Board of Trustees
Chris grew up flying in Colorado with his father at Jefferson County Airport which inspired him to start his own flight training in the early 2000’s while obtaining a degree in aviation technology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Starting his career with Aircell (GOGO), Mr. Swathwood transitioned to an aircraft sales roll with both a brokerage and manufacture before starting Altivation, an aviation consulting and aircraft brokerage firm in 2018. Chris’s passion to promote and further aviation started in College as he served as Vice-President for Alpha Eta Rho, a professional aviation fraternity where he worked to help highlight the benefits of aviation within the state. Upon joining CABA in 2011, Chris has continued to focus on advancing aviation throughout the state as he spearheaded CABA’s important legislative actions, and continues to be a voice for aviation both on the state and national stage.
Matthew Feltner is a Senior Associate for Willis Towers Watson’s Corporate Risk and Broking segment. In his corporate career, he manages and builds corporate insurance and risk management programs for aerospace & defense, aviation, and telecom companies. Before diving head first into insurance, he worked in banking and consulting which has parlayed very nicely into his volunteer efforts as Treasurer. As Treasurer for both the Association and Foundation, Matthew oversees the financing and accounting functions, reviews and recommends appropriate insurance policies & risk mitigation procedures, and is responsible for regular reporting of CABA’s financial positions to the Board of Directors. He lives in Colorado Springs, and is married with three children.
Joseph Friel grew up flying airplanes with his father in the Philadelphia area. After getting his pilot's license and and an engineering degree, he entered the aerospace world. With experience in military aerospace projects and flight deck avionics, he transitioned to his current employer -- Gogo Business Aviation. At Gogo, he has managed next generation in flight connectivity projects, a system architecture group, and an aircraft applications engineering team. Joe has a passion for airplanes which he brings to the Board of Directors. On the Events Committee, he assembles programming to meet the organization's educational and networking goals for those who are making a business of aviation in Colorado. He is an active flight instructor and previous aircraft owner that he used for regional travel.
Mike Straka has had a passion for aviation and aircraft from a young age, photographing many air shows in his hometown of Reading, PA in the late 1960s. Mike did his undergrad work at Penn State and earned his PhD from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. After several academic and commercial positions as a biochemist, he became a private pilot in 2006. He holds Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates, and continues working on advanced ratings. Mike taught numerous ground school courses as well as crosswind techniques in the Redbird Xwind trainer. He currently provides technical support, writing, and photography for HangarNetwork, and has been published in PilotMag, Aviators Hotline, and AviNation. Mike has been active on the CABA board since 2011, served as chairman from 2014-15, and is a staunch advocate for the General and Business aviation community.
Kendra is a Colorado native and grew up three miles from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport. Her aviation career started in 2008 at West Star in Grand Junction working for their repair station in the turboprop division. From there her passion for aviation grew. Kendra’s experience consists of other repair stations, FBO’s, and charter operators within the Colorado metro area to include Stevens Aviation, Mayo Aviation, Mountain Aviation, and Jet Linx. The administrative and customer relations side of aircraft maintenance is where most of Kendra’s aviation background stands, most recently as a Project Manager, but she has also has HR, marketing, and FBO experience.
Kenn hails from an aviation family, and has been involved with aviation for over thirty-four years. He is a founding member of Black Canyon Jet Center, the Montrose, Colorado FBO, where he currently manages customer service and aviation services operations. Kenn is also a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, where he specialized in a diverse set of assignments, including tactical air control, aerospace defense, and special operations. He also served as a command staff advisor. Apart from aviation, he entered private business in 1997 as a partner with StrateGen, Inc., a business transformation consulting company in Alaska.
Scott served in the US Navy as a Submarine Radioman aboard
the USS New York City. He then was an owner and Project Manager at JLM Products
& Design in Larkspur, where he was a Certified Welding Inspector and
program manager overseeing the welding and production of various stainless
steel alloy components in support of national defense nuclear weapons programs.
Scott recently was with Mayo Aviation as their Director of Business Development. He is
an enthusiastic sales professional specializing in aircraft management, charter
aircraft sales, and resolution of complex aircraft transportation and ownership
investment problems. Scott's many relationships within the aviation community
enable him to be very valuable on the Membership Committee.
With over 2 decades of experience, Matt began his flying in 1996 at Jefferson County Airport. Graduated from Metro State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Technology with a Corporate Emphasis. Matt's professional career began at Centennial Airport with International Jet Aviation for 9 years as a Lead Captain for Airlife Denver and Line Captain for charter. Recently a Lead Captain for Rural Partners in Medicine in Steamboat Springs for Mayo Aviation and currently is excited to be a Captain at Precision Aircraft Management at Centennial. He has a true passion for aviation and sharing it with others, when not flying in the business aviation sector you can find him on the line teaching the future generation of aviators. He is enthusiastic about the future of General/Business Aviation in Colorado and looks forward to serving this community on the board.
Daniel Foust grew up with aviation in his blood, and to earn money for college, he worked with a helicopter company, as ground crew, which conducting construction lifting and aerial firefighting, he spent summers with bush pilots above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and he worked with local FBOs. After earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Aviation Operations, he followed his dream to earn the title of U.S. Marine. For the next 9 years, Daniel served as a combat assault support helicopter pilot, then another 2 years as a pilot for government contracting overseas. After returning to the United States, Daniel was hired by Dassault Falcon Jet Corp, who he is currently employed with, and recently completed his masters of science in terrorism and counterterrorism studies.
Brad “B-RAD” Elliott is the Fuel Buying & Logistics Manager at Air Methods Corporation where he manages fuel purchasing for over 460 aircraft across 300 locations. His aviation career started 2001 as a Line Technician at Showalter Flying Service. Brad opened Desert Jet Center (FBO in TRM) from the ground up at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport as the General Manager. In 2018, he opened a $10 million-dollar FBO facility in Bentonville, Arkansas, and was the President & General Manager for Summit Aviation. He earned a Bachelor of Science - Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Central Florida. Brad has his private pilot license and aspires to continue his ratings. He volunteers as a Flying Ambassador to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation where he promotes flying general aviation throughout the islands. Brad has served on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee and was honored in 2018 as a member of the NBAA 40 Professionals Under 40 Years Old.
Marshall Cox is a Colorado native, growing up with a passion for all things outdoors, including aviation. His interest in aviation was sparked at a young age by his Uncle, who flew F18s and eventually piloted and commanded 4 space shuttle missions for NASA. Upon witnessing the shuttle launches, he knew from then-on he’d end up in aerospace. Marshall obtained a BS in Aviation Technology, with a focus on Operations, from Metro State. His educational background set a strong foundation to hold various Sales and Business Development positions at Jeppesen, Gogo Business Aviation and now Garmin. Throughout his career, Marshall has had the opportunity to work with owners, corporate flight departments, OEMs, 91/135/121 operators, government entities and University aerospace programs. His passion and willingness to learn and teach others, inspire him to excite future generations to experience everything the industry has to offer.