Since Duncan Aviation was founded in 1956, the members of the Duncan family have always been actively involved in leading the company. In addition to the family influence, the company’s leadership dynamic includes vice presidents and executive officers of Duncan Aviation who form the Senior Leadership Team. They pursue a constructive dynamic that allows them to strategically position the company for long-term success and respond to sudden changes in the industry.
The Senior Leadership Team is responsible for modeling and maintaining Duncan Aviation’s Leadership Values. Duncan Aviation leaders:
Currently vice president of customer service in Lincoln, Nebraska, Doug joined Duncan Aviation 29 years ago as an A&P mechanic in the engine shop. Through the years, he's moved from team leader to tech rep to MPI shop supervisor to engine sales service rep. In 2008, Doug assumed the responsibilities of managing airframe service sales, and in 2009, he added managing the Regional Managers to his lengthening resume. He became the manager of customer service in early 2015, and Doug joined the senior management team in October of that year.
As vice president of customer service, Doug enjoys interacting with Duncan Aviations customers and working with the customer service teams in Lincoln, Nebraska, Battle Creek, Michigan, and Provo, Utah.
Doug and his wife Paula have been married for 28 years, raised their children and have one grandchild. They enjoy boating on their pontoon and going fishing in Canada every year that they can get away.
Mark Cote is Duncan Aviation's Vice President of Duncan Aviation Parts Sales, Avionics, Accessories & Satellites. In this position he provides leadership to the production and service areas of aircraft Accessories, Avionics/Instruments Component Repair, Duncan Aviation Parts and Rotables Sales and the network of avionics satellite locations around the United States.
Mark joined Duncan Aviation in 1987 as an avionics technician, fixing navigation and communication equipment. Throughout his career with Duncan Aviation, Mark has held several positions including customer service representative, project manager, program manager and project manager team lead and coordinator. In 2006, he became the Vice President of Completions and Modifications. Mark assumed his current position in 2014.
Mark has an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology.
Mark and his wife have two children. Mark enjoys motorcycle riding, home improvement, staying fit and spending time with his family.
Nate started at Duncan Aviation in 2001 as a completions technician in the Interior department. He was promoted to shift supervisor in 2005 and became the department scheduler in 2006. He assumed his current responsibilities in 2009.
Nate enjoys working and interacting with customers. It is gratifying for him to be on the front end of refurbishment projects and see the transformation of aircraft through the eyes of customers.
Nate is married. He is a big sports fan and tries to spend as much time possible outdoors. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He supports the United Way to help those in his community.
Todd Duncan was named Chairman of Duncan Aviation in 2007. In his 30 years with the company, he has served many roles, including vice chair and president of Duncan Aviation component services. Todd has a passion for aviation and has been an active private pilot since 1987, holding instrument and multi-engine ratings. He is also passionate about the business aviation industry and believes in giving back. He is currently serving as Chair of the National Business Aviation Association's Associate Member Advisory Council. He has been a member of that council since 2015 and has also served as Chairman of the board of the National Air Transportation Association. Todd graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in business administration and studied in the Stanford Executive Program in 2007. Along with his wife, Connie, he is active in several philanthropic activities including the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Southeast Community College Foundation.
Todd and Connie have twin sons and two daughters-in-law: Harrison and Brooke; and Paul Kent "P.K." and Katie. Todd enjoys many activities with his family including traveling, boating, scuba diving and snow skiing. Todd is an enthusiastic golfer and fisherman, an active Phish Phan and an avid traveler.
As General Counsel, Tom Fischer acts as the company's chief legal officer and provides legal advice and assistance to the Duncan Aviation Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, Duncan family shareholders, Senior Management Team, Department Managers, and other company employees regarding the company's business and legal matters.
Tom joined Duncan Aviation in 2007 in his current position. Prior to Duncan Aviation, Tom was president of Spectrum Financial Services in Omaha, Nebraska, a company that provided insurance, securities brokerage, and other products and services to more than 250 financial institutions across the country. He also served as a senior officer and was on the board of directors for Spectrum's holding company, Great Western Bancorp and Spectrum Life Insurance Company, an Arizona-based re-insurance company. Before moving to Spectrum, Tom served as vice president, general counsel, and secretary for several major financial institutions including First National Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, and most recently, FirsTier Financial in Omaha.
Tom has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He has held a Nebraska Real Estate Brokers License, as well as several Nebraska insurance licenses and designations. Tom is a US Army veteran, and he is rated by Martindale Hubble as AV Preeminent attorney.
Tom and his wife Suzi have two grown children and five grandsons. Tom enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sports, outdoor activities, and reading, particularly books about World Wars I and II history and the rise and fall of communism and fascism. Tom is a member of the IATSBA (International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association) and a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association where he serves on the Corporate Counsel Executive Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, is a member of the Foundation's Endowment Committee, and serves on the University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor's Board of Counselors Alumni.
In 2019, Travis Grimsley was named Director of Maintenance for Airframe Services at the Duncan Aviation facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. He's also now a part of the Duncan Aviation Senior Management Team.
In 2005, Travis joined the Duncan Aviation team as a Line Services Representative, and he transitioned to Manager of Customer Service in 2016. The common thread in all of his positions at Duncan Aviation has been his genuine desire to provide a positive environment for customers and team members.
When he was growing up, his father was an airline mechanic at Northwest Airlines in Detroit, and he inspired Travis to pursue a career in the aviation industry. Travis earned his pilots license when he was 21 years old, and he earned a Bachelors degree in Business from Western Michigan University in 2012. He feels fortunate to have been able to make a living in working in a field he's always been so fond of.
Travis and his wife Dawn have three children, and in his spare time, they going skiing and boating and travel to Northern Michigan to enjoy the outdoors.
As Vice President and CFO, Jamie provides leadership for the accounting, credit, information services, material services, and treasury services areas. Before serving in her new role, Harder was a controller with Duncan Aviation for four years.
Harder earned a degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and Management at Midland University in Fremont and gained seven years of experience working in both private and public accounting prior to coming to Duncan Aviation.
In Harder's free time, she spends as much time outside as possible, and that includes working in the yard, going for long bike rides, golfing, and playing volleyball. She also enjoys traveling, cheering for Husker athletics, going to concerts, and playing with her niece and nephew.
In January 2019, Kasey Harwick accepted the position of Vice President of Maintenance for the Airframe Department at Duncan Aviation's Lincoln, Nebraska, facility.
When Kasey joined Duncan Aviation in 1999, he performed completions on green Astra SPX aircraft, until he transitioned to Airframe, which gave him experience on Learjets and Astras. After more than a year as a Lead Technician, where he added Challengers to his growing expertise, Kasey moved on to Team Leader for the fleet customer program and then he served as Project Manager until mid-2017, when he took on the responsibilities of Airframe Department Manager.
In 2017, Kasey and his family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, where he accepted the position of Director of Maintenance for the Duncan Aviation facility there, and he became a member of the company's Senior Management Team.
During his 20 years at the company, Kasey has learned that customers choose Duncan Aviation because our team members are dedicated to providing high-quality maintenance and repairs while adhering to aggressive downtimes.
While working at Duncan Aviation, Kasey earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Non-Destructive Testing, an Associate Degree in Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a minor in Marketing. In 2018, Kasey earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Creighton University's Heider College of Business, and he was recently accepted into Bellevue University's Human Capital Management Ph.D. program. He'll begin his residency in Spring 2020.
Kasey and his wife Faith have been married for 17 years and have two daughters Elliott and Charlotte. In his free time, you'll find Kasey on the sidelines, cheering on his daughters at one of their many events and working on his classic car and motorcycle.
As Chief Executive Officer, Aaron C. Hilkemann provides strategic leadership and direction to Duncan Aviation, Inc. to ensure future development and growth for the enterprise.
Aaron joined Duncan Aviation in 1996 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1997, he was appointed President. Mid-year 2020, Aaron stepped back from the role as President yet remains Chief Executive Officer and is very active in the strategic direction of the company.
Prior to joining Duncan Aviation, Aaron was Vice President and Director of Financial Operations for FirsTier Financial, Inc. His background includes eight years of public accounting experience with KPMG Peat Marwick where he served as a Senior Audit Manager and concentrated in the areas of manufacturing, construction and banking industries.
Aaron is past Chairman and a current member of the Board of Directors of GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association). He has also served as Past Chairman of the AMAC (Associate Member Advisory Council) of NBAA and the NBAA Board of Directors.
Aaron and his wife, Jennifer, have a blended family of seven children, two boys and five girls. Aaron is active in hiking, hunting, fishing, biking and most recently has become a bee keeper.
Ryan assumed his current role as Director of Sales and became a member of Duncan Aviation's SMT in 2020. Prior to that, he managed sales for Airframe and Engine Services for the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility after initially joining the sales force in 2012. Ryan started his career with Duncan Aviation in 2001 as an Airframe Mechanic and was quickly promoted to Lead Mechanic and then Team Leader. Before joining Duncan Aviation, Ryan served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airborne Technician with the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron.
Ryan is a licensed A&P mechanic with AMT certificates through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He enjoys working with customers, building relationships with them, and providing them knowledgeable service options for maintaining their aircraft.
Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, have one son, Cole, and two daughters, Ashley and Emily. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fly fishing, hiking, and working out. Ryan is active in mentoring youth and enjoys coaching youth sports teams.
As Associate General Counsel, Kramer Lyons provides legal guidance when the company is negotiating contracts with OEMs and vendors, assists HR with personnel matters, assists with Aircraft Sales transactions, and handles real-estate leases for Duncan Aviation facilities. He's also an officer who provides legal advice and assistance to the Duncan Aviation Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, Duncan family shareholders, Senior Management Team, Department Managers, and other company employees regarding the company's business and legal matters.
After earning his undergraduate degree in Economics from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, Kramer attended the University of Nebraska College of Law. Prior to joining the Duncan Aviation Senior Management Team, Kramer was an attorney with the Lincoln, Nebraska-based law firm O'Neil Heinrich where he focused on general corporate law, business and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and construction law.
Although Kramer and his wife, Jamie, met in 9th grade on a golf course in Hastings, the two didn''t start dating until they were both in college. Jamie has been a first-grade teacher at Arnold Elementary School in Lincoln for the last seven years, and they have two children: Charlotte (4) and Henry (2).
In their spare time, the family enjoys visiting zoos and state parks and spending the summer days in the pool. Kramer is an avid golfer and is hoping to introduce the sport to his children soon! He also enjoys hunting and fishing and will occasionally sneak out with friends to catch a local dirt track race.
Mike was named Chief Operating Officer of Duncan Aviations Lincoln facility in July 2020. He joined Duncan Aviation's Senior Management Team in October 2015 where he served as Vice President of Modifications and Engineering and before that, Vice President of Sales.
Mike joined the Duncan Aviation Design Center team in 1993 as a Designer while working on his Masters degree in architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He transitioned to Team Leader of Design, moved to Sales Team Leader, and then on to Program Manager for a large fleet customer. He was promoted to Sales Manager over Modifications (Paint, Interior, Avionics, and Install) and assumed those responsibilities for Airframe and Engine in 2011. In October 2015, he was promoted to Duncan Aviations Senior Management Team.
Mike has been actively involved in the local community through Leadership Lincoln and United Way and has served on various aviation industry boards including the Gogo Dealer Advisory Board, Honeywell Channel Partner Advisory Board, Aircraft Electronic Association (AEA) Board and most recently joined the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board as a Community Director.
Mike and his wife Renae have three boys: Andrew, Mason, and Aden. Mike enjoys hunting, golfing, and attending family activities.
Andy was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Duncan Aviation's Battle Creek facility in February 2019. For seven years before that, he held the position of Vice President of Completions and Modifications where he oversaw the Battle Creek paint and interior completions teams and provided on-site support for OEM completions, engineering and certification in Battle Creek.
Andy joined Duncan Aviation in 1997 working as a cabinet shop technician. He spent time leading teams in both cabinet and completions and was promoted to assistant manager of interior completions. In 2008, Andy became involved in Duncan Aviation's OEM completions program and was promoted to Program Manager one year later.
Andy has a Bachelor's of Arts degree and a Master's of Fine Arts degree.
Andy and his wife Pam enjoy spending time with their two daughters and going to their cabin on the Au Sable River in northern Michigan. Andy enjoys fly fishing and likes to stay in shape by practicing yoga, biking to work, and exercising in the workout facility at Duncan Aviation.