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. 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.
Mr. Tollison brings 28 years of aviation experience to Flightstar, most recently as Vice President of Operations for AAR Corp. in Indianapolis. During over 10 years at AAR, Mr. Tollison progressed from a Project Manager to Program Manager, and then Director of Maintenance for three years before spending another three years as Vice President of Operations. Additionally, Mr. Tollison worked at ATA Airlines in Indianapolis for one year, and spent thirteen years with United Airlines. He served in the United States Air Force at the beginning of his professional career where he earned the rank of E-5 Staff Sergeant in his four years of active duty.
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.
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.
Originally from Mobile, AL, Mr. James joined Flightstar in 2012 as Director of Materials. He is charged with managing Flightstar's supply chain activities which includes procurement, warehousing and tooling programs. Mr. James has extensive experience in Strategic Sourcing and software applications development for Point of Use Technologies. Prior to joining Flightstar, Mr. James spent eighteen years working for ST Aerospace in Mobile. He started out as a stockroom clerk on the FedEx 727 Passenger to Freighter conversion program and eventually progressed to the role of Senior Manager of Materials, his last position before he departed for an exciting opportunity to join the Flightstar team. Mr. James briefly pursued a career working as a structure mechanic until he finally realized "bucking rivets" was not exactly his strong suit. Mr. James is a die hard Alabama football fan and enjoys reading.
Mr. Long has been in the transportation industry for the past 22 years. At the beginning of his professional career Mr. Long worked within shipping before entering into aviation. Mr. Long joined VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. in 2002 and quickly elevated his position from Account Manager to Head of Marketing & Sales, before assuming Head of Planning. Mr. Long is a proud graduate of Auburn University in 1995 and holds a bachelors' degree in Business Administration. Mr. Long is married to his wife, Victoria (Tori), and has two beautiful girls.
Mr. Sutterfield is the Director of Planning for Flightstar Aircraft Services and is responsible for the successful introduction of customer work into our facility. He oversees the day to day activities of the Planning and Production Control departments and also supports Flightstar's Business Development Department with the preparation of detailed RFP responses. He holds both Airframe and Powerplant licenses from the FAA and has more than 30 years of experience in aircraft maintenance. Prior to joining Flightstar he was the Director of Engineering, Planning, and Production Control for AAR Aircraft Services Indianapolis for more than nine years. He joined United Airlines as a Mechanic and later became a Base Maintenance Supervisor, Operations Manager, and a Component Engineer. Before joining United Airlines he was the Director of Maintenance for two different Fixed Base Operations (FBO's) in Northern California. During that time he oversaw a Warbird Restoration Shop where he produced award winning aircraft restorations for both the air show and air race circuit. He was also responsible for the maintenance of a fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He is a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He also earned his commercial pilots license and has logged more than 3500 hours as PIC.
Mr. Wallace has served multiple roles at Flightstar since joining the company in 2006. He currently contributes to all the aspects of the Business Development department, and has held positions in recruiting, production control, and most recently as Manager of Planning. He has been involved in contract structure, negotiation, and implementation of the Company's IT system as well. Prior to joining Flightstar, Mr. Wallace served in the automotive industry as sales and finance manager, and led promotional teams in targeted marketing campaigns. He leverages over 14 years of sales and management experience and has distinguished himself as a capable leader with creativity and dedication to customer service.