Board of Trustees

Christopher Swathwood
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.     



Matthew Feltner
Treasurer

Matthew is a Senior Associate for Willis Towers Watson’s Corporate Risk and Broking segment. In his corporate career, he manages and builds corporate insurance and risk management programs for aerospace & defense, aviation, and telecom companies. Before diving head first into insurance, he worked in banking and consulting which has parlayed very nicely into his volunteer efforts as Treasurer. As Treasurer for both the Association and Foundation, Matthew oversees the financing and accounting functions, reviews and recommends appropriate insurance policies & risk mitigation procedures, and is responsible for regular reporting of CABA’s financial positions to the Board of Directors. He lives in Colorado Springs, and is married with three children.

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.


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, in Reading, PA. After graduating from Penn State and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, he held several academic research scientist in biochemistry. Mike decided to follow his lifelong passion and became a private pilot in 2006. He also holds Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates, and continues working on advanced ratings. Mike has taught numerous ground school courses as well as crosswind techniques using the Redbird Xwind trainer, currently providing technical support, writing, and photography for HangarNetwork, and his articles have appeared in several aviation publications. He served as CABA board member and is a past chairman, relinquishing the board to become Executive Director in 2019. Mike is a strong supporter and advocate for the General and Business aviation industry. 


Kendra Catanzaro
Board Member

Kendra is a Colorado native and grew up three miles from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport. Her aviation career started in 2008 at West Star in Grand Junction working for their repair station in the turboprop division. From there her passion for aviation grew. Kendra’s experience consists of other repair stations, FBO’s, and charter operators within the Colorado metro area to include Stevens Aviation, Mayo Aviation, Mountain Aviation, and Jet Linx. The administrative and customer relations side of aircraft maintenance is where most of Kendra’s aviation background stands, most recently as a Project Manager, but she has also has HR, marketing, and FBO experience.


Kenn Kline
Board Member

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.


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.


Matt Fishback

Board Member

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, who he is currently employed with, and recently completed his masters of science in terrorism and counterterrorism studies. 


Brad Elliott
Board Member

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.


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. 



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