Desert Jet Continues Expansion of Its Leadership Team Following Record Growth

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Desert Jet expands its bench strength with appointment of Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations and Director of Charter Sales to its leadership team.

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Desert Jet welcomes Toby Benenson, Chief Operating Officer, Art Dawley, Vice President of Operations and Joe Madrid, Director of Charter Sales

We are thrilled to welcome Toby, Art and Joe to our team,” said Denise Wilson, President and CEO of Desert Jet. “This team represents the solid bench strength that will take us to the next level in execution of our vision to be a “small giant” in the aviation industry.

Leading business aviation services company Desert Jet experienced an unprecedented year-over-year growth across its companies in 2017, culminating in a 100% revenue increase. That growth trend has continued through the first quarter of 2018 with Desert Jet strengthening its infrastructure and adding industry experts to its leadership team to support further business development.

Following the record growth of the company’s on-demand charter services, including a 40 percent increase in charter flight hours and 62 percent increase in charter revenue in 2017, Desert Jet has created a new position of Chief Operating Officer and appointed Toby Benenson to the role.

As the new Chief Operating Officer, Toby is principally accountable for the overall strategic direction and leadership of Desert Jet’s internal and external processes. Formerly the Director, Mission Control for another charter operator, Toby’s expertise to optimize productivity and performance will be an integral part of Desert Jet’s future growth strategy.

Art Dawley was hired as Vice President of Operations to support Desert Jet’s planned 2018 expansion into global aircraft operations. Art, formerly the Chief Executive Officer at Wyvern Consulting, brings more than 25 years of aviation experience to his role.

Industry veteran Joe Madrid has been hired as Desert Jet’s Director of Charter Sales to support the company’s client-centric focus and commitment to providing industry-leading personalized service.

“We are thrilled to welcome Toby, Art and Joe to our team,” said Denise Wilson, President and CEO of Desert Jet. “This team represents the solid bench strength that will take us to the next level in execution of our vision to be a “small giant” in the aviation industry.”

Significant additional hiring is expected to continue as Desert Jet plans to hire an additional 15 team members in 2018. To support the demand in hiring only the best talent, a new Talent and Culture Coordinator position has been created. Kristin Gilliam, formerly serving in the position of Director of Charter Sales, has been promoted to the new position.

About Desert Jet
Desert Jet is a group of aircraft management, charter, maintenance, FBO and aircraft handling companies based in Palm Springs/Thermal, California (KTRM). Desert Jet is a full-service aviation company providing jet owners with turn-key management of their aircraft that offsets the cost of ownership.

Desert Jet’s “private car service of the sky” offers private flyers a smart alternative to fractional aircraft ownership and expensive membership programs. Desert Jet’s acquisition service provides aircraft buyers with objective third party oversight throughout all phases of the process, from selecting the right aircraft, projecting operating costs and negotiating the acquisition through pre-purchase inspection, delivery and placing the aircraft into service.

Desert Jet Maintenance is an FAA-certified Part 145 Repair Station offering scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintenance and repair services as well as 24/7 AOG mobile jet services a wide variety of aircraft

Desert Jet Center is a brand new, world-class independent FBO serving the needs of the business and general aviation community at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM). Desert Jet Center is a Preferred FBO for the Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA), the Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP), and is a member of the EPIC fuel network. Desert Jet Center is the only FBO in the region to have earned the prestigious IS-BAH safety registration and the NATA Safety 1st qualification. Desert Jet Center offers hangar space that accommodates aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650 and Global 6000.

For more information, please visit http://www.desertjet.com or contact us at (800) 381-JETS.

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