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Jack Samuels career in aviation started in 1986 when he joined Aero Performance & Specialty Co. in Fullerton, CA working in the warehouse and eventually moving to the sales department. He continued working at Aero Performance through 2007 but from 1992 to 2005 was also a professional baseball umpire. Jack worked his way up through the minor leagues and eventually umpired 70 major league baseball games. From 2007 to 2013 he was Western Sales Manager for Kelly Aerospace and Hartzell Engine Technologies. Jack returned to Aero Performance in 2013 and is now the National Sales Manager for the inside and outside sales staff at Aero Performance. Jack was promoted to this position with the 2020 retirement in of Bill Rehkop who had a 50 year career as an executive in the general aviation industry.
Pat has been around aviation his entire life. In high school he worked at the family
engine shop tearing down and overhauling aircraft engines. He began his career in
general aviation parts distribution in 1984 and has been a parts manager for a large
Piper and Cessna service center. He has been a branch manager for two large aviation
parts distributors and is now responsible for outside sales in the midwest U.S. for
Scott has more than 30 years in aviation sales with extensive knowledge in parts for
general aviation, business Jet aircraft, and Rotor wing. He started his career in
1988 with API AMR Combs as the Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region.
In 2003, Scott was recruited to join Aviall / Boeing Global Services as the Sales
Director for the Mid-Atlantic region where he grew their part sales, product repair
work on main ship power supplies, and wheel / brake work for commercial, general
aviation, business aircraft. Scott joined the Aero Performance / Aero Performance
team as the Regional Account Executive for the North Texas region in 2020.
John obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business and Commercial Aviation from BJU and is a
licenced pilot with Commercial, Multi-engine, and Instrument ratings. He has over 15
years experience in wholesale aircraft parts distribution as Territory Sales Manager
in the Northeast states for AAR. John has been with Aero Performance since 2003.
Bobby got his start in the aviation industry in 1984 at Goodyear Wheel and Brake
shop. He worked his way up to inspector before leaving to join Goodrich Wheel and
Brake as production supervisor. Next, he joined AAR to run the west coast warehouse
/ branch in the Los Angeles basin. After the branch was closed in 2001, he joined
Sky Tower Aviation as sales manager. He then worked with API as an outside sales
representative from 2008 to 2014. In 2015, Bobby joined Aero Performance as the
outside sales representative for the southwestern US.
Craig began his aviation career in 2005 when he Joined Aerospace Products
International (API) as a regional manager in the Northwest. Prior to that, he had 15
years experience in the automotive industry as a multi state Regional Manager,
supported such companies as; Federal Mogul and Wix filtration. Outside of work he
enjoys: car restoration, camping, personal watercrafts and family activities. As of
2015, Craig is responsible for outside sales throughout the Pacific Northwest for
Phil received his SEL Pilot's License in 1977 and two years later started his Aviation
Parts career at Elliott Aviation in Minneapolis. His experience in parts support for FBO
maintenance continued to grow with his years with a Piper Distributor at Flying Cloud
Airport. Phil has also been a Sales Representative for Aviall, API and Varga
Enterprises. In 2015, Phil transitioned to Aero Performance and will be responsible for
outside sales for the Southwest Region.
Greg soloed on his 16th birthday in 1975. After attending A&P school at MATVS in
Memphis, he worked as a lineman / mechanic for Keith Wilson Aircraft. Greg then for
worked 38 years with Aviall as a flying salesman where he accumulated over 10,000
hours flight time selling all over the south. Currently residing in Memphis TN ,
Greg and his wife have 3 children and 1 grandchild, where they enjoy working and
investing time in youth baseball.
Pat has been in aviation for the past 33 years since graduating from Pittsburgh
Institute of Aeronautics with an A&P License in 1984. He started working for
Rockwell International in Columbus, OH as a structures mechanic in the Nacelles
final assembly department. From there he worked for Executive Jet Aviation on Lear
Jets and Citations in the maintenance department and decided to take advantage of a
sales opportunity and immediately found his calling in life. Working for such
companies such as AVSCO, Cooper/AAR and API in Parts Sales and with CAE Simuflite
selling multi-year pilot simulator training contracts. He dabbled in Maintenance
Sales with Raytheon and Stevens but came back home to parts sales and is loving life
again. Calling on the same people in the Great Lakes Region for a number of years
has made him a regular fixture in the area and his big smile gets him in the door.
Shane began his career in aviation with Champion Aerospace in 1996 as a machinist.
During his twenty year tenure, his roles included: Technical Support, Marketing
Manager and Aerobatic Performer Coordinator. After years of jumping out of perfectly
good airplanes he now enjoys riding his Harley through the Carolina mountains. Shane
looks forward to bringing his years of experience and passion of airplanes to all of
our customers in the Southeast.
Johnny Myles has 15 plus years in distribution and logistics. Johnny started his career with Fleetpride/PDC Truck &Trailer Parts as an order puller. After six months, he worked his way to become Warehouse Supervisor. Johnny then took on the role as Warehouse Office Supervisor and Warehouse lead for Saddle Creek Logistics for 8 years. Now, Johnny has been in aviation with Aero Performance for 6 years, and in 2018 was promoted to warehouse manager for the Fort Worth branch. Johnny became the Branch Manager at the Fort Worth facility in November 2020.
Donna started with Tex-Air Parts in 2001 with various duties over the years including purchasing, ILS Sales, counter sales, Internet sales, and inside sales and remains with Aero Performance in Fort Worth with the same responsibilities. Donna was appointed Office Manager at the Fort Worth branch in December 2020.
Linda began her career in aviation after high school working for an FBO in Fort Worth
responsible for sales of parts, avionics and composites. Since 2002 she was with Tex-Air
Parts doing inside sales, counter sales, and internet sales and now does the same for
Aero Performance Fort Worth.
Ryan attended Palomar College where he obtained an Associate of Science Degree in
Aviation Operations and Management. He joined the Aero Performance team in 2016 and
has over 15 years of customer service and inside sales experience. In his spare
time, he enjoys playing golf, fishing and travel.
Jenny got her start in aviation in 1989 working for Sabena Airline Training Center
as a parts manager in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2000, she took a Parts Manager and Team
Leader postion with Ly_con Aircraft Engine Rebuilders in Visalia, CA and continued
working there until 2005. In that year, she began a 10 year tenure with Aerospace
Products International working from Kingman, AZ as an Account Executive. In early
2016, Jenny joined Aero Performance as an inside sales and account representative.
Her extensive knowledge and experience makes her a tremendous asset and resource for
Aero Performance and it's customers.
Lance has nearly 30 years of distribution experience 23 years of which were in the
3PL sector. He started his management career with Menlo Logistics as a Logistics
Coordinator and was quickly promoted to Operations Manager. He has worked as a
General Manager for Menlo Worldwide Logistics and XPO Logistics. During his career
he has worked on over a dozen start-up operations throughout North America and
Europe. He has extensive experience in both highly automated and conventional
distribution center operations.
Ron started his aviation career with Cooper Aviation in inside sales in 1995 and
remains in that position today with Aero Performance in Harrisburg, PA.
Liz started her career in aviation in 1988 with Superior Air Parts as an
Administrative Assistant. During her 10 years with Superior, she was promoted to
Inside Sales and then Assistant Branch Manager. In 2001, she joined A.E.R.O. Inc as
an Inside Sales Representative and later was promoted to Branch Manager. Liz started
with Aero Performance in September 2018 as an Inside Sales Representative working
out of Bath, PA.