Promotes Ricky Myers to Technical Sales Manager for Falcon

Ricky Myers
Ricky Myers

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Ricky Myers to Technical Sales Manager for Falcon at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. Myers will be responsible for targeting aircraft maintenance opportunities to identify sales leads and providing customers and Regional Sales Managers with technical analysis for all Falcon projects.

Myers has been with WSA since 2005 where he started working on Citations. Previously he worked on flight school planes for Langa Air. Prior to that he was a maintenance machinist at Anheuser-Busch for over 10 years. Myers graduated from Southwestern Illinois College in 2004 with his A&P. He also went to Flight Safety School and completed the following: Falcon 900EX-EASy Mx Initial/Run & Taxi, Citation 680 Mx Initial/Run & Taxi, Pratt & Whitney 500 Series Line Replaceable Units, Citation CJ1 and 1+/CJ2 and 2+/Citation CJ4, and FJ44 Engine School.

“Ricky’s continued desire to learn and extensive experience will be essential in training and growing our Falcon team while also aiding in our continued growth and support for our customers,” said Bob Peyman, Manager of Technical Sales (ALN).

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