2019 AMT Next Gen 40 Under 40 Award Winners

Whether they come from general aviation, business aviation, antique aircraft, rotocraft, military, airline, education, executive management, or maintenance, these individuals have one thing in common - a love for, and a respect for the industry.

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Congratulations to this year’s winners of the AMT Next Gen 40 Under 40 Awards. It is their passion for the industry that keeps aviation strong, exciting and above all else – safe. The winners come from all segments of the industry, just like the segments we feature in each issue of Aircraft Maintenance Technology. Whether they come from general aviation, business aviation, antique aircraft, rotocraft, military, airline, education, executive management, or maintenance, these individuals have one thing in common - a love for, and a respect for the industry and the importance of what they do. 

Some winners grew up near an airport and fell in love with the sound an aircraft makes as it swooshes on by, some were influenced by family members in the business, and others were drawn to exploring how machinery works and ended up in aviation by chance. Whatever the path they have chosen, these winners landed here, with us, in aircraft maintenance - and what a great place to be. 

As you read the descriptions, we hope you are encouraged to promote the industry as well, and give back to tomorrow’s leaders either through speaking to students, hands-on training, mentoring, or promoting the importance of aircraft maintenance as the aviation sector continues to grow around the world. And keep AMT's Next Gen Awards in mind when it comes time to nominate candidates for next year’s winners.

Aircraft Maintenance Technology is proud to announce this year’s 2019 AMT Next Gen 40 Under 40 Award winners:


Robert Scott Allen, Endeavor Air

Michael Barnes, Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Jason Barrett, TurbineAero Repair

Steffen Dohrmann, MTU Maintenance

Nick Downey, AAR Aircraft Services Duluth

Ryan Eberhart, Reading Air

Albert Eike, CAS (Certified Aviation Services)

Delio Esquibel, ComAV

Colin Estes, Certified Aviation Services

Nicholas Filipone, PROTO Industrial Tools

Zachary Flora, Eton Thermal   

Darrel Forest, StandardAero

Jonathan Frederickson, Endeavor Air

Benjamin Conrad Fox, Cirrus Aircraft Factory Service Center

Adeeba Ghazal, Shaheen Air

Jason Grafton, Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services

Sandra Granados, Gary Jet Center

Stephanie Hart, ATP CaseBank

Chris Haskell, Robotic Skies

Olando J. Holman, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex

Christine Johnson, New Horizons Aircraft Ignition Repair

Simon Victor Kagwe, Delta Air Lines

Rachel Klebe, Galvin Flying Services

Ely Luna, Lee Aerospace, Inc.

Joshua Lyon, LeTourneau University

Daniel L. Neeley, StandardAero

Stephanie Michelle Nita, Flightline Group, Inc.

Christian Mutz, Lufthansa Technik AG

Carlos Orrego, Banyan Air Service

Kyle Pillar, e2b calibration

Ashley Rodriguez, Bombardier Business Aircraft

Sean Peters, C&L Aviation Group

Kevin Sakumoto, Hawaiian Airlines

Travis Schleusner, Aviation Performance Solutions

Sean Antonio Segers, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Michael B. Smith, Pratt & Whitney

Caesar Strait, TurbineAero Repair

Alphonso Torrez, Million Air

Nicholas Vartanian, Helitender Inc.

Chris Wilson, Augusta Aviation, Inc.










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