Vice President Western Region
As a Vice President, Western Region of LAUNCH, Paul has helped create much of the success at LAUNCH in its first several years. He currently manages and supports client relations for the Western Region while cultivating new relationships from our Washington office. Paul has a long, successful history in aviation staffing with extensive industry contacts. He is also focused on expanding this region vertically for a diverse set of clients.
Paul joined LAUNCH soon after its inception and was tasked with developing all recruiting efforts for the company. He instituted a new applicant tracking system and on–boarding software, hired, trained and managed a full staff of recruiters and initiated innovative recruiting techniques to attract the top aviation and engineering talent available. In addition, Paul provided direction for establishing the company’s operations, including HR, compliance, marketing and information technology.
Previously, Paul served as Vice President of Recruiting Operations for PlaneTechs, an aviation staffing firm owned by TrueBlue, Inc. While with them for 10+ years, Paul helped to increase PlaneTech’s revenue tenfold by developing the top aviation recruiting department in the nation.
Paul has more than 25 years of recruiting and management experience and is a true asset on the leadership team at LAUNCH. He and his wife have five children and reside just outside Everett, WA.
Director of Business Development
Known for a tireless work ethic and hands-on approach, Evan Krug has devoted more than ten years of his career to supporting the aviation industry through workforce solutions. Prior to joining LAUNCH, he served as a Project Manager with PlaneTechs, dedicated to a customer facility in Indianapolis, IN. Peaking at 200 contract technicians, Evan managed one of the largest customer accounts-directing all human resource and payroll-related activity with a sharp focus on safety and employee retention. Evan was a trusted advisor to leadership and employees, and was closely involved in customer protocols, processes, and evaluating contingent labor needs.
As the Director of Business Development for LAUNCH, Evan is responsible for educating prospective clients on LAUNCH capabilities, securing new client relationships, and maintaining existing relationships by serving as primary liaison between clients and the LAUNCH organization. In his role, Evan understands the core requirements of each client and delivers consistent superior service. His ability to work closely with customers at all levels has created significant opportunities. Evan has leveraged industry expertise to build a competitive advantage-fostering loyalty and collaborative relationships. As a result, his efforts have closed and retained some of the largest contracts to date.
Evan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Purdue University, and a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Keller School of Management. He currently resides in Aurora, IL.
Director of Business Development
Dan Sanchez is the Director of Business Development at LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions, and is responsible for driving new business development opportunities – as well as providing strategic solutions to LAUNCH’s existing customers.
Dan began his aviation staffing career with PlaneTechs in 2005 as a recruiter and was quickly promoted to On-Site Project Manager. In 2007 Dan was promoted to Sales Manager and played a key part in the creation of TransTechs, a new division of PlaneTechs. In 2012 Dan was promoted to Direct of Sales and was responsible for targeting, winning and retaining key national opportunities. These roles have given Dan a diverse understanding of the aviation staffing business.
Dan is a graduate of Western Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.
Director of Operations and Business Development
Rick joined LAUNCH in 2014 as an Account Manager where he was responsible for business development and account management. In his current role with LAUNCH Avionics, Rick supports the Senior Vice President with daily operations and assists in the business development of new clients. Prior to joining LAUNCH, Rick worked as a Product Line Representative for AAR Corporation, focusing on the Fluid and Electrical division of Eaton Aerospace. Rick grew up in the aviation industry with hands-on opportunities to learn about aircraft and turbine engines, including aircraft ramp operations for Delta Air Lines. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Northern Illinois University where he also minored in Political Science and received a Professional Sales Certificate.