AP Aerospace Leadership

Built on a Passion for the Aviation Industry

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Meet the AP Aerospace Leadership Team

AssuredPartners Aerospace is built on a passion for the aviation industry.  From pilots to mechanics, flight instructors and insurance underwriters, our team has a broad depth of experience that gives us a stronger understanding of our clients.  We are a collection of niche specialists from every corner of aviation insurance and enjoy staying in front of the unique exposures and risks associated with the industry.

Insurance and risk management is a relationship business unlike any other and our formula is simple: Say what you’ll do and do what you say.  In the simplest of terms, we are people of integrity and this starts at the top.  Our aerospace leadership team has more than a century of combined industry experience and drive our team’s dedication to the success and growth of our clients.

Bill Behan

Chief Executive Officer
AP Aerospace

Executive Profile

Bill has been an insurance broker or underwriter since 1973 with a majority of that time in the aviation insurance field. In 1976, Bill was employed as an underwriter for an aviation insurer and ultimately became an agent for that company. From 1981-1983, Bill managed the Midwest Division of one of the largest insurance agencies in the nation, specializing in aviation risks. In 1984, he established AirSure Limited which was acquired by AssuredPartners in 2014.

Bill is a licensed general aviation pilot.

Jon Downey

AP Aerospace

Executive Profile

Jon began his career as an aviation insurance underwriter with USAIG in 1990 before becoming Senior Vice President of Operations and Head of US Aviation for Allianz. He has served in all aspects of the insurance space pertaining to aviation and has accomplished numerous high-stakes results. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Management and an Associate in Science in Aviation Business Administration, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition, he holds an FAA Private Pilot certificate and Lighter-than-Air certificate, as well as an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics license.

Eric Barfield

Chief Operating Officer
AP Aerospace

Executive Profile

Since 1998, Eric has served as a broker with Hope Aviation Insurance, taking on the role as Director of Operations in 2013. AssuredPartners acquired Hope Aviation in 2017. Eric received a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds the Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations. He is a former chairman of the Aviation Insurance Association’s Education Committee and the National Business Aviation Association’s Safety Committee. In addition, Eric is an FAA Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.

Kristine Lemanski

Chief Financial Officer
AP Aerospace

Executive Profile

Kristine is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) with a diverse background in operational finance and auditing. She is a graduate of Mesa State College with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Public Accounting. In addition, Kristine is active with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession.