Aviation Partners and iJet Technologies joined forces in January 2018 to launch a joint venture called APiJET. APiJET combines the industry knowledge, credibility and market access of Aviation Partners, with the power and effectiveness of the iJet Technologies solution to deliver real returns to the airline customer. The company is headquartered in Seattle Washington.
Meet the Team
APiJET Technologies has assembled a strong, diverse team with significant experience in software development, aerospace analytics, flight operations, aerospace systems engineering, cloud architecture and data management.
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer
Tom has over 25 years of experience leading global Fortune 500 companies in areas of strategic incubation, software, services and hardware development, marketing and sales in consumer products, enterprise platform and aviation technologies. He is a former senior executive at Microsoft where he was a corporate Vice President with responsibility for businesses as diverse as WindowsEmbedded, XboxLive and PC Accessories. Tom is on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Flight and is an avid private pilot.
VP of Sales and Business Development
TJ has accumulated over 20 years of commercial aviation experience in areas ranging from airline flight operations and maintenance experience to Connected Aircraft and Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). Most recently, he lead Gogo’s Connected Aircraft Services team, set product strategy and supported connecting over 65,000 pilots and flight attendants with broadband inflight connectivity. He holds a number of FAA licenses including Commercial Pilot, Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance Technician, Turbojet Flight Engineer and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering from North Dakota State University. He also enjoys the outdoors, spending time at the lake with his family and flying.
Senior Director of Data and Aircraft Health Monitoring (AHM)
Asha is a systems engineer with over 20 years of experience in the avionics industry. She has held key roles in design, development, verification and certification phases for several commercial flight safety products. At APiJET, she specializes in aircraft data acquisition, normalization and analysis. In addition, she is a lead member of the systems integration and aircraft testing team. Asha graduated from The City University, London with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Control, Instrumentation and Systems Engineering. Asha is a dedicated band mom and avid Seattle Sounders fan. When she’s not practicing yoga and trying for the perfect handstand, she is likely wining and dining with friends and family.
Senior Director of Aviation and Technology Development
Paul has over two decades of experience in Air Traffic Management, flight-test, and software creation developing systems in NASA and commercial aerospace. Paul’s expertise in remote satellite telemedicine earned a NASA Administrator’s Award. His airborne communications and weather system research merited two NASA TGIR awards. He developed an airborne Linux distribution and application platform for commercial airplanes. Successes include software deployment to a major US airline providing conflict-free, time and efficient route deviation during field trials, culminating in a commercial product. Paul holds a Master’s in Computer Science and enjoys hiking, woodworking, and assisting in a light sport all-electric airplane design.
Senior Director of Software Engineering
An experienced aerospace software engineer specializing in development and qualification of critical airborne systems, Eddy holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Prior to APiJET, Eddy worked on projects for NASA/JPL, Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and GE Aviation. Eddy is also a lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University, teaching hands-on laboratory classes to junior students. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, skiing, playing tennis and ping-pong.
Director of Operations and Quality Assurance
Nick provides APiJET with a decade of experience in production infrastructure design and automation. Over that time he has built secure, reliable, and performant solutions for companies large and small. Nick comes to APiJET from northern Ohio, living most recently in Cleveland where he oversaw the team responsible for technology services at a Payment Card Industry start-up, providing PCI-DSS compliant solutions for hundreds of millions of transactions per day originating everywhere from Singapore to South Africa to Seattle. In his off-time he enjoys running, is an adventurous eater, and loves to head out into the woods with a field guide in one hand and his camera in the other.
Director of HR, Finance and Business Operations
Colleen Richey’s entrepreneurial style and 25+ years in HR, Financial Management, Business Operations, and Recruiting has equipped her to build and move APiJET forward. Co-owning a business for 18 years taught her to build and manage a business. As the Executive Director of a non-profit with over 500 volunteers she created teams that drove value by assessing employee and volunteer capabilities. Colleen has been here since the beginning; overseeing plans, creating culture, moving business operations forward, running the day to day financial operations, benefits and HR management. Her goal is to create a place people love to work. A Washington native and University of Washington alum, Colleen enjoys boating, skiing, and Seattle sports.
Senior Software Engineer
Ryan brings a lifelong passion for technology and a broad array of development experience to APiJET. Growing up in Washington, he spent most of his childhood tinkering with computers and learning to write code. He worked in desktop support and system/network administration for many years, and was responsible for keeping everything running in around 50 offices in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Then he moved to Kansas City and started work as a software engineer, where he designed an enterprise cloud point-of-sale system and led a team of developers to integrate with a variety of peripherals, payment devices, and software services. Back in the northwest now, he’s looking forward to going out in the woods with his wife, his dog, and maybe even his cat.
System Operations Engineer
Scott is an experienced systems administrator with experience in monitoring and automation. Originally from Michigan, he has also lived in Arizona, Texas and now Washington. Most recently he was a Systems Engineer with Amazon Web Services working on the Elastic Load Balancing team
Senior Software Architect
Dick Weldon is responsible for managing the agile development process and the functional architecture and analysis for customer facing applications. Dick brings 30 years of experience in the software industry with 20 of them in Aerospace. Dick’s background includes functional architecture, project management, and process management for Boeing and AT&T wireless as well as application and database development for startups and small companies. In his spare time Dick directs a volunteer choir, creates choir arrangements and tutors grade school students in music. He has also taught classes in software analysis and architecture.
Senior Software Engineer
Zach works as a software engineer on a number of APiJET’s products including the platform and web applications. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for several years before discovering the joys of software development. He’s worked on web software development since working on streaming audio at RealNetworks in the mid-90s.
Automation Test Engineer
Megha is an experienced Software Test Engineer with over 10 years of experience in testing. She is expert in building UI automation framework using selenium and testing web applications. She has sharp eye for detail and a real passion for delivering a quality product which sets a high bar for those that work around her. Originally from India, she moved to Seattle, Washington 15 years ago. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and playing badminton.
Automation Test Engineer
Brian has been flipping bits for over 20 years and jumped at the chance to be a team member at APiJET. He has worked at large companies, like GE, Philips, and Expedia but really enjoys working at small companies that allow one to wear many hats and learn new things. Brian graduated from University of Maryland and soon after moved West to avoid the humid hot summers. Outside of work Brian enjoys mountain biking, building bike trails, hiking to alpine lakes and most of all skiing with his family.
Senior Software Engineer
Kelly loves developing software for different business domains using a variety of technologies. Her favorite thing about software development is learning new skills as the industry evolves. She holds a Master of Computer Science degree from University of Louisiana. Before joining APiJET, Kelly has worked on virtual casino games, and home pro network software. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys quality time with family and friends, cooking, hiking, and traveling around the world.
Sr. Software Engineer
Tony specializes in web development. Our front-end, customer facing applications are his priority. As a firm believer in test driven development he is able to sleep through night, allowing him to focus on what’s next. Tony has spent the last 10 years in the startup space, having hit the big 3 – Austin, San Francisco and Seattle – He aspires to live in Berlin.
Junior Systems Engineer
BJ is a graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. While still in school before joining APiJET, he worked on several NASA funded aircraft icing research projects and as an aerodynamics design engineer within his university’s formula motorsports program. BJ is passionate about all things related to flight but is also into race cars, video games and machining.
Junior Systems Engineer
Charlie studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Miami, which sparked his fascination with fluid mechanics and flight. This led him to pursue a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, where he enjoyed teaching undergraduates and researching experimental techniques for analyzing turbulence. Charlie likes to spend his free time golfing, hiking, and spending time with his dog.
Automation Test Engineer
Daniel is a Automation Test Engineer from Southern California. A graduate of UC Irvine, he worked at Surfline for two years before deciding that the surf life wasn’t for him. In search of places to escape the California drought he found Washington to be the perfect blend of tech, nature, and geek culture. Expect to find him at Mox Boarding House with a beer and some Magic: The Gathering cards on weekends.
System Operations Engineer
Mike brings over two decades of experience working in information technology. Spending the last decade focusing on production operations support, system administration, and systems engineering roles. He brings with him a strong focus on automation, continuous integration and delivery, system health and performance, and continual infrastructure improvement. Originally from Colorado he moved to Seattle in 2000, moved back to Colorado in 2014, and came back to Seattle in 2018 for the opportunity to join APiJet. Outside of work Mike enjoys time with his family, photography, and archery.
Board of Directors
Joe Clark founded Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) with Montana Partner, Dennis Washington in 1991 to develop advanced Winglet technology for business and commercial aircraft. In 1999 Joe formed a joint venture with The Boeing Company, Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), to offer Blended Winglets for Boeing commercial airliners. Aviation Partners is the world leader in advanced Winglet technology. To date, more than 8,000 business and commercial aircraft flying with Blended Winglet technology have saved an estimated 8.3 billion gallons of fuel and corresponding emissions. Clark was inducted into Living Legends of Aviation in 2008 and named Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. Joe was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association in 2008 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) in 2015. Joe is an active pilot and flies many types of aircraft including jets and helicopters. He holds an Airline Transport rating. Joe is on the following Boards: The Museum of Flight – Seattle, Horatio Alger Association, National Air & Space Museum
Jan Petter Roed
Jan Petter (J.P.) Roed is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and has deep experience within the commercial and financial operations of the shipping industry. He has owned and operated a mixed fleet of oil and chemical tankers, passenger ferries, container ships, and bulk carriers. He attended the Norwegian Institute of Technology, attaining a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Amongst his other achievements, his commendations include the Order of the North Star, Sweden, and the Order of the Falcon, Iceland. Other interests have ranged from geothermal power plants and windmills in the US and globally, to environmental and safety management in the oil and petrochemical industries. He served as a member of the advisory committee of SeaMobile, Inc.
Kyle moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994 after graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration, where he then started working in the Canadian Marine Industry. Kyle is the Executive Chairman of Seaspan ULC, Canada’s largest marine company (www.seaspan.com). He is also the co-founder of Seaspan Corporation, the worldwide leader in independent containership management and ownership listed on the New York Stock Exchange: SSW (www.seaspancorp.com). Kyle sits on the board of the Washington Corporation companies which is a conglomerate of Aviation, Rail, Real Estate, Environmental Remediation, Heavy Equipment Sales and Mining. Kyle is a dual citizen of both Canada and the US. He married his longtime girlfriend Janelle in 2005 and they have raised three children in Vancouver. Kyle has always been involved in community philanthropy and many charities and was an ambassador to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. With his and Janelle’s love for the city they started Washington Kids Foundation, a Canadian registered charity, in 2015. Washington Kids Foundation assists thousands of youth by emphasizing on sports and mentorship in purpose built facilities.
Tom has over 25 years of experience leading global Fortune 500 companies in areas of strategic incubation, software, service and hardware development, marketing and sales in consumer products, enterprise platform and aviation technologies. He is a former senior executive at Microsoft where he was a corporate Vice President with responsibility for XboxLive. Tom is on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Flight and is an avid private pilot.
Hemjo Klein brings many years of senior executive experience in the transportation and service industry. He served as Chief Executive Officer, Lufthansa Airlines Passenger Division and Member of the Chief Executive Board Lufthansa Group; Member of the Chief Executive Board at Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway organization. Mr. Klein has a long track record as Chairman or Member of International Boards of Directors; i.e. Chairman Supervisory Board Sixt AG; Chairman Board of Directors Amadeus SA; Chairman and CEO EDAG Engineering AG; President German National Tourist Board; Board of Directors Thomas Cook Group Plc.; Board of Directors Convergence CT. Inc.; and Member Supervisory Board DVB Bank. Since 2001, he has held the position of CEO at Live Holding AG, an investment and strategy consulting firm and since 2008 as CEO of TELEFUNKEN SE. Amongst his other achievements his commendations include the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany; Order of Merit Commendatore of the Italian Republic and the Grand Order of Merit Tirol, Austria.
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