Shout Out for Apex General Manager Ed Marrufo!
When Ed Marrufo joined Apex Aviation in October of 2015, the repair station existed for one type of aircraft only. Since then, the Capability List has grown, and Apex has expanded its repertoire to include all sorts of aircraft and added avionics equipment as well.
I’ve been enjoying my time here. It’s been challenging, but I think myself and the other managers have risen to the challenge. We’re improving every day. The FAA is happy, so if they’re happy, we’re happy.
Ed has been able to help move the needle at Apex Aviation because of his vast experience and his managerial style.
He’s been working on a wide variety of aircraft for a little over 30 years and he has both an A&P and an IA License. Ed started out in general aviation, working for an extended period at Cessna and Eclipse, and then moved on to military contracts before Scott Bullock, Apex Aviation President and CEO, convinced Ed and his wife Ann to join him in the Las Vegas Valley.
As General Manager, Ed Marrufo oversees all the day to day operations of the repair station. He gets together with his managers and basically plots the course of action for the day. But, after interviewing numerous team members, this writer found out that Ed is a lot more than he says. He’s a very well-respected mentor, the type of manager who pitches in to help, and an awesome teacher.
Q: “Ed, what makes you tick? What gets you excited about your work?”
A: “I just enjoy working on planes. And I enjoy showing the young guys how to do the stuff. Passing on the knowledge, it’s just nice to give back.”
When I asked this native Central Californian, “What do you do in your mythical spare time?” he replied, “I haven’t had any of that for awhile.” When he does have some free time though, he enjoys exploring the local area with his wife, checking out antique shops. As for Ed’s personal tastes, he’s a contemporary jazz man, likes books written by King and Koontz, likes normal guy movies, (“I’m bored if there’s not at least one explosion”), likes working on an old car and rides his motorcycle occasionally.
Q: “If you weren’t doing this with your life, what would you be doing?”A: “Holy Cow, I can’t imagine doing anything else than this.”
FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY
“Ed is really good at what he does…We have to be so flexible and so good at what we do, and that requires someone who understands our business as a whole.”
“At Apex, it’s not about becoming good at one type of airplane. You have to become good at the way you think, and he’s really good at guiding people in that direction, teaching them how to think, the thought process so that we can stay safe and give a quality product regardless of the type of aircraft it is.”
“Ed is the best manager I’ve ever had. He’s not only our General Manager, he comes out and helps us whenever we need it. When we ask him something, he gives us the perfect answer. He’s a good person.”
“I absolutely love Ed! He is the type of person that helps you and teaches you WHY you’re doing something, the why of the process and why doing it is important. He not the type of person who says ‘I need this, go do it.’ He’s very educational and I really appreciate that.”
Ed works diligently to support any customer issue and to make things right. He takes care of the customer like they are family.”
“He’s a genuine guy who is always the first one to get out there and help us.” – Dan
“He’s smart. He knows his airplanes.” – Jim
“If you need something, he’ll go get it to keep things moving.” – Phil
A MESSAGE FROM SCOTT BULLOCK
I had the opportunity to work with Ed years ago at Eclipse Aviation in New Mexico. I’m glad our paths crossed then and doubly happy that he has joined Apex Aviation.