Mr. Aaronson joined the Board of Advisors for Propeller Investments and the Board of Directors for Propeller Airports in December of 2013 as its Chairman, bringing significant national and international experience. Over the past 40 years Mr. Aaronson has worked within the aviation sector from every perspective. Prior to serving as the Director General of Airports Council International World from 2002 to 2008, Mr. Aaronson had direct responsibility for the management and development of six major U.S. airports, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages three of the world's largest airports - John F. Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Airport and Newark International Airport.
Earlier, Mr. Aaronson was appointed by the U.S. Government as the top official in the Federal Aviation Administration responsible for nationwide airport standards, safety and development. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Aaronson was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the trade group of the major North American passenger and cargo airlines.
In 1993, Mr. Aaronson became Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Air Terminal - which became Airport Group International (AGI) and was one of the first firms engaged in worldwide airport development and operations. In 1997, he left the management of AGI to establish his own consulting firm, Strategies For Airports, Inc., which subsequently became part of the global Lufthansa Consulting organization and he was appointed its Executive Vice President - Americas.
Mr. Aaronson was elected as Chairman of the Airport Operators Council International (the predecessor organization of ACI-NA). He also served as President of the (US) National Association of State Aviation Officials, and President of the Wings Club (in New York). Currently, he serves as an appointed Board member of the Connecticut Airport Authority.
D. Ross Fischer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Miami Air International, a charter airline based in Miami, Florida. Co-Founded in 1990 by Ross, Miami Air operates a fleet of nine Boeing 737 aircraft worldwide, providing charter flights for a wide variety of customers including the United States Military, professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, entertainers, and major cruise lines. Ross is a forty-two year aviation veteran who began his career as a US Navy pilot flying A-7 Corsairs off the USS Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy. Ross spent 9 years flying for the navy and an additional 15 years in the US Navy Reserves. He was Commanding Officer of VA 204 and retired as a Captain. Ross returned to civilian life, taking a job flying for Continental Airlines. Following his tenure at Continental, Ross took a position with People Express, the pioneering low cost airline, where he was tapped for his management abilities as Managing Officer of System Operations. Prior to starting Miami Air, Ross was at Eastern Airlines where he served as its Vice President of Systems Operations. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the National Air Carriers Association and served as its past Chairman. He is also on the board of the children's charity, The Sunshine Foundation. Type rated in numerous aircraft including the Boeing 737, Ross is an accomplished aviator with over 6,500 hours of flying under his belt. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Ross and his wife Penny reside in Miami, Florida.
David C. Hurley has over 30 years of experience in marketing and sales in the aerospace and telecommunications industries and is currently Vice Chairman of PrivatAir of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of Flight Services Group by PrivatAir. Mr. Hurley founded FSG, one of the world's largest providers of corporate aircraft management, executive charter, and aircraft sales and acquisitions in the U.S., in 1984. Prior to founding FSG, he was the Senior Vice President of domestic and international sales for Canadair Challenger and a member of the marketing team that was responsible for the launch of the program and delivery of the first one hundred Challengers. He also served as regional vice president of the Cessna Aircraft Company and as director of marketing, government and military products division, for the Harris Intertype Corporation. Flying since he was fourteen years old, Mr. Hurley is a licensed pilot operating propeller and turbine aircraft. He is currently Chairman of the Board at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and has served on various boards including BE Aerospace, the Corporate Angel Network, the Wings Club, Aerosat, Inc., Applied Energetics and Capital Route Limited.
Peter Smith is a Partner with Del Mar Asset Management where he focuses on Special Situations and Asian investment strategies. Prior to Del Mar he was a Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Evolution Capital Management, responsible for directing all trading and risk management. Mr. Smith is one of seven original Partners/Managing Directors of the Susquehanna International Group of Companies where he was a Director responsible for all operations of Susquehanna's Asia-Pacific activities and has been intimately involved in risk-taking at all levels. He has also served as a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Business Conduct Committee. Mr. Smith spent the first 8 years of his career at GWF Enterprise where he directed proprietary trading activities in index and equity options on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Mr. Smith studied Political Science at Boston University.
Jonathan Lenzner, CEO of Investigative Group International ("IGI") and an attorney with The Lenzner Firm, is skilled at navigating the intersection of law, media and investigations. He joined the firms in March 2013, after serving nine years as a federal and Manhattan prosecutor.
As a prosecutor, Lenzner tried nearly 30 cases in federal and state court, including more than 20 jury trials. Lenzner served as an assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland, where he prosecuted public corruption, financial crimes and labor and sex trafficking. He was the lead prosecutor on a team that investigated corruption within U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services and he successfully tried the leaders of an intricate bank fraud scheme. In his last trial, Lenzner secured the conviction of Corey Moore, known as the "Teflon Defendant" for his lengthy track record in dodging murder and drug charges. Previously, Lenzner served for six years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan (NY) District Attorney's Office, including in the Sex Crimes Unit and in a select bureau targeting international financial crimes. Lenzner also served as the lead prosecutor into corruption at a New York university that led to the conviction of 24 defendants, including two senior administrators of the school.
Lenzner also assists clients in managing crisis situations, combining his experiences as a prosecutor and private attorney with his expertise in communications strategy. He was the director of national press advance for a presidential campaign, worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, and an earned media specialist with a California based political consulting firm. In the past two years, Lenzner has assisted companies and individuals under government scrutiny with media relations and strategy.
Lenzner is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, from where he graduated in 2004.
Lenzner serves as a visiting instructor for a law school trial advocacy course and speaks on legal and investigative issues, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Mail Fraud Training. With experience prosecuting violations of labor and sex trafficking statutes, Lenzner has provided pro bono services to a victim of trafficking, and has authored articles on regulations targeting trafficking in corporate supply chains.
Lenzner has authored opinion editorials and articles that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, New Jersey Law Journal, and New Jersey Business Magazine. He has also been quoted professionally in Crain's, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBSNews.com, The New York Post, and appeared on WJLA Washington Business Report.
He is admitted to practice law in New York and in Washington, D.C.