Ken Kaminski began playing Ultimate in the Summer of 2007 and found leadership opportunity in organizing his high school Ultimate club. Attending Kettering University in 2009, Ken quickly worked on establishing a team, pursuing varsity status and full funding granted 2.5 years later. As a growing mechanical engineer, he started Aero Ultimate as a simple outlet of his ideas like the SkyLight. Nearing December 2013 graduation with USA Ultimate and AUDL experiences as well, Ken set out to reform Aero to provide meaning to Ultimate's future. Ken's talents and passion can be found in almost everything Aero produces.
Vice President, Marketing Director,
Brent Steepe began his involvement with Ultimate from a unique approach in 2010. With word of mouth that a professional league was starting, Brent was quickly inspired to purchase a franchise of the AUDL with a team vision to encourage local youth to live active lifestyles. Brent has been serving in the fitness industry for over 22 years with two degrees in Biomechanics and Exercise Science from Michigan State University. He has worked with all ages and skill levels, from youth sports to NBA, NFL, MLB franchises. After collaborating with Ken Kaminski within the Detroit Mechanix for some time, the pair agreed to go beyond and provide specialized training services to Ultimate players worldwide. Brent wears many hats within Aero as a minority owner as he juggles many endeavors to put true fitness back on the forefront. Prepare to be amazed if you ask any question!
Joe has always been passionate about Athletics. Growing up in Vermont he played soccer, basketball, and ran track, only touching a disc during summer-time pickup or during a round of disc golf. As a Freshman at The University of New Hampshire, Joe went out for the Ultimate team and soon began playing as much as possible. Joe discovered Aero shortly after graduating while looking for a way to combine his love for sports with his studies in Business and Marketing. Joe has volunteered in the Universal Ultimate and Marketing Department since November 2013 and is really excited about the bright future.
Ryan Dubowsky started his Ultimate career in the summer of 2007 playing pickup in parking lots. He then moved on to pursue his undergraduate degree at State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz where he was introduced to competitive Ultimate by a single Junior who was charged with the task of teaching twenty-odd clueless freshmen how to throw a forehand. Ryan, along with a few other people in his rookie class, took over the program which has now survived past all of their tenures. In the meantime, Ryan has captained Ultimate teams at the regionals level in both College and Club (not to mention his Summer League title!) as well as coached SUNY Albany, where he now is pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science. Additionally, Ryan is a board member of Albany Ultimate Disc Association (AUDA), his local Ultimate organization. As for Aero, Ryan works not only to make sure the website runs smoothly but also develops content in Universal Ultimate.
Hamish came across Ultimate in Sept 2010 when starting his Masters in Glasgow University. Joining FarFlung and Glasgow Ultimate, he soon took up active roles in recruitment, coaching, organizing tournaments and graphic designing. Self-motivated and results driven, he took initiative in organizing extra fitness and training sessions to help develop himself and the clubs. The Glasgow teams were instrumental in his development both as a player and as a person, and now in Dubai, he wants to give back to the sport by helping promote and develop Ultimate there. After Dubai’s successful bid to host WCBU 2015, Hamish is aiming to assist with its organization.
Development Manager, Staffing Manager
Unable to throw a ball, Cooper learned how to throw a disc at a very young age. He became very active in varsity soccer and track throughout his educational career. Those skills became useful in college when he found a loyal group of Ultimate players and built a following as president of the club. At graduation, an Ultimate team had been formed and the club had a following of almost half of campus. Cooper uses his leadership skills and unique ability to see strengths in people to help Aero pave the way for a successful future. Cooper is working as the HR Outreach Manager while he runs a Lodge in beautiful Northern Michigan.
Content Manager, Media Director
Emily Clarke was introduced to Ultimate her freshman year of college, and fell in love with it. Playing throughout her college years, she participated in the creation of an Ultimate team on campus. Having graduated with a degree in creative writing and studio art, Emily brings a sense of joy and passion to her activities. Having found this company by a stroke of luck, she is excited to bring that passion, creativity, and love for Ultimate to her work for Aero. She balances working for Aero with helping run a lodge in beautiful northern Michigan.
Kyle Breen began playing pick up ultimate in 2007 as a freshman in high school. As a sophomore in college at Eastern Illinois University, he found the competitive team on campus and quickly dedicated himself to Reaper Ultimate. In just his second year on the team, he became the president of the team. In his third year now, he is both captain and president of the team. Kyle’s passion within ultimate is teaching and coaching the sport, especially defense! Kyle balances his work at Aero with running EIU Ultimate, finishing his undergraduate degree and his pursuit of a doctorate in Sociology.
Form Coach in Training
Jessyca has been very active her whole life. Throughout her schooling she took every opportunity to play as many sports as possible. She learned how to become a good teammate and a thoughtful leader, even if she wasn't the team captain. In college she had the opportunity to play collegiate volleyball and softball and loved every moment with each team. She also took on leadership roles and joined leadership groups which helped develop her leadership style. Ultimate was introduced to her during her freshman year in college and she started playing as much as possible. Her passion for Ultimate grew as she bonded with other Ultimate players and increased her knowledge about the sport.
Chase started playing Ultimate in the winter of 2010, and loved it from the start. With a lack of leadership in his high school club the following year, Chase stepped up to begin a new era of ultimate in his community. With his passion for the sport, driven by his perseverance, he strived to create the best possible experience of Ultimate for anyone, and everyone, he played with. After building a stable program at his high school he left for Trine Universityto study design engineering that have didn't a developed ultimate program, which is where Chase accepted his next challenge in creating Trine University Ultimate.
Developer, Content Editor
Elijah Kerns first attended a pick-up game of Ultimate as a gift from his mom on his tenth birthday. By the time he joined Alameda’s Dark Meat during his sophomore year of high school, he pivoted on the wrong foot, threw no look spinning hucks and had a variety of other self-taught habits. Over the next few years he honed his decision making and took this passion for Ultimate to clubs like Polar Bears, Patatas Bravas (Spain), and most recently San Francisco’s Revolver. A proud alumni of the Davis Dogs, Elijah hopes to put his English and Linguistics background to work in helping shape the sport that’s taken him all over the world and allowed him to meet amazing, like-minded people wherever he goes.