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.
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.