The strongest group of recruiting firm experts ever assembled.
Jeff Kaye is the Co-CEO of Sanford Rose Associates International as well as Co-Chief Executive Officer of both Kaye/Bassman International and Next Level Exchange. Jeff graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors Degree in Business and entered the search profession immediately. In his first year, he was named Rookie of the Year and ranked in the National Top Ten Account Executives with the nation’s largest search and recruitment organization. In his second year, he was named National Account Executive of the Year out of a network of over 4,000 recruiters. After several years of record setting performances, Jeff relinquished his personal search responsibilities. With over two decades in search, Jeff has helped his firm grow into the largest single-site search firm in the United States, win national awards for philanthropy and workplace flexibility, and has been named the #1 “Best Company to Work for in Texas” for four consecutive years.
Throughout his tenure at Kaye/Bassman, he was named one of the most influential leaders in the staffing industry and is considered an industry expert in executive, professional and technical search. He has appeared on CNN, FOX, Bloomberg and NBC and is quoted regularly in publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Time and Fortune. Jeff is also a frequent speaker within the staffing and human resources community and been featured in dozens of international training meetings and videos. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Tracy, and their three children.
“The love and success in what you do will fill your bank account, but the love and belief in those you do it with will fill your soul.”
Karen Schmidt is President of Sanford Rose Associates International as well as Partner with Kaye/Bassman International and Next Level Exchange. Karen oversees all training initiatives and ongoing career development organizationally, and serves as an ongoing consultant to search firm owners who have a greater vision of growth, hiring and training. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at continuing education seminars in the areas of recruiting, sales execution and performance development.
When starting in search in 2001, Karen specialized in the search and recruitment of professionals for clients in the Commercial Construction, Specialty Contractors, and Real Estate Development markets. She finished in the top five project staff for several consecutive years as well as achieving the distinction of becoming a Pacesetter within the company. Karen has pioneered the creation of several comprehensive training programs that apply to all associates at each stage of career progression, from the basic recruiting fundamentals, to effective marketing techniques, to more sophisticated curriculum for long-term development. These programs are now being used by hundreds of recruiting organizations around the globe.
Karen graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in General Business. In 2010, Karen was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty,” a list of rising young leaders in the Dallas area.
Nicholas L. Turner (Nick) is the Co-CEO of Sanford Rose Associates International. Post degree, Nick spent several years working in the financial industry and entered the executive search industry in 1999. Nick’s primary role in SRAI is the management of all operations, technology, legal and finance for SRAI. He insures accurate and effective utilization of key functions and services throughout the continuance of business activity and overall operations for the network and corporate operations.
Nick holds the responsibility for the creation, design, application and integration of new and existing SRAI programs and services, information technology infrastructure and global operations. His strategic contribution is at the core of SRAI’s road map for the future. From global expansion, acquisitions and new ventures, Nick is the catalyst and implementation leader. Nick’s business modeling and ground up development serve SRAI as a critical and fundamental asset to the future success and vision of the entire organization.
Nick earned a Bachelors in Business Administration majoring in Finance and Real Estate with an emphasis in Accounting and Economics from Baylor University. He has been published and quoted in numerous business publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Dallas Morning News, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business and has been recognized as a leading consultant to the search industry for operational and financial solutions. Nick resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Lauren and three boys Holden, Sutton and Corbin and daughter Layton.
“Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and do it that way every time.”
Training & Development
Christine Geiger brings an uncommonly long and successful career as a professional Search Consultant, Trainer and coach. Working with Christine as a Trainer and Coach is like hitting the Texas lottery. You’ll benefit from nearly three decades of expertise garnered from Christine’s mega millions in personal production. Simply put, her training produces winners. Christine’s tenure and track record position her uniquely within the search industry as Senior Director of Training for Next Level Exchange (NLE) and Senior Network Advisor for Sanford Rose Associates International (SRAI). Seasoned Recruiters rely on Christine for guidance, clarity and motivation as they seek to cultivate equally long-standing careers in professional search and consulting. New Recruiters rely on her for expert instruction in the fundamentals essential for a strong trajectory into search. Her passion is to pay it forward and make a positive difference in the lives of others. She is driven to share her wisdom and experiences with others seeking to grow as high-performing, career Search Consultants and Search Firm Owners across the globe. Christine partners with Erin Bent – another powerhouse NLE/SRAI Trainer and Coach – in delivering foundational through advanced full 360 search and search firm growth strategies and training.In 1989, Christine was graduated from The Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science in Communication. Christine has two children and resides in the Dallas area with her husband and Mindy the Chihuahua.
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“Laughter is an instant vacation.” Milton Berle
Celeste earned a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing with a concentration in social media. Outside of her work at Direct Recruiters, Celeste enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring new places, podcasts, good coffee, and of course, keeping up with social media.
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“Real change, enduring change happens one step at a time.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg
For over 20 years, Greg Doersching has been recognized as one of the most innovative voices in the recruiting industry, having mentored and trained thousands of recruiters and hundreds of search firm owners with a thorough style and step-by-step training approach that is hard to beat. Greg has a rare combination of the in-the-trenches tactical ability to train even the newest of recruiters, all the way to being able to credibly consult with the most veteran owners in the industry. The coaching Greg provides for our Sanford Rose organizations is designed to fill an ever-increasing need in our industry for individualized consulting at both a desk and an owner level. Throughout his career, Greg has presented hundreds of workshops and keynote addresses for organizations such as the National Association of Personnel Services, American Staffing Association and the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services, Fordyce Forum and numerous Regional, State, and Local groups. He is consistently rated as one of the top presenters for each conference and is the recipient of the NAPS Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Recruiting Industry. Recognized as one of the “Top Producers” for the state of Wisconsin, he served for 2 years as the President of the Wisconsin Association of Personnel Services and now sits on their Board of Directors.
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“The genuine desire to be helpful forms the foundation of my services.” – Phil Doersching (Dad)
Jordan Rayboy believes life if short, so play hard! He began recruiting in 2000 after his sophomore year of college. Six years later, he struck out on his own, forming Rayboy Insider Search. By building an effective virtual team & leveraging technology, Jordan has run his search firm since 2006 while traveling in a tour-bus RV with his wife Jeska. Spanning nearly two decades of fulfilling his passion of giving back to the recruiting community through training, consulting, and public speaking, Jordan has inspired countless recruiters to raise their game and make their dreams a reality as well. They’ve raised three dogs along the way, which prepared them for traveling with their three young children – Ryder, Hunter, and Asher. They’ve covered the majority of the US and Canada during their adventure while living their dream every day. He joined the Pinnacle Society in 2009, and has served on their Board of Directors and as Member Education Chair. Jordan also serves as a Senior Network Advisor within the Sanford Rose Associates organization, helping coach search firm owners to achieve their goals.
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“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today.” Chinese Proverb
Lil Roy Vaughn
Lil started her tenured recruiting career by joining a Management Recruiters International (MRI) franchise office in the late 70s in a sales role, then was quickly promoted and assumed the role GM over a 4 (46 desks) business units. Lil then joined MRI corporate leading design and launch of many of the Training and Development programs (the basis of the training still used today across the industry), and she ultimately assumed the role of corporate sponsor for the Top 50 Office program (the largest and most successful offices across the network) worldwide. Prior to her retirement in 2014, Lil developed a consulting model used with top customers to evaluate their business structure, process and talent for accelerated growth and enhanced performance in the network’s top performing operations. After retirement, Lil launched a consulting practice for a select group of firms that she is partnering with focused on scaling their businesses and organization design. She continues to be a frequent speaker at business forums, industry events and global meetings. Lil received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with Post Graduate Work in Political Futures from the University of Texas and University of Houston. She is married and currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Lil Roy Vaughn
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“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” Lucille Ball
Previous to recruiting, Max pursued his degree in Technological Entrepreneurship from Arizona State University and spent five years as a teacher in the private education space. After a half-decade of teaching, Max came into the search business with a passion to not only build a scalable search firm but also teach and mentor the next generation of top producers and owners.Max entered the search business in 2014 with a keen eye for process improvement and building scalable teams. Max has led Full Spectrum since 2016 and has navigated the firm through 400% growth in a 4 year timeline. With a continued commitment to grow and scale Full Spectrum, Max also serves as a Senior Network Advisor for the Sanford Rose Associates Network. Through Sanford Rose, Max helps firm owners manage the development, training and deployment of technologies that help search firms build robust, usable, relevant databases.
Senior Director of Workflow Innovation
“Always remember that it is progress, not perfection, that you are looking for.” Arbinger Institute
Michelle is Partner – Business Development for Sanford Rose Associates International and Next Level Exchange. Michelle oversees all the business development and sales of Sanford Rose Associates through bringing in new members to the network along with heading up sales for the consulting, training, coaching and hiring with Next Level Exchange. She is responsible for serving search firm owners and recruiters as they seek avenues for professional growth and continuous improvement. Michelle leads the Sanford Rose Associates referral program to help cultivate future relationships through our continuously growing network and also runs our Next Level Hiring division, a team dedicated to identifying future legends in the search industry for our Next Level clients. Michelle’s background in Sales, Public Relations, Marketing and Recruiting have helped fuel her success and passion for helping search firm owners achieve their goals of growth. Her passion for cultivating relationships and knowledge of the search industry is part of what makes her such a valued consultant to both Sanford Rose offices and Next Level Exchange clients. Michelle received her BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University and attended the University of Central Oklahoma for her Masters in Writing.
Stacy Napoles is a seasoned Trainer and Course Developer with over 28 years of education experience. She has extensive experience in delivering corporate training in a classroom setting to various audiences on a large variety of topics. She began her career as a classroom teacher where she developed curriculum, led a team and created after school and outreach programs for children. In 2007 she became Director of Coaching and Development for a large healthcare staffing firm. While in this role Stacy created sales, leadership, and career development programs as well as a stellar onboarding program for new hires. Her coaching experience with all levels of leadership gives her great insight into the staffing and search industry. Stacy is Senior Director of Training and Development for Kaye/Bassman, Sanford Rose Associates and Next Level Exchange. Stacy graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a minor in Music. She resides in Plano, Texas with her husband Sean and their two Labrador retrievers Cal and Yardley.
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“You can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” John Wooden
As a Digital Marketing Communications Specialist, Amber Dugan works side by side with the MarCom team to collaborate and assist on all marketing related projects for Sanford Rose Associates International and each of our SRA offices. Recognizing that SRA owners have a vested interest in retaining and growing their individual brand equity, Amber specializes in global branding and support, enabling each of our offices to leverage her efforts in taking their brand to their own next level. Amber graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management and Marketing with a certification in Management Information Systems. She is originally from West Texas and in her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Marketing Communications Client Services Manager
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Colin Powell
Julius Gray is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Sanford Rose Associates. He researches current marketing trends and develops marketing strategies and designs based on his findings. Julius was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; he later moved to Texas and attended The University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Management. Over the past several years, he has worked in many aspects of the design world, including marketing, fine arts, and digital design. He also owns a fine art company and has had his creative work purchased, awarded, and acknowledged by various global businesses. In his free time, he loves working on exemplary art projects, advocating for fitness, attending sporting events, playing video games and spending quality time with his friends, family and especially his dog, Karmella Rose.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do about it.” Steve Harvey
Darren McDougal is the CMO of Sanford Rose Associates International in addition to serving as Managing Partner of Kaye/Bassman International and Managing Director of Next Level Exchange. Darren’s role is the overall direction of the Sanford Rose Associates brand and marketing communications strategies. His corporate marketing career began in 1988 in a Fortune 500 retail firm. In 1993, Darren founded the MCD Group, providing broadcast media production and consulting, web development and IT solutions to the financial services, entertainment, technology and recruiting/staffing industries. Darren has designed and delivered scalable online solutions including corporate Intranet and training systems, online training programs (and their monetization), corporate websites, social media strategies, mobile websites and brand management programs. Darren is an industry resource for marketing communication strategies and has been featured online and in print including The Fordyce Letter, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, NBC, Mix Magazine, Marquee Magazine, Adweek, B2B Magazine, Incentive Magazine and Odwyers PR Daily. Darren resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife Trenda and several rescued pets. His family is active in community and charitable organizations. He enjoys his family, golf, mixed martial arts, music, movies and vintage automobiles.
Andrew Miller is the Digital Marketing Specialist for Sanford Rose Associates where he develops websites and designs various types of marketing material. He was born and raised in Connecticut and after graduating high school, Andrew moved to Texas to attend Southern Methodist University, where he earned a degree in Creative Advertising and Anthropology. Over the past several years, he has worked in many aspects of marketing including graphic and web design. He also owned an art studio for 5 years and hand worked as an independent videographer, where he eventually won 3 awards for his creative work. In his free time, he loves pursuing film and photography projects, as well as, attending the opera, cooking and playing video games. He and his wife, an Esthetician that runs her own business, live in McKinney, TX with their daughter and two dogs: a Pushon and a Pitbull.
Scott brings 20 years of graphic and web design experience to the SRA team. He has spent most of his career helping small businesses with their branding for both print and digital advertising and marketing. Prior to moving to the United States, Scott spent 5 years working freelance for several design and multi-media clients on projects for international energy companies, national television networks, recruitment agencies, and a variety of small businesses. Scott graduated from Griffith University in Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Design. Scott was born in New Zealand, and spent 20 years living in Australia.
Art Director, Marketing Communications
“Words can only inspire you; it is your actions that will bring about the change you seek.” ChatGPT
Before joining DRI, Celeste interned with an event planning and public relations company based in Solon where she gained experience with content strategy writing, event planning and execution, and relevant social media marketing tactics.
Director of Client Services, Digital Marketing
“Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice.” Stephen Curry
Christy Pashkovskiy creates company marketing strategies, compelling content, and manages digital marketing initiatives. In addition, Christy is responsible for DRI’s marketing collateral materials, website maintenance, and competitor research. She focuses on finding effective ways to implement the best business marketing strategies. Before joining DRI, Christy worked in the Marketing department at a manufacturing company and gained experience with e-mail marketing, website coding, and competitor research. Christy earned a BBA from Ashland University in Marketing with minors in both Information Systems and Fashion Merchandising. Outside of her work at Direct Recruiters, she enjoys spending time with her husband (Oleg), daughter (Lydia) and cat named Rocky. In her spare time Christy loves cooking, going on walks in the Cleveland area Metroparks and playing doubles sand volleyball.
Celeste Gable creates interesting and relevant content, grows and manages social media accounts, and assists in organizing marketing initiatives. In addition, Celeste assists the marketing team with website maintenance, DRI’s testimonial program, and facilitating supplemental marketing tasks.
Trey Matthews is the Business and Operations Analyst of Sanford Rose Associates International, Next Level Exchange and Kaye/Bassman International. Trey specializes in the business practice of identifying, analyzing and improving existing business processes to optimize performance, meet best practice standards or simply improve quality and the user experience for customers and end-users. Trey is also a certified power user in Excel, Google Sheets, and Smartsheet.
Trey started at Kaye/Bassman in 2019, specializing in the continued enhancement of the finance and operations team of Kaye/Bassman. In a brief time, Trey has become a core component in the growth and development of the operational finance models, systems and structures throughout all three companies – SRAI, NLE and KBIC. His passion, work ethic and creative problem solving are at the center of SRAI’s success in the operational finance sector of the network.
Trey graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Science & Administration. Trey lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife Ashley and fur-baby Axel.
Sr. Director of Business Architecture and Analytics
“Don’t be in the business of playing it safe. Be in the business of creating possibilities for greatness.” Robert Iger
Finance & Operations
As Managing Director of Accounting and Finance with Sanford Rose Associates International, as well as CFO for Kaye/Bassman International and Next Level Exchange, Courtney Agnew directs all aspects of the business including accounting practices, budgeting, financial planning, interface with the financial community, financial analysis and monitoring of financial performance. Since 1999, Courtney brings financial management experience and expertise all of which have been in the recruiting industry. Prior to joining Kaye/Bassman International in 2007, Courtney was the Financial Manager of a $250 million medical recruiting firm that was acquired by a public company during her tenure. Courtney assisted in the acquisition process along with becoming SOX compliant. Courtney graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Accounting. She volunteers with several charitable organizations and is passionate about traveling.
Managing Director of Accounting & Finance
“Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” Harvey Fierstein
Heather Thomason is the Sr. Director of Administration & Operations for Sanford Rose Associates International and Kaye/Bassman International. She manages accounts receivables and provides operational support regarding policies and procedures to both companies. With over a decade of experience with the firm, she specializes in finance for our Sanford Rose Associates offices. Heather joined Kaye/Bassman in 2007 as an intern and promoted over the years to where she is today as the Sr. Director of Administration & Operations. She resides in Dallas, Texas with her 2 sons Lennon, Lane, daughter Sadie, and the best guard dog known to man, Suh-Mia.
Sr. Director of Administration & Operations
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon
Jennifer Sloan is the Director of Operations and Finance for Sanford Rose Associates International. Her expertise is designing and implementing statistical reporting, as well as providing operational support in regards to policies and procedures. Jennifer consults with franchisees and clients on business and administrative operations and statistical reporting. Her primary role within the firm is to track statistical data that can be helpful in assessing trends and presenting accolades to the various franchises.
Jennifer graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She joined Kaye/Bassman in 2006 in an accounting and operational role.
Sr. Director of Administration & Operations
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Confucious
Kelly Siebert is the Sr. Director of Operations of Sanford Rose Associates International and Next Level Exchange as well as Owner with Kaye/Bassman International. Kelly oversees all internal operational systems, roles and functions, and serves as a liaison to the new franchise office owners during the entire onboarding process into the SRA Network. She also handles all event, conference and incentive trip logistics for Sanford Rose Associates International, Next Level Exchange, and Kaye/Bassman International. Kelly started at Kaye/Bassman in 2002, specializing in the continued enhancement of the finance and operations team of Kaye/Bassman. Over the years she has become a core component in the growth and development of the operational finance models, systems and structures throughout all three companies – SRAI, NLE and KBIC. Her leadership, loyalty and work ethic are at the center of SRAI’s success in the operational finance sector of the network. Kelly graduated from The Art Institute of Dallas, Texas with a degree in Applied Arts. Kelly resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Keith and their son Gavin and fur-baby Calypso. And although their physical residence is in Dallas, their hearts are always in the mountains!
Sr. Director of Administration & Operations
“The most growth happens outside your comfort zone.”
As a member of the Talent Acquisition team for Sanford Rose Associates International, Ashlee cultivates and manages dynamic partnerships with executive search firm owners and their prospective team members to ensure a match that leads to revenue driving results for both. Ashlee identifies future talent for those owners through an extensive process of sourcing, screening, interviewing and recruiting candidates. She focuses on fostering relationships with quality candidates & discovering superstars in an active market to join the teams of our Sanford Rose offices. Ashlee attended UTSA and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology & Sociology. She has a passion for both personal growth and assisting others in their own professional goals.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
As a member of the Talent Acquisition team for Sanford Rose Associates and Next Level Exchange, Breanna utilizes her communication skills to build and maintain relationships with independent executive search firm owners. She delivers top-quality talent by sourcing, screening, and interviewing candidates. She has a passion for enriching the quality of life of individuals around her and promoting positivity to anyone she has the pleasure of speaking with. Her goal is to ensure that her client’s expectations are always met by connecting them with the best candidates.
Breanna attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a Bachelors in Consumer Experience Management. Outside of work, she enjoys being active outside, traveling, and reading a good book
“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” Dalai Lama
As a member of the Talent Acquisition team for Sanford Rose Associates International, Danielle manages productive partnerships with executive search firm owners by conducting the internal hiring process among the individual organizations. Danielle identifies future talent for those owners through an extensive process of sourcing, screening, recruiting, and interviewing candidates. She focuses on maintaining relationships with quality candidates & discovering key players in the active market to join the teams of our Sanford Rose offices. Danielle attended University of North Texas & graduated with a Bachelors in Marketing & Sales; her passion is helping search firm owners achieve their goals of growth.
“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.”
As a member of the Talent Acquisition Team for Sanford Rose Associates International and Next Level Exchange, Jessica uses her highlighting skills to promote effective communication and close relations with the independent search firm owners to match qualified and well-driven individuals into team members. Jessica identifies future talent by thoroughly sourcing, screening, recruiting and interviewing top talent from various platforms. She focuses on building and maintaining client relationships to better connect individuals to a company they can call home. Jessica attended Ball State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice/Criminology and Human Development. Outside of the office, Jessica thrives in engaging in her hobbies such as roller skating, ceramic crafting, and experiencing new thrill activities.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
As a talent acquisition team member for Next Level Exchange and Sanford Rose Associates International, Llauren manages progressive partnerships with executive search firm owners to ensure she delivers the most qualified and motivated individuals. Llauren identifies future top talent by sourcing, screening, recruiting, and interviewing utilizing numerous platforms. Her goal is to build and maintain client relationships, and is exhilarated when she can enhance the lives of others. Llauren began her professional career in the hospitality industry, where she cultivated her passion for meeting and working with new people. Her nine years of experience in hospitality gave way to a smooth transition to the mortgage industry – another relationship-driven industry. Llauren’s ability to connect with people and help them navigate complex situations led her to pursue a career in talent acquisition. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her son Hendrix, traveling to any beach, and shopping!
Brian Denton brings over fifteen years of experience in Information Technology to the network of Sanford Rose Associates International and is acutely aware of how technology has dramatically changed the way search firm owners plan, manage, measure and accomplish their organizational objectives. His expertise includes both commercial and residential markets and he is adept in numerous technology solutions to streamline production workflow. He provides network infrastructure support including assistance and troubleshooting for both hardware and software issues, as well as expertise for recruiting tools support and maintenance, new hire configuration and applicant tracking software systems. Brian believes that technology, when implemented and managed properly, allows the SRA Network to maintain focus on their business and, more importantly their clients businesses. His experience spans from being the IT Administrator for a $12 million search firm to a prior life as a recruiter searching for IT professionals in various markets. Brian enjoys watching almost any sport, with baseball and hockey being his favorites. He is also an avid aviation enthusiast.