Executive Bios

Edsel B. Ford II - Chairman & Owner

Edsel-B-Ford-IIMr. Ford is the sole owner of Pentastar Aviation. He is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, and continues his family’s aviation legacy through his passion for aviation and leadership of Pentastar Aviation. Mr. Ford began his career at Ford Motor Company in January 1974. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Ford Motor Credit Company in May 1991 and elected an officer of Ford Motor Company in 1993. In 1988, Mr. Ford was elected to the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company and, as a consultant, he is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations.

Gregory J. Schmidt - President & Chief Executive Officer

Greg-SchmidtAs President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Schmidt is responsible for the overall performance, strategic direction, and long-term growth of Pentastar Aviation. He also currently serves as Chairperson on the Board of Directors for the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) after serving two years as Treasurer. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, responsible for Pentastar's financial affairs and the legal, risk management, IT, purchasing and contract management functions. In the decade prior to joining Pentastar Aviation, Mr. Schmidt held numerous leadership roles with Pulte Homes, Inc.; during his tenure, where he served as the President of Pulte Homes of Ohio and also as Manager on the Corporate Asset Management Committee, overseeing capital investments across the U.S. Mr. Schmidt also serves as Secretary and Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Center for Success, a non-profit organization focused on providing educational support and life skills training to children in the cities of Pontiac and Detroit, Michigan.

Brad Bruce - Executive Vice President of Maintenance and Sales

Brad-BruceWith 15 years of industry experience, Mr. Bruce has lead business development and strategic direction for full-service business aviation corporations where he has held a variety of positions including Vice President of Flight and Sales. He specializes in aircraft management and air carrier operations under FAR part 121, 125, and 135 requirements. Mr. Bruce served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aircraft technician on Cobra and Huey helicopters. Prior to joining Pentastar Aviation, he was General Manager of Aircraft Management and Charter for Landmark Aviation.

Robert T. Sarazin - Vice President FBO Services

Bob-SarazinMr. Sarazin has an aviation career spanning over 37 years. He has worked in various positions of increasing responsibility at Pentastar Aviation for more than 32 of those years. Mr. Sarazin has managed multiple FBO locations and has managed ground handling for numerous dignitaries, including Air Force One for two presidents. Mr. Sarazin has overseen large aircraft handling for entertainers, professional sports teams and intercontinental shuttle flights. He currently oversees all Fixed Base Operations, Pentastar Aviation Facilities, as well as Pentastar Aviation’s onsite FiveStar Gourmet Catering.

Michael L. Baker - Vice President of Safety & Compliance

Mike-BakerMr. Baker began his career with Pentastar Aviation in 1982 as a licensed A&P Mechanic. Since then he has held a multitude of positions with increasing responsibility including FAA/EASA Accountable Manager for Pentastar’s Repair Station Operations and Managing Director of Maintenance for Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. As Vice President of Safety & Compliance, Mr. Baker is responsible for primary administrative oversight and fostering strategic planning/leadership in the areas of companywide regulatory conformance, quality control/assurance, internal technical publications, health safety and environmental (HSE), safety management system (SMS) and emergency response plan (ERP).

Danny Clifton - Vice President Flight Operations

Danny-CliftonMr. Clifton was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and served in the USAF for more than 24 years, flying T-38s and A-10s. He has an additional two years of experience as a line pilot and three years as a chief pilot for Airborne Express, where he flew the DC-8 and DC-9. Mr. Clifton also served as Vice President and Director of Operations for the flight operations departments at Kitty Hawk Aircargo in Dallas, TX for more than three years and USA Jet Airlines at Willow Run, MI for more than two years. In his current role, Mr. Clifton oversees all flight operations activity at Pentastar, including the Operations Control Center (operating 24/7).

Patricia A. Zikakis - Vice President Human Resources

Patty-ZikakisMs. Zikakis is responsible for driving the strategy and supporting initiatives to attract, motivate, develop and retain world-class talent in support of Pentastar Aviation’s business goals and objectives. Prior to joining Pentastar Aviation, she held human resource positions with SelectCare, First of America, Manufacturer’s Bank, Bank of Oklahoma and Marshall Field and Co. in Chicago.

Mark E. Schenkel - Controller

Edsel-B-Ford-IIMr. Schenkel has responsibility for leading the finance & accounting and information technology teams at Pentastar Aviation and Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. Prior to joining Pentastar Aviation, Mr. Schenkel held financial management positions with companies in the industrial services and automotive supplier sectors. He began his career in public accounting and is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Douglas Levangie - Vice President of Maintenance Operations & Advisory Services

Doug-LevangieMr. Levangie is a 35-year aviation industry veteran and currently the Vice President of Maintenance Operations & Advisory Services for Pentastar Aviation LLC. During his 30-year career with Pentastar, he has held various positions including A&P Technician, Lead Technician, Shift Supervisor and Director of Maintenance. Mr. Levangie has a diverse range of corporate jet experience and is well-versed in Gulfstream, Cessna, Hawker, and Bombardier product lines with significant hands-on experience. In his current position, Mr. Levangie is involved with all facets of customer aircraft transactions. His responsibilities include aircraft operational and maintenance budget projections, aircraft technical appraisals, and aircraft refurbishment planning and management. He is also a Certified Aircraft Appraiser and an active member of NAAA. Mr. Levangie has experience coordinating aircraft transactions with the aircraft buyer, seller and repair stations. He has an understanding of FAA and foreign regulations and has managed over two dozen transactions/refurbishment projects in the past five years.

Gary Roberts - Director of Quality Control and Assurance

Gary-RobertsMr. Roberts began his aviation career in 1976, working as an A&P mechanic. He joined Pentastar Aviation in 1990 as an Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor and was promoted to Director of Quality Control in 2004. Mr. Roberts assumed the additional responsibilities of Director of Quality Assurance for Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. (PACI) in 2007. His responsibilities include managing the repair station’s quality control department and overseeing quality assurance systems for the PACI maintenance organization.

Kip Catlin - Chief Pilot

Kip-CatlinMr. Catlin joined Pentastar Aviation in 2012 as Chief Pilot. His over 31 years of experience includes working as a corporate pilot, airline captain, charter pilot and Director of Operations and General Manager of an on- demand air charter and FBO operation in central Michigan. Mr. Catlin is responsible for overseeing the activities of roughly 40 crew members.

Cory Flatoff - Director of Safety

Cory FlatoffMr. Flatoff joined Pentastar Aviation in 2012 with over 25 years of corporate and charter aviation experience. His is responsible for directing, organizing, developing, and maintaining Pentastar Aviation’s proprietary Safety Management System (SMS). Mr. Flatoff also maintains a line position flying the Gulfstream V.