David T. Querio's career spans more than 35 years in the maintenance of transport category aircraft and management of MRO facilities and airlines. Prior to joining Ascent Aviation Services as President in August 2016, Dave held the positions of General Manager, New Mexico operations for AerSale, Inc.; Chief Operating Officer of Silver Airways; and President & CEO of Ascent Aviation Services. Additionally, Mr. Querio has held the position of Vice President of Operations at Evergreen Air Center; Vice President & General Manager of AMS GYR facility; and Vice President, Technical Services at multiple regional airlines.
Dave is an airframe and power plant licensed technician.
Vice President of Operations
Bret Burnside has been in aviation for more than 40 years, holding senior executive positions in production/ manufacturing, airlines, and MRO services. Prior to joining Ascent Aviation Services, Bret held positions of VP General Manager at Premiere Aviation, Chief Operating Officer at Aviation Technical Services, Vice President General Manager at AAR Corp, President at JetTech Aerospace, President at Cascade Aerospace (USA) Inc, Senior Vice President of Operations at Cascade Aerospace Inc (BC), Base Director at Air Canada, Managing Director of Vendor & Base Maintenance at Alaska Airlines, and Director of Maintenance at TRAMCO/BF Goodrich. Bret also served in the United States Marine Corp. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Business.
Bret is an airframe and power plant licensed technician.
Chief Financial Officer
Bart Budman brings more than 32 years of executive level accounting/financial and operational management to the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Bart served as the Chief Financial Officer for Commercial Jet, a provider of MRO services located in Miami, FL. Before this, Bart was VP Finance/Division Controller for AAR Corp; Chief Financial & Operating Officer for a world-renowned mega-yacht manufacturing, repair and refit company, Broward Yacht & Marine. Prior to his private industry experience, Bart held a Partner position at a regional accounting and consulting firm, where he practiced in all areas of public accounting including tax, accounting and auditing, operational business consulting, mergers and acquisitions and litigation support, initial public offerings, SEC compliance, and financial and tax transactional due diligence serving public and privately held clients. He holds dual degrees in accounting and finance as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.
Chief Commercial Officer
Scott Butler is an aviation professional with more than 10 years in the Aerospace industry. Prior to joining Ascent Aviation Services as CCO, Scott was the Director of Sales for Zodiac Aerospace. Throughout his broad tenure, Scott has held leadership positions in Program Management, Engineering & Operations Management at TE Connectivity and Rockwell Collins. Scott holds a degree in Aviation Human Factors and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Scott is a licensed Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot.
Director of Flightline Maintenance, Storage & Reclamations
Bret Reed brings more than 37 years of aviation experience in multiple roles during his career. Prior to joining Ascent Aviation Services in 2019 he served as Senior Manager of Maintenance at Silver Airways, Manager of Maintenance Control and Planning at Jet suite and Jet suite X, Line maintenance supervisor for Horizon Airlines for 18 years and was a Flight Test manager for the Boeing Company on the 787-8 freighter and the P8 Poseidon program.
Bret is an airframe and powerplant licensed technician.
Director of Maintenance
Michael Osburn brings 14 years of aviation experience including all phases of aircraft maintenance from heavy checks to line maintenance for both passenger and cargo aircraft. Michael’s over 35 years of management experience spans multiple industries which broadens his view and provides additional benefits to the Ascent Aviation Services organization.
Michael is an airframe licensed technician.
Director of Maintenance, Tucson
Neil Stevens brings more than 30 years aviation experience including all phases of aircraft maintenance from heavy checks to line maintenance for both passenger and cargo aircraft. Prior to commercial aviation, Neil served in the United States Air Force as a crew chief on KC-135 & E-3B AWACS. Neil’s career started when he was 18 years old and has taken him around the world and his love for aircraft hasn’t changed.
Neil is an Airframe & Powerplant certificated mechanic.
Director QA, Training & C.I.
Tim McGuire's career spans 30 years in the maintenance of commercial and corporate aircraft. Tim has spent most of his career in management within MRO facilities. Prior to joining Ascent Aviation Services in February of 2019, Tim held the positions of Director of Business Development with Ally Aerospace Services, General Manager/Accountable Manager of Bombardier Aerospace Corporate Aircraft, and Director of Operations/Accountable Manager of Bombardier Aerospace Commercial Aircraft. Tim started his aviation career in the United States Air Force where he served proudly for seven years. In his current role at Ascent Aviation Services Tim leads the Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Training Center and EHS teams at both the Marana and Tucson facilities.
Tim is an airframe and powerplant licensed technician.
Sr. Director of Contracts
Deanna Hackney began her aviation career more than 25 years ago in 1994 with Evergreen Maintenance Center, Inc. She advanced her aviation experience by working in multiple departments including Planning, Human Resources, Finance, and Project Management before moving into her current role as Sr. Director of Contracts. Her dedication continued through the years of Marana Aerospace Solutions, and the 2018 merger with Ascent Aviation Services.
Director of Information Technology
Sue Acuna is an information technology and accounting professional with more than 20 years of management experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, aviation and banking. Sue specializes in ERP system implementation, business process analysis and application support and deployment. Prior to working for Ascent, she worked for Texas Instruments for over 15 years in various roles including Business System Analyst, Business Application Manager, SAP Implementation Associate and Accounting Services Manager.
Director of Planning and Production Control
Teresa Thompson serves as Director of Planning and Production Control. In this role, Teresa is responsible for resource allocation, critical path development and accountability of check flow.Ms. Thompson brings over 20 years of planning and production control experience to the team. Prior to joining Ascent Aviation Services, Ms. Thompson served in numerous managerial roles of increasing responsibility within the MRO space in the Tucson area.
Director of Materials & Purchasing
Laura directs the Ascent Aviation Services Materials and Purchasing group supporting the daily operational needs and driving continued efficiencies between the supply chain, operations, and quality. She brings more than 17 years of combined Supply Chain Procurement, Sales, and Program Management experience in the airline and aviation maintenance-related industries. Prior to joining Ascent Aviation Services, Laura held management positions with aerospace companies such as International Aero Interiors, Inc., VT Volant (ST Aerospace), Zodiac Aerospace (Safran), and most recently ITS.
Sr. Director of Human Resources
Crystal is responsible for management in all aspects of the Human Resources operations. Her experience includes over 11 years in Human Resources and she comes to us with aerospace experience having worked for B/E Aerospace, and Bombardier. Crystal holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management / Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Crystal is a Society for HR Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
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