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Our Staff

Executive


Mike
Mike Shojaat
Chief Executive Officer
Graduate Iowa State University – BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, MBA – Nova SE University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Completed Doctoral Studies in International Business. Thirty two years’ experience contributing to engineering, operation, management, quality, marketing, pricing, sales, and implementation of organizational structure. Experience with Aviation Industry in global market, Research and Development, Sales, Domestic/International Trade, Transportation and Information Technology disciplines.
Carolyn
Carolyn Shojaat
Vice President of Finance
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.

Administration


Gene
Gene Ford
Business Development Manager
Gene joined GAR-MRO in 2000 and possesses a vast background in the aviation industry. 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.
Heidi
Heidi C. Steenberg
Human Resources & Accounting
Heidi earned her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Marquette University and is currently the Human Resources and Accounting Manager for Global Aviation Resources and GAR-MRO Services. Heidi has been a leader at Global Aviation Resources for the last 13 years, and assisted with the development of GAR-MRO since its inception. Currently, she oversees the Human Resources and Accounting departments, aviation parts exchange program, manages internal recruiting, and also assists in the leadership of the business development department.
Jacob
Jacob Robertson
Service Manager
Earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Iowa State University. Prior to working for GAR-MRO, 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 hardworking, Jacob has the opportunity to excel at GAR-MRO.
Kaylea
Kaylea Cobb
Marketing, Administrative, and Repair Coordinator
Kaylea graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in Marketing and a minor in Communication Studies. While at the University of Iowa Kaylea worked in Human Resources where she further developed her communication and leadership skills. Shortly after graduation she joined the GAR-MRO Services team as a Marketing, Administrative, and Repair Coordinator. Through this position, Kaylea hopes to use the skills she gained at Iowa in order to successfully contribute to GAR-MRO Services’ growth. She assists with our Repair, Marketing, and Accounting departments.
Judy
Judy Blessington
Accounting
Judy has been a part of the GAR-MRO 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.

Repair Technicians


Doug
Douglas Keller
Maintenance Repair Manager
Doug has 32 years of experience as an Avionics Technician with the 132d FW Iowa Air National Guard. His areas of expertise and capabilities include: Automatic Flight Controls (AFSC) and Analog as well as Digital Flight Controls (FLCS, DFLCS), and he also specializes in aircraft Radar, Instrumentation and Communication/Navigation systems. Doug has been a Training Manager, Financial Manager and Technical Manual Manager within the Iowa Air National Guard. Deployments from 1976 thru 2012 include Turkey (x 4), Kuwait (x2), Panama (x3), England, Germany, Japan (x2), Qatar, Korea, Iraq (x3), Afghanistan and Australia. Doug possesses in-depth knowledge and expertise, leadership skills and attention to detail in all areas of Avionics Maintenance. With his extensive accomplishments, GAR-MRO is sure to continue the expansion and product line capabilities.
Marvin
Marvin Meyer
Quality Director
Marv graduated from Indian Hills Community College in 1976 with an Associate Degree in Aviation Maintenance. Since 1976 he has maintained his A&P Certification. Marv joined the Iowa Air National Guard in 1985 and retired as Senior Master Sergeant in 2009. He served as the Aircraft Maintenance Specialist for F-16 and A7 military aircraft. Deployments throughout his career at the Iowa Air Force include: Germany, Canada, Turkey, Kuwait and Iraq. Marv has continually and consistently worked in general aviation careers as an A & P Mechanic and currently volunteers at the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum. Marv brings numerous years of experience, background and vast knowledge to GAR-MRO. His leadership and skills are an important function to the organization.
Dave
Dave Wildman
Senior Maintenance Repair
Dave graduated from Des Moines Technical High School with Honors in the Aviation Core Area in 1973. His work and extensive experience of 30 years includes being an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist with the Iowa Air National Guard and specialized work in F100C, D & F, Convair T-29 & C-131B, A-7D & K and F16C & D. Dave received his private pilot license in 1974 and personally owned (4) aircraft, as well as a completed restoration of other aircraft. Dave received his A & P Certification in 1977 and served deployments from 1976 through 2001 in Italy, England (x2) Panama (x3), Germany, Japan (x2), Turkey (x2) and Kuwait (x2). With Dave’s years of experience, knowledge and passion for Aviation, he assists GAR-MRO to continued future heights.
Lynn
Lynn Zajicek
Senior Maintenance Repair
Lynn graduated from Kirkwood Community College in 1987 with an Associate Degree. Lynn’s work experience includes 33 years of in aviation aircraft maintenance and repair with the Air Force active duty and Iowa Air National Guard. Deployments from 1980 thru 2012 included: Germany, Spain, Guam (x 2), Japan (x2), England, Canada, Philippines, Turkey (x 3), Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq (x2) and Afghanistan. He has worked on numerous aircraft and engines, including: landing gear, flight controls and hydraulic systems. Lynn is dedicated and disciplined to performing quality maintenance. With his extensive experience, he is an integral part of GAR-MRO.
Matt
Matt Boddicker
Maintenance Repair & IT Manager
Matt joined our GAR-MRO 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 Systems Technician aboard the USS Independence and USS Blue Ridge.
Mark
William Burnham
Maintenance Repair
Willie joined the GAR-MRO Services team in October of 2018. His background includes mechanic experience at an auto and tire repair facility, as well as a heavy duty towing operator. In later 2004, he joined The United States Marine Corps and attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and School of Infantry (SOI) at Camp Pendleton, California. Serving as a Corporal for 6 years with the ECHO Co. 2nd Battalion 24th Marine Division, he was as deployed to Israel from 2005 to 2006, and Iraq from 2007 to 2008 Iraq. In the Iraq deployment he received the Marine of the Year Award for going above and beyond the call of duty. Willie is pleased to join GAR-MRO Services as he gains knowledge and experience as repair technician.
Mark
Matthew Coffman
Maintenance Repair
Matthew Coffman joined the GAR-MRO Services team in January of 2019. He has an Associates Degree in Business Management from Grantham University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Southern New Hampshire University. His background includes mechanic experience as a composite technician, responsible for fabrication and lay-up of composite materials in molds, and using intense heat and pressure to cure them. Matthew also has Hazmat certifications, TS CDL A/Field Chemist II, and was responsible for classifying chemicals, segregating them by EPA and DOT hazard classes, and packaging all chemical waste, used or unused, according to 49CFR. Matthew also served in the United States Army from 2000 to 2013, repairing diesel engines and then as an ordinance disposal specialist.
Mark
Aaron Heer
Maintenance Repair
Aaron Heer joined GAR-MRO Services in April of 2019, after moving to Des Moines from Colorado, where he had worked for 13 years for an aviation repair company that services aircraft engines. While employed there, he learned a great deal of important information about the horizontally opposed Lycoming and Continental engines. Out of all of his experiences, he enjoyed non-destructive testing the most, and all of the fascinating and interesting parts he has inspected throughout the years. Aaron loves life and to learn something new every day. Aaron is pleased to bring his extensive knowledge to GAR-MRO Services.
Ashton
Ashton Willcox
Maintenance Repair
Ashton joined GAR-MRO in 2018 when he graduated from Urbandale High School. He will graduate from Indian Hills Community College in the Spring of 2019. He is currently working on his Associates in Applied Science Degree for Aviation Maintenance and will also receive his Federal Aviation Administration Airframe & Powerplant rating. He is currently gaining experience and also bringing fresh knowledge to GAR-MRO Services, as he works towards completion of his degree and A & P rating.