Team &
Leadership

Ethan Martin

Founder, CEO

Joshua Granof

COO, Board Member

Gretchen L. Jahn

Board Member

Alex Crowe

VP of Operations

Melissa Lucas Singer

Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Urban

Advisory Board Member

Benjamin J Goodheart

Advisory Board Member

Chuck Gensler

Advisory Board Member

Melinda Benson Viteri

Advisory Board Member

Craig Dixon

Advisory Board Member

 
 

About


Ethan Martin
Founder, CEO

Mr. Ethan Martin is ACF’s founder and CEO. He brings over 15 years of strategic consulting, aviation, private equity and board (for-profit and nonprofit) leadership experience. He has started and sold several companies including Philanthropy Expert and CATSHOT Group.

He founded a consulting business, PFD Group, Inc., which has a track record of helping entrepreneurs build high performing teams, grow their companies and give back to their communities.

Mr. Martin earned his BA in economics from Carleton College and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is an active primary, instrument and multi-engine flight instructor with over 1,400 hours of flight time. He has spent the last 20+ years growing the aviation community. From serving as the youngest Field Representative of EAA’s Young Eagles program in 1992 to advising Barrington Irving in his record breaking 2007 round-the- world flight, Mr. Martin has helped introduce thousands of young people to aviation.


Joshua Granof
COO, Board Member

Mr. Joshua Granof is a board director and Director of IT. Since 2003 he has been a CEO and entrepreneur focused on growing technical companies from startup through acquisition. He has significant experience working with large retailers and cable providers to develop and strategically market products and services worldwide.

Mr. Granof is an active primary, instrument and multi-engine flight instructor. As an affiliate faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, he teaches aviation courses and as a coach for the precision flight team. Mr. Granof received a BS in engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Gretchen L. Jahn
Board Member

Gretchen Jahn is President and CEO of V1 Advisors, a management and business operations consulting company. V1 assists CEOs and boards of small and mid-size companies with strategy, business operations, and board process. She is often brought in as an outside board director.

Ms. Jahn has over 30 years’ entrepreneurial experience in manufacturing, software and aviation leadership, both domestic and international. She has led business startup and turnaround efforts in several companies as either an executive or a consultant, and has actively propelled companies forward as an outside board director. Clients represent a wide range of industries including foreign government entities, startups, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, software, ecommerce, banking, manufacturing, medical device, construction, distribution, and aviation.

Ms. Jahn was previously CEO of Mooney Airplane Company, bringing it out of bankruptcy and reestablishing the brand. She was also COO of REMOS Aircraft, a German manufacturer of light sport airplanes, and General Manager of Alpha Aviation Ltd of New Zealand, a manufacturer of fully-aerobatic two seat training airplanes. She was co-founder and CEO of Aegis Analytical Corporation, a software company providing solutions for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, where she raised $20 million in 3 rounds of venture capital financing. She has been a senior executive at several companies, leading automation efforts, and been a partner in two other software and consulting firms.


Douglas Johnson
Board Member

Douglas Johnson serves as the Chair of DEN01 for TIGER 21 in Colorado. A former broker and investment advisor, Doug’s experience includes public markets, direct investments, deal structure and socially responsible/impact investments. In addition to TIGER 21, he’s an adviser for the Impact Finance Center at University of Denver, on the steering committee for the Colorado Impact Initiative and Colorado Impact Day and is co-founder of Actuator, an early exit M&A program of Innosphere and Covalency Partners.

Doug meets regularly with investors across the spectrum of angels, super angels, family office, venture, corporate/strategic and foundations, advising on strategy, deal structure, syndication and deal flow. He also works with the CEOs of several companies, primarily startups, on funding strategies. In addition, Doug is very active in the community, having served as the first Director for UniverCity Connections, a unique public-private partnership between Colorado State University and City of Fort Collins as well as president of the school district foundation, board member of the economic development corporation and co-chair of the United Way campaign. A graduate of Colorado State University in 1993, Doug makes his home in Fort Collins, CO with his twin sons, Jacob and Dane.


 

Melissa Lucas Singer
Advisory Board

Melissa Lucas Singer is a visionary business leader with expertise in luxury hospitality, retail and private aviation. Over the past two decades, she has worked as an innovator and turnaround expert with emphasis on developing inspiring leaders, managing service culture transformations, creating new revenue streams,and delivering operational excellence. Melissa’s innovative process and technology ideas have been a significant driver behind industry best financial results. In 2014, Microsoft named her Customer Excellence – Business Visionary of the Year. Melissa is currently the Senior Director of Brand Extension at Signature Flight Support managing 20 FBO franchise locations across the globe with a program of her own design called Signature Select. She has held senior leadership positions with Flight OptionsFlexJet and the Walt Disney Company. Her passion to create equals her passion for giving. She’s been on the BBA Aviation Charitable Giving Committee which has awarded over $1M to a variety of charities around the world for over four years. She has also served as Director of Fundraising for Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Orlando which employs volunteer private aviation to coordinate high volume rescues across the southeast United States. Her affinity for the Aviation Community Foundation is her desire to create an industry that inspires the most talented and diverse young hearts and minds to dream bigger!


Benjamin J Goodheart
Advisory Board

Benjamin Goodheart is an aviation professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. His diverse career began in aviation line service and has expanded to roles in aviation safety and risk management, operations, training, and professional flying. He has worked in and with a variety of aviation organizations, including flight training organizations, business and general aviation operators, manufacture and overhaul providers, ground service, and major airlines. His varied experience affords him a wide variety of opportunities to practice within his passion. Benjamin is an active author and researcher focused on novel applications within aviation safety management and organizational climate and culture. He holds a Master of Science in Safety Science, and a Ph.D. from Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University with a specialization in applied aviation safety. Dr. Goodheart is a Certified Safety Professional as well as an Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor who currently serves as the Managing Director of Versant, and international safety and risk advocacy firm, and served as President of an aviation nonprofit organization, Mercy Wings Network through 2016. In 2014, Dr. Goodheart was named one of Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine’s Top Forty Under 40 in aviation worldwide.


Jennifer Urban
Advisory Board

Ms. Jennifer Urban is an associate in the Business Law Department at Cozen O’Connor, a full-service, international firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations. As a member of the Transportation and Trade Group, she concentrates her practice on aviation, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones, and maritime matters. Ms. Urban counsels U.S. and foreign clients on matters involving aviation regulatory compliance, the purchase and sale of corporate aircraft, international antitrust issues, and trade sanctions. To complement the advice she provides to clients relating to UAS/drones, she passed the FAA’s initial aeronautical knowledge test and earned a Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certificate to conduct drone operations for commercial purposes. An avid Ole Miss fan, Ms. Urban earned her LL.M. in Air and Space Law, J.D., M.B.A. and B.A. in Public Policy Leadership and Political Science, all from the University of Mississippi. Her wanderlust has taken her to over 40 countries and further developed her passion for experiencing and learning from other cultures.


Check Gensler
Advisory Board

From Parker, Colorado, Chuck Gensler was named the 2017 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. Chuck’s lifelong interest in aviation began early at the knee of his father—a U.S. Air Force Pilot in three wars—who took him to countless air shows where he watched the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels perform. This led Chuck to enroll in USAF ROTC while at the Citadel earning his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation in 1974, he entered Air Force flight training, graduating near the top of his class. The USAF Air Training Command selected Chuck as an instructor pilot, and he quickly discovered his true passion as a teacher. He accepted a position as a career trainer in the Air Force, and spent the next 24 years in various roles educating and training military pilots. Chuck retired from the USAF in 2000 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. For the next seven years, he served as Chief Flight Instructor of the Aspen Flying Club. Then in 2007, he co-founded Independence Aviation in Denver and served as its Chief Flight Instructor for the next six years. In 2016, Chuck led a team that developed a novel continuous proficiency training program at Independence called the Complete Proficiency Approach in which GA pilots receive recurrent proficiency training every 60 days throughout the year. Chuck holds ATP, CFII, and MEI certificates, and has logged 9,400 hours total time, 8,000 of them as an instructor.


Melinda Benson Viteri
Advisory Board

Melinda Benson Viteri is the MIT STEM Coordinator at the British International School of Washington DC and qualified primary and high school teacher. She is also Co-Director and Founder of DC Youth Aviation Inc., a non profit that enables local high school and college students in the Washington DC area to rebuild old airplanes, including the Piper Pacer and Cessna 172 models. Melinda is British and was born and raised in Yorkshire. In the U.K. she worked for many years as Advisory Teacher of the Deaf, Blind and Audiologist for the government/education council. She enjoys flying light aircraft and leads the new aviation scholarship program for the RAeS serving as Their Education Chair in D.C. Her passion is promoting aviation to youths and ensure that they are career ready for jobs of the future.


Craig Dixon
Advisory Board

Craig Dixon works at Amazon Web Services helping students and faculty learn about cloud computing. Prior to joining AWS, Craig held several roles at PayPal, Blackboard, First Annapolis Consulting. He started his career as a full-stack application developer in Merrill Lynch’s Global Banking Group.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He received a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he was a Center of Digital Strategies Fellow. Craig is an avid entrepreneur and innovator, having launched two technology companies and receiving a patent.