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At LAUNCH, we have truly created an industry-leading brand powered by a strong vision and entrepreneurial spirit. We are proud of the team that we have assembled to help support our mission and lead us forward in achieving our business goals.

Ian Rollo

Chairman of the Board, Founder, Equity Partner

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Ian Rollo

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.

Mike Guagenti

CEO, Board Member, Founder, Equity Partner

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Mike Guagenti

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. 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.

Jean Rollo

President, COO, Board Member, Founder, Equity Partner

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Jean Rollo

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.

Daniel Raynor

Board Member, Equity Partner

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Daniel Raynor

Daniel Raynor is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Argentum. In addition to leading new investments and co-managing the firm, Dan is an active board member of Argentum’s portfolio companies and an advisor to Argentum’s CEOs. Dan has more than 25 years of private equity experience and has led nearly 40 investments for Argentum and served on a similar number of boards of directors. Dan’s areas of expertise include technology-enabled services, business services, healthcare & pharmaceutical services and logistics.

Chris Leong

Board Member, Equity Partner

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Chris Leong

Chris Leong rejoined Argentum as Partner and Head of Business Development in 2008, after spending several years in executive positions at growth stage ventures. With over 20 years of operational and growth equity experience, Chris is responsible for originating new investments for Argentum’s funds and acquisitions/strategic opportunities for Argentum’s portfolio companies. Chris began his career as an analyst with the Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners private equity fund and most recently held an executive position at Sirit Inc., a leading developer of NFC and RFID technology, before returning to Argentum.

Michael Lorenzini

Chief Commercial Officer

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Michael Lorenzini

As Chief Commercial Officer of LAUNCH, Michael is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of LAUNCH’s Aviation divisions, including LAUNCH Technicians, Teams, Professional, and Engineering. The depth of his industry knowledge, his expertise in executing complex business strategy, and his focus on collaboration and operational excellence is key in driving LAUNCH’s growth strategy and executing our client service and revenue goals.

For more than a decade, Michael worked at United Airlines—starting as an operating manager in a regional maintenance center. His outstanding performance led him up the ranks into increasing areas of accountability in line and base operations, ground and facility management, supply chain and vendor management, planning, logistics, and more. He eventually became Managing Director of Technical Operations with responsibility for 2500 professionals supporting a fleet of 700 aircraft. Michael was also accountable for MRO third party maintenance sales, business development and revenue growth. Among his many accomplishments is leading the successful merger of the Maintenance and Engineering Divisions of United and Continental Airlines.

Most recently, Michael served as Senior Vice President at gogo, responsible for leading engineering, certification, installation and operational support on industry leading air-to-ground and satellite connectivity technology for 34 airline partners around the globe. His focus on process improvement, team development and integration, and third-party partnerships enabled critical operational efficiency, enhanced quality, and cost reduction.

Michael possesses the vision and leadership acumen that helps LAUNCH continue to expand and gain market share.

Matt Kelley

Chief Financial Officer

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Matt Kelley

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.

Mike Reporto

Senior Vice President, Recruiting and Operations

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Mike Reporto

As Senior Vice President of Recruiting and Operations, Mike is positioned to further develop the Recruiting function within LAUNCH, while continuing to provide his particular brand of strong leadership. Mike also provides direction on the company’s marketing and social media strategies, in addition to assisting the COO, Jean Rollo, with operational development.

Throughout his tenure as Vice President of Recruiting Operations for LAUNCH, Mike oversaw all of LAUNCH’s recruiting efforts. Mike provided direction on recruiter allocation, sourcing strategies, strategic development, as well as the growth, coaching, mentoring, and development of the recruiting team.

Most recently, Mike served as Senior Professional Account Recruiting Manager and Recruiting Lead at Aerotek Commercial and Manufacturing Services. The highlight of Mike’s five-year tenure at Aerotek was being named the company’s top producing Commercial and Manufacturing Recruiter in both 2014 and 2015, after winning back-to-back Million Dollar Club Contests. Mike was well on his way to his third contest win before agreeing to join LAUNCH to head its recruiting efforts.

Mike has a degree in Human Resource Management from Northern Illinois University. He is married and resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and daughter.

Jason Adams

President, LAUNCH Professional

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Jason Adams

As 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.

Roy Carwile

President, LAUNCH Teams

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Roy Carwile

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.

Anthony Del Preto

President, LAUNCH Industrial

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Anthony Del Preto

In his role as President of LAUNCH Industrial, Tony manages all division functions and oversees sales and business development, specifically penetration into new markets. This focus expands the scope of LAUNCH’s high-level skilled trades offering to industries outside of aviation, as well as providing more robust solutions for local markets.

Tony has decades of experience developing and leading teams to successfully drive strategic initiatives and is adept at cultivating a collaborative environment to optimize performance. During his tenure at Aerotek, Del Preto played a significant role in the company’s operations and was responsible for oversight of key processes and systems, and execution of regional and divisional strategies to ensure alignment with corporate goals. As President of LAUNCH Industrial, Del Preto will be working collaboratively with executive leadership to drive the company’s strategy to build LAUNCH’s brand in local markets, while continuing to deliver nationally. Tony’s has a comprehensive knowledge and intuitive understanding of our business and a record of proven success, with a 12-time winners circle achievement and recipient of awards for significant impact and top performance.

Born and raised in Illinois, Tony currently live in Carol Stream, Illinois with his wife and three children.

James J Janicki

Vice President of Quality

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James J Janicki

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.

 

Paul Sahatdjian

Vice President of Business Development, Western Region

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Paul Sahatdjian

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.

Dan Sanchez

Vice President of Business Development, SW Region

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Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez is the Vice President of the Southwest Region at LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions. He is responsible for all aspects of new business development as well as providing strategic solutions to LAUNCH’s existing customers in the region.

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 Director 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. He and his wife have three children and reside in Orland Park, IL.

Don Haas

Vice President of Business Development, NE Region

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Don Haas

As Vice President of Business Development, Don serves as the lead for sales efforts in the capture of new accounts in the Airline and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) business areas. Don is also the primary point of contact responsible for ensuring client satisfaction and relationship development.

Don’s aviation background has given him unique insights into what makes an aviation organization function safely and efficiently. Prior to joining LAUNCH, Don served for 25 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve as both fixed- and rotary-wing pilot, Director of Training, Aviation Safety Officer, and staff officer for advanced aviation technologies in support operations in the Middle East—finally retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, having earned a Meritorious Service Medal Operation/Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In the Aerospace and Defense industry Don served in business development and program management roles for clients throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East where he became well versed in Defense Security Cooperation Management and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Don is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of military and commercial aviation, having accumulated over 5000 hours of flight time and holds type ratings in the B-757, B767 and HA-420.

Don graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is married and resides in Aurora, IL with wife and two children.

Evan Krug

Vice President of Business Development, SE Region

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Evan Krug

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 Vice President 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.

Eric Hoehn

Vice President, LAUNCH Industrial

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Eric Hoehn

Eric Hoehn comes to LAUNCH Industrial with more than 12 years of staffing, recruiting, sales, and technology leadership experience. He began his career with Aerotek, the largest staffing and recruiting firm in the country, recruiting for manufacturing and engineering roles. Due to Eric’s high-level performance, he was quickly promoted into a management role to work closely with clients and direct the sales, recruiting, and delivery process.

Eric’s success in overseeing revenue growth in the manufacturing and engineering division resulted in his promotion into a sales management role, leading a team of account executives and recruiters in the Energy sector focusing on senior-level technical roles. Here he focused on working with clients in power generation, T&D, oil and gas, and renewables placing contractors in engineering, construction, and operations. While in this role he earned 4 consecutive presidents clubs, back-to-back million dollar clubs, and led the Midwest region in recruiter promotions and new client account breakers.

After spending his first seven years at Aerotek, Eric then went on to apply his recruiting and management expertise at another leading technical staffing firm, as well as spending critical time in the talent acquisition technology and software industry at CareerBuilder and Glassdoor.

Throughout Eric’s career working for leading staffing and recruiting firms and leading HCM technology companies, he has gained broad-based experience in maximizing client delivery, integrating technology, and scaling operations. In his new role as Vice President of LAUNCH Industrial, Eric’s primary responsibility is to oversee sales, revenue growth, operations, and client delivery.

Eric is originally from Naperville, IL, and currently resides in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and daughter. Eric graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, earning a degree in Business and Finance.

Paul Nowicki

Vice President, LAUNCH TransTechs

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Paul Nowicki

With over 15 years of sales and management experience, Paul is responsible for all aspects of sales and operations for LAUNCH TransTechs. He oversees a high performing recruiting team responsible for delivering industry leading sourcing and candidate generation of diesel mechanics of all levels across the country. Additionally, he also leads the Account Management and Client Relationship teams to ensure order fulfillment and proper customer service standards are exceeded with all of our customers.

Prior to working with LAUNCH TransTechs, Paul spent nearly 10 years in Light Industrial Staffing across multiple Midwest Markets. His main passion lies with coaching and developing high-performing individuals and teams to help those around him achieve their potential. Paul received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Illinois State University and he earned his MBA from Marquette University.

Natalie Rollo

Human Resources Operations Manager

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Natalie Rollo

As Human Resources Operations Manager, Natalie has responsibility for the human resources, safety, workers compensation, IT and office functions.

In her role, Natalie leads the human resources department, overseeing performance management, employee relations, staff recruitment, and benefits. Additionally, she manages LAUNCH’s unsurpassed compliance, safety, and workers’ compensation programs. Natalie integrates Corporate vision with field operations, while maintaining a focus on delivering outstanding service to the human resources customer – the employee.

Natalie has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-CP).

Marie-Claude Payant

Controller

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Marie-Claude Payant

As Controller, Marie-Claude has responsibility for the accounting, payroll, and internal control functions. In her role, Marie-Claude has oversight responsibility for the accounting function, ensuring regulatory compliance, setting and enforcing accounting policies, and timely and accurate financial reporting. She is a key member of the finance team, helping pursue and actualize LAUNCH’s aggressive growth strategy.

Before joining LAUNCH, Marie-Claude ran her own financial services consulting firm where she served clients in the Chicago area. Prior to that, Marie-Claude spent 17 years in public accounting.

Marie-Claude has a degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and earned an MBA from Florida State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

Dan Heckler

Operations Manager, Recruiting

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Dan Heckler

Direct Line: 630-468-1763

In his role as Recruiting Operations Manager, Dan is responsible for the recruitment life cycle—hiring, training and developing recruiters, and accountable for achieving outstanding performance. He works closely with his recruiting teams to build fulfillment strategies for each client opening and consistently monitors execution against client expectations to ensure superior results.

In Dan’s previous experience at PlaneTechs, he held multiple positions. He began as a recruiter, and quickly was promoted into supervisory and management roles. Dan’s industry insight and passion for developing talent make him well-suited to oversee this essential function at LAUNCH. He is driven by his desire to help improve the lives of clients and contractors, and his commitment to excellence in performance and service earned him CEO Club recognition five years in a row.

Dan received a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. He lives in St. Charles, IL with his wife and their twins.

 

 

Jeff Bishe

Operations Manager, LAUNCH Teams

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Jeff Bishe

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I am the Operations Manager for the TEAMS division at LAUNCH headquarters.

What do you like most about your job?

Getting an inside look at the aviation industry and working on really cool/interesting projects that will result in benefits that will be experienced by tons of people across the world.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

The people.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive about LAUNCH?

We don’t let things slip, always run things to ground, and we care about our mechanics and treat them better than our competitors.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

Being awarded the first ever “We Care” award.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

Sports & physical recreational activities, watch TV & movies, attend music shows & festivals, and travel.

What inspires you?

Learning about or observing other people pursuing their dreams and making it.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

It was a young start-up company with a lot of potential for growth.

What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced while at LAUNCH?

Seeing the company go from aviation recruiting into many different verticals…and the countless office setup changes as we’ve grown.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

Experience and insight into the aviation industry and exposure to discussions, meetings, and presentations with senior- and executive-level team members.

Danny Boryca

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Danny Boryca

Direct Line: 630-206-5053

What do you like most about your job?

Jumpstarting and continuing to further the career of aviation mechanics. Seeing the development of a recruiter to a senior recruiter. Understanding the industry, knowing the market, and continuing to help and further candidates’ careers.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

Endless opportunity for candidates and internal employees. Turning ideas into reality and opportunity to grow.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

Over delivering, and consistent communication.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

The chance to promote Matt Gannon to a team lead after developing him to a senior recruiter. And, getting promoted myself. Also, hitting different milestones along the way.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

Try new restaurants, cook, watch movies.

What inspires you?

My father, who is a business owner and has taught me about hard work. I hold myself to a very high standard and never get complacent. And, Mike Reporto, who continues to hold me to my highest standard and taught me the importance of a strong work ethic.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

The culture.

Arnaldo Estrada

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation / Trabajos

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Arnaldo Estrada

Direct Line: 630-206-5021

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

Interview and place top talented mechanics in the jobs that best fit their experience, and stay in contact to further and grow relationships. I also oversee a team of recruiters, and work with them to ensure they meet their goals.

What do you like most about your job?

The people and environment. We have a great culture. We are a tight-knit group—we’re like a big family.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

The feedback I receive the most is that “I’m always here.” I’m here if they need anything or have any questions. If don’t have the answer, they know I’ll get back to them in a timely manner.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

Starting the bilingual program to help talent for whom English isn’t their first language find opportunities; being their voice and ears.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

Spend time with my wife and dog. And, I’m a HUGE soccer fan, most of all Arsenal FC. I also enjoy working out and am always pushing myself to do more and be healthier.

What inspires you?

My wife and being able to provide for her.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

Helping others. Being able to assist someone with the employment process and help them find the means to provide for themselves and their families. The greatest feeling is hearing “thank you” from a contractor. The thanks go a long way.

Matt Gannon

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Matt Gannon

Direct Line: 630-246-7867

What do you like most about your job?

I like that every single day is different and when working with candidates over the phone, we aren’t scripted; each conversation is real and individual.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

The people here are the best thing about LAUNCH. We’re a very close-knit type of group that works hand-in-hand with one another and want what’s best for the company.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

Our touchpoints and how much we follow up with our people. We always check in to make sure the contractor is happy and content wherever they are.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

My proudest moment working at LAUNCH is when I got promoted to recruiting team lead because I enjoy developing those around me and giving insight on how the job works.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and I play ice hockey once a week in a men’s league.

What inspires you?

My family inspires me and they’re one of the main reasons why I work as hard as I do because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

The culture and team environment are what attracted me to LAUNCH because I’ve played sports my whole life and I got a team first type of mentality from everybody I met.

Ryan Hair

Recruitment Team Lead, TransTechs

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Ryan Hair

Direct Line: 630-468-1750

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I am the recruiting team lead for TransTechs, LAUNCH’s ground transportation division. I act as the liaison between our account managers and recruiting team to help find solutions that benefit our clients and contractors.

What do you like most about your job?

I love developing my peers. Over the past year, I have taken a bigger role in training and development. I love seeing my colleagues succeed and helping find our contractors their next job and making an impact in other’s lives.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

The best thing about LAUNCH is seeing all of the good a staffing company can do in the industries we staff for. We help place thousands of employees across the country into positions they may not have been able to obtain if it were not for LAUNCH. WE help provide opportunities that just other staffing companies do not.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

Some of the consistent feedback I have received is about the open communication channels I have between my contractors. They understand the position, shift, and job responsibilities that they are expected to accomplish.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I love being outside. Whether that would be playing softball or volleyball outside or sitting back and relaxing at a baseball game. 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the idea of helping change and positively affect lives across the country.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

They have taught me how to become a leader while also being able to show me a career path. LAUNCH has shown me what a career could be like and with hard work what that career could turn into.

Kyle Hughes

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Kyle Hughes

Direct Line: 630-230-5147

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I manage a team of 5 recruiters and fill different openings we have.

What do you like most about your job?

Helping people find new jobs.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

When I hired my first person.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

The atmosphere of the office.

What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced while at LAUNCH?

When LAUNCH acquired PlaneTechs.

Patrick Moran

Recruitment Team Lead, Working Heroes

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Patrick Moran

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I’m the program director for the LAUNCH veteran hiring initiative known as the Working Heroes Program.

What do you like most about your job?

I love helping veterans find gainful employment after their time in the military. 

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

LAUNCH feels like one big family where everyone looks out for each other and they’re always willing to provide a helping hand.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive about LAUNCH?

The most consistent feedback we get is that LAUNCH is able to provide an opportunity for military veterans that they thought they’d never get after leaving the military.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

My proudest moment with LAUNCH has been helping almost 950 veterans find employment. I look forward to continuing to expand the opportunities that we have available for veterans and to cross the 1000 hire mark.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I like to travel and meet people from different backgrounds. I enjoy talking to people about their experiences and sharing my own.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

I was originally attracted to LAUNCH by a friend who worked for the company. He talked about what a great place it was to work and how great the coworkers were.

What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced while at LAUNCH?

The biggest change I’ve experienced was learning all about the aviation industry. I hadn’t given much thought to who fixes the planes we fly in before I got into the industry. Now I’m absolutely in love with aviation.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

I’ve gained a whole new set of knowledge and a great group of friends.

Mike Ton

Recruitment Team Lead, Industrial

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Mike Ton

Direct Line: 630-239-7419

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

My role at Launch is to maintain, grow, and saturate current clients. I conduct all the interviews and hire the candidate that I feel is a fit for the company. I am big on culture fits for the work environment.

What do you like most about your job?

I really enjoy the hands-on customer and candidate interaction. I feel it allows me to be a normal human being while also playing a big puzzle problem-solving game.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

The biggest compliment that I get is that I am a communicator with a positive attitude and good energy. My commitment to treat my candidates with kindness and respect, and give them an EXPERIENCE.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

One of my proudest moments working at LAUNCH was being nominated by my peers as the most caring. It was a big achievement for me, and made me feel as if I made the right job choice, and I couldn’t be happier.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I like to motivate others to succeed, showcase what I feel life is supposed to be about, enlighten and teach others about the struggles that I have been through. And, plan as many trips to Las Vegas as possible.

What inspires you?

Life! Being able to wake up and breathe after being through so much in life is an accomplishment all in all. To motivate others is a great feeling in itself.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

Leadership skills, communication skills, and the ability to multi-task, and to land in a place that fits my culture and I fit theirs is a perfect match.

Victor Yepez

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Victor Yepez

Direct Line: 630-468-1774

What do you like most about your job?

What I like most is employing mechanics and changing lives for the better, while also empowering my team to be the best they can be on day to day basis.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

Employing mechanics nationwide. The work culture is great; we support each other for the better of the company. 

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

The most consistent message is that mechanics are grateful for the opportunity we have given them.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?
My proudest moment at LAUNCH is week after week we continue to be the best aviation solutions-based company out there.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I love traveling, playing soccer, and enjoying time with friends and family.

What inspires you?

What inspires me is the continuous opportunity to keep growing personally and professionally.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

I’ve gained from LAUNCH the importance of a positive work culture and the environment it creates within the organization for the success of the company.

Bryan Zavala

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Bryan Zavala

Direct Line: 630-468-1764

What do you like most about your job?

Dealing with different people on a daily basis.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

I am very consistent and have an attention to detail.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

Developing a team member to get reassigned to help assist the start of a new department.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

Exercise and watch sports. I am a big Cubs and Bears fan.

What inspires you?

To always be a better version of myself. Each day I try to learn or accomplish something new.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

Opportunity

What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced while at LAUNCH?

The rapid growth

Colleen Weber

Payroll Supervisor

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Colleen Weber

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

As Payroll Supervisor I manage a team of four and am responsible for oversight of the payroll function including weekly payroll processing for all outside Contractors.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

The best thing about LAUNCH is the camaraderie within the organization. We all help each other in any way we can whenever we are asked or see the need for it!

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

My favorite thing to do when not in the office (besides spending time with my kids and husband) is taking my dog on very long walks.

What inspires you?

My inspiration is women in positions of leadership. These role models I have push me to do more every single day.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

I was attracted to LAUNCH by the contagious positive energy within the organization. It is powerful!

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

Saving the best question for last! The personal growth that I have achieved through working at LAUNCH is like no other job I have ever had. The positive reinforcement only makes me work harder, and I continuously want to be a better worker than I was the day before. I never want to stop learning here and to add value wherever I can. This list can go on and on!

Danielle Mortell

Compliance Team Lead, DER

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Danielle Mortell

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I lead the compliance team, who are responsible for onboarding of all candidates that we place out in the field. We guarantee that LAUNCH stays compliant by following DOT regulations and customer requirements. 

What do you like most about your job?

My team. I am fortunate to work with hardworking and intelligent people, who show up everyday to do their absolute best.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

The culture.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive about LAUNCH?

People from outside our company often comment that we act like one big family.  

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

There isn’t one single moment I’m proud of, but I am proud of the growth of my department and team. Things have changed so much since I first started at LAUNCH. I’m proud of all the work we’ve put in to constantly improve how we operate on a daily basis. 

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I travel as much as possible.

What inspires you?

My friends. I’ve learned to keep people around me who don’t just tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. They motivate me to be better every day.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

I’ve learned how to be a better leader.

John Smith

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