WELCOME TO THE AVATAR AIRLINES EXECUTIVE STAFF


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

Lawrence W. Jacobs

Lawrence W. Jacobs

Chief Operating Officer

Darius A. McDougle

Darius A. McDougle

CMO & Creative Services Officer

Kevin Walls

Kevin Walls

Senior VP Facilities

 Capt Tommy Thompson

Capt Tommy Thompson

Chief Pilot

Capt Dan Eikleberry

Capt Dan Eikleberry

VP of Flight Operations

 Brian Eichelhart

Brian Eichelhart

VP of Human Resources & Administration

Yvonne E. Long

Yvonne E. Long

Vice President & Director of Travel

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Chief Inspector

Jay Itzkowitz

Jay Itzkowitz

Director Food & Beverage

George Folden

George Folden

Director of Technical Publications

Younes Aouad

Younes Aouad

VP Information & Technology

Dr. Donald M. McCartney

Dr. Donald M. McCartney

Vice President of Administration

Mike Kukla

Mike Kukla

VP Sales

John Chapman

John Chapman

Vice President of Cargo

Erin Starks

Erin Starks

Director of Graphic Design