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.
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.
President and Chief Operating Officer
As President and 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. Jean’s 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.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO of LAUNCH, Matt works with the leadership team and owners of LAUNCH to capitalize on value creation opportunities. He is responsible for all accounting and financial functions, while working closely with the operating leaders to identify opportunities to improve financial performance. He is actively involved in corporate development activities including structuring transactions and the financial integration of acquired companies and joint ventures.
Matt is an experienced finance executive with over 25 years of finance and accounting experience. Most recently he served as CFO of a specialty consumer products company where he led major operational and financial process improvements that resulted in significant growth in the company’s revenue and profits. Prior to this CFO experience, Matt spent the majority of his career in financial services, working for KPMG, Deloitte, Bank of America, and Navigant Consulting. He has worked with companies in multiple industries, ranging from pre-revenue start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.
Matt has a BBA in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance and economics. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He lives in the Chicago area and is married with two children.
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 LAUNCH Teams 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 Teams 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.
Stephen (Wally) Wallace
Mr. Wallace joins the Launch Technicians division with more than 18 years of experience in sales and management, the last 11 of which were focused in the Airframe MRO sector. His experience servicing some of the leading airlines in the aviation industry, in both management and business development roles, has provided him with both a thorough understanding of the demands that face airlines and third-party providers and the dynamics required of a qualified team to support such requirements.
Mr. Wallace began his career in the automotive industry where he progressed from direct sales to both management and marketing roles. Most recently, Mr. Wallace spent more than 10 years with Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida, where he helped grow the organization from a 6-line facility with 400 employees to a 15-line facility with over 1,200 employees responsible for exceeding 1.8 million annual man-hours. During his tenure with Flightstar he held numerous roles including Corporate Recruiter, Special Projects Administrator, and Manager of Planning and Production Control, where he was responsible for more than 50 employees. In 2014, he was promoted to head of Business Development and led the marketing, customer experience, and sales efforts for Flightstar. Upon the acquisition of Flightstar by MRO Holdings in 2016, Mr. Wallace joined the Commercial team for MRO Holdings as Sales Director where his duties grew to include two additional facilities in Latin America and 45 lines of maintenance generating over six million annual man-hours.
Mr. Wallace attended Fort Lewis College, where he played football on scholarship and studied marketing. He currently resides in Jacksonville, FL with his two daughters and dog, Boomer.
James J. Janicki
Vice President of Quality
As Vice President 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.