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.
Brittany Davies is the first executive director of the Westchester Aviation Association. As a founding member of the Colorado Aviation Business Association in 2007, she has a strong passion for grass roots aviation organizations and understands the positive impact they can have in a community. With a vast background in building associations, she also represents the Northeast as a member of the NBAA Local and Regional Groups Committee. With 15 years of business aviation experience, Brittany is president of Wind Shift Consulting, a firm focusing on strategic marketing and development within the industry. Her career has spanned the scope of aviation from scheduling charter to flying as an aerial photography pilot. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Technology from Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a multi-commercial pilot.
Jeff is currently the Vice President of Flight Operations for SWF based American Express Aviation. Previously Jeff worked as Director of Aviation 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.