KIM BALFANZ serves as the president of Western Aero Repair, one of the three aviation-focused Western Aero portfolio companies she and her husband, Scott Balfanz own.
Over the course of her career, Kim has held a variety of positions in the aviation industry. In her role in the purchasing and administration divisions at Frontier Horizon, she learned the parts and repair station business from the ground-up. Dealing first-hand with repair stations and suppliers on lead times, warranty administration, vendor accountability, and delivery schedules, Kim built enough of an understanding of aviation parts and capabilities to land a position assisting the Director of Personnel at Frontier Airlines. Though Frontier Airlines dissolved and took her position with it, Kim's industry savvy and passion continued to evolve.
Kim has always shared the same entrepreneurial mindset of her husband, Scott. So when she moved on from her position at Frontier, she made the decision to go into business for herself, establishing a top-tier travel agency. She grew that agency with her business partner and sister, Debbie Lucas for five years, before selling it to launch Western Aero Repair with Scott. Kim’s deep aviation, travel industry, and executive management experience provided the ideal background for her role as president of Western Aero Repair. In that role, she leads an outstanding team of engineers, quality control and customer service professionals. She also works closely with Western Aero Services (focused on military and cargo aircraft parts and equipment) and American Jet Industries (focused on commercial aircraft parts and equipment), positioning all three of the Balfanz' portfolio companies as a 360-degree resource to every segment of the aviation community—with the highest quality aircraft parts and equipment sourcing and state-of-the-art repair services.