The SCAA Team

Steve Nielsen
President
Director of Aviation, Avalon Capital

Mr. Nielsen is currently the Director of Aviation for Avalon Capital where he operates a Global Express and a Eurocopter 145. Mr. Nielsen has over 45 years in corporate aviation experience. He retired from Yum Brands after 21 years as their aviation director. He is a former member of the National Business Aviation Association board of directors and NetJets advisory board. Mr. Nielsen served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 - 1970.
Debi Carpenter
Executive Director
DC Marketing

Debi Carpenter is the founder and leader of DC Marketing, which offers a full-service network of business, design, advertising and marketing professionals to the aviation industry.

 Debi has more than 27 years of business development and marketing experience, with the last 16 years being spent in all aspects of business aviation. She has served as Director of Sales and Marketing with companies offering aircraft sales, aircraft management, charter, fuel, avionics and maintenance. Debi has also worked closely with aircraft and avionics manufacturers, and flight training companies.

 Currently, Debi also serves as the Executive Director of Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA), in which capacity she presides over several aspects and events on behalf of the 800-plus-member organization. A volunteer with SCAA since its inception in 2006, Debi later ascended to the Marketing and Event Chair position in 2008 before being named Executive Director in 2012.

 Debi also serves on the National Business Aviation’s (NBAA) Local and Regional Group Leadership Committee. Previously, Debi has a served as a volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA) and launched a North San Diego County Make-A-Wish event to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Truly passionate about and entrenched in the aviation industry and community, Debi learned to fly the Cirrus SR20 in 2011.


Charlie Ferraro
Treasurer
Regional Vice President, Signature Flight

Mr. Ferraro is the Regional Vice President of Signature Flight Support. Mr. Ferraro's experience includes oversight and execution of corporate FBO transitions in the United States and international locations. Prior to his tenure with Landmark Aviation, Mr. Ferraro served in a management capacity with Landmark, Encore FBO, Black Canyon Jet Center, Atlantic Aviation and Trajen FBO Network.

Austin Blue
Secretary
President, Spectrum Aeronautical

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Debi Carpenter
Executive Director
DC Marketing

Dave Ryan is the Director of Flight Operations for MedImpact Healthcare Systems in San Diego. Ryan brings over 30 years of aviation experience in corporate and OEM sectors of the industry and has held various positions as a Program Director, Adjunct Professor, Corporate Pilot, Senior Air Safety Investigator, Safety Captain/Demonstration Pilot, Chief Pilot and Aviation Safety Consultant to name a few. In addition, Ryan has served on the Bombardier Learjet Advisory Committee, Bombardier Challenger Advisory Committee, Center for Aerospace Safety Education Industry Committee (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), General Aviation Air Safety Investigators Committee, SCAA Safety Committee (previous Chairman), and the NBAA Safety Committee.Prior to joining MedImpact and Crownair Aviation Ryan was the Chief Pilot for Bombardier Aerospace / Learjet in Wichita, KS. During his tenure there, he managed the daily operations of the Learjet Flight Demonstration Team. Ryan was also responsible for department Safety programs and served on the design, development, and flight test team for the Challenger 300 Certification Program. He was also instrumental in the development and execution of the Bombardier Safety Standdown programs.

Earl Marchesi
Director-at-Large
Director of Operations & Development, Corporate Air Parts

Mr. Marchesi is the Director of Operations & Development for Corporate Air Parts, Inc. where he specializes in cabin safety equipment and training for some of the largest air taxi operations in the world. Earl began his aviation career while in high school and has nearly 40 years of aviation and aerospace experience, including a total of 14 years as an air traffic controller, trainer and supervisor. He has received flight training both FlightSafety International’s Academy and Air Force Aero Clubs, and is proud to have been a charter member and chapter President for the first Jaycee chapter on a U.S. military installation. He earned a B.S from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale’s School of Engineering, and holds FAA Control Tower Operator, Repairman, and Commercial pilot certificates.


Julie Broderick
Director-at-Large
Area Director, Signature Flight Support

Julie Broderick is a seasoned general aviation industry veteran with more than twenty-five years of progressive FBO management experience. Ms. Broderick is presently the Area Director of Signature’s Southern California operations at Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Thermal airports. Ms. Broderick is well known to the industry, having been named a “Best FBO Employee” by Professional Pilot magazine six times. Ms. Broderick has successfully managed the transition of numerous FBOs from former FBO Operators to Signature Flight Support.
Joe Barber
Director-at-Large
Director of Aircraft Management Sales, Clay Lacy

Mr. Barber works with individuals and corporations to tailor an aircraft management program for their jet and their objectives, providing the personal, professional client service. Joe has more than seven years of industry experience, including flight logistics coordination as well as charter sales. He has also helped develop marketing and sales programs for aircraft management companies. Joe has a B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge, where he minored in Business Marketing.

Tim Goulet
Director-at-Large
Universal Weather

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Robert Roig
Director-at-Large
President SoCal Jets, Inc.

Three decades working in aviation might slow anyone down, especially in this tough economic environment. Yet with the energy and drive that has propelled Robert to success in the past, he revamped SoCal Jets into becoming the premier corporate aircraft maintenance facility at the Van Nuys Airport. Robert’s drive for success, high energy level, and amiable persona encourages loyalty among employees because Robert guides them to develop and grow to their utmost potential. Clients have full confidence in Robert’s ability to get things done, manage their aircraft’s needs with precision and detail, and communicate effectively the progress of a work scope. He has an ability to negotiate with those of contrasting perspectives: clients, employees, vendors, and investors. Colleagues and customers alike always look to Robert to get on the same page: that being of superior value, a strong work ethic, and open communication.

As the coach to a strong team, Robert builds a solid foundation of teamwork that impresses the clients of SoCal Jets and encourages them to return for service on their aircraft. Robert's knack for energizing and encouraging employee career advancement provides a great place to work yielding enormous benefits for the clients of SoCal Jets.


Caleb Taylor
Director-at-Large

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