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Executive Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

WITH A HUNDRED YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE

Private Jet Services has put together an executive management team of experienced aviation professionals who work daily to ensure we deliver a superior experience to each of our clients. Learn more about our executives and how their leadership can help you meet all of your air-travel needs.

Greg Raiff is an esteemed influencer in the aviation industry and a consummate authority on commercial and private air transportation. As an accomplished entrepreneur, Greg has over 20 years’ experience at the helm of air transportation and services companies. He has been quoted in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post and CNN.com. Raiff is a contributor on regional news features covering the air travel industry.

His immersion into the aviation industry was galvanized with the success of his very first business, StudentCity.com which was founded in his Middlebury College dorm room in 1989. The $7 million business, which managed spring break air transport for over 50,000 students, was subsequently acquired by TUI Travel PLC, a FTSE 100 leisure travel company listed on the London Stock Exchange (TT.L), with over 53,000 employees worldwide.

Mike MacKeen leads initiatives and investments across our Finance, Technology, Human Capital and Business Planning functions. His team delivers the infrastructure that enables our growth and assures we have the resources to deliver superior customer experience.  Mike is a seasoned business builder with experience spanning from innovative start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

Mike’s previous roles include experience as a senior executive, investor and investment banker in high-growth organizations across the Transportation, Technology, Media and Financial Services industries. Mike developed expertise in business planning and growth capital formation while raising over a billion dollars in private equity capital for dozens of innovative companies.   

Mike is a Chartered Financial Analyst who holds a Masters Degree from the McDonough School at Georgetown University and a Bachelors Degree from the Carroll School at Boston College.  

Michael Horrisberger is a technology leader with over twenty years of experience building high performing organizations and managing complex processes and technologies.

As the CIO, Michael is responsible for developing and executing PJS’ technology strategy and overseeing all aspects of information technology, information security, data, and analytics. He also supports the growth of the business through the enhancement of IT- and analytics-related initiatives.

Prior to joining PJS, Michael served as a U.S. Navy A6-E Intruder Pilot with Attack Squadron VA196 for seven years and he held executive leadership roles with Emery Waterhouse and Unum in business development, operations and IT management across financial services and distribution with a primary focus on enabling growth strategies.

Michael holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. 

Mike Klemm is responsible for the PJS NHL Team Charter Program, the NCAA Team Charter Program, and all ACMI programs.

Mike began his aviation career in 1991 at Midwest (Express) Airlines, working his way through the ranks to eventually run the entire Charter Department, overseeing all sales and operations while specializing in professional and collegiate sports charters. During his tenure at Midwest he led the full season flight programs for six NHL clubs as well as ad-hoc flights for an additional 14 NHL clubs. He also led the flight programs for three U.S. Presidential candidates during the 2008 U.S. Presidential campaigns.

Mike grew up in Milwaukee, WI and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Chris Early has been passionately serving Private Fliers for 15 years. In joining PJS as Vice President of Operations, Chris brings an entrepreneurial spirit and resourceful nature to PJS culture and clientele. The PJS operations team who are devoted to exceptional service will be led though Chris’ comprehensive aviation experience and proven effective leadership. 

Before joining PJS, Chris built two of his own aviation firms, after working for some of the largest fractional, jet card and charter organizations in the private aviation space. 

Chris is from Livingston, Montana and was educated at Pepperdine and Montana State Universities.

Cara Tachibana holds over 20 years of marketing experience, building brands and creative strategy for increased company growth. At PJS, Cara leads all programs from digital marketing to content marketing and communications.

Cara’s career began in Portland, Maine, working with a full service marketing agency. After outgrowing the agency world, Cara worked her way into multiple industries, from ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) to B2B payment solutions, leading her own creative teams. She is passionate about finding effective solutions that help companies expand their reach.

Cara grew up in New Jersey and Maine and holds a BS in Business/Marketing from the University of Southern Maine.

Kevin Cronin brings to PJS deep experience in accounting and business administration. He started his accounting career over 30 years ago at Ernst & Young LLP as supervising senior auditor, a now $31.7 billion accounting firm. There he directed a team of professional auditors who oversaw companies ranging from high-end start-ups, public and mid-size companies.

Kevin obtained his BA Business Management at Hartwick College, and his Master of Science in Accounting along an M.B.A from Northeastern University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is a Certified Public Accountants (CPA).

Susan Flammia brings 15 years of experience in Human Resource Management and 4 years from the world of aviation. Susan holds a track record of delivering improved operations and processes, technological development and implementation, and staff training resulting in long-term efficiency savings and best HR Practices. 

Susan’s employment has spanned various industries from construction to the aviation while mentoring and empowering employees along the way. She is passionate about elevating businesses and their teams bringing higher efficiencies and ROI.
 
Susan earned a Masters in Human Resources and is on track to complete her Masters in Business Administration.

Vanessa Pyle has deep expertise in client services for high-end clientele. As Regional Vice President of the Northeast and Great Lakes Regions, Vannesa’s goal is to develop relationships with clientele in her territories and build a team of Senior Directors and Business Development Representatives.  

Vanessa brings over eleven years of account management and business development experience to the team. Her passion and dedication for delivering excellent service combined with her expert knowledge of the luxury travel space make her a true asset. 

Vanessa grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Providence College. She enjoys playing golf in her free time.

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