Operations Executive / Strategic Advisor - Aviation

Insightful, solutions-oriented aviation operations executive, who served in leadership positions at American Airlines and Delta Air Lines for over 12 years. Last assignment was VP of finance for the operations group ($5B annual spend) at Delta. During the past 10 years, served as a strategic advisor to senior executives at commercial airlines and repair stations on strategic initiatives. Professional Engineer (PE) with earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in operations research. Core competencies include:

Operations leadership. Proven ability to orchestrate the efforts of large interdisciplinary teams to find and implement solutions to key operational problems. Planned the implementation and assembled the technical team to lead a major regional airline through the implementation of a new management operating system in less than 12 months. At Delta, led financial planning in the operations division, which included 20 employees, $2B in assets and annual operating expenses of $5B. Managed third-party maintenance contracts, $250M annually, with activities at four sites simultaneously, keeping costs and schedules within plan on 95% of the jobs while ensuring high quality results.

Strategic planning and advising. Possess the unique gift of seeing both the operational and financial issues that determine the viability of a business. Led more than 20 advisory projects in the past 10 years including: a cross-functional assessment of recession-based fleet strategies that led to the early retirement of 120 B727 aircraft based on aging considerations and saved $400M NPV, and an analysis of maintenance program costs for an international carrier defining specific cost reduction opportunities in excess of $100M NPV.

Work experience

Work experience
Jun 2001 - Present

Principal (Owner)

Blue Water Solutions, Inc.

A professional services company serving operations executives in the aerospace and defense industry. Our team of senior industry executives want to be your trusted advisors.

2000 - 2001

Senior Manager (Airlines)

Deloitte Consulting
1999 - 2000

Vice President Finance

Delta Air Lines
1998 - 1999

Managing Director Technical Operations Planning & Materiel Management

Delta Air Lines
1997 - 1998

Director Technical Operations

Delta Air Lines
1992 - 1997

Manager, Inventory Management

American Airlines
1988 - 1992

Senior Consultant

Sabre, Inc.
1987 - 1988

Research Development Officer

Colorado School of Mines
1976 - 1977

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Auburn University


1985 - 1988


Colorado School of Mines
1977 - 1978


Auburn University
1972 - 1976


Virginia Military Institute



Professional Engineer

Commonwealth of Virginia