How to Secure Talent for the BizAv Community

How will the Business Aviation community secure young business talent – individuals with the baseline marketing, financial, and management skills they can fully develop and become Business Aviation’s future leaders? Check out this podcast discussion...

Tony Kioussis  |  04th February 2022
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Tony Kioussis
Tony Kioussis

As president & CEO, Asset Insight, LLC, Tony provides valuations, audits, analytics and con1



To explore why some of the industry’s newest talent joined Business Aviation, the role they are currently playing within their organization, and what advice they might have for industry leaders, Asset Insight spoke with four individuals:

  • Brent Pinero – Director of Market Intelligence, at Dallas Jet International;
  • Stephanie Robbe – Marketing Officer, Business Aviation, Rolls-Royce North America;
  • Matt Gahrmann – Executive Sales Director, Par Avion Ltd.; and,
  • Myrthe Simons, Sales Operations Specialist, at Clay Lacy Aviation


About Brent Pinero

Brent Pinero is the Director of Market Intelligence at Dallas Jet International (DJI).

Brent holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas and has over five years of market research experience in multiple industries and disciplines. 

Before entering the aviation industry, Brent worked as a policy researcher for the economic policy think tank the NCPA (National Center for Policy Analysis), where he researched and wrote for multiple scholarly papers regarding U.S. federal policy towards foreign economic development. 

In addition to his work in academia, Brent has worked in the commercial real estate industry for four years as both a forecasting analyst and a financial analyst where he provided microeconomic and macroeconomic market analysis for a broad range of commercial real estate assets and markets. 

Brent’s research tenacity and analysis capabilities give Dallas Jet International a leg up in the competitive business jet market place, enabling Dallas Jet to continually find the best aircraft in both price and quality for its clients.


About Stephanie Robbe

Stephanie Robbe currently serves as the Lead Marketing Officer for the Business Aviation organization at Rolls-Royce. She graduated with a degree in International Business from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A in Finance from Lynn University which has enabled her to serve as an influential driver of change within the aerospace industry.

During her time in business aviation, she has led the introduction of the pioneering sustainability program, SAFinity. SAFinity is a ground-breaking program designed to enable carbon-neutral flight by combining sustainable projects with a direct investment in SAF. In addition, she has had the unique opportunity to launch the most advanced business aviation gas turbines in the industry with the Pearl Family.  

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Stephanie consulted for Aviation Week Network and led Sales & Business Development for media solutions and events in the North and South America territory. Stephanie brings with her a breadth of customer & strategy expertise with the proven ability to positively impact business revenue and performance while maintaining strong customer relationships.

Stephanie is currently a member of the Rolls-Royce Women Washington Chapter, IAWA (International Aviation Women Association), and NBAA Leadership council.

A native of France, Stephanie resides in Northern Virginia and enjoys running, reading mystery novels, and traveling the world to experience first-hand different languages and cultures.


About Matthew R. Gahrmann

Matt Gahrmann serves as the Executive Sales Director for Par Avion Ltd., an international business aircraft brokerage firm headquartered in Houston.  He is based near Charlotte, North Carolina, and supports the company’s sales and acquisition of business for private aircraft clientele, and is responsible for new business development.

Prior to joining Par Avion, Gahrmann worked as a broker, project manager and analyst overseeing a large portfolio for a nationally known, multi-generational, private real estate equity investment firm. He brings in-depth experience in handling complex, capital-intensive projects that require great attention to detail and value analysis of build-to-suit development projects. 

He is an experienced sales executive with an exceptional track record of closing multi-million-dollar transactions and understands how important it is to deliver unparalleled service to a very discerning clientele. His business acumen, attention to detail, and proven project management skills serve as assets to the firm.

Gahrmann graduated summa cum laude from High Point University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communication. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.


About Myrthe Simons

Myrthe Simons holds the post of Sales Operations Specialist with Clay Lacy Aviation.

Acting as the Aircraft Manager and aviation expert for her customers and their organizations, Myrthe orchestrates a bespoke flight department experience, unique to each customer, through professional asset management and project planning that leverages the resources, safety systems and benefits of a global aviation management firm. 

Myrthe began her career in aviation as an intern while completing her business degree, and is now enrolled in courses toward an MBA at Embry Riddle. Her devotion to serve and continually improve the aviation experience for her customers is what gives her energy.



To read the transcript for this podcast, click here.

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Tony Kioussis

Tony Kioussis

Editor, Aircraft Value & Maintenance Analysis

As president & CEO, Asset Insight, LLC, Tony provides valuations, audits, analytics and consulting services, and a uniform methodology for grading an aircraft’s maintenance condition.

Previously he was VP, strategic marketing, GE Capital’s Corporate Aircraft Finance group; VP, aircraft sales, Jet Aviation Business Jets; and sales director, airframe programs, JSSI, developing the “Tip-to-Tail” airframe hourly cost maintenance program.


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