NYAMA Member Profile: John S. McNeely, Hi-Lite Airfield Services

When measuring success, most aviation-based businesses shoot for a perfect score of 100.
Hi-Lite Airfield Services President/CEO John S. McNeely takes a slightly different approach. “Our theme here in operations is ‘Think Z,’ ” he says, “as in the letter Z: Zero accidents, zero losses and zero defects. So our goal is literally to reach zero.”
For McNeely’s family-owned firm, it’s a philosophy that’s worked since 1989, when McNeely’s father founded Hi-Lite, a full-service airfield maintenance company headquartered in Adams Center, N.Y., that provides a host of services including runway and taxiway markings, rubber removal, and other Part 139 compliance measures.

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