Vice president and general manager of aircraft manufacturing, Hawker Beechcraft
Holter will lead Hawker Beechcraft's manufacturing operations at Plant I and Plant III and in Salina and Mexico.
"My focus is becoming more on the strategic planning side of our facilities and looking at our philosophies, footprint and rationalizing what we look like in the future," Holter said.
Everything is up for review, he said.
"My team will be doing the data collection and making recommendations on what we place where, actually, what we look like in the future," Holter said. "We have a lot of tough decisions to make. We'll do that for the long-term survivability of Hawker Beechcraft."
Holter joined Hawker Beechcraft from Cessna Aircraft, where he was vice president of Mustang and single-engine piston products and outlying operations, including Cessna's plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The position with Hawker Beechcraft first caught his attention because it would mean more time with his wife, Theresa, and two children.
In his job with Cessna, he commuted weekly from his Andover home to Independence.
The job's challenge was also attractive.
"I thrive on challenge," he said.
Holter worked for Cessna from 1996 until 2003 when he became vice president for operations at Eclipse Aviation. He returned to Cessna in 2006.
He also worked as a manufacturing engineer for Piper Aircraft, which at the time was based in Lock Haven, Pa., Holter's hometown.
Holter has a bachelor's degree in operational management and leadership from Friends University.