Leadership Team

John Titus


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.             

Mary Ann Burns

Chief Financial Officer

Mary Ann joined Aero Controls as CFO in 1996.  She is responsible for providing leadership for the Company’s financial and business processes, including finance, accounting, treasury, tax, corporate planning, contract administration and risk management. Prior to joining the Company she worked 21 years as a CPA in public accounting.  She began her career at an international CPA firm and then spent the last 12 years of her public accounting career as a partner at a local firm where she was the engagement partner for Aero Controls since it was founded in 1984. Mary Ann graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University where she serves on the FSU College of Business Board of Governors.  She has also served as Treasurer of the Cascade Regional Blood Services, Inc. Board of Directors since 1996. 

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.

John Benscheidt

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

John is responsible for driving total revenue generation for Aero Controls through repair services, part distribution, aircraft dismantlement, consignments, and engineering.  He joined the company in 2015 as the Director of Engineering before moving to his current role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Prior to Aero Controls, John managed business development and engineering for an aviation parts manufacturer, growing from his past engineering experience in the automotive safety industry.  Having both a commercial and technical background, John has proven successful leading market expansion and developing new capabilities to better serve the Aero Controls customer base.  He holds an MBA with an emphasis in Change Leadership along with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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. 

Alissa Dunloy

Employee Resource Center Manager

With over 10 years of human resources experience, Alissa comes to Aero Controls with a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Masters in Organizational Development from Antioch University Seattle. With a focus on the people that provide the skills and services to our company, Alissa works with the Employee Resource Center to provide benefits, employee relations, recruitment, payroll, wellness and recognition programs for Aero Controls’ talented staff .