Mark L. Schmaltz - President
Mr. Schmaltz is President and co-founder of Dreamline Aviation. Prior to this, he was co-founder and President of Spirit Aviation, one of the leading jet charter companies in California. Mark's expertise in aircraft management, maintenance management, mechanical systems and charter services has made him one of the most respected leaders in business aviation. Mr. Schmaltz is a commercially rated captain with over 8,000 flight hours. He holds an Aeronautical Operations degree from San Jose State University.
Kurt Kohler - Senior Vice President
Mr. Kohler is a co-founder of Dreamline Aviation. Prior to this, he was a co-founder of Spirit Aviation, one of the largest private jet charter companies in California. A veteran pilot with over 25,000 flight hours, Kurt oversees flight operations, client services and safety. Mr. Kohler is also a captain with a major airline. He holds a degree in history from UCLA.
Ken Hale - Vice President, Flight Operations
Mr. Hale joined Dreamline Aviation in 2017. From 2001 to 2008, Ken served as Vice President of Flight Operations for Spirit Aviation, a charter company consisting of 26 turbine aircraft. Prior to this Mr. Hale served as Commanding Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department's Air Support Division where he managed over 100 employees and a fleet of 18 fixed-wing and rotorcraft aircraft. His degree in Liberal Arts is from Pierce College. He is also a graduate of the University of California's Institute of Aviation Safety and Systems Management.
Jana Erland - Vice President, Aircraft Asset Management and Human Resources
Ms Erland is co-founder of Dreamline Aviation and Vice President of Aircraft Asset Management and Human Resources. Prior to her present position, Jana was Vice President of Aircraft Management for Spirit Aviation overseeing a fleet of 27 aircraft. She has developed comprehensive administrative and information management systems for the management of large fleet operations.
Todd Kunkler - Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Kunkler is co-founder of Dreamline Aviation and Vice President of Marketing. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Spirit Aviation. Todd also co-founded a banking technology company and is the holder of ten U.S. patents. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. His graduate work in theology and cultural anthropology was conducted at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an avid mountain biker and loves reading history and theology.
Shane Hunt - Vice President, Maintenance
Mr. Hunt joined Dreamline Aviation in 2011 as Director of Maintenance. In 2016, Shane became Vice President of the Maintenance Services division. Prior to this, Shane held the position of Chief Inspector at a leading aviation Repair Station at the Van Nuys Airport. Mr. Hunt holds a Bachelors Degree in Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics from Vaughn College of Aeronautics in Elmhurst, New York where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Mark A. Schmaltz - Vice President, Finance
Mr. Schmaltz joined Dreamline Aviation in 2010 as Corporate Controller. Prior to this he worked at a large New York accounting firm as Director of Finance and Accounting.
Mark also serves as a captain for our Learjet aircraft. His combined expertise in finance and aviation make him a vital part of our management team. Mr. Schmaltz is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds a degree in accounting from Pepperdine University.
Sean Archer - Chief Pilot
Mr. Archer joined Dreamline Aviation in 2018. Prior to this, he served as Chief Pilot and Aviation Department Manager for several other Part 135 charter operators.
Artak Abelyan - Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Abelyan joined Dreamline Aviation in 2010 as Chief Pilot. In 2017 Artak became Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Dreamline, Mr. Abelyan served as Chief Pilot and Director of Operations for a Van Nuys jet charter company. Artak began his flying career in Armenia at the age of 16. He has over 7,000 hours of professional flight hours flying both military aircraft and a wide range of business jets.
Bennett Taber - Bay Area Operations Manager
Mr. Taber joined Dreamline Aviation in 2010 and serves as its San Francisco Bay Area Operation Manager. A twenty-year veteran of charter flying throughout California and the West, Bennett is a check airman and training captain with over ten thousand hours in his logbook. He delivers an extraordinary level of customer service that many of the Bay Area's finest families have enjoyed for over a decade.
Jonathon Schmaltz - Vice President, Flight Sales
Mr. Schmaltz joined Dreamline Aviation in 2010 where he served as Flight Sales Manager. In 2015, Jon became Vice President of Flight Sales. Prior to joining Dreamline, Jon worked for Spirit Aviation where he served as a flight sales director.
Melissa Sanchez - Director, Flight Sales
Ms Sanchez joined Dreamline Aviation in 2015 where she serves as Flight Sales Director. Melissa has over ten years experience in sales and service management.
Shawn Fairbairn - Director of Flight Control
Mr. Fairbairn joined Dreamline Aviation in 2017 where he serves as Director of Flight Control. Shawn's career as an aviation professional spans more than twenty years. For the last ten years, he held management positions in private aviation operations. Mr. Fairbairn lives Culver City with his wife and son.