Launched in 2003 to further develop the quality of the aircraft shared ownership market. PlaneSmart!'s managers, instructor pilots, employees, and associates consist of industry veterans with over 100 years of combined corporate and military aviation experience.
Michael BroslerPresident & CEO
Michael is responsible for setting strategic directions and managing the growth of PlaneSmart! Aviation. He is committed to creating an unparalleled experience for all PlaneSmart! clients by ensuring an all-inclusive quality program with a full suite of options to meet the needs of its customers. Prior to taking an ownership position at PlaneSmart!, Michael spent 16 years in the telecommunication industry where he held senior positions in various financial, marketing, operational and regulatory organizations. Michael also founded and developed a film production and marketing business focused on documentary style filmmaking, and commercial advertising. Michael holds an MBA from the University of California, and has been involved in aviation as an aircraft owner and instrument rated pilot for over 30 years.
Jim OwensChief Pilot
Jim is responsible for implementing safety policies, developing and maintaining flight training curriculum, and standardizing procedures for all PlaneSmart pilot customers and employees. He is also the managing supervisor for all staff and contract pilots. Mr. Owens is an Airline Transport Rated pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor and Multi-Engine Instructor with 4000+ hours of his 8000+ total time logged as dual given. Jim has type ratings in the Eclipse 500, Cessna 550 and 560 Citation Business Jets, Beechcraft Premier RA390, and is factory trained in the Pilatus PC-12 NG and Piper Meridian. He is also a Gold Seal and a Platinum Certified Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot with over 2000 hours logged in the Cirrus aircraft.
John KoltesDirector of Operations
John is responsible for operations at both PlaneSmart! Aviation, LLC and PlaneSmart! Charter, LLC. This includes compliance with our FAA Air Charter Certificate and its related set of operating specifications, as well as the overall process for achieving safe and efficient flights for our customers. John is a seasoned air charter operator and responsible for identifying and conforming the aircraft added to PlaneSmart!’s charter certificate. He is also a seasoned pilot with over 8,000 hours in numerous turbo-prop and jet aircraft. John holds an AA degree in Meteorology and a BA degree in Business Administration.
Hamp ReedDirector of Sales and Marketing
Hamp is responsible for managing all of the sales and marketing activities for the company. He is dedicated to understanding our customers needs and finding the right products and services to best meet their objectives. Hamp's commitment to providing an exceptional overall experience has served us well since 2007. Hamp is a third generation pilot with over 2,500 flight hours in multiple types of aircraft.
Russ StanleyDirector of Finance & Accounting
Russ is responsible for the daily financial and overall accounting and tracking operation at PlaneSmart! Aviation. In 2009, he was instrumental in project managing the transformation of PlaneSmart!'s headquarters in Addison. Prior to joining PlaneSmart!, Russ had a long and varied career at AT&T (formerly SBC) and, in 2002, retired in the position of Vice President of Management Services. He held various operations and staff positions in pre-divesture AT&T before moving to Dallas in 1995. During his communications career, he attended various graduate programs for executives at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and was the Executive-In-Residence at the Price College of Business.
Karen has 14 years of service with increasing responsibilities in the area of Accounting, Finance, I.T., Data Analysis, and Human Resources within a distribution and manufacturing operation. Although she has not worked in Aviation prior to joining PlaneSmart!, she is enjoying the change of pace. Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) in Accounting and Business, Magna Cum Laude, from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. She is also completing her MBA to gain CPA eligibility.
Joe BordenDirector of Maintenance
Joe has overall responsibility for directing aircraft maintenance activities at PlaneSmart! Aviation, LLC and PlaneSmart! Charter, LLC. He is a Certified Aviation Maintenance Technician with over 16 years in the business, and holds an Inspection Authorization endorsement. He has extensive background with Pratt and Whitney (PT6A) powered aircraft, and has particular expertise with King Air, Pilatus PC-12, and Piaggio Avanti. He worked at Piaggio Aero Industries as a Field Service technician and is factory trained on the Piaggio P180 Avanti I & II, and the Pro Line avionics suite. Additional experience includes working on Cessna Citations, P&W JT15D, P&W535, Honeywell TFE-731, and Allison 250-B17 (rigging and troubleshooting). Joe is also experienced with military and commercial program management and applies his skills to keeping an airworthy fleet at PlaneSmart!
Tyler AmburnAssistant Chief Pilot
The Assistant Chief Pilot is responsible to help manage a growing number airplanes, employees, and flight operations at PlaneSmart! To that end, in addition to his normal piloting responsibilities, Tyler is the primary point of contact for Senior Pilots and authorized to act on behalf of the Chief Pilot. Tyler joined the company as a pilot in late 2009, relocated to Austin in early 2012 to help grow the region, and returned to Addison mid-2013 once a new foundation was established at KEDC. Tyler is rated as a CFI, CFII, MEI, and is a Platinum level Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot. He is also qualified to pilot the Piper Meridian, Pilatus PC12-NG, and King Air 300. With over 4000 hours of total flight experience, 2000+ hours have been logged in Cirrus airplanes.
Stephanie PhillipsManager of Customer Service
Stephanie's passion for aviation began in 2001 when she became a Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines. In 2007, after six years of safety briefings and 10,000+ bags of peanuts served, she joined the General Aviation community supporting aircraft sales for Diamond and Mooney aircraft. Stephanie joined the PlaneSmart! family in 2009 focused on client services. Her primary focus was scheduling airplanes, accommodating customer travel requests, and ensuring safe and efficient service for our customers. After three years of excellence and commitment, Stephanie was launched into her new role as Manager of Customer Service. Now her focus encompasses general aircraft fleet management and operations at each of the PlaneSmart! base locations. With over 10 years of aviation experience, Stephanie continues to hold safety and customer satisfaction as her top priority.
Brian StrakaRegional Sales Manager
Brian’s original roots stem from the West Coast but he ventured out to New Hampshire to complete an education in aviation. Brian eventually made his way to Texas and has called the Dallas area his home for more than 15 years with his wife and two kids. His love for aviation began long ago and he has enjoyed the journey over the years as either a weekend flyer, instructor, or regional airline pilot. Ultimately his passion for planes and helping people attain their goals has lead him to PlaneSmart! Aviation where he is focusing his talent towards delivering top-rated customer services and helping clients find a solution to their flying needs.
Nick WeberRegional Sales Manager
Nick is PlaneSmart!’s Regional Sales Manager responsible for business development across the Austin, Houston, and San Antonio region. Prior to joining PlaneSmart!, Nick’s aviation career began as an Installation Manager for a globally recognized flight simulator company. During his tenure he was promoted into sales where he distinguished himself as a leading producer in simulator sales. Throughout his career Nick has had the opportunity to work closely with many recognizable aviation organizations such as the NTSB, University of North Dakota, Embry Riddle, and his Alma Mater, University of Central Missouri. As a commercial pilot he has participated in the NBAA Professional Development Program and holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology, with an Associate degree in Construction Management. Nick currently resides in sunny Austin and enjoys spending time exploring Texas with his wife and their Great Dane, Harper.
Justin CokerPilot/Training Manager
Justin is a CFI, CFII, and active instructor in PlaneSmart! Cirrus aircraft. He is also rated to fly the Piper Meridian. As the company's Training Manager, Justin ensures all staff and client flight records are complete, and demonstrate at least minimum flight currency per FAA standards. Justin was hooked on a career in aviation after he and his future father-in-law took a brief flight in a Piper Cherokee 235. A few years later, Justin started taking flight lessons at U.S. Aviation and found his instructor, Bryan, to be his greatest mentor and inspiration. Justin remains devoted to perfecting his teaching skills and is a great resource for students and instructors alike at PlaneSmart!
Jeremiah is an accomplished CFI, CFII, MEI, and A&P mechanic. He is an active instructor in PlaneSmart! Cirrus aircraft, and rated to fly the Piper Meridian and Pilatus PC-12 NG. Originally from Michigan, Jeremiah moved to Texas in 2011 to pursue his long time passion of flying. Also trained as an A&P mechanic, Jeremiah augments his students flight lessons with tips on aircraft systems, maintenance, and trouble diagnostics.
Bret LawsonCharter Pilot
Bret is a charter pilot focusing on flight operations for PlaneSmart! Charter. He is CFI, CFII, and MEI rated, and is the lead pilot in the Piaggio P-180 and Cirrus charter aircraft. Prior to charter operations, Brett focused on flight instruction accumulating over 1,500 hours in various types of aircraft. He has a BS in Elementary Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University and taught fourth grade for four years before pursuing his passion in aviation. Bret enjoys the aviation industry and is looking forward to sharing it with his son, Cooper Jet.
Cliff GerberMaintenance Manager
Cliff is responsible for ensuring safety and airworthiness standards are fully addressed on the Cirrus and piston fleet. He is a Certified Cirrus Mechanic and manages repairs under the Limited Service Center operation that is authorized by Cirrus Aircraft at PlaneSmart! Cliff has A&P Mechanic experience at various manufacturers (e.g., V22 Osprey, Cobras and Hueys) as well as at repair stations working on a wide range of aircraft. In addition to an interest in aircraft repair, Cliff is an avid private pilot and holds an instrument rating.
Doug LongakerA&P Mechanic
Doug received his A&P certificate at Westwood College of Aviation Technology in Houston, Texas in 2008. He has been working in the aviation field since earning his certificate, and has extensive experience working on Cirrus aircraft at the authorized Service Center. While Doug specializes in Cirrus, he is experienced working on numerous other airplanes, including Cessna and Beechcraft. Doug is in the process of earning his BS in Aviation Management at Eastern New Mexico University.
Nick LawrenceClient Services Manager
Nick began his journey in aviation while completing a Master’s degree in music composition at the University of North Texas. He worked as a scheduler and systems manager at the local flight school and obtained his private pilot’s license along the way. He then moved to Los Angeles after being accepted into the University of Southern California’s Advanced Studies in Film Scoring program and spent the next 10 years writing music and working numerous day jobs to pay the bills. He stayed in touch with aerospace by working part time at Caltech/JPL for 6 years, picking the brains of aerospace engineers every chance he got. Nick returned to Texas after being accepted into the University of North Texas’s brand new Aviation Logistics degree program. He completed an internship in supply chain management of jet engine repair services at Dallas Airmotive and graduated Magna Cum Laude in August 2013. After brief employment as a transportation logistics coordinator for a 3rd party logistics company, Nick joined the PlaneSmart! team where he handles the scheduling and positioning logistics for clients, aircraft, crews and maintenance.