Who We Are

Since day one in 1984, Cirrus Aircraft has been committed to the future of aviation through smart safety, ease of operation and most adamantly, continuous innovation. Along the way, every turn has meant challenges and opportunities to grow general aviation–improving the flying experience as a whole.

Our goal is to utilize technology to drive enhanced safety, performance, sophistication and comfort. We are proud that today, after 30 years of dedication, the Cirrus brand is associated with these accolades and hallmarks that mean so much to us. Our line of all-composite personal aircraft-–the SR20, SR22 and turbocharged SR22T–lives up to this by incorporating advanced electronic and standard safety technologies including Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics and the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®).

Our latest aircraft, the Vision Jet, raises the bar even higher as it ushers in a new era in personal transportation and introduces the world to “the personal jet.”

When you become a Cirrus owner, you aren’t merely taking up a hobby, you are choosing a whole new lifestyle full of freedoms, choices and responsibilities unlike anything else. Our owners reflect our standards; they demand the most impressive interiors, exhilarating performance and cutting edge ergonomic features. Together, we are devoted to these passions.

We’ve traveled far, but in many ways, we’re only just taking off. Join our family of owners and become a part of the future today.

Leadership Team

Dale Klapmeier

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dale Klapmeier is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cirrus Aircraft, responsible for active oversight of the company. In 1984, Dale, along with his brother Alan, founded Cirrus in a barn on their parents’ rural farmland near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Their first design was the VK-30 homebuilt aircraft, which they introduced at the 1987 EAA Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. From the brothers’ experience building and marketing the VK-30, they decided that safety and ease-of-operation would be at the forefront of all their future designs, and Dale had the goal of working to create a certified aircraft that his wife would feel comfortable flying in. Since then, Cirrus has revolutionized the general aviation industry with the use of composite materials, fully intergraded glass-panel cockpits, and whole-airframe ballistic parachute systems, a standard device on Cirrus aircraft that has saved nearly 150 lives to date.

Under the leadership of Dale and his team, Cirrus has been the largest producer of piston aircraft since 2013, delivering over 6,800 SR-series aircraft in 18 years of production. Today the SR22 remains the world’s best-selling GA airplane for the 15th year running. In 2016, Dale’s team completed the certification process for the first single-engine personal jet: the Vision SF50. With close to 600 orders from around the world, Cirrus is changing personal transportation once again. Dale has helped the company continue to expand beyond their Duluth, MN and Grand Forks, ND facilities, opening a new customer delivery center in Knoxville, TN.

In addition to numerous aviation industry and entrepreneurial awards, Dale and Alan were formally inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014 and were ranked the 17th most influential figures in aviation history by Flying Magazine. In 2015, Dale became enshrined in the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Passionate about expanding all forms of aviation learning, Dale has served on several boards and programs throughout his career, including EAA’s Young Eagles Program–Gathering of Eagles, the Red Tail Project, the founding board of the Scott D. Anderson Leadership Foundation, and NASA’s Aeronautics Research & Technology Roundtable, Chairing its GA subcommittee. He is currently the founding Chairman of the STEM organization AirSpace Minnesota. Dale holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has been flying since the age of 15, accumulating about 6,000 hours of flight time in his career.

Patrick Waddick

President, Innovation & Operations

Patrick Waddick is President of Innovation & Operations at Cirrus Aircraft. He is responsible for leading enterprise-wide Innovation and Operations activities including research and development, engineering, program management, manufacturing operations, global supply chain and quality. Patrick joined Cirrus Design Corporation in 1988 contributing to the early engineering efforts on the model VK30 composite pusher-configuration aircraft. Transitioning from VK30 Chief Engineer to ST50 Project Engineering Manager, Patrick led a joint Cirrus and Israeli design team through to early flight testing stages.

Patrick began his professional affiliations first with AIAA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as a student chapter Vice President. In 2004, he was the recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Program Management. Patrick is also a member of the AOPA and EAA aviation organizations. An active FAA Private Pilot since 1988, he holds a single-engine instrument land rating.

Patrick was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from the School of Engineering in 1989. During his degree program he completed a cooperative education internship with IBM Corporation in East Fishkill, New York.

Todd Simmons

President, Customer Experience

Todd Simmons is President of Customer Experience at Cirrus Aircraft. He is responsible for leading all Customer Experience activities at Cirrus Aircraft including sales, marketing, personalization, delivery, service and support, flight training, flight operations and the opening of the Vision Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Todd joined Cirrus in early 2008 as vice president of marketing and during his tenure has led a number of innovative growth initiatives aimed at both the current owner community and penetration into new segments. In spite of challenging overall economic conditions in recent years, in that time the SR22 has continued to be the best-selling airplane in its class and worldwide market share has reached an all-time high.

With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business leadership, Todd has held positions in marketing development, international marketing communications, revenue management and sales team leadership at a range of companies from boutique businesses to Fortune 500 firms. His recent aviation experience includes work at Delta Air Lines and at CubCrafters where he led sales and marketing efforts and later presided over the company.

An active pilot, Todd holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Don McIsaac

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Don McIsaac holds the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has been with Cirrus since early 2014 and is responsible for oversight of all financial matters at Cirrus as well as IT, Program Management, Commercial /Product Liability Insurance and Facilities.

Don has more than 30 years of business leadership experience in the manufacturing sector in finance and operations. This experience includes both domestic and international exposure with Fortune 500 firms including Textron Inc. and Paccar Inc. as well as with several private equity firms.

While born in Canada, Don became a US citizen in 2002. Don holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario Canada and is a Chartered Professional Accountant with CPA Ontario, Canada.

Judi Eltgroth

Senior Vice President, People & Talent Development

Judi Eltgroth was promoted to Senior Vice President, People & Talent Development in July 2014. In this capacity, Judi provides oversight of Human Resources, Organization Development and Regulatory Compliance at the Company’s multiple locations. Judi also serves as National Security Director with reporting responsibility to the U.S. Department of Defense. Judi previously served as Vice President of Human Resources from July 2000 to July 2014. From 2006 to 2009, Judi also provided oversight of Cirrus’ Information Technology Department. Judi served as Director of Human Resources for Cirrus from 1996 to 2000. From 1985 to 1996, Judi was Director of Human Resources at Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center in Duluth, MN, where she oversaw all aspects of personnel management occurring through high growth, reorganization and downsizing phases of the Company. With over 25 years’ experience in the field, Judi has led human resources initiatives through various transitions, including mergers and acquisitions. A Hunt Academic Scholarship recipient, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has continued her education with numerous workshops relevant to human resources issues.

Curtis Landherr

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Curtis Landherr has been the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Cirrus since joining in August 2014. He was brought on to establish a formal in-house legal function. Curtis has enjoyed a broad-based career in his 20 years as a lawyer after graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of law. Curtis began his legal career as a law firm litigator where he specialized in product liability defense and other commercial litigation. Being drawn towards a hands-on business practice, Curtis shifted from a law firm practice to an in-house legal career. He has spent the last 15 years in diverse and senior corporate counsel roles for large, multi-national corporations including Garmin where he provided legal support for Garmin’s aviation group for seven years.

Curtis has been an active contributor to the corporate legal profession and in the community. In 2007, Curtis served as the President of the Mid-America Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2010, he was named a “40 Under Forty” honoree by Ingram’s Magazine, recognizing accomplished business and community leaders in the Kansas City region under the age of 40. Curtis also proudly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City for five years, including a term as Board President, before moving to Duluth for his position at Cirrus.

Ravi Dharnidharka

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Ravi joined the Cirrus leadership team in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Business Development. He is responsible for leading new business activities including researching, analyzing, and evaluating business opportunities, developing business models, and developing partnerships with external entities.

Prior to joining Cirrus, Ravi served as Director of Business Development for Senior Aerospace Ketema, where he led strategic planning and execution of business growth functions. He has also worked in business development with UTC Aerospace Systems with a focus on aftermarket services to global airlines.

Ravi previously served with the US Marine Corps where he was a fighter pilot flying the AV8B Harrier and F5N Tiger II. He continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Marine Corps Reserve.

Ravi is a lifelong general aviation enthusiast and an active pilot. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Tom Arnold

Vice President, Aircraft Sales

Tom Arnold is the Vice President of Sales for Cirrus Aircraft, responsible for the management of the worldwide Aircraft Sales team. Tom joined Cirrus in 2009 as the Director of North American Sales and was promoted in 2011 to Executive Director of North American Sales. Prior to joining Cirrus, Tom was a seasoned technology executive with an over 30-year career in both Fortune 1000 and  start-up companies, including leadership positions in Cadence Design Systems and Clarify, as well as CEO of ADEXS and Stearman Technology Group.

After obtaining a pilot’s license 35 years ago, he continued building his flight experience and now holds an Airline Transport rating with more than 5,000 flight hours. Tom has owned and flown many different types of aircraft from singles to twins, piston to turbine, land and amphibious. He even became a certified flight instructor so he could teach his three sons how to fly.

Teresa Riffel

Vice President, Quality & Supply Chain

Teresa Riffel is the Vice President of Quality & Supply Chain at Cirrus. She joined in early 2015 and is responsible for quality assurance, quality engineering, strategic sourcing, air safety and continuous improvement in the company. Teresa is an accomplished aerospace executive with extensive industry experience. She has held executive leadership positions in quality, global strategic sourcing and supplier integration for international Fortune 500 companies as well as other aerospace suppliers.

Teresa has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management, a Master’s degree in management information systems and has certificates from the Thunderbird School of Global Management Executive Leadership Program and Michigan State Strategic Supply Chain Management program.  She is a certified six sigma master black belt and is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

Ben Kowalski

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Ben has almost 20 years of experience leading initiatives in sales, marketing, operations and training for regional through global enterprises.  With international business experience in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Ben has contributed to growth at a range of organizations, including niche businesses and a worldwide technology company.  

Prior to joining Cirrus, Ben held key roles in Garmin’s aviation business segment, most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for worldwide Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Military and Government markets.  While at Garmin, Ben was also a key contributor to global product launches and new product development.  His early career, prior to Garmin, included driving growth and improving productivity at a service business, as well as teaching at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation.  Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Illinois.     

Passionate about flying, Ben has participated in business and general aviation for over 20 years.  As an active instrument rated commercial pilot, he has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours in aircraft ranging from business jets to amateur-built aircraft.  Over the years, he has served as a flight instructor (CFII/MEI), corporate pilot and check airman.   

David Moser

Vice President, Fleet & Special Mission Aircraft

David Moser joined Cirrus Aircraft as Vice President of Fleet and Special Mission Sales in 2014. David’s aviation career began with Diamond Aircraft where he was Director of Fleet Sales. David then founded Flightline Solutions, LLC where he represented Cirrus along with other product and services companies by providing solutions for the flight training market.

Prior to his involvement in the aviation industry, David held executive positions in management, sales and business development with leading high-technology companies including General Electric, GTE, Sun Microsystems and Advanced Energy.

David holds a commercial pilot certificate and airplane flight instructor ratings as a CFI, CFII and MEI. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas, a Master of Business Administration in finance from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Stephen Deucker

Vice President & General Manager, Vision Center

Stephen Deucker is the Vice President & General Manager of the Vision Center at Cirrus Aircraft. In his role, Stephen is responsible for delivering an un-paralleled Cirrus brand experience through the Vision Center as well as leading and training the customer experience team to meet and exceed hospitality standards.

Stephen has over 25 years of experience driving strategic growth, building businesses and leading winning teams in luxury and lifestyle brands through his past positions. He was a Senior Executive with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as well as a leader of their pre-opening team where he created a one-of-a-kind customer experience.

Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at Johnson and Wales University where he double majored in Hospitality Management and Marketing. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

William King

Executive Director, Business Development

William King is the Executive Director of Business Development. He grew up in Richfield, Minnesota, a suburb of the Minneapolis area and attended Saint Cloud (Minnesota) State University graduating with a double major in Political Science and Public Administration. Upon graduation he spent twelve years working in the public sector as a City Manager and Business Development Analyst for various cities throughout Minnesota before leaving the public sector for a career in the private business world.

Bill was initially hired by Cirrus in 1992 to assist in the relocation of the young aviation company’s business as well as develop a financial plan to allow for future growth. Bill accepted the position with Cirrus anticipating a two-year commitment, but the demands of the job took him into many new arenas. Now, Bill’s role at Cirrus includes business development and facilities expansion projects.

Travis Klumb

Executive Director, Service & Support

Travis Klumb is the Executive Director of Service & Support at Cirrus Aircraft. He oversees all activity related to the global Service & Support Partner Network and parts program, Cirrus Direct. Travis also leads the Ownership team and the project of transferring deliveries to Knoxville at the Cirrus Vision Center.

Travis joined Cirrus in 2006 as a Factory Flight Instructor and has since held many positions in the company including Manager of Flight Standards, Manager of Cirrus’ Global Flight Training Network and Director of Flight Training & Operations where he conducted all activity related to flight training and course development.

Travis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics from the University of North Dakota. He has over 2,500 hours of experience flying and teaching in Cirrus aircraft.

Rob Haig

Executive Director, Flight Training & Operations; Chief Pilot

Rob Haig is the Executive Director of Flight Training & Operations and Chief Pilot at Cirrus Aircraft. He is responsible for leading the on-going development of the Vision Jet and SR2X flight training programs, directing the creation of customer training material for Cirrus Approach and assuring the standardization of Cirrus corporate pilots.

Rob joined Cirrus in 2003 as a Factory Flight Instructor and was promoted to Manager of Flight Training, overseeing the development and conduct of 61 transition training courses that supported the sale and delivery of the SR20 and SR22. His current focus is developing and implementing a training system that will support the Vision Jet entry into service. As Chief Pilot, Rob has acquired more than 4,000 flight hours and holds ATP, CFII and MEI ratings, including a Vision Jet LOA.

Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics from the University of North Dakota and has flown Cirrus aircraft in more than 20 countries and across 49 states.