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Tony Weller

Sales Manager

In April 2016, Tony was delighted to join the team at AEM as the new Sales Manager.

Hailing from Australia, Tony began in Canada in the education field finishing as Head of Department at Collingwood School in 2009. A career change in 2010 introduced Tony to the world of sales where he worked for over 5 years in Business Development and Sales Management roles.

Recently graduating from the UBC-SMEI Diploma in Marketing & Sales Management program, Tony is looking forward to contributing to the continued growth of AEM and their employees.

A bit of a rugby nut, Tony played, coached and sat on the board of Capilano RFC for many years and played professional stints in England and Australia.

Tony is a natural coach who believes our success is determined by the success of others.

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Luc Schingh

Sales & Business Development

Luc segued onto the AEM team from the beginning, in Product Development, sharing his expertise in engineering as well as production. Having worked on projects with both military and commercial applications – including for F16s, F18s, CRJs, Apaches and more, Luc is happy to help customers with all of their lighting and NVG requirements.

With French as his first language, Luc completed the Electro-mechanical program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, before joining the avionics industry at CRL (now Astronics) in 1989, as a young mechanical and optical designer. He moved on to Graphico (now FTG), where he spent 7 years as the Engineering Manager, rebuilding the Engineering Department with a particular focus to NVG capability.

In 2002 Luc was hired at Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) as Faceplate Production Manager, responsible for NAT’s light panel requirements and NVG product advisement. Luc played a key role in developing the training and manufacturing process for the NAT facility to begin production of light panels to SAE-AS7788 specification.

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Steve Broderick

Sales & Business Development

Steve was recruited by the Sales team at AEM in 2012. In this current role, customers benefit from Steve’s knowledge and enthusiasm as he assists with all of their audio system requirements. Steve’s experience and product knowledge make him a great fit for working with the marketing team on launching new products and he has also been an integral part in the preliminary development of AEM’s dealer training programs.

As a recreational small aircraft pilot (and the son of a Canadian Snowbird), Steve shares the love for the Avionics industry in his hobby as well as his career.

In 1998 and fresh out of college with his Electronics Engineering Technology diploma, Steve began his avionics audio career with NAT (Northern Airborne Technology). Steve gained valuable system trouble shooting experience in the production department, building beacons, power amplifiers, Tac/Com control heads, NPX, NTX and NT radios.

When the opportunity presented itself in 2000, Steve was pleased to expand on his industry experience by moving up to the Research & Development department. Surrounded by many talented peers, he was responsible for firmware design, testing and debugging of NAT audio product software.

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Tom Betzelt

Product Support

Within his Product Support role with AEM, Tom is responsible for fielding customer and dealer inquiries regarding product configuration and troubleshooting of all AEM products. He also is the first point of contact for setting up new AEM Dealerships, incoming repairs and control of the product loaner/exchange pool.

Tom is a graduate of the first Avionics Technology Program ever offered in Canada, at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, and since then he has gained a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise – 37 years, to be exact! After founding and operating of a successful international avionic sales and service company for 9 years, Tom sold the business and joined Cobham Avionics/Northern Airborne Technology (NAT). He was an integral member of NAT’s Product Support department before transitioning to AEM upon its inception.

Tom has been Transport Canada AME “E” licensed for 25 years (SCA and ACA), and his diverse experience ranges from install/aircraft troubleshooting to extensive bench repair, specializing in Pulse (Weather Radar, DME, Transponder) and CVR’s.

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Ray Guenther

Avionics Maintenance Director

As Maintenance Director for AEM, Ray supervises the Repair Department and is the main point of contact for estimating and quoting on all product repairs. Ray Guenther has been involved in the electronics and avionics industry for nearly 30 years.

Ray began his career in Vancouver as a radio technician and moved to the Okanagan in 1991 when he joined a small North American distributor of mobile communications equipment. At this distributorship he was responsible for product design and customer support. In 2002 Ray accepted a supervisory position with Northern Airborne Technology (NAT), and quickly rose to the rank of Maintenance Director.

When NAT ceased operations in 2009, Ray was pleased to join AEM’s exciting young company as the new Maintenance Director.
Ray has a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from Okanagan College and was honoured to receive the SETBC President’s Award of Excellence for combined practical and academic achievement.

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Carole Snider

Lead Sales Coordinator

Carole has been with AEM since its inception in 2009, transitioning from Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) where she started in 2004 as their Repair Clerk. She then quickly moved her way up to become their Lead Sales Coordinator, the position she held until their closure. Carole has brought to AEM her experience of Inside Sales along with the knowledge of the legacy products, their derivatives, install kits, piece parts, service manuals… and anything else you can throw in the mix including an expertise in the lingo! Carole’s humour and happy nature is a fantastic and valued part of the Sales & Marketing team.

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Julie Bumstead

Administrative Assistant & Sales Coordinator

In January of 2016, Julie joined the Sales and Marketing team at AEM as our Administrative Assistant and Sales Coordinator. Having a background in customer service, data entry, as well as a variety of past office experiences, enabled her to fall into the sales coordinator role quickly and easily. Since Julie is no stranger to multitasking in busy environments, she was an easy choice for the position. Her  outgoing personality makes her a great fit for Reception as her contagious smile will be the first one you will see when you walk through the front doors at AEM.

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Sandy Wike

Controller

Sandy is a designated Certified General Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia. She has 25 years of experience in various levels of accounting. Sandy is also an avid marathoner, traveling to many prestigious events including the Boston Marathon in 2010 and to an event in the UK in the spring of 2013.

Sandy joined the Finance Department of Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) in July 2005, following 7 years in Public Practice accounting and 4 years as Controller for a window manufacturing company.

The establishment of AEM in 2009 presented unique opportunities. That first year included significant involvement with the gradual wind up of NAT’s five member accounting function while at the same time single-handedly establishing AEM’s accounting department. Many long hours were spent delving into the intricacies of sales, inventory, purchasing and accounts payable transactions along with preparation of bi-weekly payrolls and monthly financial statements. The efforts paid off with a thorough knowledge of the functionality of Syspro – a resource that continues to be invaluable.

The addition of an assistant in 2010 has provided an opportunity for Sandy to increase focus on financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, forecasting and departmental reporting.

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Dan Potts

Operations Manager

After serving 5 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) as a Weapons Technician, Dan joined NAT in 1997 in the Metalshop as a machine operator. Dan’s credentials include an Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician Diploma and he is also a Red Seal Machinist.

During his time at NAT he worked with both Production and R&D to help improve processes and quality. Dan quickly became lead hand and then soon after he was promoted to Metalshop Manager. Dan transitioned over to AEM as part of the original team in his same role as Metalshop Manager. During the first year AEM grew so quickly, a Panel Department Manager was required. Dan was offered the opportunity to run both departments and he took on the challenge.

In AEM’s second year, things continued to grow leaps and bounds and it was determined that a more encompassing role of Operations Manager was required. Dan now oversees all of production including Metalshop, Electronics and Faceplates, as well as, the Materials Planning departments.

Dan enthusiastically oversees day-to-day operations and works closely with the department supervisors to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations on quality and delivery.

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Todd Blackstock

Research & Development Manager

Joining AEM in 2010, Todd oversees the Research & Development department, which is responsible for developing new products and maintaining the designs for existing production. The R&D department houses designers dedicated to products including audio panels, VHF/UHF radios, PA amplifiers and additional new designs, as well as the Structural Monitoring Systems (SMS) division of AEM. The designers for SMS are developing leading edge technology used to monitor cracks in the structures of aircraft.

In 1991, Todd began his career with Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) in Avionics Production, and then worked his way up to Documentation Coordinator/Designer, Senior Designer and finally Project Manager, specializing in software certification.

Todd holds two diplomas in Electronics Engineering Technology – one in Telecommunications from BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, and the other in Control Electronics from College of New Caledonia (CNC) in Prince George.

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Royal Smith

Quality Assurance Manager

Under Royal’s leadership as QA Manager, the Quality System at AEM was certified to AS9100C in two short years. Royal has also been a leading force towards AEM receiving Transport Canada certification for manufacturing and maintenance, along with EASA approval for maintenance. In addition to this role Royal was also appointed AEM’s Designated Officer for Controlled Goods.

Royal began his electronics career at Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) in 1997, where he rose through the ranks holding such positions as AMO Technician, Production Supervisor, QA Inspector and eventually Quality Engineer. When it was determined that NAT/Cobham was to shut down their Canadian manufacturing facility, Royal was selected by AEM as the Quality Manager and he graciously accepted the position.

Some of Royal’s many accreditations include: Electronics Technician with Highest Honors, Certified RABQSA AS9100 Lead Auditor, and Certified IPC-A-610 Electronics Inspector.

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Brad Grainge

IT Manager

Brad has been in the IT industry since 1986 starting with embedded code for Marconi Radar Systems in the UK, which is also in the aviation industry. Since then as an IT and project manager he has been working with and setting up complex integrated systems, networks and multi-tier environments.

Brad told us, “Working all over Britain, Ireland and mainland Europe I have managed to get a pen from each of the Google corporate offices, often with their permission.”

In 2011 Brad and his family moved to Western Canada, working once again in the aviation industry, project managing large scale integration projects, systems and infrastructure.

AEM welcomed Brad in late summer of 2015 where he has fit right in with our sometimes quirky, technically minded crew.

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Devon Hunt

Human Resources Manager

Devon’s enthusiasm for the Human Resources field began with a promotion at local wholesale distributor. What started as a payroll position developed into a full-time Human Resources role and Devon knew she had found her career. She pursued her Certified Human Resources designation in 2007 to enhance her qualifications. Devon has a varied background in industries such as restoration, manufacturing and insurance with 10 years’ experience in full cycle Human Resources from Recruitment, Performance Management, Health & Safety, Performance Management and Training.

While our team grew from 49 employees to over 90 within 3 years, Devon is excited to see where the next 5 years takes AEM!

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Dave Veitch

President

As president of AEM, Dave takes an active role in the day-to-day activities, where he works closely with the sales team as well as the materials management and production departments. Dave says that “Part of running a successful business is knowing your team, their duties and their strengths. Having worked at every level within this business gives me the ability to continue as a hands-on leader”.

Dave grew up in manufacturing and avionics. He started with Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) in 1980 at the age of fifteen; his career progressed from aircraft and hovercraft installation, metal shop, Electronics Technician, Materials Management, and on to Operations Manager. Dave has always been an avid learner and he has continually ventured to progress his education and responsibilities throughout his career.

The opportunity to fulfill his vision and follow the natural progression to business owner came about in 2009 when NAT/Cobham sold him the operational end of its manufacturing facility in Kelowna, which is now AEM. Believing in his employees, in 2010 Dave opened up the opportunity for the employees to buy-in and become owners of AEM. Having 60% of the employees owning shares in the company, indicates the strong commitment the AEM staff has in the company. This pride of ownership also reflects in the quality of the products AEM produces.

With the belief that no company should be all work and no play, Dave encourages and supports the company’s many outside activities – including organizing, and playing on, one of the company’s two sponsored softball teams.

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Ray Lewis

VP of Business Developement

In January 2011, Ray was thrilled to join his prior colleagues at AEM as VP Business Development. In this role, his major activities and responsibilities include business and product development, sales & marketing, OEM account development, and contracts management. In September of 2012, Ray became a partner and part of the senior management team at AEM.

Ray began his aviation career with Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) in 1981, at their original location in Prince George, BC. His next four years were spent working on a variety of helicopters all over western Canada and the US, doing new avionics installations and upgrades of the early generation NAT audio controllers and other unique NAT product.

After a 4 year stint at Kelowna Flightcraft, Ray returned to the NAT team. The next 20+ years were a time of major growth for NAT, which provided him the opportunity to take on a variety of roles including Product Support, System Design & Integration, QA Manager, Operations Manager and eventually on to Sales, Marketing and Business Development roles. Ray held the title of Director of International Business Development for NAT at the time of their closure in late 2010.

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Brian Wall

VP of Operations

With 30+ years in senior leadership roles, Brian brings a solid background in operations leadership. Collectively, with our Team of 90+ partners, the aim of his VP Operations role is to combine the operational aspects of our facility in the pursuit of continuous improvement. Brian works with competitive urgency and his enthusiasm is contagious.

“It’s all about people, processes and the opportunity within. Empowerment and accountability.”

As a pilot himself Brian is able to participate in an industry he is passionate about. We are committed to delivering quality products, on time, that support our sales efforts and that meet the stringent demands of the aerospace and aviation industry.

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