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.


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