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Senior Corporate Accountant
Juni Allen
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Allen is a Senior Corporate Accountant at AE Industrial and is responsible for corporate financial, accounting and billing matters. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Ms. Allen was a Corporate Accountant at Sun Capital Partners. Prior to Sun Capital Partners, Ms. Allen was Assistant Controller at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton, FL.

Education
  • University of Florida, BS
Prior Experience
  • Sun Capital Partners
  • Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center
Senior Fund Accountant
Matthew Angelo
Team | Infrastructure

Mr. Angelo is a Senior Fund Accountant at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on managing the accounting duties for AE Industrial’s investment funds. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Angelo was a Fund Accountant at Sun Capital Partners. Mr. Angelo is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Education
  • Florida State University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Sun Capital Partners
Senior Fund Accountant
George Apostol
Team | Infrastructure

Mr. Apostol is a Senior Fund Accountant at AE Industrial and is responsible for financial and operational matters for AE Industrial’s investment funds. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Mr. Apostol’s work experience includes Vision Group Holdings, Tyco International and Sun Capital Partners.

Education
  • St. John’s University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Vision Group Holdings
  • Tyco International
  • Sun Capital Partners
Senior Managing Director, Head of AEI Structured Solutions
Marc Baliotti
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Baliotti is a Senior Managing Director at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on managing the firm’s Structured Solutions strategy. Mr. Baliotti currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Seanair and Fire Team Solutions. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2018, Mr. Baliotti spent over 13 years at GSO Capital Partners where he was a Managing Director in the Performing Credit Group. While at GSO, Mr. Baliotti led the investment team that partnered with AE Industrial to form Global Jet Capital. Mr. Baliotti was also involved in GSO’s debt financing of AE Industrial’s acquisition of Belcan. Mr. Baliotti has served on the Board of Directors of 14 companies, including the Global Jet Capital investment committee. Previously, Mr. Baliotti was with Morgan Stanley, DLJ Merchant Banking and AIG Highstar Capital.

Education
  • Villanova University, MBA
  • U.S. Naval Academy, BS
Prior Experience
  • GSO
  • Morgan Stanley
  • DLJ Merchant Banking
  • AIG Highstar Capital
Principal
Trey Bivins
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Bivins is a Principal at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on originating, executing and monitoring AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: American Pacific Corporation, Resolute Industrial and Triman Industries. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2015, Mr. Bivins was an Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Leveraged Finance Group, where he executed transactions primarily in the industrial sector. Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Bivins was a Financial Analyst and Contracts Negotiator at Lockheed Martin.

Education
  • New York University Stern School of Business, MBA
  • University of Central Florida, BS
Prior Experience
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Lockheed Martin
Operating Partner
Bill Boisture
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. Boisture is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial and is primarily responsible for working with AE Industrial portfolio companies as a Chairman / board member, helping to build investment platforms, provide senior management support, and drive strategic growth initiatives. Mr. Boisture is also active in evaluating senior management talent, assessing investment opportunities and providing market intelligence in AE Industrial’s target markets. With over 35 years of relevant industry experience, Mr. Boisture has held senior leadership positions at multiple aerospace companies, including: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (President & COO); NetJets Inc. (President); and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (Chairman & CEO). Mr. Boisture brings a wealth of operating management and transaction experience to AE Industrial and currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Alpine Air, Applied Composites, Columbia Helicopters and Solairus Aviation. He has completed a number of strategic sales (Butler Aviation, BA Corporate Jets, Gulfstream), as well as the restructuring and sale of Beechcraft Corporation to Textron. Mr. Boisture has significant experience working with private equity-backed companies.

Education
  • University of New Haven, MBA
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, BS
  • USAF Fighter Weapons School
  • U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School – “Top Gun” School
Prior Experience
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • NetJets
  • Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
Fund Accounting Manager
Elisabel Borroto
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Borroto is a Fund Accounting Manager at AE Industrial and is responsible for managing financial and operational matters for the firm and AE Industrial’s investment funds. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Ms. Borroto was a Fund Controller Administrator at GP Fund Solutions. Prior to GP Fund Solutions, Ms. Borroto was an auditor with KPMG.

Education
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, MS
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, BS
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (currently inactive)
Prior Experience
  • GP Fund Solutions
  • KPMG
Operating Partner
Pam Braden
Team | Operating Partners

Ms. Braden is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 35 years of experience in the defense, technology and government services industries. Ms. Braden currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Ambit, Belcan, BigBear.ai, Firefly Aerospace and Pangiam. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2022, Ms. Braden was the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Gryphon Technologies, a former AE Industrial portfolio company, which was sold to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. Under Ms. Braden’s leadership, Gryphon transitioned from a privately owned small business into a 1,500+ employee and $300 million annual revenue leader that provides digital engineering, cyber, cloud migration, and predictive analytics solutions to national security organizations. Prior to Gryphon, Ms. Braden served as an executive at various government sector startups that ultimately grew into large businesses.

Education
  • University of Akron, BS
Prior Experience
  • Gryphon Technologies
Administrative Assistant
Kerri Burke
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Burke is the Administrative Assistant at AE Industrial and assists the firm’s leadership with coordination of meetings, travel and events. Ms. Burke also provides technical and logistical support on special projects and works closely with AE Industrial’s investment team, providing administrative assistance. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2014, Ms. Burke worked in the Private Client division of Alliance Bernstein where she provided administrative support for several teams of financial advisors.

Prior Experience
  • Alliance Bernstein
Operating Partner
Peter Cannito
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. Cannito is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 20 years of experience in the defense, government services and technology industries, and serves as the CEO of Redwire, an AE Industrial portfolio company. Prior to joining AE Industrial, Mr. Cannito served as the CEO of Polaris Alpha, a high-tech solutions provider developing systems for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, with specialized experience in Space, Cyber and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. He also held successive executive roles at EOIR Technologies and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to this, Mr. Cannito started a company which focused on enterprise mobile computing. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: American Pacific Corporation, BigBear.ai, Edge Autonomy and Redwire. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Gryphon Technologies, prior to its sale to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. Mr. Cannito proudly served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Education
  • University of Maryland, MBA
  • University of Delaware, BS
Prior Experience
  • Polaris Alpha
  • EOIR Technologies
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • United States Marine Corps
Associate
Taylor Casey
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Casey is an Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Mr. Casey was an Analyst at Robert W. Baird in the Technology & Services Group, where he focused on M&A for clients across the Government and Defense sectors. Prior to Baird, Mr. Casey was an Analyst at Stifel, where he focused on M&A and capital raising for clients in the Transportation & Logistics sector.

Education
  • Brown University, BA
Prior Experience
  • Robert W. Baird
  • Stifel
Operating Partner
Thomas Churbuck
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. Churbuck is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial primarily focused on the sourcing and strategic positioning of portfolio investments. Since joining AE Industrial in 2007, Mr. Churbuck has been actively involved with a number of companies specializing in both aerospace and power generation, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: BHI Energy, G.S. Precision and Kellstrom Aerospace. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Gryphon Technologies, prior to its sale to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. Mr. Churbuck has also served on the boards of Advanced Mobile Power Systems, Power Systems Manufacturing (PSM) and Sequa. Prior to joining AE Industrial, Mr. Churbuck was a Co-Founder of PSM where he served as President & CEO. PSM developed and sold low-emissions combustion systems for industrial gas power plants – growing from a start-up to a 120-person, engineering-focused power business that was sold to Calpine in 2000, and Alstom SA in 2007.

Education
  • John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center
  • Defense Systems Management College
Prior Experience
  • Power Systems Manufacturing (PSM)
  • U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets)
Partner
Charlie Compton
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Compton is a Partner at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on originating, executing and monitoring AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Mr. Compton currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: AIM MRO, BHI Energy, G.S. Precision, Kellstrom Aerospace, Moeller Aerospace, Solairus Aviation and Triman Industries, and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2014, Mr. Compton was an Associate with Vestar Capital Partners where he was responsible for executing new investments, as well as portfolio company M&A and financing activities. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Compton was a member of Wells Fargo Securities’ Financial Institutions Group, where he completed numerous advisory and capital markets transactions totaling over $25 billion.

Education
  • University of Georgia, BBA
Prior Experience
  • Vestar Capital Partners
  • Wells Fargo Securities
Associate
Jameson Culp
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Culp is an Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Culp was an Analyst at Credit Suisse in the Global Industrials Group, where he focused on M&A and capital raising for clients across a wide range of industries.

Education
  • Wake Forest, BS
Prior Experience
  • Credit Suisse
Operating Partner
Les Daniels
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. Daniels is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial and currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: HealthWay, Moeller Aerospace and Redwire, as well as GAMCO Investors, Inc. (GBL) and CSAT Solutions. Mr. Daniels also serves on The Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN) as a presidential appointee. He is a former chairman and former member of Florida’s State Board of Administration, Investment Advisory Council (IAC), and serves as a Commissioner of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Mr. Daniels was a founding partner of CAI Managers & Co., L.P., a private equity firm located in New York City from 1989 to 2014. Prior to CAI Managers, he was President of Burdge, Daniels & Co., Inc., a company engaged as a principal in venture capital and buyout investments and trading of private placement securities. Mr. Daniels also served as Senior Vice President of Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co., where he was responsible for its corporate fixed-income sales and trading departments. Mr. Daniels is a former Director of AeroSat Corporation; Aster-Cephac SA,; Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.; Douglas Machine & Tool Co., Inc.; IVAX Corporation; MIM Corporation; MIST Inc.; Mylan Laboratories Inc.; NBS Technologies Inc.; and Safeguard Health Enterprises, Inc. He served as Chairman of TurboCombustor Technology Inc. and Zenith Laboratories, Inc.

Education
  • Fordham University
Prior Experience
  • CAI Managers & Co., L.P.
  • Burdge, Daniels & Co., Inc.
  • Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co.
Chief Technical Officer
Erik Deutsch
Team | Investment Team, Aerospace Opportunities

Mr. Deutsch is Chief Technical Officer for the AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities Fund and brings over 25 years of technical aviation experience. Mr. Deutsch oversees all technical management of aircraft assets, acquisition analysis, technical deal strategy, lease portfolio management, and the lease delivery and redelivery processes for the AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Deutsch spent seven years at Aero Capital Solutions as Chief Technical Officer and was responsible for three essential departments of an aircraft lessor including portfolio management, technical operations and technical records. Prior to Aero Capital Solutions, Mr. Deutsch served as Manager of Technical Operations at Bank of China Aviation where he managed all technical operations of a customer subset fleet. Before Bank of China, he was VP of Technical Management at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise where he functioned as the head of powerplant. Previous roles also included time as Director of Engine Management at AAR Corp. (NYSE:AIR) where he managed AAR’s Part 145 repair station.

Education
  • Lewis University, FAA Airframe and Powerplant License
Prior Experience
  • Aero Capital Solutions
  • Bank of China Aviation
  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise
  • AAR Corp.
Managing Director, Head of AEI Aerospace Opportunities
Nathan Dickstein
Team | Investment Team, Aerospace Opportunities

Mr. Dickstein is a Managing Director at AE Industrial focusing on the origination and management of aircraft leases, engine leasing pools and related aerospace investments for the AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities Fund. Mr. Dickstein brings more than 12 years of industry experience investing in aircraft and engine leasing at investment funds, banks and leasing companies. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Mr. Dickstein worked in Marathon Asset Management’s Structured Credit team where he was responsible for the origination and management of aircraft and aviation related investments. Prior to Marathon, Mr. Dickstein was employed by Alterna Capital Partners where he was responsible for sourcing, executing and realizing aircraft investments. Mr. Dickstein’s previous industry work experience includes Deucalion Aviation Funds, the equity investment arm of DVB Bank, where he was responsible for transaction analysis and deal structuring, and AWAS Aviation Capital, a top 10 aircraft lessor, where he was part of the Risk Management team.

Education
  • University of Virginia, BS
Prior Experience
  • Marathon Asset Management
  • Alterna Capital Partners
  • Deucalion Aviation Funds
  • AWAS Aviation Capital
Senior Associate
Austen Dixon
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Dixon is a Senior Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Mr. Dixon was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey in the Business Services Group, where he focused on M&A for clients across a wide range of industries.

Education
  • Georgetown University, BSBA
Prior Experience
  • Houlihan Lokey
Chief Compliance Officer
Leanne Erickson
Team | Infrastructure

Mrs. Erickson is AE Industrial’s Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Human Resources. She is responsible for managing and reviewing the firm’s compliance activities and overseeing human resources and organizational development initiatives. She has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Mrs. Erickson was Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Eaton Partners where she contributed significantly to implementing, reviewing and supervising the firm’s compliance and operational activities. Prior to Eaton, she was an assistant at the law firm of Brody Wilkinson where she coordinated and handled all legal matters that included mergers and acquisitions, corporate employment, and pension plans. In addition to her legal background, Mrs. Erickson previously worked at Walter C. King Associates, providing assistance in financial planning and corporate tax returns.

Education
  • New Hampshire College, BS
Prior Experience
  • Eaton Partners
  • Brody Wilkinson
  • Walter C. King Associates
Director of ESG and Human Capital
Jennifer Essigs
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Essigs is a Director of ESG and Human Capital at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on developing AE Industrial’s ESG strategy and assessing portfolio investments for ESG risks and opportunities. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Ms. Essigs owned and managed a multi-family office specialized in financial reporting, accounts payable, estate planning and asset management. Ms. Essigs started her career at SEM Architects in Denver, Colorado as an internal controller, finishing her time there as CFO.

 

Education
  • Arizona State University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Owned and managed a multi-family office
  • SEM Architects
Vice President
Dan Fermon
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. Fermon is a Vice President at AE Industrial and is part of the firm’s Portfolio Strategy and Optimization Group focused on operational performance improvement across AE Industrial’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Fermon worked at General Electric for over 25 years in the Aviation, Transportation and Industrial Systems businesses. Most recently, Mr. Fermon grew the GE Aviation global component repair business to over $3 billion in revenue (approximately doubling revenue and earnings in three years). He also held roles founding the Accelerated Leadership Program (XLP) to develop aspiring executive talent, leading the International Programs team responsible for revenue and risk sharing programs, as well as numerous roles in program management and shop operations including plant leadership for sites of over 1,000 team members.

Education
  • SUNY at Buffalo, BS
Prior Experience
  • General Electric
Director of Information Technology
Will Fernandez
Team | Infrastructure

Mr. Fernandez is the Director of Information Technology at AE Industrial and oversees all facets of the firm’s Information Technology, including the architecture and enhancement of Cyber Security, IT support to staff, and the secure operation of IT networks, systems and cloud. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Mr. Fernandez was a consultant for multiple Managed Service Providers.

Education
  • Florida Technical College, BS
Prior Experience
  • Consultant for multiple Managed Service Providers
Vice President
Katie Folmar
Team | Investor Relations

Ms. Folmar is a Vice President of Investor Relations at AE Industrial. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Ms. Folmar worked at Comvest Partners where she was responsible for fundraising and investor relations activities for the firm’s private equity and private credit strategies. Prior to Comvest, Ms. Folmar spent 7 years at GenSpring Family Offices, an affiliate of SunTrust Bank, where she focused on structuring and monitoring client portfolios and conducting research and quantitative analysis for presentations and client specific investment projects. Ms. Folmar is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Education
  • University of Florida, BS
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Prior Experience
  • Comvest Partners
  • GenSpring Family Offices
Operating Partner, Chairman of AEI HorizonX
Paul Fulchino
Team | Operating Partners, HorizonX

Mr. Fulchino is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial and Chairman of AEI HorizonX. Mr. Fulchino’s business experience spans over 45 years as a chief executive, board member and strategic advisor to senior management. In these capacities, Mr. Fulchino assumed leadership positions in both the aerospace and professional services industries. In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Fulchino serves on several public and private boards and continues to assist non-profit organizations. Mr. Fulchino has served as an Operating Partner with AE Industrial Partners since 2015, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: BigBear.ai, Kellstrom Aerospace and Triman Industries. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Gryphon Technologies, prior to its sale to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. In these roles, Mr. Fulchino assists in the acquisition, development, and value creation of several portfolio companies. From 2010 to 2014, in addition to serving on several public and private boards, Mr. Fulchino was engaged as a Senior Advisor to the CEOs of The Boeing Company’s Commercial Airplane and Defense businesses where he focused on the company’s strategic services growth. From 2000 and continuing post the 2006 acquisition by The Boeing Company until 2010, Mr. Fulchino served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviall, Inc., the world’s largest technology-based service provider of component parts and related services to the aviation and marine aftermarket. During his tenure, the Company gained significant market penetration and grew at an average rate of 30% per annum. Prior to joining Aviall, Mr. Fulchino served in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of B/E Aerospace, a leading supplier of aircraft cabin interior products and services. In this capacity, he oversaw the company’s tripling of growth and profitability as well as development plans encompassing strategic acquisition implementations, new product introductions, organization and management development and technology enhancements. Prior to B/E Aerospace, Mr. Fulchino served for several years as both President and Vice Chairman of Mercer Management Consulting, a large international management-consulting firm. While in these roles, Mr. Fulchino led the merger integration of several acquired consulting firms and the exponential growth of the firm’s revenues, profits and professional services staff. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fulchino also worked at Raytheon Company as an engineer in the manufacturing, testing, and inspection of missile systems.

Education
  • Columbia University, MBA
  • Boston College, AB
  • United States Military Academy
Prior Experience
  • Aviall
  • B/E Aerospace
  • Mercer Management Consulting
  • Raytheon Company
Operating Partner
Wayne Garrett
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. Garrett is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial and focuses on onboarding and monitoring of new portfolio investments, transaction accounting and special projects. Prior to this role, Mr. Garrett was AE Industrial’s CFO since joining the firm in 2007 where he was responsible for the financial management of the firm, including all aspects of reporting and compliance. Prior to joining AE Industrial, Mr. Garrett was a Co-Founder of Power Systems Manufacturing (PSM) and served as CFO from PSM’s inception in 1998 through its sale to Calpine in 2000 and to Alstom SA in 2007. Mr. Garrett’s previous finance experience includes the CFO of Cambridge SoundWorks (Nasdaq: HIFI) through its sale to Creative Labs in 1997, Argus Management Corp. (an interim management and consulting firm with a focus on companies with financial, operational, or strategic issues), and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Garrett is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Education
  • Boston College, MBA
  • Boston College, BS
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Prior Experience
  • Power Systems Manufacturing (PSM)
Analyst
Lauren Graupman
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Ms. Graupman is an Investment and Business Operations Analyst at AE Industrial and a member of AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2022, Ms. Graupman headed the Program Management department at Knight Aerospace, where she managed the development and production of new mission systems for military cargo aircraft. Prior to Knight Aerospace, Ms. Graupman worked in key roles at multiple technology startups spanning from Project Management and Operations to Sales and Business Development. She is also a member of Venture for America, a two-year entrepreneurship fellowship that serves to create economic opportunity in American cities. Fellows complete intensive training and commit to spending two years working at high-growth organizations in emerging startup ecosystems.

Education
  • University of Delaware, BS
Prior Experience
  • Knight Aerospace
Managing Partner
Michael Greene
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Greene is a Managing Partner at AE Industrial and has responsibility for the overall management of the firm, primarily focusing on the negotiating, executing and monitoring of portfolio investments. Since joining AE Industrial in 2008, Mr. Greene has worked with several portfolio companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: BHI Energy, ENERCON and Moeller Aerospace, and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Greene was with UBS Capital Americas, LLC and UBS Capital, LLC from 1990 to 2008. Mr. Greene was a founding partner of the non-investment grade debt and equity businesses at Union Bank of Switzerland, the predecessor to UBS AG, and was a principal architect in creating the firm’s internal investment review processes and monitoring systems. Mr. Greene also had primary responsibility for running the General Industrial Group for UBS Capital Americas, LLC. Mr. Greene serves as a Trustee of The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he is Chairman of the endowment’s Investment Committee.

Education
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • The College of the Holy Cross, BA
Prior Experience
  • UBS Capital Americas, LLC
  • UBS Capital, LLC
Director
Mallika Gummalla
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Dr. Gummalla is a Director at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on the management of AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Dr. Gummalla brings over 19 years of deep technical, innovation, business development and sales experience in Industrial and Aerospace markets. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Dr. Gummalla worked as a Sales Executive for the New England territory and Business Development Director for Airtech USA. Previously, she was with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) fulfilling roles of increasing responsibility and diversity. In her early years at UTC, she led the fuel cell programs at the research center and developed proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells for tactical unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Gummalla and her team hold a world record for demonstrating PEM fuel cell powered unmanned rotorcraft. Later, she originated and supported revenue generating deals for UTC’s Innovation Business Development Office with total contract value in excess of $400 million. After that, she established the Strategic Innovation Partnerships practice and Innovation Hubs for UTC’s Building Integrated Systems (Carrier and Otis) to enable organic growth and accelerate product development. During this time, she established strategic partnerships with start-up ecosystems (Venture Capital, Private Equity, Accelerators and Incubators) with a focus on start-ups aligned with HVAC and elevator business growth.

Education
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, PhD
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, BTech
Prior Experience
  • Airtech USA
  • United Technologies Corporation (UTC)
Principal
Jeffrey Hart
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Hart is a Principal at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on originating, executing and monitoring AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Alpine Air, BigBear.ai, Edge Autonomy and Fire Team Solutions. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2015, Mr. Hart was an Analyst at RBC Capital Markets’ Energy Group, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance for clients across the exploration and production, midstream and oilfield services sectors.

Education
  • Colorado Mesa University, BBA
Prior Experience
  • RBC Capital Markets
Vice President
Brian Hess
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Hess is a Vice President at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments in the firm’s Structured Solutions Fund. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Mr. Hess was an Associate with Oaktree Capital Management where he was responsible for structuring, underwriting and monitoring portfolio investments across the capital structure. Prior to Oaktree, Mr. Hess was an Analyst at Moelis & Company, where he focused on M&A, restructuring and strategic corporate advisory across a broad spectrum of industries including aerospace and defense, chemicals and healthcare.

Education
  • Lehigh University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Oaktree Capital Management
  • Moelis & Company
Principal
Beckett Jackson
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Mr. Jackson is a Principal at AE Industrial and a member of AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Mr. Jackson currently serves on the boards of AEI HorizonX portfolio companies: Accion Systems, BridgeComm, EP Systems, Immfly, and Skylo Technologies. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Jackson was an Investing Director at Boeing HorizonX Ventures, working with early-stage companies focused on the future of mobility and space, having led investments in Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE), EP Systems and Immfly. He also helped establish Boeing’s global accelerator program, working with industry and government partners to create a platform to support entrepreneurs building businesses around customer needs. Mr. Jackson was recognized by the Global Corporate Venturing Institute in 2020 as a Rising Star. Prior to Boeing HorizonX Ventures, Mr. Jackson spent two years based in Australia leading product strategy and business development for Phantom Works, Boeing’s advanced prototyping division. Mr. Jackson worked alongside customers to define requirements and secure funding for the Airpower Teaming System, Boeing’s first aircraft designed and developed outside of the United States. Previously, Jackson was a senior strategist at Boeing corporate and business unit groups, leading initiatives across M&A, technology and innovation strategy, and investment planning. Previous roles include consulting analyst at IHS Markit, where he specialized in defense market analysis, competitive strategy and dual-use technology assessments, and Foreign Military Sales to allied countries at the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command.

Education
  • Georgetown University, MA
  • Johns Hopkins University, BA
Prior Experience
  • Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • Phantom
  • Boeing
  • IHS Markit
Senior Associate
Graham Kantor
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Kantor is a Senior Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Mr. Kantor was a Private Equity Associate at Digital Colony / Digital Bridge, a communications infrastructure-focused investment firm. Prior to Digital Colony / Digital Bridge, Mr. Kantor was an Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, where he focused on a variety of sell-side and buy-side transactions mainly across the industrials sector.

Education
  • University of Georgia, BBA
Prior Experience
  • Digital Colony / Digital Bridge
  • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Senior Associate
Eugene Kim
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Mr. Kim is a Senior Associate at AE Industrial and a member of AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2018, Mr. Kim was a Specialist in the Corporate Development group at The Boeing Company, where he focused on M&A and other strategic activities. Prior to Boeing, Mr. Kim was a member of Sandler O’Neill + Partners’ Investment Banking Group, where he focused on M&A and capital raising for financial institutions.

Education
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MBA
  • Northwestern University, BA
Prior Experience
  • The Boeing Company
  • Sandler O’Neill + Partners
Partner, Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Klafter
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Klafter is a Partner and CFO at AE Industrial and is primarily responsible for management of all accounting and finance for the firm’s investment funds, management company and general partners. She also oversees the Firm’s Information Technology, Human Resources and Compliance teams. Before joining AE Industrial, Ms. Klafter was Managing Director & CFO at Sun Capital Partners where she worked from 2006 to 2021. Prior to Sun Capital, Ms. Klafter was a Vice President with both Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs from 1998 to 2006 and started her career as an accountant in the audit practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Richard A. Eisner & Company. Ms. Klafter has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, focusing on private equity and hedge funds. Throughout the course of her career, she has been an integral member of the leadership team responsible for communicating with investors, collaborating on fund and deal structuring, providing transactional support and has been a key participant in the fundraising process. Ms. Klafter is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (currently inactive).

Education
  • Syracuse University, BS
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (currently inactive)
Prior Experience
  • Sun Capital Partners
  • Credit Suisse
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
Senior Fund Accountant
Rochi Koirala
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Koirala is a Senior Fund Accountant at AE Industrial and is responsible for financial and operational matters for AE Industrial’s investment funds. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Ms. Koirala worked as an Investment Account Supervisor at Digital Colony / Digital Bridge in investment accounting. Ms. Koirala is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Education
  • Florida Atlantic University, MS
  • International University of Japan, MS
  • Kathmandu University, BS
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Prior Experience
  • Digital Colony / Digital Bridge
Partner
Kirk Konert
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Konert is a Partner at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on originating, executing and monitoring AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Mr. Konert currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: American Pacific Corporation, The Atlas Group, Belcan, BigBear.ai, Columbia Helicopters, Firefly Aerospace, Pangiam, Redwire and ThayerMahan, and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Gryphon Technologies, prior to its sale to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2014, Mr. Konert was a Senior Associate at Sun Capital Partners where he focused on sourcing, screening and executing middle market buyout transactions across several industries, as well as monitoring portfolio companies. Prior to Sun Capital, Mr. Konert was a member of Wells Fargo Securities’ Industrials Group, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance transactions.

Education
  • Davidson College, BA
Prior Experience
  • Sun Capital Partners
  • Wells Fargo Securities
Fund Accountant
Natacha Laguerre
Team | Infrastructure

Mrs. Laguerre is a Fund Accountant at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial and accounting matters for AE Industrial’s investment funds. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Mrs. Laguerre was an Accountant at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Education
  • Grand Canyon University, MBA
  • Monroe College, BA
Prior Experience
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami
Associate
Adrian Lee
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Lee is an Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Lee was an Associate at Cowen in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group where he focused on M&A and capital raising for clients across various industries. Prior to Cowen, Mr. Lee was an Analyst at PwC Corporate Finance in the Industrial Products Group where he focused on M&A for clients across various industries. He also spent two years in PwC Tax where he focused on providing tax compliance services for investment partnership clients.

Education
  • New York University Stern School of Business, BS
Prior Experience
  • Cowen
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
Vice President
Tyler Letarte
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Letarte is a Vice President at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Mr. Letarte currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio company Belcan. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2018, Mr. Letarte was an Associate at Moelis & Company, where he focused on M&A, restructuring and strategic corporate advisory across a broad spectrum of industries including aerospace and defense, industrials, healthcare and consumer. Prior to joining Moelis, Mr. Letarte was an Analyst in J.P. Morgan’s Leveraged Finance Group, where he focused on clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sector.

Education
  • Villanova University, BBA
Prior Experience
  • Moelis & Company
  • J.P. Morgan
Partner
Michael Lohnert
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Mr. Lohnert is a Partner at AE Industrial and member of AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Lohnert was a founding member of Boeing HorizonX Ventures and Managing Director leading the venture team responsible for investing and managing the portfolio of over 40 global investments. He was recognized by a leading global corporate venture capital industry group, Global Corporate Venturing Institute, as a Top 10 Emerging Leader in 2020 and a Rising Star in 2018 and 2019 from the over 2,200 firms they track globally. Mr. Lohnert led the investment in Isotropic Systems, Accion Systems, BridgeComm, C360 Technologies, Gamma Alloys, Myriota, Cuberg (acquired by NorthVolt), Agylstor (acquired by Tsecond), and Morf3D (acquired by Nikon). Mr. Lohnert was also a senior strategist responsible for emerging business opportunities, corporate strategy, and mergers & acquisitions and partnerships and program manager and instructor for Boeing’s enterprise strategy training course. Prior to Boeing HorizonX Ventures, Mr. Lohnert was director of energy investments for a private equity group where he invested in the alternative energy, natural gas, and electrical generation sectors, as well as led turnarounds of portfolio investments. He has also held strategy and mergers & acquisitions responsibilities for a specialty chemicals division of a major oil company and while living in Zürich, a global financial services company. Mr. Lohnert was previously on the board of directors of Pasadena Angels, ranked by Forbes as a top ten angel investor group and remains active as an angel investor. Mr. Lohnert has completed programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Swiss Banking Institute at the University of Zürich, and University of California Haas School at Berkeley.

Education
  • Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, MBA
  • Ohio State University, BSBA
Prior Experience
  • Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • Boeing Enterprise Strategy
  • Montauk Energy Capital
  • BNY Mellon
  • Pasadena Angels
Associate
Colin Lovell
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Mr. Lovell is an Associate at AE Industrial and a member of AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Lovell served as an investing Analyst with Boeing HorizonX Ventures focused on early and later-stage investment activities, including the structuring and execution of transactions and supporting thesis-driven strategies. In addition, he provided guidance to portfolio companies by supporting their financing events, including mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lovell also led the team’s efforts in financial modeling, portfolio management, valuation analysis, and portfolio reporting. Prior to joining Boeing HorizonX Ventures, Colin was a financial analyst with Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He also spent two years with PitchBook Data where he focused on research and analytics of venture capital markets.

Education
  • University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, MBA
  • The Pennsylvania State University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • PitchBook Data
Vice President
Jon Lusczakoski
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Lusczakoski is a Vice President at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Mr. Lusczakoski brings over seven years of aerospace industry experience to AE Industrial. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2018, Mr. Lusczakoski was a Lead Engineer in the Program Development group at Williams International, where he led multiple integration programs for UAVs, military trainer aircraft and business jets.

Education
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business, MBA
  • Michigan State University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Williams International
Operating Partner
Kevin McAleenan
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. McAleenan is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 14 years of experience in the defense and government services industries, and is currently the CEO of Pangiam, an AE Industrial portfolio company. Mr. McAleenan currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: American Pacific Corporation, Edge Autonomy and Pangiam. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Gryphon Technologies, prior to its sale to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. Prior to joining AE Industrial, Mr. McAleenan served as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, as designated by President Trump in April of 2019. Before this appointment, he served as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2018. Previously, he had served as CBP Acting Commissioner since January 2017. In December 2011, he was named acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. McAleenan served as the Area Port Director of Los Angeles International Airport, directing CBP’s border security operations at the Los Angeles airport and 17 other airport facilities in one of CBP’s largest field commands. Mr. McAleenan received a 2015 Presidential Rank Award—the nation’s highest civil service award. In 2005, he received the Service to America Medal, Call to Service Award, for spearheading efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive antiterrorism strategy in the border security context after September 11, 2001. Mr. McAleenan has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service since 2006. Before his government service, he practiced law in California.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, JD
  • Amherst College, BA
Prior Experience
  • Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Senior Operating Partner, Co-Head of AEI Portfolio Strategy and Optimization Group
Kevin McAllister
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. McAllister is a Senior Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing more than 32 years of leadership experience in aerospace. Mr. McAllister currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belcan, an AE Industrial portfolio company, and is the Co-Head of the AE Industrial Portfolio Strategy and Optimization Group (PSO). Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Mr. McAllister served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a $60 billion business, from 2016 through October 2019. Prior to Boeing, Mr. McAllister spent 27 years with GE Aviation where he most recently served as President and CEO of GE Aviation Services responsible for providing a customizable suite of engine services life cycle offerings to customers and delivering a $120 billion services backlog. Mr. McAllister was previously Vice President and General Manager of Global Sales and Marketing. He also held multiple GE Aviation leadership roles across Global Customer and Product Support, Overhaul & Component Repair Operations, Lean Six Sigma and Engineering. Mr. McAllister started his career in 1986 with Howmet Corporation with assignments in engineering and production of investment cast turbine airfoils. Mr. McAllister brings aerospace experience across markets and strong global industry relationships. His leadership experience spans airplane, engines, services and supply chain with a strong foundation of leadership development, lean six sigma and digital analytics tools. Mr. McAllister serves on the Board of Directors of Embraer and volunteers as Chairman of the Board of Orbis International, a non-profit global organization dedicated to preserving and restoring sight worldwide. His past board affiliations include the Washington Roundtable, Challenge Seattle and the Wings Club Board of Governors.

Education
  • University of Pittsburgh, BS
Prior Experience
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • GE Aviation Services
  • Howmet Corporation
Vice President
Andrew McElhinney
Team | Investment Team

Mr. McElhinney is a Vice President at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2017, Mr. McElhinney was an Analyst at Credit Suisse in the Real Estate Group, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance for clients across the Real Estate, Lodging and Gaming sectors.

Education
  • Wake Forest University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Credit Suisse
Senior Operating Partner, Co-Head of AEI Portfolio Strategy and Optimization Group
Paul McElhinney
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. McElhinney is a Senior Operating Partner at AE Industrial. Mr. McElhinney joined AE Industrial in 2018 following a more than 30-year career in senior leadership with General Electric. Mr. McElhinney also serves as the Co-Head of the AE Industrial Portfolio Strategy and Optimization Group (PSO). Prior to joining AE Industrial, Mr. McElhinney served as the President and CEO of both GE Power Services, a $15 billion power generation aftermarket business, and GE Aviation Services, the global aftermarket division of GE Aviation where he was responsible for more than doubling the backlog of the business to over $100 billion. He also held General Counsel and Business Development roles at GE Aviation and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Mr. McElhinney currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies AIM MRO and Moeller Aerospace and serves on the Board of Directors of Belcan, Columbia Helicopters and Kellstrom Aerospace. Mr. McElhinney’s past board affiliations include Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Wake Forest University School of Business and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Education
  • Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, Law
Prior Experience
  • GE Power Services
  • GE Aviation Services
  • GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)
Principal
Bryan McElwee
Team | Investment Team

Mr. McElwee is a Principal at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on originating, executing and monitoring AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Mr. McElwee currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: AIM MRO, ENERCON, G.S. Precision, HealthWay and Pangiam. Mr. McElwee brings over ten years of aerospace industry experience to AE Industrial. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2016, Mr. McElwee was a consultant with McKinsey & Company focusing on operations and aerospace. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. McElwee held multiple positions at GE Aviation including roles in engineering, sourcing, operations and lean & six sigma.

Education
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • University of Cincinnati, BS
Prior Experience
  • McKinsey & Company
  • GE Aviation
Coordinator of ESG & Leasing
Carla Monti
Team | Infrastructure, Aerospace Opportunities

Ms. Monti is the Coordinator of ESG and Leasing at AE Industrial and is responsible for coordinating logistics for industry and investor events, including AE Industrial’s Annual General Meeting, and the Paris and Farnborough air shows. In addition to this role, Ms. Monti also works closely with the Director of ESG on coordinating data collection and assisting with DEI initiatives, as well as working with the Aerospace Opportunities team, assisting with billing, contracts and insurance. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2017, Ms. Monti worked as a Florida Registered Paralegal.

Education
  • Florida Atlantic University, MBA
  • Franklin University Switzerland, BA
Prior Experience
  • Florida Registered Paralegal
Operating Partner
Mano Nazar
Team | Operating Partners

Mr. Nazar is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 35 years of extensive nuclear industry experience. Mr. Nazar currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio company BHI Energy, and serves on the Board of Directors of ENERCON. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Mr. Nazar was president of the nuclear business unit at NextEra Energy, Inc., and currently serves as a consultant. He is president of Mano & Associates Consulting, LLC. As President at NextEra, Mr. Nazar was responsible for the safe operation of the company’s eight nuclear units. He also led the successful implementation of extended power uprates at six of NextEra Energy’s nuclear units, adding more than 700 megawatts to the nuclear fleet’s generation capacity. During his tenure, Mr. Nazar significantly improved nuclear fleet performance while simultaneously achieving the best industrial safety rate in the industry. He served as Chairman of the Industry Nuclear Power Council (NPC) Executive Committee and is a member of the National Academy for Nuclear Training’s National Nuclear Accrediting. Mr. Nazar was elected as the 2006 Nuclear Professional of the Year and received the prestigious 2007 WANO Nuclear Excellence Award.

Education
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, BS
Prior Experience
  • NextEra Energy, Inc.
  • Industry Nuclear Power Council (NPC) Executive Committee
Senior Partner
Jon Nemo
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Nemo is a Senior Partner at AE Industrial and focuses on the origination, execution and monitoring of portfolio investments. Mr. Nemo currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: AIM MRO, Alpine Air, Applied Composites, The Atlas Group, CDI Engineering Solutions, and Triman Industries, and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2016, Mr. Nemo served as a senior investment banker specializing in aerospace, defense & government services at Harris Williams & Co., Jefferies (Quarterdeck) and CIBC World Markets. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Nemo has specialized in aerospace & defense and completed more than 100 M&A and corporate finance transactions valued at over $10 billion. Mr. Nemo’s deep knowledge of the aerospace & defense supply chain, extensive transaction experience and breadth of industry relationships provide AE Industrial with a strong set of deal sourcing and transaction execution capabilities while also providing unique strategic value creation perspectives throughout our portfolio investments.

Education
  • University of Michigan, BA
Prior Experience
  • Harris Williams & Co.
  • Jefferies (Quarterdeck)
  • CIBC World Markets
Associate
Dave Paolantonio
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Paolantonio is an Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Paolantonio was a member of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Corporate Development team, where he helped lead transaction execution, supporting acquisitions, divestitures and strategic investments. Prior to Booz Allen, Mr. Paolantonio was a Senior Associate in Raymond James’ Defense & Government Services investment banking team, where he focused exclusively on mergers and acquisitions for middle market government services firms. Prior to Raymond James, he spent five years with The McLean Group in their Aerospace, Defense, & Government Services practice.

Education
  • University of Richmond, BS
Prior Experience
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Raymond James
  • The McLean Group
Operating Partner
Kelly Romano
Team | Operating Partners

Ms. Romano is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing extensive senior executive experience in technology, commercial buildings and aerospace following a 32-year career at United Technologies Corporation (UTC). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Altus Fire & Life Safety, G.S. Precision, HealthWay and Resolute Industrial. Ms. Romano is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BlueRipple Capital, LLC, a consulting firm focused on strategy, acquisitions, deal structure, and channel development for high technology companies. Ms. Romano retired from UTC in 2016 after serving in various positions of increasing responsibility since 1984. From 1993 to 2016, Ms. Romano held a number of senior executive positions at UTC, including President, Intelligent Building Technologies, Building Systems & Services (September 2014 to April 2016), Corporate Vice President, Business Development, UTC Corporate Headquarters (March 2012 to September 2014), President, Global Security Products, UTC Fire & Security (May 2011 to February 2012), Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, UTC Fire & Security (January 2010 to April 2011), and President, Building Systems & Services, Carrier Corporation (January 2006 to December 2009). Ms. Romano serves on the Board of Directors of several companies including UGI Corporation, Dorman Products, Inc., Potter Electric Signal, and 75F. She has also worked as an advisor in the private equity space with various firms and as a managing partner of Xinova, LLC, an innovation development firm. She previously was on the Advisory Council for Accenture’s Women’s Leadership Forum and was also named to WomenInc’s Most Influential Corporate Directors in 2019.

Education
  • Syracuse University, MBA
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, BS
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Corporate Board Governance Executive Program
  • Darden School of Management & University of Virginia, Senior executive programs
Prior Experience
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Carrier Corporation
Managing Partner
David Rowe
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Rowe is a Managing Partner at AE Industrial and has responsibility for the overall management of the firm, primarily focusing on the negotiating, executing and monitoring of portfolio investments. Mr. Rowe co-founded AE Industrial’s predecessor firm, AeroEquity Partners, Inc., in 1998 and has been involved in all of the firm’s investments since inception. Mr. Rowe currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Edge Autonomy, Global Jet Capital and Kellstrom Aerospace, and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Gryphon Technologies, prior to its sale to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. Prior to co-founding AE Industrial, Mr. Rowe was an Executive Vice President at Gulfstream Financial Services Corp., where he created a leasing portfolio for its parent, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Previously, Mr. Rowe spent 12 years at GE Aerospace and GE Capital, where he managed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of commercial aircraft and engine assets with responsibility for fleet management, repossessions, trading and restructuring asset portfolios.

Education
  • Tulane University, BA
  • GE’s Financial Management Program
Prior Experience
  • Gulfstream Financial Services Corp.
  • GE Aerospace
  • GE Capital
Vice President
Tyler Rowe
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Mr. Rowe is a Vice President at AE Industrial and a member of AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Mr. Rowe has been focused on early-stage investing for the last 12 years. Pulling from a deep experience in music, film, apparel and tech, Mr. Rowe helps identify, evaluate and lead unique early-stage venture investments across all of AEI HorizonX’s target markets. In addition, with his operational experience, Mr. Rowe provides direct support to AE Industrial’s portfolio companies to help create value in their leading innovation platforms.

 

Education
  • Wharton’s Executive Ventures Program
  • University of Alabama, BA
Partner
Charlie Santos-Buch
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Santos-Buch is a Partner at AE Industrial and focuses on origination, executing and monitoring of new portfolio investments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Altus Fire & Life Safety, BHI Energy, HealthWay and Resolute Industrial, and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Santos-Buch joined AE Industrial in 2014 and has over 40 years of investment banking and private equity experience. Over his career, he has been involved in over $30 billion of financings and M&A transactions. Mr. Santos-Buch led the transaction origination efforts at UBS Capital, LLC and UBS Capital Americas, LLC for more than a decade, identifying investment opportunities across various industries including aerospace and specialty industrials. Mr. Santos-Buch founded the Financial Sponsor Coverage Groups at UBS AG and PaineWebber Incorporated. He has also held senior leveraged finance and sponsor coverage positions at CIBC World Markets, Oppenheimer, Alex. Brown & Sons and Kidder, Peabody.

Education
  • The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, MBA
  • Harvard University, BA
Prior Experience
  • UBS Capital, LLC and UBS Capital Americas, LLC
  • UBS AG
  • PaineWebber Incorporated
  • CIBC World Markets
  • Oppenheimer
  • Alex. Brown & Sons
  • Kidder, Peabody
Partner, Head of AEI HorizonX
Brian Schettler
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Mr. Schettler is a Partner at AE Industrial and leads AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Schettler was a Founder and Senior Managing Director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures. He led the Boeing venture capital team chartered with investing in selected startups throughout the world. His team identified and pursued opportunities to make investments in startup companies with discriminating and disruptive technologies for next-generation Aerospace, Defense, and Security applications. He has been recognized by Global Corporate Venturing Institute for creating and leading a Top 30 corporate venture capital unit out of the 2,200+ that they track globally. Mr. Schettler has over two decades of experience in aerospace, technology, and defense companies and has led numerous investment transactions in his career to include venture, M&A, and divestiture. He currently is an active Board participant across six companies to include one publicly listed on the NYSE. Prior roles include leading global companies in strategy and corporate development. Mr. Schettler spent a year as the acting Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Boeing while also leading the HorizonX team. He spent three years as vice president of corporate strategy at Cobham plc, a global technology company headquartered in the United Kingdom, where he led corporate and business strategy development, including the evaluation and prioritization of private venture investment across its diversified product lines. He spent another two years at ATK and was responsible for corporate strategy and portfolio development. He also was a senior strategist for Boeing Military Aircraft and Phantom Works, where he led M&A, business strategy, and partnership development in Silicon Valley and beyond. Finally, Mr. Schettler led strategy and program operations for the Space Systems Division of Northrop Grumman, managing their technology portfolio and investments.

Education
  • University of Maryland, MBA
  • Northwestern University, BS
  • Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Executive education courses
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Engineering certifications
Prior Experience
  • Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • Boeing
  • Cobham plc
  • ATK
  • Northrop Grumman
Partner
Peter Schumacher
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Schumacher is a Partner at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on investment strategy, deal origination, due-diligence, and the monitoring and growth of AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Mr. Schumacher currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: AIM MRO, Altus Fire & Life Safety, American Pacific Corporation, Applied Composites, The Atlas Group, Edge Autonomy, Firefly Aerospace and Moeller Aerospace. Mr. Schumacher brings over 14 years of aerospace industry M&A, business development, and engineering experience to AE Industrial. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2015, Mr. Schumacher was the Director of Business Development for GE Aviation’s Engine Services business, where he was responsible for leading all M&A activity within this organization, including joint ventures, acquisitions, disposals, and related business initiatives. During his 10 year career at GE Aviation, Mr. Schumacher also held commercial roles within the Sales, International Programs and Customer Support organizations, as well as engineering roles within the Services and Design organizations. Prior to GE Aviation, Mr. Schumacher was a mechanical engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation, where he was responsible for design, assembly and test of the Navy’s GQM-163A ducted rocket.

Education
  • The Ohio State University, MBA
  • Arizona State University, BS
Prior Experience
  • GE Aviation
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation
Associate
Brandon Smith
Team | Investment Team, Aerospace Opportunities

Mr. Smith is an Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments for AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Mr. Smith was an Associate at Seabury Capital, an aviation-focused advisory and investment firm, where he focused on M&A and strategic corporate advisory across a broad spectrum of aviation and aerospace & defense subsegments.

Education
  • Binghamton University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Seabury Capital
Fund Accounting Manager
Vanessa Smith
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Smith is a Fund Accounting Manager at AE Industrial and is responsible for managing financial and operational matters for the firm and AE Industrial’s investment funds. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Ms. Smith was a Fund Administrator at GP Fund Solutions. Prior to GP Fund Solutions, Ms. Smith was an auditor with Crowe LLP and Nearman, Maynard, Vallez CPAs.

Education
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, BS
Prior Experience
  • GP Fund Solutions
  • Crowe LLP
  • Nearman, Maynard, Vallez CPAs
Head of Investor Relations
Tess Sprechman
Team | Investor Relations

Ms. Sprechman is a Vice President and Head of Investor Relations at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on fundraising and investor relations activities globally. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2019, Ms. Sprechman was a Vice President of Investor Relations at Sun Capital Partners.

Education
  • Florida State University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Sun Capital Partners
Associate
Isabella Velasco
Team | Investment Team

Ms. Velasco is an Associate at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on financial modeling, due diligence and executing new investments along with monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2022, Ms. Velasco was an Analyst at Macquarie Capital in the Aerospace, Defense & Government Services Group, where she focused on M&A and capital raising for clients across the defense and government services sectors. She also spent two years at Velos where she focused on conducting federal budget analysis for clients across the defense & aerospace industry.

Education
  • Carnegie Mellon University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Macquarie Capital
  • Velos
Partner
Shawn Vick
Team | Investment Team

Mr. Vick is a Partner at AE Industrial and is focused on the sourcing, negotiation and strategic positioning of portfolio investments and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Vick is the Executive Chairman of Global Jet Capital, an AE Industrial portfolio investment and one of the largest providers of financing solutions to the business aviation market. Mr. Vick currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio company Solairus Aviation. Prior to joining AE industrial in 2014, Mr. Vick served as Executive Vice President at Hawker Beechcraft until its ownership transition to Textron in 2013. Prior to Hawker Beechcraft, Mr. Vick was President & CEO of Landmark Aviation Airport Services, the FBO subsidiary of Landmark Aviation — a former portfolio company of AE Industrial. Mr. Vick has over 30 years of operating experience in the business aviation market, having held senior leadership positions at four of the world’s 25 largest OEM manufacturers: Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier Aerospace, British Aerospace and Hawker Beechcraft. He also has operating experience in the MRO and charter management segments of the business aviation market. Mr. Vick has experience in managing private equity-backed enterprises, including all aspects of senior management and evaluating and executing acquisition targets. Mr. Vick also has significant restructuring and international expertise.

Education
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, BS
  • Oxford College, England, Oxford Air Transport Course programs
Prior Experience
  • Global Jet Capital
  • Hawker Beechcraft
  • Landmark Aviation Airport Services
Managing Director
Laurence Vigeant-Langlois
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Dr. Vigeant-Langlois is Managing Director at AE Industrial with a primary focus on new business development and portfolio management across AE Industrial’s private equity, venture capital, and aircraft leasing funds. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies: Alpine Air, Applied Composites, Columbia Helicopters and Edge Autonomy, and on HorizonX’s venture investments Near Earth Autonomy and FLYR Labs. Prior to joining AE Industrial, Dr. Vigeant-Langlois worked for GE Aviation as Chief Executive Officer of the GE Passport joint venture and program management executive responsible for the Passport, CF34-3 and CF34-8C engines on Bombardier and Mitsubishi’s business and regional aircraft. Previously at GE, Dr. Vigeant-Langlois played a key role on the founding team that launched and grew GE Additive as a leading force in industrial 3D printing, and led the strategy and global field marketing teams supporting the sale of GE Aviation’s engines, systems and services across commercial, business and military aviation. Before GE, Dr. Vigeant-Langlois led commercial, product and engineering teams in aerospace and high-tech industries. At Sikorsky Aircraft (now part of Lockheed Martin), she launched new engineering innovation programs. At aircraft lessor CIT (now Avolon), she gained increasing responsibilities in the acquisition of over $9B of aircraft and engines. At The Weather Company (part of IBM), she led the democratization of cockpit weather information and the launch of SiriusXM Aviation Weather. She also previously transported air freight flying Learjets across North America. She is certified as an FAA commercial pilot with Learjet privileges and is a flight instructor in gliders. She serves as an advisor to digital/AI health company Triangulate Labs, and has previously served as a trustee with iSPACE and on the boards of IAWA, ATRIF and the MIT Enterprise Forum

Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM and PhD
  • McGill University, BEng
  • International Space University, Certificate in Space Studies
Prior Experience
  • GE Aviation
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • CIT Aerospace
  • The Weather Company
Controller
Vincia Wilson
Team | Infrastructure

Ms. Wilson serves as Vice President & Controller and is responsible for audit, tax, investor reporting and other financial and operational matters for the firm and the funds. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2015, Ms. Wilson was at Sun Capital Partners for five years where she managed all aspects of fund accounting for a private equity fund with $5 billion in equity commitments.

Education
  • Florida State University, BS
Prior Experience
  • Sun Capital Partners