WHAT WE DO
Founded in 1994, CPaT Global is the market leader in Distance Learning solutions for Airlines, Training Organizations, Aircraft Maintenance Companies and Aviation Professionals.
We offer Distance Learning Courses and Learning Management Systems for most of the world’s commercial aircraft; including: Boeing, Airbus, McDonnell Douglas, Embraer, Fokker, and ATR. Our library of Aviation General Subjects and Specialty Courses cover a wide range of Aviation, Airline and Safety Subjects. Our one-of-a-kind, dynamic software platform, CPaT Invent, allows trainers to truly customize their curriculum or CPaT's, quickly and easily.
All of CPaT’s distance learning solutions are developed following FAA, EASA, ICAO, and DGAC guidelines for developing distance learning courseware for aviation, and meet IOSA standards.
OUR EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP
Kent Morrison was appointed President of CPaT Global in January 2021. He previously joined the CPaT Global team in August of 2016, where he served as the Vice President of Operations and Software Development. With over 30 years’ experience in education, training, and software development, along with a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, Mr. Morrison brings a unique combination of education, experience, and leadership to CPaT Global. Before CPaTGlobal, Mr. Morrison held the position of Director of Software Development at World GPS Solutions, where he led a software team as the company transitioned from shrink-wrapped software to software as a service. Creating desktop, web, and mobile solutions for fleet management professionals, Mr. Morrison’s team provided the products necessary to transition to a SaaS business successfully. Since 2000, Mr. Morrison has worked at several distance learning companies, startups, and companies in transition. Early in his career, Mr. Morrison spent time as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston at Clear Lake and several years teaching secondary education and coaching in Texas public schools.
Gregory Darrow joined the CPaT Team in 2014 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With over 28 years in sales and marketing experience, including 19 years in flight training sales, Capt. Darrow’s extensive background includes sales management positions with IKON Office Solutions, Flight Training International, International Aviation Training and Services and Pan Am International Flight Academy. As an accomplished sales professional, he has earned numerous awards including 7 years as Sales Person of the Year for IKON Office Solutions, Sales and Marketing Professional of the Year for the State of Hawaii and multiple sales management performance awards. As an accomplished professional pilot, Capt. Darrow has a long history of flight operations and pilot training. He has experience as an Airline Captain, Type Rating Instructor, and Type Rating Examiner. With over 23,000 flight hours, Capt. Darrow has flown the B777, B767, B757, B737, DC-10, DC-9, Airbus 320 and numerous turboprops.
Tony Vidrick joined CPaT Global in January 2021 as Vice President of Finance and Operations. Mr. Vidrick brings a versatile experience to CPaT in the financial and accounting industry. Previous to CPaT, he worked for KPMG, LLP, as an external auditor before transitioning to KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice, where he managed projects related to corporate bankruptcies, sell side accounting, change accounting, restatements, and on-call accounting advisory for private and public companies primarily within the Energy sector. Mr. Vidrick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds both his Bachelor of Administration in Accounting and Master of Accountancy from Texas State University.
Natalie Foster joined CPaT Global in September 2020 as International Sales Director with a focus on the Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Ms. Foster brings 10 years of Sales and Marketing experience to CPaT, primarily in the industrial manufacturing industry. Previous to CPaT, Ms. Foster worked for Echo Engineering & Production Supplies Inc., where she was the Territory Sales Representative responsible for new project generation and onsite visits to OEM manufacturers in the Agriculture, Automotive, Lighting, Metal Finishing and Oil and Gas industries. Prior to that, Ms. Foster managed large Oil and Gas and Civil Engineering projects across the world while creating and maintaining high priority client relationships. Ms. Foster holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she attended on an athletic scholarship.
Rebecca Smith joined CPaT Global in February 2020 as International Sales Director with a focus on the North and South America, Caribbean, Africa, and Middle Easter regions. Ms. Smith brings 20+ years of Sales experience to CPaT. Previous to CPaT, Ms. Smith worked for Dimension Energy Services where she was the Sales Manager and has held a variety of sales positions focused on services primarily in Oil and Gas and the Logistics industries. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in General Sales & Marketing from Bauer Business College at the University of Houston.
Victoria Rduch joined CPaT Global in 2015 as a Customer Support Representative. Ms. Rduch has grown throughout her tenure with CPaT and now serves as the Client Success Manager. Ms. Rduch leads all customer engagement and service for our clients, including onboarding, customer service inquiries, curriculum conversion, and more. Previous to CPaT, Ms. Rduch spent five years in Education as a substitute teacher for Spanish, a one-on-one teacher at the Alternative Education Center, and an English Teacher in Chile for the Chilean Ministry of Education. Ms. Rduch holds a B.A. in Spanish from Amherst College.
Amie Smith joined CPaT Global in August of 2020 as the Director of Marketing. Mrs. Smith brings more than 15 years’ marketing and communications experience to CPaT, primarily in the Oil and Gas industry. Previous to CPaT, she was the Marketing Manager for GeoTree, an acquisition division of Clockspring|NRI, where she was responsible for rebranding the business and bringing the division to market through strategic and tactical marketing. Prior to GeoTree, Ms. Smith has held various mid-senior level Communications and Marketing positions in the Energy sector, ranging from small to midsized, and Fortune 500 companies.
Kris Wadenpfuhl joined CPaT in 2017 and is currently serving as the Director of Curriculum Development. Mr. Wadenpfuhl started his aviation career in the US Air Force as aircrew onboard the E-3 AWACS. He was an Honor Graduate, two-time Top Graduate, and a Distinguished Graduate throughout his Professional Military Education. He served as an instructor, evaluator, and training program manager during his 11-year career. He also spent over 2,000 classroom hours as an instructor for the Community College of the Air Force. He joined Continental Airlines in 2007 as a B737 ground school instructor where he was handpicked to develop several aircraft systems curricula and syllabi for the Continental and United Airlines flight training departments. During this time, Mr. Wadenpfuhl earned his Master of Science degree in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University where he specialized in training development and adult education.
Gunnar Seaburg joined CPaT Global in November 2019 as Software Product Engineer and Architect, and currently leads as Engineering Manager of our CPaT Invent products. Mr. Seaburg’s prior experience includes extensive software development and leadership positions in the computer industry with IBM, Compaq Computers, and Hewlett-Packard, and in the consumer product industry with Goodman Manufacturing. He is co-inventor on numerous U.S. Patents. Mr. Seaburg is an accomplished, commercially rated general aviation pilot and flight instructor, and has also served in various training and leadership positions with the U.S.A.F. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Master of Science in Psychology (Engineering/Human Factors) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Joseph Pinedo joined CPaT Global in June of 2019. Joseph is the Software Engineering Manager for CPaT’s Access LMS portfolio. Mr. Pinedo brings 7 years’ experience to CPaT in software consulting. Previous to CPaT, Mr. Pinedo’s software consulting experience spanned a diverse set of industries, including Pharmaceutical, Legal processes in Oil and Gas, and Tolling/Government. Mr. Pinedo holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Software Engineering from the University of Texas. Joseph is certified in Xamarin and C#.
Cindy Kirk joined CPaT Global in 2008 in Courseware Development and is currently the Director of Production. Ms. Kirk brings more than 30 years in Aviation Training to CPaT. Prior to joining the company, she held a variety of roles primarily in the aviation training industry and has airline customer service experience.
AVIATION SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS
Michael Shanks started his aviation career as a Naval Aviator in the US Navy flying the SH-60B helicopter and the C-12 transport aircraft. After 11 years in the Navy, Mr. Shanks became a commercial airline pilot with Continental Express/ExpressJet Airlines flying the ATR-42, ATR-72, EMB-145 and ERJ-175. While there, he was a Lead Line Check Airman on the 145 and Line Check Airman on the 175. He left ExpressJet in 2020 and joined CPaT as a full time, in-house Consultant and one of CPaT’s Subject Matter Experts (SME).
Michael Schuler started his aviation career over 30 years ago as an aircraft dispatcher. Afterward, Mr. Schuler joined Continental/United Airlines as a ground instructor, instructing on the B757, B767 and B787 aircraft. He retired from United Airlines August of 2016, and joined CPaT as a full time, in-house Consultant, covering the Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787. Mr. Schuler is one of CPaT’s Subject Matter Experts, (SME), that supports the development of our software engineering and courseware development teams with his aviation expertise.
Bill Severn started his aviation career in the US Air Force as an instructor where he served for 20 years. After leaving the Air Force, Mr. Severn began his civilian career as a Ground School Instructor, which lasted 30 years and included aircraft such as the B737, B757, B767, B787, L-1011 and A330. During his career he worked as an Instructional Systems Designer for AQP on the B737CL and curriculum developer for an A330 course. Mr. Severn worked as a Ground School Instructor for United Airlines and is now a consultant for CPaT where he brings his rich experience and expertise to the Airbus A320 and A330 CBTs as well as CPaT’s library of Boeing CBTs. Mr. Severn is one of CPaT’s Subject Matter Experts, (SME), that supports the development of our software engineering and courseware development teams with his aviation expertise.
Jim Tucker started his flying career with a 6-year tour as a Navy pilot flying an S3A of the USS America. After leaving the Navy, Mr. Tucker started his career as a commercial airline pilot with Braniff Airways flying a Boeing B727. This began a flying career that spanned three decades on aircraft ranging from the DC9 to the Boeing B777. After his flying career, Mr. Tucker joined the staff of United Airlines training center in Houston where he trained B737 pilots until his departure in 2017. Mr. Tucker augments CPaT’s staff of experts as a consultant with expertise with the B767, B757, B777, B737, and MD-80. Mr. Tucker is one of CPaT’s Subject Matter Experts, (SME), that supports the development of our software engineering and courseware development teams with his aviation expertise.
Paul McDermott attended USAF undergraduate pilot training in 1971. His first assignment after pilot training was Forward Air Controller (FAC) flying the OV-10 Bronco in Southeast Asia. He returned to the USA a year later and flew the KC-135 until 1978. He upgraded to Aircraft Commander, instructor pilot, and Standardization Pilot during those 5 years. He left active duty and was hired by Braniff Airlines in 1978, where he was Flight Engineer and First Officer on the Boeing 727 until 1980. He was hired by the USAF Reserves in 1982 flying the KC-10 tanker until retiring in 1994. During this same period, Paul was hired by Continental Airlines. He was a B727 Captain for 10 years until cross training to the B737 where he was a B737 Captain and Line Check Airman for eleven years until retirement in 2006. Mr. McDermott was hired as a B737 ground school instructor in 2012 on the B737 and joined CPaT’s SME consulting team in 2017. Mr. McDermott is one of CPaT’s Subject Matter Experts, (SME), that supports the development of our software engineering and courseware development teams with his aviation expertise.