Ryan Goertzen

Ryan Goertzen is the vice president of Maintenance Workforce Development at AAR Corporation, a leading aviation services provider to commercial airlines and governments worldwide. He oversees AAR’s various workforce-based initiatives and was responsible for developing the EAGLE Career Pathway Program. Goertzen is the president of Choose Aerospace, which aims to unite the aerospace industry and implement solutions to the workforce shortage. Goertzen started with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in 2011, holding the positions of vice president of education, president of Spartan’s Tulsa campuses and corporate officer. Goertzen previously spent three years at AAR managing the training and ASAP programs in Oklahoma City. He began his career as a pilot instructor for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation, where he was responsible for Air Wisconsin’s first learning management system and e-learning content used in recurrent pilot training. In 2005, Goertzen transitioned to the maintenance side of the airline as Air Wisconsin’s Manager of Maintenance Training. Goertzen was the Aviation Technician Education Council president from 2014-2018. He holds a B.S. in Aviation and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.