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.

Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart
Chief Financial Officer

Scott is an experienced finance, tax and accounting executive with meaningful operational experience. He formerly spent 5-years as CFO of AerSale, a Leonard Green-backed aerospace MRO business, where he led a team and held responsibility for FP&A, financial reporting, IT and HR functions.

With nearly 20 years of experience, including previous CFO and operational roles with Acme Lift, US Airways and America West Airlines, Scott has worked extensively in the finance world and contributes his extensive knowledge base to GAT.

Harold Eiermann

Harold "Tuggy" Eiermann
Senior Vice President

Tuggy was named Senior Vice President, Performance Excellence on December 27, 2017. In this role, Tuggy leads our Airport Operations Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Training, Ground Support Equipment, as well as providing operational support throughout the GAT customer network. Tuggy also plays a pivotal role in new business startups and transitions.

Tuggy worked to provide direction and operational consultation under an executive consulting agreement prior to his promotion. His focus on Safety and Airport Operations has produced an enhanced awareness towards a culture that reduces risk 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 Tuggy's beliefs.

Prior to joining GAT, Tuggy's 38 years of experience in the aviation industry was with Continental/United Airlines. He was previously Managing Director Airport Operations for United Ground Express, Managing Director Airport Operations Continental/United Airlines at the Houston (IAH) hub, Managing Director Continental Airlines Worldwide Baggage product and various levels of Leadership running the Continental business at the New Orleans international airport.

Tuggy was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He and his wife of 40 years Joy, now live in Magnolia, TX. Their two adult children and their families live close by and his 6 grandchildren are a regular at the Eiermann home!

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.

Mary Marietta

Mary Marietta
Executive Vice President

Mary Marietta joined GAT in early 2018 and reports directly to the CEO, Mike Hough. Mary has led the corporate team in implementing human capital initiatives, and has collaborated to develop several key programs for GAT.

Mary has previously been employed in various Human Resources leadership roles since 2004, specifically within the education and early childhood fields. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling and Human Services, as well as her PHR certification.

Mary was born in Michigan, and has been located in Georgia since 2008. She lives in the Newnan area with her husband and two children.

Brian Heard

Brian Heard
VP of Safety and Security

With over 40 years of aviation experience, Brian has a wealth of knowledge and leads our Safety and Security team as Vice President. Brian began his career with GAT in May of 2007, and has lent his expertise to various departments during his tenure.

Brian began as Director of System Reliability, and moved into the Performance Excellence side through both Training and Safety and Security. He worked for over 26 years with Atlantic Southeasdt Airlines, which later became ExpressJet in 2011. Brian volunteers much of his spare time as a coach and in humanitarian relief.

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.

Carl Schouw

Carl Schouw
Executive VP of Operations


Carl began his career in Amarillo Texas working for Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 1993. In 1999, he joined the GAT organization as the operations manager in Denver, CO. From there, he was elevated to GM of Atlanta GA which he ran until he was promoted to Director of Atlanta.

In 2007, Carl was selected to Executive Director of Station Operations where he lead the entire systems operations. In 2015, the principle ownership group selected Carl as the COO where he lead operations team through unprecedented operational and financial success to include 20–30% growth from 2015 to 2017.

After the Atlantic Street Capital acquisition in 2017, Carl took his current role, leading multiple markets across the country. In addition, he works to start new operations, reset current operations and assess the needs of troubled operations assisting his counterparts along with general oversight of his portfolio.

Carl attended West Texas A&M University from 1990–1993 where he studied Business Administration. Additionally, he holds several certifications in process management.

Carl was born in California, was raised in Texas and has been living in Georgia since May of 2000. He and his wife Tammy are the proud parents of 6 children and 4 grandchildren. He serves on the planning commission of the Town of Tyrone GA where he and his wife have lived since 2003.

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.

Stephen Wragg

Stephen Wragg
VP of Operations

With over 30 years of aviation experience, Steve has worked in many countries on four continents. He has been in North America for the last 23 years working in many US markets covering all aspects of aviation services.

Steve has provided oversight of multiple operations in many of the world's largest airports. Through these experiences, he has managed multiple lines of service to both airlines and Airport Authorities.

Originally from the UK, Steve was a former Metropolitan police officer in England and served the British Navy.

Stephen Sye

Stephen Sye
VP of Operations

Steve has 34 years in the aviation industry. From 1985 to 1987, Steve began his aviation career working for Southern Jersey Airways (Allegheny Commuter). During that time, he worked as a ramp agent, customer service agent and supervisor.

Between 1987 and 1999, Steve held a variety of positions with US Airways in Atlantic City and their Philadelphia hub, including 5 years as a Shift Manager.

In 1999, Steve joined DGS and progressed from a Duty Manager to Vice President over his 20-year career with them.

Steve and his wife Jennifer have been married for 22 years and enjoy recreational boating, fishing and paddle boarding.

Bill Kilduff

Bill Kilduff
VP of Operations

Bill is originally from Michigan and has over twenty years of aviation experience. He has led various airport operations in the Detroit Metropolitan area, including operations with Regional Elite Airline Services and Spirit Airlines.

Bill began with GAT Airline Ground Support in March of 2019, and has added his tremendous knowledge of the airline industry to GAT. Bill has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from California State University, and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Our Subsidary Companies

SA Aviation

Strategic Aviation
Passenger, cargo and ground support

Sky Cafe

Sky Cafe
Airline catering