Your Aircraft Sales and Acquisition Team.
Brad Harris is founder and CEO of Dallas Jet International. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aviation and Airway Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Pacsychology 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, Brad 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, Brad started an aircraft sales, consulting and brokerage company that is known today as Dallas Jet International. Brad 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, Brad parlays extensive hands-on knowledge and experience into clear results for his clientele. In addition to Brad 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 Brad 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 Brad 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. Brad currently sits on the Presidents Advisory Board at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Board of Directors at National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), the Customer Advisory Board at CAE Simuflite and is the Chairman Emeritus of the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), currently known as the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA).
Shawn Dinning is Senior Partner at Dallas Jet International. He 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 holds a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Shawn brings 24 years of aviation experience from a variety of aviation disciplines, including FAR 91, FAR 121, FAR 135, defense, and shared ownership sectors. Shawn enjoyed a successful professional piloting career from 1998 to 2006 and holds a current Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with multiple type ratings. He is type-rated in the Gulfstream V / G550 / G500 / G450 / G350, Bombardier CRJ-200, and Citation 510 Mustang. He has logged over 6000 flight hours, with 4000 of those hours in corporate turbine aircraft. With over $1 Billion of aircraft transacted, his reputation for intelligent, meticulous, and “client-first” management of aircraft transactions makes him one of the most respected aircraft brokers in the industry. He also specializes in aircraft mission analysis, aircraft valuations, and cash flow and operating cost analysis for turbine aircraft owners. Shawn is consulted in various publications and speaking engagements for issues related to turbine aircraft transactions. Shawn has held various board member roles in the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), and in 2022 was appointed as Chairman/President of IADA’s Aircraft Exchange, overseeing the exponential growth of IADA’s online marketplace. He is an IADA-certified aircraft broker and was one of the very first brokers in the industry worldwide to accomplish this certification. When he is not focused on buying and selling aircraft for his clients, you may still find Shawn at the airport, flying his own turbo Cirrus SR-22, or on-stage playing drums with his band.
Gretchen E. Braleygbraley@dallasjet.com
Gretchen Braley is the Director of Sales and Acquisitions at Dallas Jet International. Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began her aviation career as a system engineer for NASA on the Space Shuttle program, where she worked on the Return-to-Flight effort after the Columbia disaster. When a successful return-to-flight was accomplished with the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, Gretchen moved into the defense industry as an engineering manager on the F-35 production line at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. With the F-35 program in its infancy stages, Gretchen helped shape and design the efficiency and flow of the first fighter jet moving production line, allowing her to quickly become an expert on everything airplane. After spending several years in an engineering role, she took her aircraft technical knowledge and moved into aircraft sales on the F-16 program. There she spent almost a decade consulting potential foreign and domestic buyers and users to assist them in purchasing the most appropriate aircraft fleet and configuration for their mission and budget. She was a company leader in analyzing market trends and estimating the true value of various aircraft configurations and their associated maintenance requirements. Her aircraft technical expertise and successful track record of negotiating complex aircraft deals made her transition to private aviation a natural and exciting one. Gretchen brings to Dallas Jet a rich knowledge and enthusiasm in aviation and an astute ability to identify customer requirements and produce results; her primary focus is to be a valuable resource to her clients in the aircraft buying and selling processes.
Johnathan Wright is Executive Sales Director for Dallas Jet International, specializing in Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions. Johnathan served in the United States Air Force in Air Transportation and after his enlistment, his career continues in aviation with a focus on Corporate Aircraft. With technical expertise across Citation, Hawker, Dassault Falcon, and all Bombardier platforms, his operational experience rises above the competitors making him an invaluable asset in understanding the aircraft manufacturers, their models, and the changing market. Johnathan has a white glove approach to customer service with a sharp eye to detail methodology, enabling him to serve his clients like none other. Currently, he has over a decade in working directly with FAA Part 91, 135, and 145 Operators and FAA Repair Stations. During his tenure in the aircraft maintenance side of the business, Johnathan specifically trained and excelled in working with Aircraft Brokers and Dealers, managing their aircraft transactions through the pre-purchase experience. This included avionics upgrades, interior refurbishments, parts sourcing, scheduled maintenance, cabin managements systems, and mandatory FAA requirements for compliance. Johnathan is happily married, and in his free time enjoys playing country music around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Michael McMillan is Executive Sales Director for Dallas Jet International, specializing in business aircraft sales and acquisitions. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (and later a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University), Michael entered the business aviation industry as a demonstration pilot for Beech Aircraft Corporation. His career progressed into aircraft sales; enjoying years of award-winning sales performances consummating hundreds of aircraft transactions around the world. With significant experience in business travel evaluation and tax-benefits analysis for individual and fractional aircraft ownership, including the entire aircraft purchasing process, Michael brings a strong foundation to offer clients numerous value-packed options when considering the best solutions for their business and leisure travel needs. As a lifelong aviation enthusiast earning his Private Pilot Certificate while still in high school, Michael currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate nearing 10,000 flight hours and over 6,000 as pilot-in-command (PIC) of multi-engine turbine powered aircraft with type ratings in the Beechcraft King Air 350 and 1900. Additionally, he is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for Single-Engine, Multi-Engine, and Instrument fixed wing aircraft. Michael and his wife live in Fort Worth, TX where they enjoy family gatherings as well as their mutual love of golf at Ridglea Country Club and around the globe.
Lauren Harris is the Executive Sales Director & Aircraft Design Specialist at Dallas Jet International. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Design with minors in both Communication and Creative Problem Solving from Texas A&M University. Her passion for aviation and design began at an early age as she watched her parents in their careers, her father a pilot and airplane broker, and her mother an Interior Designer.
Lauren’s aviation career began in 2018 as an interior designer for GDC Technics, where she supported multiple deliveries for VVIP and Head of State programs, including 747’s, 777’s, 787’s, BBJ’s, Gulfstream, and other various aircraft. During her time as a designer, she acquired a deep appreciation and understanding of aircraft, their interiors, and the entire completion process. She worked directly with each customer throughout every stage of the aircraft cabin design process and provided an unrelenting focus on ensuring complete customer satisfaction.
In 2020, Lauren became the Aviation Sales Executive for Scott Group Studio selling custom carpet to refurbishment and completion centers worldwide. She exceeded desired sales outcomes by doubling the growth and revenue in the refurbishment market. Lauren’s ability to monitor market sectors and competitor’s activity allowed her to identify trends and opportunities that best suited her clients.
Lauren brings a unique design perspective to Dallas Jet International. Her passion for aviation is conveyed through an unparalleled dedication to the customer by providing the best experience possible during the buying, selling, or designing of their aircraft. Lauren currently resides in Dallas, Texas, and in her free time enjoys spending time cooking for and hosting family and friends, and loving on her Maine Coon, Simba.
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, including the company’s accounting tasks and contracts administration. Throughout the acquisition or sale of an aircraft, Heather acts as a liaison between aircraft brokers, clients, escrow companies and lenders. Heather manages the correspondence and deadlines in each transaction from start to finish. A native Texan, Heather lives in Fort Worth with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys time with her family, live music and is an avid fan of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys.
Brianne Konkle is the Director of Marketing and Client Relations at Dallas Jet International. Brianne holds a B.S. degree in Apparel Studies from the University of Arkansas, and has over ten years experience in visual brand management and client relations. Before entering the aviation industry, Brianne worked for big box retailers as a branding creative and launched several regionally successful visual marketing campaigns that served as a springboard for retail success. Brianne has become an invaluable asset to the Dallas Jet International team by taking her visual branding expertise and seamlessly applying it to the world of aviation. In addition to her marketing responsibilities, Brianne plays an integral role in client relations by guaranteeing every client's brokerage experience with Dallas Jet International is as luxurious as the aircraft they intend to buy or sell. Brianne lives in Dallas with her husband and son. In her spare time, Brianne enjoys volunteering through her church and within the Dallas/Fort-Worth community.
Lisa Carver is the Director of Market Intelligence at Dallas Jet International. After earning her A.A.S in Business at Richland College, she then entered the world of real estate. Lisa has an extensive background in real estate and title insurance, giving her a thorough understanding of market trends as well as the transaction process of buying and selling. In 2019, Lisa made the decision to complete her bachelor’s degree and in late 2020 began working part-time at Dallas Jet International as Executive Sales Support. Lisa recently graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning her B.A.A.S in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University. In her time with Dallas Jet International, her proven determination, commitment, and focus on all her endeavors is an asset to the team. Lisa’s dedication to problem solving, attention to detail and analytics, along with her strong transactional background gives her a leg up in the competitive business jet marketplace and enables Dallas Jet International to continually find the best aircraft in both price and quality for its clients. Lisa lives in Flower Mound, Texas with her husband, two sons and two rescue dogs. When she is not immersed in the business of aviation, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.
Rob Kelly is Vice President of Management and Training at Dallas Jet International, LP. Rob 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. Rob 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, Rob was instrumental in forming Dallas Jet Internationals, Crew Sourcing and Training Division. As Managing Partner along with Brad Harris in the Crew Sourcing and Training Division, Dallas Jet International, LP has secured a long-term contract with the leading crew training provider. Rob oversees Dallas Jet International's network of over 190 pilots, mechanics & flight attendants, spanning over 36 managed flight departments. Rob'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. Gil’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. Gil is certainly our firm’s most valuable asset in mitigating the risk that comes with an aircraft pre-purchase inspection. Throughout a career spanning over twenty years in the arena of corporate aviation maintenance and technical operations, Gil 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. Gil 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 International 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.