VTR LEADERSHIP

Founded By Pilots. For Pilots.

Visionary Training Resources (VTR) was founded by pilots with extensive safety and training backgrounds who understand the importance of effective training in modern times. Creating simulator-ready pilots is what we do.
VTR Mission

Produce better pilots faster by integrating Virtual Reality methods into airline training.

VTR Vision

Be the leading provider of VR training worldwide by transforming how airline professionals are educated.

VTR Strategy Statement

Leverage our professional experience, produce the best product, and integrate VR training into the airline industry.

VTR Leadership

Evey Cormican
Founder + Chief Executive Officer
Evey is a Boeing 767 Captain at a major US airline with over 15,000 hours. She has nearly three decades of experience in pilot training as the Chief Instructor of a large Part 61 flight school, Human Factors/CRM facilitator,  B757/767 instructor, Vice Chairman of the pilot union training committee, and as Assistant Chief Pilot. Evey holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota Center for Aerospace Sciences. Besides her duties as CEO of VTR, Captain Cormican is also co-chair of the VRARA Aerospace Committee, a member of Women in Aviation International and ISA+21, and serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Breast Cancer Hub. 
evey.cormican@vtrvr.com
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Ben Guerrero
Chief Financial Officer
Ben has a unique background with experience across finance, corporate development, investor relations, sales, strategy, and analytics. As an MBA graduate of Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Mr. Guerrero serves as CFO of VTR, as well as Head of Global Finance Strategy and Execution at Caterpillar, Inc.
ben.guerrero@vtrvr.com
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Jeff Pierce
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff is a Boeing 787 Captain with extensive experience in designing and implementing training curricula for multiple aircraft. He has a track record of excellence in aviation and was a multiple FAA designee for the 777. During his aviation career, Jeff also spent time in communications roles designing effective and engaging communication strategies for large groups.
Jeff joined VTR in October 2021 as a general consultant where he quickly immersed himself in all aspects of the company's operations. As a dedicated student of corporate culture, he has continuously sought to combine his diverse experiences to bring effective communication, attention to detail, and a commitment to teamwork to VTR.
jeff.pierce@vtrvr.com
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Phil Dundas
Chief Technology Officer
Phil brings three decades of technology leadership experience to VTR. He is a specialist in software engineering, infrastructure, operations, and data analytics. Phil has an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. He is passionate about coaching, staff development, and building a team culture. Phil is an enthusiastic traveler having visited more than ninety countries, often as an independent touring cyclist.
phil.dundas@vtrvr.com
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Aki Nikolaidis, PhD
Chief Science Officer
Aki Nikolaidis, PhD, is our Chief Science Officer and also serves as a tenure track research scientist in the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. His research focuses on using advanced techniques from artificial intelligence to understand learning in the brain. Dr. Nikolaidis brings this knowledge to his work at VTR to ensure all our work follows the highest standards of scientific integrity. Dr. Nikolaidis completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at Yale University and his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois. His work has been published in over 25 peer-reviewed research studies. This work has earned him awards and funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Morgan Stanley Foundation, and Google.
aki.nikolaidis@vtrvr.com
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James Parker
Board Member
James is a Director with Venari Partners, a specialist executive search firm. He is well known across the aviation sector for his ability to help advise airlines and businesses in the wider aviation ecosystem on a variety of human capital challenges. He and his team are responsible for many prominent aviation hires. James boasts an extensive network of airline executives and has gained industry recognition and awards for his achievements in executive search. He is a graduate of Coventry University holding a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and Anatomy.
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Jan Van Engelen
Board Member
Jan is an aviation executive with over 25 years international experience. He led the CAE training network in EMEA & India, where he was the account manager for the world’s largest EASA Approved Training Organization. Jan comes with an extensive commercial background as Vice President global sales, business development, and marketing, and has a track record of forging sustainable strategic partnerships and alliances. Jan holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University of Delft and Business Administration from the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam. He is an INSEAD Global Executive Program alumni, where he specialized in Corporate Strategy and Partnerships, and Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions.
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The VTR Team

We’ve assembled a top notch, professional, and dedicated team to bring VR training to the pilot training sector. As flight training continues to advance and transform in the years to come, we look forward to being the leader in the new era of training and safety.
Andrea Arola
Managing Director of Sales
Lisa Matthews
Director of New Business Development
Ben Boness
UK/EU Business Development
Stephen Johnston
Director of Product Development
Dianna Klein
Director of Operations
Stephanie Gill Fussell, PhD
VR Aviation Research Scientist
Kristy Nolan
Senior Documentation Manager
Michael Schmidt
Sales Consultant
Larry Stephenson
US Sales
Chris Oates
UK/EU Sales
Pete Hamilton
UK/EU Sales
Morgan Montgomery
New Business Development, SME
Jessiy Bartley
A320 SME
Brad Kitchen
B737 SME
Trimbi Szabo
Relationship Manager
Daniel Leblanc
Consultant
Bryan Lipson
Business Aviation
Austin Hardy
Technology Advisor
Mark Forsyth
Marketing Consultant
Naila Ayala
Consultant
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