Shye Gilad

Department

Leadership

Name

Shye Gilad

Position

Managing Partner

Hometown

Utica, NY

Why I love what I do

Until someone invents a time machine, there is no greater magic than private air travel

Hobbies & Activities

Meeting new people, learning new ideas, enjoying time with friends and family, technology, travel, music, reading, hiking, motorcycle touring

Julie O'Brien

Department

FBO/Flight Support

Name

Julie O’Brien

Position

General Manager

Hometown

Frederick, MD

Why I love what I do

There is a level of satisfaction that comes from helping people achieve their goals. Aviation is an amazing tool to assist other in their travel, business, leisure, and family needs.

Hobbies & Activities

Hiking, horses, camping, family, sports, travel, food & wine.

Tina Gray

Department

Core Services

Name

Tina Gray

Position

Controller

Hometown

Meyersdale, PA

Why I love what I do

I have worked at Leesburg Executive Airport for over 15 years. I like working in aviation because every day is different. It is nice to talk to all the customers.

Hobbies & Activities

I love spending time with my family. I like to take my two sons swimming and to the county park. We like riding four wheelers on our property and being outside.

Courtney DesMarais

Name

Courtney Desmarais

Position

Executive Administrator

Hometown

Utica, NY

Why I love what I do

I love being exposed to all different types of people from all over the world. I enjoy hearing about different adventures they’ve been on and being so close to the aircraft is pretty awesome to see.

Hobbies & Activities

I enjoy camping, crafting & cooking/baking occasionally. I love to spend time with my family and my pup. I’ve just moved here from Upstate NY, but while there I coached a Pop Warner Cheer team & taught a Tiny Tots dance class. My family holds a Golf scholarship scramble annually which I do enjoy and put a lot of time into.

Cristina Stipp

Name

Cristina Stipp

Hometown

Herndon, VA

Why I love what I do

I enjoy applying my years of hospitality experience to the aviation industry.

Hobbies & Activities

I love music, crafting and going on adventures with my two boys.

Dawn Schrammel

Name

Dawn Schrammel

Hometown

Herndon, VA

Why I love what I do

I enjoy making sure our clients have a wonder experience from the time they walk in to the time their trip is done. Its very important to me that we get to know and learn our clients so we are able to be proactive in all of their needs.

Hobbies & Activities

I love to go hiking with my family in Harpers Ferry, learning about the history and enjoying the beautiful scenery. I also like to go kayaking down the Shenandoah river. Spending time with my family and pups.

Andrew HEnson

Name

Andrew Henson

Hometown

Leesburg, VA

Why I love what I do

I like working in the aviation industry because it is changing constantly and no day is the same as the last!

Hobbies & Activities

While not working at ProJet you can find me playing golf, working at Monks BBQ, I’m also a student pilot working on becoming a professional pilot.

Helen Riordan

Name

Helen Riordan

Hometown

Ashburn, VA

Why I love what I do

I love meeting all the different kinds of people through aviation and hearing their experience and stories. Seeing all the aircraft landing and taking off makes me so excited, and I really enjoy all that goes into making that happen.

Hobbies & Activities

My hobbies include: soccer, football and track and field, love watching movies on Hulu or Netflix, love going to beach and travel.

Clint Koontz

Name

Clint Koontz

Hometown

Hagerstown, MD

Why I love what I do

Working at ProJet is an outstanding opportunity for networking, developing relationships, and meeting great people in an industry that I am working to one day join as a professional pilot myself.

Hobbies & Activities

I spend my time flying, sippin’ on good cups of coffee, and hanging with great friends.

Stephen Crouse

Name

Stephen Crouse

Hometown

Hamilton, VA

Why I love what I do

I love the variety of people you can meet, and I look forward to the opportunities that come along with that.

Hobbies & Activities

I am an avid photographer, I love working on cars, and enjoy the outdoors and being active!

Lilia McKinley

Name

Lilia McKinley

Hometown

I was born in Oxford, UK, but have grown up in Fairfax, VA.

Why I love what I do

I have grown up surrounded by an Air Force family, which naturally led to an interest in aviation. I get to meet so many amazing people and the opportunities in this industry are endless.

Hobbies & Activities

I spend a lot of my time swimming competitively, and when spring season comes around I love assistant coaching grades 1-6 lacrosse. When the chances arise, I am also always willing to go hiking, hang out with friends, or spend time at home relaxing.

Miles Dewey

Name

Miles Dewey

Hometown

Manassas, VA

Why I love what I do

Ever since I was a kid I had a fascination with planes as well as tinkering with things. As I got older and was able to drive, I was drawn to working on and modifying cars, so I combined those interests and decided to go to school to get my A&P license so I can work on planes for my career!

Hobbies & Activities

Work on cars, hiking, video games, hanging out with friends.

Tom McFadden

Name

Tom McFadden

Hometown

Northern Virginia

Why I love what I do

No two days are alike. Every morning I wake up eager to see what adventure the day brings, and what people I will get to meet today! It is exciting to get to work in a fast-paced environment, facing the challenge of ensuring every single guest arrives and leaves here feeling special because we provided them with industry standard-setting service and attention.

Hobbies & Activities

While aviation is my life, both as a Line Service Manager as well as a pilot, music is my passion which I pursue as a French Horn instrumentalist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, along with playing and singing at Church. In addition to this, I am an avid road-tripper, as well as nature enthusiast, disappearing to go camping as often as I can get away with it.

John Nickle

Name

John Nickle

Where I am from

Philippines

Why I love what I do

My Dad was in the United States Air Force, I like being around planes.

Hobbies & Activities

Martial arts and weight lifting

Ed Garcia

Name

Ed Garcia

Where I am from

Lima, Peru

Why I love what I do

I get to know all kind of people and see all models of aircraft

Levi Smith

Name

Levi Smith

Hometown

Danville, VA

Why I love what I do

Everyday I am amazed by the vast network that is air travel.

Hobbies & Activities

Flying, fishing, eating

Greg Essner

Name

Greg Essner

Hometown

Manassas, VA

Why I love what I do

I have always loved aviation since I was a kid growing up near a major airport. I enjoy working in aviation because it is something I’ve always wanted to do.

Hobbies & Activities

I volunteer to help out at school with rebuilding some aircraft as well as help out my community with any projects that might need to be done.

Ricardo Simmons

Name

Ricardo Simmons

Hometown

Washington, DC

Why I love what I do

I like being able to be so up close to cool aircraft I wouldn’t normally see.

Hobbies & Activities

I like to read and learn things related to building and fixing electronic components.

Walter Romano

Name

Walter Romano

Hometown

I was born in Winchester, MA but grew up in Gaithersburg, MD

Why I love what I do

I’ve been involved in aviation, in one form or another, since I was in college. I love that it gives people a different perspective on the world and that it serves as a means for literally bringing people from all walks of life, together.

Hobbies & Activities

If I’m not flying a plane, I’m jumping out of one. That is usually with Operation Enduring Warrior, a veteran and first responder non-profit organization that a few friends and I started about 10 years ago. When I’m not working one of my paying jobs I’m working with OEW.