Our Team

Jesse Smith, CPA, CA
President, Pilot, PRM

Trained as an accountant at MNP LLP, Ken’s son Jesse joined the team at Upper Valley Aviation Ltd. in 2007. Jesse is a CPA, CA and has worked with his father, Ken in the industry since he was a boy. Jesse is also a pilot. After attending college, Jesse went back to work for UVA for the summer as a paint prepper as he had done in the past but decided to seek out further eductation and went on MNP to earn his designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant. Jesse is looking after more of the day-to-day as Ken moves to taking on purely a sales and over-seeing role in the company.

Ken Smith
Founder, Sales, Director, Pilot

With more than 10,000 hours piloting small aircraft and 30 years in the aviation industry, Ken knows all the nuances that transform a good plane into a great plane. Founder and President, Ken remains at the helm of Upper Valley Aviation Ltd. and is actively involved in operations and sales.

Jess Alfonso
Director

Jess Alfonso holds two MBAs, one in Business and one in Finance.  He speaks English and Spanish.  Jess partnered with Ken Smith in the late 1990s and has been instrumental in helping facilitate growth and success at UVA.

Wally Pigeau
VP Operations

Wally came on board at UVA in 2019.  He comes with a wealth of experience in aircraft management from companies like Cascade and ARC.  Wally is spearheading Ops management at UVA.

Mike Martin
AME(M1), AME(S), Pilot, QA Manager

Mike has been at UVA for over five years now.  He is persuing his Project Management certification, is a pilot and holds both his M1 and S ratings.  Mike took on the role as QA manager in 2019 and handles our QA functions and processes most paperwork related to work orders and maintenance releases.

Anna-Lisa Hansen
Office Manager

Anna-Lisa has been with UVA since 2009.  She is our office manager, receptionist, bookkeeper and Stores Manager.

Bob Bowers
Paint Manager

Bob is a Red Seal Certified Painter with more than a decade of aircraft paint finishing experience. Bob continuously looks for ways to raise the bar on quality, and personally oversees all work in the paint shop. Bob has been the back bone of the quality paint work that leaves the UVA hangar for the past decade.

UVA Shop Crew:

  • Tony Clarke – Paint Crew Lead, Painter
  • John Waite – Structures Technician
  • Tyler Clark – Paint Prep.
  • Stu Craven – Paint Prep.
  • Kevin Hawley – Painter, Graphics
  • Matthew Burgess – Paint Prep
  • Brandon Bowers – Paint Prep
  • Gordie Koochen – Interior Upholstery sewer, installer, designer.
  • Matt Healy – Paint prep
  • David Barr – AME(M1), Pilot
  • Nathan Saretzky – AME(M1), AME(S)
  • Ty Snutch – Paint Prep
  • Aidan Taylor – AME apprentice
  • Art Weins – AME, floor manager