Over the years, Av-DEC® has developed a dedicated sales team comprised of individuals with both Military and Commercial Airline experience.
Dave Schmidt currently serves as the Military Programs Manager for Av-DEC®. His responsibilities include all aspects of customer and engineering support for all Military programs. In this role he works closely with engineers and management of each of the services and all the major OEMs.
Mr. Schmidt retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 22 years of service. He last served as the Corrosion Control Program Manager for the aviation fleet where he worked closely with all the military corrosion program offices and members of the JCAG (Joint Corrosion Action Group). With this team he worked on a wide variety of corrosion prevention projects.
Don Davis has been with Av-DEC® since 2003 and currently serves as the Air Force Program Manager. His responsibilities include gaining approvals for the Air Force fleet and T.O implementation, as well as sales growth improvement. Mr. Davis's work with the Air Force developed from his membership from 1970 until 2003. His experience with multiple roles, such as an USAF Airframe Repair Specialist, MOANG Airframe Repair Instructor, and MOANG Structural Maintenance Tech/Fabrication Supervisor, provide him with the knowledge and skills to successfully maintain his responsibilities. Mr. Davis was also the recipient of a significant amount of awards during his time with the United States Air Force ranging from the Presidential Service Metal to the Air Force Longevity Service award.
Chris Cowley is a retired Chief Master Sergeant with 29 years of service with the Wyoming Air National Guard. He has over 30 year's civilian and military experience in structural and corrosion repair. He also spent the last 5 years as the Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent. He served as the National Guard Bureau's C-130 single point of contact for corrosion for over 20 years. He has deployed numerous times for several contingencies.
As a member of the Military Sales Program at Av-DEC®, Rick Freeman is responsible for business development and technical support to the U. S. Navy, U. S. Marine Corps and U. S. Army aviation communities, Royal Canadian Air Forces as well as the Gulf Coast petroleum helicopter operators. Rick joined the Av-DEC® team in January of 2012.
While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Rick earned the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) during 30 years of active service. He worked in the aviation maintenance arena during most of that period, acquiring knowledge while assisting younger members develop a working knowledge of the Coast Guard's well-respected ethical beliefs and aircraft maintenance practices. He served for seven years as the Command Master Chief of a North Florida based counter-narcotics aviation unit that successfully executed scores off-shore drug seizures netting an estimated street value of over seven billion dollars of contraband. While on active duty Rick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College and obtained his FAA Airframe & Power Plant License.
Today, Rick provides his Av-DEC® customer base and his colleagues with the same level of support and attention to detail that his military colleagues grew to depend on during his military service. Rick Freeman also works closely with his Military Sales Manager Dave Schmidt in the overall support of Av-DEC®'s Military Sales Program.
As a member of the Military Sales Team at Av-DEC®, Mr. Roger Mills serves as Coast Guard Program Manager. He provides engineering and technical support for agency aircraft in addition to development of new Av-DEC® product applications within the Coast Guard fleet. Mr. Mills also serves as an Av-DEC® field service representative to the United States Army providing customer service to program offices, corrosion managers, depot, and field level units. In addition, he is also responsible for supporting and developing approvals for the Australian Defense Force.
Mr. Mills joined AVDEC in 2008 bringing over 27 years of military aviation maintenance experience. During his tenure in the United States Coast Guard he held several positions including aviation maintenance technician, aircraft maintenance manager, quality assurance inspector, and helicopter air crewman, serving his last position in the highly distinguished position of Command Master Chief at Air Station Houston, Texas. Mr. Mills holds a FAA Airframe and Power Plant License and is a graduate of Bishop State Community College with a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. He has also earned a diploma from Alabama Aviation and Technical College.
Today, Mr. Mills brings his same relentless work ethic and dedication to the Av-DEC® sales team. His in-depth knowledge of aircraft maintenance practices combined with his expertise in the Av-DEC® product line has resulted in the U.S. Coast Guard realizing significant reduction in corrosion costs while increasing aircraft readiness throughout the fleet.
Av-DEC® was co-founded in 1997 by two engineers in Fort Worth, TX. The company began by working closely with a commercial airline to develop solutions for its worst corrosion problems. Av-DEC® was faced with the challenge of developing solutions for corrosion at the antenna and fuselage matting surfaces, between the deck angles and floorboards, along with redesigning the MD80 trail edge wing wire harnesses to eliminate corrosion of connectors and contacts.
Av-DEC® continued to work closely with several more airlines to develop and test the corrosion preventative antenna gaskets and floorboard tapes. The gaskets and tapes had great success in laboratory testing and were praised by the maintenance personnel for their ease of application, reduced labor, corrosion prevention and several other benefits on field tested aircraft.
The antenna gaskets were approved for flight in 1998 and floorboard tapes were approved in May of 1999. After approval in the commercial airline industry, Av-DEC® antenna gaskets and tapes were introduced to the United States Air Force and United States Coast Guard early in 2000. Patrick AFB and the USCG in Elizabeth City, NC both field tested the gaskets on their aircraft. These tests were both highly successful and led to Av-DEC® materials gaining approval from all military services. Implementation of Av-DEC's® materials began in 2001 on USCG aircraft and they are currently realizing the projected return on investment of these products as the outfitted aircraft return to the depot.
The outstanding performance of theses gaskets and floorboard tapes led the military aircraft engineers to ask Av-DEC® to develop other products. Av-DEC's® materials are approved by all services in the General Series technical orders (manuals). Av-DEC's® products are currently approved, or mandated, on 40 plus different aircraft across all the services and are in the approval process for many more. The many positive published reports and articles by the services aviation divisions have opened new doors in areas such as the Naval surface and Army ground vehicle fleets adding to the expected growth with all services on a wide variety of equipment.