Growth Ahead: Talking to San Antonio aerospace leaders

1021/2015For 100 years, San Antonio has stood as a large and growing center for America’s aerospace industry.

Throughout the community, operations that range from small workshops to million-square-foot hangars are powered by the talent of 13,000 workers. They provide an array of services to global manufacturers and operators alike: world-class airframe and engine sustainment; avionics; luxury and commercial completions; fabrication; testing; research and development; and much more.

In September 2015, executives who oversee local operations by Boeing, StandardAero and AERIA Luxury Interiors joined in a discussion sponsored by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. They offered a candid overview of local capabilities, plans for growth and what it takes to continue building a robust ecosystem in the Alamo City that serves one of the world’s most advanced industries.

The Panelists:

Dan Gonzales – VP Government Relations
StandardAero San Antonio

Gonzales joined StandardAero in 1999, when the company first established its San Antonio operation, and has held positions in Engineering Services, Business Development and Government Relations. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in multiple roles at Kelly Air Force Base over the course of 12 years.

In 2015 he became the Chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Aerospace Committee. He’s  also a member of the University of Texas at San Antonio Engineering Advisory Council and the Dee Howard Foundation Advisory Committee.

Rick Stine – President, Military & Components

Stine leads the achievement of the sector’s performance objectives, customer satisfaction and business development activities. He reports directly to the company CEO and is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Prior to joining StandardAero in 2011, he served as SVP of Technical Operations for HEICO Corporation. He also spent 12 years at GE Aircraft Engines as team leader and design engineer on the Advanced Tactical Fighter demonstrator program, and led a NASA industry team consisting of members from Pratt and Whitney, Boeing, NASA and GE Aircraft Engines

Bryan Scott – Site Leader
Boeing San Antonio

Scott has led Boeing’s efforts in support of military and commercial platforms at the company’s 1.6 million-square-foot site at Port San Antonio since January 2015. He previously served as director of Integrated Quality for Boeing Military Aircraft. Prior to that, he was the quality manager for F-15 and Supplier Quality. He began his aviation career as a crew chief for the United States Air Force supporting the F-15 A-C and T-37 trainer.

Ron Soret – VP General Manager of Completions
AERIA Luxury Interiors

Soret has been in the industry for nearly 30 years, holding several senior positions at various major VIP completions centers. His experience includes working at The Dee Howard Company, Associated Air Center and Gore Design Completions He has been involved in nearly 50 green completions of an array of platforms, including BBJs, B747s, B767s, B757s, B777, A310s, A320s, A319s and A340s.