Young Professionals in Business Aviation (YoPro) was founded in 2014 by NBAA employees who saw an opportunity to bring industry peers together in a forward-thinking organization dedicated to promoting ties between young people in business aviation. Since then, the group has hosted successful events at multiple high-profile conferences and expanded membership to include young professionals from all parts of the industry.

With more upcoming events and exciting outreach initiatives on the horizon, there has never been a better time to get involved with YoPro.

Mission Statement

NBAA’s YoPro is a group dedicated to building relationships between emerging leaders across the industry. Through events at key business aviation industry gatherings, the group will promote networking, sharing of best practices and build a sense of community among future aviation leaders.

YoPro Council

The Young Professionals Council is the leadership arm of YoPro, responsible for planning events, developing initiatives and steering organizational direction. Members are selected to two-year terms during which they work in one of several unique working groups that best fit their skill set. The current working groups are the following:

  • Community Outreach – Foster the development of aviation communities and promote business aviation to youth organizations
  • Events – Plan, coordinate and execute events for young professionals in business aviation
  • Marketing – Promote YoPro Council’s mission to the business aviation community and encourage others to get involved
  • Mentorship/Internship – Develop a mentorship program through NBAA and promote internship opportunities from member companies
  • Professional Development – Share industry best practices, education and scholarship opportunities and knowledge with young professionals
  • Sponsorship – Seek, coordinate and build relationships with YoPro event sponsors

Current Council Members:

CORYN ALVAREZ
Manager, Marketing Strategy and Partnerships
NBAA

JESSICA ALLSTON
Project Manager, Content Marketing and Advertising
NBAA

TYLER AUSTIN
Manager, Professional Development
NBAA

EDWARD BAGSIC
Manager, Conventions VIP Events & Budgets
NBAA

ASHLEY BUUCK
Captain
Owen Cornings

JUSTIN CASTAGNA
Operations and Project Manager
Aeroplex/Aerolease Group

CHRIS CHERKIS
Senior Manager, Conferences & Seminars
NBAA

ERIN CROOP
Marketing & Customer Support
Base Operations at Page Field (KFMY)

JENNIFER DROLEMA
CFO
Northern Jet Management

PATRICK GENTILE
Assistant Vice President
PNC Aviation Finance

SIERRA GRIMES
Manager, Registration
NBAA

KALI HAGUE
Attorney
Jetlaw, LLC

TIFFANY HILER (Vice Chair)
Owner
TLH Enterprises, LLC

COLLIN KING
Graphic Designer
NBAA

BRIAN KOESTER
Senior Manager, Flight Operations & Regulation
NBAA

PETER KORNS
Manager, Operations
NBAA

EDDIE KYLE
Marketing Traffic Manager
NBAA

SAMANTHA LOHSE
Senior Manager, Marketing
NBAA

EDUARDO MARRERO
Aviation Sales Advisor
XOJET, Inc.

JESSICA MCCLINTOCK
Director, Client Relations
FuelerLinx

CHRIS QUIOCHO (Chair)
Founder/CEO
OFFLAND Media

ANDREW REILLY
Communications Manager
NBAA

CECILIA SCOTT
Manager, Event Marketing
NBAA

JULIE STUBBS
Registration Assistant

NBAA

ZACH UNGERLEIDER
Aftermarket Sales Manager, Texas, Louisianna & Mexico
Textron Aviation

Interested in joining the Council or otherwise being a part of the YoPro program? Learn more about how you can get involved with YoPro.

Contact YoPro

For more information NBAA’s YoPro initiative, email yopro@nbaa.org.