Board

The SFBAA has a Board of Directors, consisting 11 members who oversee the operations of the Association, define objectives and goals each year, and establish policies pertaining to association matters.  The Board of Directors are elected to two-year terms and are as follows:

Current Board of Directors

President - Jeff Ramsden, Ramjet Aviation

Jeff Ramsden is currently the President and Co-Owner of Ramjet Aviation, Inc.  He has dealt with all facets of the aviation industry, from sales to charter to maintenance.  He has gathered numerous areas of expertise throughout his 18 years of industry experience, most notably in aircraft sales & acquisitions.  Mr. Ramsden has a Bachelors of Arts from Davidson College, is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and has been the President of the South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) since 2007.  In 2009, Jeff became part of the NBAA Access Committee, which oversees local issues throughout the country, acting as a liaison between the NBAA and the numerous aviation regional groups.  He also became Chair of the Network of Regional Business Aviation Associations in 2010, representing all regional groups in NBAA and Access Committee matters.  Most recently in 2012, Jeff was awarded the “Silk Scarf Award” from NBAA, recognizing his dedication and contributions to the business aviation community.


Vice President - Chris Salley, National Jets


Coming to the Organization having worked with National Jets, Wyvern, Avinode/SchedAero, Dassault Falcon Jet and STS Component Solutions; Christopher has served the SFBAA Board since 2012 as an executive member and a year prior as an associate member. Bringing expertise in the technology sector of private charter and flight operations software Chris assists with organizing SFBAA General Membership Meetings, the Annual Charity Golf Tournament and assisting the Board President as matters arise.


Secretary - Anna Sweeney, Lundy Clark Insurance Group


Anna joined the SFBAA Board this year as a Member Rep after being an active member of the organization since 2010. Working as an aviation insurance broker with Lundy & Clark Insurance Group she provides personalized aviation insurance and risk management to the business aviation community.  Anna is looking forward to directly working with members of the organization on how the SFBAA can provide educational and professional development for all members through our events and networking opportunities.





Treasurer - Forrest Owens, SaavedraGoodwin


Forrest is a practicing aviation lawyer for SaavedraGoodwin and has served as Treasurer since 2012.  Mr. Owens’ practice concentrates on aircraft and aviation related transactions, cross-border transactions, airman defense before the FAA and Department of Transportation, airport real estate and land use, and civil litigation.  Mr. Owens joined SG in 2015 and leads the aviation practice group under the trade name Global Aviation Counsel, LLC.



Membership Chair - Derek Damgaard, Shy Aviation


Derek has been a part of the SFBAA since 2012 and has worked in the Private Jet charter brokering industry since 2011 both in Monaco and South Florida.  The SFBAA has helped Derek open doors and get to know the local industry and the people around it.  Derek brings a view point from the side of charter sales and a history in event planning and coordination, which he hopes to carry over to help the SFBAA expand its membership base.  His passion and enthusiasm are a welcomed addition to the Executive Board.




Liaison Chair - William Wing, Gold Aviation


Florida grown and formally known as William J Wing III to some and Will Wing to others in a less formal setting. William graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Management, his commercial multi-engine pilots license, and a minor concentration of Air Traffic Control. Immediately following college, William he moved to Scottsdale, Az. where he dove head first into the world of business aviation with Tempus Jets; working with a variety of fleet aircraft from Pilatus PC12s to Bombardier Global Express. William built up his aviation knowledge and experience as a charter coordinator before returning back to sunny Florida to eventually become the Director of Charter Sales & Marketing for Gold Aviation where he currently resides.


Advertising Chair - Scott Ramsden, Ramjet Aviation


Scott Ramsden is Vice President and co-owner of Ramjet Aviation, Inc. a corporate aircraft sales & acquisition firm based in Fort Lauderdale. Scott graduated from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2005 and joined his brother, Jeff, in the formation of Ramjet.  He has served on the SFBAA Board since 2007, when he was elected Treasurer.  Since then he has contributed to all facets of the organization and currently maintains the website and heads-up the SFBAA Scholarship program.  He has a private pilot certificate with instrument rating and has extensive experience in marketing strategy and business development.



Events Chair
- Elise Donald,
Jetex

Elise Donald Bio Here


Member Rep - Mark Mirin, Angel Flight Southeast




Mark Mirin Bio Here






Member Rep -
Alison Grimes, Avinode

Being a part of the charter side of the industry, Alison comes to SFBAA from Avinode, the technology hub for charter flights. Working deeply in the southeast region, Alison works with the Airport Liaison team to assist in the regional exploring and providing the charter trends of the South Florida area. She joined the association in 2014 and participated in the local events and the Annual Charity Golf Tournament and has been instrumental in providing feedback from the general members to the SFBAA Board.


Member Rep - Hugo Cortes, Universal Weather



Hugo is an aviation enthusiast, having been part of the industry since 2001.  He is the current FBO Account Manager for the Southeastern US & Central Canada for UVair, a division of Universal Weather and Aviation.  He has been a part of Universal Weather since 2007, and previously worked for Miami Executive Aviation.  He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he specialized in Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Management.




Member Representatives are the general membership's voice at all Board meetings.  If you have any interests or concerns regarding the Association, please contact one of your member representatives.  If you would like to volunteer your time and effort, we are always in search of new faces.  Please visit the Committees page and decide where you'd like to contribute.


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