James (Jamie) Gelder, President & General Manager
Jamie Gelder is the founder of United Aero Group and its President and General Manager. He has extensive experience in, and relationships throughout the helicopter sales and support industry having served at Sikorsky Aircraft as Director of Aftermarket Sales and Support, and previously at Helicopter Support, Inc. At HSI, he was Program Manager, Business Unit Manager, and Senior Account Executive and led and developed major account management teams, managed client relationships and managed HSI’s largest commercial operator, with oversight of over 200 aircraft in over 20 different countries.
Jamie has a well-earned reputation as an expert in complex customer issue resolution, inventory management, aftermarket operations, operational efficiency, and overall program performance. He is skilled in ITAR compliance, TAP administration, FAA repair station management, supply chain, quality control, and foreign military support.
He holds an MS in Management from Albertus Magnus College and is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.
Joshua (Josh) Gelder, Chief Operating Officer
Josh brings many years of experience in operations management and administration to United Aero Group. He started his career in healthcare practicing nuclear medicine, later earning a second degree in health administration. At 27, he became the youngest senior manager at one of the largest healthcare providers in the country, Alliance Healthcare Services, managing operations within the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. At Alliance, Josh was responsible for directing a team of over 50 direct reports through the intricacies of healthcare laws and regulations. In an industry where quality systems and compliance programs are a top priority he has hands-on experience in developing strong quality programs in compliance with regulation by governing bodies. Josh skillfully led development and implementation of United Aero Group’s ISO 9001:2008 / AS9120A quality program enabling the company to significantly increase its capabilities. He is a lifelong learner and is currently enrolled at Dunlop Stone University in its Certified US Export Compliance Officer program to further expand the scope of United Aero Group’s compliance program. Josh holds a BS in Nuclear Medicine from Gateway Technical College, and a BS in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Joseph (Joe) Homza, Vice President of Military Support
Joseph Homza has 35 years of experience as an aviation logistics expert. Joe is a graduate of Boston College, holds a Master Certification in International Affairs from Washington University, an MA in Defense Program Management, an MA in Transportation Logistics, and an MA certification in Unconventional Warfare-Low-intensity Conflict all from American Military University.
He was a logistics program manager for H-60 aircraft and was Director of Operations and Maintenance Support Programs at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and is known throughout the world for his expertise. He has supported aviation operations and maintenance programs in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Colombia, Australia, Turkey, Brazil, Ecuador, and other locations as a defense contractor.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Logistics Executive Development Course, Support Operations Courses, Maintenance Managers Course, Distribution Courses, and the Multinational Logistics Course at Fort Lee, Virginia, and is recognized as a Demonstrated Master Logistician from the US Army Logistics Management College and SOLE.
Stephen (Steve) Dreyer, MBA, Director of Finance
Steve is an accomplished accounting, finance and operations leader with expertise in building efficiencies, streamlining processes and identifying and resolving critical issues. He brings 24 years of experience in a diverse range of funds and industries to United Aero Group. He started his career in public accounting servicing clients in the manufacturing and not-for-profit arenas. After moving on from public accounting, Steve has spent the past 20 years in financial services with extensive knowledge of investment accounting, encompassing marketable securities, natural resources, venture capital and domestic and international private equity.
Prior to joining UAG, Steve served as Vice President of Partnership Accounting for Rockit Solutions, LLC, where he directed a department of nine in all aspects of daily accounting, finance operations, audit management and decision support for more than 300 investment partnerships/entities. Prior to Rockit Solutions, LLC, Steve served as Accounting Manager for Commonfund Capital, Inc., a private equity investment firm, and Assistant Vice President of Accounting Operations for Northern Trust Global Advisors, Inc., a fund-of-fund investment company.
He holds a BS in Accounting, and a Masters in Business Administration, with a Finance Concentration from Sacred Heart University, and the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology.
Edward (Ed) Shannon, Director of Sales and Distribution
Ed Shannon is an accomplished sales strategy leader with fifteen years experience in developing direct and affiliate sales teams. He has designed sales processes and instructed retail, consumer, technology, and business-to-business sales teams.
As Senior Sales Manager for Direct Buy, he created contact and training procedures for an internal team, plus over 600 affiliates, helping the company to attain year-over-year growth records three years sequentially. As business-to-business sales lead for the Clearlight Digital Marketing Agency, Ed’s efforts supported the company’s core business and broadened its exposure to clients such as Dr. Pepper/Snapple, and Pepperidge Farm. Recruited as Business Development Manager by contract software developer, The Allen Group, he led the technology sales team and became the primary liaison to the customer, rebuilding all client-facing processes.
Prior to his move into sales, Ed was an early employee at Helicopter Support, Inc. (HSI) where he was involved in roles extending from aerospace parts sourcing to control.
Ed is a graduate of Southern Connecticut University and holds a BS in Corporate Communications and Computer Science.
John Amoroso, Director Repair and Sales
John is a specialist in aftermarket aerospace customer service with over 25 years of experience. He was Senior Customer Service Representative for Helicopter Support Inc. (HSI), one of the largest commercial civil helicopter service providers worldwide, and oversaw the daily spares requirements, managed parts sourcing, and support agreements, as well as partnered with finance in reconciling all billings. He is an expert in facility operations, the organization of domestic and international shipments, and procedures training. He spearheaded United Aero Group’s Repair and Exchange division start-up functions and created the company’s internal procedures as well as designed the facility layout.
John is a hands on leader focused on all aspects of customer service and brings a critical rigor to every interaction.
John is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.
Kurt Gelder, Sales Manager
Kurt Gelder acts as the central sales hub for United Aero Group and is adept at developing close working relationships with both suppliers and partners within the aerospace parts industry.
Kurt is a multi-faceted talent, with an educational background in both business process management and technical services. He studied Business Management at Southern Connecticut State University and electrical engineering at Porter & Chester Institute.
Prior to his position at United Aero Group, Kurt worked as a transport project coordinator for World Care Pet Transport, where he managed sales, customs clearance, airport assistance, veterinary care, microchipping, blood check certification, equipment specification, quarantine requirement monitoring, and pick-up/delivery scheduling.