Scholarship Committee

Scholarship Committee Members

Julie Broderick
Area Director, Signature Flight Support

Julie Broderick, is a seasoned general aviation industry veteran with more than twenty-five (25) years of progressive FBO management experience. Ms. Broderick is presently the Area Director of Signature’s Southern California operations at Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Thermal airports. Ms. Broderick is well known to the industry, having been named a “Best FBO Employee” by Professional Pilot magazine six (6) times. Ms. Broderick has successfully managed the transition of numerous FBOs from former FBO Operators to Signature Flight Support.

Debi Carpenter
Committee Member
DC Marketing
SCAA, Executive Director

Debi Carpenter is the founder and leader of DC Marketing, which offers a full-service network of business, design, advertising and marketing professionals to the aviation industry.

 Debi has more than 27 years of business development and marketing experience, with the last 15 years being spent in all aspects of business aviation. She has served as Director of Sales and Marketing with companies offering aircraft sales, aircraft management, charter, fuel, avionics and maintenance. Debi has also worked closely with aircraft and avionics manufacturers, and flight training companies.

 Currently, Debi also serves as the Executive Director of Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA), in which capacity she presides over several aspects and events on behalf of the 800-plus-member organization. A volunteer with SCAA since its inception in 2006, Debi later ascended to the Marketing and Event Chair position in 2008 before being named Executive Director in 2012.

 Debi also serves on the National Business Aviation’s (NBAA) Local and Regional Group Leadership Committee. Previously, Debi has a served as a volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA) and launched a North San Diego County Make-A-Wish event to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Truly passionate about and entrenched in the aviation industry and community, Debi learned to fly the Cirrus SR20 in 2011.

Craig Foster
Committee Member
President, Jet Source

Craig Foster is currently President of Jet Source, a fixed base operation (FBO) and Part 145 repair station located at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA. Mr. Foster has been in aviation services for 25 years, serving various roles with single location, small chain, and national chain aviation organizations. Prior to Jet Source, Mr. Foster was most recently VP/General Manager of Premier Jet, also in Carlsbad. Mr. Foster has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Walla Walla College and is an instrument rated private pilot.

Steve Nielsen
Committee Member
Director of Aviation, Avalon Capital

Mr. Nielsen is currently the Director of Aviation for Avalon Capital where he operates a Global Express and a Eurocopter 145. Mr. Nielsen has over 45 years in corporate aviation experience. He retired from Yum Brands after 21 years as their aviation director. He is a former member of the National Business Aviation Association board of directors and NetJets advisory board. Mr. Nielsen served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 - 1970.
Charlie Ferraro
Committee Member
Regional Vice President, Signature Flight

Mr. Ferraro is the Regional Vice President of Signature Flight Support. Mr. Ferraro's experience includes oversight and execution of corporate FBO transitions in the United States and international locations. Prior to his tenure with Landmark Aviation, Mr. Ferraro served in a management capacity with Landmark, Encore FBO, Black Canyon Jet Center, Atlantic Aviation and Trajen FBO Network.

Joe Barber
Committee Member
Director of Aircraft Management Sales, Clay Lacy

Mr. Barber works with individuals and corporations to tailor an aircraft management program for their jet and their objectives, providing the personal, professional client service. Joe has more than seven years of industry experience, including flight logistics coordination as well as charter sales. He has also helped develop marketing and sales programs for aircraft management companies. Joe has a B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge, where he minored in Business Marketing.

Curt Castagna, C.M.
Committee Member
President/CEO, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group

Mr. Castagna is the President/CEO of the Aeroplex/Aerolease Group and the current President of the Van Nuys Airport Association. He has over 35 years of expertise in FBO operations and management, facility design, development and construction, leasing, business development and airport advocacy. In addition to being an adjunct professor in the aviation program at Cal State University Los Angeles, Curt is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and a pilot, with a range of experience in aircraft, airport operations, as well as airport security and environmental regulations.

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