Board of Trustees

Brad Elliott
Chairman

Brad (“B-RAD”) is the Fuel Buying & Logistics Manager at Air Methods Corporation where he manages fuel purchasing for over 460 aircraft across 300 locations. His aviation career started 2001 as a Line Technician at Showalter Flying Service. Brad opened Desert Jet Center (FBO in TRM) from the ground up at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport as the General Manager. In 2018, he opened a $10 million-dollar FBO facility in Bentonville, Arkansas, and was the President & General Manager for Summit Aviation. He earned a Bachelor of Science - Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Central Florida. Brad has his private pilot license and aspires to continue his ratings. He volunteers as a Flying Ambassador to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation where he promotes flying general aviation throughout the islands. Brad has served on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee and was honored in 2018 as a member of the NBAA 40 Professionals Under 40 Years Old.



Kenn Kline
Vice Chairman

Kenn hails from an aviation family, and has been involved with aviation for over thirty-four years. He was a founding member and Customer Service and Aviation Services Manager of Black Canyon Jet Center (now Atlantic Aviation), the FBO at Montrose Regional Airport. Kenn is currently semi-retired but still works at the FBO on a partu-time basis. Kenn is also a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, where he specialized in a diverse set of assignments, including tactical air control, aerospace defense, and special operations. He also served as a command staff advisor. Apart from aviation, he entered private business in 1997 as a partner with StrateGen, Inc., a business transformation consulting company in Alaska.


Joseph Friel

Secretary

Joe grew up flying airplanes with his father in the Philadelphia area. After getting his pilot's license and and an engineering degree, he entered the aerospace world. With experience in military aerospace projects and flight deck avionics, he transitioned to his current employer -- Gogo Business Aviation. At Gogo, he has managed next generation in flight connectivity projects, a system architecture group, and an aircraft applications engineering team. Joe has a passion for airplanes which he brings to the Board of Directors. On the Events Committee, he assembles programming to meet the organization's educational and networking goals for those who are making a business of aviation in Colorado. He is an active flight instructor and previous aircraft owner that he used for regional travel.


Christopher Swathwood
Past Chairman

Chris grew up flying in Colorado with his father at  Jefferson County Airport which inspired him to start his own flight training in the early 2000’s while obtaining a degree in aviation technology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Starting his career with Aircell (GOGO), Mr. Swathwood transitioned to an aircraft sales roll with both a brokerage and manufacture before starting Altivation Aircraft, an aviation consulting and aircraft brokerage firm in 2018. Chris’s passion to promote and further aviation started in College as he served as Vice-President for Alpha Eta Rho, a professional aviation fraternity where he worked to help highlight the benefits of aviation within the state. Upon joining CABA in 2011, Chris has continued to focus on advancing aviation throughout the state as he spearheaded CABA’s important legislative actions, and continues to be a voice for aviation both on the state and national stage.   


Mike Straka
Executive Director, Past Chairman

Mike has had a passion for aviation and aircraft from a young age, photographing air shows at his hometown airport Carl A. Spaatz Field (RDG), in Reading, PA. A graduate of Penn State and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, he held several academic research appointments in biochemistry. In 2005 Mike decided to follow his lifelong passion and became a private pilot. He went on to earn Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates, and continues working on advanced ratings. Mike has taught ground school courses at flight schools and crosswind techniques in the Redbird Xwind trainer. He also provides technical support, writing, and photography for HangarNetwork, and his work has appeared in several aviation publications. A CABA board member since 2011 and chairman in 2014, he relinquished the board position to become Executive Director in 2019. Mike is a strong supporter and advocate for the General and Business aviation industry. 


Scott Dulaney
Board Member

Scott served in the US Navy as a Submarine Radioman aboard the USS New York City. He then was an owner and Project Manager at JLM Products & Design in Larkspur, where he was a Certified Welding Inspector and program manager overseeing the welding and production of various stainless steel alloy components in support of national defense nuclear weapons programs. Scott recently was with Mayo Aviation as their Director of Business Development.  He is an enthusiastic sales professional specializing in aircraft management, charter aircraft sales, and resolution of complex aircraft transportation and ownership investment problems. Scott's many relationships within the aviation community enable him to be very valuable on the Membership Committee.


Amber Channel
Board Member, Golf Chair

Amber is a Colorado native and has had a passion for aviation since she was 18 when she first started flying.  She attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and obtained her bachelor's degree in Aviation Management.  She worked as a Customer Service Representative (CSR) for Denver jetCenter at Centennial Airport (APA) then advanced to Customer Service Manager.  During her time there she was awarded Airport Business Magazine's 40 Under 40 in 2015.  Afterwards, she worked as a Flight Coordinator for International Jet Aviation at APA, then a CSR for Signature Flight Support at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (BJC) and APA.  Amber has relocated to Rapid City, SD and is an Associate Aviation Planner and Part 107 Drone Operator for engineering firm KLJ.  Amber also volunteers in various aviation organizations such as Women in Aviation International (WAI) and the Mile High (WAI) Chapter and has been a part of CABA for the past six years.


Matt Fishback

Board Member, Scholarship Chair

With over 2 decades of experience, Matt began his flying in 1996 at Jefferson County Airport. Graduated from Metro State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Technology with a Corporate Emphasis. Matt's professional career began at Centennial Airport with International Jet Aviation for 9 years as a Lead Captain for Airlife Denver and Line Captain for charter. Recently a Lead Captain for Rural Partners in Medicine in Steamboat Springs for Mayo Aviation and currently is excited to be a Captain at Precision Aircraft Management at Centennial. He has a true passion for aviation and sharing it with others, when not flying in the business aviation sector you can find him on the line teaching the future generation of aviators. He is enthusiastic about the future of General/Business Aviation in Colorado and looks forward to serving this community on the board.


Daniel Foust
Board Member

Daniel grew up with aviation in his blood, and to earn money for college, he worked with a helicopter company, as ground crew, which conducting construction lifting and aerial firefighting, he spent summers with bush pilots above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and he worked with local FBOs. After earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Aviation Operations, he followed his dream to earn the title of U.S. Marine. For the next 9 years, Daniel served as a combat assault support helicopter pilot, then another 2 years as a pilot for government contracting overseas. After returning to the United States, Daniel was hired by Dassault Falcon Jet Corp, with whom he is currently employed, and recently completed his masters of science in terrorism and counterterrorism studies. 


Marshall Cox
Board Member

Marshall is a Colorado native, growing up with a passion for all things outdoors, including aviation. His interest in aviation was sparked at a young age by his Uncle, who flew F18s and eventually piloted and commanded 4 space shuttle missions for NASA. Upon witnessing the shuttle launches, he knew from then-on he’d end up in aerospace. Marshall obtained a BS in Aviation Technology, with a focus on Operations, from Metro State. His educational background set a strong foundation to hold various Sales and Business Development positions at Jeppesen, Gogo Business Aviation and now Garmin. Throughout his career, Marshall has had the opportunity to work with owners, corporate flight departments, OEMs, 91/135/121 operators, government entities and University aerospace programs. His passion and willingness to learn and teach others, inspire him to excite future generations to experience everything the industry has to offer.


Samuel Miller
Board Member

Growing up a Colorado native, Sam's passion for aviation started from a very young age. After completing his private pilot rating in high school, Sam joined the Colorado Air National Guard and served as an F16 Crew Chief while simultaneously earning his bachelor's degree in Economics and Real Estate from Colorado State University. After leaving the National Guard, Sam began his aviation career working for Mountain Aviation at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield on the operations team. After completing his instrument, commercial, and multi engine ratings he began flying for Part 135 Scheduled Operator Boutique Air where he still flies today. With a strong interest in both general and business aviation, Sam is greatly looking forward to serving the Colorado flying community on the board for years to come. 


David Mittleman
Board Member

David is a regional manager for Avfuel Corporation, and has worked in the fuel and aviation business for 15 years. Following a tenure with Garsite/Progress Tank and Westmor Industries in sales and marketing leadership roles, David joined Avfuel—a global supplier of aviation fuel and services—in 2011 as district manager. In this role, he oversaw a territory expanding across the midwest states and central states into Canada.

Demonstrating an aptitude for leadership and an enthusiasm for customer care, David was promoted to regional manager in 2018, where he is now responsible for overseeing relationships with airports, fixed base operators and corporate flight departments in the western U.S.

With an eye on growth and a redefined sales approach, he revitalized his mature territories to identify new business opportunities and nurture long-standing partnerships, supporting one of Avfuel’s core business lines and strengthening the Avfuel Network for flight departments and airports/FBOs alike.

David received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University’s School of Management in 1989, after which he began a successful career in marketing and sales for various companies and industries, working his way into both managerial and executive roles. 


Eric Wilkins
Board Member

Eric knew he wanted to be a pilot since he could talk. Thanks to his parents' shared career in Air Traffic Control, he grew up at the Centennial Airport and has been in love with flying since. Eric has worked in nearly every imaginable field in aviation, spending time as a helicopter mechanic in the Army Reserves, line service technician with TAC Air, charter sales with ONEflight, approach coding at Jeppesen, and a flying career that includes time in the Blackhawk, Embraer 145, C-12 (King Air 200), and an overseas deployment flying the Army's UC-35. Eric now owns Antaero Aviation, a Denver-based consulting company which specializes in corporate aviation management and pilot services, as well as continuing to serve as an Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot in Command for the Army Reserve in the C-12V and UC-35A. 


Will Mace
Board Member

Will is originally from Santa Barbara, California and now calls Castle Rock, Colorado home. He has over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate Development, Construction and Asset Management industries. Will maintains a Colorado Real Estate Broker’s license and participates in Aviation Real Estate transactions nationwide involving sales, lease negotiations and asset management with Business Aviation Group (BA Group). His professional credentials include multiple state General Contractor and Real Estate licenses, including industry specific professional certifications, in addition to sitting as an Executive Board Member of the Santa Barbara County Contractors Association (SBCA). Throughout his career Will has participated in over $100M in real estate transactions across the residential, commercial, multi-family and aviation asset classes. Applying his extensive background in construction development, due diligence, market research and valuation Will is able to guide his clients throughout all phases of a transaction. Will’s process begins with understanding the investment objective, the needs of all stakeholders, how to deliver peak performance to achieve the highest quality end result, while creating strategic opportunities for the firm. Previously Mr. Mace served as Director of Development at L&M Capital managing a multi-million dollar “Class A” real estate portfolio. In this role he was responsible for asset performance, overseeing capital planning, budgeting, and the implementation of portfolio objectives. As an avid cyclist and downhill skier, Will’s free time is spent with his family and friends taking advantage of the incredible Colorado outdoors.


Mike Caflisch
Board Member

Mike Caflisch is the founder and principal of Strategy1 Advisors, a boutique, global management consulting firm specializing in full life-cycle business strategy development and advisory services linking strategy to operational execution.  During his 40+ years in the aviation industry, Mike has worked in a multitude of disciplines including aircraft performance engineering, avionics systems engineering and integration, software development, product management, marketing, sales, business/corporate development, strategy, and program management.

From 2014 to 2020, Mike served as chief executive officer of Aircraft Performance Group, one of the world’s leading providers of flight operations performance engineering services for corporate aircraft pilots and operators and airline flight operations departments.  Having been selected a 2021 Titan 100, a nomination recognizing Colorado’s Top 100 CEO’s and C-level executives, Caflisch served most recently as an Executive Board Member of the AFV Aviation Vertical with a focus on corporate development and strategic initiatives.

Previously, Caflisch served as director of Airspace Programs for The Boeing Company’s Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) unit and was responsible for programs supporting flight optimization, airspace and navigation procedure design, and air traffic management.  Prior to that, he led strategy and business development for Boeing’s Flight Services business. 

Caflisch holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and mechanics from the University of Minnesota and a master of business administration from the University of St. Thomas.



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