Spotlight: Graham Leigh

Graham will take on the role of Senior Vice President of Sales for AvAir. Graham was AvAir’s second employee, hired in 2000.


Graham has held several titles at AvAir over the past 22 years, including Director of Sales, Vice President of Sales, and Senior Vice President of Inside Sales. Graham spent the most recent years managing AvAir’s AOG and Inside Sales Departments. He will now return to his AvAir roots of Trading. In his new role, Graham will oversee and lead a sales team that will ensure maximum support to AvAir’s existing clients and focus on generating new growth opportunities for the company.


Graham resides in Phoenix with his wife, two children, and their two dogs. He is a former college and professional athlete who still enjoys fitness and sports and enjoys spending time with his family. He has moved from playing on the field himself, now to the sidelines, where he loves to cheer on his children, who play multiple sports.


Connect: Graham.Leigh@AvAir.aero

Spotlight: Arlaina Stephenson

Arlaina is originally from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She received her undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University in Florida where she also played beach and indoor volleyball. She then immediately went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.


After growing up in North Idaho, she cannot wait to be living in Arizona heat! She enjoys spending time outdoors, meeting new people, traveling, and doing any kind of athletic activity in her free time. She loves to stay busy and is passionate about living a balanced life.


She is extremely excited to join the AvAir team to contribute to the continued growth and culture of the company in her new role in Expendable Sales.


Connect: Arlaina.Stephenson@AvAir.aero

Spotlight: Ai Sullivan

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ai Sullivan to Vice President of Technology.


In her new role as Vice President of Technology, she will continue to support all ERP-related improvements/post-implementation projects and oversee AvAir’s IT Department. She will also manage systems development, administration, information security, and analytics. Her 24 years of experience in technology projects, management, and documented history of operational efficiencies through technology will serve AvAir well as the company continues to grow as a global leader in the aviation aftermarket.


Ai resides in Chandler with her husband, two children, and four dogs. Her interests include anything fitness/outdoors related, reading, watching sports, and volunteering in the community.

Connect: Ai.Sullivan@AvAir.aero

Spotlight: Zach Hall

Zach joined AvAir after 12 years of working in professional sports as professional mascot in the NBA, NHL, and MLB. His energy and enthusiasm were a welcome addition to AvAir in 2018, where he began as an account executive. In 2019 he was promoted to Director of Business Development before being promoted to Vice President of Business Development.


Zach is very passionate about our community and dedicates his time outside of work serving as the President of the State Forty Eight Foundation. Through this role, he works to provide support to our small business community and collaborate on community impact projects. Zach was named to the Phoenix Business Journal 40 under 40 for 2022. In 2017, before joining AvAir, Zach wrote his first book. “Don’t Sleep on Planes.


In his new role, Zach will manage our global business development team as AvAir continues to provide strategic solutions for the aviation aftermarket.

Connect: Zach.Hall@AvAir.aero

AvAir Invests in Sustainability Efforts

CHANDLER, Ariz. – AvAir, an inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, is proud to announce it is now working with WM to improve its sustainability efforts. WM is the leading environmental service and solutions provider in North America and will provide an extensive evaluation and recommendations on how AvAir can improve its operations to reduce its environmental impact.

“From how we serve our customers and employees to how our operations are run on a daily basis, we are always trying to improve our processes and services,” said Mike Bianco, CEO of AvAir. “Assessing our operations to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts is something my team and I care deeply about. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with the sustainability team at WM.”

WM will review AvAir’s processes and data to benchmark procurement, waste, water, energy, fuel, transportation, and other potential contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. After a thorough evaluation, WM will deliver a summary of AvAir operations, environmental impacts, and improvement recommendations. Following that, AvAir will establish goals and initiatives to improve its environmental impact across all channels of the company. 

Bianco is a member of the Thunderbirds, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that distributes monies raised through the WM Phoenix Open golf tournament. WM implemented its sustainability efforts at the tournament in 2013. Since then, WM has engaged over 100 vendors and sponsors with annual sustainability requirements, developed greenhouse gas and water reduction strategies to balance the tournament footprint, and more. Resulting in zero waste – all materials are recycled, repurposed, composted, donated, or sent to create energy, an incredible feat. Through Bianco’s participation in the nonprofit and golf tournament, he saw the impressive impact WM had on the event and was motivated to make a difference. He knew AvAir could lead the way to effect changes in the aviation industry.  

AvAir is headquartered in Chandler, Ariz. with operations in Dublin, Ireland. It has been named the Supplier of the Year for 2021 and 2022 by Airline Economics, the leading industry trade publication. It has also been recognized for its work in sustainability by The Aviation 100 two years in a row, AvAir received the Environmental Sustainability award.

AvAir offers solutions for customers and suppliers to buy, sell, exchange, loan, lease, or consign inventories with more than 26 million in-stock parts. The company is ISO 9001, AS9120, and ASA 100 certified and adheres to the highest quality standards in all phases: purchasing, receiving, stocking, sales, and shipping.

Spotlight: Anna Esquivel

After nearly three years as AvAir’s Integration Manager, Anna Esquivel has been promoted to Director of MRO Contracts and Integration Management.


In this role Anna will continue to oversee projects tied to integration management. She will also negotiate and manage all activity related to AvAir’s MRO/Repair Vendor relationships including vendor evaluation, selection, negotiation of terms and contract oversight/compliance. She will also lead the Repair Management department and develop and launch a Managed Repair Program to complement AvAir’s customized solution offerings.


Anna resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter. Anna’s other interests are Health. Nutrition and Fitness. During her off time, Anna enjoys being outdoors with her family and participating in seasonal outdoor activities (i.e. hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding/sledding, camping and gardening).


Connect: Anna.Esquivel@AvAir.aero

AvAir Director Elected to ASA Quality Committee Leadership Board

CHANDLER, Ariz. – AvAir, an inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, is proud to announce that Jared Knights, director of quality and operations at AvAir was elected to the Aviation Suppliers Association Quality Committee Leadership board.

ASA is a nonprofit trade association representing more than 700+ global member companies. Collectively, the group leads critical logistics programs, purchasing efforts, and distribution of aircraft parts worldwide. The election took place during the 2022 Summer Quality Committee Meeting held on June 5. The Quality Committee is composed of four members: Nin George, chairperson; Chris Anderson, past chairperson; Sherry Chaput also newly elected, secretary and Knights as vice chairperson.

“Jared has always been a leader and loyal member of the AvAir team and we are proud to see him join this distinguished group,” said Mike Bianco CEO of AvAir.

The Committee is a global forum for sharing information about challenges and solutions through open discussion about quality and business practices, and continuous improvement of the ASA-100 quality standard.

Similarly, AvAir aims to exceed its clients expectations and provide solutions for customers and suppliers to buy, sell, exchange, loan, lease, or consign inventories. Founded in 2000, AvAir is headquartered in Chandler, AZ and has operations in Dublin, Ireland. It has been named the Supplier of the Year for 2021 and 2022 by Airline Economics, the leading industry trade publication. The company is ISO 9001, AS9120, and ASA 100 certified and adheres to the highest quality standards in all phases: purchasing, receiving, stocking, sales, and shipping.

 For more information about AvAir, visit AvAir.aero.

 About AvAir

Founded in 2000, Arizona-based AvAir is a global leader in the aviation aftermarket, providing customized inventory solutions for airlines, OEMs, and MROs.  AvAir offers solutions for customers and suppliers to buy, sell, exchange, loan, lease, or consign inventories with more than 26 million in-stock parts. Recognized as a global leader, AvAir has been named “No. 1 Parts Supplier of the Year” by Airline Economics and “Fastest Growing Companies in America.” by Inc. 5000. For more about AvAir, visit AvAir.aero.