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The Hartzell Propeller leadership team is tasked with keeping Hartzell at the forefront of innovation and excellence. Here are the key leaders of our organization.


JJ Frigge


As President of Hartzell Propeller, JJ is responsible for all operating elements of the business including development and execution of Hartzell Propeller’s strategy. JJ began at Hartzell in 2011 as the company’s controller. Since then he has steadily assumed more responsibilities in leading the company. In 2013, he took responsibility for the day-to-day business team at Hartzell Propeller in addition to marketing and brand building efforts. Prior to Hartzell Propeller, he spent 10 years as a finance manager at Proctor & Gamble. He is on the Communications Committee of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

A 2001 Cum Laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, JJ serves his community as a member of the board of directors and past president of the United Way of Miami County. He is also a past president of the Miami County Humane Society.


Burt Mattice

Vice President of Regulatory Systems & Strategic Sourcing

Burt is responsible for leading the Quality, Supply Chain, and Environmental, Health & Safety activities. He joined Hartzell in June 1995 as the Manager of Special Processes.

Throughout his tenure with Hartzell he has had the opportunity to hold many leadership roles, including Plant Engineering, Manufacturing, FAA Relations, Health & Wellness, Medical Plan Design, Quality, Nondestructive Testing, Environment, and Health & Safety. As a result of his broad experience at Hartzell, he has developed specific skills in lean manufacturing and waste reduction, process control, regulatory compliance, and business strategy.

Burt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a private pilot well into his instrument rating, and a member of AOPA and EAA.


Heidi Hennessy

Vice President, Human Resources

Since 2008, Heidi has been responsible for strategic compensation and benefits, talent development, hiring, employee relations and the full gamut of human resources responsibilities for Hartzell Propeller.

She joined the Hartzell team after compiling a wealth of experience in other manufacturing operations including twelve years at Honda of America. Heidi also spent seven years serving the industry as an independent HR consultant. A graduate of Miami University, Oxford she earned a BS in Business with a double major in Human Resources and Marketing.When away from the Hartzell headquarters, Heidi has volunteered for the American Heart Association, and served on boards for Overfield Early Childhood Program and Dayton Children’s Medical Center. She also has a strong interest in fitness, health and wellness, reading, cooking, and following her children’s hockey, tennis, soccer, and swimming adventures.

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