Top 40 Under 40: Erin Bockelman

While working for American Trans Air, Erin Bockelman found a home in aviation. Though she’s moved from finance on the airline side, to finance on the aviation side, she plans to stay in the field for a long, long time.

Bockelman is the vice president of Business Systems at Air-Transport IT Services Inc. where she is responsible for AirIT’s Business Systems suite of software. She came to AirIT through the acquisition of Decision Support Technologies Inc. (DST) in 2003 where she had been working as a developer on DST’s PROPworks® application.

Her AirIT role has expanded to directing the development, implementation, and support of the business systems suite of software. One of the largest projects led by Bockelman was the re-engineering effort of PROPworks® from an Oracle-based application to one that is system independent.

“We re-engineered the entire product from the ground up,” she says. “That gave us is the flexibility to meet all the requests of the airports we work with. It gave our customers more options.”

In working directly with the software delivery projects at Miami International Airport and McCarran International Airport, Bockelman was instrumental in adding the point-of-sale application Cashier to the Business Systems suite.

Each year, Bockelman participates in the session planning for AirIT’s Annual User Conference and Symposium, held for all of AirIT’s customers. Bockelman can be seen presenting training and demonstration sessions as well as spending individual time with customers.

Bockelman has more than 15 years experience in software development and support; 11 of which are in the air-transport industry focusing on revenue and payables management systems.

Prior to joining AirIT, Bockelman worked for American Trans Air as a systems engineer where she was responsible for supporting the Oracle Financials Applications as well as custom software development for the airline’s finance departments.

Before coming to the aviation industry, Bockelman worked in relational database development and information reporting.