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Robert (Bob) M. McCoy
Chief Executive Officer
Robert (Bob) M. McCoy is the President for Westwind Helicopters, Inc., one of the premier helicopter services in the Gulf of Mexico region. Over the last few years, McCoy and his team have grown Westwind from a one helicopter company to its current fleet of extensive aircraft. The success of Westwind has been built on McCoy’s vast experience in both the aviation and oil and gas industry. Prior to starting Westwind Helicopters, McCoy’s aviation career began over thirty-five years ago flying both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. During his career, McCoy also held a management position for twenty-five years working for a major independent oil and gas company, both domestically and internationally, overseeing multimillion dollar projects. McCoy attended New Mexico Junior College and currently holds a commercial fixed wing rating for both single engine and multiengine aircraft to include an Instrument certificate, Commercial Rotor Wing with instructor’s certificate, and an Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) Mechanic’s certificate.
Robert (Rob) Phillips
Chief Operating Officer / President
Robert Phillips became President of Westwind Helicopters in January 2022. In this position, Rob is responsible to oversee the operations of the company, and to lead the execution of Westwind’s mission to provide the highest quality service and safety to our clients and to our community. Rob has more than 35 years of experiences in aviation and a successful track record from over two decades of regional / global leadership roles. After serving in US Army as a helicopter pilot and training captain, Rob started his civil career in US Gulf of Mexico in 1996 as an FAA Part 135 commercial pilot flying both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Prior to joining Westwind, Rob has worked for a couple of leading global helicopter operators and held several positions, ranging from various Director and Vice President roles to his most recent role as SVP, Americas Region and Global Business Operations Services. His areas of responsibilities spanned from flight operations to training, global operational standards, supply chain, fleet management and P&L management. Phillips has a BS in Aviation Business Administration accomplished while serving on active duty in Army. In addition to his pilot certificates and flight instructor certificates, he has completed Professional Development in Finance, Executive Negotiation Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and has also completed multiple leadership development programs for executives.
W. Randy Orr
Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
Randy Orr joined Westwind Helicopters as Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Mr. Orr has 25+ years of aviation specific financial and management experience. Prior to joining Westwind, Mr. Orr served as Vice President/General Manager–Alaska for a publicly traded helicopter company. Prior to transferring to Alaska, he served as the Company’s Corporate Controller for over 13 years. He has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Director of Operations / Director of Safety
Don Robson serves as Westwind Helicopters Director of Operations and Director of Safety with 35+ years of experience. Mr. Robson began his aviation career in 1984 by enlisting in the U.S. Army as a UH-1H Helicopter Mechanic. After attending Wilmington College in an Aviation Management discipline Mr. Robson was accepted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School. Shortly after receiving his Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, he attended Flight Training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, AL. During his stint in the U.S. Army, he was qualified in the UH-1H & AH-1G aircraft while also serving as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer & Company Commander. Mr. Robson began his civilian offshore career in 1990 at another O&G operator where he held positions as Line Pilot, Ground/Flight Instructor, Head of Flight Standards, & Chief Pilot and Director of Operations. Mr. Robson joined Westwind in 2020 as the Director of Safety before assuming the role of Director of Operations in 2021. Mr. Robson holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with 35+ years of aviation experience including over 12,000 hours of accident-free flying. Mr. Robson has participated in the Oil & Gas Industry Safety Forum (HSAC – Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference) as the Treasurer since 2015.
Shawn Vaughn began his affiliation with Westwind in February 2022 as a consultant and joined the team as Chief Pilot in 2023. He brings 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, starting his career as an Army aviator flying UH-60 Blackhawks. His military tenure was comprised of various company and battalion leadership positions, a combat tour, and the shaping of army aviators as a UH-60 Instructor Pilot. Shawn launched his career in the Oil and Gas industry in 2005 as a commercial line pilot. Prior to joining the Westwind team, he held several positions including Check Airman, Head of Flight Standards, and Director of Training. His most recent role was as a Global Training and Standards Manager, responsible for pilot quality and standards in a global helicopter company operating in multiple countries throughout the world. He has a Bachelor of Science degree and holds Rotorcraft ATP, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and Private Pilot Airplane certificates.
Director of Maintenance
Joey Desormeaux joined Westwind Helicopters in 2022 as Area Maintenance Manager and was promoted to Director of Maintenance in 2023. Mr. Desormeaux has over 35 years of civilian rotor wing experience. His civilian roles include Maintenance Manager supporting Part 133 and Part 135 operations, Manager Airframe Overhauls 145 Repair Station, and Part 145 Repair Station Inspector for a global helicopter operator which had operations in the US Gulf of Mexico, Australia, Canada, Guyana, Norway, Trinidad, and the United Kingdom.
Director of Quality Assurance
Myron Hillers serves as Westwind Helicopter’s Director of Maintenance. Hillers has 37 years as an A&P maintenance technician and has held an IA rating since 1989. Prior to coming to Westwind Hillers served as line technician and lead maintenance technician for the a large oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico in charge of VIP flights and 17 years as Director of Maintenance for a helicopter company involved in oil and gas production, power line patrols, and filming movies. Myron was the Baton Rouge Flight Standards District office 2004 Maintenance Technician of the year. A key member of Team Westwind, Myron excels in encouraging employee involvement and consistently inspires them to expand their technical knowledge.