AvFinity’s executive team is collaborating on developing exciting new solutions for the air transport industry. Together, they bring decades of aviation and technology experience and the knowledge necessary to solve today’s aviation communication needs.
Steve Perkins, Chief Technology Officer
Steve D. Perkins is the Chief Technical Officer of AvFinity. His interest in aviation began 35 years ago when he first received his pilot’s license. For the last 25 years, he has dedicated himself to improving how airlines communicate, internally and externally, in order to make flight possible. His communications innovations have resulted in four patent applications and multiple software technologies supporting hundreds of airlines worldwide.
Steve also serves as president of AvCentric Software Solutions, a software research and development company that he founded in 1996. Prior to founding AvCentric, Steve served as Principal Systems Engineer for a business-to-business computer company and was responsible for sales and marketing. Previously, Steve was Senior Systems Engineer for both Universal Weather and a Houston-based heat transfer company.
He studied mechanical engineering at both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston.
Doug Perkins, Chief Executive Officer
Doug Perkins is the Managing Director and CEO of AvFinity. Since 2000, he has developed expertise in transferring technology from mind to market, solving unique problems.
Doug is also President and founder of TriTech Ventures LLC, a technology transfer company that has developed business models for many diverse innovations including a public company to monetize underutilized patents, an enzyme to heal burn wounds, a biochip for livestock disease diagnostics, and a botanical freshness monitor for foods and pharmaceuticals. Prior to launching TriTech, Doug served as a Vice President of the Texas Beef Council overseeing public relations/communications, export market development, beef quality research and nutrition. Previously, he spent 35 years as a magazine journalist and editor with more than 1,000 bylined articles to his credit.
Doug earned a bachelor of journalism and a master of science in technology commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ben C. Newcomb, Senior Systems Engineer
Ben Newcomb is an IT professional with over 25 years experience in developing multiple information technology areas including real-time UNIX/C/C++ development, infrastructure design and maintenance, DR/BCP and IT personnel management.
Prior to joining AvFinity, Ben was employed at Wal-Mart as senior IT consultant, where he supported the retailer’s supply chain management initiatives by porting and documenting its migration of applications to SUSE Linux 9 and 10 from other UNIX flavors. Previously, he worked for Universal Weather from 1986 to 2006 as a UNIX/C developer, and then, manager of Universal’s infrastructure services where he managed a group of 11 IT professionals. In Universal’s internal response to Hurricane Rita, Ben also served as a principal author of the company’s disaster recovery plan and its first corporate business continuity plan. He also held a UNIX/C developer position with NOW Weather, Inc.
Ben received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
John Quintanilla, Senior Systems Analyst
John Quintanilla, AvFinity’s Senior Systems Analyst, brings more than 20 years of engineering, aviation communications and software development experience in the aerospace and aviation industries. Previous positions include Supervisor of Application Development at Universal Weather where he managed a team of six developers and was responsible for support of web applications and communication applications. During his 13 years at Universal, he also served as a Senior Software Developer focusing on ACARS aircraft communications, web development, communications application, C++ weather applications and WebSphere MQ application development. John also worked for UNISYS Space Systems for seven years as Software Engineer where he supported NASA’s training division and was a developer on a flight planning system for mission operations.
John started his career as a Computer Scientist for Standard Oil’s exploration division and as a Computer Programmer for Lockheed, responsible for launch vehicle database applications.
John holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Will McEntire, Global Accounts Manager and Director of Sales
Will McEntire is AvFinity’s Global Accounts Manager and Director of Sales. With more than ten years of international sales and marketing experience, Will brings a global perspective of account management experience to the AvFinity team. Will has worked at Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, and also handled media sales across Europe and Asia.
Will earned a bachelor of science in communication technology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Keith Perkins, Product Manager
Keith Perkins is a Product Manager for AvFinity. Keith has nearly two decades of experience in the software industry with companies like Ebay, Half.com, Deja.com, and Accenture. His past experience included work in a major Houston hospital, several Internet start-ups, and with Ebay, all of which were primarily based around data messaging and manipulation. In his spare time he creates programs for the Apple iOS platform (iPhone/iPad).
Keith graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in computer science.