The Jet Collection, Chicago-based Aviation Dealership and Brokerage, Spreads Its Wings Across U.S. with Plans to Expand Abroad

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Renowned International Private Jet Dealership/Brokerage Begins Global Expansion with Office Openings in Dallas, Tampa and San Francisco

“Having ‘a guy on the ground’ in key markets worldwide enables us to improve on the already exceptional service we provide to our global client base..."

Today, The Jet Collection, a Chicago-based aviation dealership and brokerage, announced that it is stretching its wings with office openings in Dallas, Tampa and San Francisco, and more office openings planned, including several abroad.

“As the economic climate continues to improve, we have decided to bet on the aviation market by seeking out the top sales leaders in business aviation,” said Jason Zilberbrand, president, The Jet Collection. “Having ‘a guy on the ground’ in key markets worldwide enables us to improve on the already exceptional service we provide to our global client base, and to build our position as a leader in global aviation.”

The Jet Collection’s Dallas office will be headed up by J. Michael Zabkar, Jr., a seasoned business aviation executive. Through his more than 40-year career in aircraft acquisition and sales, Zabkar has directly sold or managed aircraft sales exceeding $4B.

David Stone will run The Jet Collection’s Tampa office. A commercial-rated pilot with more than 15 years of aircraft sales experience and more than 100 successfully completed transactions under his belt, Stone will focus on helicopter sales, as well as corporate jets and turboprops.

The Jet Collection’s San Francisco office will be led by Bruce Shinneman. Shinneman began flying for the military in 1970. Since then, he has logged almost 22,000 miles in the air and has gained extensive flying experience with popular aircraft, including BBD-700 Global Express, CL600/601 Challenger, and DC9-30/MD80.

Zilberbrand is proud of and excited about the professionalism and expertise of The Jet Collection’s newly expanded team. “The people we’ve added to our group have real experience. They’re experienced pilots. They’ve owned and managed aircraft. They’ve run aviation management companies. They’re pedigreed,” he said.

The Jet Collection’s expansion is part of its push to join the ranks of the world’s most successful aircraft dealer/brokers. “Our goal is to get into position to compete with the top brokerage houses in the world. And to do that, we need to have at least 30-50 quality listings at all times. And to do that, we’re going to need a global presence.”

About The Jet Collection
Founded in 2004, The Jet Collection is an aircraft dealer, and an airplane, jet and aircraft broker based in Chicago. The company handles business and commercial aircraft sales and acquisitions for midsize, large and global corporations, foreign governments and private individuals worldwide. The Jet Collection’s core expertise is in Long Range and International Cabin Class aircraft. The company also has extensive experience with the following:

  •     Small jets
  •     Midsize jets
  •     Super midsize jets
  •     Commercial aircraft
  •     Helicopters

The Jet Collection has bought and sold more position aircraft than any other inventory dealer in the world, with a total value in the billions. For more information on The Jet Collection, please visit

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