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Employee Spotlight

   

In July 2018, Chad Cherry joined the Tronair team as our Product Support Group Manager. Chad is a retired Air Force veteran, and feels right at home working with Tronair because he is extremely familiar with GSE products. His military experience and time as a Senior Mechanic Supervisor at Dassault Falcon Jet, serves as a foundation for his current role.

Chad’s contributions have already created a positive impact during his short time here. His experience on the product user side of GSE provides a great foundation in the way he supports customer requests. He is able to bring an experienced voice to customer challenges to make his group and Tronair even better.

He’s also active in supporting veteran causes and has participated in several motor cycle rides to support veteran affairs.


 

Tronair hosted students Grant and Charles from Penta Vocational High School. They shadowed Tronair machinists on May 16th and 17th. Grant and Charles are both junior’s in Penta’s Advanced Manufacturing Technologies program, where they work on advanced computer-controlled technology to design, create, and build precision parts and tools. They also learn to program and control CNC machines to produce products from engineering blueprints to print specifications. The young men enjoyed the experience of shadowing our machinists, and learned more about the professional trade.


 

Rick Damman, Painter, has been in the aviation industry for nearly 30 years, starting his career with the Air Force. Having only been with Tronair for four months, he enjoys the company culture, including the four-day work weeks and his coworkers. Rick’s specific role requires a unique knowledge base, such as understanding the complexities of paint application and proper prepping techniques, as the equipment can go through a lot of wear and tear in its lifetime.

On those three-day weekends, Rick is either spotted at Comerica Park, home to his beloved Detroit Tigers, or doing yardwork. He is a family man, crediting his greatest accomplishment as his three children going off to college. Rounding out the top of his bucket list, Rick wants to travel—drive a motorhome across the country and get out of the continental U.S. to someday visit Hawaii.


 

Shane Christianson, Tronair Machinist likes a challenge. He enjoys the variety of the work he does, including different parts and projects. With the Tronair team only four months, Shane made a smooth transition into the aviation industry, putting his automotive and tool making experience to the test every day on the job. When asked what unique skills are required in his role he stated, “Adaptability and versatility. You have to be open to change and ready for anything.” It’s a fast-paced working environment and Tronair is constantly growing and working toward building the future of aviation.

When he’s not in the shop, Shane enjoys spending quality time with his two children, especially playing cards. He states his greatest accomplishment was becoming a father. Left on his bucket list, Shane wants to travel more, can’t get enough of airplanes! His itinerary includes domestic destinations such as Hawaii and Alaska and even internationally to Japan and Switzerland.


 

When asked to describe her role, Tronair Buyer Debbie Trimmer explained it quite simply, “Evaluate suppliers, prevent shortages and minimize expenses.” In this fast paced, ever-evolving position, she has to remain flexible and open to change as every supplier she works closely with is unique. Debbie enjoys the daily challenge to think outside the box. With her background, she’s new to the aviation industry, but she says, “The best part about my job is that I’m constantly and consistently learning something new.” In her eight months with Tronair, Debbie can attest to her personal growth as well as the company’s commitment to being the best in the Ground Support Equipment industry.

Debbie lives by the mantra, “Be the most positive and enthusiastic person I know.” So, how does she do that? In her spare time, Debbie sure knows how to relax. Her hobbies include golfing, fishing and reading. It’s no surprise her bucket list includes a trip to Alaska, with a cruise and fishing excursion agenda priorities. Debbie counts her greatest accomplishment as being a proud mom to her twin boys, stepson and stepdaughter.


 

Soon after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2015, Chad Gibson joined the Tronair team as a Design Engineer. When asked what he likes most about his job, Chad replied, “It’s a big company with a small company feel. The opportunity to see projects through from project proposal to final build is really an incredible experience.” Chad enjoys the hands-on atmosphere in his department, citing various prototypes scattered around the office. His advice to new employees… “Be curious.” He further explained, “There’s a wealth of knowledge at Tronair and people are more than willing to share, you just have to ask.”

As a child, Chad wanted to be a pilot when he grew up. The aviation industry seemed like a great fit for the first step in his career. Chad would still like to get his pilot’s license, and live out that childhood dream as a hobby. When both feet are on the ground, he enjoys basketball, playing a pick-up game with his friends as well as attending games in Ann Arbor to watch his Wolverines win in style. Chad’s motto? “Always look on the bright side of life.”


 

When asked what her favorite part of her job is, Senior Buyer Courtney Adams replied, “The people. It’s very rewarding to be part of a team that is working together toward something much bigger.” In her recently celebrated 13 years with Tronair, she’s had the opportunity to learn, mentor and grow with many of her colleagues, and also enjoys the new ideas fresh faces bring to the Tronair table. Courtney is working on her APICS certification, and is looking forward to adding that extra value to her team.

On days off, Courtney and her husband frequent the ups and downs of Cedar Point with their son and attend plenty of baseball games in the summer, Go Indians! She would eventually like to see a ballgame at all 30 major league stadiums across the country. When at home, she likes to read and sew, probably where her exceptional attention to detail comes from. Her words of wisdom? “Don’t ever be ashamed of loving the strange things that make your weird little heart happy.”


 

The best type of work doesn’t feel like work, and often, Tronair Customer Service Team Leader Jessica Hennessey’s days fly by as she checks off one happy customer after another. Jessica, as part of the team that fields calls, questions, resolves issues and educates customers, lives by the old adage, “Treat people with respect and the same way you want to be treated.” In her nearly two years on the job, she’s seen Tronair steadily grow and is proud of the work her team has done to propel it forward. As she explains it, “Planes don’t fly by themselves, we help to keep them in the air.”

What keeps Jessica going outside of work? First and foremost are her self-described “world’s cutest dogs,” Cookie and Keyli. She also puts priority on lots of volunteer work, including (a nod to her fondness for science and engineering) nearly 10 years of volunteering as a mentor for FIRST Lego, Tech Challenge, and Robotics teams. On Jessica’s bucket list? Visiting the history-rich city of Petra, Jordan. And just to show what diverse interests she has, she’d love to trade places with any astronaut for a day “just to see the views, send me up!”


 

On Veterans Day, the Tronair family of companies would like to recognize those who have served our country with honor and bravery in the United States Armed Forces. We are proud and humbled that nearly 25% of our Tronair employees are included in this distinction.

We held a luncheon recently to recognize their contributions. Thank you for all you do!