Gerard Donias (Pictured Left)
After a very competitive interview and selection process, it gives all of us at Air General great pleasure to announce that Gerard Donias has been successful and is promoted to Regional Field Director, South Region.
Previously, Gerard was our Tampa, FL (TPA) station manager for our second TPA station that exclusivley handles the ABX freighters for Amazon.com.
Gerard takes over for the position vacated by Ken Coleman who was recently promoted to Director Of Operations for Air General’s corporate office this past January.
Gerard’s broad background includes many years of International Airline experience with his base knowledge of Lufthansa, but he also knows and is a trainer for BA from his past days in ORD. He understands AA, the whole airline world in fact.
Please all warmly welcome Gerard to this exciting new position!
It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Kenneth J. Coleman Jr. to the position of Director of Operations. Ken will start his new role on Monday January 9th, 2017
Ken has been with Air General in a leadership position since his very first day in 1997. He started out in Miami running a complicated Ocean Operations “Pioneer General”. He next managed Tampa, then ran our large Charlotte Hub city for a number of years, and has more recently excelled as our Regional Field Director for the South Region. He brings with him wealth of experience in all aspects of Air General’s system-wide operations.
Prior to joining Air General he was involved in multiple interesting and challenging positions, in the CTL Shipping Line where he served duty as Port Captain, and also for a time as 3rd Officer for the M/V Phoenix Spirit. He was a Country Manager in Guatemala - he briefly owned his own Trucking company Case Transport and he has built up a very solid background in air and ocean operations. To his credit, he also helped to mastermind the Amazon start up in Tampa - where things went so well, that we were quickly awarded Allentown as a thank you gift.
Please join us in warmly welcoming Ken to his new promotion, and supporting him in all his new and exciting endeavors.
Please join us in congratulating Frank Keller on his promotion to VP Compliance! Frank joined Air General in 1999 as Assistant Director of Operations. At the time there were just three people running the entire companies operations. There are now 14 tremendously talented people working in the Home Office Operations and Compliance teams. The time was right to add our third Vice President to the company to head up the growing Compliance department and company.
As Director of Operations Frank helped Air General through many challenges, successes and significant growth over his 17 year career. His dedication to the company, creativity in solving problems, attention to detail and his unwavering support for employees and managers are just some of the reasons he has been selected for this important new role.
Initially the Compliance team will include Jeff Lyter Director Safety & Security Compliance, Chris Kubasko Manager Security Compliance, Tim Cotter Manager Training Compliance, Duncan Cobourne Manager Safety Compliance and Dennis Franco Manager DG Compliance. The team has already had their first group discussion and they are off to a great start.
Best of luck Frank, we know you will do great things in this role.
Air General is pleased to announce that Terry Hennessey, General Manager DFW will take on the new role of Manager Facilities & Implementations.
Terry joined Air General in July 2014 and since becoming General Manager in DFW has streamlined the operation, reduced cost and led his team to produce an outstanding service to British Airways, Lufthansa and Qantas.
Before joining Air General Terry spent 32 years at British Airways in various roles including Customer Service Manager Cargo JFK and Director Customer Service Ramp & Passenger Service at JFK. His most recent role prior to joining Air General was Deputy Airport Commissioner for the Town of Islip on Long Island, NY.
In his new assignment Terry will manage property leases, coordinate large scale equipment purchases and plan for future facility, equipment and property requirements. He will support Finance with equipment purchase research and Operations with new station openings but primarily Terry will become part of the Business Development Team as we continue to grow and expand our business, our airline contracts and our property portfolio.
Sincere congratulations to Terry!
Upon the retirement of President Paula Dexter after a career spanning 30 years at Air General, the company has announced today that her successor will be a third generation Maloney.
Patrick Maloney, currently Chief Financial Officer started his career in a cargo handling warehouse in Boston in 1999. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2004 with a triple major in Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship and Finance.
While rounding out his education Patrick worked as a Financial Advisor and in Information Technology before returning to Air General in 2005. The eldest son of Chairman Robert M. Maloney Jr., and grandson of the founder of Air General Robert M. Maloney Sr., Patrick has demonstrated a keen financial acumen while maintaining the same sense of fairness and loyalty to employees and customers alike.
He was named Chief Financial officer in 2008. The company grew from a small ramp handling company in 1961 to a cargo handling company which diversified to include contracts for domestic and international air freight, ocean freight and cargo screening services.
With 19 customer airlines and 23 airport locations, the team of over 700 outstanding employees diversified even further last year adding Passenger Handling Meet and Greet services to their portfolio.
Patrick and his team plan to continue their mission of providing the highest quality service to customers.
Air General is pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Blanchard to the corporate level position of Vice President Business Development.
Donna brings with her over 30 years of airline related experience. She has held various cargo and passenger management positions during her extensive career with British Airways, including Cargo Director Midwest, Regional Director Mid-Atlantic Airports, Vice President Call Management, and most recently as Director, Customer Service Delivery North America & Asia Pacific.
A graduate of Georgetown University, with an MBA from Central Michigan University, Donna is a pilot and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. She has also served on several airport executive committees, including as an IATA Schedule Facilitator for Newark Liberty International Airport, as well as Co-Chair of Newark’s International Carrier’s Committee. A native of Long Island, New York, she currently resides in Pittstown, New Jersey with her husband.