Barbara McConn

DEC Member since 2016
President of Dakota Air Parts Int'l.

Barbara McConn is the president of Dakota Air Parts International. In 1994, Barbara and her husband, KC, co-founded AvSupport Inc., a global corporation specializing in the advertising and listing service of whole helicopter, aircraft and related spare parts.  AvSupport (dba provides material history and information, and lists millions of parts for sale, bringing buyers and sellers of aviation equipment together in one forum.

In addition to her work with AvSupport Inc., in 1997, Barbara and KC co-founded Dakota Air Parts Int’l., Inc. Their customer base consists of the U.S. and Friendly Foreign Governments/Militaries, Municipalities, and Commercial Operators worldwide performing aerial surveillance, forestry, heavy lift and crime controlwork. They also supply helicopters and parts to Hollywood for movies.

Realizing the potential for growth in the industry, Barbara and her partners purchased Air Services International (ASI) in Phoenix, AZ. Founded in 1948, Air Services International is a leader in maintenance, overhauland repair of rotor wing aircraftengines. Barbara and her partners also expanded overseas and founded in the United Arab Emirates at Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central.

Barbara accepted an Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the outstanding success of Dakota Air Parts’ increase in international trade as a North Dakota based company. Barbara is a Licensed Private Pilot, a member of the Society for International Affairs, Helicopter Association International, Airborne Law Enforcement Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Prior to building their companies, Barbara worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and Dakota Aero Tech in Fargo. She managed South Padre Island Banner Company in South Padre Island, Texas, and was a Sales Representative, then District Manager for H.J. Heinz in Minneapolis.

Barbara graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Business Aviation. She was elected Business Student of the Year in her college studies. Residing in Fargo, ND and Scottsdale, AZ, Barbara and KC have two children.