Directors & Officers
James (Jim) Bennett
Jim serves as Director of Aviation for Seattle based Starbucks Coffee Company. He joined the coffee company in 2002 and the firm operating a Gulfstream V, and Bombardier CL604 in extensive international operations. Prior to joining Starbucks, he spent 10 years with Aviation Methods (TAG Aviation) and 8 years with Hartford based CIGNA Corporation, 25+ years in leadership roles. He continues to fly regular line flights for the coffee company. He is type rated in the SA-227, IA-Jet, CL600, CL604, DA-50, G-159, G-IV, GV, B757, B767 logging 17,000+ accident / incident free hours. Jim attended Syracuse University and has earned a B.S. in Business.
Jim has worked on the Bombardier Global Express Advisory Board during development and on the King County Airport Roundtable. He currently serves on the Board of the WA State Aviation Coalition, Washington State Airport Advisory Board and on the PNBAA’s Airport Access subcommittee.
Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Alan is the co-founder of CenterPoint Aviation Law PLLC, representing clients in aircraft lease, purchase, sales and charter/management arrangements. His expertise includes aviation-related federal and state tax issues, FAA regulatory issues and corporate structuring. As a long-time industry supporter, Alan is a member of the National Business Aviation Association’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and the Tax Committee, where he is the immediate past Chair of the Aircraft Transactions Working Group and member of its State Tax Working Group. For the PNBAA, he has assumed the role as leader of our Legislative Affairs Committee, continuing his advocacy on Washington State tax issues.
Ernesta discovered her love for aviation in 2006 while working at Clay Lacy Aviation in Seattle. She spent seven years there as head of customer service. In 2013, Ernesta was offered the opportunity to relocate to Boise, Idaho, and became the Charter and Marketing Manager of Jackson Jet Center. In 2015, she accepted a position at Jetstream Aviation as the Director of Charter Sales, also in Boise.
Ernesta previously served as the President of the Pacific Rim Schedulers and Dispatchers Association.
Sara was previously the Chair of NWCFAA (now part of PNBAA), which she helped found in 2012. Prior to business aviation Sara worked as a commercial airline Flight Attendant with Northwest Airlines. She has been in business aviation for 17+ years, beginning at a small FBO in Santa Rosa, California as a scheduler and is currently a full time Flight Attendant for Y2K Aviation, LLC, based in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Her volunteer endeavors include; NWCFAA and NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Committee. The vision of these organizations and committees has been to mentor and promote the value of the additional crew member.
Cindy Hales is the Aviation Practice Leader / Vice President of Hub International Northwest, LLC. With nearly twenty years of experience, Cindy provides insurance solutions for all facets of the aviation industry, with extensive experience working with commercial operators of various types, including airlines, cargo and charter operators, fixed base operators, aircraft manufacturers, commercial rotor wing operators, etc. She is a fifteen-year HUB Northwest veteran who excels at providing her clients with the most comprehensive coverage at the most competitive prices.
Cindy is also responsible for providing professional expertise to HUB International’s teams across the country in the specialty field of aviation insurance on their more complex aviation risks. She is licensed in the United States and British Columbia.
Director, ex officio
Kristi serves in a non-voting position on the PNBAA Board of Directors as NBAA liaison.
Kristi Ivey joined the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in 2007 as Northwest Regional Representative covering the states of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Prior to joining NBAA, Kristi was the Flight Operations Supervisor for The Home Depot Aviation Department in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an instrument-rated private pilot, with an aircraft dispatcher’s license, and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Auburn University.
Kristi currently serves as NBAA liaison for other Regional Business Aviation Groups in the Northwest such as Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association, Utah Business Aviation Association, Idaho Business Aviation Association, and North Dakota Business Aviation Association. She is a frequent speaker at state aviation and airport management conferences, and currently serves on various aviation-related advisory committees in the region
Education / Internship Program
Scott Jefvert is Director of Sales for Paragon Aviation Group. Graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Scott started work at Galvin Flying Services to serve in a Line Service Sales role, a position that he held for over 10 years. At Galvin, Scott’s responsibilities ranged from marketing and advertising projects, client database management, vendor and tenant relations, as well as a focus on business development and client retention. Scott has served on various boards and committees including the Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) and the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee.
Frank is the Director of Maintenance for CBAir LLC, based at Boeing Field. Frank has 25+ years in aircraft maintenance and holds A&P and IA certificates from the FAA. He attended Embry-Riddle University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics. Frank is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he maintained KC-10, KC135, and F-16 aircraft. Prior to his current role with CBAir, Frank worked for an OEM aircraft service center as a maintenance and modification project manager.
Frank has sat on several advisory boards in the aviation industry. Frank has served in various leadership positions on the Bombardier Global Express Advisory Committee and is also a member of the Customer Advisory Council for Rolls Royce Aircraft Engines.
Brett Palmiero is part of Textron Aviation’s Northwest aircraft sales team focused on Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan products. Redmond, Washington has been his home since 2012.
Brett pursued a lifelong love of aviation after graduating from Washington State University. He drove east to Wichita, Kansas to start a lasting career with Cessna in engineering, customer service and marketing roles. Along the way he earned a Commercial Multi-engine Instrument certificate and served on the Cessna Employees’ Flying Club board.
After flying west back to Washington in a sales role Brett participated in PNBAA activities and discovered small opportunities to volunteer. He joined the PNBAA board in July 2016, motivated to be a stronger contributor today and support the early career aspirations of others who also look up when anything flies near.
Kimberly Perkins serves as an International Captain for Seattle-based Mente, LLC. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Middle Georgia State University teaching International Airline Operations. She is the Founder of Aviation for Humanity, a non-profit organization using the network of aviation to deliver schools supplies to students throughout the developing world.
Kimberly has extensive international experience from her previous position flying a Gulfstream 650 and a Global Express based at Boeing Field Airport. She has flown for two air carriers (domestic and international) and has lived and piloted abroad for three years in both Lagos, Nigeria and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations along with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation: Flight Operations. She is an active member of Women in Aviation and an enthusiastic humanitarian with volunteer work in support of refugees, education, and women in STEM fields.
Jeffrey Roberts, President & CEO of Aircare International and Lafferty’s EMS. Jeff’s background is both in business-formation, corporate finance and operations. With an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and a Masters in Finance from Seattle University, Jeff was a founding team-member of Central Media, Inc., (acquired by DG Systems (NASDAQ: DGIT), and later presided as a Senior Vice President for Comerica Bank’s Technology and Life Science division. While at Comerica, Jeff was responsible for allocating and managing over $600 million in Senior debt over a nine-year period. Jeff served on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer for Henry’s Fork Foundation, an Idaho-based conservation organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the natural surroundings and resources within the Upper Henry’s Fork Watershed.
Membership & Co-Vice President
Ryan Setting is the Founder and President of Aerius Management, LLC, an aircraft management and consulting firm providing comprehensive ownership and asset management services to clients in the Pacific Northwest.
Prior to the formation of Aerius Management, Ryan spent 5 years as the Aviation Director for a Pacific Northwest investment firm, and 6 years in multiple roles at Clay Lacy Aviation, both in Southern California and Seattle, culminating in 2 years as the Assistant General Manager of the Clay Lacy FBO at KBFI.
Ryan is an active pilot with over 7,000 flight hours, and holds type ratings in the Classic Learjet series, Learjet 60, Citation 525, and Gulfstream IV. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington, and is an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager.
Jeff has served on multiple PNBAA committees. He is a captain on a Tacoma based Falcon 50 for Aspen Management LLC, a hotel construction and management company. Jeff also is the General Manager for Tacoma Narrows Aviation FBO at KTIW.
Jeff also spent 4 years as GM of Flightcenter FBO (now Clay Lacy Aviation) at Boeing Field. He holds type ratings in CL-604, Embraer Legacy, Citation X, Citation 500 series, Hawker 700 and Falcon 50.
David D. Warner
Secretary & General Counsel
David is Chair of the
Lane Powell PC Aviation Practice Group, a leading Pacific Northwest law firm
headquartered in Seattle with offices in Washington, Portland, Alaska and
London, England. He focuses his practice on aviation law and frequently advises
clients on aircraft acquisition, disposition, operation, leasing and financing.
In addition, David also has extensive experience in business and securities
law, mergers & acquisitions, securities regulation, finance and community
banking. In the nearly 35 years he has been practicing law, he has represented
clients ranging from start-ups to large public companies and has considerable
experience advising the Board of Directors. He is “AV” rated by
David is an active participant in Bar and trade association groups. In addition to serving on our Board, he serves on the Board of Directors and is General Counsel to the National Aircraft Finance Association. He is a frequent speaker at aviation-related seminars around the country.
Wayne Werner is currently Director of Aircraft Sales & Seattle Base Manager for Jetstream Aviation, and previously served as Assistant General Manager for Clay Lacy in Seattle. Prior to that, Wayne had his own aircraft sales business in Boise, Idaho and was the President of Sun Valley Aviation in Sun Valley Idaho from April 1982 till Nov. 2003. Prior to Sun Valley he was with Mitsubishi Aircraft in 1981-1982. Wayne grew up in his family FBO in Casper, WY. And ran the company from 1972 – 1976 with his brother. Wayne’s family owned Casper Air Service for 48 yrs till his brother sold the business in 1998. Wayne Is an Airline Transport Rated pilot with Lear, Westwind and Citation type ratings. He also holds a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Rating for Instrument and Multi engine.
Wayne has been with NBAA member companies for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the Idaho Business Aviation Association. He has been an AOPA member for 45 years. Wayne was a member of the Boise Idaho Airport Commission for 15 yrs. Wayne was appointed to the King County Airport Roundtable as the Corporate Tenant Representative in June 2011.