Top Latinos In Aviation
By: Latino Leaders Staff
Business Operations Analyst, Dallas Love Field
Born in Brooklyn, NY. Lived his first 4 years there and then moved to Puerto Rico where he attended Colegio San Antonio Catholic School (K through 12) and The University of Puerto Rico. Then, he moved to Tampa, Florida where he began a career in Banking Operations for First Florida Banks. Kevin married his wife Jossie while living in Tampa and this year they celebrate 35 years of marriage.
They have two kids; Jessica and Kevin Jr. Both of them graduated from Mesquite High School. Jessica, and husband Dustin, have two boys; Liam and Conner. Kevin, and wife Ashton, have one son; Kevin III. Kevin and Jossie moved to Texas in 1984 where he worked for First City Bank and settled in Mesquite. He also worked for Bank One (which is now Chase Bank) and remained in Operations. Kevin changed industries in 1996 as he took an operations management job for Allstate Insurance. He managed processes that were performed both in Dallas, TX and Wheeling, Ill. Kevin then wentinto the operations consulting field in 2010 and in 2016 he was hired as the Business Operation Analyst for the Department of Aviation of the City of Dallas. He reports to the Director and does analysis and research for operational projects at the Dallas-Love Field Airport. Kevin has a B.A. in Finance from Dallas Baptist University and an MBA from the University of Dallas and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Kevin served in PTA’s across the district as a leader at chapter and district level. He has been President at all school levels and taught leadership at Local and State level as well. He was elected to serve Mesquite ISD as a School Board Trustee and advocate for public education in 1996. Kevin has served as an officer at all levels of this board. He has testified before House and Senate committees on Nutrition and Education bills and was a member of the Legislative Action Committee for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). He has participated in forums on school finance at state level. Kevin has also served at state and national levels as Chairman of the Risk Management Fund Board for TASB and a Director for the National School Boards Association (NSBA). He has also had the opportunity to serve as Chair of the National Hispanic Caucus and as a Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). He has been a youth coach and instructor for baseball, soccer, and bowling teams. He serves every Saturday as a coach for youth bowlers and a league member at AMF Garland and Terrell Lanes.
He also is President of the Metro Buzzard Chapter that meets at USA Bowl. He believes in servant leadership and was awarded the President of the United States Volunteer Award in 2012.
Airport Operations Manager McCarran International Airport
Ray is the Airport Operations Manager. He is responsible for the safe and efficient daily operation of aircraft throughout MIA’s runways, taxiways and ramp areas.
He also manages the full spectrum of daily Airport Operations and Maintenance which includes the escort function, security, construction, emergency response, and the administration of FAA directed safety programs.
He has more than 30 years of experience in USAF and Airport operations management principles, practices, and operations activities. Extensive knowledge of aviation rules and regulations, Airport maintenance, airfield constructions, and security operations.
He has an extensive set of awards and achievements. His 110-person team has successfully supported a $65 million runway project and achieved project schedule goals-featured in Airport Improvement Magazine. His Airfield Maintenance team hosted the 2013 Airport Marking Symposium, a 3-day workshop covering the best practices related to airfield markings presented by Sightline.
He considers Corona, CA home. A father of 3 and lover of golf, movies and reading. He has an Associates degree from Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelors from Peru State in Nebraska. Ray is very much involved in his community and helps out through organizations like United Way and Boys & Girls Club.
Deputy Commissioner of Design/Construction Chicago Department of Aviation
Alejandro Leon serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Design/Construction for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). Leon is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to a team of skilled professionals for the O’Hare Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The Design/Construction Section consists of several components including project administration, architecture and engineering.
Prior to joining the CDA, Leon had a diversified 18-year career in the construction industry. His management track record demonstrates his skill set as a decision-maker focusing on efficiency, productivity, systems improvements and major business development strategies.
Leon’s career accomplishments include construction management/ owner’s representative consultant experience for the CDA, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority and the University of Chicago. He also has extensive project management experience in horizontal and vertical construction projects; design/build projects; renovation and construction of commercial, retail/office, and commercial/office tenant improvement projects.
Leon holds a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from National Louis University (Chicago), and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Vice President- Americas Sales, GE Aviation
Doug is GE Aviation’s Vice-President for The Americas Sales. In this role he is responsible for new engine and systems sales as well as long-term services solutions for North and South America airline customers.
Doug brings over 35 years of aviation sales experience, a strong record of accomplishments and outstanding relationships with industry leaders.
Doug joined GE International in 1980, as field sales engineer. His primary focus was in the energy and oil and gas market. In 1985, Doug transferred to the U.S. and joined GE Aviation as sales manager based in Evendale, Ohio, responsible for new engine sales in the Andean region of South America.
Later he was transferred to Paris, France, as CFM sales director for Southern Europe leading successful key sales campaigns for the joint venture.
Prior to assuming his current role, Doug was general manager for Latin America & Caribbean winning key sales campaigns in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Chile, while significantly increasing GE Aviation’s presence and market share and driving growth into new product lines.
Doug’s current region is the largest aviation market in the world, it combines a mature, well-developed U.S. and Canada market plus an emerging, high growth market in Latin America & Caribbean.
The Americas is the home for 36% of worldwide aircraft fleet. GE and CFM market share is 61% in the Americas today and market share of the backlog is over 65%.
Doug led his Americas team in record sales between 2010 and 2016, and set a new record in 2013 selling over 2,000 GE and CFM International engines that year alone (CFM: a GE-Safran joint venture company). His team has booked total sales in last seven years of nearly 8,300 new engines plus a backlog of long-term maintenance service contracts worth over $ 37 billion (USD). The Chairman awarded him the Heroes of Growth Award in 2014. Doug Izarra is an active member of Wings Club, ISTAT and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York City.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components, and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings.