The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the management of the Association as well as developing the long-term financial and strategic plans. Directors devote a substantial amount of their personal time to ensure the success of the Association. Directors must be from a Regular Member that sells aircraft parts. There are four quarterly meetings as well as frequent conference calls between the meetings. The Board of Directors is a volunteer board and as such ASA does not pay for the expense associated with attending the quarterly meetings.
The Board of Directors is also responsible for appointing the following officers: President, Corporate Secretary and Corporate Treasurer. In 2019 there was a change to the ByLaws that impacted the length of the term of an elected Director with the intent that election terms migrate to a three-year term with elections for three Directors each year. This change will take place over the 2019 and 2020 election periods. In 2019 there was an election for six Directors, with three serving two-year terms and three serving three-year terms. Click here to see a chart with the Director name; whether appointed or elected; and term expiration date.
Additional information about Director responsibilities are detailed in the Bylaws. If you have questions about become a Director, consider contacting a current Directors.
Customer Support Director
Satair an Airbus Services Company
About John Gattasse
John Gattasse possesses 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry in senior commercial global roles encompassing sales & marketing, business development, supply chain, airline/cargo operations and general management. He is currently with Satair an Airbus Services company and was previously with ARC (Aircraft Radio Corp.), AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), Meggitt, TIMET (Titanium Metals Corp.), Rolls-Royce, TRW, Saudi Arabian Airlines and American World Aviation (an Evergreen Airlines company).
As Head of Sales - Latin America at Satair an Airbus Services company, John is leading a team of professionals and coaching them to develop mature, strategic, and positive long-term relationships with senior executives in the region. He manages a sales team that directly supports airlines and MROs with material, tooling and services based at the Spares & Logistics Center for the Americas in Ashburn, VA. John and his team also maintain close ties to aircraft sales, flight hour services, customer services, supplier support, contracts and legal teams as well as Airbus organizations globally to ensure all parties are aligned with support and service management aspects. John is a board member of the Aviation Suppliers Association and also serves in ALTA’s CCMA Steering Committee as an Advisory Member.
As CEO of ARC Avionics Corporation, John was brought on board to lead the organization with overall responsibility for management, finance, operations, engineering, sales, HR, IT, quality and continuous improvement. John has also focused on increasing strategic business opportunities overseas by on-boarding agents in South America (Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Argentina) as well as in the UAE to boost sales in the Middle East and Africa.
Prior, the majority of John’s career was spent with TRW and Rolls-Royce. During John’s employ with Rolls-Royce, he held several positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Airline Sales, Director of CorporateCare and Business Development Executive. As Director of CorporateCare, John drove the strategic planning and execution of maintenance programs for Fortune 100 corporate/general aviation clients. While in the role of Business Development Executive, John built relationships and partnered with domestic and international FBOs to bundle services for engine maintenance during airframe inspections.
The sum of John’s experience is a proven track record of growing business and achieving operational objectives through sound practices, strategic business moves and sourcing talent to complement his own vision. Through the course of John’s career progression he has developed strong knowledge of commercial negotiations, financial analysis, logistics and technical solutions.
John is married with 2 children, is originally from Brazil and was educated in the US. He possesses a BA from Queens College and a MBA from St. John’s University, both in New York.
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