One of the secrets behind how we create great aviation products for pilots is this: many of us are pilots ourselves! While only 0.5% of the U.S. population has a pilot’s license, more than 5% of Appareo employees do. That’s 10 times the national average! Collectively, our pilots log hundreds of flight hours in their free time. Let us introduce you to one now who is part of the 7% of active pilots in the U.S that are women: Kelly Keller, Territory Manager, Aviation – Central U.S.
Kelly is a third-generation pilot. Her grandfather was a B-17 pilot who flew two tours in WWII, and her father was an airline pilot.
Kelly earned her private pilot certificate in 2010, but she’s been around airplanes her entire life. She was raised on a residential air park in Massachusetts (more specifically, in the back of a Staggerwing), where she spent time helping her dad (an A&P) do maintenance in the hangar.
Although Kelly has recently become hooked on float flying after getting her seaplane rating, she says “I’m a taildragger pilot through and through.”
A graduate of James Madison University, Kelly worked in sales and marketing roles for Textron Corporate at Cessna, and prior to joining Appareo she worked for AOPA.
Read more from our Pilots of Appareo series:
Zach Peterson, Sales Manager in Fargo, ND
Brian Babik, Territory Manager in Charlotte, NC
Geremy Kornreich, Territory Manager in Lafayette, CO
Jason Powell, Software Team Lead in Fargo, ND
Nicholas Butts, Research Staff Engineer in Fargo, ND
John Evans, Ag Support Specialist in Fargo, ND