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Rob McKinney is chief executive officer of FLOAT Alaska LLC and its subsidiaries—Northern Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska—where he leads a team of 400 employees and manages a growing fleet of aircraft that fly to destinations statewide. In addition to being a Learjet captain, Rob has over 30 years of airline experience piloting commercial aircraft and managing flight operations. In 2002, as VP and director of operations at Pacific Wings, a Hawaiian-based commuter airline, Rob oversaw exponential customer growth which tripled passenger traffic during his three-year tenure. He thereafter joined Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii as chief operating officer, where he successfully converted the company from a small air-touring service into a fully scheduled commuter airline. Rob returned stateside in 2007 to join SeaPort Airlines, a small start-up based in Portland, Oregon. As chief operations officer, and later chief executive officer, at SeaPort, Rob established a commuter shuttle service between Portland and Seattle. In 2018, Rob co-founded FLOAT (Fly Over All Traffic) Shuttle Inc., a commuter and corporate transportation service in southern California. In April 2020, Rob and the FLOAT Shuttle Inc. team orchestrated the acquisition of Ravn Air Group. Rob received his Bachelor of Science in Technology from Purdue University and has an MBA from Ellis College/NYIT. He hails from the state of Indiana.
Tom Hsieh is president of FLOAT Alaska LLC, parent company to FlyCoin, Ravn Alaska, and Northern Pacific Airways. Tom began his career in communication technology, joining EarthLink in the 1990s, where he managed engineering and IT functions for over a decade. Tom oversaw Earthlink’s growth from a fledgling start-up through its successful IPO on the NASDAQ exchange. Tom’s passion for entrepreneurship and innovation has led him to spearhead a number of organizations and initiatives focused on driving social change. He serves on the boards of the Intervalley Health Plan in Pomona, CA; the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership; the Los Angeles County Fair Association; and the Claremont Graduate University. An active community member and business leader in southern California, he co-founded FLOAT Shuttle Inc. in 2018, a venture-funded shuttle airline service catering to commuters and corporations in the greater Los Angeles area. In April 2020, Tom was instrumental in the acquisition of Ravn Air Group. Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Harvey Mudd College and has an Executive MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. He and his wife, Bree Devones Hsieh, live a purposeful life and are committed to non-profit and civic efforts.
Leonard “Lenny” Moon is chief financial officer of FLOAT Alaska LLC and chief executive officer of FlyCoin. He has extensive experience in high growth start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, and successfully leading companies through operational and financial turnarounds. Lenny was a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little in the late 1990s, and a venture capitalist at KB Partners in Chicago. From 2006–2012, he was an investment banker with Bear Stearns and Lazard, where he successfully executed M&A, equity, and debt transactions across a variety of sectors. He thereafter served in various chief financial officer roles, including Payoff, a start-up fintech company, and Motorsport Aftermarket Group, a private equity-backed holding company. Lenny received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He serves on the board of directors at HTI, an organization dedicated to freeing victims of human trafficking.
Josh Jones is Chairperson of FLOAT Alaska LLC and its subsidiaries—FlyCoin, Northern Pacific Airways, and Ravn Alaska. He is a business leader, visionary, entrepreneur, and investor in many successful enterprises. Josh began his career in 1996 as a college undergraduate, co-founding DreamHost, a web hosting provider and domain name registrar. An early proponent of the concept of digital currency, in 2014 he founded Bitcoin Builder which played an indelible role in the future success of digital currency. Josh is recognized throughout the investment industry as an expert in blockchain technology, the foundation that enables the existence of cryptocurrency. He serves on a variety of boards and committees including The Fund, a community-centered venture capital firm that extends support to future entrepreneurs, as well as HMC INQ, an investment network offering mentorship and start-up support to Harvey Mudd College students and alumni. Josh received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College. He and his family are residents of Los Angeles.
VP Flight Operations-Boeing
A veteran in flight operations, David Temple’s aviation career has taken him all over the world. With work spanning five continents, he has over 40 years of experience in commercial aviation, and 20,000 hours of flight time. David’s certifications and licensure run the gamut, as he has served as Captain on Boeing 757 and 767, and is also Type Rated in BAC111, SF340 and BE1900. In two periods of work with Orient Thai, from 2004–2006 and then from 2012–2014, he flew from Bangkok to Korea, Japan, and 13 cities in China. Based in Bahrain and Malta, David was Post-Holder Flight Operations for Comlux Aviation from 2015–2019 and served as Captain on the B767 BBJ flying Royal Family and Head of State. David’s most recent experience brings him back to Anchorage, Alaska, piloting for Security Aviation and Katmai Air. David holds a Master’s in Business Administration. He is married with three children.
Steven Pruitt has over 30 years of experience in aircraft maintenance. In 1986, he started off his aviation career with US Airways where he worked for 16 years and later with JetBlue and Virgin America. He then transitioned to Alaska Airlines, leading 100 A&P technicians and support staff in the safe operation of a station with 90 daily departures and 22 RON aircrafts. Additionally, Steven oversaw the technical operations of over seven stations in the Southwest United States and Mexico from 2012 to 2018. Steven’s aircraft specialties include the Airbus A320, Boeing 737, Boeing 757 and 767, Douglas MD80, Fokker F100, and BAE 146. Steven is a graduate of Northrop University in aviation management.
Dir. of Quality–Boeing
Joel Rhodes was the Boeing Field Service Regional Manager in Doha, Qatar, where he was responsible for Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Joel began working with Boeing in 1987 and has held various positions throughout his tenure at the company. Prior to moving to Doha, he oversaw the Field Service teams in Seoul, Korea (Korean Air and Asiana Airlines), and Taipei, Taiwan (EVA and China Airlines). He also worked within the Boeing Warranty and Product Assurance Contracts Group as a Warranty Regional Manager responsible for airlines in Korea, India, Hong Kong, and the United States. Joel is no stranger to operating large and complex teams, having managed the Customer Quality Support Representatives for 747, 767, and 777 programs and the Preflight and Delivery Quality Assurance Team for the 787 program. He has worked with Boeing for 33 years, beginning at Everett as a factory mechanic and pre-flight and delivery inspector. Joel has a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA degree alongside FAA Airframe, Power Plant, and FCC licenses.