Kim Kessler wants you to know she’s here for you.
Her title at Dominion Aviation is Chief Financial Officer, but her self-described mission is to solve problems.
“If you have a question or a concern,” she said, “give me a call. If you have a question and don’t know whom to call, call me. I’m not your typical back-room accountant. I’m not afraid to take the lead and help people with an issue.”
Kim is a career accountant and a CPA, but she’s new to aviation. She joined Dominion three years ago as CFO and head of human resources for the 60-person staff. You’ll usually find her upstairs in the terminal building.
What surprised her about aviation? “The large number and wide variety of people who fly – and the passion they have for it,” she said. “Pilots are special people.”
Aviation is an up-and-down business, and Kim said she’s happy to see the growth in Dominion’s charter business and its flight school. “The Cirruses are a huge asset. They make flying more affordable and safer. And I hear really good things about our flight school.
“I have a friend who’s learning to fly. He had gone to another local airport first, but found the school here is much better than what he’d found elsewhere,” she related.
And will she learn to fly? “I’m thinking about it,” she smiled.
Kim describes herself as a family person – with four children, a son-in-law and two grandchildren. She loves to spend time outdoors, kayaking, camping and hiking. She and her 15-year-old son recently hiked Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park.