John Coty Stiltner, AMT 2018 Next Gen 40 Under 40 Award Winner

Sept. 20, 2018
34, Customer Account Leader, StandardAero, Maryville, TN Years in Aviation: 11

John Coty Stiltner joined the U.S. Air Force in 2007 where he began his aviation career and he has worked in the industry ever since.

His mentor is his father, Randy Stiltner. "Although he did not work in the aviation industry, he did instill a great sense of hard work and responsibility which has allowed me to be successful."

He received his initial aerospace propulsion training through the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX. He received an associate's of applied science degree in aerospace maintenance technologies from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor's of science degree from Liberty University in interdisciplinary studies: aviation and natural sciences. Advanced training includes F-22 Raptor (Pratt & Whitney F-119) training at Langley Air Force Base, Hampton Roads, VA, and cross training for the C-130 Hercules (Roll Royce T-56) at the 130th Airlift Wing, West Virginia. Stiltner was awarded the USAF Aerospace Maintenance Professional of the Year award in 2012. 

His career has taken him from the U.S. Air Force, to 414th Air Reserve Unit supporting the F-15E Strike Eagle’s F100 powerplant, the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing supporting the C-130 Hercules T56 engine to Kay & Associates Inc. as an aerospace engine mechanic. Stiltner currently holds the position of customer account leader for StandardAero. He maintains daily communications and overall relations with roughly 30 customer accounts worldwide. It is his job to maintain a professional relationship with each customer while also managing the company's cost and overall sales for each of these accounts.

Nominated by Alex Youngs, Director of Sales and Marketing Business Intelligence. StandardAero: "Since August 2015, Coty has served as customer account leader at StandardAero’s Maryville, TN, facility. In this role, Coty has provided leadership to his APU support team, acting as a liaison between the customer and StandardAero’s operations, engineering, and materials teams. Coty has quickly become a core member of the Maryville team, bringing deep technical insight and a strong project management skillset, combined with excellent customer rapport. Coty’s strong work ethic is matched by his contributions back to the community: a long-time athletic coach and mentor, Coty currently volunteers as a wrestling coach at a local school. Coty has also volunteered at various animal shelters. During his active USAF service, Coty also volunteered as a member of the Langley AFB Honor Guard, eventually being appointed as flight commander. During his 11-year career, Coty has earned a reputation for technical excellence, business acumen and strong leadership."

"I believe I provide a service to the aerospace industry that is based on experience and hard work. I have worked my way from a basic aerospace engine mechanic to an experienced maintenance professional and account leader for various customers around the world today."

Stiltner is always looking to improve and further excel within the aviation career field. He plans to pursue an advanced degree to assist in his advancement.