ACMG Adds 3 Senior Consultants

SEATTLE, WA- Three experienced aviation experts have joined Air Cargo Management Group as Senior Consultants, the company announced. The new Senior Consultants dramatically expand ACMG’s capabilities and geographic reach.

The new Senior Consultants are: Steven Verhasselt, Wim Kuit, and Norman Hecht.

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Mr. Verhasselt is ACMG’s Senior Consultant, Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Verhasselt has an MBA from Ehsal Business School (Brussels). He has consulted to the aviation industry from Hong Kong since 2003. With a focus on Air Cargo, Mr Verhasselt has worked with a wide array of global aviation companies located in, among other places, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Dubai, and China. He will be involved in ACMG consulting in Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Kuit joins ACMG as its Senior Consultant, Europe. Mr. Kuit, who is based in The Netherlands, has worked for Panalpina World Transport, Kales Airline Services, Emery Worldwide, and most notably for TNT Airways, where he did two stints, most recently in the position of Commercial Manager. He has been involved in Air Cargo since 1968. As Senior Consultant for Europe, Mr. Kuit will work on ACMG consulting projects on the continent, as well as in the Middle East.

Norman Hecht joins ACMG as its Senior Consultant, Engines. Mr. Hecht recently left Pratt & Whitney after a 37-year career that had him working in several departments within the engine OEM, including sales, aftermarket maintenance, and strategic planning. Most recently, Mr. Hecht was General Manager, Sales and Integration at Pratt & Whitney, a role he filled for 12 years. In that capacity, he led several worldwide multi-million-dollar Pratt & Whitney and other OEM engine model engine maintenance sales campaigns, including the Power by the Hour concepts resulting in engine maintenance contracts to Pratt & Whitney’s worldwide engine maintenance centers and enhanced P&W’s bottom line. Mr. Hecht, who has both an MBA and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will take a leadership role on consulting related to aircraft engines and propulsion as ACMG’s Senior Consultant, Engines.

“Steven, Wim and Norm bring decades of experience across three continents to the ACMG team, and I am thrilled to welcome them to our consulting practice,” said JJ Hornblass, CEO, Air Cargo Management Group. “Our goal for ACMG Consulting, which has been advising the industry since 1978, is to make it an even more crucial firm for air cargo companies looking for greater efficiencies and profitability. We will take ACMG Consulting to a new level with Steven, Wim and Norm aboard.”

The three new Senior Consultants join ACMG effective immediately, and supplement an already talented consulting team headed up by Robert V. Dahl, ACMG’s long-time Managing Director and consulting practice chief. Their involvement strengthens ACMG’s capabilities overall, and specifically in the Asia-Pacific and European regions, and in the engine/propulsion sector.

“Although we have served all of these areas in our consulting practice in the past, our new Senior Consultants mean we can do so to greater benefit for our clients,” Hornblass said. “The best is yet to come for ACMG and its clients.”

About Air Cargo Management Group

Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG) is a specialist consulting firm formed in 1978 to serve participants in the global air freight and express industries. ACMG operates from an office in Seattle, Washington, USA, and employs staffers in Asia, Europe, and South America. Over the past 30 years, ACMG has provided advisory services to a wide variety of clients, including aircraft manufacturers, airlines, express companies, leasing companies, financial institutions, airport authorities, and investment firms. ACMG and its employees are well-known within the air freight industry, and within the broader freight transportation business.

In addition, ACMG publishes the widely-read monthly Cargo Facts newsletter, the weekly Cargo Facts Update — both of which provide in-depth analysis and commentary concerning developments in the air freight and express industries — and the industry social network. The company is also well-known for its annual Cargo Facts Aircraft Symposium, which attracts hundreds of industry executives each fall, and for the ACMG Workshop on Air Cargo, Express and Freighter Aircraft held each spring. For more information about these and other ACMG products or services, please consult the firm’s website at

ACMG is a subsidiary of New York-based Royal Media Group, a leading information services media company.

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