MEET OUR TEAM

Our team at LAUNCH is comprised of a variety of leaders with extensive experience throughout the aviation industry and industrial staffing sector. The ownership team is committed to creating an innovative strategy for growth while consistently expanding our capabilities to support the needs of our clients.

Ian Rollo

Chairman of the Board, Founder, Equity Partner

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

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

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

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

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

President of Services & Chief Strategic Officer

Michael Lorenzini

As President of Services & Chief Strategic Officer of LAUNCH, Michael is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of LAUNCH’s strategic growth, alliances, joint ventures and LAUNCH TEAMS. The depth of his industry knowledge, expertise in executing complex business strategies and his focus on collaboration, transformation and operational excellence is key in driving LAUNCH’s growth strategy and executing client services and revenue goals.

Michael’s career spans nearly 35 years where he has held various leadership positions across the aviation industry. He began with the airline industry at Midway Airlines as a technician and later joined America West Airlines where he served for ten years in various technical and leadership roles. Michael then joined United Airlines in 1998. During his sixteen years at United, Michael held various leadership roles in Technical Operations including base maintenance, supply chain, third party MRO business development and served as the company FAA Director of Maintenance and Accountable Manager where he was responsible for global line maintenance operations. Among his many accomplishments is leading the successful merger of the Maintenance and Engineering Divisions of United and Continental Airlines.

Michael’s career also spans into the rotor-wing industry where he was Vice President of Global Supplier Chain Operations for CHC/Heli-One Helicopters, the largest global helicopter operator servicing the oil and gas industry along with ambulatory and search and rescue services.

Prior to joining LAUNCH, Michael served as Senior Vice President at Gogo Inflight, responsible for leading engineering, certification, installations, operational and technical support, serving 38 global customers with industry-leading air to ground and satellite connectivity technology.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lewis University and also possesses an Airframe and Powerplant & Pilots License along with several aviation technical ratings.

Mike Reporto

President Staffing

Mike Reporto

As President Staffing, Mike is positioned to further develop and refine the sales, fulfillment and client services at LAUNCH. He oversees all recruiting and compliance teams as well as the sales teams for Aviation OEM, TransTechs and Industrial. His passion for service and execution ensure these teams work together to provide the highest quality of staffing for our customers, while the client services department works closely to bridge sales and fulfillment under his management.

Throughout his tenure as Senior Vice President of Recruiting Operations for LAUNCH, Mike oversaw all of LAUNCH’s recruiting and compliance efforts. Mike provided direction on recruiter allocation, sourcing strategies, strategic development, as well as the growth, coaching, mentoring, and development of the recruiting team. He also worked closely with sales to develop and manage the client services 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.

Marie-Claude Payant

Vice President of Finance

Marie-Claude Payant

As Vice President of Finance, 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.

Roy Carwile

President, LAUNCH Teams

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.

Jason Adams

Senior Vice President Strategic Sales

Jason Adams

As Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales, Jason is responsible for managing and expanding on the strategic partnerships and joint ventures LAUNCH has with their clients. In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Sales for Airline and MRO, Jason fostered many strong relationships with his clients and led the way in forming the company’s more strategic sales efforts. Jason has a proven track record of delivering substantial value, driving top-tier operational performance, leading the organization through 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.

Paul Nowicki

Vice President TransTechs & Industrial

Paul Nowicki

With over 15 years of sales and management experience, Paul is responsible for all aspects of national sales operations for LAUNCH TransTechs & Industrial. His extensive experience with both TransTechs and light industrial staffing have prepared him for leading and growing these teams. In his prior role as Vice President, LAUNCH TransTechs, he oversaw 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 led 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.

Evan Krug

Vice President MRO & Airline

Evan Krug

As Vice President MRO & Airline at LAUNCH, Evan is responsible for developing and securing new client relationships as well as maintaining existing relationships. 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 with his clients.

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.

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.

Dan Sanchez

Vice President Aviation OEM

Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez is Vice President Aviation OEM 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 OEM sector.

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.

Natalie Rollo

Director of Human Resources

Natalie Rollo

As Director of Human Resources, 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).

Dan Heckler

Director of Recruiting Operations

Dan Heckler

Direct Line: 630-468-1763

In his role as Director of Recruiting Operations, 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.

 

 

Tim Jones

Senior Vice President of Operations, LAUNCH TEAMS

Tim Jones

As Senior Vice President of Operations, LAUNCH TEAMS, Tim is responsible for managing the TEAMS group as they perform project specific maintenance, repairs and modifications at multiple locations across the industry.

Tim has more than 35 years in the aviation industry. He spent the first 29 years of his career at Delta Air Lines working as an aircraft mechanic, lead mechanic and maintenance manager before retiring as Operations Manager for Delta’s MRO oversight group where he managed the day-to-day operations of Delta’s outsourced maintenance around the world.

With the experience gained from working with some of the largest MRO’s in the industry, Tim went on to lead the Aviation Managed Solutions (AMS) heavy structure modification crews performing modifications and AOG repairs across the country. After AMS teamed up with LAUNCH to complete several large projects, the synergies between both companies became obvious and lead to the acquisition of AMS by LAUNCH. LAUNCH TEAMS continues to expand their workforce capabilities to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs.

Tim is married with 3 children and currently resides in Charleston, SC.

James J Janicki

Vice President of Quality

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.

 

Jonathan Lerch

Director, Maintenance Services

Jonathan Lerch

As Director of Maintenance for LAUNCH TEAMS, Jonathan is responsible for sales and oversite of field teams, contract support and customer relations. TEAMS provides leadership and vetted talent to support aircraft modification and repair for commercial airlines, government aircraft and third party MROs throughout the country.

Before joining LAUNCH, Jonathan spent over two decades with AAR, one of the largest MROs in the nation. He began as a Maintenance Technician and worked his way up through several roles to Vice President of Operations. He is a highly accomplished senior leader with 25+ years of progressive financial and operations leadership experience in aviation management. He has demonstrated success streamlining business operations including financial controls, budgets, strategic planning, performance measurement, production schedules and staff development.

Prior to his time at AAR, Jonathan served four years in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Propulsion Specialist (Jet Engine Mechanic), a role in which he excelled and received early promotion through a program that recognizes leadership ability.

Jonathan holds an Airframe and Powerplant License and received Green Belt Certification from the University of Oklahoma.

Eddie Diedrick

Director of Client Services

Eddie Diedrick

As Director of Client Services, Eddie is positioned to further support and develop the VMS, TEAMS, and Field Service Coordinator groups at LAUNCH. He works hand in hand with the various internal company departments to ensure quality, communication, and improved processes for our clients. His passion for client service and execution ensures these teams work in unison to provide the highest quality of customer service for our clients, bridging the communication between the sales and fulfillment teams.

Throughout his 14 years with the company, Eddie has served in a variety of roles. He began his career as a recruiter and then advanced to team lead, recruiting manager, sales and account management. Eddie helped jump start and introduce TransTechs to the industry, which is primarily focused on fleet vehicle and equipment technicians. Eddie was named Recruiter of the Year in 2008, Employee of the Year in 2013, and was given a Circle of Excellence Award in 2013.

Eddie has a degree in Communications from the University of Iowa and lives in Chicago, IL.

Greg Hayes

VMS Program Manager

Greg Hayes

As the MSP/VMS Program Manager, Greg is responsible for developing and growing our accounts that operate under a Managed Service Provider or Vendor Management System. In his role Greg is able use his 16 years of experience and 14 years of working in client, supplier, and MSP program roles to maximize our success with those accounts. He works hand in hand with our Recruiting Department to implement the right recruiting and fulfillment strategy to fit our client’s needs.

Greg’s previous experience has come from pharmaceutical and logistics staffing, with the last 11 years having been in Aerospace and Defense. He has worked on all three sides of an MSP, gaining experience as a program manager managing a large, nationwide MSP, as a National Accounts manager on the supplier side, and as an MSP Program Manager on the client side. This experience gives Greg a unique view of the challenges of running, maintaining and growing a large national MSP account. Greg’s depth of knowledge in the history of aviation and spaceflight also help to provide him with insights & understanding, as well as a different perspective of our client’s needs and requests.

Greg lives in the Waco, Texas area with his wife and 2 boys.

Jeff Bishe

TEAMS Operations Manager

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.

Vincent Moses

National Sales Manager

Vincent Moses

As National Sales Manager, Vincent functions as a business (intrapreneur) focused on helping LAUNCH clients innovate with technical solutions in today’s demanding workforce environment. He possesses solid experience leading business development initiatives to capture revenue, improve business technology processes and provide strategic solutions to our client business needs. Vincent works to strengthen and unify cross-functional business and technical teams, closing the deliverable gap and driving collaboration for translation of business requirements into strategic solutions. His excels in leading internal sales and recruitment teams to provide technical solutions to multiple industries, including but not limited to, Transportation/Fleet, Industrial Skill Trades, Aviation/Aerospace, Manufacturing/Engineering, Government, Local Municipalities, etc. Vincent is leading the charge in Business Development, Sales, Technical Workforce Planning. His success is driven by a passion to provide the best all-around solution to our client relationships.

Vincent began his career at IBM as an IT Project Leader. After gaining experience he served as a Sr. Recruitment Manager for several staffing firms such as MRI-Management Recruiters International, Robert Half and TEKsystems. Vincent then joined Allegis Group as a sales director supporting both their IT and Legal staffing divisions. Vincent was highly recruited by Mastech Digital, a leading provider of IT solutions as Regional Sales Lead to head up their Northeast division.

Vincent is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana (Nawlins).Vincent attended Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan (Wolverines) and earned his Bachelor of Ecclesiastic Law from UB Theological Seminary. In his spare time Vincent enjoys golf, working out, traveling abroad and mentoring youth. Vincent, his wife and their dog Laney resides in Algonquin, IL.

Brian Skrzypczak

Business Development Manager, Industrial

Brian Skrzypczak

As Business Development Manager for Industrial, Brian is responsible for partnering with local manufacturing companies and helping them achieve their goals by supplying them with long lasting quality talent. Brian and his team specialize as Skilled and General manufacturing staffing providers in the Chicagoland area and are experts within the Automotive, Aerospace, Medical Device and Machine Shop business sectors.

In Brian’s current role he oversees and manages a hungry team of recruiters that come through on the fulfillment of his current business. Qualifying orders, setting expectations and coming through on fulfillment is his top priorities and that’s what has helped the division expand. Providing great customer service while also acting as a business partner is what sets Brian and his team apart and that’s why LAUNCH Industrial has grown the way that it has.

Brian’s professional career started in staffing over 5 years ago and has grown to love what he does. From recruiting, account management/development, sales and budgeting, Brian has done it all. Building relationships with his people and his clients is what brings back day after day. His competitive nature and willingness to get better is what set’s him and his team apart from the competition.

Patrick Moran

Program Manager of Field Services

Patrick Moran

As the Program Manager of Field Services, Patrick is responsible for management of the LAUNCH Field Service Coordinators. This team of coordinators comprise the eyes and ears of each of the job sites. They work tirelessly to support the contractors and clients in the field, and Patrick provides them the guidance and oversight to better accomplish those tasks.

Prior to taking on this role, Patrick oversaw the Working Heroes program at LAUNCH. He successfully built the program to hire over 1,000 veterans and helped the company earn multiple DoL HIRE Vets and Military Friendly Employer awards.

Patrick began his career with PlaneTechs as a recruiter seven years ago before taking over the management of the Working Heroes program. He transitioned over to LAUNCH with the acquisition of PlaneTechs.

Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Business Administration.

Colleen Weber

Payroll Supervisor

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!

Danny Boryca

Recruiting Team Manager, Aviation

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

Recruiting Team Manager, Aviation/Trabajos

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.

Bryan Zavala

Recruiting Team Manager, Aviation

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

Matt Gannon

Recruiting Team Manager, Aviation

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.

Victor Yepez

Recruiting Team Manager, Aviation

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.

Ryan Hair

Recruiting Team Manager, TransTechs

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

Recruiting Team Manager, Aviation

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.

Mike Ton

Recruiting Account Manager, Industrial

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.

Cary Brin

Recruiting Account Manager, Industrial

Cary Brin

What do you like most about your job?

Helping people find the right career that they didn’t even know existed!

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

I talk to everyone like they are my friend and not a contractor

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

Being promoted and helping start new divisions at launch.

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

I am the biggest Whitesox fan that you will ever meet so when I am not at games I am watching them on the TV! Also love playing MLB THE SHOW

What inspires you?

Helping coworkers hit goals they want to achieve and seeing them have success.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

Opportunity and growth

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

Changing divisions

John Smith

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