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Our Team

Executive Team

Denise Wilson
Denise Wilson

CAM, President and CEO, Director of Operations

Denise Wilson

CAM, President and CEO, Director of Operations

Denise Wilson founded Desert Jet in 2007 with the intent of bringing the desert’s corporate flight departments together as a cooperative to reduce the cost of aircraft operating expenses. This cooperative expanded to fill the need for a quality private jet charter service in the region and soon resulted in Desert Jet landing on the Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies multiple years in a row.

Denise’s experience prior to forming Desert Jet includes both flying and management positions for several airlines, charter companies and corporate flight departments. Her expertise is in aircraft acquisition and management as well as in the implementation of programs to enhance the safety of flight operations. She provides turbine transition, initial operating experience and standardization training for pilots new to aircraft type, specializing in the Citation family of aircraft.

Denise is qualified by the National Business Aviation Association as a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). She has approximately 7900 hours of flight experience, with substantial pilot in command and single pilot experience in Citations (Citation Encore, Bravo, Ultra, Excel, 501, II, S/II, V, CJ, CJ1, CJ2, CJ3). She has type ratings in the Citation 500 and 525 series, Gulfstream III, Boeing 737, Hawker 1000, Westwind and the Saab 340. She is the company’s Check Airman on the CE500 and CE525 series aircraft.

In 2014, Denise was one of six selected globally to participate in EY’s Ready, Set, Grow program held in Monaco concurrently with the Entrepreneur of the Year event. Denise was named a national winner of 2013 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program and was named one of 2013’s Enterprising Women of the Year. Denise was a finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 contest, in the Emerging Entrepreneur category.

Denise is a frequent guest speaker. She was the keynote speaker at the American Express CEO BootCamp in Los Angeles in 2014, the Women in Aviation, International Conference in 2010 and a presenter on the topic of vetting business jet providers at the National Business Aviation Association’s Annual Conference in 2011.

Denise is active in leadership roles as a member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board as well as a Director on the National Business Aviation Association’s Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board and Angel Flight West's Board of Directors.

Denise has been featured, published, and quoted in publications such as Inc. Magazine, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Business Jet Traveler, Forbes, Fox Business, Palm Springs Life, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, and Aviation for Women Magazine. She is the author of “The Definitive Guide to Supplemental Lift”, a publication written to assist consumers in choosing a private aviation provider.  She was recently featured in the book "Million Dollar Women" written by Julia Pimsleur and American Express' book, "50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Guide to Growth".

Denise attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Music Performance (Oboe), and attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and minored in Aviation Safety. She is a member of Women in Aviation, Women in Corporate Aviation, Women Presidents’ Organization, Young President's Organization and the National Business Aviation Association.

Brad Elliott
Brad Elliott

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

Brad Elliott

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

As the General Manager of Desert Jet Center, Brad ensures that a first-rate customer service and safety culture exists within all functional teams at the company.

His experience includes 15 years in the Executive FBO industry, starting from the ground up as a Line Technician at Showalter Flying Service and working his way up the ranks through various managerial, marketing and business development roles.

In 2008, he was appointed Bahamas Gateway FBO Specialist with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and currently is a Bahamas Flying Tour Ambassador. An avid supporter of professional development, Brad served a four-year term on the National Business Aviation Association Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee from 2011 to 2015.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Central Florida and holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

Steve Main
Steve Main

General Manager, Desert Jet Charter, VP of Business Development

Steve Main

General Manager, Desert Jet Charter, VP of Business Development

An entrepreneur at heart, Steve’s drive is fueled by his life-long passion for aviation.  As the General Manager for Desert Jet's charter company, Steve is known as a go-getter who doesn't let obstacles get in the way of reaching his company and personal goals.  As the Vice President of Business Development, Steve works tirelessly to expand our company's reach.  A huge supporter of his team, Steve spends as much time coaching his direct reports as he does helping our clients determine the right solutions for their private travel needs. Steve's background is diverse as a CEO, business owner and Vice President for a large charter company.  Steve started flying at age 14 with his father, who worked for Rolls-Royce aircraft engines for 40 years.  After receiving a degree from the University of Georgia, Steve accumulated thousands of flying hours in the airlines, for a major aircraft manufacturer, and in the role as Chief Pilot in a business aviation flight department.  His previous flight experience includes mid-cabin and large-cabin Gulfstream and large-cabin Bombardier products.  Steve is also an accomplished guitarist and avid car enthusiast.  Outside of work, Steve loves spending time with his wife and three daughters.
David Fietsam
David Fietsam

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

David Fietsam

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

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Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

Pilot, Facilities Manager

Rob Wilson

Pilot, Facilities Manager

Rob Wilson has over 25 years of flying experience and is qualified by the National Business Aviation Association as a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). His previous experience includes the positions of Director of Operations and Chief Pilot for several charter and corporate flight departments. Previous to beginning his corporate flight career, Rob was a Captain, Check Airman and standardization pilot for a large national airline. Before he started his flying career, Rob was a producer, engineer, consultant, and on-air talent at a number of radio stations across the country, including KIFM and KGB-FM in San Diego and WNUA-FM in Chicago. Rob produced “A Touch of Jazz”, a syndicated weekly radio program on over 90 stations that featured contemporary jazz and was hosted by radio legend Allison Steele, New York’s “Nightbird”. He also ran his own production company, recording jingles and background music for radio station’s musical logos and commercials. Rob has over 11,000 hours, over 9000 of this as pilot in command. He has type ratings in the Citation 500 and 525 series, Citation Mustang, Saab 340, Hawker 1000 and the Westwind. He is the company’s Check Airman in the Mustang. Rob attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he majored in Professional Aeronautics and was on the Dean’s List.
Chris Howard
Chris Howard

Director of Safety, Pilot

Chris Howard

Director of Safety, Pilot

Chris Howard joined the Desert Jet team with a long love of aviation, inspired by his first flight on a Boeing 737 with his father, who was also a pilot. He is originally from Australia and has gained experience teaching international flight students as well as flying charter and aeromedical flights in various turbine aircraft. Chris holds both FAA and Australian pilot certificates and currently crews our Citation Mustang and CJ3.

When Chris is not flying, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching his favorite Australian sports, rugby and cricket. He also finds time to go hiking, play volleyball, and catch up on a good novel.

Najib Atwi
Najib Atwi

Pilot

Najib Atwi

Pilot

Najib is a captain on the Citation 500 series for Desert Jet. He has over 8000 hours of flight experience including several years as the Director of Flight Operations for a Part 91 flight department. Najib is a world traveler, having lived in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Najib is viewed by his peers as a problem-solver and a great communicator. His hobbies include anything and everything aviation, watching and playing sports, traveling and classic cars.

Tony Merck
Tony Merck

Pilot

Tony Merck

Pilot

Tony has been flying for over 38 years. Tony was a senior international trip captain and Citation demonstration pilot for the Cessna Aircraft Company for over 16 years. His previous experience includes single pilot charter operations, other pilot positions including line captain and Chief Pilot for various corporate flight departments.

Tony has over 15,800 hours of flight experience, 12,000 of this as pilot in command, with substantial pilot in command and single pilot experience in Citations (Bravo, V, Ultra, Encore, Excel, XLS, XLS+, CJ/CJ1/CJ1+, CJ2/CJ2+, CJ3, VII, Sovereign, Citation X). He holds type ratings in the Citation Mustang, Citation 500 and 525 series, Citation Excel, Citation VII, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, Lear Jet and Sabreliner 80.

Tony has extensive worldwide experience including Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East, Africa, The Far East, Australia, and South America. Tony Merck has broad oceanic crossing experience including the North Atlantic Track System (Mustang, Ultra, CJ2+/CJ3, Excel, Sovereign and Citation X), WATRS (all models), North Pacific (CJ2/ CJ1+) and Hawaii (Citation Sovereign and X).

Prior to pursuing a career in aviation, Tony served 6 years in the US Air Force as an Emergency Room Medic with assignments in California, Spain and Florida. Tony attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he majored in Professional Aeronautics.

Jeffrey Irvine
Jeffrey Irvine

Pilot

Jeffrey Irvine

Pilot

Jeffrey Irvine was born with a love of aviation. He has a passion for all aspects of aviation – from piloting the plane, to instructing future aviators, to ensuring his passengers have the best flight experience possible. You can always expect a firm handshake and a smile when you meet him.

Jeff attended Utah State University where he graduated with a BS degree in Aviation Technology. From there, he became an independent flight instructor for a small company in Ogden, UT where he was able to start a “Education in Aviation” program in local schools. This program helped to educate high school students on possible career choices in aviation, and gave them an opportunity to discover flight. Jeff enjoyed teaching so much that he secured a full-time position at a flight school in Phoenix, AZ where he taught for three years.

Jeff was a captain and check airman for a large cargo operation prior to joining Desert Jet.

Jeff speaks German fluently as he lived in Germany for a couple of years doing service for his church. Jeff enjoys the outdoors and has spent many hours volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout Master. He has even been known to slip in a few opportunities to earn the Aviation Merit Badge. He loves the game of golf, watching movies with his family, and finding ways to make someone’s day brighter.

Jeff is married to the love of his life, a German red-headed beauty, and together they have two amazing boys. You could say his hands are full, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tyler Thull
Tyler Thull

Pilot

Tyler Thull

Pilot

Tyler Thull joined the Desert Jet team in 2014 as a summer intern where he worked in the charter department and gained valuable experience and insight into the business aviation industry. After his internship, Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation from Kansas State University Polytechnic where he also worked as a flight instructor. As a flight instructor, he was able to pass along his emphasis on safety and forward thinking to his students from their first flight all the way to their check rides. Alongside the flight instructing position, Tyler looked to seize any opportunity he could to share his passion for aviation and inspire the next generation of aviators. Tyler spent his summers teaching the “Aviation Fixation” camps for elementary and middle school students. These summer camps introduced kids to aviation and the many career possibilities in the industry. While going to college he was a member of the nationally competitive K-State Flight Team where he was able to expand his aviation knowledge and gain valuable flying experience. After graduating, Tyler worked as a transportation pilot flying University officials throughout the Midwest.

When Tyler is not flying, he enjoys hiking, golfing and playing tennis underneath the desert sun.

Todd Davis
Todd Davis

Pilot

Todd Davis

Pilot

Todd is a Captain on Desert Jet's Citation fleet.  Previously, Todd was the founder of a small aircraft management company which he ran for several years before joining Desert Jet.

Todd is a perfect fit in his role as a pilot, with an adventuresome spirit and a love of seeing and experiencing new places.  Not only does he enjoy the charter lifestyle of flying to a variety of new places, but he also enjoys backpacking, camping, and bicycling (both mountain and road) throughout the West Coast with his young family.

Todd is originally from the Pacific Northwest where he attended Walla Walla University, Majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Aviation Technology.

       
Chandra Smith
Chandra Smith

Charter Coordinator

Chandra Smith

Charter Coordinator

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John Benisch
John Benisch

Pilot

John Benisch

Pilot

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Stacy Crawmer
Stacy Crawmer

Charter Coordinator

Stacy Crawmer

Charter Coordinator

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Kristin Staszek
Kristin Staszek

Charter Coordinator

Kristin Staszek

Charter Coordinator

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Walter Bryant
Walter Bryant

Pilot

Walter Bryant

Pilot

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Steven Thiem
Steven Thiem

Pilot

Steven Thiem

Pilot

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Steve Main
Steve Main

General Manager, Desert Jet Charter, VP of Business Development

Steve Main

General Manager, Desert Jet Charter, VP of Business Development

An entrepreneur at heart, Steve’s drive is fueled by his life-long passion for aviation.  As the General Manager for Desert Jet's charter company, Steve is known as a go-getter who doesn't let obstacles get in the way of reaching his company and personal goals.  As the Vice President of Business Development, Steve works tirelessly to expand our company's reach.  A huge supporter of his team, Steve spends as much time coaching his direct reports as he does helping our clients determine the right solutions for their private travel needs. Steve's background is diverse as a CEO, business owner and Vice President for a large charter company.  Steve started flying at age 14 with his father, who worked for Rolls-Royce aircraft engines for 40 years.  After receiving a degree from the University of Georgia, Steve accumulated thousands of flying hours in the airlines, for a major aircraft manufacturer, and in the role as Chief Pilot in a business aviation flight department.  His previous flight experience includes mid-cabin and large-cabin Gulfstream and large-cabin Bombardier products.  Steve is also an accomplished guitarist and avid car enthusiast.  Outside of work, Steve loves spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Ryan McNichol
Ryan McNichol

Pilot

Ryan McNichol

Pilot

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Chris Scott
Chris Scott

Pilot

Chris Scott

Pilot

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Scott Smith
Scott Smith

Pilot

Scott Smith

Pilot

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David Scroggins
David Scroggins

Director of Maintenance

David Scroggins

Director of Maintenance

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Rafael Luna
Rafael Luna

Charter Coordinator

Rafael Luna

Charter Coordinator

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Desert Jet Maintenance

Mike Horan
Mike Horan

Maintenance Technician

Mike Horan

Maintenance Technician

Raised in Burbank, right under the flight path to the Burbank Airport, Mike’s passion for aviation began at the young age of five! At ten years of age, Mike had the opportunity to fly with the EAA Young Eagles program and has been hooked ever since.

Mike knew from the start that he wanted to become an A&P mechanic. Understanding the value of having a well-rounded knowledge in aviation, Mike took flying lessons in addition to his education in maintenance. He obtained both his Private Pilot’s license and his A&P license at the age of 19, and hasn’t stopped since.

Mike brings to Desert Jet years of experience on various models of aircraft including Citations, Piaggios, Phenoms, and even a few helicopters! While maintaining aircraft for the Navy, Mike obtained his Flight Attendant rating and worked as a Flight Technician.

Mike has been working on business aircraft for almost 10 years and loves coming into work every day. In his down time, Mike can be found camping, riding motorcycles, working on his car, and spending quality time with his family and friends whom he treasures more than anything else.

Colin Jameson
Colin Jameson

Maintenance Technician

Colin Jameson

Maintenance Technician

Aviation is in Colin’s blood! He was introduced to aviation by his father, who is also an A&P Mechanic, and was hooked from the start. He completed his A&P education at the Van Nuys Airport. Colin comes to Desert Jet with experience and knowledge in various aircraft, including the Embraer Phenom 100, Embraer 120, and the Citation CJ3. Colin loves the outdoors. In his spare time, you can find him off-roading, hiking, or shooting!
Matt Arredondo
Matt Arredondo

Maintenance Technician

Matt Arredondo

Maintenance Technician

Matt's interest in aviation first came from his parents, who both held careers in aviation.  Matt's father was a helicopter maintenance technician who taught Matt the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance while working on the Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter.  Matt's mother was a travel agent for Mexicana Airlines who shared stories of travelling to exotic places around the world.  Matt's desire to pursue aviation as a career field led him to Chaffey College where he studied aircraft maintenance and earned his FAA A&P certificate.

Matt joined Desert Jet Maintenance as an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice and plans to work his way up to being a Aircraft Maintenance Technician under the guidance of his fellow team members.

Deanna Guibault
Deanna Guibault

Parts and Billing Clerk

Deanna Guibault

Parts and Billing Clerk

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Branden Dewyer
Branden Dewyer

Maintenance Technician

Branden Dewyer

Maintenance Technician

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David Fietsam
David Fietsam

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

David Fietsam

General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance

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Desert Jet Center - Executive FBO

Jenifer Dobrecevic
Jenifer Dobrecevic

Aircraft Detailer

Jenifer Dobrecevic

Aircraft Detailer

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jenifer began her career in New York in 1983. Throughout her career she has held positions as a CSR agent at Newark Airport, Reservations agent and Dispatch agent at the home office in Long Island.

After moving to the desert in 1987, Jenifer worked in the hotel hospitality industry where she quickly climbed the ladder to become the Executive Housekeeper, overseeing the hotels throughout the whole area. Her management experience led her to become the Part Owner and Operations Manager of a locally owned corporate aircraft detailing company. Jenifer became familiar with Desert Jet during her time with this company and is happy to be with us again, now as an employee.

Israel Green
Israel Green

Line Service Technician

Israel Green

Line Service Technician

Israel’s passion for detailing began when he attended Palm Springs High School where he also completed four years of training in welding/fabrication. From safety measures to obtaining the perfect weld, attention to detail is a required attribute in the welding and fabrication industry.

This experience led Israel to apply his attention to detail throughout the various aspects of his life, thus leading him to a position as an aircraft detailer and eventually to Desert Jet.

When not perfecting aircraft interiors, Israel is an amateur bike rider and was sponsored for BMX riding through a local bike shop. This experience has taught him to work hard at what you love, always do your best, and to surround yourself with people that will reflect positively in your life. When the opportunity came to become a part of Desert Jet, he knew in his heart it was the place to be. He loves the positive people that he works with and is grateful for the knowledge and growth that he has experienced in his time at Desert Jet.

Alongside detailing aircraft, Israel can be found detailing his own car on a daily basis.  Israel was recently promoted to the position of Line Service Technician.

Brad Elliott
Brad Elliott

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

Brad Elliott

General Manager, Desert Jet Center

As the General Manager of Desert Jet Center, Brad ensures that a first-rate customer service and safety culture exists within all functional teams at the company.

His experience includes 15 years in the Executive FBO industry, starting from the ground up as a Line Technician at Showalter Flying Service and working his way up the ranks through various managerial, marketing and business development roles.

In 2008, he was appointed Bahamas Gateway FBO Specialist with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and currently is a Bahamas Flying Tour Ambassador. An avid supporter of professional development, Brad served a four-year term on the National Business Aviation Association Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee from 2011 to 2015.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Central Florida and holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

Kristin Gilliam
Kristin Gilliam

Director of Operations

Kristin Gilliam

Director of Operations

Kristin joined the Desert Jet Center team with many years of customer service experience.  Prior to joining Desert Jet Center, Kristin held the position of Customer Service Manager at JFI Jet Center in Long Beach, California.

Away from work, Kristin is a devoted mother to her son Kaden, who inspires her to continually grow and develop.  She loves to dance, hike, and exercise, and enjoys watching the LA Kings and San Diego Chargers play.  Most of all, she loves to spend her free time playing trucks at the park with her son.

Kristin is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach where she earned the Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in Psychology.

Malcolm Pullom
Malcolm Pullom

Line Service Technician

Malcolm Pullom

Line Service Technician

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Natasha Merck
Natasha Merck

Aircraft Detailer

Natasha Merck

Aircraft Detailer

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Roman Mendez
Roman Mendez

Line Service Manager

Roman Mendez

Line Service Manager

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Heather Mason
Heather Mason

Customer Service Representative

Heather Mason

Customer Service Representative

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Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez

Line Service Technician

Jorge Rodriguez

Line Service Technician

Diana Escandon
Diana Escandon

Customer Service Manager

Diana Escandon

Customer Service Manager

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Jennifer Isabella
Jennifer Isabella

Customer Service Representative

Jennifer Isabella

Customer Service Representative

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Jake Moss
Jake Moss

Aircraft Detailer

Jake Moss

Aircraft Detailer

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Mike Geller
Mike Geller

Line Service Technician

Mike Geller

Line Service Technician

Mike joined the Desert Jet Center team as a Line Service Technician after a 20 year stint in his family's business of building and supplying cars and equipment to movie studios in Los Angeles.  Mike moved from LA to the desert to find a better environment in which to raise his kids.  His hobbies include classic cars, martial arts playing the guitar and of course, spending time with his family.  
Phillip Sussman
Phillip Sussman

Line Service Technician

Phillip Sussman

Line Service Technician

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Administration

Cheryl King
Cheryl King

Accounting Staff

Cheryl King

Accounting Staff

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