About Us

Welcome to Preferred Airparts!

There have been many transitions here at Preferred Airparts since our loss of co-owner Ken Stoltzfus Jr., who passed away on July 19, 2011 following emergency surgery for a brain tumor.

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. Ken was an important part of helping make that happen.

In order to provide the framework for our original vision to carry into the future, Brian has brought his brother Mark, and Ken’s sons Colby and Austin, into ownership in Preferred. Mark has been managing Preferred since fall 2011, in addition to overseeing AFM Hardware, and he will continue in that lead role.

Colby is the Sales Manager and is part of our Administration team. Austin is a licensed A&P, and is managing our Preferred Fabric Division. He has his Private ticket in helicopters and both he and Colby both have their fixed wing ratings.

L to R - Colby, Austin, Brian, & Mark Stoltzfus

We'll introduce you to the folks here by 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: March 2017
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) Ext. 229
Rick Yoder - Rick has reached the 25-year mark with Preferred. He and Tammy have a family of ten 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.
(Mission Projects) Ext.217

Bob Miller - Bob joined us the same time as Chris. A slot car racer and car buff, Bob does
propeller and engine sales, in addition to other parts. He and Sue have one son and two grandchildren. Sue manages their sign shop.
(Propellers, Engines, and Used Citation Parts) Ext.208
Steve_Nussbaum Steve Nussbaum - Steve came to Preferred in 2001 and has added propeller and seat sales to his repertoire. He and Mim have two grown children. Biking and Breyers Ice Cream are special interests of Steve's.
(Returns, Propellers and Seats) Ext.209

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



Josh Blickensderfer - Josh joined Preferred in 2010 after 8 years in the military as an aircraft electrician working on avionics and electronics for the Blackhawk's and Chinook's. He served three year long tours in Iraq.
(Returns, DC-3 Parts) Ext.238

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. Making him the only salesmen to have twins. 
(Fabric, Missions, Sales, Returns) Ext. 237


Mike Scheetz – Mike is an ’07 addition to our sales team, he will be answering the phone and doing faxes. Mike’s into cars, racing, and tractor pulls, “basically anything with a motor”. His wife Sue is a 4th grade teacher.
(Engine Parts) Ext.216



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
Teresa_Nolt Teresa Nolt - Teresa joined Preferred in 1998 doing invoices and other office duties. Now having four young children she has cut back to one day a week. Her and Chad enjoy camping and traveling with the family.
(Part Time Administrative Assistant) Ext.201

Jeff Ullom - Jeff joined us in 2012 after 14 years with Walmart. He and his wife Deb have
8 grandchildren and spend much of their free time volunteering at church activities.
(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

Justin Starrett - Justin joined Preferred Airparts fresh out of college in 2008. He has a wonderful wife Megan and a recent addition of his first son Gavin. Justin is a avid car enthusiast , and loves to go boating with family and friends on the weekends.
(Purchasing / Logistics Coordinator) Ext.241


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 avionic sales.
(Part Overhauls and Purchasing) Ext.239

Greg Nussbaum - An '02 recruit, Greg takes care of our Avionics and coordinates component overhauls along with general sales. He and Julie have four sons, and hunting, fly fishing and biking are among his extracurricular activities.
(Part Overhauls and Avionics Sales) Ext.230



Dale_Miller 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


Matt Nussbaum - Matt joined us in Marketing in '05 and now handle's our IT. He enjoys family activities with his wife and three kids in his spare time.
(IT) Ext.213


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 5 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 twin Cessna parts and does general running around for us. He joined Preferred fresh out of high school in 1991. He and Lori have two young children.
(Used Inventory)
Tom_Romey Tom Romey - A veteran at Preferred, Tom knows where everything's at in Warehouse #2 and helps with our trucking. He and Sherry have three daughters, and 4H is a big part of their family experience.
(Maintenance and Used Inventory)
Randy Reiners - After 15 years on the road, Randy joined us to work in the shop and helps with trucking. Hunting and fishing are favorite activities. He and Jane have two daughters. 
(Inventory Retrieval and Used Inventory)

Jason_Bash 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)
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)
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)



Art_Miller Art Miller - Art is another addition to our inventory department. When the sun is out you will find him and Chris riding his Harley or in the garden.
(Shipping and Receiving Supervisor)
Eric Matie - In Shipping since 1997, Eric packs a lot of parts for you. He also covers Receiving and core returns. Bodybuilding and power lifting are among his extracurricular activities.
(Shipping and Receiving)
Corey Chupp – Corey is a recent addition to our shipping department. He enjoys football and basketball in his free time.

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 are expecting their first child soon! 

Cory Smith
Cory Beegle

Cory Beegle - Another new addition in our shipping room. Cory is doing great pulling and packing orders for our customers. Cory enjoys traveling, sports, and gaming in his time off. 



New Inventory  

Dan Head - Dan joined us is shipping & receiving in '05. He and Shellie have three active sons and between keeping up with them and church activities, he's a busy guy.
(New Inventory and Shipping)

Nichole Eubanks - Nichole is a part time employee turned full time. After several years of working part time while going to school Nichole has joined us as a full time employee. Nichole and Adam have two young children.
(New, and Tagged Inventory)

Wes_Lovelace Wes Lovelace – Wes spent some time in our shipping department before settling into inventory. Wes and his wife have four young children.
(New Inventory)
Tom Unferdorfer – Tom helps out in new and used inventory. Tom and Annette have two children and he enjoys cars and RC planes.
(New and Used Inventory)

Cody Detweiler - Cody joined our Inventory team after some time in the shipping department as well. He is a big sports fan, playing basketball is one of his favorite things to do. 
(New Inventory)




Structural Repair  
Matt_Near Matt Near - A second-generation A&P/IA, Matt is happiest when he has something broken to fix. He and Kristie invested seven years in Kenya, Africa in missionary aviation before joining us in 2004. They have three children.
(Structural Repair Supervisor) (A&P/IA) Ext.226

Kevin Landers - Kevin is a Private Pilot and joined us as a sheet metal specialist in 2000. Kevin is an A&P, IA and former president of the local EAA chapter. He and Beth have three grandchildren.
(Sheet Metal, A&P/IA)

Ron_Hite Ron Hite - Ron started out in our shop in 1999 and then moved into sheet metal rebuilding. He has proven his hand on countless twin Cessna control surfaces since then. He likes to relax with a fishing pole in his hand.
(Sheet Metal)
Kevin Kelly - Kevin started at Preferred in early 2014 and is helping in our structures department. He enjoys playing the bass guitar and shooting his bow when he's not working.
(Structures, A&P)
Rick_Mairs Rick Mairs - Joined Preferred in 2011 helping in our structures department. When not at work Rick likes to be working on cars, or riding 4-wheeler.
(Structures, A&P)
Lisa Outland – Lisa is originally from Washington and joined us in 2015. She is now working in our structures department. When she’s not here she enjoys reading and hiking. 
(Structures, A&P)
Jeff Raymond Jeff Raymond – Jeff has joined the Preferred structures team after working in security for awhile. He's been in the Air Force Reserve for 6yrs and still proudly serves! Jeff and Ellen have 1 daughter and working on cars is something else Jeff enjoys. 
(Structures, A&P)
Tyler Still – Tyler is a more recent addition to the structures department. When he's not here he enjoys, baseball, bowling, and car shows.

Michael Hicks – Michael came to Preferred straight from SMAT School of Missionary Aviation Technology. When not at Preferred your likely to find Michael in the gym. 
(Structures, A&P)

Lee Upp – Lee joined Preferred after serving in the Marines. Lee and his wife Hillary have a new born son and Lee enjoys Dirt biking in his free time.
(Structures, A&P)

 Lee Upp
Jamey Weidner

Jamey Weidner – Jamey joined our structures department after spending time being a welder. He and Bess have one little boy, and Jamey enjoys fabrication as a hobby.
(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.
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)



Jeromy Menner - Jeromy joined Preferred in 2012 helping in our structures department. He is a A&P with an engineering degree from OSU. He's just into airplanes!
(Engineering, A&P)
Renee Kontra

Renee Kontra - Renee is a recent addition to our Engineering team. She and Fiancé Bob have three daughters, one son, and two grandchildren. She enjoys crocheting or fishing when she has free time. 

Adam Sera - Adam joined Preferred part time in May 2015 while finishing his Engineering degree. As of January 2017 he became full time. Adam likes to travel and mountain biking is a hobby when he's not at Preferred! 



Paint and Composites  

Simon Stoyle - Handle's some of our painting and composite work. In his spare time you can find him in his garage playing with his two MG's. He and Elisa met while missionaries in Kenya.
(Paint & 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)


Click here to see how the Preferred Airparts Employees are making a difference in the world around them!