Leadership

Inspire The Best In Your People.

Our leadership team has a combined 200 years of experience in aviation and medical flight services. In fact, Chairman Rolfe Black has over 50 years of flight expertise. He began at age 14, pumping gas and cleaning airplanes on the landing strip beside his parents’ home. Under his direction, SevenBar Aviation has grown into a leader in medical flight services.

Although our backgrounds may vary, each one of us shares a common commitment to safety, service, and finding better, smarter, and more effective ways to serve our customers.

Our Leaders

  • Wade Black

    Chairman + CEO

    The grandson of company founder Albert Black, Wade works to continue his family’s tradition of excellence as SevenBar Aviation charts new courses in the aviation industry. His vision, leadership and dedication are fundamental to SevenBar Aviation’s growth and continued success. In 1989, Wade became President of SevenBar Aviation. Early on his goal was to consolidate the ownership of SevenBar Aviation and its entities under one owner and grow the business. In 2000, Wade became the sole owner of the company. Wade’s growth strategy included adding more air medical contracts and looking for acquisition opportunities. He directed and oversaw the expansion into the Texas market with air medical contracts. SevenBar Aviation has grown more than five times during his tenure.

    wblack@sevenbar.com

    214.468.8229

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  • Kim Montgomery

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Since joining SevenBar Aviation in 2001, Kim has proven her ability to manage successful business operations. She led the recent growth and operational achievements of the air medical division, and was named president in 2008. Kim's priority is to utilize SevenBar Aviation's 65-year history in aviation as a platform for leading the company to new levels in the air medical industry. She has responsibility for operating and financial performance, and leads the business planning process to identify opportunities, execute growth plans, and drives high-performance teamwork from her management team. Formerly Senior Vice President of Business Development at SevenBar Aviation, Montgomery played a leading role in growing the air medical business, improving the financial performance of existing business units, and was active in the sale of the company’s Fixed Base Operations in 2008.

    kmontgomery@7bar.com

    214.205.8010

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  • Matt Kelso

    Chief Financial Officer

    Matt Kelso currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of SevenBar Aviation. As a key member of the management team, Matt reports to SevenBar CEO Wade Black and plays a critical role in developing and implementing financial and business strategy for the company. Prior to joining SevenBar, Matt worked for Conifer Health Solutions where he served as a divisional CFO. Previous to that, he served as a Director of Business Development Finance where he was instrumental in the creation of the corporate pricing department. Matt earned his MBA—with a double concentration in corporate finance and strategy—from The Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Dallas.

    mkelso@7bar.com

    214.468.8229

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  • B.J. Raysor

    Senior Vice President of Operations

    BJ has direct oversight responsibility for all of SevenBar Aviation’s flight and maintenance activities. He came to SevenBar Aviation after serving for several years as Director of Aviation for a well-respected, hospital-based Part 135 Helicopter EMS operator. BJ is an ATP rated pilot and a Certified Medical Transport Executive

    BJRaysor@7bar.com

    214.212.8908

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  • Betsy Casanave

    Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Services

    Prior to joining SevenBar Aviation, Betsy served as Director & Chief of a large hospital based critical care transport program that provided services to the Southeast. She has held various leadership positions over the last 22 years in healthcare, and has worked as a clinician in Emergency Services, Surgical-Trauma-Neuro ICU, as well as critical care transport programs. Betsy is an active member of various national, state, and local organizations and recently served as the President of the North Carolina Air Medical Association. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Critical Care Transport and the Association of Air Medical Services Board. Betsy is an active member with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Association of Nurse Executives (AONE).

    bcasanave@7bar.com

    919.795.0488

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  • Sean Mulholland

    Director of Safety

    Sean is responsible for addressing all safety matters at SevenBar Aviation, including the development, implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of our Safety Management System (SMS). Prior to joining the company, he led a long career as a safety investigator, analyst, auditor, and manager in operations and employee safety with a major US airline.

    smulholland@7bar.com

    214468.8229

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  • Steve Moody

    Director of Operations

    An air medical pilot with 25 years of service, Steve is a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor, and holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic certificate. His work history includes eight years of service at a major pilot training center as a ground instructor, flight instructor, check airman, program supervisor/evaluator, designated pilot examiner, and project manager.

    stevemoody@7bar.com

    214.468.8229

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  • Wade Neiswender

    Director of Quality Assurance

    Wade has a 13-year history of service to SevenBar Aviation as a maintenance technician, Director of Maintenance, and now Director of Quality. His knowledge of our company’s fleet and operational history is unmatched. As Director of Quality, Wade is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance in company aircraft and maintenance operations. He oversees the company’s internal evaluation program and coordinates with the Director of Maintenance to ensure that aircraft maintenance at SevenBar Aviation is in line with or ahead of best practices in our industry.

    wneiswender@7bar.com

    214.468.8229

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  • Darrell Rickert

    Director of Maintenance

    Darrell joined SevenBar Aviation in 2005 as the lead mechanic at our Albuquerque base. As SevenBar Aviation’s Director of Maintenance, he is responsible for the company’s compliance with FAA regulations, and he oversees all aircraft maintenance operations. He has more than 20 years' experience in aircraft maintenance, and received his A&P license in 1989 and his Inspection Authorization in 1999.

    drickert@7bar.com

    505.417.6890

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  • Ken Mize

    Rotor Wing Maintenance Manager

    Kenny Mize currently serves as the Rotor Wing Maintenance Manager for SevenBar Aviation. Kenny heads up rotor wing maintenance and logistics for SevenBar’s rotor wing business line. Prior to joining SevenBar, Kenny worked for Rotorcraft Support Group, a Part 145 service and completions center for all major helicopter manufacturers in the Dallas MetroPlex. Kenny served as the Director of Maintenance and as the Director of Quality at RSG.

    kmize@7bar.com

    817.821.2422

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  • Jerry Hall

    Chief Pilot

    Prior to joining SevenBar Aviation, Jerry served as Assistant Chief Pilot at Ameristar Jet Charter, a Part 135 executive passenger charter and freight operator in Dallas. For the past 14 years, he has held several positions in the aviation industry including Learjet Check Airman, Training Captain, Line Check Pilot, as well as simulator, ground, and flight instructor positions. Jerry holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with several type ratings and is a Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor. He has over 5300 hours of flight time, including jet, turboprop, international, and even some seaplane. Jerry attended The University of Texas at Arlington and holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

    jhall@7bar.com

    817.528.4187

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  • Erin Emery

    Chief Rotor Wing Pilot

    Erin Emery is currently employed as Chief Rotor Wing Pilot with SevenBar Aviation. Prior to joining SevenBar Aviation, Erin served as Aviation Training Manager at Air Methods Corp., a Part 135 Aeromedical operator based in Denver, CO. Erin got her start in aviation as a flight instructor before flying Sikorsky helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico. She has six years of experience in the aeromedical industry and has held positions from line pilot to check airman and management. Erin holds an Airline Transport Pilot-Rotorcraft Helicopter Certificate and is a Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor. She has over 4,500 hours of flight time, with 2,000 hours of instruction given. Erin attended The University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ where she received a Bachelor of Arts.

    eemery@7bar.com

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  • Analia Vaca

    Human Resources Manager

    Since joining SevenBar Aviation in 2008, Analia Vaca has had a passion for employee relations and benefits. Named Human Resources Manager in 2010, her enthusiasm and dedication to the company are integral to recruiting, hiring, and retaining new SevenBar Aviation team members. Consistently updating policies and procedures and keeping on top of trends in the HR community are key functions of her position. Analia also administers the company’s DOT Drug and Alcohol testing program, ensuring compliance with DOT and FAA regulations.

    avaca@7bar.com

    214.468.8229

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