Airport Business

OCT 2018

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October 2018 airportbusiness 43 Kellee Valentine When Kellee Valentine was growing up, he loved to talk about airplanes and spaceships, but the idea of being able to make money as a pilot seemed like an impossible dream. Valentine had a scholarship out of high school to attend law school, but he met a retired Air Force colonel who showed him it was not only possible, but then offered a scholarship to teach him to fly. “I get to work around good people who share the same passion and are motivated to succeed,” he said. “It’s not a job where you go in and punch a clock and go home. Everyone is on a mission and we’re all in this together.” As vice president of flight operations for ACI Jet, Valentine is instilling a drive for fearless creativity in solution building to create one of the most effective and efficient flight departments in the aviation industry; all so more focus can be given to client satisfaction and pilot quality of life. To do this means his most crucial work is finding solutions to the tedious problems that permeate the everyday processes of flight operations. Knowing that properly aligning the smallest details can produce the greatest rewards, Valentine chose to tackle one of the biggest drains on time and resources that eats away at productivity and morale: revisions to the operations manual. Faced with 24 man-hours and 4 days of work every time updates are published, he foresaw a complete transformation to this process and how much each member of his team would benefit. Valentine recognized the value and ingenuity of their system and implemented the program. The time of publishing updates was cut by 90 percent. The form is cleaner, searchable and trackable, accessible via an app. ACI Jet hasimplemented it in other areas of the company Continued online at 12422312 "Congratulations, Kellee, for this incredible achievement! When you joined the team in our formative early years, I knew that you had amazing potential. You've made us all very proud, and I am personally very excited to see the heights your career will reach in the years ahead." William Borgsmiller President & CEO (805) 782-9722 | Kellee Valentine, VP of Flight Operations MANAGEMENT • CHARTER • MAINTENANCE • FBO (SBP | SNA | PRB)

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