Since Duncan Aviation was founded in 1956, the members of the Duncan family have always been actively involved in leading the company. In addition to the family influence, the company’s leadership dynamic includes vice presidents and executive officers of Duncan Aviation who form the Senior Leadership Team. They pursue a constructive dynamic that allows them to strategically position the company for long-term success and respond to sudden changes in the industry.
The Senior Leadership Team is responsible for modeling and maintaining Duncan Aviation’s Leadership Values. Duncan Aviation leaders:
Mark Cote is Duncan Aviation's Vice President of Duncan Aviation Parts Sales, Avionics, Accessories & Satellites. In this position he provides leadership to the production and service areas of aircraft Accessories, Avionics/Instruments Component Repair, Duncan Aviation Parts and Rotables Sales and the network of avionics satellite locations around the United States.
Mark joined Duncan Aviation in 1987 as an avionics technician, fixing navigation and communication equipment. Throughout his career with Duncan Aviation, Mark has held several positions including customer service representative, project manager, program manager and project manager team lead and coordinator. In 2006, he became the Vice President of Completions and Modifications. Mark assumed his current position in 2014.
Mark has an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology.
Mark and his wife have two children. Mark enjoys motorcycle riding, home improvement, staying fit and spending time with his family.×
Nate started at Duncan Aviation in 2001 as a completions technician in the Interior department. He was promoted to shift supervisor in 2005 and became the department scheduler in 2006. He assumed his current responsibilities in 2009.
Nate enjoys working and interacting with customers. It is gratifying for him to be on the front end of refurbishment projects and see the transformation of aircraft through the eyes of customers.
Nate is married. He is a big sports fan and tries to spend as much time possible outdoors. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He supports the United Way to help those in his community.
In 1994, Chad was hired at Duncan Aviation as an airframe mechanic. His work specialized in Falcons and Hawkers. During his time with the Airframe department Chad was promoted to shift supervisor and then to assistant manager. In 2004 Chad became Customer Service Manager in Lincoln and was in that role for seven years. Chad returned to the Airframe department in 2011 as Manager. Prior to Duncan Aviation, Chad worked for Northrop Grumman on the B2 bomber as a structure, hydraulic and flight test mechanic.
Chad holds an A&P license and Inspection Authorization (IA) from the FAA.
Chad enjoys spending time with his kids and attending their sports activities. He has four children; two daughters and two sons. Chad is involved in the Nebraska Business Aviation Association and supports the American Heart Association and Seward Recreational sports.
Todd Duncan was named Chairman of Duncan Aviation in 2007. In his 30 years with the company, he has served many roles, including vice chair and president of Duncan Aviation component services. Todd has a passion for aviation and has been an active private pilot since 1987, holding instrument and multi-engine ratings. He is also passionate about the business aviation industry and believes in giving back. He is currently serving as Chair of the National Business Aviation Association's Associate Member Advisory Council. He has been a member of that council since 2015 and has also served as Chairman of the board of the National Air Transportation Association. Todd graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in business administration and studied in the Stanford Executive Program in 2007. Along with his wife, Connie, he is active in several philanthropic activities including the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Southeast Community College Foundation.
Todd and Connie have twin sons and two daughters-in-law: Harrison and Brooke; and Paul Kent "P.K." and Katie. Todd enjoys many activities with his family including traveling, boating, scuba diving and snow skiing. Todd is an enthusiastic golfer and fisherman, an active Phish Phan and an avid traveler.×
In 2019, Travis Grimsley was named Director of Maintenance for Airframe Services at the Duncan Aviation facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. He's also now a part of the Duncan Aviation Senior Management Team.
In 2005, Travis joined the Duncan Aviation team as a Line Services Representative, and he transitioned to Manager of Customer Service in 2016. The common thread in all of his positions at Duncan Aviation has been his genuine desire to provide a positive environment for customers and team members.
When he was growing up, his father was an airline mechanic at Northwest Airlines in Detroit, and he inspired Travis to pursue a career in the aviation industry. Travis earned his pilots license when he was 21 years old, and he earned a Bachelors degree in Business from Western Michigan University in 2012. He feels fortunate to have been able to make a living in working in a field he's always been so fond of.
Travis and his wife Dawn have three children, and in his spare time, they going skiing and boating and travel to Northern Michigan to enjoy the outdoors.
As President and CEO, Aaron C. Hilkemann provides strategic leadership and direction to Duncan Aviation, Inc. to ensure future development and growth for the enterprise.
Aaron joined Duncan Aviation in 1996 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1997, he was appointed President. Prior to joining Duncan Aviation, Aaron was Vice President and Director of Financial Operations for FirsTier Financial, Inc. His background includes eight years of public accounting experience with KPMG Peat Marwick where he served as a Senior Audit Manager and concentrated in the areas of manufacturing, construction and banking industries.
Aaron is past Chairman and a current member of the Board of Directors of GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association). He has also served as Past Chairman of the AMAC (Associate Member Advisory Council) of NBAA and the NBAA Board of Directors.
Aaron and his wife, Jennifer, have a blended family of seven children, two boys and five girls. Aaron is active in hiking, hunting, fishing, biking and most recently has become a bee keeper.
As Executive Vice President and COO, Jeff is responsible for the day-to-day guidance and development of the Lincoln operations. He provides direction and leadership for the airframe, engine, and paint production areas and for line services, facilities, quality assurance and the flight department.
Jeff joined Duncan Aviation in 1993 as company controller and soon became Vice President of Finance. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1998. Jeff assumed his current role in 2008. Prior to Duncan Aviation, Jeff worked as a regional controller for International Paper. He has also worked as a CPA in public accounting.
Jeff graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.
Jeff and his wife, Diana, have three children and enjoy family activities, hiking, fishing, camping, golf and tennis. Jeff has served on the Allocation and Audit committees for United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County. He also served on the Lancaster County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Board of Directors.×
Mike Minchow was promoted to Duncan Aviations Senior Management Team in October 2015 and currently serves as Vice President of Sales for Duncan Aviation. In his role Mike is responsible for the development and execution of sales strategies and initiatives for all of Duncan Aviation. Mike provides executive oversight for the sales teams in Battle Creek, Michigan, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Provo, Utah, as well as for Duncan Aviations team of domestic and international Regional Managers.
Mike joined the Duncan Aviation Design Center team back in 1993 as a Designer while working on his Masters degree in architecture at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln. Mike transitioned to team leader of Design, moved to sales team leader, and then on to program manager for NetJets. He was promoted to sales manager over modifications (paint, interior, avionics, and install) and assumed those responsibilities for airframe and engine in 2011.
Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for AEA (Aircraft Electronics Association), on the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board and Honeywell CPAB (Honeywell Channel Partners Advisory Board). Mike has also served on the Gogo Dealer Advisory Board.
Married for 20 years to Renae, Mike and his wife have three boys: Andrew, Mason, and Aden. Mike enjoys hunting, golfing, and attending his sons various activities.