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
  • Advocacy – Help YoPros to better engage, mobilize and deepen their relationships within the business aviation community.

Apply to join the NBAA YoPro Council

Current Council Members

Claudia Arnold
Director of Marketing

Erin Croop
Marketing Coordinator
Base Operations at Page Field

Brandi Drain
Director of Inflight Services
Clay Lacy

Jay Gallagher
Managing Director
Aviation Search Group

Tag Galvin
Technical Writer III
Gulfstream Aerospace

Caleb Gibson
ProOwnership Maintenance Specialist
Textron Aviation

Luis Gonzales
Sr. Operations Specialist
Centennial Airport (KAPA)

Ashley Granada
Marketing Manager

Kylie Giffin
Pilatus PC-12 PIC
Pilat 2, LLC

Elayna Hall
Professional Development Specialist

Julia Harrington
Lead Captain/Base Manager PWK
Axis Jet
Co-Vice Chair NBAA YoPro Council

Collin King
Senior Graphic Designer

Kimberly Kissh
Corporate Pilot

Brian Koester
Director, Flight Operations & Regulations

Anna Lovelace
Senior Account Manager, Northeast
Universal Weather & Aviation

Ian Lumpp
Midwest Sales Executive
Polaris Aero
Co-Chair NBAA YoPro Council

Tressa Mattingly
Manager, Social Media

Kenny Mazingo
Aircraft Sales Market Analyst

Brett Melcher
Aircraft Program Manager
Encompass Health

Carolina Moreira
Marketing Coordinator

Hannah O’Malley Wolf
Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions

Achal Pratel
Product Strategy Engineer – Strategic Partnerships, M&A, & CVC
Embraer Executive Aircraft, Inc

Kellie N. Roby, CAM
Midwest Regional Sales
Polaris Aero

Jamie Santiago Muñoz
General Manager
Galaxy FBO
Co-Chair NBAA YoPro Council

Jordan Scales
Aircraft Manager
Clay Lacy
Co-Vice Chair NBAA YoPro Council

Cameron Smith
Aviation Operations Specialist

Letwan Sutton, MBA
Senior Aviation Tax Analyst

Jay Thakor, GSP
Polaris Aero
Aviation Safety Consultant

Dylan Vogel, MBAA
Assistant Vice President
PNC Aviation Finance

Gary Webb, MBA
Operations Advisor / Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

Emily White
Data and Tech Analysis, Senior Specialists
Wheels Up

Cat Wren
Chief Experience Officer
Business Jet Center

Noah Yarborough
Operations Manager

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