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Leadership

Our executive leadership team boasts deep experience in providing aviation services to both the general and commercial aviation industries.

With a focus on safety, quality and customer service, they are leveraging their industry experience to positively impact our stakeholders.

Leadership Team
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Dan Bucaro
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President & CEO
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Formerly President & CEO of Landmark Aviation, Encore FBO, and CEO of Trajen FBO Network, Dan boasts over 30 years of management and operations experience in retail, service, and distribution sectors. He earned a BS in Business Accounting from Indiana University.

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Rob Hiegel
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EVP & CFO
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Rob was previously SVP, Chief Accounting Officer and VP, Controller for Landmark Aviation, as well as VP, Controller for U.S. Concrete. Rob has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and he earned his BA in Economics and Finance from Baylor University.

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Matt Barry
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EVP, Operations
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Matt has held various operational roles within PrimeFlight over more than 12 years, ranging from Director of Operations to Senior Vice President. He boasts nearly 20 years of aviation experience. Matt attended Curry College.

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Rob Hudson
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VP, Financial Planning & Analysis
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Rob has a wealth of experience delivering growth and continuous improvement results for a number of organizations. With decades of experience, he has held financial roles for companies including Continental Airlines, CEMEX, Universal Weather and Aviation and Dover Corporation. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from University of Michigan and his MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing from Rice University. 

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Julie Schifani
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Julie Schifani
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VP, Human Resources
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With more than 15 years of human resources leadership experience, Julie has held various roles with United Airlines and most recently served Kilgore Industries. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Houston and earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certifications from Rice University.

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Rick Cortez
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VP, Fuels & Transitions
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Rick boasts nearly 30 years of service in the aviation industry with extensive experience managing fueling operations for both commercial and general aviation aircraft. He has held roles ranging from General Manager to regional operations management before joining PrimeFlight.

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Joe Evango
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Joe Evango
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VP, Information Technology
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Joe has more than 25 years of experience in IT leadership, operations, infrastructure, and security. He most recently held the role of Managing Director of Global Information Technology and Security for Kobre & Kim. He has also held senior IT leadership roles for General Dynamics, Anna's Linens and Axsys Technologies. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Coleman University and holds a number of IT certifications including: CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CEH v9 (Certified Ethical Hacker), MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+.

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Allen Ashcraft
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EVP & General Counsel
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Formerly EVP, Secretary and General Counsel of Landmark Aviation, Allen has also served as outside counsel for Encore FBO and Trajen FBO Network while in private practice at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (n/k/a Squire Patton Boggs). With over 30 years of law practice, he earned a BS from the University of North Carolina and JD from South Texas College of Law at Houston.

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Ed Zwirn
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EVP
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Previously Vice President of Business Development for Landmark Aviation, COO of SheltAir Aviation, and Vice President of Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG), Ed brings over 25 years of executive leadership and management experience to his role with PrimeFlight.

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Charlotte Cheatham
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EVP, Strategy & Information Technology
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Charlotte has held roles including SVP of Operations for Signature Flight Support, and SVP of Marketing and Customer Service for Landmark Aviation. She boasts more than 20 years of management, marketing, customer service, and operations experience and earned her BS in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Wayne Ingle
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VP, Safety & Operational Support
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Before joining PrimeFlight, Wayne held several executive leadership positions with Global Aviation Services and Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG). He boasts over 20 years of management and operations experience leading hub start-up operations, safety, training, procurement, GSE equipment management and maintenance.

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Sal Furnari
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VP, Deicing & Operational Support
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Sal has deep aviation experience with a focus in deicing operations. He was formerly Managing Partner for Ultimate Group, providing deicing, exterior cleaning, cabin appearance and related services to airlines across the US. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Finance from Wagner College. 

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Mark Farrington
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Mark Farrington
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President, Technical Operations
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Before taking on the leadership role for ReadyJet, Mark was COO for both Townsend Leather and Liberty Leather as well as CFO for NYSARC. He has extensive executive management experience, leading successful service and manufacturing organizations with a focus on P&L and customer service. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University, majoring in Accounting.

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Brian Cella
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President, Majestic Terminal Services
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Brian oversees all operations for Majestic Terminal Services.

Division Vice Presidents
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Mario Diaz
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Division Vice President
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A former corporate pilot, Mario has spent more than 15 years in various management roles within the aviation industry. He has deep experience in both customer service and operations, holding regional roles for both Landmark Aviation and Signature Flight Support before joining PrimeFlight. Mario attended the University of Texas where he studied political science.

Mario oversees operations at ATL, BNA, FLL, GSP, JAX, MCO, MIA, PBI, RDU, RSW, TPA and SJU.

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Josh Heady
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Division Vice President
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Formerly Airport Director for PrimeFlight at JFK, Josh boasts 10 years of management and operations experience within the aviation industry. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University.

Josh oversees operations at ALB, BOS, BUF, CLE, EWR, HPN, ISP, JFK, LGA, PHL and ROC.

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Curt Reimer
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Division Vice President
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Before joining PrimeFlight, Curt held the role of Regional Managing Director of the Central Region for American Airlines as well as various general and regional management leadership roles including hub operations at DFW, SJU and LAS. He spent more than 25 years in management roles with American, overseeing all aspects of airline operations. In addition, he has held executive roles within American Eagle, America West Airlines and AirServ.

Curt oversees operations at AFW, BOI, DEN, DFW, LAX, LGB, LIT, MEM, MFE, OAK and SMF.

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Charlie Ferraro
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Division Vice President
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Charlie has more than 20 years of management experience with most of his career spent overseeing aviation operations. Most recently, he held the roles of Area Director for Signature Flight Support and Regional Vice President for Landmark Aviation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business at Southwestern University and holds a commercial pilots certificate.

Charlie oversees operations at ABQ, ANC, ELP, IAH, HNL, HOU, OMA, MCI, PDX, SAN, SEA and SFO.

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John Hovis
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Division Vice President
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John has more than 30 years of aviation operations management experience, including the oversight of cargo, maintenance, military, government and general aviation operations at both large domestic and international airports. Most recently, he held the role of Vice President and GM for Jet Aviation. In addition, he held management roles for Ross Aviation and Landmark Aviation. John is a proud US Marine Corps veteran.

John oversees operations at BWI, CKB, CLT, DCA, DTW, GSO, IAD, MDW, MKE, ORD, ORF, PIT and RIC.

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Kyle Wurtele
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Kyle Wurtele
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Division Vice President
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Kyle oversees operations at ACY, BTL, CMH, IND, MSP, OKC, PHX, RYY, SAT, SDF, SMF (FAA), STL and TUS.