Flightstar is guided by a team of top aviation professionals with dedication to customer service. The founders of the company had a vision for the future of aircraft maintenance and turned this vision into action. With the support of a highly trained and talented workforce, Flightstar has developed a truly customer-centric culture. As a cohesive group, we aim for more than customer satisfaction. We seek to create lasting relationships and be your supplier of choice with a set of aligned incentives.
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Mr. Hernandez has served as President of Flightstar since founding the company in 2000. He oversees all aspects of the business, including serving as the Company’s “Accountable Manager” for regulatory purposes. He holds Airframe and Powerplant licenses from the FAA and has over 35 years of experience in aircraft heavy maintenance. From 1986 to 1999, he was Director of Maintenance and Vice President of Maintenance at Professional Modification Services in Miami, FL, during which time the company grew from a startup to an industry leader with over $50 million in annual revenue. His responsibilities included the control and management of a production workforce of 450 employees. Prior to joining PMS, Mr. Hernandez served in the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1986. He distinguished himself in the service by being promoted to the rank of E6 in less than 10 years and earning awards, including Maintenance Professional of the Year for the Tactical Air Command.
Mr. Briz serves as Executive Vice President for Flightstar. He has worked in the aviation industry for over 40 years, beginning his career as a mechanic at Eastern Airlines in Miami, FL and working his way up to a manager-level position. Mr. Briz left Eastern in 1983 for Saudi Arabian Airlines, where he was the Manager of Maintenance Control. After seven years at Saudi Arabian Airlines, Mr. Briz later joined PMS where he was the Manager of Planning, responsible for all work order labor planning. After PMS was sold in 1998, Mr. Briz left to form Flightstar with Mssrs. Hernandez and Rivera.
Mr. Morrison serves as the Chief Operating Officer and coordinates the business development, project planning, maintenance, and production support functions within Flightstar. Additionally, Mr. Morrison oversees the company’s continuous improvement and lean operation initiatives. Mr. Morrison was most recently a Managing Director of Headwaters MB, a boutique investment bank where he focused on M&A and capital formation transactions for firms in the Industrial Sector. Prior to joining Headwaters, Mr. Morrison was the Manager of Casting Products for Rail Products and Fabrications, a leading specialty trackwork provider to mass-transit systems and mainline railroads. Before joining RPF, Mr. Morrison worked at Brockway Moran and Partners, a middle-market private equity firm where he gained extensive experience with all aspects of growth equity and leveraged recapitalizations. He began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co. as an investment banker. Mr. Morrison earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and received his BA in Economics from Northwestern University.
Mr. Shuman directs the activities of Risk Management, Finance, Treasury, Accounting, IT/MIS, and Human Resources. Mr. Shuman joined Flightstar’s senior executive team in January 2007 after relocating to Jacksonville, FL from Boston, MA. Prior to Flightstar, Mr. Shuman served as the Chief Financial Officer of United Fuels International, Inc., an energy commodities firm engaging in the brokerage of physical and financial trades via OTC and NYMEX exchange settled trades. Mr. Shuman worked with United Fuels for over seven years and was involved in the successful sale of the company to a strategic buyer. Previously, Mr. Shuman was involved as a business owner/seller of a $10 million medical transportation company, and began his career with Arthur Andersen in Boston, MA. He received his BS in Accounting from Bentley College.
As the Vice President of Maintenance, Mr. Slusarczyk directs the company’s maintenance operations. His career in aviation began in the United States Air Force where he was heavily involved in aircraft line maintenance. Following his service, he enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned his FAA A&P License as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management. Before joining Flightstar in 2006, Mr. Slusarczyk was Director of Operations at TIMCO Aviation Services in Greensboro, NC, where he directed all heavy maintenance activities. Before joining TIMCO, he was the Technical Director of Operations at Pinnacle Air Cargo Enterprises in Naples, FL, where he executed and audited all maintenance contracts and provided management oversight during maintenance visits. Previously, Mr. Slusarczyk was Senior Manager of Base Maintenance at Federal Express in Memphis, TN, where he managed all fleet heavy maintenance assigned to the base facility. Prior to joining Federal Express, he was the General Manager of Line Maintenance and the Manager of Wide Body Aircraft Production at Eastern Airlines in Miami, FL. With over 40 years of experience in all areas of aircraft maintenance, Mr. Slusarczyk is well known within the industry. He is currently serving on the Academic Industry Advisory Board for the College of Aviation at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL.
Mr. Hasert has served as the Director of Maintenance since 2005 and is responsible for all aircraft maintenance activities. Prior to joining Flightstar in 2003, Mr. Hasert was the shift manager at TIMCO-Lake City, where he also held several key management positions from 1995 until his departure in 2003. Prior to joining TIMCO (formerly Aero Corp.) in 1991, Mr. Hasert broke ground in commercial aviation with Eastern Airlines as a mechanic. Prior to joining Eastern, Mr. Hasert served in the United States Marine Corp from 1984 to 1989 as a helicopter mechanic, inspector, and NCOIC of flight line maintenance. Mr. Hasert holds an A&P license, FCC license, and received his AS degree in Aviation Maintenance Management from Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Charlie followed his father's footsteps and joined the aviation industry more than 25 years ago; beginning with Professional Modification Services in Miami, Florida. In 1995 Mr. Boschung accepted a consulting position working for an aircraft brokerage firm in Las Vegas. When his contact expired he decided to head back to the east coast, accepting a position as Production Manager for Stambaugh Aviation in Brunswick, Georgia.
In 2000, Mr. Boschung joined the Flightstar team as a Quality Control Inspector and is currently the Director of Quality. Mr. Boschung provides leadership for the quality control, quality assurance, training, and safety teams and is the liaison and point of contact with the FAA and foreign authorities concerning all regulatory affairs relative to Flightstar's maintenance activities. Mr. Boschung is an FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. Mr. Boschung has also been instrumental in acquiring advanced repair station ratings which include FAA 145 Class 4 Repair Station as well as certifications from Europe, China, Canada, Bermuda, Brazil, Venezuela, Burkina Faso, and Panama.