2018 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Kyle Quinn

Oct. 1, 2018

Kyle Quinn
General Manager
XJet Denver
Age: 27

  • Alma Mater: The Ohio State University
  • Favorite Aircraft: Beechcraft Staggerwing
  • Favorite Book: Syrup by Max Berry
  • Favorite TV Show: Friends
  • Favorite Movie: Top Gun (I know it's clique for an aviation professional but I love it!)
  • Favorite Hobbies: Skiing and Snowboarding, Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing

Kyle Quinn is a young man on the rise. He started at Xjet Denver, a luxury FBO based at Centennial Airport, four years ago as a line service technician and is now the facility’s general manager.

And he’s been busy during those four years, doing everything from revamping the FBO’s concierge and line operations teams to business development and developing a safety program centered around the IS-BAH program. Those who nominated him praised him for his willingness to learn and expand, leading to his current job at the age of 27.

Quinn said he’s been fascinated with aviation since he was eight. “I loved being around aircraft and interacting with pilots. I also realized early on that I wouldn’t be happy sitting behind a desk,” he said. “Aviation is fast-paced and constantly changing. No day — or even hour — is the same. It’s a lot of fun.”

He originally came to Ohio State University as an exercise science major. “OSU’s campus is right next to John Glenn Columbus International Airport and I’d just look at the planes,” he said. “I decided to major in aviation at OSU. I got my pilot license, graduated with a degree in aviation management and was fortunate enough to land an internship with NetJets, then a full-time job as a flight manager.”

Quinn ended up in Colorado, moving there with no job. “I lived on a friend’s couch for two weeks before finding a place a place to live and getting my first job at Xjet,” he said. “I worked on a special project where I updated the XJet operations manual, which got my boss to take notice, and that put me on the map.”

Aviation is a fast-paced environment and Quinn likes that. “There’s always change and problems to solve. I’m always trying to find ways to meet the needs of our customers so they have a seamless experience,” he said.

Quinn is most proud of a project he did researching locations and markets around the world where Xjet could expand. “There was a market on the other side of the globe where I discovered that private aviation in the region was growing by double the global average. I recommended that we go into that market. My boss, Josh Stewart, and I still talk about expansion to this location to this day.”

In his few short years at XJet, Quinn has worked to build a team that has consistently been recognized in surveys as being in the top 5 percent of all FBOs in the Americas. “This year we received the highest customer service rating we have received in the 10 years we have participated,” he said.