Alfredo Garcia has joined the ACI Jet team as director of sales and business development for the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division.
Formerly serving as regional sales manager for one of the business aviation industry’s largest and highly respected maintenance organizations, his arrival signals ACI Jet’s growing prominence and capabilities in the aviation maintenance marketplace. Garcia will be tasked with securing aircraft maintenance opportunities for ACI Jet’s repair station by building genuine relationships with aircraft owners and operators – a quality which he is renowned for after nearly 30 years in business aviation maintenance.
A Southern California native, Garcia gained experience with hands-on aircraft maintenance, territory sales, and management for a number of respectable brands over the last three decades. His relationships with customers, the FAA, and aircraft mechanics contributed to his success in business development and will continue in his new role at ACI Jet’s MRO.
ACI Jet’s Senior Vice President of Aircraft Maintenance, David Jensen, had this to say about Garcia: “As far as reputation goes, in my mind there doesn’t exist anyone of more pure intentions, follow-through, or integrity as Alfredo. He takes immeasurable pride in delivering on his promises, which is something that every business jet owner and the maintenance organizations that support them expects and needs.”
When asked why he was making the move, Garcia responded: “ACI Jet has a reputation for being one of the best employers and service providers in business aviation today. Only a selected few get the opportunity to work with this kind of company, and when that opportunity arose, I knew that it might not present itself again. I consider it a bit like getting a key to the Mercedes Benz on prom night. You either accept the opportunity and run with it like you own it or regret later having missed the chance.”
Joining the ACI Team, Alfredo’s first priorities are–no surprise to those who know him–relationship-based. In his words, “My highest priority is for the team to get to know me.” He hopes that his passion for all things food–trying diverse and cultural cuisine and learning how to make it–is something that will resonate with his peers at ACI Jet. “Food brings everyone together,” Garcia stated, “the commonalities of various cuisines and how we all prepare and enjoy food show us how related we all are.” Alfredo also runs an adult kickball league that spends time off the field prepping food baskets for the poor in his neighborhood, making Mother’s Day and other holiday gift baskets, and sponsoring local high school events.
Secondly, Garcia hopes to immerse himself in ACI Jet’s culture and vision. As he put it, “ACI Jet MRO has a reputation of providing quality maintenance services rivaling the largest, most well-respected providers in our industry, just not the size. There is a sense that this company is going somewhere, and that it is doing so with careful deliberation.” He added that in his experience customers of ACI Jet MRO have a sense that they are part of the company’s success and ultimately their growth.
Garcia also expressed excitement about working hand-in-hand with ACI Jet’s marketing department as he builds upon an already well-established legacy. “Marketing is the first real taste of the culture of a company,” Garcia stated. “Bringing the energy and enthusiasm that ACI Jet has for everything that they do to my peers in the industry is something that I’m very excited about.”
Garcia is the technical chairperson for the Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA), co-vice president of the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA), and a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Maintenance Committee/Workforce Development Subcommittee.