President and CEO

With more than 20 years and over 185 transactions to his credit, James founded Hagerty Jet Group in January, 2015 to create an aircraft brokerage firm dedicated to Gulfstream products but continue to serve our non-Gulfstream clients with the same level of professionalism, service and trust.

James graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish Literature. He graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1993. He worked for AIG in Mexico City from 1997 until 1999. He has lived in 9 countries including: USA, Bahamas, Aruba, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Spain and Mexico. Although he resides in Savannah, he maintains close ties with his roots in New York.

James joined Gulfstream in 1999 at 23 years old to pioneer their Management Training Program. He worked his way up the corporate ladder to become the youngest Director of Sales in Gulfstream’s history and received an award for selling a record-breaking 26 airplanes at the age of 26.

James left Gulfstream in 2005 to join Avpro, Inc., one of the largest aircraft brokerage firms in the world where he spent the next 10 years establishing his reputation as a key player in the industry. He made a conscious decision to remain focused on the Gulfstream products while buying and selling other aircraft models like the Global Express, Global 5000, Falcon 900EX, Falcon 2000EXy, Falcon 7X, Challenger 605/300, Learjets, Hawkers and Citations.

James attends regional, national and international air shows and forums on a regular basis. He has presented at Cowen and Company’s Annual Aerospace and Defense conference in NY since 2010. He can speak to all aspects of ownership, performance, systems, programs, inspections, refurbishments, registration, etc. He speaks Spanish fluently.



Vice President Sales & Acquisitions

Jeffrey “Shawn” Taylor joined Hagerty Jet Group as Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions in 2017. He brings a Business Aviation skillset that spans 34 years and includes expertise in New and pre-owned sales and acquisitions, flight department creation and management and full refit and delivery oversight of both aircraft and helicopters.

Shawn has spent the bulk of his career in Management oversight of flight department operations. This oversight spans the full spectrum of aircraft types from light piston twins through the Global Express, to include single and multi-engine helicopters.

Shawn holds 17 different Type ratings with a specialty in the Bombardier products with type ratings and flight experience in the Lear 45, Challenger 601, Challenger 300, Challenger 604/605 and the Global Express. Helicopter experience is rooted in 6 different singles and all variants of the Agusta 109.

 Shawn also has an extensive background in varying levels of aircraft refurbishment oversight to include full aircraft Avionics upgrades, cabin management refit and full interior configuration changes.

 Leveraging this broad range of experiences enables him to provide an all-inclusive solution for all of a client’s aviation needs.


Hannes Hesshaimer

Vice President Sales & Acquisitions

Hannes joined Hagerty Jet Group in 2020 as Vice President of Sales & Acquisitions. His career in Business Aviation spans over 30 years. Hannes has consulted many clients with purchase and sales of mostly Gulfstream Aircraft.

Hannes is current as Captain, Instructor and Examiner on the new Gulfstream G600, G500, as well as G650, G550 and G450. He holds multiple FAI world records and was part of Gulfstream’s Customer Advisory Board. He participates frequently in international Aviation exhibition events and has an excellent network in the Aviation World.

Hannes began his career in 1990 as Pilot at BMW Flight Service where he developed an interest in aviation management and aircraft transactions. As Assistant Chief Pilot he was tasked with acquiring a new G-V, GIV-SP and HS-125. In 2001 he joined HMSF on Gulfstream
G-V flying the Sultan of Brunei, experiencing the highest level of VVIP Business Aviation possible. In 2004 he started supporting Commercial Operator, Jetalliance, in Vienna, Austria managing their quickly growing Gulfstream fleet for high net-worth clients in Russia and Eastern Europe. He was responsible for many new and pre-owned aircraft deliveries and sales transactions. In 2011 he joined Airfix Aviation in Helsinki, Poland as Project Manager for first client Gulfstream G650 delivery. He again supported multiple aircraft purchase, sales transactions for high end clients. From 2014 Hannes delivered his expertise as Aviation Consultant and Pilot to many different VVIP clients, Commercial Operators and Governments in China, India, Thailand, Japan, Africa and many other countries. In 2018 he supported the first Gulfstream G500 delivery and operation for an Owner pilot.

Hannes is based in Germany and supports Hagerty Jet Group in Central and Eastern Europe.



Director Sales & Acquisitions

Hannah Wolf currently serves as Director of Sales & Acquisitions after joining the Hagerty Jet Group as Market Analyst in 2021.

As Director of Sales & Acquisitions, Hannah provides an extensive portfolio of aircraft broker services to both acquisition and sales clients across North America and Europe. She leads clients through market value analysis, contract management, flight demonstrations, pre-purchase inspections, management proposals, and aircraft delivery.

Since starting with Hagerty Jet Group in 2021 Hannah has led all Market Research efforts throughout various markets including Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Cessna, and Beechcraft model markets. Hannah’s extensive knowledge of these markets is invaluable to her clients as they navigate the acquisition decision-making process. Her experience enhances her ability to meticulously craft analysis proposals that expertly guide clients through aircraft valuations and current market conditions.

Hannah’s engagement within the Business Aviation is a testament to her commitment to connecting with peers and staying current of industry updates, while also building strong partnerships with manufacturers, maintainers, and suppliers. She currently sits on the National Business Aviation Association Young Professionals “YoPro” Council, a group of emerging leaders that facilitate impactful initiatives for business aviation through professional development, social engagement, and government advocacy. Her presence at industry events such as the White Plains Regional Forum, Miami Opa-Locka Regional Forum, and NBAA BACE continue to build Hannah’s knowledge and connections throughout the diverse facets of our industry.

Before joining Hagerty Jet Group Hannah held positions with the Marketing, Sales, and Administration organizations at Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia. Within these roles, she provided on-site support for the New Aircraft Sales team at events such as Canadian Business Aviation Association Conference, Gulfstream’s Industry Leaders, and Gulfstream’s Operators Forum. Hannah also facilitated training at Gulfstream facilities in Appleton, Dallas, Las Vegas, Long Beach, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Westfield. As a Savannah native and having grown up in an aviation family, aerospace has always been a passion and motivation for Hannah throughout her career.

Hannah’s understanding of the market and the needs of clients ensures that Hagerty Jet Group excels as the leading Jet Brokerage in Business Aviation.