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About Marks Systems

Marks Systems, also doing business as masFlight, was founded as a subsidiary of Marks Aviation LLC, an aviation consulting and data analysis group based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Marks Aviation has 10 years of experience in airline consulting, regulatory and policy data management, operations and aircraft leasing. Marks Systems became an independent entity in April 2011.

Our team brings experience from Fortune 500 technology firms, successful software startups and vertical markets including aviation, telecommunications, and government solutions.

Information about open positions at Marks Systems can be found on our Careers page.

Joshua Marks
Chief Executive Officer

Josh Marks is the CEO of Marks Systems. Prior to founding the company in 2010, Josh was EVP and CFO of eJet Aviation Holdings (2008-2010) and an executive at MAXjet Airways, a transatlantic scheduled carrier rated the #2 global airline (behind Singapore Airlines) by both Travel & Leisure Magazine and Zagat Survey in independent 2007 surveys. At MAXjet, he served as Senior Vice President of Planning, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President between 2003 and 2008.

Prior to entering the airline industry in 2003, Josh was CEO of VelociGen, a web services platform developer acquired by SOA Software, and COO of Virtualis, an SME-focused web hosting company acquired by Allegiance Telecom.

He has served as adjunct faculty at George Washington University where he was Associate Director of the GWU Aviation Institute and is a frequent lecturer on airline operations, data analysis and regulatory policy. Josh is also the Executive Director of the American Aviation Institute, a commercial aviation think-tank based in Washington DC, where he leads research on airline operations, revenue and airspace management. He is a Director of eJet Aviation and has served on the boards of Fonality and Worldreach.

Josh holds an MBA and BA from Harvard University and is an active pilot.

Rodrigo Navarro
Chief Technical Officer

Rodrigo Navarro is the CTO of Marks Systems and leads engineering resources and technical strategy at the company. From 2004-2010, he served as the production team leader and head of SMS and MMS infrastructure operations at Sybase365 (SAP). In those roles, he re-engineered and supported the dominant cellular messaging platform globally, with the architecture supporting billions of messages daily sent between major mobile telecommunications companies.

Between 2001 and 2004, Rodrigo was an engineer at McAfee and Pepco Energy Services. Prior to immigrating to the United States in 2001, Rodrigo was the Chief Executive Officer of Indesoft, a systems integration and software development company in Barranquilla, Colombia. While at Sybase365, Rodrigo completed studies in project management from the Stanford University Center of Professional Development and holds a BS (Engineering) and MBA from Universidad del Norte (Colombia).

He is a co-founder and Director of mQpons, a mobile messaging company.

Tulinda Larsen
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Tulinda Larsen leads sales and marketing, drawing on more than 30 years of experience serving as an adviser to aviation firms including Bombardier, Embraer, ITT, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation, SAAB Aircraft Leasing, Abu Dhabi Investment Fund, Export Development Canada, Industries Canada, GE Aviation, and GECAS. Before moving to the private sector, she worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Regional Airline Association.

Tulinda has deep experience in commercializing transportation databases including at BACK Aviation Solutions where she developed new aviation intelligence products and value added services. Following BACK's acquisition by Commonwealth Business Media (CBM), she served as Managing Director of Analytical Services for CBM in aviation, maritime, and rail. Tulinda was part of the integration team between the aviation intelligence services of BACK and OAG following CBM and OAG’s acquisition by United Business Media (UBM).

She holds a MA in Economics, a BA in Political Science/Economics from The George Washington University and is a candidate for a Doctorate of Management at the University of Maryland University College.

Courtney Jones Hrycay
Vice President, Business Development

Courtney Jones Hrycay leads business and channel development for Marks Systems. Prior to joining the company in 2011, Courtney managed strategic and operational consulting engagements to major aviation and aerospace industry clients (including MROs and airlines) with a specialty in data analysis, financial planning and market metrics.

Prior to developing her own practice, Courtney was a consultant with Oliver Wyman’s Aerospace, Aviation, and Defense practice based in Boston, MA, where she participated in client engagements involving airline revenue management, new product and market evaluation, strategic planning, and information technology. From 2004 to 2007, Courtney was Manager, Inflight Business Planning at JetBlue Airways where she was responsible for manpower planning, departmental performance reporting, budgeting, and ad hoc business analysis. During the summer of 2003 while pursuing her MBA, Courtney interned at Southwest Airlines.

Courtney holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS (Engineering) in Operations Research from Princeton University.

Pete West
Vice President, Government & Public Affairs

Pete brings more than 30 years of legislative, political, governmental policy and strategy, and organizational experience to masFlight. He is a well-known, highly-respected advocate before federal, state, local and international levels of government, as well as the media, with emphasis on the U.S. Congress and agencies with jurisdiction over aviation and transportation.

Prior to joining masFlight, Pete provided contract support as President of West Advocacy for the NextGen Air Transportation System/JPDO for six years; was Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs for the National Business Aviation Association for 17 years; Manager, Legislative Affairs for Delta Air Lines, Inc., for seven years; and served three years as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard, Jr. (D-GA).

Pete’s relevant activities and honors include Chairman, ATCA Publicity & Public Relations Committee; Honoree, Aviation Week & Space Technology 45th Annual Aerospace Laurels; Rep/Co-Founder of the Aviation & Space Stakeholders Coalition, National Aviation Associations Coalition, General Aviation Coalition; Past-President and 25-year Board Member, Aero Club of Washington; Air and Space Heritage Council; Partnership for Improved Air Travel; Member, International Aviation Club; and Co-Founder, Greater Washington Aviation Open.

Edmund Otubuah
Managing Director, Commercial Aviation Products

Edmund Otubuah joined Marks Systems in 2011 from JetBlue Airways where he spent eight years in operations analysis, strategic planning, marketing and airport operations roles.

From 2007 to 2011, Edmund conducted data analysis and operational planning, where his daily responsibilities included operations reviews, preparation of DOT regulatory reports, block time forecasting, competitive benchmarking and schedule performance. Between 2005 and 2007, Edmund was a project coordinator at JetBlue with a focus on airport capacity enhancement and planning. Prior to that, he worked in marketing and airport operations roles in Long Beach, CA and at JetBlue headquarters in Forest Hills, NY.

Edmund is the author and co-author of research reports on traffic management enhancement and regional airspace operations, and has participated in multi-airline and FAA-led initiatives for efficiency improvement. Edmund joined JetBlue after completing his Bachelors of Science degree in Aviation and Air Traffic Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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