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Executive Team


Brett Smith
Managing Director &
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey A. Dominick
Managing Director &
Chief Investment Officer
Gil Morgan
Managing Director &
Chief Operations Officer
Brett founded Propeller Investments LLC. Prior to PI, from 1999 to 2006, he co-founded and served as Chairman & CEO of ei3 Corporation. Brett was responsible for all corporate finance, strategic direction, licensing and partnership activities. From 1996 to 1998, he was Director of Business Development at Presstek, Inc. where he was part of the restructuring team for their equipment Subsidiary. Prior to that he held positions in areas of business development and analysis with Asia Times newspaper and Susquehanna Investment Group. Brett has served on the Board of Directors for ICAD, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ICAD) and on the boards of various organizations including The United Ways Children with Learning Disabilities Foundation. Currently, Brett is a member of the NY Board of Human Rights Watch and serves as a Trustee for the Dublin School and The Landmark School and is a licensed private pilot. Brett holds a B.A in Political Science from Emory University.
Jeff joined Propeller Investments as a Managing Director in February of 2015 with a focus on airport infrastructure and aviation investing. Previously, Jeff spent two and a half years at BlackRock Inc., as co-portfolio manager of their aviation fund (AHII), in New York. Prior to joining Blackrock, he spent 10 years at MassMutual Financial Group ("MassMutual") in various roles, including Head of Non-Correlated Investment Strategies for Babson Capital Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of MassMutual. Prior to this position with Babson Capital, Jeff worked in private equity and M&A for MassMutual Capital Partners, and was active in debt and equity financing in various industry segments for both Babson and its parent company, MassMutual, since 2002. Jeff also specialized in investing in airline and aircraft related transactions, with a focus in the transportation and logistics industries. While with MassMutual, Jeff served as a Director on the boards of both private and public companies, including ATSG (NYSE), and Optasite. Before joining MassMutual in 2002, Jeff spent 13 years in Leverage and Corporate Finance for Deutsche Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank. Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University.
Gil Co-founded Propeller Investments LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in the airline industry. Gill served as President & Chief Operating Officer of World Airways, Chief Operations Officer of Eos Airlines, and other various leadership positions at AirTran, ValuJet, Delta and Southern Airways. He was a co-founder of the consulting firm Aviation Science & Commerce from 2002-2004. He has served in many volunteer leadership positions; The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Rotary Club, The United Way and the Woodward Academy Alumni Association. Gil graduated with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with Highest Honors; and earned an MBA from Georgia State University.
Mark Reichin
Managing Director &
Chief Commercial Officer
Steven E. Harfst
Managing Director

Ana Paula Villa
Director of Finance

Mr. Reichin joined Propeller Investments in 2009 as Chief Commercial Officer after co-founding and acting as CEO of Alerion, a family office focused on aircraft management. Prior to assuming the senior leadership role at Alerion, Mark served as Senior Vice President of PrivatAir; one of the world's leading aviation services companies and was responsible for record revenue growth and development of the company's next generation dispatch and customer service operations. Earlier he was a member of a private equity firm that focused on M&A transactions in the airline, aviation and aerospace industry sectors. As Chief Executive Officer of Internet.com, Mark led the pioneering Internet software and services company that was responsible for bringing fortune 500 companies, that included national print media, the international healthcare information industry and the launch of Comdex to the internet.

Mark's business expertise has focused on international business development and global m&a transactions. He brings substantial experience in international marketing as well as expertise in commercial real estate development. His global aviation management experience includes director of operations for the establishment of air carrier operations in both FAA and EASA regulatory environments.

A licensed pilot since the age of 17 with IFR and multi-engine ratings, he has accumulated more than 12,000 hours of flight time. Mark serves on both corporate and non-profit boards. He is also an active member of National Business Aircraft Association, the Wings Club, National Air Transportation Association and the Aero Clubs of New England, Washington and Atlanta. He attended the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University.
Steve joined Propeller in February 2016 as President of Propeller. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the military, domestic and international commercial aviation industry. Steve has served as the COO of Allegiant Air, President and CEO of USA 3000 Airlines, as the start-up COO of IndiGo, India's most successful and profitable commercial airline and COO of North American Airlines. Steve began his aviation career with ten years of military service as a United States Naval Aviator piloting the F-14 Tomcat. Steve left active duty service in June 1996 after accumulating over 1,600 hours of flight time and 227 arrested landings.

Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation based in Philadelphia, PA and is a commercially licensed airline transport pilot. Steve holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Ana joined Propeller Airports in October 2016 as the Director of Finance. Prior to joining Propeller, Ana was the CFO of Qranio, a Brazilian mobile learning platform focused on customized training solutions for the B2B and B2C markets. Previously, Ana worked in residential mortgage-backed lending at Interaudi Bank, a private bank based in New York City and Miami.

Ana holds a B.S. in Management from Boston College and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Brett Smith

Brett founded Propeller Investments LLC. Prior to PI, from 1999 to 2006, he co-founded and served as Chairman & CEO of ei3 Corporation. Brett was responsible for all corporate finance, strategic direction, licensing and partnership activities. From 1996 to 1998, he was Director of Business Development at Presstek, Inc. where he was part of the restructuring team for their equipment Subsidiary. Prior to that he held positions in areas of business development and analysis with Asia Times newspaper and Susquehanna Investment Group. Brett has served on the Board of Directors for ICAD, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ICAD) and on the boards of various organizations including The United Ways Children with Learning Disabilities Foundation. Currently, Brett is a member of the NY Board of Human Rights Watch and serves as a Trustee for the Dublin School and The Landmark School and is a licensed private pilot. Brett holds a B.A in Political Science from Emory University.


Jeffrey A. Dominick

Jeff joined Propeller Investments as a Managing Director in February of 2015 with a focus on airport infrastructure and aviation investing. Previously, Jeff spent two and a half years at BlackRock Inc., as co-portfolio manager of their aviation fund (AHII), in New York. Prior to joining Blackrock, he spent 10 years at MassMutual Financial Group ("MassMutual") in various roles, including Head of Non-Correlated Investment Strategies for Babson Capital Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of MassMutual. Prior to this position with Babson Capital, Jeff worked in private equity and M&A for MassMutual Capital Partners, and was active in debt and equity financing in various industry segments for both Babson and its parent company, MassMutual, since 2002. Jeff also specialized in investing in airline and aircraft related transactions, with a focus in the transportation and logistics industries. While with MassMutual, Jeff served as a Director on the boards of both private and public companies, including ATSG (NYSE), and Optasite. Before joining MassMutual in 2002, Jeff spent 13 years in Leverage and Corporate Finance for Deutsche Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank. Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University.


Gil Morgan

Gil Co-founded Propeller Investments LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in the airline industry. Gill served as President & Chief Operating Officer of World Airways, Chief Operations Officer of Eos Airlines, and other various leadership positions at AirTran, ValuJet, Delta and Southern Airways. He was a co-founder of the consulting firm Aviation Science & Commerce from 2002-2004. He has served in many volunteer leadership positions; The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Rotary Club, The United Way and the Woodward Academy Alumni Association. Gil graduated with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with Highest Honors; and earned an MBA from Georgia State University.


Mark Reichin

Mr. Reichin joined Propeller Investments in 2009 as Chief Commercial Officer after co-founding and acting as CEO of Alerion, a family office focused on aircraft management. Prior to assuming the senior leadership role at Alerion, Mark served as Senior Vice President of PrivatAir; one of the world's leading aviation services companies and was responsible for record revenue growth and development of the company's next generation dispatch and customer service operations. Earlier he was a member of a private equity firm that focused on M&A transactions in the airline, aviation and aerospace industry sectors. As Chief Executive Officer of Internet.com, Mark led the pioneering Internet software and services company that was responsible for bringing fortune 500 companies, that included national print media, the international healthcare information industry and the launch of Comdex to the internet.

Mark's business expertise has focused on international business development and global m&a transactions. He brings substantial experience in international marketing as well as expertise in commercial real estate development. His global aviation management experience includes director of operations for the establishment of air carrier operations in both FAA and EASA regulatory environments.

A licensed pilot since the age of 17 with IFR and multi-engine ratings, he has accumulated more than 12,000 hours of flight time. Mark serves on both corporate and non-profit boards. He is also an active member of National Business Aircraft Association, the Wings Club, National Air Transportation Association and the Aero Clubs of New England, Washington and Atlanta. He attended the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University.


Steven E. Harfst

Steve joined Propeller in February 2016 as President of Propeller. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the military, domestic and international commercial aviation industry. Steve has served as the COO of Allegiant Air, President and CEO of USA 3000 Airlines, as the start-up COO of IndiGo, India's most successful and profitable commercial airline and COO of North American Airlines. Steve began his aviation career with ten years of military service as a United States Naval Aviator piloting the F-14 Tomcat. Steve left active duty service in June 1996 after accumulating over 1,600 hours of flight time and 227 arrested landings.

Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation based in Philadelphia, PA and is a commercially licensed airline transport pilot. Steve holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.


Ana Paula Villa

Ana joined Propeller Airports in October 2016 as the Director of Finance. Prior to joining Propeller, Ana was the CFO of Qranio, a Brazilian mobile learning platform focused on customized training solutions for the B2B and B2C markets. Previously, Ana worked in residential mortgage-backed lending at Interaudi Bank, a private bank based in New York City and Miami.

Ana holds a B.S. in Management from Boston College and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

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