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Don Cestar

DONALD CESTARI is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, a CASS Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer. He also serves as the CASS Chief Counsel, brings thirty-plus years of experience spanning all segments of the Aerospace/Aviation Industry: Military, Defense, Major Airframe Manufacturers, Airlines and Corporate/VIP Operations.

Don's experience spans all segments of the Aerospace/Aviation Industry: Military, Defense, Major Airframe Manufacturers, Airlines and Corporate/VIP Operations, including Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, the USAF including Air Force One, American Airlines including its SABRE Division and CITGO's Corporate Flight Department.

His assignments also include a lengthy track record with the USAF, Boeing, AIRBUS, British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce among others.

He developed and managed an international aerospace consulting practice with American Airlines/SABRE for seven years and then with his own firm before joining Consolidated Air Support Services, Ltd. ("CASS") as a founding Partner. The areas of his consulting practice included Maintenance & Engineering, Flight Operations, FAA and Foreign Regulatory Compliance, Audit and Certification, Technical Training, English Language Schools, Aviation Facilities Planning and Construction, Legal Contracting and Supply Chain Out-sourcing, Procurement, Supply and Warehousing.

Don served on active USAF duty in various positions in maintenance support and material worldwide. For 1975-1980, he was competitively selected to be Air Force One's Maintenance and Material Support Officer, which also included supporting the assorted VIP fleet of 43 other aircraft. During the period of 1980-1991 he served as a reservist in the United States Air National Guard in various operations support positions in a tactical fighter group.

He has also participated as a founder, board member and officer in several start-up firms involving new technologies for applications in wire testing, non- destructive testing, bio-fuels, medical isotopes and cell phone tower maintenance & repair services.
He received an MBA degree in Management and Finance from Southern Illinois University, a JD Doctor of Law degree from the University of Tulsa and a BS degree in Management Science from St. John's University.

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