The JetHQ Leadership Team
The JetHQ team is trusted worldwide for their experience and accomplishments. The team includes experts in OEM aircraft sales of a range of business jets and turboprop aircraft and pilots with tens of thousands of hours of flying time. We want to be your trusted partner, let’s get started.
Ted Farid, Chairman
Ted Farid joined JetHQ as the company’s first Chairman. Mr. Farid has 47 years of global aviation leadership experience from some of the world’s leading OEMs including, Cessna, Bombardier Learjet and most recently Hawker Beechcraft. His experience brings sophisticated expertise and extensive global relationships to JetHQ clients.
Gene Rainville, Chief Advisor
Gene Rainville joined JetHQ as an Advisor to the company in 2017. A graduate of Colby College, Waterville, Maine, Gene was a senior sales executive with Cessna, Falcon Jet, and Gulfstream over a span of twenty-five years. Gene has been a mentor to some of the top sales personnel in the industry.
Garett Jerde, Founder and Managing Director
Garett founded JetHQ with the intention to close the gap in service between buying a new aircraft from a manufacturer and buying a used aircraft. The company was founded on the believe trust is the most important part of any transaction.
Butch’s passion for aviation began when he entered Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School after graduating from Henderson State University. He soon became a Navy Pilot and subsequently served as a Mission Commander and Aircraft Commander in VQ-1 Flying EP-3’s reconnaissance aircraft in Vietnam, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. After Vietnam, Butch returned to Pensacola Florida as a Navy flight instructor. After leaving the Navy Butch became an airline pilot for Frontier Airlines flying B737’s and MD-80’s. He holds an ATP certificate with numerous turbo-jet type ratings and has accumulated over 10,000 hours of flight time.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Chris received a Bachelor’s degree in Airway Science, Professional Pilot Curriculum, from the University of Central Texas. He holds FAA pilot’s licenses for Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII, and MEI. Chris started his aviation sales career in 1994 as a demonstration pilot and Sales Director for a Florida based Mooney dealer.
Rebecca Johnson, Vice President Sales – Europe
After graduating from San Jose State university, Rebecca has seen a dynamic career working with many of the large OEM’s. During her time at Hawker Beechcraft she was part of the demonstration team and later transferred to Switzerland, where she would take part in training and demos for pilots and clients all over Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. After being promoted to Base Manager and Senior Demonstration Captain, she supervised all pilot training, scheduling and operations of demonstration aircraft.
Walter Stark, Vice President Sales – United Kingdom
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern languages from the University of Westminster in London, Walter’s aviation career began in 1988 at then-Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd., where he held positions of increasing responsibility until becoming Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining JetHQ, Walter was Regional Vice President of Sales for Southern Europe for Gulfstream Aerospace Aviation.
Dipankar Jha, Sales Director
Dipankar is originally from Jamshedpur, India and is presently based at New Delhi. He is graduate of the National Defense Academy, Pune and has flown helicopters for the Indian Air Force.
Since leaving the Indian Air Force in 2005, Dipankar has been associated with the aviation industry in India in various roles. He has been involved with Aircraft Operations and Sales as part of the dealership team in India representing Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation.
Nicola Pike, Vice President of Contracts & Business Development
Nicola originates from the North West of England, United Kingdom. Nicola holds a Bachelor’s degree in German language and literature from the University of London. Nicola joined British Aerospace in 1984 as a contracts officer, initially working on military contracts, progressing to commercial manager for special mission variants of the Hawker aircraft for both British Aerospace and Raytheon.
Jill Plumb, Vice President Marketing & Sales Management
Jill joins the team from AirShare, a Kansas City based regional fractional aircraft ownership company. There she spent 12 years in various roles, most recently serving as the Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience. In this position, Jill was responsible for overseeing all marketing and corporate communication activities, as well as the customer service specialists, who handle reservations, catering, logistics and other travel needs for the fractional customers.
Roxy Rosales, Sales Support
Originally from Manila, Philippines, Roxane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Management from St. Joseph’s College Manila. Roxane joined Hawker Beechcraft in 2009 as a Sales Administrator supporting Europe Middle East and Africa Region and remained in this role through the company’s transition from Beechcraft Corporation to Textron Aviation.