Roger Dahler began his career in aviation at the young age of 15. During the summer of
1972 his father, LeRoy Dahler, put him to work manufacturing and repairing aircraft harnesses
for Memphis Aero which was based at Memphis International Airport. He loved working in
the hanger around the many aircraft that came and went.
The next year LeRoy founded Avionics Specialist, Inc. (ASI) at an off airport location in
Memphis. Roger and two other employees helped start the company. Thus began a long journey
as Roger helped build ASI into one of the largest dedicated avionics repair facilities in North
During his early years at ASI he continued his harness work and grew(up) into an
avionics technician, testing and troubleshooting aircraft inverters. The next few years took him
from one bench to another until he had worked every major test bench in the avionics
shop. During the 1980’s Roger progressed from Radar Section Manager to Director of Technical
Services and then Vice President. In 1994, he was promoted to his current position of
President/CEO. Roger Dahler helped and presided over a period of rapid growth and expansion
of ASI. In 1983 ASI moved into their current building and quickly doubled and then tripled the
test facilities size and production capability. The staff grew as well, from those original three
employees to over 80 today.
In addition to fulfilling his technical duties at ASI, Roger completed and received his
FCC and A & P licenses along with his FAA Repairman Certificate. He also earned his
commercial pilot’s license and later became a Certified Flight Instructor. Enthusiasm for flying
led to the purchase his first aircraft, a Cessna 150. This purchase was followed later with the
addition of a Cessna 172 and a 182.
Recognizing the challenges facing the future of our industry, Roger has volunteered his
services in various aviation organizations. Most recently, he served on the board of directors at
the Tennessee School of Technology, an A & P school based at the Memphis International
Airport. He helped direct the school in developing a real world curriculum with emphasis on
level 3 troubleshooting and repair. During his 30 years as a member of the Aircraft Electronics
Association, Roger has witnessed the many areas in which the AEA has grown, educated, and
nurtured the aviation industry.
Roger enjoys spending time with his wife of 29 years, Lori Anne, and their 2 children
Brittany and Brandon. Some of their favorite activities include flying, boating, and biking
together. He also dabbles in hunting, fishing, and farming at their family ranch outside of
Memphis. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their first grandchild.