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 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.
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.