Simon R. Kay
Interim Acting Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Kay is a 35-year veteran of the business and commercial aviation industries, and has an extensive record of achievement directing business, sales, new product development, and operations management within the aerospace sector. His previous experience includes roles as CEO and COO of two startup companies; he has worked for divisions of Fortune 500 companies in both Operations Management and Sales and Marketing roles; he was chief pilot of a business aircraft operations company, representing multiple aircraft owners; and he was a professional pilot, where he gained over 7,000 flight hours and multiple aircraft and helicopter type ratings.
Mr. Kay has demonstrated a proven ability to deliver millions of dollars in revenue growth while improving operational performance, market penetration, customer acquisition and retention, and profitability. He has developed special expertise in the areas of aircraft interior component design, manufacture and certification, aircraft operations, sales, and aircraft outfitting & refurbishment. He previously grew a company from initial startup to approaching $40M in annual revenue within 10 years. Under his leadership, that organization grew to become the world leader in its market segment and developed multiple advanced aircraft interior products. He excels at building and leading top-performing teams, establishing relationships with top-tier accounts and Fortune 500 companies, and resolving complex issues.
Mr. Kay’s visionary leadership resulted in his organization receiving multiple recognitions and awards, including: Grow Florida’s Florida Companies to Watch Award (2016); the South Florida Manufacturer’s Association Manufacturer of the Year Award (2017); and the Florida Sterling Council’s Manufacturing Business Excellence Award (2017). Mr. Kay was awarded the Florida Governor’s Business Ambassador Award by Governor Rick Scott (2016); and was nominated as CEO of the Month by Wealth and Finance magazine (October 2015).
Mr. Kay graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Business Administration, and from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics (focus on Aviation Business Administration), Magna Cum Laude. His professional memberships have included the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the National Space Society and the National Business Aircraft Association.
He resides in Parkland, Florida, is married and has four children.