Connecting Aerospace Interests

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PNAA is excited to have Speakers from Boeing and Airbus plus these industry leaders:

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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 numerous articles in Aviation Week and Space Technology, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Professional Pilot, and other publications.  He has a regular column in AIAA's Aerospace America.
Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, Richard has also 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, including ATRIF, NAFA, NARA, Network for Aerospace Management in Europe (NAME), and Speednews.  He presents a yearly lecture to the National Defense University/Industrial College of the Armed Forces and has served as an expert witness in aerospace markets.  Before he joined Teal Group in 1990, Richard analyzed the jet engine market at Jane's Information Group, served as an aerospace industry consultant for an international trade advisory company and supported research projects at the Brookings Institution.  He has a Masters degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London and a Bachelors degree from George Washington University.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Casey, son, Simon, and daughter, Wren.

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.

Caldas TobiasTobias Caldas – Market Analysis Manager / Embraer North America

Tobias Caldas is the Market Analysis Manager for Embraer North America and has over 20 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, multi-engine and flight instructor rated.


John PillaJohn Pillas – 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's executive bio coming soon.


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.