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Our Vision: Soar above and beyond creating a new standard for aviation products and services.

Our Mission: Family First. Fuel, Build, Serve.

Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Jerry Holland

Chairman and Founder

Jerry Holland is an industry leader, aviation pioneer, and current Chairman, CEO, and founder of the third generational family-owned company, Sheltair. Fresh out of the United States Air Force in 1963, Jerry started his construction business in Florida, Holland Builders, initially focused on single-family homes, but soon expanded to include multi-occupant residential buildings and commercial projects. During the late 1970’s, Jerry found an opportunity to add airport property development to his company portfolio by executing projects at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. These developments would give birth to Sheltair while also marking the start of his legacy in the general aviation industry.

As Jerry expanded the company by building and leasing aviation properties across multiple Florida airports, he gained appreciation for the FBO business. In 1986, Jerry made a leap into FBO ownership by acquiring Walkers Cay Aviation at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Under Jerry’s ownership the FBO was renamed Fort Lauderdale Jet Center, and later rebranded by merging its name with Sheltair.

Jerry’s determination in growing his FBO business brought him to add a second FBO location shortly after at the Daytona International Airport. Sheltair FBO bases quickly gained a national reputation for their superior customer focus and service-driven corporate culture. Sheltair’s early success allowed Jerry to continue acquiring and developing new FBOs and properties through the 1990s and 2000s, leading to Sheltair’s modern day presence at 23 airports, where it operates 16 FBOs, and manages over 4 million square feet in real estate.

Jerry Holland aimed to build Sheltair around the values of service, safety, integrity, efficiency, and quality. Today, those are the same core values in which Sheltair prides itself in how it conducts business. Over the years, the company has received the highest accolades in the industry, most recently ranking best in business in the AIN FBO survey for 2021.

Jerry began a well-thought leadership transition plan to continue his vision for Sheltair to remain a vibrant and prosperous family-owned business. In 2020, he appointed his daughter Lisa Holland as President of Sheltair. His grandson, Kai Seymour, joined the family business months later, after his Bachelor’s in Business Management at the University of Tampa.

Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Lisa Holland

President and CEO

Building on the foundation created by her father, Jerry Holland, Lisa was appointed President of Sheltair in February 2020. Her passion for business and entrepreneurial spirit led her to start her own companies, where she flourished as a successful businesswoman before returning to Sheltair in 2017 as Executive Vice President. Prior to becoming President, Lisa served as President of Corporate strategies, responsible for communicating, engaging, influencing, and managing internal and external strategic functions. Lisa also executed a carefully planned and organized company succession plan and provided executive-level guidance for the future vision, corporate initiatives, and the long-term economic growth of Sheltair. Lisa brings a fresh perspective to the family business while sustaining her father’s vision of growing the company, maintaining its values, and defining excellence across an expanding aviation industry. Lisa has been recognized as one of the TOP 100 Women in Aerospace & Aviation to follow on LinkedIn by Pineapple Empire, Tampa Bay’s 2021 Women to Watch, and appointed a member of The Florida Council of 100 in 2022.
Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Todd Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Anderson was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in July 2020 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, development of strategic growth plans, and financial direction of the company. Before his appointment, he was the Sr. VP of Aviation Development and Properties. His role also includes fostering and maintaining long-term relationships with the Airports, customers, and governmental agencies. He works very closely with all operating entities to promote the organization’s strategic goals and future business activities. Mr. Anderson has been employed with Sheltair since 2000 and was intimately involved with the overall strategic and business growth of Sheltair over the past two decades. Before joining Sheltair, he held the position of Assistant Director of Properties for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, overseeing the aeronautical real estate activities for both the Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports. Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Anderson has forty years of aviation and airport management experience, with more than thirty decades actively engaged in the Florida Airport Management arena. He is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) through the American Association of Airport Executives since 1999, has been an active corporate member with the Florida Airports Council since 1989, and was elected as a member of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) in 2022 and in 2023 elected as a new Board Chair.
Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Chris Appleton

Chief Finance Officer

Chris Appleton is Sheltair’s Chief Finance Officer. With an extensive career in senior level finance as well as an Operations Executive, Chris’s diverse experience in strategic leadership and business expansion has made him an invaluable asset at Sheltair. Joining Sheltair in 2020 Chris has made a major impact while brining over 22 years of experience in the aviation industry. Chris shows significant strengths in the areas of Finance & Accounting, Business Development, Economic Development, Facility Infrastructure/Construction, HR, and Administration. He is a key member of the senior management team with a track record of integrity, leadership, and results, driving the attainment of revenue, expense, and profitability targets. Chris is an expert in identifying and leading strategic business opportunities, analyzing value and impact across complex multinational enterprises, optimizing operations, and executing business plans to achieve business growth objectives and financial sustainability.
Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Thomas Doyle

Chief Administrative Officer

Thomas Doyle is the Chief Administrative Officer for Sheltair Aviation and manages the Human Resources, Corporate Safety, Information Technology, and Corporate Training functions, as well as the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Headquarters facility.
Thomas has 25 years of experience in Human Resources leadership, having managed all aspects of human resources for multiple locations, in multiple states, and in multiple countries. Thomas is a strategic thinker and change agent with a proven ability to align multiple departments with corporate goals.

Prior to joining Sheltair, Thomas worked in both the Media as well as the Technology sectors. Thomas earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management as well as having earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources designation.

Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Rick Ricalton

Vice President of Construction

Rick was born and raised outside of Buffalo, New York. In 1984, He visited South Florida and never looked back.

Upon arrival in South Florida, Rick immediately entered the construction field.  His grandfather was a smaller residential developer, and the desire to build has always been his passion.  Over the years, Rick has worked at every level of the construction and development process, both in the field and on the management side.  The past several years have been focused on building multiple Construction and Owner’s Representation teams that provided a client experience that guided them from project inception, estimating and budgeting, permitting and construction, close-out & training of operations teams and finally turning over the projects to the end users and operations teams.

While Rick has had the privilege to be involved in many incredible projects, at various levels, his true passion is building with his most amount of satisfaction watching a well-organized team perform to their plan and produce a Premium Facility that absolutely makes the end users and owners proud to have them as part of their portfolios.

Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Leonel Rivera

Senior Vice President of FBO Operations

Leonel Rivera brings nearly 30 years of FBO experience to his role as the Senior Vice President of FBO Operations for Sheltair Aviation Services. His FBO career began as a line service technician for Long Island Jet Center, where he worked his way through the ranks to ultimately achieve the role of regional director. When Sheltair acquired Long Island Jet Center in 2006, Leonel used his FBO knowledge and servant leadership style to eventually grow into his current SVP role. 

Leading the company’s 16 FBO locations, Leonel is responsible for the overall development, direction, and management of each base, and has full operational and financial oversight of these locations. He specializes in developing, optimizing, and motivating teams to the highest standard of service. 

Additionally, Leonel is a board member of the Central Florida Business Aviation Association and helps the local and regional business aviation community network, educate, and engage. 

In his spare time, Leonel enjoys cooking and entertaining with his wife Rosanna, combining his Puerto Rican and her Paraguayan cultures. He also uses his FAA drone license for drone racing and ariel photography. 

Leonel begins and ends each day on a positive note and encourages you to do the same! 

Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Tony Sherbert

Senior Vice President of Real Estate

Tony Sherbert is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Sheltair Aviation with responsibilities for over 4.5 million square feet of aviation real estate. A 20-year FBO industry veteran, Tony has held multiple leadership roles and had oversight of FBOs across the Southeast and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Sheltair, Tony served as a director for seven Atlantic Aviation locations in South Florida and the Caribbean. He also led the integration teams for several of the recent additions to the Atlantic network. Tony also worked for the Galaxy Aviation network, holding management roles at PBI before being promoted to general manager at MCO. Tony holds a B.S. in Aviation Sciences from Oklahoma State University and is an active pilot with a commercial certificate and instrument rating.
Jerry Holland Sheltair CEO and Founder

Milo Zonka

Vice President of Strategic Growth

Milo is Sheltair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth, focusing on identifying, negotiating, and securing new opportunities for the company’s future growth. Milo joined Sheltair in 2019 and served as Real Estate and Development Manager and Vice President of Real Estate overseeing the company’s extensive aviation property portfolios in Central and South Florida, as well as working on new development projects where opportunities arise.

Over the course of his career, Milo has worked in airline operations managing dispatch, crew scheduling, and finance functions, as well as finance and business development roles in several industries. With career challenges ranging from self-employment to representing a Fortune 200 company, Milo most recently was the Chief Financial Officer for the Brevard County (FL) Property Appraiser’s Office from 2013 to 2019.

Milo, a Chicago native, attended the University of Illinois-Champaign where he began learning to fly. He graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management, and was subsequently awarded a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is a licensed Commercial Pilot and Aircraft Dispatcher, and also holds designations as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), and Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

In addition to his work, Milo is also experienced in public service. As a city councilman from 2007-2010 and deputy mayor in Palm Bay, Florida, he represented the city on the economic development, transportation planning, tourism development, and as board officer with the local and state League of Cities. Additionally, Milo has served as the Chairman of the Brevard County Valkaria Airport Advisory Board, the Vice-Chairman of the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority, and the Vice-Chairman of the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. He has been an active leader in aviation industry organizations, including committees for the National Air Transportation Association, Florida Airports Council, and AAAE, as well as board membership for the Central Florida Business Aviation Association and the Tony Janus Distinguished Aviation Society. Milo is also active with local nonprofits focusing on leadership development, environmental issues, and quality of life, and is currently serving on the board of directors of the Brevard Zoo and was selected to join the 2023-24 class for Leadership Florida. Milo is married to Dr. Kristine Zonka, a nurse practitioner and Heath Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County. They have five adult children and reside in Indialantic, FL.

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