Joe Jones

Joe Jones

President and Co-Founder

Joe “Jonesy” Jones leverages 30 years of experience in high reliability organizations such as airline and military flight operations, military C3 (Command, Control and Communication), as well as crash, fire and rescue.  He holds several commercial aircraft ratings, including a Boeing 767 rating.

Jonesy recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAFR and volunteer USAF Academy Liaison Officer. During his nine years of active duty, he was assigned to fly the E-2C+ Hawkeye and completed two deployments to the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. He trained and assisted other pilots to land safely aboard aircraft carriers in what is considered one of the world’s most hazardous evolutions. Joe also served in the fleet as an Aviation Safety Officer, an Aircraft Maintenance Division Officer, as well as a Pilot Training and Standardization Officer.

Joe’s vast experience in high reliability environments inspired him to create the ICARUS Ops Interactive Digital Checklist Software.

 

Education

M.S. in Military Operational Art and Science, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College
B.S. in Professional Aeronautics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Gerald Leekey

Gerald Leekey

CEO and Co-Founder

A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leekster served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves for more than 22 years as an aircraft carrier-based Naval Aviator. Jerry holds several commercial aircraft ratings, including a Boeing 777 rating.

Born in Honolulu, and into an Air Force family, Leekster grew up in the Midwest. While attending college in California, he entered the aviation industry by driving and operating large fuel trucks at a major airport in Orange County. Later, he was selected by the Navy to fly F-14 Tomcats and completed three combat deployments. He subsequently spent several years instructing students from a variety of countries in flying jet fighter aircraft.

With a focus on safety, Leekster attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he was trained in Aviation Safety, Human Factors, and Accident/Incident Investigation. Based on the successful completion of this important program, he was appointed as Aviation Safety Officer and Crew Resource Management Instructor.

Leekster has consulted in nearly all sectors of the globe in multiple high reliability industries, making him an expert in his field and an integral part in the creation of the ICARUS Ops Digital Checklist System. He is a firm believer in the concept of cultural intelligence and –through the years – has become highly effective across various cultural platforms. He serves as CEO of ICARUS OpsTM and works “hands on” as part of the checklist development team.

 

Education

B.S. in Professional Aeronautics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Norma Jones

Dr. Norma Jones

Communications Consultant

Norma Jones (Ph.D., Kent State) provides over two decades of communication expertise, facilitating effective communication across commercial, media, and academic environments.

In addition, she is a noted author and editor of multiple academic and broader audience books and book chapters.

Norma ties together her academic research with practical applications to dramatically increase profits and decrease costs by examining, then improving communication flows in a variety of sectors, including public relations, marketing, sales, high-end jewelry, and international telecommunications.

 

Education

PhD in Communication and Information, Kent State University
M.S. in Communication Studies, University of North Texas
B.A. in Communication Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

CTO

Mark “Max” Anderson is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has over 30 years of automation and robotics experience. He served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves for more than 21 years as an aircraft carrier-based Naval Aviator. Max holds several commercial aircraft type ratings, including a Boeing 777 rating.

Born on Naval Air Station Rota, Spain he comes from a Navy family. Max grew up in Texas and worked in the Robotics/Automation industry and the Oil and Gas Industry before joining the Navy. He started flying the C-2A and then transitioned to the S-3B and completed four deployments. He finished his career in the Navy Reserves flying the C-9B and C-40A as the Senior NATOPS Instructor Pilot. He was selected as the S-3B Pilot of the year in 1997, C-2A Pilot of the Year in 1991 and has several “Top Hook” awards. He has over 16 years as a military instructor pilot, Crew Resource Management (CRM) Instructor and Flight Standards Examiner.

Max has extensive experience with Human Machine Interface (HMI), ergonomics, automation, and data analytics as applied to Commercial/Military Aviation, Oil and Gas, and other industries requiring highly reliable operations. He has developed policies, procedures and training systems for design and use of automation. Max developed a roadmap for compliance with FAA regulatory directives for safety and operation of automated cockpits from his extensive experience in military and civil operations. He also introduced the principles of the Line Operation Safety Audit (LOSA) to the U.S. Navy and developed an end-to- end Training and Standards System for assessment of time to train, resource requirements and management, and instructor usage efficiency.

Max’s lifelong dedication to the improvement of humans in high-stress environments has given him a unique perspective that enables cross-pollination of ideas, policies, and principles between several disciplines requiring highly reliable operations.

 

Education

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Dean’s Honor Roll, Distinguished Student Award