With over two decades of experience in creating highly innovative air carriers in ways that have improved air travel for millions, Alex Wilcox now serves as CEO of JetSuite – a private jet airline which launched operations in 2009. In co-founding JetSuite in 2008, Alex brought new technology and unprecedented value to an industry in dire need of it. JetSuite is a launch customer for the Embraer Phenom 100, an airplane twice as efficient and more comfortable than other jets performing its missions. Also a founder of JetBlue, Alex was a driving force behind many airline industry changing innovations, including the implementation of LiveTV on board and all leather coach seating. Alex was also named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute and is a member of the Southern California chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
With a background that spans over a decade in the financial services and management consulting industries, Keith Rabin has served as President of JetSuite since its 2009 inception. Prior to co-founding JetSuite, Keith was a Partner at New York based hedge fund Verity Capital, where he was responsible for portfolio management and the development of Verity’s sector shorting strategy. Previously, he worked as a management consultant focused on corporate strategy for The Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte Consulting in diverse industries including transportation, financial services, industrial and consumer goods. At Boston Consulting Group, Keith was selected for the prestigious Ambassador Program and was posted to Zurich for one year. His startup experience includes developing the business plan and launching a KKR funded procurement company, where he focused on strategy and business development. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where the Office of the President named him a Fleet Scholar. He graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an MBA focused on Finance and Strategy from Columbia Business School.
Michael Bata has spent the past 20 years leading and directing work forces and divisions, with positions including Founder and CEO of WorldWide Aero Consulting Services, Chief Operations Officer of Vueling Airlines and Director of Maintenance at Southwest Airlines. At Barcelona-based Vueling Airlines, Bata successfully led the operational teams including Pilots, Flight Attendants, Maintenance & Engineering, Ground Operations, Operations Control Center and Dispatch, as well as Office and Administration personnel of a fast-growing, newly-established company. Prior to Vueling, Bata progressed from Aircraft Mechanic to Director of Maintenance at Southwest Airlines, where he oversaw the largest department in maintenance which included the Western Hemisphere Maintenance and Engineering. Michael is married and has two children, both boys one 24 years and one 9 years old.
Brian Coulter served as a General Duties-Pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and retired as a Squadron Leader after nearly 16 years of service. He flew helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, was a member of the formation aerobatic team, and was decorated with the Air Force Cross. Upon his departure from the Air Force, Brian was a Boeing-737 Captain and Director of Safety at Air South Airlines. Later, he became a startup member at WinAir Airlines and then JetBlue Airways, where he wrote a number of the early technical publications for flight operations and led JetBlue’s pioneering use of electronic flight bags. Brian was JetBlue’s Director of Flight Standards for five years, and held the number one seniority position as an Airbus A320 Captain for eight years. At JetSuite, Coulter is responsible for the conduct of all flight operations.