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.
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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 & CEO

  • Prior to becoming the President of Sentient Jet, 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

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

John Cappadona, Vice President of Finance

  • In this role, John is responsible for the management of Sentient’s Accounting and Finance Team. Prior to joining Sentient Jet in 2015, John was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at the W.B. Mason Company, where he built the function. He has also held key financial positions at Olympus, Boston Scientific and several additional established companies.
  • John received his B.A. in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, where he graduated with honors on both occasions.
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John Cappadona

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

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

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Corporate Partnerships

Andrew Harper

Sentient Jet is the Official Private Jet Partner of Andrew Harper. Founded in 1979, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report is a monthly newsletter that reviews sophisticated hotels and hideaways.


Sentient Jet is proud to be the Official Private Jet Partner of Aspen/Snowmass, including Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain - our 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.

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.

Breeders' Cup

Sentient Jet is the Official Private Jet Partner of the Breeders' Cup. The Breeders' Cup World Championships is Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious international event, consisting of 13 races and purses totaling $26 million.