Management Team

Stuart Diamond, CEO and co-owner. Attorney (JD Harvard), business executive (MBA Wharton); has been a senior executive of businesses in Peru, Colombia, Eduador, Argentina, Bolivia, Florida and New York. Advised half of Global 100 companies and entities in more than 40 countries on strategy, M&A, marketing, negotiation. Teaches at Wharton, taught at Harvard, Columbia, elsewhere on negotiation and cultural diversity. Winner, Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for The New York Times. Former U.N. consultant, Wall Street executive, chairman of a public high technology company. Advised borrower in largest foreign commercial financing in Ukraine history. Provided key advice in settling multibillion dollar electronic commodity trading rights dispute on Wall Street and 2008 Writers Guild strike in Hollywood.

Chris Gaertner, co-owner. Managing director with Merrill Lynch, a leading global investment bank. Former president, Gaertner Research, with numerous patents in military and civilian aerospace technologies including flight simulation, head-trackers for target designation and a pilot decision system. Former Infantry Officer, with Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster, Jungle training and assignments including 82nd Airborne, 1st Special Operation Command and Navy SEALs. Holds engineering degrees from U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Columbia University, and an MBA from Wharton. Experienced pilot with Airline Transport Rating; Certified Flight Instructor. Owns several planes.

Don Beach, director of operations. More than 35 years of experience in aviation, as an Operations Director, Principal Operations Inspector for DOT/FAA, as a Check Airman and a Pilot Examiner for airplanes and helicopters. B.S., Rutgers, former combat infantry officer, including office for U.S. Army Parachute Team. He is also an Advanced Instrument Ground Instructor and an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

Tim Jackson, chief pilot. Three decades of experience in aviation. FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, B-25, B-17, PBY and TBM, and in the DC-3. More than 15,000 total hours and more than 13,000 hours as pilot in command. Multi-year experience in the cargo industry, as well as corporate, charter, and passenger airlines.

Hiram Maldonado, director of maintenance. More than half a century in aviation maintenance, former director of Eastern Airlines maintenance in Latin America. Experience in both large and small planes, including DC3s, Convairs, Boeing and Airbus jets. Former regional director of maintenance for Pan American.

Eduardo Aponte, cargo operations manager and flight coordinator, has more than 20 years' experience in the airline and cargo industry in the Caribbean working for Four Star. He has studied business administration at the University of Puerto Rico. He is a hazardous materials certified handler and a customs and excise tax documentation agent.