Eric Faulkner has worked most of his career in aviation commencing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport at the Marine Air Terminal in 1994 for an FBO. He started out as a line service technician and moved on to the position of customer service representative.
Since 2002, Faulkner has called the Westchester County Airport (HPN) his home. He worked for a large FBO chain at HPN until 2004 when he was solicited to take on the position of director of business development for a startup FBO company located at HPN named Skyport Flight Services.
The acquired company’s financials had been greatly underperforming prior to acquisition. Within 18 months the new management team was able to significantly increase the total volume of business that flowed through the FBO’s operation. Faulkner played a huge role in redeveloping the business by assisting the company to significantly increase its transient customer base, based hangar tenants, and airline fueling operations. In less than 24 months the asset was sold to Carlyle Group (Landmark Aviation) realizing a six fold return to the investors of Skyport Flight Services.
Faulkner stayed on with the new organization, Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation dba Landmark Aviation, as operations manager, and eventually held the title of general manager for the HPN location. Following another acquisition two years later when the now current owners (GTCR/Platform Partners) of Landmark purchased the entire network of FBOs, Faulkner was called upon to assume his current position as director of national accounts in order to grow fuel and hangar sales for the entire network of 52 Landmark FBOs.
In July of 2016 Ross Aviation partnered with KSL Capital to acquire the 6 FBO’s from the Landmark Aviation, SFS buyout. Ross Aviation named Eric Faulkner their VP and General Manager of their White Plains location.
Eric enjoys spending time with his wife Graceann, son Freddy and daughter Christina.
Milt Hobbs is the Managing Director-Aviation for JPMorganChase based locally at KHPN. He began his aviation career as a flight instructor in Greenville, South Carolina in 1977 and worked for various aviation companies over a 39 year span flying everything from a Cessna 152 to the new Gulfstream G-650. Visiting more than 60 countries and all 50 states has been a highlight for him. He has a BS and MS from Embry-Riddle University. In his spare time, he is the proud owner of a 1964 S-35 Bonanza also based at KHPN. Milt and his wife Lisa have two grown children ( Lindsay, a police officer and Corey a Captain on a Washington DC based Gulfstream G-650) and 3 grandchildren.
John H. Wellington is the Director of Enterprise Sales for Quovo, Inc. Quovo is a data platform providing insights and connectivity for millions of financial accounts across thousands of institutions. With industry-leading APIs, modular applications, and enterprise solutions, Quovo helps deepen relationships by better connecting you to your clients’ financial lives. John has had a 30 year career in financial services working for Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, Advest, Inc., J.P. Morgan and Broadridge prior to joining Quovo.
In 2006, John pursued a life-long dream and began private pilot lessons at Westchester County Airport. He obtained his PPL in January of 2007, bought his Trinidad TB-20 in August 2007 and got is Instrument Rating in January 2008. John keeps his airplane on the ramp at Ross Aviation West and is very active in keeping General Aviation available at Westchester County Airport.
Kristen Cloud brings over 20 years of aviation experience to the WAA. As Vice President of Aircraft Sales, her responsibilities include international aircraft sales and marketing, as well as business development. She has built her extensive aviation career as a market researcher, sales manager, pilot, aircraft owner and founder of an aircraft brokerage firm. Kristen has been involved first-hand in providing assistance to customers purchasing and selling aircraft ranging from King Airs to Gulfstreams. She has built a global portfolio of individual and corporate clients and has built a reputation for exceptional dedication to her customers’ needs.
Kristen holds a single & multiengine land, instrument airplane, Citation CE-500 Type-Rating and began her flying in 1990. The personal contacts she has developed while flying numerous domestic and international missions have been instrumental in helping her gain a unique level of access to information pertaining to the aviation markets. Her “global navigation” skills were also honed during her two and a half year adventure circumnavigating the globe by sailboat during the late ‘90’s.
In addition to being on the WAA Board, Kristen has been a member of The Wings Club, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) and the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO). Kristen is a graduate of the University of Richmond, VA, E. Claiborne Robins School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Kerri is currently the Customer Service Manager for Ross Aviation East and West at Westchester County Airport. She has been in that role for seven years. Previously Kerri worked in the Hotel Industry in various management roles in the front office and well as convention services.
Kerri enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Ron.
Jeff is currently the Executive Director for Business Aviation Development for FlightSafety International.
Previously Jeff worked as VP of Aviation for SWF based American Express and Director for HPN based IBM Flight Operations. Jeff is the past President of the Westchester Aviation Association and a former NBAA Board Member & Chairman.
Aviation Marketing Consulting
Rocco Cipriano is a marketing professional with over 30 years experience in the fields of advertising, marketing and graphic design. He has his private pilot’s license with an instrument rating and is a Captain with the Civil Air Patrol.
He is the author of two books on marketing:
Rocco has won numerous awards for his design and advertising work and a graduate of Parson School of Design in New York City.
Lagonia Law, Fox News Channel, Yorktown Justice Court
Sal Lagonia is an Aviation Attorney and “on-air” aviation commentator for Fox News, News12 and FIOS 1 News. A retired Law Enforcement officer, he now sits as Judge in the Yorktown Justice Court. He owns and flies his own aircraft and is a member of the AOPA Legal Panel, EAA, NBAA, and LPBA. Sal lives in Yorktown with his wife Loretta and appears throughout the east coast as a musician, playing the trumpet and flugelhorn. Sal is a frequent presenter at aviation events on topics of aviation law and safety.
Daniel Shamir started his aviation career with the airlines, flying with Express Jet Airlines out of Newark for 4 years. He then made the leap into corporate aviation, spending 7 years at The Hertz Corporation and 3 years at Bloomberg LP before landing in his current position as International Captain for Interlaken Aviation. Before taking to the skies, Dan studied as a classical concert pianist at the Manhattan School of Music and he also composed a number of musical theater pieces that were produced in NY and CA. Dan lives in Montvale, New Jersey with his wife Laura and their two young children.
Million Air White Plains
Bill is one of the previous owners of Million Air White Plains, which is a fixed base operator at HPN. He brings over forty five years of expertise in the aviation industry to the Board. Bill also has eighteen years experience in local government, and volunteers his time with other boards and organizations.
Scott is a flight instructor based at HPN and has been flying for over 30 years (the last 25 years based at HPN). He holds CFI/I instructor certificates, as well as ATP multi-engine and commercial single-engine land and sea pilot certificates. For over 10 years he has been the liaison between WAA and ATC (HPN Tower and NY Tracon) and has facilitated dozens of meetings between local pilots and flight departments who participate in our WAA/ATC working group and our ATC counterparts. He also was the principal author of our HPN response to a proposal by FAA to expand the NY Class B airspace laterally and with lower floors.
Scott owns a Cessna 210 which is based at Millionair. Flying over 125 volunteer flights, he volunteers for Angel Flight and PALS throughout the Eastern US and into Canada. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Duke University School of Law, lives in Westchester County, is married and has two grown children.
Management Consultant and Flight Instructor
Greg Keshishian is Managing Partner of GK Partners Inc. which provides expert consulting services to stock-exchange-listed companies in the areas of financial performance, management compensation and corporate governance. During the last thirty-five years, his clients have included over five hundred public and privately-held manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, technology and industrial companies. At the same time, Greg has been an active single/multi-engine and instrument flight instructor (and Master CFI) in the NYC-metro area, and he owns a classic 1949 A35 Bonanza. Specializing in Beechcraft products, he has worked extensively with the ABS Air Safety Foundation and with FlightSafety International. He serves as an FAA Safety Team representative and has been chief flight examiner/safety officer with USCG Auxiliary aviation.
Greg is currently Vice President of the New York Council of the Navy League of the U.S. and was previously Governor of The Wings Club in New York City.