Executive Steering Committee

Who We Are

We are a team of Aerospace Professionals who understands the challenges of today's competitive environment. Each executive in our team and our committees have decades of experience in our respective areas and combined have well in excess of 500 years. Our sincere goal is to help the SoCal Supply Chain by introducing new customers to exhibitors and bring new markets to them, provide the visibility needed and suggest marketing opportunities while helping visiting customers and other manufacturers connect and get to know you.

Welcome to Socal Aerospace Expo, a division of Socal Aerospace Group (a California Corporation), where you will find our Tradeshow and Conference Services very affordable and specific to your Aerospace and Defense needs.

We are seasoned leaders who have worked in Aerospace all our careers in a variety of roles in small privately held companies, large public companies as well as our own.

In addition to our A&D Tradeshow B2B Matchmaking Meetings, we will also bring top line Industry Executives to speak about several key areas of specific interest to SoCal Aerospace and Defense manufacturers, in line with what OEMs expect and need of them. We understand what it means to have constraints and high expectations. So we will endeavor to bridge the gap between OEM's high expectations with what the supply chain is perceived to provide. In doing so, we hope to help companies connect with OEMs wanting their products and services at a value in line with their needs. And where appropriate, the conference will help train suppliers to reach higher goals and even perhaps begin a journey to diversification. A win-win for everyone, and specially for the SoCal economy and our experienced workforce.

We also plan to find ways to help train the workforce by first understanding what the suppliers need, and what the workforce might be lacking so that thru training they can become more employable to support the supply chain growth. Additionally, it is our intent to bring timely information about the state of current A&D Programs, so that manufacturers can benefit from having a local resource to tap into without needing to travel overseas and without breaking the bank. We have the experience to lead and the resources to help you surpass your goals... Please join us...

Meet The Executive Steering Committee

Al Devile, CEO

Mr. Devile, has 30 years of Aerospace and Defense (Commercial, Military and Space) experience working for Boeing/Douglas Aircraft and various Global Component Manufacturers, for production and aftermarket . He managed Engineering, Estimating, Production Control, Program Management, Sales, Marketing and Operations at Director level or above in private and public companies with revenues approaching $100M. His Aerospace products experience includes Aircraft Fasteners, Hydraulic Tube Fittings, Hoses, Life Support, Interiors products and Satellite Propulsion System Components, besides non-IP products such as rubber, metal and plastic built to print components. He is multi-lingual, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSUN, MBA from Pepperdine, PMP from PMI, has received Karrass Negotiations training, Miller Heiman Sales Training, has published 15 SAE Aerospace Standards and has received several awards along the way. He is currently a member of: Los Angeles Mayor's (Eric Garcetti) Global Export and Investment Council, AMP SoCal Executive Steering Committee and Aerospace & Defense Forum (OC) Steering committee. He is also Group Owner of LinkedIn's Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer's Representatives  and organizer and producer of the SoCal Aerospace expo.

    Al is in charge of Sponsorships and can be contacted directly at al@SoCalAerospaceGroup.com

Michael Boyle, CEO BOB Search

  An Aerospace industry expert, Michael successfully advises clients in the placement of key management positions, focusing on high impact players who can generate change and growth. Michael enjoys repeat business with both large Fortune 100 clients, and entrepreneurial businesses, and he has worked in the military, commercial, and business aircraft sectors. His key clients include Northrop Grumman, Gulfstream, Senior Aerospace, and Nordam, as well as many other subsystem, component, and MRO organizations.

  After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in 1976, Michael spent several years in the restaurant and hotel industry, including executive management positions with Host International, a division of Marriott International. Michael entered the executive search profession in 1979 as one of the founding partners of our firm. Michael has played a key role in assisting clients with integration and expansion of companies funded by venture capital and private equity. He regularly advise clients on organizational management issues.

Specialties: Bringing Leaders to Smart Companies
Executive Search for C-level, VPs all functional areas in manufacturing, high-tech, and emerging growth companies.

Mark Schneider, General Counsel

VertexLex is a specialized law and advisory firm for matters primarily, but not exclusively, related to intellectual property. The mission of the firm is to provide best-in-class service for technology companies and private entities seeking experienced - executive level - advisory services and/or legal representation on a broad range of IP issues. With over seventeen years experience leading corporate IP organizations, Mark specializes in helping and representing Clients facing difficult IP decisions.

Among the services provided are: Providing best practices and alternate business models for effective corporate IP governance; IP monetization strategies for patent and technology licensing; Technology transfer; IP divestitures; Patent assertions; Valuation and IP due diligence; Brokering services for patent sales and acquisitions; Structuring, drafting and negotiating agreements for IP licensing; Patent and/or technology sales and acquisitions; Joint development; Providing direct representation and negotiation of complex IP transactions; 

Norman Arikawa, Asst. Director Port Authority
   Norman Arikawa has worked at the Port of Los Angeles for over 40 years and is currently the Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port. His responsibilities include promotion of the port and to develop inbound and outbound trade. He has helped to develop a program to outreach to small and medium businesses that promotes export opportunities and to educate them on the available resources for exporting called “trade connect” which received the Presidential “E Star” Award in 2013. He also is responsible for coordinating visits by foreign officials to the port and frequently meets with government leaders such as heads of state, ministers and ambassadors from countries around the world. He is assigned to assist the staff of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of  Economic Development to promote and assist foreign direct investment for Los Angeles. He has served as co-chairperson of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Global Initiatives Committee and is currently advisor to the Brazil California Chamber of Commerce. He is also currently a member of the District Export Council of Southern California by appointment of the US Secretary of Commerce and is a member of the board
of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council.
   Prior to his current position, he held positions of chief accountant for the Port and was involved in several major port financings including the development of the port’s $1 billion construction program for development of Terminal Island. He instituted the port’s risk management and insurance program and has served on several national port industry committees for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration. He served as a national co-chair for the US Maritime Administration committee for the development of the publication “Port Risk Management and Insurance Guidebook – 1998” which was
published in October 1998. He also has served as chairman of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities Insurance and Finance Committee.
Larry Schultz, Moss Adams 
Larry has more than 20 years’ experience delivering high quality assurance and advisory services for both public and private companies. He works with clients to improve their internal controls to comply with Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX 404); and assists public companies with SEC reporting requirements, including financial statement disclosures and registration statements. In addition, he supports private companies and private equity groups with key financial reporting, internal control and governance matters.

  Another primary focus for Larry is helping public companies implement SOX 404 across significant acquisitions, while supporting private companies and their owners in preparing for merger and acquisition opportunities. He also has extensive experience and expertise in manufacturing and distribution, online media, advertising, industrial and construction industries.

  Larry is currently on the board of directors for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); California Society of CPAs, where he sits on the Finance Committee; and the steering committee for the Aerospace and Defense Forum.

  Larry received his bachelor of science in finance from Ferris State University, and his master’s in professional accountancy from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan.

Mark Siegfried, 

As the Creative Manager of SoCal Aerospace Group, Paul Webber provides over 35 years of award-winning graphic design, advertising and marketing experience.

After graduating from California State University, Fullerton with a BA degree in graphic design, Paul began his career by working at leading advertising and design firms in Los Angeles and Orange County.

In 2005, Paul established his own company, Graphic Source — a diverse and highly skilled team of professionals. The company consistently designs and implements strategic promotional materials for a wide range of industry-leading clients including; high-tech/industrial, software, medical, and landscape architects, just to name a few.

Paul’s formal education also included special emphasis on marketing and communication. His unique combination of graphic and communication skills provides clients with a powerful and effective competitive edge.

Paul has also worked on other conventions with Mr. Devile And Mr. LaPlante and was instrumental in their success in the same role.  Paul can be reached directly for all your brochures and marketing materials at


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