Our Company

Providing quality airline ground support
services for more than 40 years

Company Profile

Vision

Be the preeminent supplier of aviation services for the airline industry. We will earn our customers' preference through our people and performance. Be renowned for our excellence in safety and unsurpassed performance.

Mission

Deliver unparalleled customer experience and become fully integrated with our business partners and their customers by executing our Performance Excellence System.

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Our Team

Mike Hough

Mike Hough
Chief Executive Officer

In May 2017, Mike joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer after integration was complete. In this role, Mike leads the operations and corporate team to deliver a fresh approach in the airline ground handling space. In Mike's time at GAT, the organization has added new technologies, performance management systems, operational process reviews, and has delivered markedly improved outcomes. Mike shares GAT's belief that outstanding ground handling services are pivotal to delivering consistent, reliable and high-value services with integrity.

Prior to joining GAT, Mike's 20 years of experience in the aviation industry included multiple leadership roles at companies like United Express, Midwest Express, ATA, and Northwest Airlines. Mike was previously EVP of Operations for Air Serv Corporation (now ABM), Chief Administrative Officer for ResCare, Inc. and the President of ResCare Workforce Services.

Mike was born and raised in Michigan's upper peninsula. He now lives in Louisville, KY with his three children and wife, Michelle.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Open Doors Organization.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts
Vice President of Safety

Emma has most recently worked to provide oversight of safety, training, and compliance for Reva, Inc. for the last three years. Prior to that, Emma worked in numerous safety leadership position with Spirit Airlines for the last ten years. Her focus on safety and airport operations has produced an enhanced awareness towards a culture that reduces risks in the work place while producing excellent performance results. Delivering reliable, high-value services to our customers with integrity while treating each other with dignity and respect is at the very core of Emma's beliefs.

Prior to joining GAT, Emma has achieved numerous certifications, and has been the keynote speaker for various aviation and safety events throughout the U.S. Additionally, Emma has been published in the International Travel and Health Journal. She served as co-chair for NATA Air Ambulance Sub Committee and has her bachelor's degree in Aviation Management as well as an MBA in Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

William Anderson

William Anderson
Chief Financial Officer

William Anderson is GAT's Chief Financial Officer and has extensive and progressive experience within Accounting and Finance, particularly, with private-equity backed corporations. William has been with Company for 2 years starting out as the VP, Finance & Corporate Controller.

In his most recent role prior to joining GAT, William served as Corporate Controller for D4C Dental Brands, Inc ("D4C"). D4C is a private-equity backed dental support organization that supported 140 dental practices across 9 states. William's primary responsibilities as Corporate Controller was managing a team of 10 professionals and for the oversight of general accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable and treasury management. William also played an integral role in M&A activities, budgeting and forecasting, monitoring the compliance requirements with debt and equity holders and preparation of Board presentations.

Prior to D4C, William served as a Vice President with Consulate Health Care, a private-equity backed post-acute care skilled nursing company that operated 200 centers across 21 states. In this role, William managed a team of 15 professionals and was responsible for the Company's financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders, in addition to managing the Company's compliance with its equity sponsors, principle banking institutions and third-party master leases. William also held an accounting management role with Turner Broadcasting System and was a Senior Manager with KPMG, a Big 4 CPA Firm.

William earned his MBA and bachelor's degree in business management from Florida A&M University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

William resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Oni and 2 children, daughter Zara (10) and son William Jr. (8).

Tracy Metzger

Tracy Metzger
Chief Information Officer

Tracy brings over 25 years of senior executive experience in the Airline and Financial Technology industries, most recently as COO of Vesta Corporation where he led worldwide operations, technology and product.

Tracy has also been CIO for North American Bancard, president at TGate Payments, president of Abanco International, a payments and technology company, as well as CIO of Gate Gourmet and VP of IT at Concord EFS, among other positions. He is a featured speaker at industry conferences and his commentary is regularly sought by leading technology, payments, and business news publications. Tracy holds a degree in Telecommunications Management.

Nelson Camacho

Nelson Camacho
COO Airport Operations

In November 2019, Nelson joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer. With 20 years of domestic and international leadership experience, Nelson complements a high caliber team taking ground handling to a new level.

As a values based leader, he serves his team while striving to deliver unmatched value for our partners through team member engagement, process discipline,

Mark Brown

Mark Brown
COO Catering Operations

With 40+ years in the aviation industry, Mark is responsible for the Canadian operation with Strategic Aviation and Sky Cafe and is based in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Strategic and Sky became part of the GAT family in August 2019 with twenty one bases across Canada. Mark is proud to be part of the GAT team that has the same values and commitment to our people and our customers that Sky and Strategic believe in.

Wilma Beaty

Wilma Beaty
Chief Human Resources Officer

Wilma joined GAT in June of 2021 as its General Counsel and CHRO and brings more than 20 years of diverse business experience from both the service and manufacturing sectors. Wilma's experience in progressively senior roles leading legal services and human resources teams will be an asset to GAT as we work to instill a culture that supports our mission to be the preeminent supplier of aviation services.

Richard Thiel

Richard Thiel
President

Richard Thiel joined GAT in 1999 and was named President in 2008, reporting directly to the principal owners of the company. In this role, Richard led the corporate team in its pursuit of business diversification with its airline partners. This strategic initiative created a diverse portfolio that includes services such as cargo, ramp handling, customer service and cabin cleaning.

Richard was previously employed by Atlantic Southeast Airlines for 18 years serving in the capacity of Regional Director.

Richard was born in Germany. As a military dependent, he spent his formative years at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He now lives in Sharpsburg, Georgia with his wife Georgia.

Richard has served on the Board of Directors for HATMA, the Steering Committee for the Airline Services Council and the Airline Manager's Association at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Scott Barkey

Scott Barkey
Regional VP of Operations

Bio Coming Soon.

John Bealmear

John (Pat) Bealmear
VP of Operations

Pat Bealmear was named Vice President, Operations in December 2017. In this role, Mr. Bealmear leads the performance, growth, and execution of the Southwest Region and it's management team. Pat Oversees the development, expansion, and customer experience within the Region.

Prior to this role, Pat served as Vice President, Operations at Quantem Aviation Services. Pat is a senior level executive that has been in the aviation industry for 25 years. His extensive knowledge of Aircraft Handling, Air Cargo Operations, Customer Service, Marketing and Business Management has allowed him to successfully grow organizations to achieve superior service levels and Customer Satisfaction. He has held various leadership positions in the aviation industry for other companies such as Roadway, Daylight Air, American International Freight, Kitty Hawk, Quantem Aviation Services and Boreas Holdings.

Pat served 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with a focus on Computer Science and Management. Pat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Management.

Vasilios Billy Kaplanidis

Vasilios "Billy" Kaplanidis
Regional Vice President of Operations

Billy has worked in the airline industry for over 30 years, having held numerous leadership roles in Commissary, Ramp, Operations Center and Customer Service while working for TWA, American Airlines and most recently Director of JetBlue Airport Customer Experience. Billy also owned and managed a restaurant in downtown Manhattan New York.

Billy was with JetBlue for 19 years starting as a front line crewmember working his way up to Director of JetBlue Airports. Billy is a Leader who has passion for developing teams to strive for the best in customer service. Billy is excited joining the GAT Leadership team to continue the success of building and developing the best customer experience.

Jay Salazar

Jay Salazar
Regional Vice President of Operations

Jay has held various positions across the US with Air Canada for the past twenty-five years. He has worked in many different roles, and actually started as a front-line agent. From there, Jay has served as station manager, regional manager and support manager. He most recently served as Implementation Manager for Air Canada passenger service system change, as well as main point of contact for USA Airports on Air Canada Safety and Security Boards.

In addition, Jay has served as a national board member of Dreams take Flight Canada, a non-profit bringing special needs children from Canada to Disneyland and Disney World. He has also undergone numerous professional development seminars and sessions, believing that constant growth is a path towards improvement.

Tertius Serfontein

Tertius Serfontein
Regional VP of Operations,
Western Canada

Tertius joined Strategic Aviation, a GAT company, in 2020 and was recently promoted into his current position of Regional Vice President, Operations. Prior to joining the G.A.T. group of companies, Tertius was the senior Air Canada airport operations leader for all Air Canada airports from Winnipeg west, including Alberta Calgary Hub operations and the Vancouver Hub with a focus on Trans-Pacific markets.

Tertius has a passion for developing and supporting teams that strive for excellence and providing best-in-class service and is excited to be part of the leadership team at GAT. with the honor of supporting teams across Western Canada.

Our Subsidiary Companies

SA Aviation

Strategic Aviation
Passenger, cargo and ground support

Sky Cafe

Sky Cafe
Airline catering