Aviation Safety Resources Announcement of New Board Member and New Executives to Management Team

NICHOLASVILLE, KY (October 28, 2020) Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., (ASR), an innovative company that designs, tests, and produces emergency recovery systems for aviation, announced today the appointment of Dr. Rich Sugden to its Board of Directors in conjunction with his recent investment into ASR. In addition, the Company announced the recent addition of new executives to its management team. Erick Kinney joins ASR’s leadership team as Production Manager and Thomas Hodgdon as Director of Program Management.

“We are excited to announce the addition of these accomplished industry leaders to join our team here at Aviation Safety Resources,” said Larry Williams, president, and CEO of ASR. “Their guidance and expertise will be instrumental as we continue development of our new product pipeline and begin to commercialize our innovative recovery solutions.”

Mr. Dario Manfredi, ASR board chairmen added, “On behalf of ASR’s Board of Directors and management team, I would like to welcome Dr. Sugden to the board and recognize Erick and Tom for the role they will play in helping ASR grow as an innovative aviation safety company.”

Biographies of the new ASR board member and senior executives are included below:

Dr. Rich Sugden, Board Member, 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, Production Manager, 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.

Tom Hodgdon, Director of Program Management, has worked in aerospace his entire career, spending the last 27 years in occupant safety at AmSafe Inc. During that time, Tom wore a number of “hats”, in virtually every department from sales to engineering, manufacturing, and program management. From 2012 to 2017 Tom was Business Unit Manager with P&L responsibility for the largest business unit at AmSafe with over $150M in sales annually and accounted for over 38% growth during that timeframe. Most recently Tom assumed a business development role to drive growth in general and business aviation markets at AmSafe. Tom’s experience in the design, engineering, and testing of occupant safety systems and aircraft seating fits well into the ASR team. Tom has recently relocated with his family from Scottsdale AZ to Nicholasville to join ASR.

About Aviation Safety Resources

Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., based in Nicholasville, Ky., designs, tests and produces whole aircraft emergency recovery parachute systems designed to safely bring down the entire aircraft and its occupants in the event of an in-air emergency. Staffed by a team of experienced aviation professionals, ASR is the first to offer the next generation of whole-aircraft recovery systems and the first system specifically designed for the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles of Urban Air Mobility (UAM). For more information, please visit

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