(Fargo, N.D. —February 12, 2012) Ricky Reno has joined Spectrum Aeromed as their new Vice President and Account Representative of Military and Government Initiatives. In his new role Reno will be responsible for global sales and service of all government and military programs at Spectrum Aeromed.

“Ricky Reno brings with him a wealth of knowledge and broad based experience,” said Dean Atchison, president and CEO of Spectrum Aeromed. “He knows and understands every aspect of helicopter flight operations, most notably HEMS and SAR interior modifications. He will be a tremendous addition to our team and will provide great service to our government and military customers. He will also expand our ability to serve clients along the East Coast.”

Reno, who resides in Pennsylvania, retired from the United States Army National Guard in 2009 after 22 years of service. He was a helicopter pilot, maintenance officer and company commander. He has more than 25 years of experience in the helicopter industry. Reno is a pilot, certified flight instructor, holds and instrument rating and an A&P license. He has flown and operated aircraft from every major manufacturer including Sikorsky S76A, B, C+, C++, UH-60/S70, S92, Bell 206B, UH-1H, Agusta A109, Eurocopter EC145, and Robinson R-22. He has repaired and worked on numerous aircraft models also. As an officer in the military Reno worked with Special Forces, served as a medical evacuation pilot, and maintenance technician.

Prior to joining Spectrum Aeromed, Reno worked as the Sales Director for Heli-One and as the Sales Manager and Director of Technical Training for Keystone Helicopter Corporation. At Keystone, Reno was part of a team that increased sales from $15 million to more than $100 million prior to their acquisition by Sikorsky.

“Spectrum Aeromed has great products that meet the growing needs of customers around the world,” said Reno. As a retired military officer and medical evacuation pilot, I understand the importance of sound medical equipment during flight. The difference is life and death. I look forward to helping Spectrum Aeromed grow government and military programs while meeting its mission to help save lives around the world.”