Management Team

Patrick J. Connell - GM

Office: (520) 308-8745

Patrick serves as the General Manager of Jet Yard Solutions for the Marana, AZ operation. Patrick is responsible for the daily operation of the facility in Marana, including coordinating dismantling activities, storage operations, and interacting with customers to continue to grow Jet Yard Solutions as the premier facility in the Southwest.

Working in a family fixed base operation in Iowa gave Patrick experience in all phases of aviation. After graduating from high school Patrick joined the Army for 3 years as a UH-1H helicopter crew chief, spending time in Korea and Colorado. Commercial aviation experience was gained at Pan Am, ATA, and Northwest airlines as a mechanic and supervisor in engine overhaul and aircraft line maintenance. Over 10 years was spent at a 145 facility as the accountable manager for teardown, storage, and heavy maintenance. Overall Patrick has 40 years of experience in the aviation field.

Patrick is an A&P mechanic with an A.A.S. degree in Aviation Maintenance.

Dave serves as President of Jet Yard Solutions and has been with the company since its inception date of October 2014. His responsibilities include managing all aspects of the company’s business operations and customer engagements.

Prior to Jet Yard Solutions , Dave served as a senior enlisted Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) with the United States Air Force & Minnesota Air National Guard for 29 years, and worked for Northwest Airlines for 16 years.

Dave’s past aviation experience includes Commercial and Military Aviation Management, Engineering, Quality Assurance and extensive jet engine maintenance at remote worldwide locations. Dave has been deployed in the Middle East multiple times as an aviation subject matter expert for the United States Air Force.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University, AAS degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Community College of the Air Force and a FAA Airframe & Power plant License.

David W. Bixler - President

Office: (952) 224-2426 x1

Ethan Higgs – Director of Sales

Mobile: (520) 561-1695

Ethan serves as the Director of Sales for Jet Yard Solutions and carries over 11 years’ experience in the aviation industry. His responsibilities include customer outreach and relations, business development, and contract management.

Prior to Jet Yard Solutions, Ethan served as an enlisted Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in the United States Marine Corps.  He deployed multiple times to the Middle East in support of maintenance and flight operations as a CH-53E Crew Chief. Ethan also has a background in business development, previously operating as the director of sales and business development for an aviation aftermarket parts company where he managed the inside sales team and regional sales operations.

Ethan’s experience includes aviation management, sales and customer support, project oversight, and maintenance in both the miliary and commercial aviation sectors, as well as direct tear down project management for multiple aircraft platforms.

Ethan holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from The University of Phoenix.

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