Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Lou Karnes as its new Vice President of Government and Defense Aircraft Services.
A military veteran and experienced aviator, Mr. Karnes recently retired after more than 21 years in the U.S. Army where he most recently served as the Product Manager for the MH-60M Special Operations Forces (SOF) Blackhawk.
“We are thrilled to have this exceptional leader, aviator and communicator join our team at Summit,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “Lou brings to the table years of hands-on experience that I believe will help propel our Government Services to the next level.”
Mr. Karnes’ prior experience also includes serving as an H-47 series operational pilot and maintenance test pilot with multiple combat deployments, and more than 10 years as an Army Acquisition Officer with experience as a Government Flight Representative and Chief of Flight Operations at DCMA Boeing Philadelphia and SOF support as a Program Manager.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management, and he also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware.