory, a speciality consulting firm focused on the global aerospace and aviation industries. He has 30 years of aviation 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 also has significant expertise in business-to-business marketing, customer satisfaction, M&A advisory, technology assessment, cluster development, and strategic planning. His experience spans all major market segments, including air transport, business & general aviation, and military. 
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. 

Randy TinsethRandy 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,”, 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 “” 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 2Simon 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 RamosJenette Ramos – Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations / The Boeing Company

Jenette Ramos was named senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations in June 2017. She has responsibility for the company’s manufacturing, operations and global supply chain, including implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies. She also leads Environment, Health & Safety, Facilities & Asset Management, Indirect Supply Chain and Supply Chain Logistics organizations. A member of the Boeing Executive Council, Ramos reports directly to Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

A 29-year veteran of The Boeing Company, Ramos previously served three years as vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication. Fabrication is a worldwide operation of 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.

Ramos’ prior roles include 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.

She has also held functional responsibilities as director of Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs, where she was responsible for governance and processes at multiple Boeing facilities. Ramos began her career in 1988 at Boeing’s Renton plant as an environmental engineer in the facilities organization.

A graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, Ramos also earned a master's degree in business from Seattle Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University.

Ramos is actively involved in the community. She is currently on The Nature Conservancy of Washington Board of Trustees, Campaign leader for American Heart Association Go Red for Women, and serves as a mentor for the Executive Development Institute.

Ramos enjoys spending time with her family outdoors kayaking, sailing, paragliding, biking and skiing.


Caldas TobiasTobias 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 PillaJohn 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

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 96Ron 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.





Duven2Jeffrey E. Duven – Director, System Oversight Division / Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Administration

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 BlackMichael Black – Managing Director / First Hill Partners

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 KayeMary 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 Wales

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 FiorentinoGiuseppe  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 SteinkemperNorbert 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.


Don LarsenDonald E. Larsen - Vice President and General Manager R&D and Advanced Manufacturing Arconic

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 Bigot 2William 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 BarentsBrian Barents - Executive Chairman and CEO
Aerion Corp

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.

IgnacioIgnacio Gonzale-Blanch Fernandez - Executive Director Airgrup, S.L.

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 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 GoeringKevin 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)





Ron EpsteinRonald 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.







Anthony NicoliAnthony Nicoli - Aerospace Director
Mentor's Integrated Electrical Systems Division 

Anthony leads the aerospace business for Mentor’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division (IESD). He is charged with expanding IESD’s contribution to this market. Prior to this role, he led the Mentor Graphics technical sales team serving The Boeing Company. He joined Mentor in 1999, growing to lead the marketing organization for Mentor Graphics’ integrated circuit physical verification product line, Calibre, before joining Mentor’s sales team.

He spent nearly twenty years in the defense industry, developing electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems and businesses, working primarily in the tactical missile countermeasure and underwater imaging domains. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University.


David VoskuhlDavid Voskuhl - Vice President Communications and PR
Diehl Aerosytems

 David Voskuhl was appointed Vice President Communications and PR at Diehl Aerosystems in June 2009. In this role he is responsible for all internal and external communications activities of the division and its units, including media relations and public relations.

Before his current appointment at Diehl, David Voskuhl spent 14 years with the aircraft manufacturer Airbus on four increasingly senior positions, primarily in the field of corporate communications. After also being part of Airbus’ worldwide media relations team based at the corporate headquarter in Toulouse (France) for a total of eight years, his last posting was as General Secretary and chief-of-staff with the general management of Airbus in Hamburg (Germany).

His previous professional experience also includes work as journalist for a German regional daily newspaper and transportation consulting activities with Ove Arup & Partners in London (UK).

David Voskuhl was born in 1967 in Wesseling (Germany). He studied at Bonn University and the University of Southampton, holding a degree in Geography, Economics and Law. His earlier education included a placement with Madison High School in Portland, Oregon (USA), in addition to schooling and military service in Germany. David Voskuhl is married with two children.

Doug HollandDoug Holland - Technical Evangelist

Doug Holland is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft in 2010 he was awarded the Microsoft MVP (C#) and Intel Black Belt Developer awards. He has presented sessions at the Microsoft BUILD conference and frequently speaks at other events about Microsoft technologies, from Cloud Computing to Mixed Reality. He holds a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from Oxford University, as well as certifications from Microsoft and Unity Technologies. You can follow him on Twitter @dougholland or connect with him on LinkedIn:





Roger MarszalekRoger Marszalek - Manager, Marketing
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc.

Roger Marszalek joined Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc. in May 2017. He is responsible for Airline Marketing in the Americas while based in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Marszalek began his aviation career over nine years ago at Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto, Canada, where he has held roles progressively in Business Planning and Airline Marketing.

Mr. Marszalek holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Marszalek’s professional interests include US pilot scope clause, market strategy, and product planning. He is an avid volleyball player having been captain of his University team. He is happily married with one energetic son.



Kurt LippmannKurt Lippmann - CPA Partner, National Practice Leader, Aerospace
Moss Adams

Kurt has been in public accounting since 1996 providing services to middle-market companies and closely held businesses. His experience includes all aspects of business and executive tax advisory services including strategic corporate tax planning, business entity structuring, succession, and planning for shareholders and executives. As the national aerospace practice leader of the firm, Kurt provides services to a variety of businesses dedicated to maintenance, repair, overhaul, composites, avionics, interior design and manufacturing, engineering and design, tooling, and precision machining.

In recognition of his efforts on behalf of clients and his expertise in the tax arena, Kurt received the firm’s Technical Excellence Award in 2009. He was the leader of Everett’s tax practice for 15 years and now serves on the firm’s executive committee.



Michel MerluzeauMichel Merluzeau
AIR-AirInsight Research

Michel Merluzeau brings twenty five years of aerospace consulting expertise, leading teams providing analysis and strategic insight. He is primarily responsible for establishing and reviewing AIR strategic priorities and translating them into research services & products across commercial aerospace and defense markets.

Over the years, Michel has managed projects ranging from complex airplane launch strategies, competitive strategy & intelligence, including strategic analyses across civilian and military markets including special mission, fighter, transport and regional and business aircraft.

Prior to joining A.I.R. in early 2017, Michel was the Vice President, Strategy for Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence group in Seattle and Washington DC. 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 news/publications including; Aviation Today, NBC, WSJ, TVA, BBC, CNBC, Flight International, Avionics Magazine, Bloomberg News and Sky News. Michel is a graduate of the University of Provence in France.

Torsten WelteTorsten Welte - Global Head of Aerospace & Defense Industries

Torsten Welte joined SAP Americas in 2004 and assumed the role of Global Head of Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Industries in June, 2015. With over 25 years of experience in consulting, sales, IT and program management, Torsten brings a depth and breadth of experience to the key leadership roles that he has held in the North American Aerospace & Defense segment.

Under Torsten’s leadership, the A&D Industry Team’s mission is to deliver industry cloud solutions that help SAP customers sustainably innovate and grow their businesses, operate safely and develop their people. To support this mission, the Aerospace & Defense Industry Team acts as the liaison between A&D customers and SAP. Torsten’s areas of focus and responsibility include management of A&D specific development, solution and brand management, sales enablement, marketing, value engineering, partner management, services and support, maintaining a clear focus on the development of new innovations based on business objectives for A&D Industry and key customers.

Prior to joining SAP, Torsten spent 12 years with Deloitte Consulting, managing several large SAP implementations as well as strategy engagements across different manufacturing industries. Torsten graduated from the University of Applied Science in Pforzheim, Germany, focusing his academic studies on the areas International Business, Organizational Design and Information Technology.  He resides in Seattle, WA USA.

Wendy FarrellWendy Farrell - Director, Content Solution and Consulting

Wendy has been a leader in corporate global training, documentation, support and media solutions. At Lionbridge, Wendy helps define client learning programs and prepare teams to implement content projects. She has presented for South by Southwest, ASTD, CLO Magazine, the E-Learning Guild, and Learning Technologies conferences, and her award-winning work includes two Brandon Hall Gold Medals. Most recently, Wendy has focused on the use of 3d, augmented reality and virtual reality for customer support and training; this work, in conjunction with HP, won a Brandon Hall Gold Medal for Unique Learning Technology. She has worked with numerous clients such as HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Motorola, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Rolls-Royce. Wendy has a master’s in Instructional Design and Educational Technology and over 25 years of experience in the content industry.






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