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Our unwavering commitment to all of our stakeholders will remain our motivation to pursue responsible growth, consistently exceed expectations, and surpass our competition in integrity, innovation, and performance.

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.

Michael Lorenzini

President Services & Chief Strategic Officer

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Michael Lorenzini

As President 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, 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.

Mike Reporto

President Staffing

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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.

Jason Adams

Senior Vice President Strategic Sales

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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.

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.

Marie-Claude Payant

Vice President of Finance

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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.

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.

 

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