Helinet Aviation Services today announced the appointments of Jim Adams, Arnold Kleiner and Thomas Norton to its board of directors. Helinet is the leading provider of airborne surveillance solutions, patient and organ transport and news coverage helicopters and pilots, as well as the largest, most respected charter service on the West Coast.
The three directors join Helinet CEO Kathryn Purwin on the now four-member advisory board, bringing significant executive leadership and board governance and more than eight decades of combined operational experience and industry-specific knowledge.
“As we focus on growth, I thought it was time to give permanent, official roles on the board to trusted advisors like Jim, with his long history of proven results in the healthcare industry,” said Kathryn Purwin, CEO of Helinet Aviation Services. “Arnie has been an essential asset as I’ve assumed my new leadership role with his critical, big-picture leadership and broadcasting expertise. And finally, Tom adds depth to the board with his aviation and military background and vast knowledge of federal security and surveillance solutions. These high-caliber advisors further ensure Helinet’s future.”
More on the new directors:
- Jim Adams more than quadrupled the markets held by a now nationally-recognized regional provider of air and ground ambulance services in his 11-year tenure as CEO of REACH Air Medical Services. He oversaw a team of 800 at St. Joseph Health, helped establish Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital as a Level-II trauma center and served as chairman of the board for both hospitals in Northern California. Helinet is the exclusive helicopter provider for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and provides airborne and ground emergency medical transportation to the vital organ transport programs of all major Los Angeles hospitals.
- Arnold Kleiner led KABC-TV, the first network in Southern California to embrace high definition television through helicopter cinematography. Under Kleiner, the studio also became the first local news studio to use HD cameras in-house and in the field. As president and general manager, he saw the future in innovation and technology. Helinet pioneered the use of state-of-the-art high definition camera systems and downlink systems for use by broadcastpartner stations.
- Thomas Norton’s distinguished federal government career included developing agency-wide standard operating procedures for aviation security. Norton spent a decade as director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Marine Center. He has extensive aviation training and more than 2,000 tactical flight hours on high-risk military missions. Helinet’s technology allows local, federal and international government agencies to seamlessly share data. Surveillance solutions are completely customizable, flexible, secure and maintained by round-the-clock support from technical experts.
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