The Leadership Team at LAUNCH has extensive experience in aviation, technical staffing and financial strategy. Focused on providing solutions that are innovative, customer-driven and technologically advanced, they’re driven to position LAUNCH as the industry leader and the preferred choice for both contractors and clients.
Chairman of the Board
As Chairman of the Board of LAUNCH, Ian collaborates with leadership to drive the growth of the organization. He is a 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry. His extensive experience and industry contacts have taken him from executive management to ownership in multiple aviation companies with impressive success. He has a long history of experience with MROs, aviation contract labor, and aircraft interior modifications. At LAUNCH, Ian and his partners have revolutionized the technical staffing business through innovation and technology.
Ian began LAUNCH to reinvent the aviation contract labor business. While CEO of LAUNCH, Ian guided the overall vision and direction of the company. He led the company to be an innovative, customer-driven and technologically advanced partner for companies looking for creative solutions for their technical workforce needs.
In 2008, Ian acquired International Aero Interiors, Inc. and reinvented the company into Volant Aerospace. Ian and his partners evolved it to become the world’s leading aircraft interior parts specialist for both Boeing and Airbus aircrafts. In 2012, Ian and his partners sold Volant Aerospace to ST Engineering.
Prior to getting involved in the aircraft interiors industry, Ian worked with multiple companies in aviation contract labor. He worked for AirMate, a leading aviation contract labor company, and advanced from VP of Sales to its President over the course of his tenure. He then led the opportunity to purchase the company in 2003 along with a partner who owned PlaneTechs, another aviation staffing company. The two fostered the success of that firm and later sold it to TrueBlue, Inc., a leading national supplier of day and skilled labor in 2007.
Ian is a graduate of the University of Washington. He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, The Seattle Yacht Club, The Chicago Yacht Club and the Wings Club in New York. Ian also sits on the board of directors of EdgeAlliance, a charitable organization that works to provide quality housing and services for vulnerable individuals and families. He has two children and resides in Seattle, WA.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of LAUNCH, Mike is responsible for building and growing LAUNCH to honor the commitment to be the most innovative, customer-driven and solutions-based firm for technical workforce solutions.
While President and CFO of LAUNCH, Mike managed the overall strategy and financial planning of the company. During his 25-year career, he has helped lead a diverse set of companies on strategy, operations and finance. Mike has developed relationships and provided aviation-related resources to MROs, airlines, leasing companies and engineering firms. Mike has a passion for entrepreneurship and a long history of leading his clients and employers to financial success.
Prior to LAUNCH, Mike led Volant Aerospace as its President and CFO. Mike established the strategic direction of the company, built a management team and developed its commercial relationships. He advised on the initial acquisition of the company, as well as its subsequent sale to ST Engineering in 2012 after helping to double its revenue in just four years.
Mike began his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young LLP, where he advised CEOs on business strategies and financial transaction alternatives for maximizing shareholder value. He then spent ten years as an investment banker and eventually became a co-founder of a boutique investment banking firm in Chicago. His clients there included Fortune 100, mid- and small-cap public firms and a broad array of privately-owned businesses.
Mike has a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago with concentrations on finance and entrepreneurship. He is married with three children, and resides in La Grange, IL.
As COO of LAUNCH, Jean oversees all of the day-to-day operations of the company, including recruitment, HR, marketing, compliance and finance, LAUNCH methodologies and office operations. She is a 20-year veteran of the technology industry. Jeans extensive experience in executive management and ownership in the technology and aviation industries provides her with a unique capability to play a key role in LAUNCH.
Most recently, Jean was the COO of Volant Aerospace. Her focus on process improvement, efficient work procedures, financial management and human resources helped evolve the company into a world leader in aircraft interior manufacturing. Her contributions aided in better positioning the company financially, making it an attractive acquisition for ST Engineering in 2012.
Jean’s interest in IT management began immediately following college. She worked for seven years at Computer Partners, Inc., a national IT management consulting organization. While there, she developed relationships with executives in companies such as Boise Cascade, McDonalds and Nordstrom. She later worked for Computer People as a regional recruiter and branch manager. Eventually, one of her top clients, Weyerhaeuser, asked her to join their firm, where she went on to develop project management processes for the company. In addition, she was involved in IT strategy, mergers and acquisitions and organizational change management for Weyerhaeuser.
Jean is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. She holds a Masters Certificate in IT Project Management from George Washington University. She is a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority, St. Ignatius Women’s Service Organization and the Chicago Yacht Club. She is also a volunteer at Executive Service Corp (ESC), an organization that provides strategic planning, business plan development and board development consulting services to non-profit agencies throughout Illinois. She has two children and resides in Hinsdale, IL.
Vice President of Sales and Business Development
As Vice President of Sales and Business Development of LAUNCH and President of LAUNCH Professional, Jason leads the division of LAUNCH focused on staffing senior professional positions within the aviation sector. This includes Engineering, Program Management, Supply Chain, Executive Management and any other senior-level function. Jason has a proven track record of delivering substantial value, driving top-tier operational performance, leading organizations through major change, and implementing major initiatives.
Jason is a seasoned aviation veteran and, most recently, spent 18 years at Delta Air Lines as a leader in Supply Chain Management. While at Delta, Jason led supply chain and commercial strategy for number of commodities and services across the airline. Many of the relationships established though the years at Delta continue now as clients and potential clients at LAUNCH Professional.
Prior to retiring from Delta, Jason led the integration (post NWA Merger) and modernization of the airline fleet through dozens of major fleet modifications including flatbed seats in international business class, AVOD expansion and modernization, Wi-Fi installation and upgrades and other new cabin upgrades. These programs exceeded $6B in aggregate investment.
Jason has a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. He holds a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) from the Institute of Supply Chain Management. He is married with 3 children, one granddaughter, and resides in Atlanta, GA.
Following the success of LAUNCH Avionics, we broadened our LAUNCH Teams capabilities to include Structures and AOG support, sending project-based teams on US and international assignments. Leading the LAUNCH Avionics team as its President is Roy Carwile.
Roy is uniquely qualified to lead this division. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, with technical background in avionics and maintenance. His experience with some of the largest names in the aviation industry, both hands-on and in management roles, has provided him with valuable insight and appreciation for both customer and employee needs. Under Roy’s leadership, projects completed by LAUNCH Avionics have included Wi-Fi and IFE installations, interior modifications, ADS-B modifications, and NGS modifications.
After serving in the Marine Corps, Roy began the first 18 years of his professional career in the Avionics Department at Delta Air Lines. Following Delta, Roy spent 5 years at Pemco World Air Services where he helped open the Tampa, FL facility in 2008 and grew the Avionics Team to more than 80 professionals. Most recently, Roy was with Southwest Airlines where he oversaw the Southwest avionics modification programs and overall maintenance at MRO facilities across the country.
Roy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle University, and holds an active FAA Airframe and Powerplant license. He currently resides in Jacksonville, FL.
James J. Janicki
Director of Quality
As Director of Quality for the LAUNCH Team, Jim Janicki’s focus is on safety, compliance, customer satisfaction and continual improvement. Jim’s unwavering commitment to personal and professional performance and improvement are reflected in more than twenty-eight successful years providing aircraft maintenance and manufacturing technical services for large and mid-size U.S. air carriers, 145 repair stations and 14CFR21 manufacturing facilities.
Jim is an honors graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) and maintains active FAA A&P licenses. He began his aviation career in 1988 with Delta Air Lines working as an A&P mechanic where he gained valuable experience working as an aircraft inspector and maintenance check foreman. In 2005, Jim expanded his airline aviation maintenance knowledge while working as a maintenance control center manager and line maintenance station manager for Airtran Airways.
The arrival of PEMCO World Air Services in Tampa in 2008 proved beneficial for both Mr. Janicki and PEMCO. Upon transitioning to PEMCO, Jim shared his expertise and gained additional insight and experience in both MRO maintenance and manufacturing as Manager of Quality Control, Manager of Technical Training, Manager of Quality Assurance and Director of Quality. Now with LAUNCH, Jim brings added resources and value to our business Partners.