Leadership

At Global Aviation Resources our employees are our most important asset. Our team is committed and knowledgeable with a proven track record in operations management, equipment manufacturing, transportation, and other related businesses. Our team provides a solid combination of expertise, experience, dependability and responsiveness – all necessary in order to deliver optimal results and meet our customers’ aviation needs. Global Aviation Resources differentiates itself by conducting business with internal and external customers in a partnership manner. The statementall of us are better than one of us” describes our operational culture and guiding principles. Our organization is sensitive to customer’s competitive pressures and business economies. Thus, we consistently find a way to add value to our customers’ bottom line. All of our employees are committed, motivated and rewarded for outstanding performance.

Meet Our Team

  

Mike Shojaat – President – Entrepreneur and Founder of Global Aviation Resources Graduate Iowa State University – BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, MBA – Nova SE University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Complete Doctoral Studies in International Business. Thirty two years experience contributing to operational/management, quality marketing control, pricing, technical expertise in engineering, sales, implementation of organizational structure. Experience with Aviation Industry and leading competitor in markets of Research and Development, Sales, Domestic/International Trade, Transportation and Information Technology disciplines. Strong emphasis on customer satisfaction, resolutions and retention. A business/service model of minimum response time, innovation, efficiency and quality by employing measures of excellence and solution strategies.  No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” Charles Kendall Adams

 Carolyn Shojaat – VP, Finance – Entrepreneur and one of the initial founders of Global Aviation Resources. Currently Vice President of Finance. Former assignments include the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and a Private Law Firm. Thirty two years experience in corporate recruiting/interview examinations, research and development, contracts and sensitivities, internal/external policies, human resources and executes finance and resource management. Extensive assignments in projects of investigative and background reviews, employs a variety of interviewing, communication techniques and negotiation concepts. Continues to manage and administer service to the information technology process, and aviation markets. Dedicated to solid, continuous customer service and satisfaction. Leader in management and technical solutions, company growth and production, building a network and structure of partners and associates.  “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”  Douglas MacArthur

Gene Ford – Quality Assurance Manager and Sales – Possesses a vast background in the aviation industry. Gene joined Global Aviation Resources in 2000 and serves as the Director of Quality Assurance. His career originated with a 121 Operator in the Midwest where he served as manager of Planning and Programs. His background also includes nine years of management in inventory control of a major spice manufacturer working with overseas vendors. Gene is a Dale Carnegie graduate and utilizes his superb communication skills to develop strategic business relationships in the aerospace market, which includes technical research, marketing, and sales. “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

Heidi C. Steenberg – Manager of Operations – Heidi earned her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Marquette University. For six years prior to joining Global Aviation Resources, she was an insurance broker, acting as a liaison between insurance companies and large corporations , recruiting new brokers to the firm, training new employees, and preparing sales and marketing presentations to clients nationwide. Heidi has been a leader with Global Aviation Resources since 2002. Currently, she oversees the Human Resources and Accounting departments, manages recruiting, and also assists in the leadership of the business development and marketing department. “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Vince Lombardi

Kris Kleckner – Sales & Purchasing – Holds sixteen years of experience in sales, ten of which were spent in the sales department at a highline automobile dealership, developing a strong commitment to product knowledge and customer satisfaction. Kris has been with Global Aviation Resources since 2006, and strives to create new business partnerships around the world by providing friendly, consistent and reliable service and support. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Santina Stanfel – Special Projects Coordinator – Has a diverse background in accounting, education and customer service. She joined the Global Tech Services team in September 2002 as special project coordinator. Her role encompasses extensive areas of the daily operations of various companies in information technology, as well as in the aviation industry. She welcomes opportunities to provide steadfast quality service to clients, vendors, and also potential customers. “The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” Dale Carnegie

Jacob Robertson – Marketing & Shipping/Receiving Coordinator – Shipping and Receiving Associate earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Iowa State University. Prior to working for Global Aviation Resources, Jacob worked as a Fleet Coordinator for Werner Enterprises Inc. While in college, he gained job experience while working receiving for Kohl’s and Forward Air, Inc. With a combination of his work experience, education and being dedicated and hard working, Jacob has the opportunity to excel at Global Aviation Resources. “Determination: At times it takes sheer will to overcome adversity.”

Zack Wiig – Quality Control (shipping/receiving) & Business Development Associate – Zack graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Iowa State University. Prior to joining Global Aviation Resources, he worked for Iowa State University in their printing and copy services department.  Zack works in the Global Aviation Resources shipping and receiving department preparing shipments for our purchasing, sales, exchange, and repairs departments. He is excited to be a member of our team and is happy to work with the experienced professionals at Global Aviation Resources to work and gain life long business relationships.  Zack’s role expands each day as he gains quality experience with Global Aviation Resources.   “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

Zain Quntar – Marketing and Research Representative – Zain graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Relations. Prior to working at Global Aviation Resources, she worked for several years in the customer service industry. She has had great experience interacting and building relations with others. Zain now works for Global Aviation Resources as a Marketing and Research Representative where she provides and receives information on units. She is excited to see what the future holds working in this firm and how it will allow her to grow and become more knowledgeable in the Aviation industry.   “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Judy Blessington – Administrative Assistant – Judy has been a part of the Global Aviation Resources team since 2011. Previously, she accumulated many years of experience working within business management fields. Her background includes an extensive knowledge and expertise in business/office management, accounting and marketing. Judy enjoys working together as a team to provide consistent customer satisfaction. “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laura Robertson – Marketing and Administrative Assistant – Laura joined the Global Aviation Resources team in 2019. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Buena Vista University. Laura brings with her 13 years of prior experience in the retail business management marketplace. With a sold background as an administrative assistant and also in customer service, Laura provides valuable support for Global Aviation Resources in many facets such as accounting, marketing, and customers service. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” – Sheryl Sandberg

Matt Boddicker – Information Technology Director – Matt joined our Global Aviation Resources team in 2015. He came to us with 17 years of experience in network administration and application development. In addition he also served 6 years in the Navy as a Data System Technician. “Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.” – Steve Jobs