Barry Kohlerjoined Erickson in May of 2023. His experience includes over 40 years in the aerospace industry, with 30 years in senior and executive leadership roles. These senior leadership positions include roles at Honeywell, BAE Systems, and Bell Flight/Textron.Barry started his engineering career with Rolls Royce Engines and continued in the propulsion research and development field with Honeywell for 13 years. He assumed Product Director roles with Honeywell before joining BAE Systems as the leader of their fly-by-wire flight controls business. He spent 11 years with Bell Flight, running the commercial business and Canadian operations. He then went on to become President and CEO of Eagle Copters, a position he held for five years.
Barry Kohler earned a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University (formerly the General Motors Institute). Barry Kohler is a resident of Central Point Oregon. This location is near Erickson’s manufacturing facilities and is optimal for remaining apprised of critical operational components.
Kristi Gonzalez is the Senior Vice President of Business Planning & Corporate Responsibility and is responsible for human resources, occupational safety, security, and corporate insurance. Kristi has worked in several industries throughout her career before arriving at Erickson, including chemical processing, automotive repair, manufacturing, and mental health. She brings to Erickson a wide range of skillsin operations management, change management, HR compliance, accounting and payroll, employee benefits, compensation management, and occupational safety. Kristi is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Portland HR Management Association.
Mrs. Gonzalez holds a B.S. in Management/Entrepreneurship from the Oregon Institute of Technology and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
David Merryman is the Director of Legal and is responsible for advising the leadership team,negotiating and managing contracts, directing litigation, and otherwise overseeing the full range of the company’s legal issues. Before joining Erickson, he worked as a litigator for large law firms in Texas and Oregon, where he handled a wide range of commercial disputes. Mr. Merryman is admitted to practice in Oregon and Texas.
Mr. Merryman is an Alumnus of Lewis & Clark College, where he studied international affairs and political science. He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. David enjoys spending time with his growing family.
Connor Bascue Joined Erickson in January of 2014. His experience includes financial modeling, cash flow projections, and financial analysis. He is currently the Vice President of Finance.
Connor graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and from the University of Southern California with an MBA. He is a current CFA Charterholder.
Jeff Mecklenburg joined Erickson in October of 1997. His background includes experience in production, certification, engineering, and quality. He is currently responsible for the AeroSystems Operations that include: Aircraft Repair and Modification, Component Repair and Overhaul, Manufacturing, Composite Main Rotor Blade Manufacturing, Engineering, Program Management, and Facilities Maintenance. Jeff has been with the company for over 20 years and has held multiple supervision and management positions. Most recently, Jeff has served as the Senior Director of Production and Plant Operations.
Mr. Mecklenburg graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management and holds multiple FAA Certifications.
Allen Wanamaker joined the Erickson team in 1993. His experience includes 19 years in the field as a Mechanic/Crew Chief. Over the past 10 years, he has held the managerial positions of Field Maintenance Manager, Director of Maintenance, Director of Operations, Senior Director of Programs and Support, and is currently the Vice President of Aerial Operations.
Allen served 4 years in the U.S. Army before attending Lane Community College, where he earned an FAA A&P License.
Bernadette McGinn joined the Erickson team in 2018. She has over 25 years of experience as a Corporate Controller. She began her career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche in New York, NY.
Bernadette served in the New York Army National Guard as a finance officer. She earned her degree in accounting from the University of Albany – State University of New York. She is currently a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Oregon.
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