KP AVIATION at a Glance

Founded in 2001 with the purpose of providing high quality materials and services to the fixed-wing aviation marketplace, KP Aviation has grown to service airlines, MROs (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul), investment and leasing companies, and aviation aftermarket suppliers around the world. KPA is a preferred supplier of high-quality aftermarket components and assets across a broad range of aircraft and engine platforms. We offer these high-caliber parts and services to our current and future customer base while maintaining complete customer satisfaction.


Leadership team bios that highlights industry experience, credibility and past successes

Kim Schulze
Principal & Chief Compliance Officer

Kim Schulze, Co-Founder and Principal at KP Aviation, has been instrumental in shaping the company’s trajectory since its inception. Under her leadership, KP Aviation has flourished, marked by a strategic vision and robust growth. She has assembled a formidable team capable of addressing the most intricate challenges in aviation, all while nurturing essential relationships with pivotal partners and suppliers.

Prior to her role at KP Aviation, Kim served as the controller at Pacific Turbine Support and honed her financial acumen as a financial analyst at the University of California San Diego’s Antiviral Research Center. Her expertise lies in cultivating a vibrant company culture at KP Aviation and spearheading innovative corporate initiatives, growth strategies, and partnerships, ensuring the company’s continued success.

  • Established and fostered the growth of KP Aviation.
  • Instrumental in cultivating essential partnerships.
  • Drives KP Aviation’s corporate culture initiatives forward.
  • Mother of two daughters and a son
  • Favorite pass time is hanging out with her dog Willow and looking for latest industry innovations.
Linn Shaw
Chief Executive Officer

With over 20+ years of managerial expertise, Linn Shaw brings a wealth of experience to KP Aviation, with a notable focus on commercial aviation supply chain management, entity and financial formation, as well as customer and supplier relationships.  Shaw’s professional journey includes guiding private companies through the transition to public status and collaborating with private equity entities within privately held organizations. He boasts a proven track record in fortifying business strategy structures, cultivating proficient teams throughout the company, enhancing business intelligence, and nurturing crucial financial & lending relationships.

Shaw’s comprehensive business acumen, meticulous attention to detail, and robust business acumen background have earned him prestigious recognition, notably being honored with the Arizona CFO of the Year award. Taking the helm as Chief Executive Officer in January 2024, Shaw is primed to continue to steer KP Aviation towards continued success, through organic growth and strategy M&A activity.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Shaw finds joy in traveling with his family and harbors a passion for sports. He holds a BA in Finance from Wichita State University and furthered his education with an MBA specializing in International Business from the University of Arizona.

  • Over two decades of financial management prowess.
  • Specialized expertise in private equity and growth funding.
  • ISTAT Foundation Board Member
  • Volunteer to several Non-Profits & Youth Sport Organizations
Brian Carlisle
Head of Operations and Projects

Brian Carlisle has 27 years of aviation experience starting in the South African Air Force. He was assigned to the development of the first locally produced attack helicopter in South Africa. After spending seven years serving the Air Force at 17 Squadron, he moved into the private aviation sector.

Carlisle joined KP Aviation in July of 2016, assigned as a Project Manager over the Spanish entity setup and airframe teardown events for the company in the European Union.

In 2000, he joined Safair Aircraft Maintenance and Leasing company where he moved from technician to crew chief to supervisor and into a management role over maintenance at all outstations and regional line stations. Carlisle played a fundamental role in the humanitarian relief programs with the United Nations (UN), International Crisis Rescue Centre (ICRC), World Wheelchair Foundation (WF) and the World Food Program (WFP) for many developing countries during his employment here.

In 2007, he moved into commercial aviation as Technical and Engineering Manager for Comair LTD, having oversight over the maintenance of the fleet where he delivered the first 737-800NG aircraft to the airline to start the low-cost airline “”. After this success he was assigned as Technical Project Manager over the delivery of six new 737-800NG’s from Boeing for both the British Airways & franchise for Comair in South Africa.

Carlisle currently holds the position of Head of Operations and Projects and has managed over 30 aircraft teardown and aircraft deliveries for the past four years.

  • Vast International Aviation Experience Including Aircraft Development
  • Oversaw Delivery of First Boeing737-800NG to Comair
  • Managed over 30 aircraft teardowns and deliveries over past four years
Sean Miller
Head of Asset Sales & Leasing

Sean Miller is a dynamic business leader with a relentless drive for sales growth and exceptional bottom-line results. Armed with an MBA from Ohio University and over three decades of experience in the aviation industry, Sean has established himself as a prominent figure in sales leadership and business development.

Among his achievements is the tripling of revenue within a three-year period and doubling gross margin and EBIT percentage, underscoring his strategic acumen and ability to drive profitability. Sean has lead large commercial aircraft engine teams with responsibilities including business unit creation, strategy formulation, and innovation implementation, with a focus on driving sales growth, portfolio management, and customer satisfaction.

Prior to his current role, Sean held key leadership positions at prominent aviation companies such as MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. and GA Telesis Engine Services Oy (GATES). His international experience and multicultural leadership style have been instrumental in his success, leading multinational teams across diverse regions such as Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Sean truly enjoys his time with family. He is always happy to talk about his beautiful wife Melissa, their 4 children and 2 grandbabies, and her love for her Pomeranians (Peanut & Ozzie). Sean and his wife enjoy traveling, social and musical events, and are big sports fans (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey).

  • Master of Business Administration from Ohio University, B.S. in Aeronautics/Aviation Management at Embry-Riddle
  • Licensed A&P, FCC General Radio-Telephone, and Level 1 NDT Certified.
  • Served in the United States Air Force specializing in avionics, radar, and infar-red weapons systems.
  • Non-Destructive Testing / Nuclear & Metallurgy QA from AW Beattie Technical
Dave Crull
Head of Business Strategy and Transformation

Dave Crull joined KP Aviation in 2024 as the Head of Business Strategy and Transformation.  Mr. Crull will continue the focus of the development, evaluation, and execution of the company’s strategic growth initiatives.  He was previously with Aero Capital Solutions where he served as the Chief Financial Officer of the firm.  Prior to that, he was with AeroTurbine, Inc. where he held roles as Vice President, FP&A; General Manger, Airframe Materials Group; and ultimately Chief Financial Officer/Head of Commercial Operations.  Mr. Crull began his aviation career with multiple operational and financial roles in the Maintenance and Engineering departments of both Delta and American Airlines.

Mr. Crull holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from University of Dallas and a BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license holder and a former U.S. Marine. Mr. Crull resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and family.

Ben Gifford
Vice President of Sales

Ben Gifford is KP Aviation’s Vice President of Sales. During his decade long tenure, Gifford has had consistently increasing responsibilities attributed to his technical knowledge, strategic mind, data driven approach, and problem-solving ability. Multifaceted, Gifford has acquired a diverse sales background ranging from e-based client services to maintenance and repair and is currently tackling aftermarket material sales.

Gifford joined the team from Stratton Aviation where he served as Vice President of Major Accounts, promoted after less than a year as Sales Manager. Prior to Stratton Aviation, Gifford was a Key Account Manager at ITS and has also been a part of the teams at Pneu-Tech Aerospace, Inc. and PartsBase Inc. Before pursuing a career in aviation, Gifford earned his degree in Business & Managerial Economics from Fairfield University. A North-East native but Arizonian at heart, Gifford is an avid outdoorsmen who enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking with his wife and kids.

  • Diverse sales background including, but not limited to, e-based client services, maintenance and repair, and aftermarket material sales
  • Expertise in Airframe, specifically Boeing and Airbus
  • Avid outdoorsmen
Edy Cortes
Vice President of Product Line

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics, Edy’s journey began with a commitment to excellence that has propelled him to his current role as Vice President of Product Line. With over 8 years of experience in aviation, and a passion for innovation, Edy’s career trajectory exemplifies his dedication and versatility. Starting as a warehouse associate and repair coordinator at KPA in 2014, he quickly rose through the ranks, gaining invaluable experience in engine and airframe modeling, asset management, repair management, inventory management, sales support, and deal structuring.

As the first member of the product line team, Edy has been instrumental in shaping its growth and success. He has spearheaded initiatives aimed at long-term strategic objectives, including acquisitions, inventory management, and sales support. Edy’s leadership has been marked by innovation, as evidenced by his creation of sophisticated financial models to expedite evaluations and development of repair management tools to optimize asset utilization.

Leading a team of 20+ direct reports across the product line, repairs, and analytics group, Edy has demonstrated his ability to inspire and empower his team to achieve excellence. His collaborative approach and commitment to fostering talent have been key drivers of success, enabling the team to consistently deliver outstanding results.

  • Finance enthusiast with personal interests in stocks, biking, off-roading, traveling, and most importantly turbine powerplants.
  • Favorite aircraft is the Boeing 757
  • Relocated with KP Aviation from Reno, NV to Mesa, AZ to inspire and empower his teams to achieve excellence and success.
Keith Watson
Vice President of Contracts & Leasing

Keith Watson has 40 years of aviation experience. He qualified as an Aircraft Mechanic and worked on Boeing aircraft. His further studies include a Diploma in Production Management, a BTech in Business Administration and Enhanced Leadership Development.

Keith worked for South African Airways for over 20 years. He started out in heavy maintenance with a focus on Boeing 747 modifications. He spent time in both aircraft maintenance planning, engine planning and documentation. He was integral in the implementation of their Engine Maintenance Production Control IT system. During his tenure, Keith was also a key account manager in the Technical Marketing – Customer and Support business unit.

He moved to Comair LTD airline in 2005 and Keith was ultimately appointed as Comair’s Executive Manager Engineering and Fleet. For a period, he was Comair’s appointed PRA to the South African Civil Aviation Authority. He led a team of Engineering Managers and support staff. In his executive role he was responsible for lease agreements and negotiations, acquisitions, and engine maintenance including MRO agreements. He was also responsible for contracted suppliers across their aircraft fleet which included engines, components, and landing gears. Outside of work Keith enjoys travelling and exploring places with his wife, spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren. He is an avid spectator of various sports like cricket, soccer, and formula one racing, and relaxation for Keith is building Star Wars LEGO models.

Keith joined KP Aviation in 2021 as their Vice President of Contracts and Leasing.

  • Extensive international aviation experience
  • Achievements include the delivery and entry into service of numerous Boeing and Airbus aircraft for the SAA and Comair fleet respectively.
  • Instrumental in the negotiation and signing of the Comair LTD and Lufthansa Technik Total Operations Management agreement which included LHT (LTMI) opening a line maintenance facility in South Africa.
Mario Sanchez
Technical Director

Over the past 14 years, Mario’s journey in the aviation industry has been filled with technical challenges and rewarding accomplishments. It all began with his tenure at Iberia MRO, where he dove into the intricacies of commercial aircraft as a Technical Consultant Engineer. This role allowed Mario to cultivate a deep understanding of aircraft systems and operations, laying the foundation for my career in aviation.

Mario has had the privilege of managing teams and leading projects, overseeing everything from aircraft transitions to managing aircraft records with precision and attention to detail. He leads the Technical Department with determination and expertise, with responsibilities encompass managing and supporting the technical aspects of Engine Leasing, Aircraft Transitions, and the acquisition and sale of aeronautical assets.

Outside of the office, Mario finds joy in the great outdoors. Whether it’s conquering peaks while hiking, exploring on his mountain bike, or carving through fresh powder on a snowboard. Most of all, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and beloved dogs in the mountains.

  • Experience extends to collaborating with Operators, Lessors, CAMO, and MRO organizations, ensuring seamless operations and exceeding client expectations.
  • Educational background: Iberia MRO, Industrial Engineer, with specialized courses in Aircraft Mechanics and Aero Turbines
Jeromy Manke
Director of People & Culture
Michael Sawitoski
Senior Director of Product Line – Engines

Michael’s aviation experience extends to managing end-to-end project execution for engine teardown, while ensuring optimal performance, quality, and budgetary goals are met. He has extensive knowledge in CFM engines, GE programs, & leadership in project management for engine disassembly and repair initiatives.

With over two decades of experience, Michael has demonstrated a consistent ability to drive growth, enhance brand visibility, and optimize supply chain management in the aviation industry.

Travis Anukam
Director of Product Line – Engine

Travis Anukam, our Director of Product Line – Engine, has a diverse background and a passion for finance. Beginning his journey as a Sales Analyst at KP Aviation in 2018, Travis delved into the intricate world of aviation products within the Product Line department.

With over 5 years of hands-on experience in aviation, his expertise shines particularly in the CFM56 and CF6-80C2 product lines. His proficiency spans asset evaluations, teardown and inventory management, as well as sales support.

Beyond the aviation world, Travis also finds joy through traveling and hiking. With his strong professional drive, Travis always makes sure to spend time with friends and family.

  • Bachelor of Science with a Finance major, Economics minor from the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Relocated to Arizona with KPA in 2021.
Ray Marquess
Director of Product Line – Engines

As KPA’s Director of Product Line – Engines, Ray Marquess is a an experienced professional with a robust background in the aviation industry. With a keen understanding of the Regional Engine Market, Ray excels in establishing and nurturing partnerships, building rapport, and fostering lasting relationships.

One of Ray’s strengths lies in customer relations, where he leverages his knowledge of the Regional Engine Market to provide tailored solutions to customer challenges.

Ray is an experienced trainer, dedicated to elevating his team’s performance and accountability standards. He actively seeks out training opportunities to impart essential knowledge and skills, ensuring that his team remains at the forefront of industry trends and best practices.

• Originally from Belfast Ireland, currently residing in Charlotte, NC.
• Excelled knowledge in airframe & engine IPC software.

Carlos Miranda
Director of Repairs

With over two decades of invaluable experience in the aviation industry, Carlos Miranda brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role as Director of Repairs at KP Aviation. Carlos’s extensive background encompasses a wide range of roles, including Product Line Manager, Director of Materials, and Business Development, underscoring his versatile skill set and deep understanding of the industry.

Carlos’s career has been defined by his unwavering commitment to excellence and his ability to cultivate strong relationships within the aviation community. His expansive network of industry connections has been instrumental in driving success and fostering collaboration across various sectors.

As Director of Repairs, Carlos’s focus extends to both engines and airframes, with a particular emphasis on USM (Used Serviceable Material) and repairs. His keen understanding of repair processes and his dedication to delivering exceptional results have positioned him as a trusted leader in the field.

Konrad Moszczynski
Director of Product Line – Airframe

With a robust background in aviation, Konrad has garnered extensive expertise in airframe management. He is a seasoned aviation supply chain and technology consultant with a variety of experience in inventory management, fleet operations, and material logistics. 

Konrad currently holds the position of Director of Product Line- Airframe, with 20+ years of airline experience.

Dominic Di Loreto
Director of Business Development – Americas
Gedas Paukste
Director of Sales – Engine MROs

With over a decade of sales experience, Gedas Paukste, our Director of Sales – Engine MROs brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, particularly in the aviation aftermarket sector. Since 2016, he has honed his skills with a specific focus on airframe parts, gradually expanding his expertise to encompass engines USM.

Prior to joining KP Aviation, Gedas has made significant contributions to several well-known names in the industry, including FL Technics, Fly Dynamics, ITS, and Stratton Aviation. With a degree in International Business Management, he possesses a solid foundation in business strategy and global market dynamics, which leverages to drive growth and cultivate lasting relationships with clients and partners across the EMEA region.

Outside of work, Gedas enjoys a variety of hobbies, including walking his dog, hiking, fishing, and indulging in strategic games like chess and poker. As a proud Lithuanian, he also shares the national passion for basketball, further demonstrating his well-rounded nature and love for both work and leisure.

With his proven track record, industry expertise, and diverse skill set, Gedas is poised to lead KP Aviation’s expansion efforts in the EMEA region, forging new partnerships and driving business growth with unparalleled dedication and enthusiasm.

  • IBM degree from Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences
  • Dual language- Lithuanian & English
  • 10+ years aviation experience
Bilge Atamer
Director of Business Development

With a Physics Engineering Degree from ITU, Bilge has seamlessly integrated her educational background with her extensive aftermarket industry experience, making her a formidable force in the aviation landscape. She has brought her cultivated deep connections across the aviation industry, particularly in the EMEA region, where her passion for understanding cultural nuances and her customized approach to business development have earned her a reputation as a trusted partner and advisor.

Bilge has worked across various branches of aviation, from aircraft C checks to engine component repairs, demonstrating her versatility and expertise, great experience and knowledge at major aviation companies such as Chromalloy and GA Telesis.

Bilge’s journey in the aviation industry has been marked by her unwavering dedication, innovative thinking, and relentless pursuit of excellence. As the Director of Business Development, she brings a wealth of experience and a strategic vision to KP Aviation, poised to lead the company to new heights of success in the dynamic aviation landscape.

  • Physics Engineering Degree from Istanbul Technical University.
  • 15 years of diverse aviation experience
  • Dual language – Turkish and English
  • Mother of 2 kids, 2 dogs and a cat.
  • Loves to travel and meet new people from different cultures.

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