Air T, Inc. | A Diversified Holding Company | NASDAQ: AIRT
An experienced and committed team.
Leadership – Air T Executives
Nick Swenson – CEO and Chairman
Nick Swenson has been Chairman of Air T, Inc. since September 2013 and CEO since February 2014.
Nick is the general partner (through AO Partners LLC) of AO Partners I, L.P. (largest shareholder of Air T with 28.3% of the common stock).
Nick was founder and portfolio manager of the Whitebox Hedged High Yield Fund operated by Whitebox Advisors, LLC. He was also a co-portfolio Manager of the Whitebox Combined Fund and Pandora Fund. Nick was portfolio manager for the Whitebox Hedged High Yield Fund for seven years from inception in January 2002 through February 2009, where he grew assets under management from $10 million to $1.65 billion.
Previously, he was a distressed debt analyst at Varde Partners, a hedge fund focusing on investments in bankrupt companies. Nick’s background also includes capital markets experience at Piper Jaffray and Lehman Brothers.
Nick earned a BA, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in History from Middlebury College in 1991, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago in 1996.
Candice Otey – CFO
Candice Otey has been CFO of Air T, Inc. since November 2014. Candice possesses demonstrated financial leadership and growth discipline. She is also focused on maintaining Air T, Inc. resources and capital efficiency.
Previously, Candice held various financial positions at Time Warner Cable and KPMG. She has been a CPA since 2012 and holds a BA and an MBA from Radford University.
Leadership – Air T Subsidiaries
Rob Norton – CEO of Mountain Air Cargo, Inc. and CSA Air, Inc.
Rob has been the CEO of CSA Air since April 1994 and of Mountain Air Cargo since August 2014. He has been interfacing weekly with FedEx for 21 years. Rob is highly qualified in many aviation-related disciplines, including flight, maintenance and air traffic control as well as technically proficient and relationship-driven team leader.
Rob has been FAA designated and commercial pilot of over 30 years. He began career with the US Marine Corps in May 1970, specializing in air traffic control, and received the first of many certifications as a pilot through the military special services. Honorably discharged in May 1976.
Brad Osborn – CEO of Global Aviation Services, LLC
Brad Osborn is CEO of Global Aviation Services, LLC and has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. Seeing a need in the industry for a high quality maintenance provider for ground support equipment, Brad founded the company in September 2007.
He began his career in airline industry with Minneapolis-based Mesaba Airlines. Brad held various positions in his 23-year tenure at Mesaba, most notably were 10 years as Hub Director overseeing operations at its hub in Minneapolis and 6 years as Director of Corporate Services overseeing non-aircraft purchasing, properties and facilities for the airline.
Michael Moore – CEO of Global Ground Support, LLC
Michael Moore was appointed CEO of Global Ground Support in 2012 and has over 30 years of senior leadership experience in the aerospace industry. Michael is also recognized as a turn-around management leader of organizations, such as Honeywell and Thales, as well as having an extensive background in executive management and a focus on operations.
Michael developed a global business perspective by being trained in lean manufacturing techniques by Kawasaki in Osaka, Japan, and he gained further experience in leading international operations for Thales in Europe. He earned both a BS in Management and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University.
Leadership – Air T Board of Directors
John Andrew Reeves
John Andrew (Andy) Reeves has more than 23 years of experience in leading successful operations at all levels of the aviation industry, including being a commercial pilot, and serving as the head of operations overseeing a more than $400 million revenue base and 6,000-plus employees across the globe in more than 85 locations.
Reeves joined Silver Airways as Vice President of Airport Operations and Customer Service in October 2014. Reeves was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the airline in March 2015 where he currently oversees all aspects of Silver Airways’ day-to-day execution of the operational side of the airline, including airports, flight operations, inflight, OCC and technical operations with a heavy focus on further improving Silver’s operational performance, reliability and customer service.
Before joining Silver Airways, Reeves served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Sales for North America for Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG), one of the world’s largest into-plane fueling and ground handling operators. He also served as Director for ASIG Holdings, Inc. His previous ASIG experience also includes serving as Vice President Operations and Sales for North America and Vice President of Technical Services. Prior to ASIG, Reeves served as Director of Technical Services and Procurement of Signature Flight Support. Reeves joined Air T’s board in August 2013 and currently serves as Chairman of Air T’s Audit Committee.
Gary S. Kohler
Gary S. Kohler, MBA, has been Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager and Managing Partner of Blue Clay Capital Management, LLC since January 1, 2012. Kohler served as a Portfolio Manager and Partner of Whitebox Advisors, LLC, an investment management firm, from January 2000 to December 2011.
Kohler has experience in investing and managing investments in a wide variety of businesses during his over 25-year career in the field of investment management services. He spent 13 years at Okabena Company and Okabena Investment Services as Vice President and Portfolio Manager from 1984 to 1997. He was associated with ChoiceTel Communications, Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board at Printware, Inc. He has been a Director of Destron Fearing Corp. since September 1998.
Kohler has been a director of Air T, Inc. since September 2014. He served as a Director of Audio King Corp., since March 1992; Printware, Inc., since 2000; Echo Therapeutics, Inc., from 1989 to February 22, 2007, and ACI Telecentrics Inc., since 2003. Kohler has earned an MBA at Cornell University’s Johnson School with concentrations in both Marketing and Finance and a BA with majors in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Seth Barkett joined Groveland Capital, a hedge fund manager, in February 2011. His responsibilities include investment research, trading, and portfolio management. Prior to joining Groveland Capital, Seth was a co-manager at Vela Capital, a long/short hedge fund focused on small-cap stocks.
Previously, Barkett was an associate at Storm Lake Capital, a merchant banking affiliate of Whitebox Advisors that invested in privately-held distressed automotive suppliers. At Storm Lake Capital, he pursued management buyouts, recapitalizations, and corporate restructurings. He was also involved in sourcing deals, executing due diligence, and working closely with company executives to improve operating performance.
Barkett began his career as a financial analyst at Resource Land Holdings, a private equity firm with alternative investments in natural resource-related assets and businesses. He graduated with a BA in Business and Economics from Wheaton College (IL) and has served on the Board of Directors of Air T, Inc. since August 2013.
William R. Foudray
William R. Foudray, also known as Bill, co-founded Vantage Financial, LLC in August 2011 and has been its Executive Vice President since its inception. Foudray has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry in all facets of operations and financial management. He also has experience in the leasing business, including in the equipment leasing business.
Foudray served as an executive officer of a significant operating business. He served in various executive capacities, including as Vice President of Operations, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance of Fidelity National Capital, Inc., a third-party technology leasing firm and then subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial, Inc., from 1999 to 2009 and as Vice President of Winthrop Resources Corporation from 2009 to July 2011. He oversaw all of the Fidelity National’s finance, operations, and accounting functions. Foudray has been a director of Air T, Inc. since August 2013.
Andrew Stumpf has served as Vice President of Finance for Cadillac Casting, Inc. and 3Point Machine, Inc. since 2010. These companies design, engineer and manufacture metal cast and precision-machined drivetrain and chassis components for the automotive industry. His responsibilities include financial and strategic planning, financial reporting and year-end audit and tax filings. Stumpf is integral to corporate development initiatives including acquisitions and debt and equity financing.
Stumpf is also a partner with Storm Lake Capital, LLC (SLC), a private investment group which provides subordinated debt and equity capital to lower middle market companies. Prior to joining SLC in 2007, Stumpf served as Vice President in the Investment Banking Group at Stout Risius Ross Advisors, LLC (SRR), which he joined in 2000. His investment banking experience includes mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, shareholder recapitalizations, leveraged and management buyouts, and the private placement of senior and subordinated debt. He also provided business valuation and financial advisory services including fairness and solvency opinions and other tax, corporate, and litigation related matters to Fortune 500 and middle-market companies.
Prior to joining SRR, Stumpf worked with Ernst & Young, LLP in its Assurance and Advisory Business Services group in Detroit. Stumpf has been a director of Air T, Inc. since November 2014 and currently chairs its Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee. He earned a BA in Professional Accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA from The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University.
Andrew Osborne has served as Managing Member of Kingsbury Run, a private investment partnership, for more than the past five years. Osborne has experience in investing in a broad range of businesses. He was a Research Analyst at Akre Capital Management, LLC from September 2010 to December 2013. He has been a director of Air T, Inc. since August 2013.