Businesses that own private aircraft (or, in some cases, a fleet of aircraft) find themselves faced with two options when deciding how best to manage their assets: Either hire a management company to …
Executive Vice President
Mike is an aviation professional with over 25 years of aircraft management, sales and air charter experience. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Studies with a concentration in Management, and an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Business Administration. His experience includes Manager of Charter Sales for PrivatAir, President and Co-founder of Infinity Aviation Group, and Vice-President of Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions at FirstFlight. His most recent position was with Meridian Air Charter as the Vice President of Aviation Sales.
In 2008, Mike joined Meridian as the Director of Aviation Sales, a newly created position to help build a charter fleet of business aircraft. After several years of growing the Meridian Air Charter fleet, and successfully serving as company liaison to aircraft owners, he was promoted to Vice President in 2014. To help manage the long-term growth, he created and expanded a national team of aviation sales professionals who are responsible for growing sales in diverse areas of the company, including Aircraft Management, Retail Charter Sales, Client Development and Fuel Sales. He was responsible for managing a diverse fleet of business jets which are based all over the United States, including its two FBO locations at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, and Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, CA. Mr. Moore has a private pilot’s license and enjoys public speaking.
“Essex Aviation facilitated an end-of-lease process for a large aircraft and assisted us with structuring a subsequent lease extension. The transactions had several challenging issues that required expert counseling and negotiation. The Essex team is friendly, prompt, easy to work with, and most importantly, simply the best at what they do. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”
Joe Stone, CFO
Sartini Enterprises, Inc.
“Lee and Tom are the dynamic duo you've been looking for. Their collective skills provide exacting coverage on every detail needed when considering an airplane purchase or refurbishment. I worked with them on a lengthy process, from identification of plane, purchase, full refurbishment, staff assignments thru delivery. I was never once disappointed. Perfect personalities for even the pickiest of clients!”
“Knowledgeable. Informed. Competent. Thorough. Practical. Candid. Professional. Responsive. Efficient.”
Tony R., CFO
Northeast Based Family Office
“Essex Aviation’s guidance and data analysis was crucial to our successful first CJ3 lease and later our CJ4 purchase. The expertise of Essex allowed us to understand more fully our flight metrics, history, costs and how to match our future aviation needs with available options in a way that would not have been possible on our own.”
Alexandra Glazier, President and CEO
New England Donor Services
“Lee, Tom and the team at Essex have worked with us over the years on a variety of fixed wing, rotor and other special projects, performing to superior standards throughout. We initially went through an industry downselect to compete them against their peers and they surfaced as the best fit for us. We continue to be very happy with the relationship.”
Northeast Based Family Office
“We had a very positive experience with Essex. We found them to be competent, professional and objective. They dedicated a significant amount of time to providing an extremely insightful evaluation of our aircraft division. The report detailed strengths and weaknesses in our operation, together with constructive recommendations . They interacted very well with the staff and were able to elicit accurate and honest information.”
Northeast based Family Office
“Throughout my career as a family office executive, Essex Aviation has been my go to aviation expert. Lee and Tom have guided me through the most complex aircraft acquisition while being able to meet difficult client deadlines. The Essex team has provided key analysis ranging from the mundane, such as the interpretation of the placement of a placard on an aircraft to negotiations relating to an engine care program. Lee and Tom are key partners in all aspects of family office aviation matters.”
John Castrucci, Family Office Executive & Founder
Global Family Office Advisors
“I engaged Essex Aviation to prepare an analysis of large cabin aircraft that best met my needs. Their process was comprehensive and thorough. After an exhaustive search of available aircraft, they represented me on the acquisition, negotiation and importation of a long range aircraft and then oversaw a comprehensive customization of the entire plane. Throughout the process, Essex was a knowledgeable, trustworthy and detail oriented partner.”