ARSA Thanks Erickson, Jordan for Board Service
.@Erickson Air Crane’s Chris Erickson honored by @ARSAWorks VP Gary Fortner/Fortner Engineering for years of service on the assn’s Board and Executive Committee at ARSA 2020 Conference #avmro pic.twitter.com/TsUe6sv9fx
— Christian A. Klein (@caaklein) March 13, 2020
[Note: Gary Jordan was unable to attend the 2020 Annual Conference, missing the event for the first time in nearly two decades.]
During its annual member meeting on March 13, ARSA recognized Chris Erickson of Erickson, Inc. and Gary Jordan of Jordan Propeller Service for their many years in association leadership positions. Erickson and Jordan completed their final terms on ARSA’s Board of Directors at its October 2019 annual meeting.
Erickson began his aircraft maintenance career in September 1969 at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. He has held numerous positions at Erickson (the company) since arriving as a Sikorsky S-64 crew chief in 1981. He joined ARSA’s board in 2002 and represented the interests of both helicopter and engine businesses for nearly two decades. In September 2019, the FAA presented him with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, which recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics.
Jordan has worked with propellers since 1956, purchasing his San Antonio, Texas-based company from his father in 1980 and serving as its president for the past 40 years. He was one of the founders of the World Aircraft Propeller Association (WAPA) and its first president in 1992. Since joining the ARSA Board in 2005, he has represented the interests of general aviation businesses and provided a small business prospective on behalf of the association’s membership.
“Chris and Gary combined for more than 30 years of service to the Board and association, held leadership positions for multiple years, and both served as ARSA’s president – Gary in 2012 and Chris in 2010. Each has provided steady commitment to the association’s membership. I’m thankful for their good fellowship and hard work and I’m proud to be here to help honor their service,” said Gary Fortner, ARSA 2020 vice president and vice president of engineering and quality control at Fortner Engineering (Fortner presided over the member meeting in the absence of 2020 President Ian Cheyne).
The annual member meeting began the final day of ARSA’s 2020 Annual Conference. For more conference updates, visit arsa.org/conference.