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.
Wayne Lockley is an experienced aviation veteran with a passion for safety and continuous improvement. He has been a pilot for over 40 years and he devoted 23 years to the U.S. Navy where he flew a number of aircraft, including the A-6E, and F/A-18.
As the Director of Safety, Wayne leverages his deep experience as a member of the International Society of Aviation Safety Investigators, and as the Naval Test Wing Safety Officer for the Bell AH-1 Cobra upgrade and the AW101 (EH101) Merlin/Cormorant Atlantic Presidential Helicopter Program. Throughout his career, he has held a range of positions that leveraged his expertise in safety management and protocols, systems engineering, program management, contract management, proposal writing, acquisition, and logistics.
Wayne attended the Parks College of Aeronautical Technology. He currently owns and flies a Cirrus SR-22. He is originally from Baltimore Maryland and he has lived throughout the U.S. and Cuba.
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.
John O’Neill brings to PJS his deep experience in strategic planning, product development, and operations leadership. He leads the charge on all PJS Operations initiatives, driving improvement and growth by promoting collaboration and a superior customer experience.
John’s operations career began in 1990 as a Senior Captain for Spirit Cruise. In 1999 he began a career in aviation as a founding team member of CitationAir (CitationShares). Participating as part of the executive team growing from a startup to a $500m Fractional and Jet Card operator with worldwide operations,100 plus aircraft and 850 employees, John served as Senior Vice President of Operational Planning leading many departments including Crew and Aircraft Scheduling, Operations Research, Travel Services, Vendor Relations and Aircraft Logistics and was a member of the Safety Management Committee.
John grew up in New York and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology.
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).
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 Regional Vice President of Sales – West, Chris brings his entrepreneurial spirit and resourceful nature to PJS culture and clientele. Chris is looking forward to expanding PJS offerings throughout the Western United States, as well as building a team devoted to professionalism and exceptional service.
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.
John Castellano is an aviation industry veteran of 16 years. As Regional Vice President of Sales in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, John’s goal is to develop his territories and serve his clients while mentoring a team of Senior Directors and Business Development Representatives. Skilled at analytics, market research and partnership activation, John delivers an efficient and expert consultancy approach to the luxury travel space.
Prior to joining Private Jet Services, John helped revolutionize the fractional jet card industry with Marquis Jet. He was the Vice President of Sales and Owner Accounts at Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets, where he focused his efforts on the NYC Metro area, as well as Sports and Entertainment clients.
John grew up in New York City and graduated from the University of Delaware.
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.