Airport Business

OCT 2018

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48 airportbusiness October 2018 Christopher A. Salley, MBAA Christopher Salley comes from a family steeped in aviation. Having one uncle working as an aerospace engineer, another serving as an Air Force Raven and a grandfather with a V-tail Bonanza, which he would fly in, aviation was all around him. “It allows me the opportunity to work with young people, whether it be junior associates or students coming to visit to see airport operations firsthand,” he said. “Being that mentor for young people is something I like to do because really aviation is all about the people and finding the people you want to work with.” Salley is the sales and marketing manager for National Jets. His duties include selling not just FBO services, but also MRO and charter. He has helped increase National Jets’ market share on the field along with MRO and parts sales. The FBO has exceeded 100 percent office and hangar rental utilization due to Salley’s efforts. “As an aviation enthusiast to the core, I enjoy being able to walk out onto our FBO’s apron or hangar during the day, being surrounded by aircraft operations,” Salley said. “Routinely working with corporate aircraft, passenger & cargo airlines during the recent hurricane and even NASA during the summer have allowed me to be part of unique operations that I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of.” “Our industry has a knack for guiding you to a place where you are needed the most and it’s usually not where you expected to be,” he said. “Through attending trade shows and receiving support from my fraternity I was able to land my first opportunities – always focusing on getting to know fascinating people and seeing how I can work with them or learn from them.” He also has helped National Jets transition their FBO software, launched a new company website, managed its charitable outreach and many other things in between. In addition to his job, he also volunteers for the South Florida Business Aviation Association and has become their board vice president. He previously was the regional sales manager for more than five years with Avinode. Continued online at Joseph D'Ascoli Joseph D’Ascoli is vice president of special operations for Global Elite Group Inc. He’s responsible for overseeing the special operations department’s field activities, command center and administration staff. D’Ascoli provides the daily supervision of staff at all levels while coordinating client demands with operational logistics. He manages long term planning, budget evaluations and client security strategies. D’Ascoli manages the daily challenges that arise from the complex and varied services Global Elite Group provides. “I just want to help make a difference and create a safe environment for passengers, our coworkers, the other people who work in the airport community and ensure that everyone is able to do these things without having fear, without having to be hyper focused on security,” he said. “After every major aviation attack or terrorist incident or breakdown, somewhere along the line, everyone becomes hyper focused. “My goal is to help provide the best trained staff out there to provide the best services so that we can head off and prevent these kinds of attacks.” Clients rely on D’Ascoli and his department to deliver specialized services in the realm of threat and risk assessments. This includes security logistical support, technology integration and support, specialized guard services including physical protection and training for clients and partners. Many of the complex projects Global is involved with call for providing support in areas around the globe that may be in turmoil. This takes a very detailed approach. D’Ascoli and his team negotiate and troubleshoot diplomatic, regional, local and diverse business conflicts while ensuring client safety. “Air travel brings people together, this unbelievable feat of human ingenuity is often overlooked,” he said. “By being surrounded by it daily, it allows immersion into alternate cultures, psychology of thought and reaching people who live literally on the other side of the world.” D’Ascoli’s innovative approach addresses safety related concerns by initiating a thorough review of all components of the operation that could affect the outcome or future operational involvement. He implements a sound approach to ensure all components of the operation have been addressed, improved where needed and areas where failures are possible, reworked. He is valued for his ability to spot and address problems before they happen and reverse the course should a situation arise. Other areas of innovation where D’Ascoli excels is integrating the newest technology and pairing it with the services the company offers. He is always looking for new ways to improve processes through technology and best practices. He is a fervent study of threat identifiers which may hamper any project, and researches industry best practices, always looking for improvement. Continued online at

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