August 5, 2021 – West Star is pleased to welcome Alan Schaake as the new Director of Accounting at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. He will be overseeing the company’s accounting functions while also assisting with designing and implementing new financial solutions to further develop and refine the current systems.
Alan has over 35 years of combined experience in accounting, finance and operations. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Account for the state of Illinois.
He holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University, later returning to school earning an associate degree in Process Technology from Lewis & Clark Community College.
“Alan’s strong financial background will be a significant benefit for helping West Star continue to grow and succeed. I look forward to working with him to lead the accounting team and help the organization,” said Luke Williams, Corporate Controller.
“I’m excited to be joining such a well-established company and hope my skills and experience benefit the team, company and customers of West Star, while also achieving their short- and long-term financial goals,” said Alan Schaake, Director of Accounting.
West Star is proud to have been voted the #1 Preferred MRO for eight consecutive years from 2014-2021 in Professional Pilot Magazine’s annual PRASE Survey. The survey first included the ‘Most Preferred MRO’ category in 2014 and West Star has won the #1 slot each year since its inception. West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, engines and APUs, avionics installations and repair, major modifications, interior refurbishment, exterior paint, accessory services and parts.