WELCOME TO THE AVATAR AIRLINES EXECUTIVE STAFF

At the heart of Avatar airlines is a team of professionals who know more about travel than most corporate executives. A diverse team of pilots, flight crew, corporate travel executives and professional business travelers have crisscrossed the globe thousands of times. 
 
Dedication is at the heart of our desire to build a successful airline. At Avatar Airlines we believe that a company is only as good as its people and when associates are treated as the greatest asset, the worth of the company is magnified. 
 
We demonstrate this by fostering individual achievement, recognizing contributions and rewarding excellence. With customers as our focus and people as our priority, even the sky has no limit.

Barry Michaels – Founder & Chief Executive: Avatar Airlines is the brain child of Barry Michaels a long time entrepreneur with over forty years of business experience having started and run over a hundred different ventures & successful businesses across the entire country with many spanning the entire globe.

Barry’s idea was to build a new airline from the ground up, not only to provide consumers with everyday ultra low fares, but at the same time never to compromise on its service. A new type of airline with a corporate culture way above the existing air carriers along with the way he felt airlines of the future should do business. Imagine an airline with everyday super low fares that was debt free, well capitalized, profitable and loved by both its passengers and employees.

Barry started his career as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1969 after earning his degree from the New York College of Chiropractic. He returned to school and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (2005) and a Master’s Public Administration (2007) from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. In addition, Barry has been a candidate for the U.S. Senate and Congress as well as a frequent speaker at numerous airline shows since 1993.

Michael E. Zapin Esq

Michael E. Zapin Esq

EVP & Chief Legal Officer

Capt Dan Eikleberry

Capt Dan Eikleberry

VP & Chief Operating Officer

David Comite

David Comite

VP & Chief Financial Officer

Marcy Schackne

Marcy Schackne

Chief Marketing Officer

 Capt Tommy Thompson

Capt Tommy Thompson

Chief Pilot

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Chief Inspector

Kevin Walls

Kevin Walls

Senior VP Facilities

 Brian Eichelhart

Brian Eichelhart

VP of Human Resources & Administration

Younes Aouad

Younes Aouad

VP Information & Technology

Mike Kukla

Mike Kukla

VP Sales

Darius A. McDougle

Darius A. McDougle

VP Marketing & Creative Services

Grady Smith

Grady Smith

Marketing Director

Yvonne Long

Yvonne Long

VP – Director of Travel

Jay Itzkowitz

Jay Itzkowitz

Director Food & Beverage

Bill Kelly

Bill Kelly

VP Maintenance & Engineering

George Folden

George Folden

Director of Technical Publications

Heidi Andrus

Heidi Andrus

VP of Administration

Michael Magill

Michael Magill

VP Investor Relations