Your Aircraft Sales and Acquisition Team.
Brad Harris is founder and CEO of Dallas Jet International. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aviation and Airway Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. Mr. Harris entered the aviation industry in 1989 as a corporate pilot for a Fortune 500 corporation. In 1993, he started a successful aircraft leasing and renting company that expanded to a successful aircraft management company in 1994. In 1993, Mr. Harris began his aircraft sales career and, in a very rapid fashion, became one of the most highly respected aircraft brokers in the World. In 1994, Mr. Harris started an aircraft sales, consulting and brokerage company that is known today as Dallas Jet International. Mr. Harris is a current airline transport pilot who is type-rated in ten (10) different jet aircraft including the Gulfstream 550, 450, 350, GV, GIV, GIII, GII, Hawker, Falcon, Citation, Beechjet, Lockheed Jetstar II, Diamond Jet and King Air 300/350. In the many different aircraft markets, Mr. Harris parlays extensive hands-on knowledge and experience into clear results for his clientele. In addition to Mr. Harris maintaining a career focus on aircraft sales, he also has extensive experience in aviation consulting and management. Included on his client list are several clients for whom Mr. Harris and his firm have set up flight departments, consisting of aircraft crewing, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance and aircraft operating budgets. What most people do not know about Mr. Harris is that he possesses significant entrepreneurial experience in real estate and commercial insurance. This business experience, combined with his unparalleled experience in all facets of corporate aviation, has been the foundation of success for Dallas Jet International and its clients. Mr. Harris currently sits on the Advisory Board for General Electric Capital Corporation, Presidents Advisory Board at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Customer Advisory Board at CAE Simuflite. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) as Chairman Emeritus.
Shawn Dinning is currently Senior Partner at Dallas Jet International. Mr. Dinning acquired his formal education at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the areas of Operations Research and Management Science and also holds a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Dinning brings 18 years of aviation experience from a variety of aviation disciplines, including FAR 91, FAR 121, FAR 135, defense, and shared ownership sectors. A former full-time professional pilot, Mr. Dinning holds a current Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, and is type-rated in the Gulfstream V / G550 / G500 / G450 / G400 / G350 / G300, Bombardier CRJ-200, and Citation 510 Mustang. He has logged over 5500 flight hours, with 3500 of those hours in corporate turbine aircraft. Mr. Dinning has been consulted in publications such as Business & Commercial Aviation on various issues related to turbine aircraft transactions. Mr. Dinning brings to Dallas Jet International a rare and highly valuable skill set of operational and business acumen, and has become a leader in the professional marketing and procurement of corporate turbine aircraft all around the globe. He also specializes in aircraft mission analysis, aircraft valuation, and cash flow and operating cost analysis for private aircraft owners. Mr. Dinning has a track record of successful transactions that is well known amongst his clients and colleagues. His reputation for intelligent and meticulous management of aircraft transactions have made him one of the most respected aircraft brokers in the industry.
Heather Croker is the Director of Corporate Operations and Transactions at Dallas Jet International. After receiving her BBA in Marketing from Tarleton State University, Heather began her career in corporate aviation as a flight scheduler and executive assistant. She has extensive experience in domestic and international corporate travel with a variety of aircraft. Since 2005, Heather has worked closely with CEO, Brad Harris to expand her knowledge in the ever-changing world of aviation. Heather fills a pivotal role within the company as she oversees virtually every aspect of the firm’s day-to-day business objectives. She is responsible for the company’s contracts administration, marketing efforts, accounting tasks and client relations. A native Texan, Heather and her husband, Trent enjoy live music events and are avid fans of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys.
Pete A. Mendez, Jr. is the Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions. Pete bring to Dallas Jet International a 37-year career in business aviation with an extremely impressive combination of aviation sales experience and business jet technical expertise. This experience has translated into immediate and impressive results for Dallas Jet International clientele. Pete began his career in business aviation as an aircraft technician for KC Aviation, a renowned aircraft repair and modification facility. Throughout his 13 years as an FAA certified jet technician, Pete worked on over 20 different business jet airframes, to include Gulfstream, Hawker, Dassault Falcon, Bombardier Challenger and Lockheed Jetstar models, to name a few. In 1993, Pete transitioned into the distinguished role of KC Aviation Product Sales, and subsequently Gulfstream Aerospace Product Support Sales in 1999, where he worked with soe of the largest flight departments in the world, assisting them in developing impactful and cost-effective maintenance solutions for their business aircraft fleets. Pete has had extensive training in aviation sales and business jet maintenance, and even maintains an FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license. Throughout his aviation sales career, Pete was named Top Divisional Salesman and was a constant presence in the top 5 salesme within his business unit. Pete's technical and aviation knowledge and dedication to his clients make him a valued asset to Dallas Jet International and its discerning clientele.
Samson Whitfield is the Director of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions at Dallas Jet International. Samson graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration. Samson's career in aviation began in 2009 when he joined the Dallas Jet International team as the lead market researcher. Samson is an active member of NARA (National Aircraft Resale Association) and currently serves on the Communications Committee. Samson has formed trusted relationships with financial advisors, brokers and pilots, which allows him to better serve his clients. Professionalism and integrity are at the foundation of all that Samson accomplishes. His up-to-the-minute, "below-the-surface" intelligence of market conditions and market history allows Dallas Jet International to maintain a significant competitive advantage over other aircraft brokerage firms. Samson along with his wife, Barbara and daughter, Brooklyn reside in Fort Worth, Texas where they enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, sports events and spending time on the water.
Rob Kelly is Vice President of Management and Training at Dallas Jet International, LP. Mr. Kelly received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Science & Business Management from Salem State University. His entire 20-year aviation career has been in the corporate aviation sector, specializing in corporate flight department management and consulting, spending 15 years as Director of Aviation in corporate flight department for professional MLB Baseball, NHL Hockey and European English Premier Soccer Teams. Mr. Kelly holds a current Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, and is type rated in the Gulfstream 550, 450, 350, V, GIV, GIII, GII, Learjet and Citation 550/500 aircraft. He has logged over 10,000 hours in corporate turbine aircraft and currently flies over 350 hours annually on the Gulfstream 550 & 450. Along with a solid aircraft sales and management background, Mr. Kelly was instrumental in forming Dallas Jet Internationals, Crew Sourcing and Training Division. As Managing Partner along with Mr. Harris in the Crew Sourcing and Training Division, Dallas Jet International, LP has secured a long-term contract with the leading crew training provider. Mr. Kelly oversees DJI’s network of over 190 pilots, mechanics & flight attendants, spanning over 36 managed flight departments. Mr. Kelly’s integrity and passion to put the client first, is what you can expect and receive from Dallas Jet International.
Gil Rodriguez is one of the most talented experts in the world of aircraft maintenance and technical consulting. Mr. Rodriguez’s primary role at Dallas Jet International is to oversee all phases of the pre-purchase inspections and technical evaluations that our client aircraft are undergoing. Mr. Rodriguez is certainly our firm’s most valuable asset in mitigating the risk that comes with an aircraft pre-purchase inspection. Throughout a career spanning 19 years in the arena of corporate aviation maintenance and technical operations, Mr. Rodriguez has been noted for being highly knowledgeable and unshakeable in demanding the finest maintenance and technical oversight for those employing him. His considerable experience includes hands-on maintenance and supervision of a multitude of aircraft models, including Cessna Citation, Gulfstream III, Gulfstream IV, Gulfstream V, Learjet 20/30/50/60, Hawker 700/800, Falcon 20, Falcon 50, JetStar II, and King Air 90/100/200/350 aircraft. Mr. Rodriguez’s is currently Superintendent of Aircraft Maintenance and is responsible for and maintains a Gulfstream IVSP, for one of the most successful companies in Texas. He currently works on a Gulfstream V. As a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), he values continuing education and has diligently maintained his schooling in some of the finest maintenance-training providers in the world, including Flight Safety International and CAE Simuflite. Dallas Jet clients can rest assured that the aircraft asset which they are buying, selling, or appraising is being scrutinized and protected by one of the industry’s best technical professionals.