Leadership at MD Helicopters

Meet the committed team earning your trust daily

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

President and CEO

Brad Pedersen

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Vandersteen

Chief Operating officer

Harvey Ticlo

Chief Pilot

Dennis Banks

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Jason Lindauer

Vice President, Aftermarket Sales & Support

Ryan Weeks

Vice President, Global Human Resources

Cheryl Bazzell

Vice President, Quality Assurance

Rick Caplette

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman of the Board

Edward Dolanski

Board Member

GEN (ret.) Gustave Perna

Board Member

Paul "Flip" Huffard

Board Member

Anthony McKiernan

Board Member

Daniel Avitabile

Board Member

John Greene

We are committed to our customers.

“MD has always done an amazing job at helping me learn, answering all my questions, and providing great training! Great people here!”

Sales and Marketing Leadership Team

Director, Marketing & Communications

Ashley Sanchez

Senior Director, Sales – Middle-East

Stephen Suttles

Howard Berry

Senior Director, Sales – Asia-Pacific

Howard M. Berry

Director, Sales – Asia-Pacific

Justin Texeira

Director, Sales – North America, Western Region

Jack Harris

Director, Sales – North America, Eastern Region

Patrick Crippen

Director, Sales – Central & South America

Bill Morales

President and CEO

Brad Pedersen

Brad has more than 40 years of industry experience delivering accelerated growth and financial performance in leadership positions at Boeing Rotorcraft, Sikorsky Aircraft, Breeze-Eastern, and other aerospace and defense companies. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Breeze-Eastern, Director of Advanced Programs R&D, Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project, and UH-60M Program Manager at Sikorsky. He has also held leadership positions at Boeing including Director of International Apache Programs, Ordinance Programs, Advanced Programs and Flight Test Engineer. He began his career at Hughes Helicopters and has almost 20 years of direct experience with the MD Helicopter product lines. Brad has led the turnaround of several private and publicly-owned companies in his career. He holds an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


“MD Helicopters has been an iconic name in the rotorcraft industry, and we will build on this rich heritage to serve and support our customers worldwide. Our immediate focus is to dramatically improve customer support, foster strong supplier relationships, and implement an aggressive aircraft sales plan.”

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Vandersteen

Chris has more than 30 years of experience as a strategic, financial, and operational business leader for global companies. Before joining MD Helicopters, he was the Sr. Vice President for Finance and acting CFO at Micross Components and spent nearly 10 years in various broad-based executive finance and IT roles at TransDigm Group Incorporated. Chris also spent four years in senior finance management positions at Microsoft and held leadership roles at GE, Bombardier, and Honeywell before that. Chris has led finance and IT functions for large multinational teams, strengthening controls, cleaning up balance sheets, reducing risk, and increasing operational efficiencies. He holds an MBA degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Chief Operating Officer

Harvey Ticlo

Harvey began his career as a mechanic and has over 35 years of experience working in the aerospace industry. He quickly worked his way to hold leadership positions across several organizations, including Midway Commuter Airlines, United Express, Falcon Express, StandardAero, Yankee Pacific Aerospace, and Dynamo Aviation. Harvey has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, a Master’s in Management Information Systems, and a Six Sigma Black Belt with lean manufacturing experience. He is also a licensed A&P mechanic and holds a private pilot certification.

Chief Pilot

Dennis Banks

Dennis has over 37 years of aviation experience of aviation service. His passion for helicopters started with the U.S. Army, Where he served for 25 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) as a Standardization Instructor Pilot. After retirement, he performed duties overseas as a Lead Pilot and Country Standardization officer with DynCorp on the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contract for five years. Dennis was the Chief Pilot for a 133 operator in Texas for a few years before starting his tenure at M.D. Helicopters as an Instructor Pilot. He developed and implemented the M.D. Helicopters military training program for training within the U.S. and overseas, and now brings his passion and dedication to training for both commercial and military customers as the Chief Pilot.

VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING​

Jason Lindauer

Jason has over 20 years of experience and got his start on the floor of MD Helicopters as a lead technician and spare parts sales representative after serving for five years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic. He went on to hold leadership positions in operations and business development and sales at Pratt and Whitney, DynCorp, Textron, and Able Engineering before returning to MD Helicopters in 2020 as Director of Commercial Sales. Jason now oversees sales, business development, and marketing, and is focused on accelerating revenue through new and existing geographies and channels and by creating customized solutions that align with customer needs. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautics and MBA in International Business from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Vice President, Aftermarket Sales & Support

Ryan Weeks

Ryan came to MD Helicopters after working for Bell/Textron for more than 25 years in various roles, including as the leader of aftermarket product support and aftermarket business optimization for Bell Helicopter and as Chief Engineer for all Bell Commercial Products. Most recently, he led Honeywell Aerospace’s Marketing and Product Management, Avionics for the past three years. Ryan holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University and an MBA from Wayne State University.

Vice President, Global Human Resources

Cheryl Bazzell

Cheryl joined MD Helicopters in 2014 with more than 30 years of aerospace experience and a proven track record in leading human resources initiatives. She worked her way up the leadership ranks at Rockwell Collins first as Vice President of Business Partners, then as Vice President of Human Resources Operations, and finally as Vice President of Total Remuneration – Compensation and Benefits before coming to MD. Cheryl is responsible for setting world-class human capital strategies and overseeing the day-to-day activities of Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Relations, Learning & Development, Compliance, and Employee Engagement. She has a BS degree from Montana State University and an MS in Human Resource Management from Chapman University.