Visionary Leadership

As Aviation Specialties Unlimited moves into an exciting new stage in its history, a high level of continuity in its leadership team ensures the company is still focused on carrying out its mission.
By Ben Forrest

AAs the founder and visionary behind Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) and a trailblazer in the world of night vision goggle (NVG) technology, Mike Atwood has been synonymous with the company’s success.

But in his 22 years at the helm, Atwood made a deliberate effort to mentor and mold other senior managers to ensure a smooth transition when he decided to step back from the day-to-day but continue to serve as CEO of the company. That time has arrived, and as ASU embarks on a new chapter in its history, Atwood’s mentorship, along with a company-wide focus on cross-training and organic growth, is ensuring a steadfast focus on maintaining his vision.

“One of the greatest honors for me at ASU has been building relationships with customers and the team at ASU,” said Atwood. “Both are like family to me and Chris, my wife and business partner. “Unlike large corporations, we built ASU in a way that allowed us never to lose touch with those that matter to us. Everyone at ASU shares this same mentality. It is part of our culture. We
take care of people.

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