Jet Edge

Who we are


Richard Bard
Chairman

Mr. Bard has been involved in the acquisition and operation of a diverse group of private and publicly traded businesses over the last 30 years. He has typically taken an active role in operating the companies he invests in, often serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for a period of time. Mr. Bard has been involved in numerous community service and philanthropic activities. This included having served as the Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He created the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the Business School of the University of Colorado at Denver. Mr. Bard received a B.S. in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, earned an M.B.A. from Baruch College of CUNY, and he was bestowed Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Colorado.

Bill Papariella
CEO

Bill is a seasoned senior executive within the aviation industry. Before co-founding Jet Edge International, he spent the previous six years working at NetJets, Marquis Jet, and Sentient. As senior vice president, Bill was responsible for advising and educating individuals and corporate clients on a variety of private aviation solutions including fractional ownership, jet card membership, charter and whole aircraft management. During his tenure in the private aviation industry, Bill’s efforts have consistently propelled his sales teams to #1 in total new business year over year.  Under his leadership Jet Edge has rapidly emerged as one of the leading sales, acquirers, and operators of luxury large cabin aircraft in the world.  Prior to being recruited into the aviation industry, Bill was a former Hollywood film executive and entrepreneur spearheading movie projects with A-list talent and major studios. Bill is a native of Pittsburgh, educated at Ohio University and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO-WPO) - Beverly Hills Chapter.

Charles Celli
President and Chief Operating Officer

A 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry, Charles “Charley” Celli brings extensive experience in the commercial and business aviation market segments to Jet Edge. Recently named President and COO of Jet Edge, Charley previously held the role of CEO for GDC Technics. Prior to joining GDC Technics, Charley had a 15-year career within the General Dynamics Aerospace Group, leading multiple organizations within Jet Aviation and Gulfstream. Areas of responsibility ranged from the Director of G200 and GIV completions through Vice President of Service Center Operations for Gulfstream’s flagship Service Center in Savannah, Georgia. Post-acquisition of Jet Aviation by General Dynamics, Charley served as Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the Jet Facility in Basel, Switzerland. Charley began his aerospace career with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing in Long Beach, California, and holds an Airframe & Powerplant License, BA degree in Economics from Long Beach State and an MBA from The University of Notre Dame.

Edward Frank
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

A highly respected veteran in the business aviation industry, Edward Frank brings extensive business, finance, and aviation management experience to Jet Edge. Ed previously served as Chief Executive Officer for a large, Los Angeles-based aircraft management and charter company, where he directed the company’s multi-national business operations and led the acquisition of ACM Aviation. Under Ed’s leadership, the company obtained the prestigious Wyvern Wingman status, ARGUS Platinum rating, and IS-BAO Stage II registration, placing the company with an elite group of operators, including Jet Edge. Prior to beginning his career in business aviation, Ed served as Vice President and Chief Finance Officer for a multi-national logistics company, and as Vice President for a major Los Angeles bank. Ed is a Certified Management Accountant and holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Information Systems from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Geoff Makely
Executive Vice President and General Manager

Geoff Makely directly oversees the company’s worldwide charter business and manages the company’s charter sales and dispatch teams. In addition, Mr. Makely plays an integral role in all aspects of the companies’ aircraft management goals. Mr. Makely’s previous 20 years in aviation include serving as a director of flight control as well as executive charter sales positions. Mr. Makely has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology and has earned a reputation for his integrity, understanding clients’ needs, providing sound management, and fostering long-lasting professional relationships.

Robert Schiller
Chief Financial Officer

Veteran executive Robert “Bob” Schiller comes to Jet Edge from the industrial crane rental service AmQuip, where he served as CFO and Senior Vice President. Previously, Bob was CFO of security and construction company Devcon International and VP and Controller at NationsRent. He was also Regional Controller and Director of Internal Audit at environmental-services company The IT Group. Bob is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a BS in Accounting from SUNY Albany and an MBA from Pace University. Bob’s many benefits to Jet Edge include streamlining inter-departmental communications, maximizing efficiency among processes, and high-level safety training and compliance.

Vani Lewerke
Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Vani brings more than 15 years of HR experience to Jet Edge. Prior to joining Jet Edge in 2016, Vani was HR Director for Esterline, a Tier 1 flight control systems provider. She began her professional career at PPG Industries, ascending to HR Manager during a 12-year tenure. Academically, Vani earned a BA in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington, where she won the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award. Her MBA is from the University of Southern California. Vani’s hobbies include CrossFit and travel. She continues to help Jet Edge attract and retain the top talent in the private-aviation industry.

Lynn Sloan
Director of Operations

Lynn brings to Jet Edge over 34 years of corporate aviation experience. He has held the director of safety, chief pilot and director of training positions for Part 135 companies, amassing an extensive knowledge of the FAR’s and the requirements of the FAA. As a chief pilot for over 25 years, he has hired and trained hundreds of pilots in the Part 135 rules. Mr. Sloan has over 11,000 accident and incident-free flight hours in Gulfstream, Sabreliner, Learjet and King Air aircraft. With his background, Lynn is well-equipped to ensure our pilots are the best and the customer is in the safest of hands.

Robert Mugford
Vice President of Flight Operations

Robert leads the Flight Operations Management Team and Operations Control Center and is responsible for all pilots. He joined Jet Edge in 2016 and brings more than 10 years of FAA Part 135 Certification experience. He has as in-depth knowledge of the company’s day-to-day operations, having served as a line pilot, IOE Captain, Director of Training, and Vice President of Flight Operations. Robert’s previous Part 135 experience includes serving as a Training Captain, Check Airman, Aircrew Program Designee and Assistant Chief Pilot. Prior to his flying career, Robert spent many successful years in the business world, with a primary focus on sales and professional recruitment. He is typed in multiple aircraft in our fleet, including the Gulfstream G200, Gulfstream GIV, and Gulfstream GV/G550 with extensive international experience. Robert was born, raised and educated in the United Kingdom and has resided in the United States for more than 15 years. In his free time, Robert enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and sailing.

Jim Potter
Chief Pilot

Jim brings to Jet Edge 30 years of global Gulfstream Series operating experience. Jim has accumulated over 24,000 hours of flight time, with more than 16,000 of those hours in Gulfstream Aircraft, and is currently an FAA-certified check airman for Jet Edge. He’s an expert in tracking, understanding and addressing the operating idiosyncrasies of each aircraft and training flight crews to achieve the highest level of safety and cockpit standards.

Adam Parnes
Director of Maintenance

Adam is responsible for the day-to-day operations of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and avionics for the Part 135 Maintenance Department of Jet Edge International. After eight years of active duty as an Avionics Communications Equipment Repairer in the U.S. Army, Adam worked as an Avionics Technician at the Gulfstream Aerospace Service Center in Savannah, Georgia. Furthering his success with Gulfstream Aircraft, Adam joined the government’s C37 Military Special Air Missions in 2000, and worked with Gulfstream V and 550 aircraft. Prior to joining Jet Edge International, he spent the previous seven years overseeing the Part 135 and 145 certificates of Elite Aviation, Jet Direct Aviation, JetCorp Technical Services, and The Air Group. Adam is a native of Brooklyn, NY and has been educated at Flight Safety International.

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