Tom Chappell is the chairman and CEO of Chappell, Smith & Associates, Inc., parent company of CS&A Aviation Insurance. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and is a member of several local and national professional organizations, including the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA). His articles are published in numerous aviation trade publications dealing with aircraft operations and the changing trends in aviation insurance. He has served on various boards and insurance company advisory councils. He was honored to serve on an advisory panel for the National Academy of Sciences advising NASA on its “Small Aircraft Transportation System Initiative.” Tom is considered one of the industry’s foremost authorities on aviation insurance, having been in this specialized field for over 30 years. He has distinguished himself in the area of aviation risk management and in the placement of insurance for high performance aircraft. He works extensively with FBOs and maintenance, parts, training, and service organizations, as well as regional airlines. He is respected as a speaker in the area of aviation insurance and risk management and frequently participates in aviation seminars.
Chris Davis is an aviation insurance specialist and Manager of the Light Aircraft Division at CS&A Aviation Insurance. He came to CS&A with five years, experience as an aviation underwriter. Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while working as an aviation underwriter. He is active in the Experimental Aircraft Association where he currently serves as the Secretary / Treasurer as well as the Newsletter Editor for Chapter 863. He is also active in the Warbirds of America as well as holding the rank of Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force .
Chris grew up around aircraft and has memories of sitting on a phone book in order to see over the panel of an aircraft. He received his pilot’s license at the age of 18 and was introduced to the world of tailwheel aircraft a few years later. His lifelong passion for aviation and various experiences give him an advantage in an industry where aviation safety and risk management are the focus.
Jeff Rhodes is an aviation insurance specialist who has a rich personal and professional background in aviation. He has experience in professional aircraft management and flight school management. He is an instrument rated private airplane pilot and active glider pilot. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Tech. Prior to joining CS&A Insurance as a sales executive, Jeff worked as an aviation insurance underwriter for Global Aerospace’s Southeast Regional office where he specialized in private, corporate, and commercial aviation; airports; and products liability risks. He has been approved by the Georgia Insurance Department as an instructor of aviation insurance continuing education courses.
In addition to being a member of the board of directors for Chappell, Smith & Associates, Inc., Christopher Turnbull serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), President of CS&A’s Aviation Division, and an aviation insurance specialist for CS&A Aviation Insurance. He has over 25 years of leadership experience (both military and civilian) and extensive experience in business planning, financial analysis, operations management, safety analysis, and public relations. Christopher came to CS&A Aviation Insurance from the airline industry, where he served as a vice president of operations, a director of safety, a director of security, an airline captain, an air safety chairman, and an airline accident investigator. He is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot and a former flight instructor. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington and served in the U.S. Army where he was honored with several awards and medals for meritorious service and outstanding achievement.
Brent Anderson is a senior vice president at CS&A, a member of the company’s board of directors, and an insurance specialist. Over the course of his 30-year aviation career, he has gained experience in the areas of airport management, flight school ownership, piloting aircraft for business use, ownership of personal aircraft, and aviation insurance sales. As an airport manager, Brent directed all phases of airport operations, including airline and general aviation fueling services, aircraft maintenance, airfield operations, and airport planning and development. He owned a federally approved international flight school for 20 years and was extensively involved in training operations. Brent holds a commercial airman’s certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and he is also a certified flight instructor. He has more than 5,000 accident-free flight hours in aircraft ranging from Bonanzas to Barons to King Airs.
Jason Shaffer has over fifteen years of experience in the aviation industry. He holds a Commercial Rotorcraft Certificate with Instrument rating, and is currently a helicopter pilot in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Throughout his career as an Army Officer, Jason has gained experience in airport operations, aviation refueling services, aircraft maintenance, and risk mitigation. He is a combat veteran and has received numerous awards and recognition for his service. He is also a Private Pilot with logged time in various Cessna, Diamond, and Piper aircraft. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Education and Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Administration.
RTC, Inc. was founded in 1988 by then air traffic controller John Killeen. Killeen saw how simulator training helped reduce accidents for the airlines. He became convinced it could do the same thing for general aviation. He was so convinced in fact that he bought a simulator and RTC was born.
When Killeen started, RTC had one simulator and employed two instructors. Its focus on piston powered aircraft was a hit with general aviation. It wasn’t long before RTC’s staff, and fleet grew.
Today, RTC boasts eleven instructors, eight simulators, and FAA 61, 141, and 142 approval. RTC is also approved by all of the major insurance companies.
Brad Dunlavy, CPA Senior Tax Manager
Brad, a senior tax manager with KraftCPAs, has been working in the accounting field, both public and private since 1977. Prior to joining KraftCPAs, he worked with local public accounting firms, worked as tax manager for two public companies, and headed the trust tax departments for two large banks specializing in estate and trust taxation and estate and charitable planning. His responsibilities include supervising tax staff, reviewing income tax returns, providing planning, and research services. Brad serves individuals, estate and trust clients, and private and public charitable organizations, partnerships and LLCs. He also oversees estate planning services for the firm.
Brad has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama. He is a CPA and a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a member and former president of the Nashville Estate Planning Council. He continues his education by attending over 40 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) each year.
Louis M. Meiners, Jr. CPA
Louis M. Meiners, Jr. is an attorney and CPA who serves as President of Advocate Aircraft Taxation Co. Advocate’s practice is limited to serving the needs of owners and operators of aircraft. Services include aircraft operational analysis, sales and use tax management on aircraft acquisitions, income tax planning, federal excise tax planning, and representation before taxing authorities.