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Executive Management Team

Executive Management Team

Executive Management Team

Dan Drohan – CEO

Dan Drohan, an active Airline Transport rated pilot with more than 7000 flight hours, has been in the aviation industry his entire life. Drohan founded Sunset Aviation Inc. in 1992 with an entrepreneurial drive and business and sales acumen that quickly established the company’s reputation for safety and service. As the primary architect of Sunset’s growth, he oversaw the acquisitions and infrastructure initiatives that catapulted the company – now Solairus Aviation – to the forefront of the aircraft charter and management business. As a result of Drohan’s leadership, Solairus now manages one of the nation’s five largest fleets of well-appointed, late-model aircraft, serving clients both domestically and internationally while boasting one of the industry’s most experienced and respected management teams.

John King – President

John King brings more than 30 years of sales, business and financial management experience in a variety of fields including technology, financial services and investment banking. Prior to his role as President, King played an integral role as CFO of the former Sunset Aviation for 4 years. Additionally, King is a commercial pilot and has been involved with multiple aviation endeavors. King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of San Francisco.

Greg Petersen – Chief Operating Officer

A respected veteran of two decades in the aviation industry, Greg Petersen brings to his role as Solairus COO a thorough grounding and proven expertise in flight operations and business development. Prior to Solairus, Petersen oversaw the operations of Utah’s leading full-service, fixed-base operator, helping the company achieve the distinction of being named one of Utah’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years. Petersen began his career in aviation and gained valuable flight and operations experience while serving 14 years in the United States Navy as an F/A-18 pilot and instructor. Petersen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Indiana University.

Mark Dennen – Chief Financial Officer

Mark Dennen has served as the CFO and SVP for several business aviation companies and has 20 years of industry experience; he was formerly an Audit Supervisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mark is a CPA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a major in Finance and Management. Mark has also served on the NBAA Tax Committee for over 16 years and is a frequent speaker at private aviation industry events.

Steve Foley – Executive Vice President

Before joining Solairus, Foley’s U.S. Navy milestones included his assignment as the Commanding Officer/ Flight Leader for the U.S. Navy “Blue Angels” Flight Demonstration Squadron and serving as the Wing Commander for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet of fighter aircraft. He retired from active duty after 27 years of distinguished service and joined Check-6, a global leader in optimized performance and safety solutions serving the most demanding industries, where he directed business development and corporate strategy for the North American Division. Foley holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Linda Holmes – Executive Vice President

Linda Holmes is a third generation general aviation professional whose family owned the Palo Alto, California airport. Linda’s nearly 20-year aviation career started as a corporate pilot before moving on to TAG Aviation where she managed flight coordination and charter sales. Dedicated to clients and aircrew, Linda was instrumental in developing TAG Aviation’s Client Services department, an accomplishment she has replicated at Solairus Aviation while serving as the company’s Senior Director of Client Services before her promotion to Vice President of her department in 2010. Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial psychology from San Diego State University.

Bob Marinace – Executive Vice President

Bob brings over 30 years of aviation experience to Solairus and has held senior leadership positions for several business aviation service companies. A specialist in organizational development, Bob has also served on the National Air Transportation Association Board of Directors, the Air Charter Safety Foundation Executive Board, and has been a member of several FAA Aviation regulatory and advisory groups. Bob is a recipient of the coveted Flight Safety Foundation “Joe Chase” Award and the NBAA Safety Award. Bob served as a flight crew member on the Lockheed C-5A in the United States Air Force and hold degrees in Sociology and Aviation Technology.

Paul Class –
Senior Vice President, Charter Sales

Paul Class brings to Solairus over two decades of experience in the private aviation charter industry. Class’ career includes building sales teams for national aircraft management and charter companies through organic growth as well as team integrations through mergers and acquisitions. Class was the Vice President of Charter Sales at TAG Aviation for nearly ten years, posting consistent double-digit growth while creating national and international sales teams, with offices throughout the world. Class has also served on the National Air Transportation Association’s Air Charter Committee, promoting the interests of Part 135 operators and addressing regulatory and legislative issues. He is a private pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lynn University with a concentration in aviation management.

Tom Benvenuto –
Vice President, Flight Operations

A pilot since 1989 and a Gold Seal flight instructor, Tom Benvenuto brings to his position at Solairus an extensive and varied background in commercial aviation, having worked at several internationally recognized airlines flying 737s and other transport category aircraft to destinations across the country. A member of the executive team of Solairus’ predecessor, Sunset Aviation, Benvenuto was the driving force and project leader for achieving the prestigious ARG/US Platinum certification. Benvenuto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography/Climatology from the University of California, Davis.

Rene Cervantes – Vice President, Maintenance

With over 20 years of aviation maintenance experience, Rene Cervantes brings an unwavering focus on safety to his position of vice president, maintenance at Solairus. Before joining Solairus, Cervantes was the director of maintenance for an esteemed high-utilization Part 135 operation with an ARG/US Platinum rating. Cervantes began his aviation maintenance career during a six-year stint in the United States Navy, maintaining jet aircraft aboard a forward deployed aircraft carrier. His awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Dan Drohan – CEO

Dan Drohan, an active Airline Transport rated pilot with more than 7000 flight hours, has been in the aviation industry his entire life. Drohan founded Sunset Aviation Inc. in 1992 with an entrepreneurial drive and business and sales acumen that quickly established the company’s reputation for safety and service. As the primary architect of Sunset’s growth, he oversaw the acquisitions and infrastructure initiatives that catapulted the company – now Solairus Aviation – to the forefront of the aircraft charter and management business. As a result of Drohan’s leadership, Solairus now manages one of the nation’s five largest fleets of well-appointed, late-model aircraft, serving clients both domestically and internationally while boasting one of the industry’s most experienced and respected management teams.

Greg Petersen – Chief Operating Officer

A respected veteran of two decades in the aviation industry, Greg Petersen brings to his role as Solairus COO a thorough grounding and proven expertise in flight operations and business development. Prior to Solairus, Petersen oversaw the operations of Utah’s leading full-service, fixed-base operator, helping the company achieve the distinction of being named one of Utah’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years. Petersen began his career in aviation and gained valuable flight and operations experience while serving 14 years in the United States Navy as an F/A-18 pilot and instructor. Petersen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Indiana University.

John King – President

John King brings more than 30 years of sales, business and financial management experience in a variety of fields including technology, financial services and investment banking. Prior to his role as President, King played an integral role as CFO of the former Sunset Aviation for 4 years. Additionally, King is a commercial pilot and has been involved with multiple aviation endeavors. King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of San Francisco.

Mark Dennen – Chief Financial Officer

Mark Dennen has served as the CFO and SVP for several business aviation companies and has 20 years of industry experience; he was formerly an Audit Supervisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mark is a CPA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a major in Finance and Management. Mark has also served on the NBAA Tax Committee for over 16 years and is a frequent speaker at private aviation industry events.

Steve Foley
Executive Vice President

Before joining Solairus, Foley’s U.S. Navy milestones included his assignment as the Commanding Officer/ Flight Leader for the U.S. Navy “Blue Angels” Flight Demonstration Squadron and serving as the Wing Commander for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet of fighter aircraft. He retired from active duty after 27 years of distinguished service and joined Check-6, a global leader in optimized performance and safety solutions serving the most demanding industries, where he directed business development and corporate strategy for the North American Division. Foley holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
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Linda Holmes
Executive Vice President

Linda Holmes is a third generation general aviation professional whose family owned the Palo Alto, California airport. Linda’s nearly 20-year aviation career started as a corporate pilot before moving on to TAG Aviation where she managed flight coordination and charter sales. Dedicated to clients and aircrew, Linda was instrumental in developing TAG Aviation’s Client Services department, an accomplishment she has replicated at Solairus Aviation while serving as the company’s Senior Director of Client Services before her promotion to Vice President of her department in 2010. Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial psychology from San Diego State University.

Bob Marinace
Executive Vice President

Bob brings over 30 years of aviation experience to Solairus and has held senior leadership positions for several business aviation service companies. A specialist in organizational development, Bob has also served on the National Air Transportation Association Board of Directors, the Air Charter Safety Foundation Executive Board, and has been a member of several FAA Aviation regulatory and advisory groups. Bob is a recipient of the coveted Flight Safety Foundation “Joe Chase” Award and the NBAA Safety Award. Bob served as a flight crew member on the Lockheed C-5A in the United States Air Force and hold degrees in Sociology and Aviation Technology.

Paul Class
Senior Vice President, Charter Sales

Paul Class brings to Solairus over two decades of experience in the private aviation charter industry. Class’ career includes building sales teams for national aircraft management and charter companies through organic growth as well as team integrations through mergers and acquisitions. Class was the Vice President of Charter Sales at TAG Aviation for nearly ten years, posting consistent double-digit growth while creating national and international sales teams, with offices throughout the world. Class has also served on the National Air Transportation Association’s Air Charter Committee, promoting the interests of Part 135 operators and addressing regulatory and legislative issues. He is a private pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lynn University with a concentration in aviation management.

Tom Benvenuto
Vice President, Flight Operations

A pilot since 1989 and a Gold Seal flight instructor, Tom Benvenuto brings to his position at Solairus an extensive and varied background in commercial aviation, having worked at several internationally recognized airlines flying 737s and other transport category aircraft to destinations across the country. A member of the executive team of Solairus’ predecessor, Sunset Aviation, Benvenuto was the driving force and project leader for achieving the prestigious ARG/US Platinum certification. Benvenuto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography/Climatology from the University of California, Davis.

Rene Cervantes
Vice President, Maintenance

With over 20 years of aviation maintenance experience, Rene Cervantes brings an unwavering focus on safety to his position of vice president, maintenance at Solairus. Before joining Solairus, Cervantes was the director of maintenance for an esteemed high-utilization Part 135 operation with an ARG/US Platinum rating. Cervantes began his aviation maintenance career during a six-year stint in the United States Navy, maintaining jet aircraft aboard a forward deployed aircraft carrier. His awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.