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.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Head of System Engineering, Aircraft Data & Analytics
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.
Head of Aviation Technology & System Integration Lab
Paul Mallasch is Senior Director of Aviation and Technology Development 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.
Head of Software Development & Airborne Architecture
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.
Head of QA, DevOps, Support & Ground Architecture
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.
Senior 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.
Principal Software Engineer
Kathryn brings a lifelong passion for technology and a broad array of development experience to APiJET. Growing up in Washington, she spent most of her childhood tinkering with computers and learning to write code. She 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 she moved to Kansas City and started work as a software engineer, where she 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, she’s looking forward to going out in the woods with her wife, her dog, and maybe even her cat.
Principal 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.
Senior 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.
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.
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.
Automation Test Engineer
Natalia focuses on quality assurance. She grew up in Russia, eventually moved to the US and lived in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and now Seattle. She has worked at both small startups and big companies like Mercedes-Benz and Volvo and is excited to bring her diverse experience and get her feet wet in the aviation industry. In her free time Natalia enjoys hiking, biking, baking and travelling around the world..
Senior Database Architect
Sergey has wide experience in design, development and administration of transactional and Business Intelligence databases. He holds a Master Degree in Computer Science. Took part in many IT projects in different industries like Human Resource, Healthcare and Wellness, Automotive, Insurance, Telecommunication and hopes to get new experience in Aviation. Also, he had been working for more than two years from his basement in Issaquah and really excited to start new job in downtown where he can see more people. Enjoys fishing for salmon and steelhead in different rivers of Washington.
Brian earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Electical Engineering from the University of Washington. There he was affiliated with a lab researching hybridization of modern vehicles for improved emissions and energy consumption. After graduation, he joined Tesla’s Autopilot team where he primarily focused on pose estimation and lane assignment. He and his wife are happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest where in their free time they take their corgi for long walks, drink lots of coffee, and try to get out and explore the surrounding nature.
Product Support Team Lead – Engineering
AJ is an experienced business and technical professional with over 15 years of experience in managing resources, planning, engineering and supporting all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle. AJ received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences from Barry University in Miami, FL. AJ holds two graduate degrees; a Master of Science in Information Systems from Pace University in New York, NY and a Master of Art in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. He spends most of his time with his wife Katie and his three dogs. AJ firmly believes that you are never too old to learn new tricks, so he has recently taken up skateboarding and longboarding.
Software Product and Program Manager (Aviation Applications)
Psalm is a product manager who has spent a decade driving simple and valuable user experiences. Before joining APiJET, his customers have included online investors, airline passengers and flight attendants. Psalm is curious, deeply customer-focused and passionate about building excellent tech products. Psalm grew up in Arizona, watching A-10s soaring in the desert sky as a boy. He studied Communication at Northern Arizona University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He and his wife made a home in the Pacific Northwest in 2004, where they live today with their children. Psalm’s interests are eclectic, but he loves great coffee, live music and running outdoors.
General Manager of Software Product and Program Manager
Ric brings over 30 years of experience leading complex enterprise software and new product development projects including the Disney MagicBand and Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay. While at Microsoft, Ric created, and patented, a body of work known as business architecture that led to a TEDx talk, articles in the Harvard Business Review and the award-winning book Rethink. Ric enjoys rowing on the port side of the boat and catching Dungeness crab by hand.
Software Product and Program Manager (Aviation Applications)
John brings more than two decades of experience to APiJET building enterprise SaaS and mobile device platforms. He has extensive experience in geolocation technologies developing full-stack automotive integrations, real-time location sharing, and holds two patents in the map service that ushered in turn-by-turn navigation on smartphones that is used today by millions around the world. John is an instrumented rated private pilot, and when not buzzing the mountains of the PNW, enjoys world travel, building electronics, casting hot glass, woodworking, snowboarding and has a strong passion for cooking and zymurgy.
Senior Software Developer
Sergey Bezruchkin got his master’s degree in Physics and Engineering from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Sergey worked in Central Aerodynamics Institute (Moscow) designing and developing Flight Simulator for combat airplanes. He developed Flight Simulator Game Flanker SU 27 (got prize on E3 best modern air combat simulator) Microsoft invite in Flight Simulator Team. He worked as software developer for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, X; Combat Flight Simulator 1, 2, 3. More recently, he has developed voice-over-IP for iPhone and Android (optimization codec H264 H263, graphics). He also worked on custom software for the corporate private and VIP aircraft for Astronics Custom Control Concepts. His hobbies include building and programming Multicopter (flight controller), and hiking.
Technical Business Analyst and Customer Support Technician
Christy is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and moved to Seattle in 2005 because she preferred gray skies to blue. She has over five years of experience as a business analyst developing and supporting access control and physical security systems, two years as a product manager for a healthcare information technology company, and over a decade of experience as a technical writer. In her spare time she writes speculative fiction, narrates and produces audiobooks, and shares a home with her husband and two cats.
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
Stephen Elop has a robust professional background with more than 20 years of experience spanning enterprise software, services and smart devices. Most recently, Stephen has been serving as a senior advisor to private equity firm TPG. Prior to that, he served as Group Executive of Technology, Innovation and Strategy at Telstra. Stephen Elop was the Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group, which he joined from Nokia following Microsoft’s acquisition of the company’s devices and services business. From 2010 to 2013, Stephen served as President and CEO of Nokia, leading the company through a major partnership with Microsoft to develop smartphones and other devices. Prior to that, he was the President of Microsoft’s Business Division, leading Microsoft’s Office franchise. Throughout his career,Stephen has also held executive roles at Juniper Networks, Adobe Systems, and Macromedia.
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.