About Us

Welcome to Preferred Airparts!

Continuing the Family Tradition.

After the tragic loss of Co-Owner Brian Stoltzfus in January of 2019. Preferred Airparts has undergone a few necessary transitions to ensure the future and continue with the original vision of our company.

Mark, Colby and Austin Stoltzfus have now become the sole owners of JILCO Industries. All three men have already been a vital part in the daily operations of both Preferred Airparts and Priority Air Charter. 

From our founding in 1982, Preferred Airparts has been a family business with a commitment to serving God through the resources He entrusted to us. Brian lived out those beliefs the same as his late brother and former business partner, Ken Stoltzfus Jr., who passed away in 2011 following emergency surgery for a brain tumor. For Brian, living out his beliefs included many years of service in the mission field with Samaritan’s Purse in Kenya.

While we know there can be no replacement for Ken Jr. and Brian, we as a company and family are grateful for the wisdom and living example they set for us. We will continue to apply all that we learned from them in our personal and professional lives.

L to R - Colby & Alyssa, Mark & Jodie,
Austin & Whitney Stoltzfus

We'll introduce you to the folks here in the area they work in, starting with the people you deal with most directly.
Click here to see how the Preferred Airparts Employees are making a difference in the world around them!

Updated: May 2022
Colby_Stoltzfus Colby Stoltzfus - Colby is the sales manager at Preferred. He does an assortment of things here along with some sales. Colby spends his spare time playing sports, hunting or just about anything outdoors.
(Sales Manager)
Rick Yoder - Rick has reached the 30-year mark with Preferred. He has a family of nine including six adopted children. An avid ball player and sports fan.
(Sales, Propellers ) Ext.210

Chris Brown - You've been talking to Chris since 1995. He handles all our missionary aviation accounts. Chris and Denise have three daughters and three grandchildren. In his free time, Chris plays bass in his church worship band and loves anything music related. 
(Mission Projects) Ext.217

Andrew Lester - Andrew was employed at a titanium supply company before recently joining Preferred Airparts. He enjoys hunting, racing, coaching wrestling, and spending time with his wife, Amber, and dogs, Daisy and Diesel!
(Sales and eBay Sales) Ext.241

Codey Chupp - Codey joined the Preferred sales team in 2019. He's the older twin brother to Corey from our shipping department. He enjoys working out and hanging out with friends when he's not at work.
(Sales) Ext.238

Nate Berkey- Nate joined us in 2004 after some time in law enforcement. He is one of your Engine guys along with other sales. Nate is a drummer, and he and Tara have two young children.
(Engine Parts, Returns) Ext.206



Ken Goldstein – Ken joined the preferred sales team after working as a dispatcher for a local company. He and Ranae have one young son and another child on the way. When he’s not at work you can find him spending time with his family and/or working outside.
(Sales) Ext.216

Drew Gerber - Drew is a 2013 addition to our sales team. Drew and his wife Jill have a set of twins boys keeping them busy.
(Assistant Sales Manager, Fabric, Missions, Returns) Ext. 237

  Scott Jenei – Scott worked in furniture sales prior to joining the Preferred team. He and Andrea have three young children keeping them busy. He enjoys sports, being outdoors and spending time at the lake when he can.
(Sales) Ext. 242




Michelle_Spiker Michele Speicher - Michele joined Preferred in '06, she is doing invoices and other office details. Michele and Jerry have two grown children and one grandchild, she enjoys painting. 
(Part-Time Administrative Assistant) Ext.201

Amanda Goff - Amanda is a double duty employee at Preferred Airparts. She's in the office doing invoices and other office duties 3 days a week and helps in our inventory department the other 2 days. Amanda and her husband Matt have one daughter, 3 cats and a Golden Retriever. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, spending time with her family, and running her sewing business MandyGurl Stitches.
(Administrative Assistant and Inventory) Ext.201

Amanda Young

Jodie Stoltzfus – Jodie handles the accounting at Preferred. When she’s not here she enjoys camping, sewing, and spending time with her and Mark’s 2 grandchildren.
(Accounting) Ext.232

Shanna Rice – Before joining us, Shanna worked for a public accounting firm in Wayne County. Shanna and her husband, Tim, have a daughter together and she enjoys spending time with them when she’s not at Preferred. 
(Accounting and Administrative Assistant) Ext.202


Ryan Mathys - Ryan returns to Preferred as the Human Resources manager, after an eighteen month hiatus. Ryan enjoys playing ice hockey, hunting, and fishing. He and his wife, Tracy, are the parents of twins and the family is always entertained by their two dogs. 
(HR and Special Projects) Ext.234



Purchasing and Part Overhauls  
Gene_Hembree Gene Hembree - A former Navy sub mechanic, Gene worked in Parts for a Cessna distributor before joining us in '04. He and Sara have six young children. Enjoys photography and auto mechanics.
(Purchasing) Ext.224

Tom Unferdorfer – Tom takes care of our Avionics and coordinates component overhauls. Tom and Annette have two children and he enjoys cars and RC planes.
(Part Overhauls and Avionics Sales) Ext.230


Richard Ford- Richard joined Preferred Airparts after twenty-four years in the Air Force. He coordinates our component overhauls as well as assisting in the purchasing department and avionics sales.
(Part Overhauls and Purchasing) Ext.239

Jill Gerber – Jill started with Preferred in 2022 after sometime with another local company. Jill and her husband Drew have a set of twin’s boys keeping them busy.
(Purchasing Assistant) Ext.248



Dale Miller - Dale started in Sales in 2000 and is now Marketing Manager. He speaks barbeque and hunting in addition to English. Dale has three young children.
(Marketing Manager) Ext.225


Steve_Schlabach Steve Schlabach - Steve has done nearly everything around here since he started at Preferred in 1984. He and Ruth Ann have three grown children and six grandchildren. Hunting and fishing are some of Steve's favorite ways to spend a day off.
(Shop Manager) Ext.219
Marc Hostetler - Mark inventories used parts for Preferred Airparts. He joined Preferred fresh out of high school in 1991. He and Lori have two young children and he enjoys watching football. 
(Used Inventory)
Kenneth Miller - Kenneth is a 2015 addition to Preferred. He is handy with a welder and when he's not here he likes snowboarding, Hunting, and Fishing.  
(Inventory Retrieval and Engine Teardown)
Jason Bash – Jason is an A&P and has found a home working in our teardown department. Jason’s into RC’s, cars, and playing bass in a worship band.
(Inventory Retrieval and Used Tear Down)
Buddy_Bevington Buddy Bevington - Buddy joined the Preferred Airparts team after a few years with our sister company Priority Air Charter. Buddy and Melissa have 3 kids.
(Building Maintenance)
Kraig Mast – Kraig rejoined Preferred and is back helping in the used teardown and inventory retrieval department. He is a busy parent of five young children. When Kraig gets some time to himself you’ll most likely find him hunting or fishing!  
(Inventory Retrieval and Used Tear Down)
Kraig Mast



Art_Miller Art Miller - Art is another addition to our inventory department. When the sun is out you will find him and Chris working in the garden! 
(Shipping and Receiving Supervisor)
Corey Chupp – Corey was a 2015 addition to our shipping department. He enjoys football and basketball in his free time.
Jen_Keener Jen Keener – After working in sales for another local company Jen joined our shipping team early in 2022. She has 3 boys and enjoys wheeling with them and traveling in her free time. 

Jean Satir – A 2021 addition to our shipping team. Jean joined us after working in shipping for a company that sold cheer and dance team uniforms. When she’s not working, she enjoys bowling, golfing, watching sports and spending time with her grandson. 



New Inventory  

Cory Smith - Cory is a recent addition to our shipping team. Cory enjoys sports and hunting when he's not packing up orders. He and wife Ashley enjoy spending time with their son's!
(New Inventory Assistant Supervisor)

Annette Barnett – Annette came to Preferred after 5 years with Akron Brass. She has four children and enjoys to cook, bake and spend time outdoors whenever she can. 
(New Inventory)

Natalie Hale – Before joining us, Natalie worked as a patient service representative at Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health. She and her husband Don have two daughters and her hobbies include camping, watching movies, reading and watching her children play sports.
(New Inventory)

Kyle Whittenberger – After 15 years in retail management, Kyle became a part of our inventory team. He and wife Erin have two children. When Kyles’s not at Preferred he enjoys Hiking and helping his wife with her home business Rustic Luv Décor. 
(New Inventory)

Tonya Miller – Before joining Preferred, Tonya spent 7 years working for an accounting firm. When she’s not at work she enjoys to travel, shop, spend time with family and watch Ohio State sports.
(New Inventory)



Structural Repair  
Aaron Kuhns – After 10 years working in aviation Aaron joined the Preferred structures team. He and wife Kaitlyn have 2 young children that keep them busy. When Aaron has free time enjoys hiking and gardening with his wife. 
(Structural Repair Supervisor, A&P) Ext.226
Lee Upp – Lee joined Preferred after serving in the Marines. Lee has one son and he enjoys Dirt biking in his free time.
(Structures Shop Foreman, A&P)
Ian Hengst – After 30 years in the mission field working on DC-3’s and flying most of that time, Ian came to work for Preferred in early 2020. He and wife Staci have 3 kids and 7 grandchildren. Ian enjoys motorcycles, shooting, and being outdoors.  
(Structures, A&P)
Kris Morehead – Before joining Preferred, Kris worked at JLG in Orrville, Ohio in the shipping and receiving department. Kris and his wife, Dianne, have one son. They also have three cats, a dog, a rabbit, and a bird. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors with his family and staying busy anyway he can!
(Structures, Maintenance)
Dylan Edinger – Dylan joined us right after he graduated from PIA with his airframe and powerplant license. When he’s not working, he enjoys drawing and gaming with friends.
(Structures, A&P)




Adam Hile - Another second-generation A&P/IA, Adam has contributed a lot to our many Cessna Caravan rebuild projects since 1996. He and Colleen have two young children, and the family enjoys camping.
(Avionics, A&P/IA)
Steve_Moffit Steve Moffit – After spending 21 years in Africa working with AimAir Steve has joined the Preferred Airparts family. He and Melinda have 3 daughters and rock climbing is something they enjoy together. 
(Avionics, A&P)

Andrew Rupp – Andrew came to Preferred from Pennsylvania College of Technology. He likes to compete in competitive archery and enjoys hunting, hiking, and sports.
(Avionics, A&P)




Mark Altuis – Mark is a 2020 addition to our engineering department. Mark joined Preferred after sometime working in nuclear fuel storage industry. Make and his wife Rachel are expecting the arrival of their first child soon. When not at work he enjoys tinkering on things and camping.



Paint and Composites  

Casey White - Casey has good hands with a paint gun and fiberglass repair. Re-joining Preferred in 2012 after a short time of working on cars.
(Paint & Composites)



Fabric Department  

Katie Jackson - Katie is the person that sews our great fitting fabric envelopes. Katie and Cole have 1 daughter. When she's not at Preferred Katie enjoys working at home and camping with her family!   


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