Best of the Best 2013: Business Aircraft: The Robb Report Private Aviation Advisory Board
Peter V. Agur Jr.
Chairman and Founder, The VanAllen Group
Peter Agur has been a management consultant since 1985. His firm provides consulting services for large public and private 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 a master of business administration from Georgia State University.
James D. Butler
CEO, Shaircraft Solutions
James Butler is an attorney and CEO. He negotiates private-air-travel investments for individuals and businesses, including fractional ownership, jet card programs, and charter. Butler also specializes in fractional-share valuation disputes. His clients include the professional golfers Scott Verplank and Scott Hoch and the NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long. He authors Inside Private Air Travel, a blog devoted to private air travel (blog.shaircraft.com).
Edward H. Kammerer
Partner, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder
Ed Kammerer advises the business-aviation community on a range of transactions and issues. He has more than 30 years of experience in aircraft and equipment acquisitions and finance. Kammerer’s strategic solutions enable his clients to achieve their business-aircraft ownership and operating objectives.
Walter Kraujalis is an aviation consultant and attorney, with expertise in safety and flight-operation audits, jet and helicopter acquisitions, business development, and due diligence. He is an airline-transport-rated pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flight time. Kraujalis is also a speaker and instructor at industry functions, and he has published many articles in aviation publications.
President and CEO, Jet Advisors
Kevin O’Leary heads Jet Advisors, a full-service private-jet acquisition and brokerage firm that has negotiated, contracted, delivered, exported, and placed into service more than 600 aircraft. Its Private Jet Index gives buyers an advanced analytical tool for selecting the optimum private jet based on nearly 50 parameters. Prior to founding Jet Advisors, O’Leary was a sales manager at Hawker Beechcraft. He holds an MBA and is pursuing his PhD in aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
William J. Quinn Jr.
Managing Director, Charleston Aviation Partners LLC
Bill Quinn has been involved in aviation for nearly 40 years. He has served as a helicopter crew chief in the United States Navy, worked for several aircraft manufacturers, founded successful aviation businesses, and served as the director of aviation for a Fortune 500 company. He holds an airline-transport pilot license with type ratings in both business jets and helicopters and is a certified aircraft appraiser.
H. Lee Rohde III
President, Aviation Management Systems
Lee Rohde is the president of Aviation Management Systems, a Portsmouth, N.H., company that provides management, technical, operational, and asset-based consulting services to the aviation, financial, insurance, and legal communities. He joined the firm in 2005. Rohde is also a 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 G. Swirsky
President, GKG Law, P.C.; Chairman, Business Aircraft and Tax Groups
Keith Swirsky is an attorney and tax specialist focusing on corporate aircraft transactions and aviation taxation. He has practiced law for nearly 30 years and has planned and structured more than 4,000 aircraft transactions. His firm provides full-service tax and regulatory planning and counseling services to corporate-aircraft owners, operators, and managers. Swirsky counsels on an array of aviation matters, including tax-efficient structures, business terms and documentation pertinent to purchases and sales of both new and preowned aircraft, external management arrangements, financing, tax-free exchange, and fractional operations.