Dan Sanchez, Director of Business Development

Dan Sanchez is a recruiting and labor expert with over 10 years experience in the transportation and aviation maintenance staffing industry. Dan oversees LAUNCH’S Engineering & Professional Services Division where he focuses on the sales strategy 
and continual growth for the company across all Engineering specialties. Dan’s aviation staffing career began in 2005 as a recruiting specialist for PlaneTechs. Dan held various roles within the organization such as Onsite Coordinator, Account Manager, and Director of Sales. These roles have given Dan a diverse understanding of the aviation staffing business. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.

To contact Dan call 1.630.206.5022 or email him at


Evan_IMG_5719Evan Krug, Director of Business Development

As the Director of Client Relations at LAUNCH, Evan acts as the overall liaison between our clients and the LAUNCH organization. In his role, Evan ensures that LAUNCH is delivering qualified contractors that meet the expectations and needs of each client. Prior to joining LAUNCH, Evan was a Project Manager with PlaneTechs for six years, in Indianapolis where he was responsible for over 200 contract aircraft maintenance technicians, he oversaw one of the largest customer accounts directing all management, human resources and payroll-related issues with a dedicated focus on safety and employee retention.

To contact Evan call 1.630.206.5007 or email him at


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Rick Mitacek, Director of Operations and Business Development of LAUNCH Avionics

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.

To contact Rick call 1.630.206.5052 or email him at


Lauren KTLauren Kennedy-Tharp, Director of Operations

As Operations Manager at LAUNCH, Lauren manages and oversees Compliance including LAUNCH’s FAA-mandated Drug & Alcohol Testing Program, serves as LAUNCH’s DER and administers employee background checks. In addition, she oversees all Human Resource functions including: employee benefits, on-boarding personnel, payroll administration and office management. Most recently, Lauren was Operations Manager at Air Serv Corporation at O’Hare International Airport managing over 150 employees providing passenger services to United Airlines. Lauren is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management. She has studied the aviation industry for over 10 years and holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

To contact Lauren call 1.630.206.5013 or email her at