Private Aviation Advisory Board

Peter Agur Jr. 

Chairman and Founder, The VanAllen Group

vanallen.com

Peter Agur Jr. has been a management consultant since 1985. His firm provides consulting services for large corporations, high-net-worth individuals, and royal families. Agur began his career as an army aviator and went on to work for several major airframe manufacturers. He has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences from the Metropolitan State College of Denver and an MBA from Georgia State University. 

 

James Butler

CEO, Shaircraft Solutions 

shaircraft.com

James Butler is the CEO of Shaircraft Solutions, a private-aviation consulting firm that advises individuals and businesses on the full spectrum of private-air-travel options, including fractional jet ownership, jet card programs, and private-jet charter. A business attorney with expert industry knowledge, Butler has negotiated transactions ranging from multimillion-dollar fractional-share purchases and valuation disputes to relatively small jet card contracts. His clients include professional athletes, Fortune 500 CEOs, and high-net-worth retirees and families.

 

Walter Kraujalis 

President, AeronomX 

aeronomx.com

Walter Kraujalis is an aviation advisor with a background as an aviation attorney. He is also a flight-department manager and corporate-jet pilot. His expertise is in jet and helicopter acquisitions and sales, safety management, safety/IS-BAO audits, and business development. Kraujalis is a licensed airline-transport pilot for jets and helicopters and has more than 10,000 hours of flight time. He is also a speaker and instructor at industry functions and has published numerous articles in aviation publications.

 

Kevin O’Leary

President and CEO, Jet Advisors 

jetadvisors.com

Kevin O’Leary heads Jet Advisors, a data-driven private-jet acquisition, brokerage, and consulting firm in Bedford, Mass. Prior to founding Jet Advisors, O’Leary worked for Hawker Beechcraft, Travel Air, and Flight Options. He holds a PhD from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a pilot’s license for multiengine commercial aircraft.

 

William Quinn Jr. 

Founder and President, Aviation Management Systems 

amsinc.aero

William Quinn Jr. has been actively involved in the aviation industry for more than 40 years, during which time he has served in a United States Navy helicopter squadron; worked for two aircraft manufacturers; founded a number of successful aviation businesses, including Aviation Management Systems; and served as the director of aviation and chief pilot for a Fortune 500 company. He has flown more than 6,000 hours, holds an airline-transport pilot’s license with type ratings in both business jets and helicopters, and is a certified aircraft appraiser. During his career he has been involved in more than 2,600 aircraft and helicopter transactions.

 

H. Lee Rohde III

Founder, President, and CEO, Essex Aviation Group 

essexaviation.com

H. Lee Rohde III is the founder, president, and CEO of Essex Aviation Group, a Portsmouth, N.H.–based company that provides new- and preowned-aircraft acquisition services along with business and private-aviation consulting services to high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients. Rohde is an experienced pilot and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. 

 

Keith Swirsky

President, GKG Law 

President and Chairman, GKG Law’s Business Aviation Group and Tax Group

aviationtaxlawyer.com

Keith Swirsky is an attorney and tax specialist concentrating in corporate-aircraft transactions and aviation taxation. GKG Law, in Washington, D.C., and Wayzata, Minn., provides full-service tax and regulatory planning and counseling services to corporate-aircraft owners, operators, and managers. Swirsky holds a master of laws degree in taxation and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University.