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    Leadership Team David Ryan

    David Ryan, President/CEO

    Dave brings over 35 years of aviation experience to our team and airport community. He oversees all aviation activities for Crownais’s parent company and is very active in the SoCal aviation community. Dave also participates in the business aviation industry as an aviation safety professional/expert. He attended both the University of Arizona and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He enjoys flying, golf, dogs, college sports, and mentoring future aviation professionals.

    Ray Richmond, General Manager/CFO

    Ray is an experienced business leader who has been the General Manager of Crownair Aviation for over 10 years. During his tenure at Crownair Aviation he has been instrumental in putting in place long-term leases including a new development at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. Ray builds enterprise value through strategic relationships and has served as a corporate officer in many businesses in San Diego over the past 30 years. Ray enjoys skiing, surfing, running and spending time with his family.  He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

    Kelly Culbert, Business/Finance Manager

    Kelly has over 25 years of experience in business and finance and has been with Crownair for 19 years. In 2019, Kelly assumed the management of MYF Properties, the hangar management arm of Crownair Aviation. She is responsible for all leasehold and tenant management and oversees numerous hangars at MYF and Paine Field in Everett, WA. She is also responsible for all accounting functions within the company. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Western Governor’s University. When not at the airport, Kelly can be found at the beach, gardening, traveling or having fun with her 3 Great Danes.

    Melissa Harrell, Business Development Manager

    Melissa contributes over 15 years of progressive experience in aviation program management including driving sales and growth, managing FBO operations, marketing/branding and delivery excellence in customer service. In her current role, Melissa oversees all FBO Operations, Marketing/Social Media and Business Development for Crownair. Melissa is a natural aviation enthusiast and volunteers her expertise as a Board Member of Women in Aviation International – San Diego Chapter. When not working, she enjoys exploring San Diego, attending live concerts, cooking and traveling.

    Micah Spaun, Line Service Manager

    Micah manages the line service staff and is responsible for the safe operation of Crownair’s fuel farm, refuelers, and ground service equipment. He is a licensed California UST System Operator and is well-versed in federal, state, and local fueling regulations. Micah also manages Crownair’s Safety Management System. Micah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics from Whitworth University and was awarded country’s most prestigious scholarship, The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. In his free time Micah enjoys playing tennis, wrestling with his dogs, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.

    Leadership Team


    Leadership Team David Ryan

    David Ryan, President/CEO

    Dave brings over 35 years of aviation experience to our team and airport community. He oversees all aviation activities for Crownais’s parent company and is very active in the SoCal aviation community. Dave also participates in the business aviation industry as an aviation safety professional/expert. He attended both the University of Arizona and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He enjoys flying, golf, dogs, college sports, and mentoring future aviation professionals.



    Ray Richmond, General Manager/CFO

    Ray is an experienced business leader who has been the General Manager of Crownair Aviation for over 10 years. During his tenure at Crownair Aviation he has been instrumental in putting in place long-term leases including a new development at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. Ray builds enterprise value through strategic relationships and has served as a corporate officer in many businesses in San Diego over the past 30 years. Ray enjoys skiing, surfing, running and spending time with his family.  He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University.



    Kelly Culbert, Business/Finance Manager

    Kelly has over 25 years of experience in business and finance and has been with Crownair for 19 years. In 2019, Kelly assumed the management of MYF Properties, the hangar management arm of Crownair Aviation. She is responsible for all leasehold and tenant management and oversees numerous hangars at MYF and Paine Field in Everett, WA. She is also responsible for all accounting functions within the company. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Western Governor’s University. When not at the airport, Kelly can be found at the beach, gardening, traveling or having fun with her 3 Great Danes.



    Melissa Harrell, Business Development Manager

    Melissa contributes over 15 years of progressive experience in aviation program management including driving sales and growth, managing FBO operations, marketing/branding and delivery excellence in customer service. In her current role, Melissa oversees all FBO Operations, Marketing/Social Media and Business Development for Crownair. Melissa is a natural aviation enthusiast and volunteers her expertise as a Board Member of Women in Aviation International – San Diego Chapter. When not working, she enjoys exploring San Diego, attending live concerts, cooking and traveling.



    Micah Spaun, Line Service Manager

    Micah manages the line service staff and is responsible for the safe operation of Crownair’s fuel farm, refuelers, and ground service equipment. He is a licensed California UST System Operator and is well-versed in federal, state, and local fueling regulations. Micah also manages Crownair’s Safety Management System. Micah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics from Whitworth University and was awarded country’s most prestigious scholarship, The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. In his free time Micah enjoys playing tennis, wrestling with his dogs, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.


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