Oliver Wolcott, Mark Hill, and Ryan Rakow join Solairus’ East Coast Team.
Manhattan (June 21, 2011) –
Solairus Aviation announced today that it will open an East Coast regional office in the New York Area. With this new presence, Solairus personnel will be able to locally support aircraft management and aircraft charter clients at a variety of airports, while working to grow the company’s East Coast market share. This is the second consecutive office opening in as many months (a new Denver office was announced May 12), as the company looks to build upon recent fleet additions that include a nearby Gulfstream GV based in Teterboro, NJ along with a well established Falcon 50EX in Farmingdale, NY.
Along with its New York office, Solairus is proud to announce new members to their charter sales and flight operations teams. Oliver Wolcott, Solairus’ Vice President of Business Development, Mark Hill, a Charter Sales Account Executive, and Ryan Rakow, a Flight Coordinator, have joined the company’s staff in recent weeks.
With nearly two decades in the aviation industry, Ryan Rakow brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Solairus from all facets of private aviation. Having worked for various Part 135 worldwide operators and a major fractional, Rakow delivers exceptional customer service while improving performance in a variety of operational roles. Rakow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is also an instrument-rated pilot.
With extensive experience in FBO services, flight coordination, and charter sales, Mark Hill brings over 15 years of successful aviation experience to Solairus. Having worked with leading private aviation services and Fortune 50 company executives, Hill possesses an intricate understanding of the complex charter market and will serve as a crucial point of contact at Solairus Aviation’s New York office.
Oliver Wolcott has extensive experience in sales and business development including 12 years on Wall Street working for Credit Suisse as the head of the Floor Brokerage Unit managing all institutional equity trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Wolcott has also served as a marketing consultant for an online advertising company based in Philadelphia and as the Director of Business Development for a private membership destination club. Prior to being appointed as the Vice President of Business Development at Solairus Aviation, Wolcott spearheaded aggressive sales initiatives and client retention programs at several general aviation firms.
When presented with the opportunity to head up regional business development, Wolcott did not hesitate to accept the challenge.
“The Solairus executive team’s stellar reputation in the industry speaks for itself and I’ve always admired their dedication to their clients and to their employees,” stated Wolcott. “I am extremely eager to help the team meet the company’s aggressive marketing and sales goals as we continue to strive for new opportunities to provide our clients with industry leading service. There’s no denying that New York is a highly competitive environment, but I am confident that the preliminary inroads Solairus has already made can be converted to substantial new business for all of our stakeholders. I relish the challenges that await us.”
When asked about the company’s latest additions to the charter sales staff, Solairus Chairman and CEO Dan Drohan explained that “…expanding our sales presence in New York is the next natural phase of our overall development strategy. Our planned Northeast market expansion always included having experienced sales and operations personnel intimately familiar with this region’s unique needs and clientele. Centrally locating professionals of Ryan, Oliver and Mark’s caliber will ensure that our current clients continue to enjoy the highest degree of service offered, while simultaneously identifying new business opportunities throughout the area. We want to send our clients and prospects a strong message that we are committed to being a leading East Coast operator. Having this type of talent and experience, locally representing the Solairus brand, sends exactly that message.”
For more information, visit www.solairusaviation.com or call 800-359-7861 today to discuss your travel plans and explore what private air charter can do for you.
About Solairus Aviation:
Solairus is a full-service aviation asset management company that provides clients with expertise in acquiring and operating a wide range of private aircraft.
With a fleet of over 50 managed aircraft, Solairus is one of only 85 Aviation Research Group/US Platinum-rated charter operators in the world. After completion of an intense operations and safety systems audit, the ARG/US Platinum rating is awarded to those who have demonstrated that their procedures meet or exceed industry “Best Practices” in all phases. Solairus has also received the NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award and is an IS-BAO certified company. For more information about Solairus Aviation, visit www.solairusaviation.com or call 800-359-7861.
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