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.
Ken Hart is the Executive Vice President at Hagerty Jet Group. He combines responsibilities between Executive Management and Aircraft Sales. He joins the firm following 3 years with Welsch Aviation as an associate broker and several years as an entrepreneur where he founded and operated several successful businesses. Ken brings substantial cross-border experience to Hagerty Jet Group and, like James, specializes in the pre-owned Gulfstream marketplace.
Ken’s primary goal is to create true and measurable value for his clients by executing on clear marketing strategies and pledging complete dedication to his clients’ interests. His strong sense of service and commitment originates from a competitive entrepreneurial background where he believes exceeding clients’ expectations is the best path for building long lasting relationships and continued mutual successes.
In addition to Management and Sales, Ken holds a key Entrepreneurial role at the firm. He was essential in helping form the company in 2014 as a start-up venture with the CEO, and continues to contribute to the firm’s innovative development and success.
His transaction experience includes the following aircraft: Gulfstream III, IV, IVSP, V, G150, G450 & G550; Boeing BBJ; Cessna Citation CJ4, CJ3; Lear 60 and Beechcraft King Air 350. & C90.
Brian Panning joined Hagerty Jet Group as Vice President of Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions. His Business Aviation experience spans over 40 years and includes expertise in both new and pre-owned sales and acquisitions, and technical consulting.
Brian began his aviation sales career at Astra Jet in 1989 selling the company’s mid and super-mid-sized aircraft in the Western United States, Canada and East Asia. Following Astra Jet’s rebranding to Galaxy and subsequent purchase by Gulfstream in 2001, Brian capitalized on Gulfstream’s new marketing initiative and quickly became a top sales producer of the entire Gulfstream product line. It was during his tenure as the company’s Southwestern U.S. Sales Director in 2001 that he met James Hagerty.
In 2004, Brian joined the Long Beach CA-based aircraft brokerage firm Jeteffect. As Vice President of Sales, he enjoyed six successful years buying and selling new and pre-owned aircraft for mid-sized companies, large corporations and high net-worth individuals.
An opportunity knocked with Hawker-Beechcraft, which led Brian back to new aircraft sales in 2010. Brian served as Executive Sales Director from 2010 to 2013 prior to the company’s subsequent reorganization and sale to Textron in June of 2013.
Brian holds both an FAA pilot’s and A&P certificate. His in-depth technical expertise allows him to help manage pre-buy inspections and understand the technical aspects of business jet sourcing & transactions activities.
As counterparties on multiple aircraft transactions, James and Brian built a trusting business relationship that endured for 15 years and is the primary reason for Brian joining Hagerty Jet Group in 2016. His combined expertise in both new and pre-owned aircraft transactions, along with his unique technical experience, adds to the company’s long list of services and capabilities. Whether buying or selling an aircraft, if engaging Brian’s services, you’re sure to quickly recognize the added value he brings to the table. Brian’s based in Southern California adding to the company’s presence in the Western United States.
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.
Duane Damiani joined Hagerty Jet Group as the Vice President of Aircraft Sales and also holds an A&P License; Acquisitions in January 2020. His Business Aviation career spans more than 43 years. Duane’s experience in both Sales and Maintenance for Gulfstream Aircraft is a unique story and his skills highly complement Hagerty Jet
Group’s capabilities. During his 26-year tenure at Gulfstream Aerospace, Duane’s career climbed from a Crew Chief in the Savannah Service Center to VP for Asia selling new and pre-owned Gulfstream aircraft while being based in Singapore. Other roles included Regional Director, Aircraft Sales based in the Midwest, USA and Regional Director, Gulfstream Interior Outfitting Sales and Customer Program Manager Outfitting. He also holds an A&P License and has held the role of Director of Maintenance for various Flight Departments.
Duane worked at Jet Aviation, starting in 2003, as an Aircraft Broker before he joined Savannah Air Center as the Head of Sales in 2005, where he specialized in Consulting, selling refurbishment, paint and maintenance packages including pre-purchase inspections.
In 2007, Duane joined HondaJet and demonstrated his diverse technical and sales experience. His last position was the Head of Worldwide Fleet Sales for HondaJet where he created and implemented a complex marketing and sales plan.
Since 2012, Duane has been an instructor for the G650 at Flight Safety and a Consultant. He is a Certified G650 Maintenance Instructor, Certified Master Maintenance Technician and a Certified G650 Cockpit Simulator Instructor. His proficiency in the G650 is second to none.
Donna DeAngelis is responsible for Hagerty Jet Group’s market research and analysis.
As the Market Analyst, Donna understands the value of providing actionable, accurate, and timely information to support the company objectives. Donna tracks the pulse of the market and ensures Hagerty Jet Group excels as the most sophisticated and accurate Jet Brokerage in Business Aviation.
Garret oversees the design, production and placement of Hagerty Jet Group’s advertising campaigns. He applies his experience and education in the creative arts to manage the company’s brand identity and distinctive advertising production. Garret is a graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design.