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The Superior Air Parts Management Team

Keith Chatten

Keith Chatten ♦ CEO

Prior to joining Superior Air Parts, Chatten had been the Associate Vice President of Engineering for Continental Motors, Inc. During his 14-plus-year career there he had held a variety of Engineering and Program Management positions with increasing responsibilities within the engine manufacturing company. Before joining Continental, he was a Project Engineer for John Deere Consumer Products.

Chatten holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an MBA from the University of South Alabama. He has hands-on experience in virtually every current production piston powered aircraft and has over 4,000 hours of flight time. The combination of educational, professional and flight experience have combined to prepare Chatten to lead Superior Air Parts into its promising future. ♦ 972.829.4644

Kent Abercrombie

Kent Abercrombie ♦ CFO

Kent has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance. With 27 years in aviation, he has experience with contract negotiation, bank and financial audits, insurance and legal administration, financial reporting. ♦ 972.829.4636

Bill Ross

Bill Ross ♦ VP Product Support

Ross is a graduate of the Alabama Aviation College with an Associate of Science in Flight Technology and has been a certified flight instructor, corporate/charter pilot and licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic for over 30 years. He also holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of South Alabama.

In his spare time, Ross is active in classic aircraft restorations and enjoys introducing the joys of flying to young enthusiasts as well as exposing them to aviation career paths.

Prior to joining Superior Air Parts, Ross had 14 years experience working for a major piston aircraft engine manufacturer where he held positions in various areas such as Quality Engineering, Analytical, Customer Service, Technical Product Support, and MRO and FBO Operations. His multi-faceted background in the industry, as well as real world flying and maintenance experience has solidified Ross being recognized as a leader and contributor in General Aviation. ♦ 972.829.4699

Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes ♦ VP of Sales and Marketing

Before joining Superior Air Parts, Hayes was a Business Consultant/Direct Sales Manager for Interstate Battery, Inc. Prior to that he was a Sales and Marketing Execution Account Executive for Valassis-ADVO, Inc.

Hayes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aviation from Louisiana Tech University. He is a private pilot with commercial, instrument, CFI and Learjet type ratings and has over 2,300 hours total flight time. ♦ 972.829.4645

Jeff Lochridge

Jeff Lochridge ♦ Supply Chain Management

With 32 years in supply chain managment, Jeff has 11 years experience in aviation with a wide variety of materials and processes. He also has training in Continuous Flow Manufacturing, Supplier Certification, Six Sigma Methodology and Time Management.

Jeff has a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Certification in Electronic Technology. ♦ 972.829.4653

Wes Rayon

Wes Rayon ♦ Director of Production and Inventory Control

Prior to joining Superior Air Parts, Rayon was President of Supply Chain Extensions, LLC where he had extensive experience in providing supplier surveillance for advanced aircraft programs for a number of aircraft OEMs including Boeing, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter. Previously, Rayon held the position of Senior Director, Supply Chain Management for Continental Motors, Inc., in Mobile, Alabama.

Rayon studied Business Administration at Mackinaw College. He also has APICS Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, and certification from the American Kaizen Institute. ♦ 972.829.4673


Stephen Grimes ♦ Quality Assurance Manager

Prior to joining Superior Air Parts, Grimes was Internal Consultant and Trainer for SAFRAN USA. Before that, he was a Continuous Improvement/Lean Sigma specialist for SJG Consulting.

Grimes has a BSc, Engineering from Liverpool University, U.K. He also holds a Lean Sigma Master Black Belt from MoreStream University, and is working on his MBA, International Business at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a member of the American Society for Quality Control (ASQ). ♦ 972.829.4678

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