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.
Rick WysowskiDirector of Operations
Rick overseas all flight operations activity, ensuring that all flights are conducted safely and in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations, operation specifications and company policies. Rick has had numerous responsibilities in aviation over the last 10 years including corporate pilot, charter pilot, and medevac pilot. He has managed several fleets of aircraft, supervised pilot crew, and managed maintenance departments. He has also been heavily involved in the purchasing and selling of aircraft that best meet the needs of his clients. Rick was previously Director of Operations at Guardian Flight and Air Medical Resource Group and has a BS in Aeronautics Science from Embry Riddle.
Jim OwensChief Pilot Part91 and GM Austin/Houston Mkt
Jim Is responsible for implementing safety policies, developing and maintaining flight training curriculum, and standardizing procedures for PlaneSmart pilots and customers. He is also the managing supervisor for part 91 staff and contract pilots.
Mr. Owens is an Airline Transport rated pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multi-Engine Instructor with 4000+ hours of his 10000+ total time logged as dual given. Jim has type ratings in the Eclipse 500, Citation 550 and 560 Business Jets, Beechcraft Premier 1A RA 390, and is factory trained in the Pilatus PC-12 and Piper Meridian PA-46. Mr. Owens is a Gold Seal Instructor and a Platinum Certified Cirrus Instructor. Jim has recently obtained his Rotorcraft license and is now working toward a commercial rating in Helicopters. Jim graduated from Ari Ben Aviators Professional Pilot School in Port St. Lucie Florida.
James ElginDirector of Market Development
James is responsible for managing existing marketing operations as well as evaluating and executing on business expansion plans and strategic marketing initiatives. He is dedicated to maintain and create unequalled customer value, build the PlaneSmart! respected brand and provide best in class customer experience. Prior to taking the position at PlaneSmart!, James spent most of his career in the corporate world at AT&T where he held leadership positions in finance, marketing, product strategy and regulatory. He has a long standing interest in aviation and plans to complete his pilot training this year. James holds a BS in Engineering and a MBA with concentration in Marketing and Finance.
Mr. Mark WaldonDirector of Maintenance
Mr. Mark E. Waldon is the Director, Maintenance. Mr. Waldon is responsible for the daily leadership of the maintenance department, liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration and providing maintenance oversight for PlaneSmart! Aviation, LLC part 91 and 135 aircraft fleet.
Mr. Waldon has an extensive resume in aviation management and began his career in aviation in 1979 with E-Systems, Inc. where he served mainly in Quality Control in support of secret and top secret military surveillance aerial platforms and numerous off-site programs. In his most recent experience, Mr. Waldon served as Director, Maintenance for Ameristar Jet Charter for approximately 11 years prior to joining PlaneSmart! Mr. Waldon has also held management positions with Raytheon Aircraft Company and AMR World Wide Flight Operations. His knowledge, experience and expertise in Part 91 and 135 Operations plus his extensive knowledge of the Federal Aviation Regulations provides a great benefit to PlaneSmart! as we continue to grow in fleet size as well as into larger and more complex aircraft.
Mr. Waldon attended Shields Aviation Academy and holds a Airframe and Power plant License. Mr. Waldon enjoys golf and outdoor activities. He also holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate for Single and Multi-Engine aircraft with an Instrument Rating.
Karen LoydDirector - Finance/Controller
Karen's experience in management level accounting progressed over 20 years across several industries. Prior to joining PlaneSmart in 2014, she served 14+ years in finance / senior management roles with a tech-manufacturer in the aerospace & defense industry. In her early career, she had risen through the accounting management ranks within Higher Education and Construction Services. Karen enjoys exploring the aviation world with family members: a son and daughter who are both aspiring pilots, as well as a son-in-law currently flying for the US Air Force. Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration / Accounting from Texas Woman's University, with additional graduate studies in Project Management and Finance. She hopes to find the spare time to finish her MBA and acquire a CMA certification.
Cody McCainRegional Sales Manager
Cody McCain is PlaneSmart’s Regional Sales Manager for the Austin and Houston areas. Cody served 8 years in the Army with tours in South Korea and Iraq where he conducted combat operations during 2005 as the senior gunner and convoy commander. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. McCain has over six years of aviation experience as a line service technician at nationally known FBO’s, private pilot in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter, and aircraft research and acquisition.
When Cody is not “pushing tin” or helping others obtain personal goals in flying and aircraft ownership, you can find him enjoying time with his family and friends on the water or in the mountains. Cody also volunteers his time as the Team Leader with a 501c3 organization for the Austin area, dedicated to ending veteran suicide – an important cause very close to his heart. Cody looks forward to showing you “World Class” customer service at PlaneSmart!
Bret LawsonChief Pilot
Bret is the chief 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.
Nick grew up in an aviation family. He started flying at 15 and soloed at 16 to soon received his private pilot’s license. He started his aviation career in Youngstown Ohio, working as a line service manager and a shop helper. Later He moved to avionics sales and training. Shortly after receiving his Multi Engine Commercial License he flew corporately in a King Air 350. Then moved on to fly for Continental Connection in Beech 1900 D’s and Dash 8’s. His previous job was working as a government contractor Flying B350’s doing Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Nick came to Texas in 2010 to be the Lead Instructor pilot for his previous company, while still deploying overseas. Nick has accumulated over 4500 hours in multi engine turbine aircraft, and has a true passion for aviation. His Love of corporate aviation brought Him to PlaneSmart! in October 2014. He currently flies the Piaggio Avanti.
Chris currently holds the position of flight coordinator. He is responsible for coordinating and scheduling all part 91 and part 135 flight requests, making critical flight release decisions to ensure safe operations under FAR part 135, while striving to fully utilize PlaneSmart! aircraft and crew. Chris is also responsible for monitoring and following of all flight movements. Chris is a licensed part 121 Aircraft Dispatcher and has a great love for flying. He is eager to pursue and obtain his private pilot license. Prior to being able to fulfill his passion in the aviation industry, he accumulated over 10 years of experience in retail as a Regional Manager. He enjoys spending his free time with his two sons, Ethan and Nolan, and hopes to pass the torch of a long family history in aviation.
Jessi JenisonFlight Instructor
Jessi is one of our Flight Instructors. She specializes in Cirrus Flight Training and holds a Commercial Pilot license, Instrument Rating, CFI, AGI, and IGI. Her 12+yrs of aviation industry experience, Associates in Business Management, and passion for teaching makes her a great asset to our team. Jessi's last flight job was in South Africa flying for a Private Game Reserve. Her love for her family brought her back home to Texas and her love of flight instructing brought her to PlaneSmart.
David GlessingFlight Instructor
David is originally from a small town in Georgia. From a young age David knew he was destine for a career in aviation. After graduating high school, David joined the United States Air Force and served 6 years as an aircraft mechanic. While he was in the service, he earned a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. After his enlistment, David continued his education at the University of North Dakota. During his time at UND, David obtained his commercial instrument multi engine rating, along with his CFI/CFII certificate In just three years, he was able to complete a dual bachelor’s degree in Commercial Aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations with high honors. David moved to Texas in June of 2016 and joined the PlaneSmart! team August of 2016. David has a love for flight instruction and a true passion for aviation. He currently gives flight instruction in the Cirrus SR20, SR22, and SR22T.
Mr. John BissettPilot
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Mr. Luke DavidsonMaintenance Manager
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