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Ed Boullianne to Retire from Omega as COO/CFO

Omega Aerial Refueling Services, Inc. announced that Ed Boullianne will retire as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the end of June, after 10 years at the company. His duties and responsibilities will be shared by Anton Nerad as Executive Vice President and Ryan Murphy as Senior Vice President, Finance.


Omega Aerial Refueling Services, Inc. announced that Ed Boullianne will retire as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the end of June, after 10 years at the company. His duties and responsibilities will be shared by Anton Nerad as Executive Vice President and Ryan Murphy as Senior Vice President, Finance.

Ed joined OARS as the company’s Chief Operating Officer in 2009. Two years later, he took on the duties and title of Chief Financial Officer for OARS, and served in both capacities. Previously, he served for 28 years as a U.S. Naval Flight Officer.

“My 10 years with Omega have been incredibly rewarding and I have been honored to be part of such a fantastic company,” stated Ed.

During his time in the Navy, Ed flew the Lockheed S-3B Viking, accumulating nearly 3,000 hours and 800 carrier arrested landings. He commanded VS-29, served as the Air Boss on USS CARL VINSON during post-911 combat operations in Afghanistan, and finished his career as a Deputy Director at the Office of Naval Intelligence. While serving in the Navy, he also earned his master’s degree from the Naval War College.

“Ed has been invaluable to the Omega organization over his ten years with the company,” said Bill Schaefer, President and Chairman of the Board. “He has displayed outstanding business acumen, operational expertise, and leadership at Omega, and he will be greatly missed by the entire Omega family.”

Ed announced his planned retirement last year, which will coincide with his move to New York, where he will share time between his homes on Lake George and at Windham Mountain.

“It has been a banner year for Omega,” said Schaefer. “We are very excited about the opportunities coming our way, including the possibility of starting to support the Air Force, and continuing opportunities with the Navy and Marine Corps team.”

“We will miss having Ed as a part of the Omega team, but many of the opportunities we are presented with today are thanks in no small part to his leadership,” added Schaefer. “We are confident that Anton and Ryan will continue to uphold the excellent standards of leadership Ed set over the last ten years.”

Before joining Omega as OARS’ Director of Marine Corps Programs, Anton Nerad served as a naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 30 years, accumulating more than 3,500 tactical hours flying the AV-8B and the F-16C as an exchange pilot with the U.S. Air Force. Both ashore and afloat, he has supported multiple U.S. operations around the world and Commanded both VMA-211 and MAG-13. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Ryan Murphy served as an E-2C Naval Flight Officer in various units on both active duty and as a reservist. He joined Omega as Assistant Director of Operations in 2004, and now serves as Senior Vice President, Operations and Finance. Ryan recently earned an executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of North Carolina-Kenan-Flagler.

Other recent personnel changes have included:

  • Promoting John Pugh to Senior Director of Flight Operations. He joins the Omega management team with nearly 24 years of service in the Air Force, including as a C-21 instructor pilot and KC-135 flight test evaluator pilot, and three years as an Omega pilot. He earned a Master’s degree in aviation safety and has extensive training and experience as an aviation safety officer and air crash investigator. He also maintains his active flying status with OARS and is the Training and Standardization Captain for its KC-707 fleet.
  • Promoting Libby Vertz to the position of Director of Communications and Chief of Staff. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, and has been assisting with Omega communication efforts since she joined the company in 2014.
  • Promoting Karen Roberts to the position of Business Management. A contractor for Omega for eight years, Karen recently joined the Omega team as a full-time employee. Karen brings 30 plus years of finance and accounting experience. She was recently the sole proprietor of Green Books, LLC, servicing the financial needs of small businesses in Northern Virginia. Previously, she served as Director of Finance and Operations at Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center.
  • Hiring Chris Sorensen as Director of Flight Operations. He joins Omega with a background in military air operations coordination, having previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as in business, most recently serving as Senior Project Manager at EN Engineering.
  • Hiring Matt Schaff as Director of Business Operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management, and has a background in commercial flight operations, previously serving as the Base Manager for GoJet at Detroit Metro Airport.

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Omega Aerial Refueling Services, Inc. is the global leader in commercial aerial refueling, and has completed more than 7,900 missions and delivered more than 283 million pounds of fuel. Omega offers a range of refueling solutions to the U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. allies across the globe.