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Brad Nojaim

FABA President

General Manager | Reliance Aviation

Brad Nojaim currently serves as the President and Board Member of the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA).  He is the President and General Manager of Reliance Aviation Miami LLC, an FBO located at Miami Executive Airport, a position he has held since 2009.  Prior to joining Reliance Aviation Miami LLC, he was the Real Estate Manager at AA Acquisitions, LLC at Opa Locka Airport.  Mr. Nojaim began his career as a commercial real estate agent with ComReal Miami.

Mr. Nojaim graduated from Florida International University with degrees in Finance, Management Information Systems, and Real Estate.  He resides in Miami with his wife and two daughters. 

Mike Quinn

FABA Vice President
General Manager | Atlas Aviation

Mike Quinn served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the United States Army as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He is actively the General Manager of Atlas Aviation's two locations at Peter O' Knight Airport in Tampa Florida and the Plant City Airport, Plant City Florida overseeing FBO, Flight School, and Commercial Maintenance operations.  He has been a part of FABA for 15 years on the board for 3 years. Mike has worked with jet fuel since 1996 with 20 years of General Aviation experience. Mike is originally from Oklahoma and has been living in Florida since 2000. He also holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

Sue Folkringa, CPA

FABA Treasurer

Aviation CPAs

Sue Folkringa is a Certified Public Accountant and has been specializing in 'Aviation Taxology' since 2008. She is a licensed pilot and proud owner-pilot of a Piper Comanche aircraft and flies gliders in her spare time. Sure completed her Masters of Taxation from Florida Atlantic University in 2015, and also hold an MBA - Accounting and Finance and a BBA - Accounting from Grand Valley State University. Additionally, Sue is an FAA CFI Certified Flight Instructor and FAA CFII Certified Instrument Instructor and provides training and endorsements to aspiring pilots. Sue has been a longstanding member of FABA and is excited to be on the Board of Directors. She brings a unique perspective to the organization's issues given her vast experience in aviation tax and accounting issues.  She is also a member of the NBAA Tax Committee and is a member of AOPA, EAA, AIPCA, FICPA, SFBAA and CalCPA.  She is a frequent presenter at NBAA Tax Conferences and other industry events. 

FABA Board Members and Committee Chairs

Chris Rosensteel

FABA  Past President

Area Director  | Signature Flight Support

Richard L. Richards

FABA Past President

Aviation Law | Richards Legal Group

Richard L. Richards, Esq. is an attorney partner with the Richards Legal Group and serves as Past-President and Board Member of FABA. Mr. Richards is an aviation law expert who is board certified by the Florida Bar in aviation law. The representative clients of the Richards Legal Group include FBO’s, aircraft owners, aircraft dealers, aircraft lessees, aircraft fuelers, and aircraft/engine repair stations in all aspects of aviation law including leases, sales contracts, liens, and lawsuits/FAA actions. Mr. Richards has over 26 years of experience in aviation law including private practice, vice president/general counsel for an airline, and airport counsel for an airport authority. Mr. Richards regularly lectures at aviation conferences and is an instructor of the aviation law board certification course for the Florida Bar. Mr. Richards is also very active in his community by being Scoutmaster of a local scout troop and serving on the boards of Kiwanis and his local church.

Jeff A. Kohlman

FABA Director

Managing Principal | Aviation Management Consulting Group

Jeff, a founding principal of Aviation Management Consulting Group (AMCG), has over 30 years of aviation planning, development, operations, management, and consulting experience with aviation businesses (FBOs and SASOs), airports, aviation associations, and aviation agencies. Prior to his consulting career, he managed KaiserAir’s Oakland and Los Angeles Jet Centers. Jeff has an undergraduate degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, Florida) and has taught senior-level aviation business management courses at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is an instrument rated private pilot and aircraft owner.

Jeff and AMCG have been active in FABA for approximately 20 years as a member and has been on the Board for the last 2 years. Having attended college in Florida, vacationed in Florida, and consulted with clients in Florida, Florida has become and is an important aviation state for Jeff and AMCG.

Jenny Showalter

FABA Director

Manager, Candidate Services | Aviation Personnel International

Jenny Showalter is a Florida native with more than two decades of business aviation experience. She joined the team at Aviation Personnel International in 2017 as the Manager of Candidate Services, and now serves in the role of Manager of Client Services. Jenny assists API’s team with aviation recruitment projects, handling everything from the intake of a new search project, to candidate identification and selection, to the offer and placement of a hired candidate within a Part 91 or 135 flight department. Jenny is also instrumental in the ongoing development, delivery and maintenance of API’s Outplacement program. In this capacity, she works directly with aviation leaders — and their corporate HR departments — to help outgoing team members prepare for the their next career move. Prior to joining API, Jenny served as the Executive Director for the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA), and remains a member of its board of directors. She also serves as a founding and current board member of the Central Florida Business Aviation Association (CFBAA). For 18 years previously, Jenny served as Customer Service Manager / Director of First Impressions for Showalter Flying Service, her family’s third-generation fixed-base operation.

Wesley Earl

FABA Director
Legislative Committee Chair

Sales Director | World Fuel Services, Inc.

Wesley Earl is Sales Director, Bulk Fuels, Business & General Aviation, for World Fuel Services, headquartered in Doral, Florida.   Prior to World Fuels Services, Wesley managed the aviation fuel sales for The Hiller Group Inc., a Chevron and Phillips 66 aviation fuel distributor, based in Tampa, Florida.  In December 2010, World Fuel Services acquired The Hiller Group, Inc.  Wesley has over 30-years sales and management experience as a fuel supplier to the Commercial, Business, and General Aviation industry.

Wesley grew up in West Palm Beach and lives in Tampa, Florida.  He earned his B.S. (1989) and M.B.A (1999) degrees at the University of Tampa and served in United States Marine Corps from 1983-1987.  He previously served on the Executive Advisory Council, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University FBO Management Certificate Program and has been a board member of the Florida Business Aviation Association (FABA) since 2016.  

Steven Popilek

FABA Director
Membership Committee Chair

SJ Aviation Consulting, Inc.

Colleen Conklin

FABA Director

Education Committee Chair

Director | Gaetz Aerospace Institute - ERAU

Dr. Colleen Conklin is an Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science as well as the Executive Director of the Gaetz Aerospace Institute at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. As Executive Director of the Institute, Dr. Conklin is responsible for the overall management and administration of programming. This past year 150 Secondary Schools, 261 teachers, and over 8,000 students participated in Gaetz programming. In total, the program has reached more than 30,000 students, including 16,000+ dual-enrolled students, since our program started in 2004. The Institute provides rigorous aerospace-based STEM-related courses that prepare students for college and careers in emerging industries such as Flight, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Robotics, Global Navigation Systems, and Commercial Space Operations. Professor Conklin has over 29 years in public education as a classroom teacher from the inner-city streets of Washington Heights and the South Bronx to the rural fields of Bunnell, Florida. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Brain-Based Learning.  Outside of her role at Embry-Riddle, she is the Vice-Chair of the Flagler County School Board, where she was first elected in 2000 to today where she continues to serve the children and citizens of Flagler County. She is married to Christopher Conklin for the past 23 years and has two sons Patrick (22) and Ryan (20).

Keri Dowling

FABA Director

President | Air Law Office, P.A.

Keri has lived in Fort Lauderdale for 15 years, where she moved after spending almost 10 years honing her love of aviation in Ohio.  Keri is the president of Air Law Office, P.A., where she focused her law practice aviation and aviation related matters helping aircraft owners in the purchase and sale of aircraft, structuring ownership and operational needs and other transactional related matters, along with representing lenders, charter operators, airport owners, FBOs and other aviation related businesses.

Legislative Lobbyist

Eric D. Prutsman

FABA Legislative Lobbyist

Eric has three decades of experience in the political arena of Tallahassee, and has held positions in the executive and legislative branches of state government. After earning his law degree from Florida State University, he served as Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of State and the Florida Elections Commission. He later joined the Florida Senate as an attorney for the Committee on Commerce, where he was responsible for drafting major legislation in health care, workers’ compensation, corporations, and insurance.

After many years of government service he entered the private sector to practice administrative and legislative law and has  represented the Florida Aviation Business Association before the Florida Legislature and state agencies for the past eighteen years.

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