Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies, Inc.
Donnie Holder has been with Blackhawk since its inception and has held several positions in various departments and performed duties ranging from marketing strategy and graphic design to IT administration and programming. Having a foot in both marketing and IT departments was beneficial for Donnie because so much of marketing relies on technology.
Prior to working at Blackhawk, Donnie was a network consultant for many diverse enterprises in the Central Texas area from construction to universities to corporate offices. Blackhawk was one of Donnie’s clients and he was drawn to the wide range of activities Blackhawk offers and the opportunity to for diverse day-to-day operations. Holder has implemented and maintains the integration of the Blackhawk companies for seamless interaction across all platforms. He sees every interaction as an opportunity to show the best of Blackhawk and never misses an opportunity to do that.
Micky Bitcon’s experience in aerospace finance and accounting spans more than two decades and includes strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, capital budgeting, management reporting policies, and procedures and process improvements. She joined Blackhawk in 2010 to develop internal and external financial reporting packages as well as strategic planning modeling tools. Bitcon was promoted to CFO in 2011, where she oversees all financial aspects of the company and ensures the internal team has accurate and timely financial data to make well-informed decisions.
Prior to Blackhawk, Bitcon served 13 years at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, most recently as director of finance. She is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an executive master’s degree from Wichita State University.
Lynnette Allmon helped found Blackhawk with her husband, Jim Allmon, in 1999. Working multiple roles from receptionist to CFO as the company took flight, she helped build Blackhawk into the customer focused company it is today. Currently, Lynnette Allmon oversees Blackhawk’s human resources department, where she manages recruitment, hiring, benefits administration, and risk management. Prior to Blackhawk, Lynnette served as vice president of Aurora Aviation, also owned by the Allmons, for seven years, initially overseeing accounting, insurance, and benefits. Her responsibilities increased to marketing, small aircraft sales, and supporting aircraft refurbishment, completions, and scheduling.
In her current position, Allmon supports Blackhawk’s people—those hardworking folks who make Blackhawk so successful, ensuring they have what they need to in turn support Blackhawk customers and potential customers.
An original partner in Blackhawk Aerospace’s formation, Dale Griffin today serves as a board member for the company. He owns Elite Aviation Services in Addison, Texas, a Part 135 repair station maintenance facility and Part 135 charter operation. He is also a 40-year pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings.
Griffin comes from a deep financial and business background. During his career, he served as a senior portfolio manager for AIM/Investco, a senior banker for Citicorp where he offered financial and advisory services to medium to large companies, a member of the CFO’s strategic planning group at Texas Commerce Bancshares, and an oil and gas group auditor at Arthur Andersen in Houston. Griffin hold an MBA in finance and CPA, CFA, and BBA (Accounting) certifications.
An original founder of Blackhawk Aerospace, Matt Shieman serves as chairman of Blackhawk Aerospace Solutions and Blackhawk Aerospace Upgrades business units. He works directly with key partners in Blackhawk’s supply chain, banking, and international distribution to ensure the company’s smooth operation. He’s also directly involved in Blackhawk’s customer service, working directly with customers to address any issues with the goal of exceeding their expectations of Blackhawk support and service.
Himself a private pilot with more than 3,500 hours in single and multi-engine airplanes, Shieman comes from both financial and aviation backgrounds. He uses his unique skill set to improve the company’s operational and financial performance while working to develop and grow relationships with key vendors, distributors, and service providers. Shieman holds an MBA in finance, a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, and is a licensed CPA.
A Blackhawk Aerospace founding partner, Jim Allmon created the Blackhawk Aerospace brand and concept of upgrading turboprop aircraft with new, higher horsepower Pratt & Whitney engines. Prior to founding Blackhawk Aerospace in 1999, he served as the president and CEO of Aurora Aviation in Waco, Texas, an FBO offering aircraft sales, avionics, MRO and flight training. He has also served as president and CEO of Allmon Aviation and TulsaJet, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A pilot himself, Allmon follows the mantra of “quality and safety above profits, always.” Allmon’s favorite part of the job is solving customer issues and flying with them in their planes to witness their excitement first hand as they experience the power of a Blackhawk. He enjoys keeping an open door to any employee or customer, willing to roll up his sleeves and find solutions as quickly as possible.
Outside of Blackhawk Aerospace, together with his wife, Blackhawk EVP Lynnette Allmon, Allmon founded the Freedom Ball, an annual fundraising event for aviation scholarships that honors our veterans and active duty soldiers.