Bianca Martinez Rhodes brings years of leadership and innovation to her position as Knight Aerospace’s President and CEO. She has ushered in a new era of innovation with the introduction of the company’s Aeromedical Bio-Containment Module (ABCM) and Next-Generation ATGL for military aircraft.
Rhodes graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas with a BBA in Finance in 1981. As a full-time student, she also worked full-time in various positions with University Savings, ranging from teller to Director of Training. Upon graduation, she began a career as a Commercial Banker for the National Bank of Commerce, the second largest bank in San Antonio. After six years, she left to work for one of her clients, TexCom Management Services, a computer leasing company. She helped the Company consolidate a 34-bank group into one which positioned the company to be sold to Intelogic Trace, (NYSE: IT), for which she became the Chief Financial Officer. In 1993, Rhodes joined Kinetic Concepts Inc. (NASDAQ: KNCI), another of her bank clients, and one she helped to take public a few years earlier. As its CFO, she engineered a turnaround which more than quadrupled the company’s value and enabled its private offering just three years later, at a valuation of approximately $1 billion.
After KCI’s successful private sale and wanting to focus more on her three young children, she started consulting for a number of private enterprises, specializing in financial and operating issues as founder of CrossRhodes Consulting. She has also managed her family’s asset portfolio consisting of several apartment complexes, single-family homes, and various other real estate ventures. Rhodes has successfully raised capital, structured buyouts, and advised dozens of companies, primarily in the health care sector.
Since 2014, Rhodes has served as the President of Knight Aerospace Medical Systems, LLC (KAMS), which specializes in roll-on, roll-off medical modules for the medical evacuation of patients across the world. In September of 2017, KAMS successfully purchased the assets of Knight Aerospace Products, Inc., which has provided roll-on, roll-off palletized and modular systems, as well as ground support equipment to over 25 countries throughout the world since its inception in 1992.
Her career includes numerous voluntary positions including the founding of Any Woman Can, a San Antonio organization that assists young women in making better life choices. Rhodes’ various civic activities include Board of Director/Trustee positions with organizations such as AirLife San Antonio, Junior Achievement of San Antonio, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Antonio, Baptist Healthcare Systems, San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, the Dee Howard Foundation, and the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce. Rhodes also is a member of the Boards of Directors of Dura Software, a preeminent niche software company based in San Antonio, and Lawson Products (NASDAQ: LAWS), based in Chicago, Illinois.
Rhodes has been married for over 34 years to Jim, an investment advisor, and has three adult children and two grandchildren. She spends her free time reading, gardening, and hiking.