ALPA’s Executive Vice-Presidents

ALPA’s 9 EVPs, along with the four national officers, make up ALPA’s Executive Council, which meets at least six times per year to act in consultation and cooperation with ALPA’s President in furthering objectives and policies set by the Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Board. During Board of Directors meetings, BOD members—status and seniority-block representatives—elect the 9 Executive Vice-Presidents by caucuses from each of the ALPA airline groupings. Each EVP serves a 2-year term.

Listed below are the names the Executive Vice-Presidents that serve under each EVP group. The EVP groups and airlines they serve are:

Group Airlines
Group A* Continental, Delta, FedEx, United
Group B1** American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast, Compass, Mesa Air Group, Sun Country
Group B2**
Alaska, Endeavor Air, Evergreen, Piedmont, Spirit
Group B3** Air Wisconsin, CommutAir, ExpressJet, Hawaiian, Island Air, Trans States
Group B4** AirTran, Air Transport International, North American, PSA
Group C*** Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, CanJet, First Air, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, Wasaya

*Represents pilot groups with more than 4,000 active members or with projected annual dues income of $10 million or more.
**Represents pilot groups with fewer than 4,000 active members or with projected annual dues income of less than $10 million.
***All Canadian airlines.

Group A

Capt. Larry Beck, United

Captain Lawrence “Larry” Beck was reelected executive vice president, Group A, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His latest term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

Currently based in Newark, Captain Beck flies the B-757/B-767 for United. Before the United/Continental merger in 2013, he served as both vice chairman and secretary-treasurer for Continental Local Council 170. He was also a member of the Grievance Committee and acted as a union duty officer.

Prior to his experience at Continental, Captain Beck flew for Continental Express where he served as a member of the pilot group’s Negotiating Committee.

A graduate of the Roger Williams College in Bristol, R.I., Captain Beck earned a BS in criminal justice.

He currently resides in North Stonington, Conn., with his wife, Janet. They have a combined family of six adult children.

e-mail: larry.beck@alpa.org


First Officer Scott Smetana, Delta

First Officer Scott Smetana was elected Executive Vice President, Group A, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

Currently based in Detroit, First Officer Smetana flies the A-330 for Delta. He has served as a local council officer and was also a member and chairman of his pilot group’s Pilot to Pilot Committee.

Prior to his experience at Delta, First Officer Smetana served for 16 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, flying F-16s and A-7s.

A graduate of the Air Force Academy in 1979, First Officer Smetana earned a BSEE in electrical engineering.

He currently resides in White Lake, Mich.

e-mail: scott.smetana@alpa.org


Captain Joe DePete, Fedex Express

Captain Joe DePete was elected Executive Vice President, Group A, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

Currently based in Memphis, Captain DePete flies and acts as a line check airman on the A-310/300 for FedEx Express. He has served as ALPA FedEx Express Master Executive Council Chairman and Local Executive Council Chairman. He was a member of the original ALPA Organizing Committee during and after the Flying Tigers merger and a member of the original Federal Express Pilots Association Organizing Committee. Captain DePete organized the first Pilots for Kids Charity drive for the FedEx Pilots and participated in the development of the first FedEx Pilot Habitat for Humanity project for the Anchorage council.

Captain DePete was sole representative for U.S. airline labor at the 1995 Asian Pacific Economic Council, Transportation Ministerial Meeting held at the U.S. State Department. In addition, he previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain flying the KC-130 for Squadron VMGR-252 stationed at Cherry Pt., NC.

A graduate of St. John’s University, Captain DePete earned a BA in political science. In addition to his ALPA and FedEx Express responsibilities, he is a certified investment portfolio manager, having passed the Series 65 (NASAA) Uniform Investment Adviser Law Exam.

He currently resides with his fianceé, Lauri, in Louisville, Ky.

e-mail: joe.depete@alpa.org


First Officer Michael Hamilton, United

First Officer Michael Hamilton was reelected executive vice president, Group A, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His latest term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

First Officer Hamilton serves as the secretary-treasurer for the United Master Executive Council. Hired by United Airlines in 1997, he is based in Chicago and flies the B-767.

First Officer Hamilton earned a BS in aeronautics at Parks College of St. Louis University. He resides with his wife, Mary, in Plainfield, Ill. They have two sons: Patrick and Liam.

e-mail: michael.hamilton@alpa.org


Group B1

Captain Thomas Maxwell, American Eagle

Captain Thomas Maxwell of American Eagle Airlines was reelected executive vice president, Group B1, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His latest term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

Currently based in Chicago, Captain Maxwell flies the Embraer 145/135. He was hired by Simmons Airlines in 1986 as an SD3-60 first officer. Simmons Airlines was purchased by the AMR Corporation in 1988 and operated as part of American Eagle Airlines.

Captain Maxwell earned a BS in business administration at ORU.

Captain Maxwell and his wife, Shevawn, reside in Naperville, Ill. They have three children: Sarah, Benjamin, and Jesse.

e-mail: tom.maxwell@alpa.org


Group B2

Vacant


Group B3

First Officer William Hanna, ExpressJet

First Officer William Hanna was elected Executive Vice President, Group B3, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

Currently based in Houston, First Officer Hanna flies the EMB-145 for ExpressJet. He has served as Vice Chairman and Interim Representative of Local Council 175. He was also Chairman of his pilot group’s SPSC Committee and Base Vice Chairman and member of the Pilot to Pilot Committee.

A graduate of the University of Louisville, First Officer Hanna graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics. While there, he played NCAA Division 1 Golf. In 2008, he helped create and manage a local business in the restaurant/hospitality industry.

He currently resides in The Woodlands, Texas with his wife, Jena.

e-mail: will.hanna@alpa.org


Group B4

First Officer Todd Ortscheid, AirTran

First Officer Todd Ortscheid was reelected executive vice president, Group B4, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His latest term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

Currently based in Atlanta, First Officer Ortscheid flies the B-717 for AirTran, where he previously served as vice chairman for the AirTran Master Executive Council (MEC). First Officer Ortscheid was also a first officer representative and a member of the MEC Contract Compliance Committee, and led the drive to merge the AirTran pilots’ independent union with ALPA.

Before his AirTran experience, First Officer Ortscheid flew for Pinnacle Airlines (now Endeavor Air). While at Pinnacle, he was a local council officer in Detroit. He also served as Strategic Preparedness Committee chairman and was an active member of both the Scheduling and Communications Committees.

As a member of ALPA, First Officer Ortscheid has participated in member organizing drives at Colgan and other carriers.

He resides in Senoia, Ga.

e-mail: todd.ortscheid@alpa.org


Group C

Captain Dan Adamus, Jazz Aviation

Captain Dan Adamus was reelected executive vice president, Group C, of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His latest term began on Jan. 1, 2013.

Currently based in Toronto, Captain Adamus flies the CRJ-200/705 for Jazz Aviation. He was hired on Oct. 22, 1985, with Austin Airways, which merged with Air Ontario and was eventually renamed Air Canada Regional. Following additional mergers, Air Canada Regional was transformed into Air Canada Jazz, and Jazz Air, and now Jazz Aviation (JAZ).

Captain Adamus is the president of ALPA’s Canada Board and served two terms as Canada Board vice president/IFALPA director. He served as the Canada Board Government Relations Committee chairman from 1994 to 2006. He also served as the executive vice president, North America, for the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), from March 2007 to May 2012.

Born in Port Credit, Ontario, and raised in New Liskeard, Ontario, Captain Adamus resides in Ottawa with his wife, Francine, and their children, Kurtis and Dana.

e-mail: dan.adamus@alpa.org