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
Rob is a senior executive, entrepreneur, board member, and strategic advisor with a proven track record of growing early-stage companies to successful exit and acquisition. He has demonstrated success leading a complex set of startup activities, including setting corporate vision, raising funds, executing growth strategy, recruiting key executives, and successfully monetizing new technologies on a global scale. Rob has experience that spans both Fortune 500, and early-stage startups focused on products related to B2B, Digital Media, Mobile, Telecommunications, Smart Home, Cloud/SaaS, and Content Distribution Networks. Rob holds 8 patents and is often called upon for his expertise in technology, content, and commercial matters. Rob’s education includes a BA in Economics from Indiana University.
Finance and General Manager
Tarn has over 30 years of experience in accounting, investment banking, trading and team building. He is a former senior executive of Arena Sports, Lil’ Kickers and Dash where he was responsible for developing new properties and building out teams and new businesses at Magnuson Park and Issaquah. Tarn is an avid sports fan, most recently consulting for the Seattle Kraken launch.
VP of Product
Paul Mallasch is VP of Product at APiJET. He has over three decades of experience in advanced air traffic management, flight-test, and airplane and laboratory integration experience developing systems at NASA and for multiple commercial customers. Paul is highly versed in the field of satellite communications where his Ka-band application research earned him the NASA Administrator’s Award for Excellence. In aerospace, his efforts contributing to future airborne communications and weather system research resulted in two NASA Turning Goals into Reality (TGIR) awards from Office of Aerospace Technology. His successes also include deployment of a web-based solution to a major US airline providing conflict-free, time and efficient route deviation, culminating in commercial product development approval. He holds a United States Patent for a unique data management system to process asynchronous streams of telemetry data from disparate aircraft systems.
VP of Engineering
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.
VP of Human Resources 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.