Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

News Feed Item

Cirrus Aircraft Further Enhances Sales, Customer Support, and Manufacturing Operations with Promotions of Arnold, Hahn, Poelma and Hollander

DULUTH, Minn., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cirrus Aircraft today announced four promotions to key positions that further enhance its sales and customer service support capability worldwide and its manufacturing operations in Duluth. These promotions are essential steps to Cirrus' corporate strategy of broader global market presence and penetration and to enhancing its world-class aircraft manufacturing operations and supply chain management performance.

Tom Arnold has been promoted to Vice President of Aircraft Sales; Adam Hahn has been promoted to Regional Director, Europe; Gary Poelma has been promoted to Vice President of Service and Support; and Rick Hollander has been promoted to Vice President, Manufacturing & Supply Chain.

"These appointments add experienced senior leadership to the global Sales and Customer Support teams at Cirrus with some of the strongest talent we have ever had," said Todd Simmons, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support. "The same is true in manufacturing operations and supply chain, as new senior leadership will have a positive impact on SR-Series production aircraft and on preparing for production of the Vision SF50 personal Jet. Cirrus owners, customers and partners around the globe can look forward to working with Tom, Adam, Gary and Rick and to the contributions that they will make at Cirrus Aircraft."

As Vice President of Aircraft Sales, Tom will lead the Cirrus global sales team driving the strategy and performance of retail aircraft sales worldwide. Tom joined Cirrus in 2009 as the Director of North American Sales and brings over 30 years of experience to the position from both Fortune 1000 and start-up companies, including leadership positions at Cadence Design Systems and Clarify, as well as serving as CEO of ADEXS and Stearman Technology Group.

Tom has over 4,400 flight hours and holds multiple ratings including Airline Transport Pilot. He has owned and flown many different types of aircraft from singles to twins, piston to turbine, land and amphibious. Tom became a certified flight instructor so he could teach his three sons how to fly. "I look forward to the opportunity to lead this very talented worldwide team of Cirrus Regional Directors and the International Sales Centers," said Arnold. "My experience with the North America sales team will translate to other markets as we seek to expand our sales programs and continue to grow the Cirrus Aircraft ownership base."

Jon Dauplaise, Vice President of Fleet and Special Use Aircraft Sales, continues to manage Cirrus Aircraft worldwide institutional sales.

In support of Cirrus Aircraft's commitment to European sales growth and expansion, Adam Hahn has been promoted to Regional Director, Europe. Reporting to the Vice President of Aircraft Sales, Adam will be responsible for all sales and customer support functions in Europe, including oversight and development of Cirrus International Sales Centers and Authorized Service and Training Centers in the region.

Adam has risen through Cirrus internally since 2006, initially on staff as a Cirrus Access pilot. He later transitioned into the sales and marketing department as a Marketing Coordinator and Demo Pilot. In 2009 Adam was promoted to Regional Sales Director where he has been a top sales performer in Florida and Texas. Hahn attended the University of North Dakota where he received a B.S. in Commercial Aviation and Air Traffic Control. Adam is a Commercial pilot, Certified Flight instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multi Engine instructor with over 3,000 total flight hours.

Longtime Cirrus team member Gary Poelma's promotion to Vice President, Customer Service and Support, exemplifies Cirrus' commitment to delivering the very best assistance to its owners an operators. Gary has been with Cirrus Aircraft since 1990 and was part of the core team that prototyped, designed and certified the SR20 and the SR22. "I am privileged to have been a part of Cirrus' growth from homebuilts to a global company with the world's best-selling aircraft. I look forward to continuing the expansion of our Service and Support network for both for SR products and the Vision Personal Jet," states Poelma.

Prior to his leadership of the service and support team, Gary held multiple leadership roles at Cirrus including Project Engineer, Supervisor of Systems and Equipment Engineering, Production Line Manager, Manager of Sustaining Engineering and Director of Sustaining Engineering. Gary holds a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is an active private pilot.

Rick Hollander is promoted to Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, after joining Cirrus in early 2011 as Executive Director of Supply Chain. With oversight of all Cirrus manufacturing operations, Rick brings expertise in improving production efficiencies through lean materials management processes and reducing supply chain expenses while continuing to add customer value. 

Prior to Cirrus, Rick held related positions including Director of Supply Chain at SPX and Materials Manager at TRW. Rick graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Operations Management. Rick is a certified Six Sigma greenbelt and an active private pilot.

Known for incorporating luxury automotive ergonomics, pilot-friendly avionics and advanced safety features into its high performance airplanes, Cirrus Aircraft pioneered the use of the FAA-certified Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ that is standard equipment on all Cirrus aircraft. For over 10 years, the Cirrus SR22 family of aircraft has been the best-selling four-place airplane in the world.

About Cirrus Aircraft
Cirrus Aircraft is a recognized leader in general aviation. Its all-composite line of personal aircraft — the SR20, SR22 and the turbocharged SR22T — incorporate innovative and advanced performance, electronic and safety technologies, including Cirrus Perspective™ by Garmin® avionics and the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS). To date, total time on the worldwide Cirrus Aircraft SR-series fleet surpassed five million flight hours with 65 lives saved as a direct result of CAPS being a standard safety feature on all Cirrus aircraft. The Cirrus Vision SF50 jet, with nearly 500 production positions served, will provide a new personal and regional business transportation solution: the personal jet. All Cirrus aircraft are made in the U.S. with a direct sales force in North America and authorized sales centers covering export markets in 60 countries around the world. Cirrus Aircraft is wholly owned by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd (CAIGA). For additional information on Cirrus and its products please visit cirrusaircraft.com.

SOURCE Cirrus Aircraft

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
eCube Systems has released NXTmonitor, a full featured application orchestration solution. NXTmonitor, which inherited the code base of NXTminder, has been extended to support multi-discipline processes and will act as a DevOps utility in a heterogeneous enterprise environment. Previously, NXTminder was packaged with NXTera middleware to configure and manage Entera and NXTera RPC servers. “Since we are widening the focus of this solution to DevOps, we felt the need to change the name to NXTmon...
Contrary to mainstream media attention, the multiple possibilities of how consumer IoT will transform our everyday lives aren’t the only angle of this headline-gaining trend. There’s a huge opportunity for “industrial IoT” and “Smart Cities” to impact the world in the same capacity – especially during critical situations. For example, a community water dam that needs to release water can leverage embedded critical communications logic to alert the appropriate individuals, on the right device, as...
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of tech...
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
SYS-CON Events announced today the Containers & Microservices Bootcamp, being held November 3-4, 2015, in conjunction with 17th Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, and @DevOpsSummit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This is your chance to get started with the latest technology in the industry. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Containers and Microservices Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, a Microsoft Regional Director, will include presentations as well as hands-on...
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes ab...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies leverage disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advance...
Cloud and datacenter migration innovator AppZero has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance Program. AppZero is a fast, flexible way to move Windows Server applications from any source machine – physical or virtual – to any destination server, in any cloud or datacenter, using its patented container technology. AppZero’s container is also called a Virtual Application Appliance (VAA). To facilitate Microsoft Azure onboarding, AppZero has two purpose-built offerings: AppZero SP for Azure,...
In today's digital world, change is the one constant. Disruptive innovations like cloud, mobility, social media, and the Internet of Things have reshaped the market and set new standards in customer expectations. To remain competitive, businesses must tap the potential of emerging technologies and markets through the rapid release of new products and services. However, the rigid and siloed structures of traditional IT platforms and processes are slowing them down – resulting in lengthy delivery ...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, a producer of the first smartphones and tablets, will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater. He will explain how M2M controllers work through wirelessly connected remote controls; and specifically delve into a retrofit option that reverse-engineers control codes of existing conventional controller systems so the...
This Enterprise Strategy Group lab validation report of the NEC Express5800/R320 server with Intel® Xeon® processor presents the benefits of 99.999% uptime NEC fault-tolerant servers that lower overall virtualized server total cost of ownership. This report also includes survey data on the significant costs associated with system outages impacting enterprise and web applications. Click Here to Download Report Now!