The ORBAA scholarship not only provided financial assistance, but it also gave me a profound depth of insight into the business aviation community. I developed many connections through the process that I am still in touch with today. This vast network of connections continues to provide guidance and offers support as I navigate my next career steps.Where are you now?
After graduating from Bowling Green State University, I have held various positions at Textron Aviation in the contracts and sales departments. I’ve since taken a new position with Textron Financial Corporation, which is the captive lender for Textron, Inc. I am now responsible for preparing and managing worldwide financial packages as our customers prepare to take delivery of their new Bell, Cessna or Beechcraft product.What are your career aspirations?
I have been fortunate in my career to have already held several different positions. In the various roles, I have been able to develop a deep understanding of contracts while actively interacting with Textron Aviation customers. My next career goal is to move into a sales position within the business aviation industry. I will further my education by continuing my flight training and pursuing a master’s degree.
How has the ORBAA scholarship helped you develop your career goals?
After receiving the ORBAA scholarship just two years ago, it has helped open doors to two job opportunities. The year after being selected for the scholarship, I interned with the Nationwide Insurance Aviation Business Center which has several members involved with ORBAA. The following year, I used the connections I made at Nationwide to send my resume to another ORBAA member and was hired as a copilot for their company. In addition to the networking benefits, the scholarship was used to help fund my commercial pilot certificate.
Where are you now?
I am currently working as a flight instructor for Kent State University and flying a King Air for Winner Aviation. This past June, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Air Race Classic in which I flew a Cessna 172 across the country.
What are your career aspirations?
My career aspiration is to work as a corporate pilot for a large company.