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Jim Rankin

Jim Rankin

CEO / President

Jim joined Columbia Helicopters in December, 2014 after 25 years in the airline industry.

As President and CEO, Jim is responsible for all aspects of Columbia’s business including establishing business strategy, achieving industry-leading customer service and operational excellence and maximizing financial returns.  Jim leads Columbia’s Executive Leadership Team which is comprised of the Safety, Operations, Marketing, Maintenance, QES (Quality, Engineering & Supply Chain), Finance, Human Resources and Legal departments.

Prior to joining Columbia, Jim was President and CEO of Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp., an American Eagle carrier.  Before Air Wisconsin, Jim was President and CEO of Skyway Airlines and General Manager of Midwest Airlines Saver Service.  He also held the positions of Director of Operations, Chief pilot, and MD-80 Captain.

Jim graduated from Carroll College and received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  He served as Chairman of the Board, Board Member and Member of the Executive Committee of the Regional Airline Association for over 20 years.  He spent 5 years as a member of the FAA’s RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee and has been a member of the Northwestern University Transportation Center’s Business Advisory Committee.  He has been a member of a number of other business and civic groups.  He is married with two children and resides in the Portland area.

 

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Stan Wilson

Stan Wilson

Chairman of the Board

Stan assumed the role of Chairman of the Board in December 2014.

Stan has been the Vice President of Finance for Columbia Helicopters, Inc. since April of 2000 and President of CHI since February 2013. 

Mr. Wilson graduated from Brigham Young University in 1985 with a B.A. in accounting and went to school in the evenings while working at Columbia and graduated with a Masters of Business with an emphasis in accounting from Portland State University in 1995. He joined Columbia after working one year in the trucking industry in 1986 as the Assistant Controller and worked in that capacity until January 1997, when he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Finance. He assumed the responsibilities of Vice President of Finance upon Mr. Mike Fahey’s promotion to President. As Vice President of Finance, Stan is responsible for the Information Systems and Human Resources functions as well as his responsibilities in the Finance and Accounting area.  

 

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Gregory Damico

Gregory Damico

Board Member

Greg is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in tax planning strategies for real estate transactions and other tax matters.

Greg previously worked in the finance area for Red Lion Hotels and is currently a partner for Tax Advisors LLC.

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Terry Heilman

Terry Heilman

Board Member

Terry is the President of World Class Management, Inc., a company that specializes in management and strategic development for complex business entities, and he is the owner of Sunstone Circuits, a printed circuit board (PCB) prototype solutions provider.

Terry previously worked for Omark Industries.

He was part of the management team and became the CEO prior to retiring from Omark Industries and starting his own company.

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MG (ret.) Tim Crosby

MG (ret.) Tim Crosby

Board Member

MG Crosby recently retired after serving for almost 35 years in the U.S. Army.  He most recently served as Program Executive Officer for Army Aviation. His service history included myriad operational and acquisition positions including Program Manager for the Army’s Cargo Helicopter (CH47) Program. He has held a variety of acquisitions positions related to helicopters, fixed-wing aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Santiago Crespo

Santiago Crespo

Vice President of Business Development and Marketing

Santiago joined Columbia Helicopters in May 2015 as the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing.

Previously, Santiago was with Erickson Aviation as the VP and GM of Oil and Gas. He has also served as the Global Key Account Director for CHC Helicopter and as the Director of South American Sales and Marketing for Evergreen Helicopters. 

He holds an undergraduate degree from Catholic University in Ecuador and an MBA from University of Portland. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

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Todd Petersen

Todd Petersen

Vice President of Marketing

In July 2006, Todd assumed the responsibility of VP of Marketing.

Todd attended the University of Colorado, after which he went through Army flight training and subsequently served two tours in Vietnam in the Army, followed by a third tour in Vietnam/Laos as an Air America pilot.

He started his civilian career in Papua New Guinea with an Australian helicopter company and joined CHI in 1972 as a co-pilot.

During his years with Columbia, Todd held a number of positions including command pilot, logging project manager, overseas project manager, operations administrator, and a number of years as a key marketing representative prior to becoming their Vice President of Marketing.

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Kurt Koehnke

Kurt Koehnke

Vice President of Maintenance

In December 2002, Kurt Koehnke assumed the position of Director of Maintenance, with responsibility for all maintenance related operations of helicopters in the field, including those leased to Helifor, as well as for the 135 maintenance program.

Kurt has been a Columbia employee since 1987, first as a BV 107 mechanic. He entered the BV 234 program in 1989 and served as maintenance supervisor in Papua New Guinea, Peru and Ecuador.

He has been a Maintenance Supervisor since 1994. Prior to joining Columbia Kurt attended Embry Riddle University and served in the U.S. Army as a CH-47 mechanic.

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Steve Bandy

Steve Bandy

Vice President of Operations

Steve was promoted to Vice President of Operations in October 2012.

In June of 2008, Steve was designated as Chief Pilot. In November of 2009, the position of Director of Flight Operations was added to Steve’s role.

Steve has worked at Columbia since 1989 and has acquired over 10,000 flight hours and his Airline Transport Pilot rating in Columbia’s 107 and 234 model helicopters.

During this time he has served as both lead and command pilot in all of Columbia’s operations, including logging, fire, construction, passenger, and oil. Steve also serves as a Designated Pilot Examiner for the FAA in both models.

In 1983, Steve began private fixed-wing training. By 1984 he had earned his Commercial/Flight Instructor Helicopter rating and spent the next couple of years instructing and running a flight school.

In 1987 he took a job with a real estate development company in Los Angeles flying a B206L3 and serving as their Director of Acquisitions until 1989, when he joined Columbia.

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Mike Brunner

Mike Brunner

VP of Supply Chain and Manufacturing

In July 2014, Mike Brunner joined Columbia Helicopters as the company’s Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing with accountability for providing executive leadership of the Global Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality Assurance organizations. Mike has a diverse background with over 25 years’ experience in supply chain, manufacturing, military aircraft maintenance, leadership, and international business. Prior to joining CHI, he led business operations in Malaysia for Radisys Corporation, where he held the post of Managing Director.  During his tenure at Radisys, he also led all of the company’s manufacturing efforts in six factories across four countries.  In addition, Mike spent over seven years at Intel Corporation in various operations management roles.

Mike’s long history and background in military operations and aircraft maintenance began in 1985 as an Avionics Maintenance Technician in the United States Air Force; and, during the last 8 years prior to his retirement in 2013, he held the position of Operations Officer for the 142nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

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Matt Long

Matt Long

Vice President of Finance

Matt Long assumed the role of Vice President of Finance on January 1, 2015. 

Mr. Long had been the Assistant Vice President of Finance since November 2013, after previously serving as Interim Controller. 

Mr. Long graduated from Brigham Young University in 2002 with a Masters (MAcc) in accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He joined Columbia as the Assistant Controller in 2005, after working in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers.   As Vice President of Finance, Matt is responsible for the Finance and Accounting functions of the company.

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Dave Tibbetts

Dave Tibbetts

Director of Shop Operations

On Aug 9th 2010, Dave assumed the position of Director of Shop Operations.

He is responsible for overall supervision of all sections of Columbia’s maintenance and repair organization. Prior to assuming this position , Dave spent 20 years in aircraft maintenance based in Aurora, starting as a structural mechanic in 1986.

Dave moved to a lead mechanic position in 1995 supervising the structures swing shift and moved to the position of Structures shop chief in 2001.

In 2006 Dave became Hangar operations Program Manager and retained this position until assuming the duties of the Drive and Rotor manager in 2009.

Prior to joining Columbia helicopters Dave attended Big Bend Community college in Moses Lake Washington obtaining his Airframe and Power plant license.

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Chris Hankland

Chris Hankland

Director of Supply Chain

In 2014 Mr. Hankland became the Director of Supply Chain.

Mr. Hankland graduated from Moody Aviation School in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Technology.

He also holds an FAA Mechanic Certificate-Airframe and Power Plant ratings, as well as FAA Commercial Pilot—Airplane Multi-Engine Instrument and Flight Instructor Certificates.

He came to work for Columbia in 1995 and has worked as a mechanic in the engine shop, and as a field mechanic on both the Columbia 107-II and 234 aircraft.

In May of 2001 he was reassigned to Columbia’s FAA Repair Station and has held the positions of Swing Shift Lead Mechanic, Quality Control Inspector, and Quality Control Supervisor. In 2008 he was promoted to Director of Quality Control.

He has attended the Safety Management System training course at University of Southern California and is an AS9100 Lead Auditor.

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Mike Moore

Mike Moore

Director of Domestic Operations

Mike Moore graduated from Oklahoma State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management in 1977.

Upon graduation, he began working with Columbia Helicopters. He worked in the rigging for several years before becoming a Project Manager from 1979 to 1981.

He became a Forester in 1982, where he worked until 1987. He was promoted to Logging Superintendent in 1988, and worked in that position until 2009 when he was promoted to Director of Domestic Operations.

 

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Scott Ellis

Scott Ellis

Director of Business Development

Scott is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and 21 year veteran with the Army National Guard.

While serving in the National Guard, stationed in Reno Nevada, Scott filled a supervisory role responsible for the enlisted personnel and aircraft of the unit he was attached to.

Scott was qualified in the H-60 Black Hawk, and a Crew Chief and instructor in both the CH-54 Sky Crane, and the CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Scott also worked briefly with Erickson Air Crane gaining experience in the S-64 aircraft.

Scott joined Columbia Helicopters in April of 2004 as a Maintenance Marketing Representative and was promoted to Deputy Business Development Manager in July of 200

In September of 2007, he was promoted to Business Development Manager and was then promoted in June of 2009 to his current position as Director of Business Development.

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Dan Riches

Dan Riches

Director of Health, Safety, Environment and Security

Dan joined Columbia Helicopters in February 2003 as the Ground Training Manager. He was promoted to Flight Operations Administrator in 2007, and was selected to become Director of Safety in June 2011. In 2012, the Safety Department assumed an expanded role - Health, Safety, Environment and Security.  He has completed the USC Aviation Safety and Security Management Certificate program and AS9100 Lead Auditor training.

Prior to CHI, Dan completed a 23 year career in Naval Aviation where his duties included flight operations management, training management, safety and security, and flight data analysis. While in the Navy, he earned a BS from New Hampshire College and an MS from Chapman University. He retired from active duty as a Chief Petty Officer in October 2002.

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Kasha Halvorson

Kasha Halvorson

Director of Human Resources

Kasha joined Columbia Helicopters in 2008, and was promoted to the Director of Human Resources position in August 2011. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Oregon, and has held a SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) certificate from the Society of Human Resources since 1999.

Kasha’s 20 plus years of experience in the human resources field includes various human resources and management roles at Nike and GE. She has significant Staff Development, Recruitment, Employee Relations and Human Resources Management experience working in large and quickly expanding business divisions such retail, manufacturing, distribution and customer service.

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Chris Gage

Chris Gage

Director of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot

Chris was promoted to Director of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot in October 2012.

In June of 2009, Chris was designated as Assistant Chief Pilot.

Chris has worked at Columbia since 2003 and has type ratings in both Columbia’s 107 and 234 model helicopters.

During this time he has served as both lead and command pilot in Columbia’s operations, including logging, firefighting, construction and passenger work. Chris also serves as a Check Airman and Pilot Proficiency Examiner for the FAA in both models.

In 1996, Chris began working on his private helicopter rating. By 1998 he had earned his Private, Commercial and Flight Instructor Helicopter ratings and spent the next couple of years instructing for a busy flight school in the Pacific Northwest.

In 1999 he took a job with a national real estate aerial photography company flying in over forty states every year and became the company’s lead pilot until 2003, when he joined Columbia.

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Paul Leach

Paul Leach

Director Of Military Maintenance

Paul was promoted to Director of Military Maintenance in November 2011.

Paul served as program manager for 8 years within the CHI maintenance department assisting in the development of Columbia’s military maintenance programs.  He served in field operations for 12 years on the 234 aircraft as a mechanic, asst. crew chief and crew chief where he worked around the globe in logging, firefighting and heavy lift operations.

Prior to joining CHI, Paul served in the U.S. Army as a CH-47 flight engineer instructor and served in the Gulf War in 1990-91. He earned his A&P license in 1992 at North Central Institute of Technology in Clarksville, TN while serving in the U.S. Army.  

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Roy Toavs

Roy Toavs

Director Of Maintenance

Roy Toavs is the Director of Maintenance at Columbia Helicopters, Aurora OR. 

Before becoming the Director of Maintenance in 2011 he held a number of different positions within and outside of Columbia Helicopters.  He started out his career learning to fly fixed wing aircraft while still in high school and attained his Private Pilot license.  After graduating high school, he received his aircraft mechanic certificate with Airframe and Power plant ratings from Helena Vo-Tech in 1991.  He spent a couple years working as an A&P mechanic for Fixed Base Operators in Montana while continually flying and pursuing additional pilot certifications as well as an Advance Ground Instructor certificate. 

In December of 1992, Roy left aircraft maintenance to engage in fulltime pilot training in Tennessee, where he received his fixed wing commercial multi-engine rating, MEI, single and multi-engine CFII.  After completion of pilot training in 1993, he worked as a freelance flight instructor and on his family’s farm/ranch in Montana.

In September 1995 he joined Columbia Helicopters Field Maintenance Organization.  During his time with Columbia Helicopters he has held a number of positions domestically and internationally which included; 107 & 234 Field Mechanic, 107 & 234 Assistant Crew Chief, 107 & 234 Crew Chief, 234 Maintenance Supervisor (South America), Structure Mechanic & Field Maintenance Manager.  

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Scott Jacob

Scott Jacob

Director of Quality Control

As of July 2014, Scott Jacob assumed the position of Director of Quality Control. (A&P 2761083)

Scott first joined Columbia Helicopters Inc. in the hangar after completing aviation structural school in Arizona in 1999. He spent the first eight years of his career supporting heavy maintenance for both 107-II and 234 platforms in various leadership roles. In 2007 he joined the Quality department, became a Final Inspector, certified Lead Auditor and eventually moved into the position of MRO Quality Manager. His primary responsibilities included the Repair Station certificate and oversight of many aspects of the Quality system including AS9100/ AS9110 procedures.

As Director of Quality Control Mr. Jacob is responsible for managing all Repair Station Quality functions, Training facilitation, customer Quality procedures and remains a point of contact for all FSDO interaction. He is currently fulfilling the Quality functions for the Papua New Guinea Part 136, 141, 144, and 145 certificates. He administers CHI Air Carrier Manual Maintenance/Inspection Programs and provides management oversight of the Required Inspection Item program, aircraft/component record management, Calibration Services, associated inspection unit/support personnel and Air Carrier Continuous Analysis and Surveillance System (CASS) processes. Although his workload is substantial, Scott maintains a hands-on approach and an open door policy for all department matters.

 

 

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Bob Buchanan

Bob Buchanan

Director of Program Management

In June 2014, Bob Buchanan assumed the position of Director of Program Management.

Bob came to work for Columbia Helicopters in 1989 after spending 3 years in the Army as a CH-47D Chinook Crew Chief. Upon joining Columbia he spent the first 13 years of his career in the field as a mechanic and crew chief on a Boeing 234 Chinook. Bob then spent 3 years as a certification engineer for Columbia then went to work for Continental Airlines as a senior structures engineer from 2006 to 2008. In August 2008 Bob returned to Columbia Helicopters as a Program Manager managing many large projects such as USTRANSCOM, the BV107 part 135 program, and the implementation of CHI’s new Enterprise Resource Planning software to name a few.

As the Director of Program Management Mr. Buchanan is responsible for managing, planning, and directing day to day activities for the Program Management department to achieve the company’s objectives and perform as the Program Manager for the CH-47D platform.

In addition to earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Bob has an Airframe and Power Plant license and a Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license.

 

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Cesar Giron

Cesar Giron

Director of Quality Assurance

Mr. Giron joined Columbia Helicopters in 1999 as a mechanic in our structures shop.  In 2007 he moved to the quality department where he has held the positions of Quality Control Inspector, Quality Assurance Auditor, and Quality Assurance Manager.  

He holds an FAA Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Power Plant ratings, as well as AS9100 Lead Auditor certification.

 

In 2014 Mr. Giron took on the role of Director of Quality Assurance.  In this role he is responsible for the administration and management of the Columbia Helicopters Inc.'s ISO9001/AS9100/AS9110 Standard and FAA Production Certificate Quality Management System. In addition, Mr. Giron is responsible for coordination of 14 CFR Part 129 support activities in Peru.  He also acts as the FAA Liaison for the FAA Production Certificate quality system and the Management Sponsor for FAA Delegated Manufacturing Inspection Representatives.  

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Keith Saylor

Director of Commercial Operations

Keith joined Columbia Helicopters in 1997 as a 107 and 234 copilot on various projects including logging, firefighting, construction and oilfield support.  He became a 107 Command Pilot in 2000 and a 234 Command Pilot in 2006.  During his time at Columbia, he has worked throughout the United States, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Mexico.  Although he enjoys all aspects of Columbia’s helicopter operations, he developed a preference for and specialized knowledge of heavy helicopter firefighting operations.

In 2008, Keith accepted the position of Fire Operations Manager which includes market development and oversight of Columbia’s US and foreign firefighting operations.

In 2014, Keith’s responsibilities were expanded as Director of Commercial Operations to including leadership, oversight and business development of Columbia’s overseas oil field operations. 

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Gary Trobaugh

Gary Trobaugh

Director of Information Technology

Gary graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management in 1987. He joined Indiana University Medical Center as a Systems Analyst and completed his MBA in 1994.

He began work with Columbia Helicopters in 2014 as the Director of Information Technology after 20 years of progressive technology experience in the fields of Food Service, Retail and Managed Services. Gary maintains his Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma, ITIL Foundation V3, and Microsoft certifications.

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David Parmeter

David Parmeter

Controller

Mr. Parmeter joined Columbia Helicopters in 2005 as corporate controller. 

Mr. Parmeter graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a Masters of Accountancy.  He worked six years in auditing with Ernst & Whinney in Salt Lake City, Utah.  For the next 17 years, he served in various financial positions in Salt Lake City and Portland, Oregon primarily with Smith’s Food & Drug Centers and Fred Meyer.  Mr. Parmeter oversees the accounting and reporting functions of the company.  

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Rob Roedts

Rob Roedts

Director of Engingeering

Rob is responsible for directing CHI’s Engineering team, which is engaged in efforts associated with maintaining the FAA type certificates and continued airworthiness for the Model 107-II, 234, and CH-47D helicopters. Additionally, he directs the conceptualization and implementation of various new aircraft modifications, and supports the supply chain for both helicopter types by creating/maintaining/updating design data and manufacturing plans. Rob also serves as the engineering focal point and FAA Flight Analyst Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for all items concerning flight test and flying qualities of the Model 107-II, 234, and CH-47D helicopters.

Prior to CHI, Rob designed, installed, and certified EMS interiors for airplanes and helicopters at LifePort, Inc. He joined Columbia Helicopters in 2010 and led the Mechanical Engineering group prior to being promoted to Director of Engineering in 2014. In these positions, Rob and his teams have supported numerous projects including the upgrade of the Model 107-II and 234 for Part 135 operations, an effort to increase the operating limitations and performance of the Model 107-II, and the FAA type certification of the CH-47D.

Rob graduated from Penn State’s Vertical Lift Center of Excellence with a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics from Virginia Tech. He is also a licensed helicopter private pilot.

 

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David Mlodinoff

David Mlodinoff

General Counsel

David has served as Columbia’s General Counsel since September, 2011. He attended college and law school at Columbia University and, prior to joining Columbia in May, 2010, worked at two New York City law firms, an insurance dispute consultancy, and in the in-house legal departments of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Evergreen Helicopters. In addition to providing legal services and managing outside counsel for Columbia, David is responsible for managing the company’s ITAR and FCPA compliance programs.

 

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