About

Seattle Aero is a leading provider of aerospace parts and services from the sourcing of individual components to the provisioning and building of complex, integrated kits that support aircraft modification, production, and overhaul. We implement highly effective strategies to launch major programs in record time with a high level of quality, reliability, and cost competitiveness.

We are an independent advocate

Seattle Aero can be differentiated by its intense commitment as an independent advocate for its customers.

Our strong program management skills and global sourcing capabilities, together with the application of lean principles, a web-based product integration platform, and kits designed for end-use application, allow customers to significantly cut their acquisition and installation costs.

We follow proven processes that enable our customers to outsource non-core activities within their supply chains, thus allowing them to re-focus around core business values. These objectives are achieved through the expertise of Seattle Aero’s team members and their customer-centric model.

Company History

Seattle Aero was formed in 1971 to provide parts and logistics support to the Japanese aerospace industry, supplying parts for every Boeing, Bombardier and de Havilland aircraft and to all of the military fixed and rotor wing aircraft, missile and space programs in Japan. In addition, SAI provides procurement and logistics support to aerospace OEMs, overhaul facilities, airlines and government facilities in North and South America, Japan, Western Europe and into the Mid-East, providing a wide array of aerospace parts from standards to proprietary items.

Starting in 1998, Seattle Aero expanded its capabilities to focus on lean kitted solutions for aircraft modification, production, and overhaul applications. Seattle Aero has successfully delivered in excess of 2,500 major aircraft modification kits for Boeing, Airbus and business jets without missing a single scheduled installation.

Management Team

Seattle Aero’s international business and reputation for quality are maintained by a dynamic and experienced staff of professionals. This team is served and managed by eight accomplished individuals with a clear and seasoned understanding of the Aerospace and Defense markets.

President
David Zapinski, CPM
With over 27 years at Seattle Aero, David has been engaged at all levels of Supply Chain Management in the aerospace and defense industries. He was instrumental in developing Seattle Aero’s kitting and Value Added Services capabilities and helped launch our largest programs. Prior experience included theater-level logistics work for the U.S. Army.

Chief Financial Officer
Riene Simpson, CPA
Joining Seattle Aero in 2008, Riene is responsible for the integrity of Seattle Aero’s financial systems, financial reporting, planning and analysis, cash management, budgeting, risk management and compliance, and is a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Seattle Aero, Riene held positions in both private industry and public accounting, most recently as Director of Accounting Services at Clark Nuber CPAs. Riene has over 25 years’ experience developing accounting departments and systems across multiple industries and organizational structures.

Director of Technology and Infrastructure
Jeremy Johnson, MCSE, CCNA, CSSP, Security+SME
Jeremy Johnson joined Seattle Aero in 2007 and has 18 years of technology management experience in systems integration and telecommunications. He has leveraged critical technology to provide Seattle Aero with a unique suite of tools in support of our global customers and suppliers. He served as the Chief Technology Officer for a publicly traded company prior to working at Seattle Aero.

QA Manager
Santi Kumala
Starting in 2014, Santi has led our quality efforts to a successful certification for electrical assembly under AS9100.  Her 15 years of previous quality experience, including with Fuji Film and Toyota, complement our transition from pure Distribution to dual-certed Manufacturing, Kitting and Distribution.

Export Compliance Manager
Diana Krekelberg, CIP, CUSECO
Responsible for ensuring appropriate compliance controls and processes, Diana has been with the company since 2006. She also manages the Order Control Department in all phases of order follow-up/expediting, shipment release, and on-hand inventory. She is a Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer and Certified ITAR Professional .