The ASR Innovation Team
Aviation Safety Resources began in 2000 as a private company owned by Dario P. Manfredi and Savia Giarraffa, son and daughter of the late Dario J. Manfredi, an entrepreneur who devoted his life to designing and testing an innovative parachute recovery system. Today, the Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., team has embraced our founders' vision and expanded on it to address the safety needs of a new generation of aircraft. Our technology-driven team has a new business approach, extensive aviation leadership experience, and vehicle recovery system expertise that includes parachute canopy design and manufacturing, ballistics & ejection technologies, and aircraft interface engineering.
"Our vision is to bring a new dimension of safety to personal transportation."
-- Dario P. Manfredi, Founder
CEO & President
Larry was CEO, President, and a member of the Board of Directors of BRS Aerospace from 2004 until 2013 and has over three decades of experience in aerospace. Larry has a degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from Eastern Kentucky University and is a graduate of the Aviation Safety program at the University of Southern California. He served in the US Air Force as a Nuclear Weapons Technician and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1980. He has spent his entire career in aviation safety businesses and brings deep general aviation industry experience to the ASR’s board of directors.
Dario P. Manfredi
Founder & Chairman
Dario Manfredi is an accomplished financial executive who, along with his brother and sister, inherited the patent estate for the life-saving ASR TriChute Safe Landing System. He formed Aviation Safety Resources to commercialize the system. A former Senior Auditor and Senior Accountant in Controller’s Department of Empire Savings Bank in New York, and Fortune 500 J.P. Stevens and Company. He is a graduate of St. John’s University in Queens, NY, where he also earned his MBA.
An accomplished entrepreneur and aviation industry veteran, David Treinis was appointed as an independent Director in June 2019. David served as executive vice-president for the X PRIZE Foundation where he managed fulfillment between Foundation and its presenting sponsors. He spearheaded VIP and public events during “X1” and “X2” prize-winning private space-flight launches in Mojave, Arizona. David also served as Vice President of Aviation Services for AirNet Systems, Inc. (NYSE:ANS) where he conceived and developed alternative services to leverage the Company’s mature infrastructure and existing market strategy. He founded and grew “JetRide” Private Charter division to become the company’s fastest growing business unit. David is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Chemical Engineering, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He served as vice chairman of the prestigious Lindbergh Foundation from 2005 to 2012 and currently serves on the X PRIZE Advisory Committee.
With an aviation industry track record that spans 30 years, Mark McElhaney is leading ASR’s efforts to introduce new products in traditional and emerging markets worldwide, including ASR’s new Soteria line of parachute recovery systems for sport, ultralight and experimental aircraft. Mark’s experience in technical selling and relationship building in the aircraft OEM and General Aviation market segments includes his most recent position as Director of Sales for FlightWeight Americas. From 2001 until 2016 he served as a Sales Manager at AmSafe, the world’s leading manufacturer of aviation restraint systems, where he greatly increased revenue while building strong relationships with leading aircraft OEMs and operators. Earlier in his career, Mark held key sales positions at Pacific Scientific and Goodrich Aircraft Seating Products, the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft pilot/co-pilot and flight attendant seating.
Dr. Rich Sugden
Born in Oakland, California and growing up a son of a career Navy officer, Rich’s course steered him into medicine and aviation as a Navy Flight Surgeon. “Doc” underwent training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola and completed his tour of duty at the Naval Air Test Center and Test Pilots School at Patuxent River, Maryland. “Doc’s” experiences at the Navy’s Test Center led him to restoring a “Stable” of Warbirds, all of which he flies often and proficiently. With over 7,500 flight hours, the words “Static Aircraft” are NOT in this aviator’s vocabulary. Rich was a member of EAA Warbirds Board of Directors, member of X-Prize Board of Directors, Board of Directors, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and has flown in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshows every year since 1992, in the T-28, T-2, L-39, TA-4J and FJ4B.
Erick R Kinney
Served as a Parachute Rigger in the US Navy from 2001 to 2017, where he earned several military and civilian qualifications in the parachuting community as well as multiple 2 personal accolades. Due to Erick’s skills, experience and acumen, he was immediately hired by the United States Air Force as a Military Freefall Jumpmaster Instructor and was one of only three civilians certified by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) authorized to teach the course for the USAF. After several years of teaching, Erick moved on to support one of the elite Guardian Angel reserve units located on Davis-Monthan AFB where he coordinated all Air Operations and taught advanced Military Freefall to qualified military jump personnel. Him and his wife Sarah have been married for 13 years and have four children: Lillian, Jack, Hadlee and Charlotte.
Joe Silver, Director of Business Development, Neovia Logistics is a former Lieutenant Commander and F/A-18 Flight Lead Pilot for the US Navy. He has been creating trusted customer relationships and sales strategies for various companies and products including his business development role with Elbit Systems of America where he was accountable to the vice presidents for unmanned systems and airborne solutions. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering.
Carl Dietrich, Founder and former CTO, Terrafugia. Carl received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He co-founded Terrafugia and guided its growth for 13 years. In 2009 he was named as one of the Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" and in 2012 Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine gave him the same honor. Carl is a member of ASTM committees that develop the certification standards for light aircraft. He is the Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association committee on simplified vehicle operations. He has been a private pilot and aircraft designer since the age of seventeen. Carl's professional mission is to lower the barriers to the more widespread use of personal aviation.
Erik Lindbergh, President, VerdeGo Aero is an aviator, adventurer and artist. He is the grandson of pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh. In 2002 Erik honored the 75th anniversary of his grandfather’s historic flight by retracing the journey in his own single-engine aircraft. Erik obtained a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a comer rated pilot and flight instructor. He serves on the board of the X-Prize Foundation and in 2017 formed VerdeGo Aero who is developing a hybrid electric two-seat eVTOL.