MEET Ken Moninski
Candidate for State Representative
5th Legislative District – Position 1
Ken Moninski was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. His love of airplanes led him to an internship at Northwest Airlines while still in high school. Ken attended college at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he worked nights at the airport for an intrastate Alaskan airline.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Ken performed various management roles in flight operations, customer services, and sales with MarkAir in Anchorage, Seattle, and Denver. In 1997 he joined Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways as their Customer Relations Manager and was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Contracts with responsibility for business affairs at the airline’s 10 North American gateways. Following the terrorist attacks of 9-11, Moninski became an airline consultant and eventually returned to the Seattle-area in 2002 as a sales and business development executive with Evergreen International Aviation. In this position, Ken interacted with decision-makers at major airlines around the world and led project teams at joint-venture companies in China and Spain.
In 2007, Ken acquired Global Aircraft Delivery from its original founder. The business was renamed Global Aircraft Services and expanded into a leading provider of aircraft support services to the aircraft leasing sector and commercial airlines. Global was named to the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.
Moninski also purchased one of the largest print design companies in the aircraft passenger safety card space in 2014. Today, Safeair Media continues to deliver its high-quality, printed materials to airlines, corporate fleets, and charter operators throughout the world.
In addition to his aviation-related businesses, Ken has also been a co-owner of minor-league professional sports teams in Washington, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Ken was married to his first wife, Daina, for 9-years before she passed in 2004 from complications related to the autoimmune disease scleroderma. In honor of his late wife, he joined the Board of Scleroderma Foundation’s Northwest Chapter in 2016 and serves as its current Treasurer. Ken was also a board member for the Maple Ridge Highlands Homeowners Association and volunteered for three years as a Big Brother to a Seattle teen through Big Brother Big Sisters of Puget Sound.
Ken resides in Maple Valley, Washington with his wife Stacey, their two daughters, and Wilson, the family dog.