Executive Team

Chris Curtis – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Chris was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Wencor Group in August 2016. Chris is a seasoned global executive, having spent two decades at Schneider Electric in a variety of leadership roles including President and CEO of North America and Executive Vice President of the Buildings Business division. During his time with Schneider, Chris successfully oversaw a number of critical divisions, achieving significant growth across market segments and geographies. Chris earned a dual BA in History and Economics from Le Moyne College, completed the Executive Development program at Harvard University and also attended Peking University.

 

Shawn Trogdon – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Shawn Trogdon is responsible for all finance, accounting, treasury and information technology functions. Shawn joined The Wencor Group in October 2014 as the Global Controller. Previously, he was the Global Controller at Wesco Aircraft Holdings, a public aircraft parts distributor with over $1.4 billion of annual sales. Prior to that, he held financial positions at Landmark Aviation and Grant Thornton. Shawn has led companies through initial public offerings (“IPO”), acquisitions, new product development, business restructurings and has managed companies through relationships with private equity investors, public investors, analysts, banks and external auditors. Shawn earned his BS in Accounting and Masters of Accounting from North Carolina State University.

 

Jason Caldwell – President of Wencor Distribution

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Jason currently oversees all aspects of Wencor Distribution worldwide. Jason began his career with Wencor in 1996 in sales and marketing and has since held several executive leadership positions including Vice President of Sales, President of Dixie Aerospace and Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Wencor Group. He most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) for Wencor Group where he led all strategic M&A initiatives for the company. Jason received both a BS in International Relations and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

 

Keith Coleman – President of Wencor PMA

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Keith leads all PMA initiatives across Wencor Group including Engineering, Quality, Product Development and Technical Purchasing. Keith joined Wencor Group in 2005 as Director of Sales, then became President of Dixie Aerospace. Keith also worked at Delta Airlines for 11 years in various functional areas including engineering, supply chain and aircraft maintenance. Keith received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida.

 

Eric Vernon – General Counsel

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Eric has managed the legal, regulatory and compliance efforts for Wencor Group since 2001. Eric is also a member of the corporate development team responsible for business strategy, corporate development, global expansion and M&A activity. Eric holds a JD degree from Brigham Young Law School and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

 

Warren Simmons – EVP of Operations

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Warren is currently Executive Vice President of Operations of Wencor and is focused on achieving Operational Excellence. Prior to joining Wencor in December 2016, Warren was VP of Global Supply Chain for A123 Systems, a private equity backed battery technology firm. He has also worked with Generac Power Systems, Nortek, Schneider Electric and Johnson Controls. Warren has a BS from Alabama and a MBA from MIT.

 

Chris Willingham – EVP Safety, Quality & Continuous Improvement

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Chris joined Wencor Group in 2011 and is currently the EVP of Aviation Safety and Compliance. Chris is responsible for the Continual Operational Safety and Safety Management System for Wencor Group worldwide and also leads problem solving and continuous improvement initiatives for the company. He has earned several FAA and industry certifications including AlliedSignal / Honeywell Company FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) Mechanical Systems 1998, Repairman Certification, Chief Inspector, Six Sigma Black Belt, Design for Six Sigma, Consultant FAA DER Mechanical Systems, Propulsion and Engines 2005 and FAA Repair Specification DER Certified 2010. Chris holds an MS in Engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

 

Courtney Damon – EVP of Human Resources

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Courtney Damon joined the Wencor Group as Executive Vice President of Human Resources in January 2017. She has 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Learning Solutions, and Program Management, and has held several Human Resources leadership positions for national, regional, and global businesses within Schneider Electric. Courtney holds a BS in Business Administration from Miami University and an EMBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

 

Brad Strella – VP of North America Sales

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Brad is Vice President of North America Sales for the Wencor Group. He is responsible for all sales activities excluding OEM in this region. Brad has been in the aerospace industry for over 30 years, having worked for both Distribution and Manufacturers. Brad’s most recent positions were at Wesco and KLX as Director of Sales for the Americas. Brad lives in Orlando FL and has a BA in Marketing from the University of South FL.

 

Jon Jeffords – Vice President of OEM Sales

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Jon is Vice President of Sales for the OEM market segment for the Wencor Group and is responsible for leading sales activities with our OEM customer base. Jon has over 20 plus years’ experience in aerospace distribution and manufacturing, and has held various sales leadership positions within the Wencor organization. Jon also previously worked in sales for Timken Aerospace. Jon earned his BA in Political Science from The Citadel.

 

Steve Shaffer – Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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Steve started his career as an airline pilot and eventually transitioned into varying IT leadership roles. He has worked at some of the most iconic airports, airlines and aerospace companies in the world including JetBlue Airways, Beechcraft, AOPA, and most recently as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport where he led the technology aspects for the third busiest airport in the world. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace and Technology from Kent State University, and is a Certified Flight Instructor and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

 
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