January 02, 2012 - Bernd Munzenmayer is Pro Star's New Senior Sales Advisor
After more than a decade with Pro Star Aviation, LLC and more than 40 years in the industry, Bernd Munzenmayer “Munzie” has decided to step into a new role as a part-time Senior Sales Advisor for Pro Star Aviation. Even though he divested his share of Pro Star Aviation to the remaining partners, he will still be providing his knowledge and assistance in efforts to make Pro Star a recognized business aviation industry leader.
Munzie has been involved in aviation since joining the Air Force in 1967. Shortly after completing his training as an Aircraft Ground Equipment (AGE) repairman specialist, he was stationed at Bitburg Air Base in Bitburg, Germany for a three and half year tour. During his stay in Germany, Munzie met his wife of 41 years, Karolina, at the Trier Wine Fest in 1969. Munzie left the Air Force in the fall of 1971 and started working the night shift as a line service technician for Rockwell International in White Plains, New York.
During his time with Rockwell International, he also attended Teterboro School of Aeronautics in New Jersey in pursuit of his A&P license. Once he obtained his A&P license, Munzie began working as an aircraft mechanic on Rockwell’s Falcon 20’s, Sabreliners, and Aero Commanders until they closed their Westchester County Airport (HPN) location in 1977. Following his time a Rockwell, Munzie jumped into the corporate ranks as an aircraft mechanic working for the Olin Corporate Flight Department in White Plains NY; he was responsible for maintaining the companies two Sabre 40’s and later Hawker 700 and Challenger 600 aircraft. In 1982, Munzie was promoted to Director of Maintenance.
After a few years as the Director of Maintenance, Munzie decided to change career paths and became the first Northeast Avionics Sales Representative for Duncan Aviation. Duncan was a growing and dynamic company. During their expansion, Duncan went from a strictly LearJet sales a service center in Lincoln Nebraska to a nationwide aircraft maintenance, avionics repair, and installation company. Munzie was instrumental in the development of the Duncan satellite avionics service shops in White Plains NY, Washington DC, Teterboro NJ, and Long Island NY. As the Northeast Sales Representative for Duncan, Munzie traveled to nearly 400 airports in the northeast and Canada promoting Duncan’s services to various corporate flight departments as well as large and small aircraft maintenance shops. During his ten year stay at Duncan, Munzie made many friends and contacts within the fortune 100 corporate flight department community.
In July of 1994, Munzie accepted a sales manager position with Stead Aviation in Manchester, New Hampshire. During his time with Stead he was able to bring along many of his Duncan customers and reacquaint many old Stead customers with their updated services. One of Stead’s key updated services was their on-site avionics installations, which greatly improved their business and became a favorite of customers accomplishing their own in-house maintenance. Munzie’s extensive customer base and the efforts of other key personnel made Stead Aviation the largest independent avionics installation facility in the northeast. .
Following a 1997 merger with Wiggin Airways, Munzie and a few other Stead employees decided to venture out on their own founding Pro Star Aviation, LLC in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 31, 1998. He and his fellow partners were able to convince a strong core of talent to join them. Pro Star’s first customer was an STC installation of a Universal FMS in a Lear 60 that was completed in just two weeks. Since that first STC, Pro Star Aviation, under the steady guidance of Munzie and his partners, has amassed dozens of STC’s, completed hundreds of avionics installations, and evolved into a Hawker Beech Service Center as well as Pilatus Sales and Service Center.
When asked to reflect on his time with Pro Star Munzie said, “I would say that it was very satisfying working with dedicated and intelligent people that took pride in their work and understood their customers’ needs.” All of us at Pro Star Aviation are grateful for Munzie’s sales leadership over the years. His hard work and dedication are truly appreciated,” says Kevin Harriman, Pro Star Aviation’s General Manager. “We are happy Munzie will continue with Pro Star in his new role supporting Clark Gordon our new Director of Sales”.