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Elite Jets embarks on sizeable recruitment drive
Amid unprecedented growth, Naples, Florida-based private charter company Elite Jets has added one pilot and a pair of administrative team members to its expanding team. Peter Boyd is now director of management.
As director of aircraft management, Boyd will oversee a new branch of Elite Jets.
Read this story in our July 2023 printed issue.

Elite Jets, a growing southwest Florida-based charter aircraft service, has named Peter Boyd as its director of aircraft management. It has also added one pilot and two administrative team members to its expanding team.

Boyd has earned a solid reputation within the North American aviation industry, most recently working as a consultant for Canadian private jet operator Chartright Air Group, with responsibility for the strategic direction of its marketing and sales departments. He has spent more than a decade in private aviation, including as director of business development and strategy for JSX, and as senior account director for the western region and Asia Pacific for Jet Aviation.

“Peter is a dynamic senior executive with years of solution-based sales, management and customer service experience,” says Elite Jets president Mark London. “He brings a deep understanding of aircraft management and will help further solidify and enhance Elite Jets' position at the forefront of the industry.”

“He is a great fit for our senior leadership team,” adds CAM, executive vice president Stephen Myers. “We are confident that Peter's skillset will further elevate our ability to deliver a safe, fun and elegant travel experience for our passengers.”

As director of aircraft management, Boyd will oversee a new branch of Elite Jets that will focus on growing the company through aircraft acquisition. The fleet currently comprises of four Embraer Phenom 300s, one Embraer Legacy 500, one Gulfstream G550 and a Bell 407 helicopter.

“Increased demand among both loyal, long time customers and new and prospective clients means that our jets are in the air more often and our teams on the ground require more support,” says Myers. “Growing our workforce ensures that we continue providing an exceptional travel experience for years ahead.”

Stephen Johnson has joined as Phenom 300 first officer, responsible for assisting the captain with aircraft operations during flights. His passion for exploration by air started at an early age while travelling the world with his father, who worked in engineering at British Airways London on the Concorde, classic 747 and Vickers VC10s. He has logged over 7,000 hours in flight time and brings more than two decades of experience to Elite Jets as a pilot and flight instructor, along with extensive FAA and CAA credentials.

Kristina Noble is appointed client services manager. She is responsible for arranging catering, special events, transportation and more, as well as accommodating any special requests.

The third hire is Joseph Koppelkam, CPA, director of finance, who will lead the accounting and financing team. He previously served as the head of accounting for large banks in Wisconsin. He earned bachelor degrees in business administration and economics.

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