The XOJET TeamMeet Our Leadership Team.
With seasoned executives from the aviation, finance, fashion and technology sectors, XOJET's team works to create breakthroughs in the value customers can expect from their private aviation solution.
Flight Operations Team
Chairman & CEO
Bradley Stewart joined XOJET as a senior advisor in 2010 and subsequently became its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Mr. Stewart is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of XOJET and its subsidiaries.
Prior to XOJET, Mr. Stewart was an investing professional at Parthenon Capital Partners, a leading mid-market private equity firm. At Parthenon, Mr. Stewart was responsible for both investing and portfolio improvement activities. He held interim executive positions and/or board of director seats at several Parthenon Capital portfolio companies.
Prior to Parthenon Capital, Mr. Stewart was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, he served a variety of clients in the airline, railroad and hotel industries. Prior to business school, Mr. Stewart was employed by Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he was a strategy and operations consultant to several leading industrial, media and financial services companies.
Mr. Stewart also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to TPG, one of the leading global private investment firms and XOJET's control shareholder. In 2015, Mr. Stewart was recognized by The San Francisco Business Times as a "40 under 40" business leader. He is a passionate aviation enthusiast, holding a private pilot's license and contributing to industry safety as a member of the ARG/US advisory board.
Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He also received an MBA degree with distinction from Columbia Business School. Mr. Stewart lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Long joined XOJET as Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Mr. Long is responsible for maximizing XOJET's operating performance, aircraft fleet planning and asset management, planning and achieving of financial goals, and managing the financial risks of the company.
Mr. Long is a veteran aviation executive with more than 25 years of industry experience concentrated in aviation finance. Immediately prior to joining XOJET, Mr. Long was a managing director at SkyWorks Capital, a global investment banking boutique focused on the transportation sector. At SkyWorks, Mr. Long was responsible for executing the firm's strategies in the areas of asset-based finance, aircraft fleet management and advisory, corporate finance, merger and acquisitions and financial restructuring.
Prior to SkyWorks, Mr. Long spent over 12 years at Northwest Airlines in a variety of senior management roles, including serving as a vice president in finance, managing investor relations and various strategic financial and corporate initiatives, and as Vice President, International and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Long also held a senior role as Controller for Northwest's international operations, the marketing and information technology departments, and all regional airline affiliates. He was responsible for managing financial and accounting functions, including budgeting, forecasting, capital planning, financial analysis and controls, and corporate administration.
Previous to Northwest Airlines, Mr. Long held managerial positions at Continental Airlines in the areas of financial planning and analysis, and market planning. At Continental, he also served as the Controller for various operational areas.
Mr. Long earned a Bachelor of Administration degree in finance and accounting from Kansas State University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tulsa. Mr. Long also holds a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor rating and has his commercial pilot's license.
President, Fleet Operation
Austin Schell joined XOJET as an advisor in 2013 and subsequently assumed the role of President, Flight Operations. Mr. Schell is responsible for supporting the CEO in setting and implementing long range corporate strategy and managing cross-functional continuous improvement initiatives.
Mr. Schell has worked in corporate development, private equity, and investment banking for 10 years. Prior to XOJET, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Wildlands, Inc., the national leader in for-profit environmental restoration, where among other duties, he was responsible for investment underwriting and the evaluation, diligence, and negotiation of strategic acquisitions. Prior to Wildlands, Mr. Schell was an associate at Parthenon Capital Partners, a mid-market private equity firm, where he executed growth capital and leveraged buyout transactions in the financial services and business services sectors. Before Parthenon, he spent two years as an analyst at UBS Investment Bank.
Mr. Schell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned his B.A. with Distinction in Economics and Spanish.
Executive Vice President, Sales and Client Services
Gregg Slow joined XOJET in 2012 as Senior Vice President, Sales and National Accounts and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Sales and Client Services. Mr. Slow is responsible for XOJET's sales and strategic client relations.
Prior to XOJET, Mr. Slow served for 11 years as a sales executive at NetJets. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, where he was responsible for developing and managing sales for the New York City region—the largest territory in the country. While at NetJets, Mr. Slow also served as Vice President of the Northeastern and Canadian territories and served on the owner communication review team.
Prior to NetJets, Mr. Slow served as Director, Sales at iSalvage.com, where he built, trained and managed a salesforce responsible for building a nationwide network of auto parts suppliers. Mr. Slow also held sales positions at Unum Life Insurance.
Mr. Slow is a graduate of Union College and lives with his wife and children in Connecticut, where he enjoys coaching Little League baseball and youth basketball.
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Jerry Joondeph joined XOJET in 2008 and serves as the company's Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. In addition, he is the company's Corporate Secretary. He is responsible for managing XOJET's legal-related matters, human resource operations, corporate governance, commercial contracting, risk management and regulatory compliance, and supports the company's business development activities. He is also active in the organization, administration and operation of GMJ Air Shuttle, Inc., XOJET's corporate shuttle operator.
Mr. Joondeph has an accomplished career with more than 20 years of diverse legal, corporate, finance and business experience. Prior to joining XOJET, Jerry was the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel for ThinkEquity Partners, a San Francisco-based global growth investment bank.
Before joining ThinkEquity, Mr. Joondeph was a partner with the international law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, and was resident in the firm's Palo Alto, London, Taipei and Columbus offices during his tenure. Mr. Joondeph's practice consisted of advising clients on global venture, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and private equity matters.
Mr. Joondeph graduated cum laude with separate Bachelors of Science degrees in Accounting and in Finance from Miami University. He earned both a Juris Doctor with honors and a master's degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.
Chief Business Officer
James Henderson joined XOJET in 2016 as Chief Business Officer, leading the Brand, Marketing and Partnerships teams while also serving as a strategic partner to the CEO and other commercial leaders.
Mr. Henderson brings to XOJET more than 20 years of experience in general management, commercial operations leadership and business transformation. Mr. Henderson also possesses an extensive background and proven track record in businesses that serve the Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) community.
Fully integrated within XOJET's bicoastal operations, Mr. Henderson maintains an active presence in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Prior to XOJET, Mr. Henderson served as President & Chief Executive Officer – Americas for the Ferretti Group, a leading vertically-integrated yacht manufacturer. At Ferretti Group, he was responsible for overseeing brand building, client development, sales and service operations throughout North and Latin America. Before Ferretti Group, Mr. Henderson worked with a range of luxury goods and premium consumer products businesses, including five years with the Red Bull Sauber Petronas F1 team managing commercial operations.
Mr. Henderson received his MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Senior Vice President, Flight Operations and Director of Maintenance
David Colbert joined XOJET in 2005 as Vice President, Technical Operations and now serves as Senior Vice President, Flight Operations and Director of Maintenance. Mr. Colbert is responsible for the aircraft maintenance, reliability, airworthiness, regulatory compliance and value retention of the XOJET fleet.
Mr. Colbert has built an extensive career in aviation, with over 35 years of experience. Prior to joining XOJET, he served as Vice President and General Manager of ACM Aviation, a provider of aircraft management and charter services. Mr. Colbert also spent three years in Saudi Arabia as Director, Maintenance for several U.S. companies, including Imperial Aviation and Atlantic Aviation Corporation, in support of their in-kingdom corporate flight operations. Mr. Colbert began his career at Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia.
Mr. Colbert holds an Associates of Arts degree in specialized technology from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, where he ranked first in his class. He has an FAA license for Airframe and Powerplant as well as FCC technician licenses. He serves on the Challenger 300 Customer Advisory Board, the NATA Maintenance Committee and the NBAA Maintenance Committee. He is a private pilot with an instrument rating.
Senior Vice President, Revenue Management
Matthew Rehm joined XOJET in 2005 as Manager, Charter Sales and now serves as Senior Vice President, Revenue Management. He is responsible for optimizing the XOJET core fleet to maximize both utilization and yield as well as product development, implementation and distribution.
Mr. Rehm began his career in private aviation at a young age and has accrued nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. He holds a B.A. in Aviation Management from the University of North Dakota and is also a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument qualifications. Prior to joining XOJET he held positions at International Jet Aviation Services, Signature Flight Support and Sunset Aviation.
Vice President, Scheduling
Rebecca Kodesh joined XOJET in 2009 as a Private Client Services Manager and has grown with the company, most recently assuming the role of Vice President, Scheduling. She is responsible for maximizing the utilization of XOJET's dynamic floating fleet while carefully balancing operational risk and regulatory compliance in partnership with the flight crews. Rebecca has been instrumental in implementing XOJET's crew fatigue management program, in collaboration with the Safety department, to ensure XOJET maintains a leading edge in safety and risk management in the private jet industry.
Rebecca started her career working for Atlantic Coast Airlines in Customer Service and Ramp Operations. That experience ignited her passion for the aviation industry nearly 15 years ago and led her to pursue opportunities covering every aspect of ground/ramp services, account management, customer service and fleet operations. She's worked with Bombardier Skyjet, US Airways, and Red Wing Aeroplane. Rebecca is a licensed FAA dispatcher and would like to get her private pilot's license. She lives with her son in Roseville, CA.
Director of Operations
As XOJET's Director of Operations, Kriste Hauswirth is responsible for leading and overseeing XOJET's unsurpassed level of safety and customer service, executed through highly experienced flight crew and exceptional safety and training programs, as well as industry-leading team involvement among the pilot group, training department and senior leadership.
Ms. Hauswirth joined XOJET in 2003, and is a captain on the Citation X and Challenger 300. She has held various roles in our company's history and throughout our growth, including Check Airman, Assistant Chief Pilot, Director of System Operations and Director of Training. She has also been actively involved in the ASAP safety reporting program since its inception at XOJET.
Prior to XOJET, Ms. Hauswirth worked as a pilot at a major airline and in corporate aviation. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical science.
As XOJET Chief Pilot, Chris Crocker is responsible for leading and overseeing XOJET's highly experienced flight crews. He is responsible for the regulatory compliance of air operations and serves as the liaison between XOJET flight crews and all other operations groups ensuring crew standardization.
Mr. Crocker joined XOJET in 2007 as a pilot and is qualified as a Captain on both the Citation X and Challenger 300 fleet. He has held a number of leadership positions at XOJET most recently as Assistant Chief Pilot, Duty Officer and Team Lead. He also assisted in the hotel committee, pilot recruiting team and working with various other departments developing processes and procedures.
Prior to XOJET, Mr. Crocker worked in corporate and airline aviation as a commercial pilot. Mr. Crocker has previous experience in financial consulting and corporate law and graduated from the University of Richmond, VA.
Director of Safety
Bill Grimes joined XOJET in 2014 as the Director of Safety. In this role, Bill is responsible for coordinating the safety management systems at XOJET which includes the FAA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and other internal risk management functions that focus on operational risks.
Prior to joining XOJET, Bill worked with the Cessna Aircraft Companies' CitationAir business unit, a fractional jet service provider for eight years as the Vice President of Safety and Security. Bill also spent 25 years with Marsh Risk Consulting as a managing director / safety consultant specializing in aviation safety.
Bill is a certified safety professional (CSP) with an FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor certificates and type ratings in the CE-500,CE-560XL and CE-680 aircraft. He has also been recognized for his safety and risk management work in the aviation community on the NBAA safety committee by the Flight Safety Foundation as a recipient of the annual President's recognition award.