Park Aerospace (PKE) Reports Election of Brad Thress to Board

February 25, 2021 3:04 PM EST

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Park Aerospace Corp. (NYSE: PKE) announced that its Board of Directors has elected D. Bradley (Brad) Thress as a Director of the Company.

Mr. Thress is President and Chief Executive Officer of FlightSafety International, located in Melville, New York, and has served in that capacity since February of 2020. FlightSafety International, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the world’s pre-eminent professional pilot training company. FlightSafety operates learning centers in 11 countries, employs over 1,800 highly experienced professional instructors and offers more than 4,000 courses for pilots, technicians, flight attendants and dispatchers. From 1992 through February of 2020, Mr. Thress worked for Textron Aviation and held a number of key positions at that company, including Senior Vice President of Global Parts, Programs and Flight Operations, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Senior Vice President of Business Jets and Senior Vice President of Customer Service. Mr. Thress started at Textron Aviation as Demonstration Pilot. Textron Aviation, which is a subsidiary of Textron, Inc., is a world leading manufacturer of business jets, turboprops and other aircraft. From 1984 to 1992, Mr. Thress served in the United States Air Force as a T-38A Instructor Pilot, a KC-135R Aircraft Commander and a T-38A and AT-38B Detachment Commander, among other positions. Mr. Thress received a Bachelor of Engineering Science and Mechanics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee and an MBA from Baker University in Overland Park, Kansas.

Brian Shore, Park’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am very pleased that Brad has joined our board. Since, at the end of the day, Park is a supplier to aircraft OEMs, Brad’s deep and extensive experience in key management positions at Textron Aviation will be particularly valuable to us. I have known Brad through our dealings with Textron Aviation for close to fifteen years, and Brad knows Park and our product lines, technologies and capabilities very well. Brad also has an especially good understanding of Park’s culture, which I believe will prove to be invaluable to the board and to Park. Welcome to Park’s board, Brad! We are all looking forward to working with you.”

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