CORPORATE OWNERSHIP

Sentient is part of Directional Aviation, a private investment firm focused solely on private business aviation. Not only does Directional provide Sentient valuable stability, they also offer a conduit to their entire portfolio of aviation companies. This allows Sentient to share industry knowledge, best practices and different perspectives with all of Directional’s companies, which is key in developing the very best service and safety practices in the industry. Directional combines industry-specific operational expertise with deployment of its own capital.

Sentient Jet Executive Team

Sentient's management team brings together a group of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds within the aviation and service industries. Their combined knowledge and expertise has provided Sentient with a management team that is second to none.

 

Kenneth C. Ricci, Chairman

  • Kenneth Ricci has spent over 30 years developing innovative services in the aviation industry. Beginning with the founding of Corporate Wings in 1980, Kenn led the success of many aviation entities, including Flight Options, Mercury Air Centers, Inertial Airline Services and Nextant Aerospace. Today, Kenn is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital, a private investment firm whose vision and experience bring a unique understanding to financing and enhancing the value of business aviation assets.
  • Kenn was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 and has been named one of the most influential people in aviation by Aviation International News. In 2010, Kenn received the Harvard Business School's Dively Entrepreneurship Award and recently was the youngest recipient of the prestigious William Ong Award for extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry.
  • Kenn is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and The Cleveland Marshall School of Law. He holds an airline transport pilot license with extensive international experience and was Governor William Clinton's pilot when he ran for President in 1992. www.KennRicci.com
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Kenn Ricci

Michael Rossi, Chief Financial Officer

  • Mike Rossi began his aviation career at Corporate Wings in 1984 and has spent the last 25 years developing innovative business strategies within the industry. Mike also served as the President of Inertial Airline Services through 2001.

    Today Mike is a principal in Directional Capital, which invests in and operates various segments of General Aviation: Charter, Management, Fractional, Aircraft Maintenance and FBO's.
  • Mike's other business interests include involvement with the accounting firm Rossi, Schlotter & Co., which has assisted many businesses in the areas of planning and growth.

    A graduate of John Carroll University, Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Series 7 License.
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Michael Rossi

Andrew Collins, President, Sentient Jet Card

  • Prior to becoming the President of Sentient Jet Card, Andrew Collins was the Vice President of Revenue Management for the Company. As Vice President, Andrew was responsible for a fifty-person revenue generation and customer acquisition team, including Sales, Sales Operations, CRM, Business Development and Client Account Management. Previous to this role, Andrew led Sentient Jet's product management efforts and created the company's original web marketing strategy.
  • With extensive additional experience in software and Internet-related technologies, Andrew has helped lead, establish or improve upon a number of prominent, venture-backed technology enterprises. Andrew is a graduate of Union College of Schenectady, NY and the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
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Andrew Collins

Gregory Richman, Managing Director, Sentient Jet Charter

  • Prior to becoming Managing Director of Sentient Jet Charter, Gregory held a position as Vice President of Charter Sales for the Company. With nearly 15 years in aviation, Greg’s expertise and understanding of the industry has proven him to be a reliable leader for the Charter Team for the last 10 years.
  • Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and studied at the University of Paris La Sorbonne in French Culture and Language studies. He is also a licensed FAA Private Pilot, having trained with Comair.
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Gregory Richman

Adam Hohulin, Vice President of Operations

  • In this role, Adam is responsible for the management of Sentient's Client Services, Flight Operations, Field Operations, Flight Safety and Flight Planning Teams. He joined Sentient in 2006.
  • Adam comes to Sentient from the fractional provider Flight Options, where he was the Director of OCC and accountable for the daily operations of over 210 aircraft. Before both Flight Options and Sentient, Adam spent eight years as a professional pilot flying both turboprop and jet aircraft under Part 135 and 121.
  • Adam received his B.S in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Air Traffic Control from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
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Adam Hohulin

Charles Starkowsky, Chief Safety Officer

  • In this role, Charles is responsible for the management of Sentient’s safety programs as well as working directly with the company’s Independent Safety Advisory Board. Prior to joining Sentient in 2004, Charles handled ground security and training for Midwest Airlines.
  • Before Midwest, Charles held the position of Flight Instructor at Alpha One Flight School in Plymouth, MA. Charles is a Certified Flight Instructor with both Land and Sea Ratings. Charles received his B.S. in Aviation Science from Bridgewater State College, as well as a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Charles Starkowsky

Damon Lusk, Vice President of Finance

  • Since joining Sentient in 2008, Damon has held positions as Treasurer and Senior Director of Financial Planning at Sentient Flight Group. Before that time, Damon was the Operational Controller at Standex International, Inc. (NYSE: SXI), and Manager in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and the audit group at Ernst & Young in Texas.
  • Damon has leadership experience in Corporate Finance and Accounting, including financial operations, financial planning and analysis, treasury, corporate audit, mergers and acquisitions, internal controls, and private and public company financial reporting.
  • Damon is a licensed C.P.A. in the State of Texas and holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's of Business Administration from Northeastern University.
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Damon Lusk

Kirsten LaMotte, Vice President, Partnerships and Events

  • Prior to joining Sentient Jet in 2004, Kirsten was Senior Director of Marketing for Millsport Sports Marketing. She also held positions at Sports Illustrated, including Director of Sports Marketing and Promotions, as well as Olympic Manager.
  • Kirsten received her B.A from St. Lawrence University.
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Kirsten LaMotte

Corporate Partnerships

Boston Celtics

Sentient Jet is the Official Private Jet Partner of the Boston Celtics and a proud supporter of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation—a charity dedicated to bringing the Celtics' championship legacy into our community through programs that directly benefit children in need.

USSA®

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing.

Aspen/Snowmass®

Sentient Jet is proud to be the Official Private Jet Partner of Aspen/Snowmass, including Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain—four mountains with over 5,300 acres of terrain and boundless dining and nightlife, there are more than enough reasons to visit the most exciting winter escape in the world.