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Elite Jets expands ground, air team to meet demand

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Elite Jets has added a dozen new team members, including seven pilots, to its workforce as the Naples-based charter company responds to increased demand from affluent business and leisure travelers.

The additions include captains, first officers and a director of quality, as well as professionals in client services, accounting and information technology.

“The past two years have marked a period of tremendous growth across the private aviation industry as affluent travelers are choosing to fly privately over first class commercially,” said Executive Vice President Stephen Myers, CAM. “At any given point, we might have jets across multiple time zones or even multiple countries, so we need to maintain a ground support team and pilot teams capable of providing an exceptional, reliable travel experience to our passengers.”

Elite Jets’ fleet includes four Embraer Phenom 300s and one Embraer Legacy 500 that serve destinations across North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. The company, which operates from a private terminal at Naples Airport, also provides management services for a Gulfstream G550 jet capable of long-haul flights to Europe and Asia. Elite Jets also has a Bell 407 helicopter available for sightseeing and travel across South Florida.

New team members at Elite Jets include:


  • Tanner Caviness: Phenom 300 first officer
  • Scott Collins: Phenom 300 first officer
  • Benjamin Ellis: Phenom 300 first officer
  • Matthew Gillmore: Phenom 300 captain
  • Carlos Reyes: Phenom 300 first officer
  • Al Russo: Phenom 300 first officer
  • Patrick Teszler: Phenom 300 first officer


  • Dave Cook: accounting assistant
  • Deidre Dodge: manager of client services
  • Rumen Ivanov: manager of information technology
  • Jennifer Pierce: client services manager
  • Martin Ricciuti: director of quality and chief inspector

For more information about Elite Jets, please visit EliteJets.com or call 239-900-9000.

About Elite Jets Charters

Founded in 2016, Elite Jets is a premier, safety-focused charter aircraft service that serves destinations across the U.S. and abroad. Elite Jets’ fleet includes four Phenom 300s, one Legacy 500 and a Bell 407 helicopter, as well as management of a Gulfstream G550. The company’s Embraer luxury jets are well-suited for business and leisure travelers while offering an eco-friendly, best-in-class carbon footprint. Elite Jets maintains an Argus Platinum Rating, a prestigious safety and quality designation earned by just 5% of charter operators nationwide. The company also is registered with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (ISBAO), a set of industry-leading best practices, and the WYVERN safety data network, which displays its Safety Intelligence Report and regulatory compliance information. Elite Jets also offers aircraft management services, which include providing pilots, training, maintenance, fleet insurance, scheduling and additional services. Passengers enjoy concierge-level service from Elite Jets’ private terminal at the Naples Airport, 125 Aviation Drive South in Naples. Charter flights and empty leg flights are available.  For more information, please visit EliteJets.com or call 239-900-9000.

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