Since 1977, Tapis Corporation has been a pioneer in the development of high -performance fabrics for aircraft interiors. The company’s innovative materials maximize passenger comfort, durability, weight savings and sustainability. Tapis’ products are found in the world’s leading airlines and business jets. A woman owned business, Tapis’ corporate culture is defined by superior customer service and a commitment to innovation.
Tapis is one of the only suppliers globally to be able to meet FAA requirements for soft goods for vertical surfaces and is a preferred supplier to all major OEM seating manufacturers and flies with every major airlines across the world.
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President and Owner
Karen Caputo founded Tapis with her father in 1977 in New York. Her drive and passion in the world of aircraft interiors is the root of the creative innovation that is Tapis Corporation. Karen is a subject matter expert in seat cover and wall panel materials and is the strategic head behind Tapis’ innovative product development and continuous drive for improvement and modernization.
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Jason Estes is the Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing with a focus on global sales management. Jason is skilled in aviation interior textile design and specifications, soft goods manufacturing and distribution and is a subject matter expert in design and materials with expertise in new product development. Jason has significant experience with major airlines and seating OEM companies. Jason graduated with a degree in architecture and worked as a leading sales professional in the textiles industry before joining Tapis in 2007 as Director of Sales.
Vice President, Technical
Kevin O’Brien is the Vice President of Operations and Technical Services at Tapis Corporation. Kevin brings years of experience in material science and engineering to Tapis. He is responsible for the introduction of new products and oversees all matters regarding technical performance of Tapis textiles. Kevin was instrumental in implementing Tapis’ FAA-recognized flame-test laboratory in Dallas, Texas. He has subject matter expertise in heat release, smoke density, smoke toxicity and flame retardancy. Kevin oversees Tapis’ flame retardancy treatment plant and laboratory in Dallas. He graduated in civil engineering from Northeastern University and earned his MBA from Fordham University. Kevin worked as an civil engineer before joining Tapis in 2010.
Vice President, Operations
Melissa Estes is the Vice President of Operations and Supplier Management at Tapis Corporation. Melissa is an experienced business administrator and runs the daily operations of Tapis Corporation. She is a skilled business strategist, overseeing operations, product implementation and inventory. Melissa ensures that Tapis maintains its reputation for delivery on time and in full, with an average OTIF rating of greater than 99% average over the last five years. Melissa graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2006 with a business degree and joined Tapis in 2008.