KP Aviation Announces Ben Gifford as Vice President of Sales – Airframe
Hiring of industry vet in new position marks another key milestone in KPA’s efforts to expand their capabilities and services.
RENO, Nevada., July 12, 2021 – Today, KP Aviation (KPA) announced that they have welcomed Ben Gifford as the Vice President of Sales – Airframe, a new position within the company. Gifford is joining KPA from Stratton Aviation where he served as Vice President of Major Accounts. A veteran of the aviation industry, Gifford is bringing a decade plus of experience to the KP Aviation team.
“Over the last five years, KPA has been working towards the goal of broadening our product offerings and improving our acquisition close ratio; We are buying the complete aircraft not just the engines. With this trajectory, we recognized the need for additional senior leadership and expertise to focus specifically on airframe material sales,” said KP Aviation’s COO, Mike Lantz regarding the new position. “Ben’s sales career accomplishments, industry relationships, and diverse skill set make him the perfect candidate to lead our newly established role as Vice President of Sales –Airframe,” CEO, Kim Schulze added.
Before pursuing a career in aviation, Gifford earned his BA in Economics from Fairfield University. During his successful 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.
“KPA has assembled a team of professionals who bring extensive industry knowledge, unique skill sets and a no quit attitude. With the companies’ strong core philosophies, the go getter mentality of each team member, and the approach of senior leaderships, it was easy for me to recognize that KPA is truly investing in their customers. Ultimately, these are all key elements needed to support our current customers and grow our market share with new customers for years to come.”— Ben Gifford on his choice to join KP Aviation