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EXECUTIVE FOCUS: NORMAN J. VAN SKYHAWK, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AEROTRANS

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VITAL STATISTICS

Where born: Seattle, Wash.Family: Wife Cathy and six children.

Education: University of Washington, Art Center. College of Design, Los Angeles. Industrial design degree.

Primary products: Composite people-mover vehicles, rail-car interiors and aircraft structures.

Primary markets: Transit: Amtrak, Bombardier and Otis Elevator. Aerospace: Dupont, Pratt & Whitney and Boeing.

Number of employees: 76.

Annual sales: $6 to 7 million.

PERSONALITY PROFILE

First "real" job: Working for General Motors as an industrial designer.

Management style: Be a good coach. Let the team run the company.

Strategy for success: Surround yourself with competent people to handle the different disciplines in the company (i.e. operations, engineering, financial and marketing).

A memorable failure: Awarded the turtle trophy for a 21-day sailing race from Victoria, Canada, to Maui, Hawaii.

Heroes: My son, Timmy Van Skyhawk.

Leisure time and hobbies: Sailboat racing and sailing vacations with family in the San Juan Islands.

Favorite book and movie: "The Goal," by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and "The Last Place on Earth."