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Grant Sutherlin

Director of Sales and Acquisitions

As the second generation of AirMart, Grant has been in general aviation his entire life. True to his passion for flying, Grant soloed on his 16th birthday - before getting his driver's license - and has been flying for more than 20 years. He is a commercial, instrument and multi-engine rated pilot.

Grant brings a background in finance and talent for negotiation to the family tradition of aircraft sales. He and his wife Kim took the reins to AirMart in 2003.

As Director of Sales and Acquisitions, Grant works hard to stay one step ahead of the general aviation marketplace. Understanding what airplanes can be bought and sold for is critical for an inventory dealer. Grant knows that the information needed to make marketable acquisitions and to represent our clients well does not simply come from loading up the latest appraisal software. It comes from putting in the hours, asking the right questions and listening to the voice of experience.

What Grant likes best about working with AirMart is that he has the opportunity to share his true passion with others. "It's not like work when I get to do what I love every single day." He specializes in Beechcraft and Piper.

When Grant isn't following aircraft trends or making acquisitions, he is usually biking, swimming, or running. He also enjoys water skiing on Lake Cumberland and flying remote control airplanes. Originally from Somerset, Kentucky, Grant lives in Lexington with Kim and their two children.

Quote to live by: "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." ~ Henry Ford

Contact Grant:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Mobile: (859) 533-9399
Grant@airmart.com

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Kim Sutherlin

Director of Marketing and Administration

Business management and creative writing may not seem like complementary pursuits. Kim Sutherlin has a passion for both. She studied English/Communications before beginning her professional career with the Marriott Corporation. After several years in big-box corporate management, Kim started and then sold her own advertising and web design company. She also holds a Kentucky real estate license which has proven helpful in negotiating and writing aircraft purchase agreements.

As Director of Marketing and Administration, Kim is responsible for AirMart's overall marketing strategies, including public relations and social media. She is the company liaison for employee, tax, and legal communications, and ensures AirMart's client agreements are clear, concise, and up to date.

What Kim likes best about AirMart is listening to the stories each customer has to tell. She especially enjoys learning from entrepreneurs who through the spirit of perseverance have recreated themselves many times over.

When she's not revising contract language or brainstorming new marketing avenues, Kim values the time she spends with her children. She is an avid reader, amateur photographer, and aqua-bike enthusiast. Originally from Chicago, Kim lives in Lexington with Grant and their two children.

Quote to live by: "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." ~ Maya Angelou

Contact Kim:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Kim@airmart.com


Tom Ferguson

Director of Aircraft Maintenance

Tom Ferguson has been flying since 1980. He holds an Airframe and Power Plant License (A&P) as well as a Commercial Pilot's License from Moody Aviation. Tom also holds an Inspection Authorization (IA) and is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and has a degree in Software Development from Samford University. 

Tom's aviation experience is impressively diverse. He is a master troubleshooter and problem solver. Tom spent 10 years as a pilot and mechanic for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) where he started a new flight program for humanitarian aid work in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tom also served as a bush pilot and director of maintenance for MAF in Afghanistan, Pakistan and in Lesotho, Africa. Here in the states, Tom spent 10 years as the director of maintenance for a Certified Cessna Service Center before coming on board with AirMart.

What Tom likes best about aviation is taking young people flying for the first time and watching their excitement as they discover the wonderful world of flight. When he's not flying, Tom enjoys camping and restoring antique aircraft. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Tom lives in Lexington with his wife of 25 years. He has three grown children and one beautiful new grandchild born in 2016.

Tom says the best part about working in an aircraft sales organization is meeting new people every day. 

Quote to live by: "My life is my message." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Contact Tom:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Mobile: (859) 421-7666
Tom@airmart.com


Paul Cannon

Sales Executive

Paul brings more than seven years of experience in sales to the AirMart team. His Internet sales background encompasses the automotive, insurance and antiques industries. Most recently, Paul maintained the website for one of the fastest-growing Chrysler dealerships in Kentucky.  Paul developed his knowledge of the aircraft market through his experience with AirMart as an inside sales associate. We were pleased when Paul said he was ready to take on the challenge of being a sales executive. He has proven himself to be a hard-working team player, in touch with the needs of our customers.

Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Paul grew up in Lexington and has a Fine Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University. When he's not reaching out to customers, Paul enjoys fishing and is a Kentucky Basketball fan. Paul is currently working toward his private pilot's license.

What Paul likes best about AirMart is the fast-paced environment and the opportunity to interact with the exciting world of general aviation.

Quote to live by: "If you can dream it, you can do it."  Walt Disney

Contact Paul:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell:  (859) 533-7608
Paul@airmart.com

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Adam Mabry

Sales Executive

Being a pilot has taken Adam many places before landing in Lexington as home.  Originally from Morehead, KY, Adam got his first taste of general aviation after shadowing a pilot in middle school. He never looked back. Adam went on to earn his BA at Morehead State and has done all types of flying in many different places.  Using his Commercial Multi-Instrument certification, Adam has been a commercial airline pilot, a charter pilot, and even a skydive pilot.

Adam’s diverse aviation experience enables him to advise each customer on which aircraft best suits their mission.  He enjoys meeting new people and connecting them with the right plane.

When Adam is not taking a customer on a demo flight or connecting with new leads, he enjoys traveling in his personal Mooney and exploring new cities.

Quote to live by:  “The greatest adventure lies ahead.”  J. R. R. Tolkien

Contact Adam:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell:  (859) 421-8057
adam@airmart.com

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Bob Flannery

Sales Executive

Bob has been flying for 33 years. He attended University of Iowa and National American University in Sioux Falls, earning an ASBA. After over 20 successful years in sales, consultation and management, he returned to his love of aviation. Bob moved Lexington in 2017 by way of South Dakota to join the Airmart team where his combined skills could be best utilized. He fit right in and has since grown to be an integral part of our company.

Bob has three children. A son, a step son and daughter as well as 3 grandchildren.  When he isn’t flying and making airplane owner’s dreams come true, he can be found riding his Harley Davidson in the beautiful rolling backroads of the Bluegrass. He also enjoys hunting and shooting sports. It’s safe to say that Bob is no stranger to adrenaline!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone with Bob’s impressive level of knowledge in aviation and equally impressive sales background as a Sales Executive within the Airmart family!

Quote to live by: “You can get everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.”- Zig Ziglar

Contact Bob:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell:  (859)-533-9444
bflannery@airmart.com

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Zac Williams

Sales Associate

Zac Williams brings over 15 years of sales experience to our team.  Before joining AirMart Zac spent his days helping people find their dream high end car.  Now he is helping our clients to find the perfect Aircraft.

In his spare time Zach likes to spend his time with his family & friends, attending airshows and playing golf.  While Zach maintains an interest in cars, his first love has always been aviation and the freedom and speed it gives you. 

Zac is married with one daughter and is originally from Charlotte, NC.  He has two dogs Bosco and Lola at home so he really enjoys having AirMart’s resident dogs Baron and Carly at the office every day. 

Zac says the best thing about working at AirMart is the people, the planes and the amazing view of the runway. 

Quote to live by: “Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.”  ~Michael Jordan

Contact Zac:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Zac@airmart.com


Joni Hunt

Office Manager

Joni brings years of aviation and administration knowledge and skills to our team.  She is a notary an A&P Mechanic and is currently studying to become a pilot. 

Joni earned her A&P Mechanic’s license from Tennessee Technology and spent many years working on commercial planes.  While life took her away from aviation for a period she was excited when presented with an opportunity to join the AirMart team and rejoin the General Aviation world she has always loved. 

Joni’s love of Aviation was developed early in life flying with her Dad.  Her favorite aircraft is a Globe Swift, although she has a special love of all tail draggers.  Joni says that flying makes her feel totally free and at peace. 

Joni likes to stay active. She enjoys hiking, bike riding and yoga but her favorite activity is trail running through the woods.  Joni enjoys music, playing both the piano and guitar, and attending live music events regularly.  She loves to read and travel as well.  Joni has one son and like most of us at AirMart, is an animal lover with her own cats and dogs at home. 

Quote to live by:  “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but it has not solved one yet.” ~Maya Angelou

Contact Joni:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Joni@airmart.com


Austin Bourland

Aircraft Mechanic

Austin Bourland has always had a love for airplanes. Austin says that no matter how often he flies, the instant excitement of it never gets old. That love of aviation definitely shows in Austin’s work as Aircraft Mechanic. We are proud to welcome him to our Aircraft Inventory Management team where he works under Tom Ferguson.

Austin holds an Airframe and Power Plant License (A&P) from Somerset Community College in Somerset, KY and is looking forward to earning his Inspection Authority (IA) certification soon.

When he isn’t troubleshooting magnetos or changing exhaust systems, Austin enjoys fitness and outdoor activities like backpacking, camping, and fishing. Austin is also working toward his private pilot's license. We are proud to announce that Austin soloed this summer in a Diamond DA40!

What Austin likes best about working with AirMart is the positive people and atmosphere which he says makes doing a job he loves that much better.

Quote to live by: “In the end, it is not the things we did that we regret, it is the things we did not do.” 

Contact Austin:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Austin@airmart.com


Robert Crawford

Aircraft Mechanic

Robert’s interest in flying took root from a grass airstrip built by his grandfather.  A Cessna 152, 172 and a T-34 were the first aircraft Robert spent time flying with his father.  After pursuing other career opportunities, Robert returned to his love of aviation and earned his A&P Mechanic License and an Associate’s degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Somerset Community College.

Robert was born and raised in Brodhead, KY, and now calls Lexington home.  Whether it’s fly fishing, mountain biking, or camping, Robert can usually be found outdoors when he is not maintaining aircraft at AirMart.  Robert also enjoys flying drones.  He finds the freedom and excitement of flight his favorite part of aviation.

Robert’s enjoys the challenge of working with the diverse inventory that lands in AirMart’s hangar. It's not just his favorite part of working in aircraft sales: it’s also why he is an integral part of the AirMart Aircraft Maintenance team.

Quote to live by:  “The repairing or rebuilding of an airplane, or of a man, doesn’t depend upon the condition of the original.  It depends upon the attitude with which the job is taken.”  Richard Bach

Contact Robert:

Office: (859) 233-9399
robert@airmart.com


Zach Coffaro

Aircraft Detail Specialist

Zach Coffaro is AirMart’s resident detail specialist and facilities coordinator. Born and raised in Northern Kentucky’s Crestview Hills, flight has always interested Zach and led him to a higher education in aviation. Through studying Professional Flight and Multi Engine Land at Eastern Kentucky University, he earned an Aviation B.S. degree and is also a certified instrument and multi-engine private and single and multi-engine commercial pilot. Zach enjoys seeing the world from high above and especially loves landings.

Zach and his fiancée just welcomed their first child to the world. Our entire Airmart family can attest to her being an absolutely adorable baby! When he isn’t working hard here at Airmart and perfecting the vast skills of new fatherhood, he loves to go snow and wakeboarding.

One of Zach’s favorite past times is detailing, handling and flying different planes and that is exactly why he flourishes in the fast paced, ever changing environment of AirMart’s  maintenance department. His passion for aviation and respect for the aircraft is evident in the undivided attention that he pays each and every plane he touches. 

Quote to live by: “It doesn’t matter the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog.” -Mark Twain.

Contact Zach:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Zach@airmart.com


Matt Gabbard

Advertising Coordinator, Ferry Pilot and CFII

We are thrilled to have someone with Matt's creative and aviation background fill the role of Advertising Coordinator. Matt has been flying for more than two decades and is a CFII. His knowledge of different aircraft and avionics is helpful in writing complete and comprehensive listings. Matt's history with AirMart spans two generations. 

As Advertising Coordinator, Matt makes sure all of our aircraft are advertised in a timely and accurate manner. He is a talented photographer who shoots and edits photos and video of the planes in our care. Matt also uses his skills as a CFII to ferry aircraft, provide occasional customer training and to train AirMart employees who are working toward their private pilot's licenses. What Matt likes best about working with AirMart is being around great airplanes, great people and learning new things every day.

Originally from Lexington, Matt earned his BA from Georgetown College and his Master of Music from the University of Louisville. He enjoys traveling, history and astronomy. He uses his musical background to compose choral and instrumental music in his free time. Matt currently lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.

Quote to live by: "Whatever you are, be a good one." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Contact Matt:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Matt@airmart.com


Brandon Hicks

Corporate Accountant

Brandon Hicks joins us as our Corporate Accountant.  After years of working in the banking industry Brandon was ready for a new adventure. 

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Brandon earned his B.A. in Accounting from Morehead State University.  In his spare time, Brandon likes to watch college basketball and football.  Brandon has a Great Dane at home that he loves to play with and take for walks. 

What Brandon likes most about working at AirMart is the friendly high energy team environment.  

Quote to live by: "The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well."  ~ John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Contact Brandon:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Brandon@airmart.com


Annie Gunning

Contracts & Closings / Travel Coordinator

A true Lexington native, Annie brings southern hospitality and knowledge of our region to our office.  Whether you are looking for a particular department at AirMart, or a great restaurant while visiting Kentucky, she will point you in the right direction. 

Annie has always enjoyed flying and could be found flying alone to visit her grandparents every summer as a child.  She remembers cockpit visits and the excitement of an autonomous adventure.  She continues to love the speed and learning the advances that the industry develops.

Annie lives in Lexington with her family and children.  She is our resident Zelda expert and avid movie buff.  She is a vocal advocate for ocean preservation, protection, and sustainability. 

Quote to live by:  “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”  Hunter S. Thompson

Contact Annie:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Annie@airmart.com


Kelle Neal

Corporate Communications Specialist

Kelle knows a thing or two about traveling; being in an army family means she has moved many times.  She calls upon her calm, competent demeanor to assist clients, team members, and partners with a smile. 

Kelle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from the University of Kentucky.  Learning to fly has been something Kelle has always wanted to do, so she is excited about being a part of the general aviation community.  She looks forward to the adventure of flying solo and getting to see the world from a different point of view.

Kelle is an avid reader who has an interest in architecture and world travel. She is also a devoted animal lover (which office dogs Baron and Carly take full advantage of on a regular basis.) Kelle lives in Lexington with her husband and her adorable toddler. 

Quote to live by:  “Be soft.  Do not let the world make you hard.  Do not let the pain make you hate.  Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.  Take pride, that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”  Iain Thomas

Contact Kelle:

Office: (859) 233-9399
kelle@airmart.com


Baron Sutherlin, Dog

The AirMart office did not know it was missing this team member until Baron walked through the door in September 2014.  A natural leader- most find Baron's nap aerobics somewhat of an inspiration.  His ability to sleep anywhere is unrivaled.  His calm demeanor under pressure makes him a steady hand and an essential team member.

You can find Baron at the office most business days.  Beware of dog:  he may invite you for a nap.

Quote to live by: "A well-spent day brings happy sleep."  Leonardo da Vinci

Contact Baron:

Office: (859) 233-9399


Carly Sutherlin, Dog

Carly joined the AirMart team when it became apparent that Baron needed a companion.  Originally from a rescue, Carly has adjusted well to life with her forever family.  Although she is the sweetheart you can depend on, please know that she likes to announce when we have visitors. Rest assured her bark is louder than her lick (she is definitely a smoocher.)

Quote to live by:  "Being smarter than you look is better than looking smarter than you are."  ~Jeremy Clarkson (Not naming names or anything...*looks at Baron*)

 

Contact Carly:

Office: (859) 233-9399