Executive Team

Chris Curtis – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Chris was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Wencor Group in August 2016. Chris is a seasoned global executive, having spent two decades at Schneider Electric in a variety of leadership roles including President and CEO of North America and Executive Vice President of the Buildings Business division. During his time with Schneider, Chris successfully oversaw a number of critical divisions, achieving significant growth across market segments and geographies. Chris earned a dual BA in History and Economics from Le Moyne College, completed the Executive Development program at Harvard University and also attended Peking University.

 

Shawn Trogdon – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Shawn Trogdon is responsible for all finance, accounting, treasury and information technology functions. Shawn joined The Wencor Group in October 2014 as the Global Controller. Previously, he was the Global Controller at Wesco Aircraft Holdings, a public aircraft parts distributor with over $1.4 billion of annual sales. Prior to that, he held financial positions at Landmark Aviation and Grant Thornton. Shawn has led companies through initial public offerings (“IPO”), acquisitions, new product development, business restructurings and has managed companies through relationships with private equity investors, public investors, analysts, banks and external auditors. Shawn earned his BS in Accounting and Masters of Accounting from North Carolina State University.

 

Eric Vernon – General Counsel

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Eric has managed the legal, regulatory and compliance efforts for Wencor Group since 2001. Eric is also a member of the corporate development team responsible for business strategy, corporate development, global expansion and M&A activity. Eric holds a JD degree from Brigham Young Law School and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

 

Patrick McCarty – President, Wencor MRO Group

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Patrick McCarty is responsible for all aspects of The Wencor Group Global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul aftermarket services business. Patrick first entered the aerospace business in 1988, where he started an aerospace piece part repair division for Industry Plating Company in Anniston, Alabama. In 2003, he helped found Aerospace Coatings International, Inc. Through organic growth, he successfully guided the company to become the world leader in proprietary piece part repairs for aerospace pneumatic, hydraulic and landing gear systems. He joined the Wencor Group in 2011. In addition to his role as president, he is part of the Wencor Group executive team responsible for mergers and acquisitions. After graduating from Auburn University in 1982, and prior to entering the aerospace industry, his career path included various marketing and financial positions with Monsanto, Shearson Lehman Brothers, and Paine Webber.

 

Tony Gentile - EVP of Quality, Continuous Improvement & Operations

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Tony Gentile is responsible for global operations, safety, quality, continuous improvement as well as Kitco’s air defense operations. He joined The Wencor Group in June 2017. Tony is a proven leader having spent 27 years with Schneider Electric in a variety of leadership roles including VP of Strategic Sales & Business Development, Residential Business General Manager, Home Automation and Lighting Control General Manager, NA Process Improvement leader, as well as VP for the Projects and Engineering Center. Tony holds a Masters of Business Administration from Penn State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trenton State College, and has also held a Board of Directors position at Cornell University’s School of Hospitality.

 

Tom Davis – EVP of Product Management

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Tom Davis is Executive Vice President of Product Management and is responsible for global product development, procurement, business development and product management for the distribution and PMA portfolios. Prior to this role, Davis was Senior Director for Air and Thermal Systems for Honeywell Aerospace where supported domestic/international, OEM/ aftermarket customers in all Aerospace segments. He also served Honeywell as Senior Sourcing Director, responsible for sourcing process improvements focused on supplier transitions, international offsets, eSourcing and as Vice President for US Army programs as well as leadership roles managing customer relationships with Gulfstream, Dassault, BAe and many others. With over 20 years in aerospace, Tom has worked in a variety of roles in operations, supply chain, quality, contracts, business development, marketing, customer management, information technology and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to his experience in aerospace, Tom created an energy startup business focused on alternative combustion which raised $100M in a public offering. Tom holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering as well as an MBA from Arizona State University and an executive certificate from a joint Harvard/MIT program. Tom is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

 

Ben Boehm – EVP, Strategy, Economic, & Business Analytics

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Benjamin Boehm is responsible for industry, customer and market analysis as well as providing strategic guidance for global business integration and growth across all of the Wencor Group business units. Benjamin joined the Wencor Group in August 2017 after spending the previous four years as the EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Cascade Aerospace in British Columbia Canada. Prior to that, he had spent 18 years at Bombardier Aerospace in a career that grew into successive leadership positions in product management, aircraft development programs, international industrial relations and commercial sales strategy. Benjamin is a former aerospace engineering officer from the Canadian Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

 

Courtney Damon – EVP of Human Resources

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Courtney Damon joined the Wencor Group as Executive Vice President of Human Resources in January 2017. She has 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Learning Solutions, and Program Management, and has held several Human Resources leadership positions for national, regional, and global businesses within Schneider Electric. Courtney holds a BS in Business Administration from Miami University and an EMBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

 

Brad Strella – VP of North America Sales

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Brad is Vice President of North America Sales for the Wencor Group. He is responsible for all sales activities excluding OEM in this region. Brad has been in the aerospace industry for over 30 years, having worked for both Distribution and Manufacturers. Brad’s most recent positions were at Wesco and KLX as Director of Sales for the Americas. Brad lives in Orlando FL and has a BA in Marketing from the University of South FL.

 

Jon Jeffords – Vice President of OEM Sales

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Jon is Vice President of Sales for the OEM market segment for the Wencor Group and is responsible for leading sales activities with our OEM customer base. Jon has over 20 plus years’ experience in aerospace distribution and manufacturing, and has held various sales leadership positions within the Wencor organization. Jon also previously worked in sales for Timken Aerospace. Jon earned his BA in Political Science from The Citadel.

 

Steve Shaffer – Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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Steve started his career as an airline pilot and eventually transitioned into varying IT leadership roles. He has worked at some of the most iconic airports, airlines and aerospace companies in the world including JetBlue Airways, Beechcraft, AOPA, and most recently as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport where he led the technology aspects for the third busiest airport in the world. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace and Technology from Kent State University, and is a Certified Flight Instructor and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

 
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