Contact us

How can we help you?

Welcome to Cutter Aviation

Experience fueled by passion

We are known throughout the Southwest and the world as a leading family-owned and operated FBO and aviation services company. Cutter Aviation takes pride in our dedication to quality in all of our diverse offerings,  products and locations. We deliver aviation customers, pilots, owners, crews, and technicians the very highest levels of service and support.

Our story

William P. Cutter founded Cutter Flying Service Inc. in Albuquerque, NM in 1928 to serve a fledgling aviation community in the Southwestern United States. One of the first FBOs in the country—built only two years after the Air Commerce Act of 1926—Cutter Flying Service survived the Great Depression and World War II by providing the air charter services needed for reaching ranches, towns, and businesses scattered across the rugged landscape of New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.

Cutter Flying Service also offered aircraft sales, line and fuel services to transient pilots as a Phillips 66 Aviation fuel dealer beginning in 1938, and aircraft maintenance to support the growing number of aircraft in the Southwest. In the post-war years and decades that followed, Cutter continued to grow, expanding west and becoming known internationally as the premier aircraft sales and services provider in the Southwest.

View our award-winning video to learn more >>

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

    Cutter Aviation Leadership Team

  • See Bio

    Will Cutter

    President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    X
    Will Cutter
    President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    Email
    Email
  • See Bio

    Peter Hokanson

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    X
    Peter Hokanson
    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    Email

    Peter Hokanson is Cutter Aviation’s Chief Financial Officer managing and directing the company’s accounting, human resources and information technology organizations with responsibilities that include financial planning, forecasting, cash management and all legal matters of the company.

    Peter brings a wealth of qualifications to the Cutter Team with over 30 years of management experience in aerospace OEM, MRO, FBO and manufacturing companies as CFO, Controller, Business Development and President/CEO positions.

    Prior to joining Cutter Aviation, Peter worked for companies such as Honeywell, Garrett Aviation, General Electric, MD Helicopters, AZmark Aero Systems and Jormac Aerospace. Peter has also been part of some rapid growth companies and helped lead several businesses in turnaround situations. His experience expands to large publicly traded corporations as well as privately-owned companies.

    Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University. When not at work, he can be found on his bicycle, riding some 8,000 miles per year. Peter is married with two grown children.

    Email
  • See Bio

    David Clifton

    Director of Technical & Flight Support Services
    X
    David Clifton
    Director of Technical & Flight Support Services
    Email

    David Clifton is the Director of Technical & Flight Support Services for Cutter Aviation. David is responsible for supervising all aspects of Cutter Aviation’s 145 Repair Stations in Phoenix, AZ (PHX); Addison (ADS) and San Antonio (SAT), TX and Denver, CO (APA) as well as overseeing 135 Charter operations and the Client Relationship team.

    From an early age, he developed a passion for all things aviation. At the age of 12, he took a job sweeping hangars just to be around aircraft. This turned into helping mechanics with small tasks and washing aircraft between flights. A year later he was spending every weekend at the glider-port learning to fly sailplanes. David flew his first solo at 14 and went on to obtain the rest of his ratings: Airplane SEL/MEL, Gliders, Hot Air Balloons, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic and he held a CTO card for ATC.

    Following family tradition, David proudly served in the United States Army; first as a UH-1H (Huey) mechanic/crew chief then as an Air Traffic Controller. After the military, he focused his career on aircraft maintenance. David has more than 30 years of experience as an A&P mechanic working on numerous airframes throughout the years. David joined Cutter Aviation in 2005 as the Director of Maintenance for the Charter Department. He previously served as the Director of Maintenance for two other air carriers.

    Email
  • See Bio

    Genaro Sanchez

    Director of Marketing & Communications
    X
    Genaro Sanchez
    Director of Marketing & Communications
    Email
    Email
  • See Bio

    Heather Wahl, PHR

    Human Resources Director
    X
    Heather Wahl, PHR
    Human Resources Director
    Email

    Heather Wahl oversees the Human Resource needs of all Cutter’s locations with responsibilities that include human capital, recruitment, retention, benefits, administration and managing the employer-employee relationship.

    Prior to joining Cutter Aviation in 2015, Heather was the Human Resource Director at MBI Industrial Medicine, a company specializing in occupational healthcare in the Phoenix, Casa Grande and Tucson areas.

    Heather is an active participant in SHRM and has received credentialing through HRCI for her work in Human Resources and has received her HRM through University of Phoenix. She is also an active licensed Paralegal.

    Please Note:
    For Career Opportunities with Cutter Aviation, please visit the Cutter Aviation Careers Website to review postings and apply online.

    Email
  • See Bio

    Mark Herzog

    Flight Department Director
    X
    Mark Herzog
    Flight Department Director
    Email

    Mark Herzog is Cutter Aviation’s Flight Department Director. In his role, Mr. Herzog oversees the company’s Charter, Flight and Aircraft Management for its domestic and international client base.

    Mark brings with him over 20 years of experience in Aircraft Management, Maintenance Operations, Charter Operations and Client Relations expertise as well as managing aviation assets and global aviation operations for Fortune 500 Companies and High Net Worth clients.

    Aviation runs in Mark’s family. His wife is a private aviation consultant and his daughter is a flight attendant in the Falcon 8X and 900 LX. In his free time, Mark enjoys traveling, skiing and being outdoors.

    Email

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

    Cutter Aviation Facility Team

  • See Bio

    Jessi Rowden

    General Manager, Albuquerque (ABQ)
    X
    Jessi Rowden
    General Manager, Albuquerque (ABQ)
    Email

    Jessica Rowden joined the Cutter Aviation team as a Guest Services Representative at Cutter Aviation Phoenix Sky Harbor in January 2005. In the Summer of 2005, she was promoted to Facility Manager of Cutter Aviation Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT). In August 2006, she accepted the position of General Manager of the newly opened Cutter Aviation Colorado Springs location in Colorado Springs, CO. Jessica pursued a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Sciences at Missouri Southern State College before discovering a passion for aviation in 2002.

    Because of her performance and professionalism, In the Summer of 2014, Rowden was promoted to the position of General Manager of Cutter Aviation Albuquerque, NM (ABQ) where she lives now.

    Jessica serves as a board member of several charitable foundations including: High Hopes for Colorado: providing private pilot education and certification for underprivileged youth in the Colorado Springs area; Wounded Warriors of Colorado providing flights for local soldiers and their families; and the Ephraim Orphan Foundation which is currently constructing an orphanage and schools in Haiti.

    Email
  • See Bio

    Calvin Martin

    General Manager, Colorado Springs (COS)
    X
    Calvin Martin
    General Manager, Colorado Springs (COS)
    Email

    Calvin Martin grew up in Dallas, Texas. He started his career at Enterprise Rent a Car focusing on Marketing and Sales, working his way up from Car Prep to Management Trainee.

    Martin has also worked for Citi Mortgage specializing in collections and customer resolution. This position allowed him to advance to Citi’s Homeowners Assistance Team. In this position, he helped homeowners avoid foreclosure through various assistance options.

    Calvin joined Cutter in 2004 where he has held several positions: Line Technician, Supervisor, and Manager; Facility Manager in Dallas, TX, Facility Maintenance in McKinney, TX, Parts Expeditor and Shipping and Receiving.

    Because of his performance and professionalism, In the Summer of 2014, Martin was promoted to the position of General Manager of Cutter Aviation Colorado Springs location in Colorado Springs, CO where he lives now.

    On his free time, Calvin participates in Transformations Bootcamp as a Certified Fitness Coach. He enjoys running and circuit training. He also loves music and has done minor piano playing and has also played the clarinet for years. He loves computers and early on dreamed of being a Network Administrator, but realized that he much rather be talking to people than sitting behind the computer; however, this is still a hobby of his.

    Email
  • See Bio

    Richard Campbell, Jr.

    General Manager, Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
    X
    Richard Campbell, Jr.
    General Manager, Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)

    Richard P. Campbell Jr. was born in Georgetown, Guyana SA. His father, Richard P. Campbell Sr., owned and operated the only A&P and IA maintenance repair stations in that region, servicing the flying public for Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago and Peru. Richard’s love for aviation stemmed from spending every available moment at the airport removing and replacing panels on aircraft his dad or other A&Ps were working on. Upon graduation from high school, Richard’s passion for aviation shifted to the cockpit, attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for his undergraduate studies, and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science as well as an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine rating and a minor in Airway Science Technology (AST).

    Richard joined the Cutter team in November of 1997 as a Customer Service Representative and accelerated through the company to become Operations Manager for Cutter Aviation Phoenix Sky Harbor in 2010.

    Email
    Email
  • See Bio

    Tara Creel-Cesena

    General Manager, Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT)
    X
    Tara Creel-Cesena
    General Manager, Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT)
    Email

    Tara Creel-Cesena’s is the General Manager at Cutter Aviation’s Phoenix Deer Valley FBO. She came to Cutter in 2011 after working at Mesa Airlines for five years as a buyer of heavy maintenance. Ms. Creel-Cesena’s first role on the Cutter Aviation team was as a Customer Service Representative.

    Being a quick learner and never one to stand still, Tara studied and learned the many operational aspects needed to run a successful FBO while working as a Customer Service Representative. Recognizing her leadership ability, Tara was promoted to Line Manager at Phoenix Deer Valley in the summer of 2014. Ms. Creel-Cesena’s knowledge and work ethic led to another promotion just 18 months later in December 2015 when Tara was promoted to Cutter’s Assistant General Manager at Phoenix Deer Valley.

    Because of Tara’s continued performance, professionalism, and dedication she was promoted to the position of General Manager this March to lead the Cutter Aviation Deer Valley (DVT) team. Tara believes the happiness of employees should come first because they are the cornerstone of Cutter Aviation and happy employees provide superior customer service.
    Tara Creel-Cesena is a native to Phoenix, AZ. In her free time, Tara enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

    Email

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

Contact us

How can we help you?

    Cutter Aviation Maintenance Facility Team

  • See Bio

    Christopher Gradisar

    Manager of Aircraft Services – ADS
    X
    Christopher Gradisar
    Manager of Aircraft Services – ADS
    Email

    Christopher Gradisar is Cutter Aviation’s Manager of Aircraft Services in Addison, Texas. Mr. Gradisar is responsible for managing all aspects of the maintenance operation including the successful implementation of maintenance work order projects and cost-effective utilization of department resources to meet or exceed the service, avionics, and aircraft upgrade requirements requested from Cutter Aviation’s maintenance customers.

    Mr. Gradisar began his career with Cutter Aviation in 2005 when he was hired as Chief Inspector for Cutter’s maintenance facility at Dallas Executive Airport. In 2012 Christopher accepted the position as Service Supervisor where he directed the day-to-day operations for the shop. He started his aviation career working as an A&P for an aircraft maintenance provider in Pueblo, CO and later moved to Dallas, TX and worked as a floor inspector with Raytheon Aircraft.

    Christopher enjoys working on home improvement projects in his spare time as well as sailing and racing his MacGregor 26S sailboat. Mr. Gradisar also enjoys spending time with his two grown children and granddaughter.

    Email
  • See Bio

    Kevin Fenske

    Manager of Aircraft Services – APA
    X
    Kevin Fenske
    Manager of Aircraft Services – APA
    Email

    Kevin Fenske is the Manager of Aircraft Service at Cutter Aviation Denver. Kevin found his passion for aviation at a very young age. As a boy, he could be found watching the airplanes flying over his childhood home, playing with toy planes and building aircraft models.

    When he was 15, he got his very first job in aviation, washing airplanes at a small, local airport. After high school, Kevin attended Blackhawk Technical College and received his A&P Certification while working at Wisconsin Aviation, where he stayed for a total of 25 years with different positions, such as lineman for five years, then as an A&P Mechanic, Lead Technician, Inspector, and finally Aircraft Maintenance Manager of the same facility that he washed his first plane.

    Kevin has always been dedicated to learning and furthering his knowledge, experience and expertise. In 2001, he and his wife decided to relocate to Northern Wisconsin to gain more experience with the TBM 700, a plane that he had yet to work on. Kevin worked as a Maintenance Manager for Rice Lake Air Center in Cameron, WI, for 3 years. He threw himself into learning everything he could about the TBM world.
In 2004, Kevin decided to move back to Watertown. He returned to his aviation family at Wisconsin Aviation. He brought with him the vast knowledge he had learned about the TBM and with it, more business for the company. Over the next 11 years, Kevin helped the company grow by facilitating training for his team, increasing shop productivity by 40%, and building strong relationships with customers and vendors.

    In 2016, Kevin and his family moved to Colorado and again, he stepped out of his comfort zone and was excited to take a job where he could learn about Pilatus aircraft. He quickly moved up from Lead Tech to Customer Service Manager to Maintenance Manager. He helped grow the company in a very short amount of time and developed strong relationships with his team, his customers and the Pilatus Network.

    In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and five kids. Learning to golf, and prepping for annual Elk hunts.

    Email
  • See Bio

    Adam Parish

    Manager of Aircraft Services – PHX
    X
    Adam Parish
    Manager of Aircraft Services – PHX
    Email

    Adam Parish is the Manager of Aircraft Services at Cutter Aviation Phoenix Sky Harbor. With over twenty-six years of accomplishments in avionics and maintenance sales, management, business development, STC development, avionics/maintenance installations and repair, he is an asset to the avionics team. Adam joined Cutter Aviation in 2003 with a position in Avionics Sales, and was eventually promoted to Avionics Sales Manager. He left the company in 2008 to pursue other opportunities and returned to Cutter Aviation in 2017.

    Previously, Adam was a Project Manager at Executive Aircraft Maintenance and a Director of Sales at Crownair Companies. He began his aviation career as an avionics and maintenance technician in the United States Air Force, working on heavy military refueling and transport aircraft as well as search and rescue helicopters.

    Email
  • See Bio

    Bruce Tanis

    Manager of Aircraft Services – SAT
    X
    Bruce Tanis
    Manager of Aircraft Services – SAT
    Email

    Bruce Tanis as Manager of Aircraft Services for Cutter Aviation in San Antonio, TX. Bruce is responsible for managing all aspects of the maintenance operation including cost-effective utilization of department resources to meet or exceed service, avionics and aircraft upgrade requirements requested from Cutter Aviation’s maintenance customers.

    Bruce was raised around aviation and is the son of Peter Tanis, the inventor of the Tanis Engine Preheater. Growing up, Bruce’s family owned several FBOs and maintenance facilities where as soon as he was able to see over the engine cowling, he was helping in the shop.

    While attending school at Northwestern Bible College, Bruce worked as a line technician at Anoka County Blaine Airport. He later received an associate’s degree in Aviation Maintenance from Lake Area Technical College in South Dakota. After receiving his A&P License and becoming an IA, Bruce went on to work for several prestigious aviation companies which provided him with unparalleled experience in a wide array of airframes including Piper, King Air, Beechcraft, Honda, Hawker, TBM, Quest and Cessna aircraft as well as commercial airliners.

    Bruce has a Private Pilot License with SEL and MEL ratings. He is married and has two adult sons, who also followed in his family’s aviation path. When not working, he enjoys golf, playing music and most of all spending time with his grandkids.

    Email