FBO Advisory Board

Bobby Courtney

VP of Aviation, Fontainebleau Aviation (KOPF)

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Bobby D. Courtney serves as the Vice President of Aviation of Fontainebleau Aviation, an integral role spearheading the overall growth and success of Fontainebleau Development’s Aviation Division. Joining the family business in 2012, Courtney has developed Fontainebleau Aviation into a world-class aviation asset which compliments the other Fontainebleau Development properties. Operating out of Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport, Courtney has gained audiences to their renowned brand which defines service and experience.

The evolution of the Fontainebleau Aviation brand was made possible through the development of the existing Fontainebleau FBO. Courtney embarked on the concept of developing the new FBO into a dominating facility on the airfield. In 2014, he pioneered the development of the $27 million expansion, which branched the FBO into a 235,000 sq ft. footprint. He envisioned a full-service facility comprised of all logistical necessities for every type of operation and service to be the touchstone for all private aviation enterprises.

Courtney has dedicated over two decades to the industry and has been instrumental in maximizing growth in other fast paced, high-volume airports. Courtney has served in similar roles creating very successful companies under his leadership in Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, and Kansas City.

Courtney has a passion for seeing the potential in everyone and creating an environment for those to learn. He instills hard work, commitment, and faith to those around him especially to his three young children. Since moving to South Florida, the Kansas native has invested in the community by volunteering in the local youth sports programs.

Courtney has a degree in Management and Human Relations from MidAmerica Nazarene University and serves on several aviation boards and advisory committees. His leadership has placed Fontainebleau Aviation into one of the top 20 FBOs in the country year after year.

Cy Farmer

Chief Operating Officer, Ross Aviation Corporate

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With over 44 years of experience in the FBO industry, Cy Farmer serves as Ross Aviation’s COO. Prior to joining Ross, Farmer served in several senior level and executive roles at some of the largest FBO companies in the world. From 2014 to 2016, Farmer was the vice president of special projects and international operations at Landmark Aviation. His responsibilities included overseeing operations of the European FBO platform.

Between 1998 and 2014, Farmer held several positions at Signature Flight Support including vice president of operations for the global network and vice president of network development for the Americas. Farmer attended Barry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and attended business courses at Hult Ashridge Executive Education in the UK and the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Darren Hall

Vice President of Marketing, Fargo Jet Center (KFAR)

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Darren grew up in Minot, North Dakota, near the airport where his father worked at North Central Airlines. His passion for all things aviation and eventual career in aviation began while working at Pietsch Flying Service in the late 80’s. In 1995, Darren was hired by Fargo Jet Center to start and manage the line service department in which he served through August of 2003. Now serving as Vice President of Marketing for the company, he leads the marketing efforts of Fargo Jet Center, Premier Jet Center and Exclusive Aircraft Sales. Darren served on the National Business Aviation Association Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee (2005–2012) and was chairman of the committee in 2011. Darren also serves on the leadership of the Fargo Airsho planning committee and volunteers at the Fargo Air Museum.

Julie O'Brien

General Manager, ProJet Aviation (KJYO)

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The newest board member to join Paragon Aviation Group’s Advisory Board is Julie O’Brien, the General Manager for ProJet Aviation (KJYO) located in Leesburg, VA.

Under her leadership, ProJet Aviation has been awarded many honors including Washington Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work”, over 14 Pilot’s Choice Awards, Town of Leesburg’s “Best New Business”, two Tourism Ambassador Awards, and Service Business of the Year.

As for personal accolades, Julie was voted MVP by her colleagues at the 2019 Paragon Aviation Group’s Leadership Meeting and later that year received the distinguished FBO Manager of the Year Award presented by Paragon Aviation Group for her contributions and dedication to the network.

Julie previously worked for Whirlwind Aviation, Frederick Aviation, Encore Aviation, and Landmark Aviation. Along with over 21 years of experience in the aviation industry, she has cultivated an extensive background in social work, fundraising, marketing, and advertising.

She has worked with federal, state, and local authorities along with many charitable organizations to bring several key events and services to Loudoun County including US Customs, The Leesburg Air Show, Pilots N Paws, and The Loudoun Symphony Gala.

Most notably, Julie was the visionary and founder of The Aviation Education & Career Expo highlighting aviation careers and education opportunities for over 800 high school and college students annually. Now in its 15th year, this event has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships since its inception.

Julie resides in Frederick, MD with her husband of 25 years and her 23-year-old daughter.

Steve Lee

Vice President FBO, Clay Lacy Aviation (KSNA/KVNY)

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Steve oversees all aspects of Clay Lacy Aviation’s FBO operations in Van Nuys, CA (KVNY) and Orange County, CA (KSNA) from day-to-day operations to strategic growth initiatives, government and community relations and the continual development and professional training of our talented group of employees. He is relentlessly focused on delivering the highest levels of performance and personal attention for every client, on every visit. Steve leads our ground support and customer service teams with a focus on continual development and training to provide a world-class experience. He began his aviation career as a line service technician in 1999 at Van Nuys airport and was quickly promoted to supervisor then director of operations. In 2007 he was named the General Manager of a Southern California FBO. Steve has a BS from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, is NATA Safety First certified, and is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Steven Kelly

President & CEO, Odyssey Aviation Bahamas

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Steven Kelly was born in the Bahamas and later moved to the United States where he attended McDonough School in Baltimore, Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and the University of Miami. When he returned to the Bahamas in 1977, he began his career at Bahamas Iron & Steel Co Limited and purchased the company in 1981. He continued to operate the company and grow his knowledge of general construction.

In 1997, Steven wanted to embark on a new journey in an industry that was unknown to him. He purchased and renovated an existing FBO and opened as Nassau Jet Centre. In 1998, they joined forces with a chain of FBOs in order to expand service offerings and enhance safety practices. The FBO grew and established strong roots allowing them to become an independent FBO in 2008. This first-class FBO is now known as Odyssey Aviation Bahamas. As the President & CEO, Steven oversees all FBO operations including customer service, training programs, safety practices, and more. His methods have consistently allowed Odyssey Aviation Bahamas to be voted as the #1 FBO in the Caribbean.