Gina and Wade Radke purchased a struggling California aircraft interior-hardware business in 2005 and transformed it from a true mom-and-pop operation to a multimillion dollar force in the aircraft-hardware manufacturing sector.
Galley Support Innovations in Sherwood now employs more than 50 and is considered an industry leader. GSI designs and manufactures “interior hardware” for aircraft such as galley latches, door-bolting systems, ashtrays, cup holders, push-button latches and much more.
The company has been recognized nationally for its growth, has received the Governor’s Quality Award and has been named the SBA’s Exporter of the Year for Arkansas. Indeed, the Radkes have become well-known figures in the state’s aerospace and manufacturing arenas.
Both Gina and Wade, an Air Force veteran, sit on numerous state and local boards. Gina, who serves as CEO, is the “face” of GSI. She has served on the International Industry Trade Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C., as a trade advisor to Congress, where she advocates for small and minority businesses. She’s been awarded numerous accolades including being named as a “Woman to Watch” by International Business Magazine, which is based in Dubai.
And in 2019, she published a book — More Than: How to Be Bold and Balanced in Life and Business.
Gina told Arkansas Money & Politics that she and her husband both are “type A” personalities, which can make running a business together an interesting venture.
“So, when our ideas clash, they clash hard. We’ve been described as ‘fierce’ in our discussions,” she said. “The key to our successful transition to our working relationship today is over-communicating and lots of humor. If you ask us separately, we will tell you that the key is ‘having the other person do what I say, and everything works out fine.’”