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PlaneSmart! Staff

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 Brosler
President & 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 Owens
Chief 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.

Hamp Reed
Director 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 Stanley
Director 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.

Tyler Amburn
Assistant 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 Phillips
Manager 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 Straka
Regional 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.   

Justin Coker
Pilot/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 Freidel

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 Lawson
Charter 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.