Leadership Team

John Titus

President

John Titus graduated from St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry, Kerala in 1971 with a degree in Economics.  Soon after, he moved to the United States to continue his studies in Aeronautical Technology.  After receiving his degree and license from the FAA, he worked for a small firm as the Manager of Overhaul for 10 years.  In 1984, John founded Aero Controls, Inc., an FAA certified repair station headquartered near Seattle, Washington. Over the years, his company has earned high prestige for quality products and services with a mission to provide the aviation industry with quality aircraft parts and service at a reasonable price. With John’s focus on responsible teamwork and innovative techniques, the company has grown and improved on many levels, thus carving an enviable niche for itself. Along with financial and developmental success, John’s strong focus on humanitarian services at Aero Controls is reflected in the community outreach programs and environmental involvement that continue to be an integral part of the company today. 

Mike Olesik

Chief Executive Officer

Mike is responsible for the company’s total business and FAA compliance. He is well qualified for the position with thirty-eight years of aviation experience. He has held senior level positions at various Airlines, OEM’s, Parts Distribution Companies, and MROs in his career. Mike hails from New York City and is a graduate of Long Island University holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Mike started his career in 1979 working as a Stores Clerk at Seaboard World Airlines at JFK International Airport and worked his way upward. In 2013, Mike joined Aero Controls, Inc. as the COO, having come from AFI/KLM’s Aero Maintenance Group where he held a similar role for their five North American FAA Repair Stations. In 2014 Mike was promoted to his present position previously held by the founder and owner of the company who he now reports to, ensuring the continuity of the historic ideals that has made the company a true success story.             

Steve Richardson

Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined Aero Controls in January 2018. As the company's CFO, Steve oversees all aspects of Finance and Accounting. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting at the University of Oregon, Steve began his career with Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He eventually left the large corporate environment to pursue leadership opportunities in small to midsize companies. In the time since, Steve has held CFO and consulting roles for a variety of companies and industries. He also served as a Board Member for the Northwest High Performance Economic Consortium.          

Brian Thomas

Vice President of Maintenance

Brian joined Aero Controls in April 1986, bringing over 13 years of Aviation Maintenance and Management experience from Tramco, Winair, Boeing and the United States Air Force. Brian began his career in aviation having graduated with his FAA Airframe and Powerplant license, later earning his Associates and Bachelor’s Degrees in Aviation. Brian currently provides leadership in the Aero Control’s team spearheading the Maintenance Operations areas for the companies FAA Certificated and EASA accepted Repair Station. In addition, Brian heads up the ISO Certification and Safety/Environmental programs for the company. His main focus is providing our worldwide customers with the highest quality repair services to meet their scheduled needs.

Chris Hedien

Vice President of Material Services

Chris joined Aero Controls in December 2014, after spending the previous 10 years of his career at Rotella Capital Management working as a Commodity Trader. Chris is responsible for everything that comes into and goes out of both the Auburn and Shelton facilities with oversight of the Purchasing Department, Pricing Department, Shipping/Stores, and the Information Technology Department.  Chris’ previous experience working in roles in both IT and Finance have allowed for a seamless transition to the world of Aviation. Chris holds a BA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. 

Tiffany Trieschmann

Employee Resource Center Manager

Tiffany joined Aero Controls in March 2016 with extensive experience in distribution, construction, and automobile industries. As the Employee Resource Center Manager, Tiffany is responsible for benefits management, recruitment, employee relations, payroll, and facilitating the robust wellness program utilized by the employees. With nearly 5 years’ experience in human resources and her previous experience in different roles and industries, Tiffany is able to apply her wide breadth of knowledge in sourcing talented staff for various roles within the company.