Reed Fuller ‘01 has spent the past decade working at Ascent Aviation Group, a family-owned energy distributor in Parish, N.Y.
Founded by his father Hadwen C. Fuller II in 1990, Ascent Aviation Group has grown tremendously in the past 20 years and is now responsible for more than $30 million in assets ranging from aviation refuelers, ramp service fuel tenders, petroleum transport trailers and aircraft deicing fluid storage trucks and tanks, to credit card machines. One of the largest exporters of aviation gasoline in the nation, Ascent also services the Caribbean, Guam, and is hoping to add South America and Africa to that list in the near future.
As a Hobart student, Fuller spent his summers working at an airport in Massachusetts where he “gained experience, understanding, and appreciation for the industry as it served as a runway for my career.”
Now, Fuller is the equipment and quality control manager at Ascent Aviation Group. He is responsible for maintaining, designing, repairing and managing logistics of the physical assets in North America’s marketing territory. Other duties include maintaining customers’ minimum compliance standards for aviation fuel safety through Ascent’s own and external training programs.
“Aviation safety is paramount and it starts at the fuel tank. My favorite part of my job is getting out there with the customers and taking from their experience and sharing my own to further the safety culture around the aviation fuel industry,” he explains.
Fuller’s firsthand experience working at an airport during college has also qualified him to become a “train-the-trainer” presenter for the National Air Transportation Association. This position requires him to travel and help airport supervisors educate, manage and create their teams.
“I manage a large number of vehicles, so my degree in economics is certainly handy, but there was much more that Hobart provided,” explains Fuller, who while at Hobart earned a B.A. in economics and played on the golf team. “Regardless of discipline, a college education needs to prepare you in two ways: establishing both critical thinking and personal skills. Without either, an aspiring professional will have a difficult time succeeding.”