Howard C. O'Shell III, President
"Howie" began his aviation career as a civilian trained pilot while growing up in southwest Pennsylvania. His first flight lesson was at age 13 and he has been enjoying every moment in the air since. After building experience in a variety of corporate aircraft he was employed by a Regional Airline flying 30 seat aircraft. Then, after a stint serving as the Chief Pilot of Numetrics/84 Lumber he began an airline career in 1990. During his tenure at the world's largest airline he flew the Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767, 777, Airbus A-300-600R, Fokker 100 and McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Aircraft. He was recruited into the training department as a Captain/Check Airman on MD-80 aircraft. Later he transitioned to training pilots on the 757 and 767 and then ended his 28 year career as a Check Airman on the Boeing 777.
Howie concurrently maintained a career in business. In 1994 he made an equity investment in an Olds/Cadillac/GMC Truck franchise. He was named the dealer and was responsible for all day to day management activities. Concurrently, he has provided consulting, management and aircraft acquisition/sales services to a wide variety of individuals, private concerns and public corporations. He has personally owned numerous piston and turbine aircraft. He has overseen dozens of aircraft transactions, from small singles through business jets. In addition to managing the day-to day affairs of Chairman he acts as a conduit between the Private Equity community and business aviation.
Jorge E. Bosch, Pilot, Director of Latin American Affairs
Jorge is an FAA Licensed Commercial, Multi-Engine, Instrument Pilot. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument and Multi-Engine. Employed by Chairman since early 2017 he has successfully completed our in-house training program as well as Simulator training in the Beech King Air and Learjet. Jorge earned his "Type Rating" and completed a Pilot-In-Command check ride in a Lear 45/40 simulator at CAE SimuFlite in March 2018. With over 1500 hours total flight experience Jorge serves as a Co-Pilot in our Lear 40XR and as a Captain in our King Air B-200. Prior to joining Chairman he owned and operated Bosch Aviation - a flight training school consisting of four aircraft.
Jorge is originally from Guatemala where he and his family were involved in the lumber business. Thus, he is no stranger to International business transactions and relations. He is fluent in English as well as Spanish and is leading our efforts in serving customers in Latin America.
A Graduate of TCU with two majors and a minor in business, Jorge is married to his lovely wife Sarah - they are blessed with four wonderful children.
Our staffing philosophy: Everyone involved with our organization must posses a passion for what they do. The they must have integrity, smarts and capability. Emphasis on integrity. If they don't have that quality, the other two attributes can prove problematic. Once we find quality folks we endeavor to help them realize their full potential. This is why, I believe, you will find our staff happy to serve. Its also why we do not experience a high turnover among our ranks. Howard OShell, President.
John E. Caudle II, Director of Maintenance
After training to earn his FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic's ratings John joined several small firms executing maintenance on a variety of aircraft, large and small. Next he spent several years at ATP, a large flight training concern where he earned his inspection authorization. We are proud to say John joined Chairman in the summer of 2015. He oversees all of our maintenance as well as assisting clients in the maintenance of singles through stand up cabin business jets. Not satisfied with the status quo John has also achieved his Pilots Certificate complete with multi-engine rating. He maintains a qualification on our King Air with hopes to move to our jet aircraft in short order.
R. David Johnson, Director, Safety Management Systems
"RD" was commissioned in the US Air Force in 1978 and served proudly for 31 years both on active duty and in the Air Force Reserves. Following Pilot Training at Reese AFB, TX, he flew the RF-4C, F-5A, F-4D, F-4E, F-16A and the T-38. His favorite flying assignments included F-5 Fighter Instructor Pilot at Korat Royal Thai Air Base (1983), in the Reserves at Bergstrom AFB, TX (1985-1993), and his last flying assignment at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, Sheppard AFB, TX (2000-2001). RD had the honor to hold two flying Squadron Commander positions in the AETEC Reserve Associate Instructor program - one at Vance AFB, OK and one at Sheppard AFB, TX. Post 9/11, Colonel Johnson held several Headquarters leadership positions retiring from the Air Force in June 2009 as the 701st Combat Operations Squadron Commander where his operational assignment was as an Air and Space Operations Director on the 7th Air Force Battle Staff at Osan Air Base , Korea.
RD started an airline career with American Airlines (AA) in late 1984. He is currently a Captain/Check Airman conducting International line and simulator training at AA training headquarters in Dallas Fort Worth. While at AA Captain Johnson has flown the Boeing 727, 757, 767, 737 and the McDonnell Douglas MD-80. Additionally, he has served in the positions of Human Factors Instructor, Program Developer and as Check Airman, Fleet Captain and Fleet Training Manager of the MD-80 aircraft. He is currently on the "Go Team" to assist in the unlikely event of an accident, has served on the High Altitude Upset Committee, ran industry seminars and conducted several accident/incident investigations for the airline.
Captain Johnson has extensive relations with the FAA from his management and check airman background at the airline as well as from serving as a part time consultant and Director of Safety Management Systems and Director of Operations for a Part 142 aviation Training School overseeing 5 different aircraft types: Airbus 320, MD-80, B-727, B-737, B-757/767.
RD has flown over 15,000 hours in 30+ aircraft. His education includes a BS from the United Sates Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. RD is a former USAF Safety Board President and a graduate as well as Adjunct Professor for Human Factors in Aviation Safety from the USC Vitebri Aviation Safety and Security Program.
RD Joined Chairman in 2015.