Our Leadership Team
Brian Counsil | President & Chief Operating Officer
Brian has been with Sun Air Jets since its inception and has been involved with every aspect of growing the enterprise from its early days to its current position as a world-class FBO and international jet charter company. As an aviation tax attorney and accountant, Brian not only leads Sun Air Jets as the expert in legal, tax and financial aspects of our business, but unique to our industry, also offers that expert advice to the aircraft owners in Sun Air Jets’ managed aircraft fleet. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis.
Steve Maloney | Executive Vice President of Finance & Business Operations
Steve has over 35 years of aviation experience in senior management positions. He is a retired senior Naval Officer as well as airline pilot. His business aviation experience ranges from running small consulting companies up to senior management positions in multiple locations with a major aircraft manufacturer, working in its corporate headquarters in New Jersey as well as in its maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in Arkansas. Steve is an airline transport rated pilot with over 15,000 flight hours. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree in Finance from Boston College.
Rob Cox | Executive Vice President & Director of Maintenance
Rob has over 23 years of aviation maintenance experience beginning in 1993 with the USAF, California Air National Guard as a C-130 Crew Chief. He has been in business aviation since 1998 and has held several high level positions both as a maintenance technician, and maintenance oversite for part 135, part 91, and part 145 operators on a variety of aircraft. Throughout his career, Rob has continued his education to stay up to date with the latest technology, safety standards, and best maintenance practices.
Susan Grantz | Vice President of Finance/Controller
Sue began her career in banking for Riverdale Bank and then LaSalle Bank in the Chicago area, working her way up from Accounting Clerk to Operations Officer and Retail Banking Officer over the course of more than 20 years. Upon relocating to the West Coast, Sue joined Sun Air Jets in 2001, and currently serves as the company’s Vice President of Finance/Controller. Sue is responsible for all auditing, accounting, banking, tax, financial statements and monthly aircraft management statements.
Leigh Ann Spooner-Herold | Vice President of Charter Sales
Leigh Ann’s passion for the industry began in 1995 when she received her private pilot’s license. Now, with close to 25 years in charter sales management, Leigh Ann leads her department with unparalleled global experience and access to an extensive network of brokers and operators guaranteeing the best charter solutions. With her prior expertise in brand and marketing management, her ability to anticipate client needs has allowed her to also excel in the oversight of in-flight services providing a second to none passenger experience.
Andreas Mauritzson | Vice President of Business Strategy
Andreas has over 29 years of experience as a business aviation executive and a developer of private sector business opportunities and investments. His experience includes serving as Executive Director of Aviation for a large U.S. conglomerate and as Global Director of Sales for a premier aircraft sales firm. Andreas sits on numerous boards and is an ATP rated pilot with 11,000 flight hours and several aircraft type ratings.
Donald Manzke | Director of Operations
Don has over 20 years of experience in the part 135 charter operations industry. With extensive international experience, Don has held positions as SMS Manager, Director of Training and Chief Pilot and currently leads the Sun Air Jets operations team as the Director of Operations. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Computer Management from Eastern Illinois University, and has over 15,000 flight hours.
Steven Sirk | Chief Pilot
Steven has over 40 years of experience in international part 135 charter operations. He previously served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. After completing his service, Steven held a variety of positions in the aviation industry including Chief Pilot, Chief of Standards, Director of Training and Company Check Airman. As the Sun Air Jets Chief Pilot, Steven has over 18,000 flight hours.