Jet Linx Expands Senior Leadership To Drive Aircraft Management Business

Oct. 8, 2021
New role will focus on strategic acquisitions & initiatives for turnkey aircraft management programs.
Jet Linx
Jay Vidlak
Jay Vidlak

Jet Linx, a locally focused, global private aviation company providing aircraft management, joint ownership and Jet Card membership services through its 20 locations nationwide, has announced the promotion of Jay Vidlak from senior vice president to senior vice president, Aircraft Acquisition and Sales. Created as part of an ongoing growth and expansion strategy for Jet Linx, the SVP of Aircraft Acquisition and Sales is responsible for streamlining and optimizing the owner experience for the company's Joint Ownership and industry-first Complete Aircraft Transaction (CAT) programs. Vidlak will work closely with the Company's trusted aircraft broker partners, backed by Jet Linx turnkey private jet inventory, to identify aircraft for new aircraft owners or current owners seeking an aircraft upgrade. The announcement was made by Jamie Walker, president and CEO of Jet Linx.

"We are thrilled to announce Jay's new role with Jet Linx, following his many years of impactful contributions for the company," said Walker. "Jay is a distinguished leader and absolutely instrumental to our growth as we continue to expand through strategic M&A activity, new Base locations and fleet growth in order to continue meeting the increased demand for private jet ownership solutions."

Vidlak, who has been with Jet Linx for nearly 20 years, most recently served as senior vice president, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activity of seven Base locations. Vidlak began his career with Jet Linx in 2002 following his education in Aviation Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha and subsequent four years with Mayo Aviation. Having first joined Jet Linx as a Flight Scheduling Coordinator, Vidlak was soon promoted to vice president of Flight Coordination in 2007, where he was managed the flight scheduling and charter sales departments and the development of Jet Linx's nationwide charter and private Jet Card program. He has held numerous leadership positions since 2012, including vice president of New Base Development and executive vice president.

"It is an honor to assume this new role with Jet Linx as we embark on this next phase of growth," said Vidlak. "I have been fortunate to watch the company redefine and elevate the private aviation experience for both aircraft owners and private jet travelers over the years. Now, I look forward to working more closely with our esteemed leadership team and incredible broker partners to continue contributing to the success of the Jet Linx business, and to provide truly seamless support for aircraft management and aircraft acquisitions clients."

Vidlak's new position comes as part of Jet Linx's strategic reorganization, an initiative designed to streamline efficiencies between the company's growing network of Base locations and robust National Operations Center, including the regionalization of the sales enterprise and Base president roles. In addition to the recent appointment of Paul Kloet as director of Mergers & Acquisitions and Jason Vanis as senior vice president of Integrations, five additional Jet Linx executives recently assumed new roles as regional Base presidents. Alec LeFort, previously senior vice president of Sales, and former Base presidents Dan Pasque, Tom Buffington, Dan Longo and Brad Frawley, have joined senior vice presidents Brent Carreker, Vanis and Vidlak as regional Base presidents. In their new role, each regional Base president is responsible for overseeing the profitability and operations multiple Bases.