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Grant Sutherlin, Director of Sales and Acquisitions

As the second generation of AirMart, Grant has been in general aviation his entire life. True to his passion for flying, Grant soloed on his 16th birthday - before getting his driver's license - and has been flying for more than 20 years. He is a commercial, instrument and multi-engine rated pilot.

Grant brings a background in finance and talent for negotiation to the family tradition of aircraft sales. He and his wife Kim took the reins to AirMart in 2003.

As Director of Sales and Acquisitions, Grant works hard to stay one step ahead of the general aviation marketplace. Understanding what airplanes can be bought and sold for is critical for an inventory dealer. Grant knows that the information needed to make marketable acquisitions and to represent our clients well does not simply come from loading up the latest appraisal software. It comes from putting in the hours, asking the right questions and listening to the voice of experience.

What Grant likes best about working with AirMart is that he has the opportunity to share his true passion with others. "It's not like work when I get to do what I love every single day." He specializes in Beechcraft and Piper.

When Grant isn't following aircraft trends or making acquisitions, he is usually biking, swimming, or running. He also enjoys water skiing on Lake Cumberland and flying remote control airplanes. Originally from Somerset, Kentucky, Grant lives in Lexington with Kim and their two children.

Quote to live by: "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." ~ Henry Ford

Contact Grant:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Mobile: (859) 533-9399
Grant@airmart.com

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Kim Sutherlin, Director of Marketing and Administration

Business management and creative writing may not seem like complementary pursuits. Kim Sutherlin has a passion for both. She studied English/Communications before beginning her professional career with the Marriott Corporation. After several years in big-box corporate management, Kim started and then sold her own advertising and web design company. She also holds a Kentucky real estate license which has proven helpful in negotiating and writing aircraft purchase agreements.

As Director of Marketing and Administration, Kim is responsible for AirMart's overall marketing strategies, including public relations and social media. She is the company liaison for employee, tax, and legal communications, and ensures AirMart's client agreements are clear, concise, and up to date.

What Kim likes best about AirMart is listening to the stories each customer has to tell. She especially enjoys learning from entrepreneurs who through the spirit of perseverance have recreated themselves many times over.

When she's not revising contract language or brainstorming new marketing avenues, Kim values the time she spends with her children. She is an avid reader, amateur photographer, and aqua-bike enthusiast. Originally from Chicago, Kim lives in Lexington with Grant and their two children.

Quote to live by: "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." ~ Maya Angelou

Contact Kim:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Kim@airmart.com


Tom Ferguson, Director of Aircraft Maintenance

Tom Ferguson has been flying since 1980. He holds an Airframe and Power Plant License (A&P) as well as a Commercial Pilot's License from Moody Aviation. Tom also holds an Inspection Authorization (IA) and is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and has a degree in Software Development from Samford University. 

Tom's aviation experience is impressively diverse. He is a master troubleshooter and problem solver. Tom spent 10 years as a pilot and mechanic for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) where he started a new flight program for humanitarian aid work in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tom also served as a bush pilot and director of maintenance for MAF in Afghanistan, Pakistan and in Lesotho, Africa. Here in the states, Tom spent 10 years as the director of maintenance for a Certified Cessna Service Center before coming on board with AirMart.

What Tom likes best about aviation is taking young people flying for the first time and watching their excitement as they discover the wonderful world of flight. When he's not flying, Tom enjoys camping and restoring antique aircraft. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Tom lives in Lexington with his wife of 25 years. He has three grown children and one beautiful new grandchild born in 2016.

Tom says the best part about working in an aircraft sales organization is meeting new people every day. 

Quote to live by: "My life is my message." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Contact Tom:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Mobile: (859) 421-7666
Tom@airmart.com


Paul Cannon, Sales Executive

Paul brings more than seven years of experience in sales to the AirMart team. His Internet sales background encompasses the automotive, insurance and antiques industries. Most recently, Paul maintained the website for one of the fastest-growing Chrysler dealerships in Kentucky.  Paul developed his knowledge of the aircraft market through his experience with AirMart as an inside sales associate. We were pleased when Paul said he was ready to take on the challenge of being a sales executive. He has proven himself to be a hard-working team player, in touch with the needs of our customers.

Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Paul grew up in Lexington and has a Fine Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University. When he's not reaching out to customers, Paul enjoys fishing and is a Kentucky Basketball fan. Paul is currently working toward his private pilot's license.

What Paul likes best about AirMart is the fast-paced environment and the opportunity to interact with the exciting world of general aviation.

Quote to live by: "If you can dream it, you can do it."  Walt Disney

Contact Paul:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell:  (859) 533-7608
Paul@airmart.com

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Adam Mabry, Sales Executive

Being a pilot has taken Adam many places before landing in Lexington as home.  Originally from Morehead, KY, Adam got his first taste of general aviation after shadowing a pilot in middle school. He never looked back. Adam went on to earn his BA at Morehead State and has done all types of flying in many different places.  Using his Commercial Multi-Instrument certification, Adam has been a commercial airline pilot, a charter pilot, and even a skydive pilot.

Adam’s diverse aviation experience enables him to advise each customer on which aircraft best suits their mission.  He enjoys meeting new people and connecting them with the right plane.

When Adam is not taking a customer on a demo flight or connecting with new leads, he enjoys traveling in his personal Mooney and exploring new cities.

Quote to live by:  “The greatest adventure lies ahead.”  J. R. R. Tolkien

Contact Adam:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell:  (859) 421-8057
adam@airmart.com

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Bob Flannery, Sales Executive

 

 

Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Bob:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell:  (859)-533-9444
bflannery@airmart.com

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Kelle Neal, Office Manager

Kelle knows a thing or two about traveling; being in an army family means she has moved many times.  She calls upon her calm, competent demeanor to assist clients, team members, and partners with a smile.  Whether it's resolving billing questions, making travel arrangements, or keeping the office running smoothly, Kelle is the consummate administrative professional. 

Kelle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from the University of Kentucky.  Learning to fly has been something Kelle has always wanted to do, so she is excited about being a part of the general aviation community.  She looks forward to the adventure of flying solo and getting to see the world from a different point of view.

When she's not solving IT problems or managing the office budget, Kelle is an avid reader who has an interest in architecture and world travel. She is also a devoted animal lover (which office dogs Baron and Carly take full advantage of on a regular basis.) Kelle lives in Lexington with her husband and her adorable toddler. 

Quote to live by:  “Be soft.  Do not let the world make you hard.  Do not let the pain make you hate.  Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.  Take pride, that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”  Iain Thomas

Contact Kelle:

Office: (859) 233-9399
kelle@airmart.com


 

 Austin Bourland, Aircraft Mechanic

Austin Bourland has always had a love for airplanes. Austin says that no matter how often he flies, the instant excitement of it never gets old. That love of aviation definitely shows in Austin’s work as Aircraft Mechanic. We are proud to welcome him to our Aircraft Inventory Management team where he works under Tom Ferguson.

Austin holds an Airframe and Power Plant License (A&P) from Somerset Community College in Somerset, KY and is looking forward to earning his Inspection Authority (IA) certification soon.

When he isn’t troubleshooting magnetos or changing exhaust systems, Austin enjoys fitness and outdoor activities like backpacking, camping, and fishing. Austin is also working toward his private pilot's license. We are proud to announce that Austin soloed this summer in a Diamond DA40!

What Austin likes best about working with AirMart is the positive people and atmosphere which he says makes doing a job he loves that much better.

Quote to live by: “In the end, it is not the things we did that we regret, it is the things we did not do.” 

Contact Austin:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell:  (859) 533-7608

Austin@airmart.com


Robert Crawford, Aircraft Mechanic

Robert’s interest in flying took root from a grass airstrip built by his grandfather.  A Cessna 152, 172 and a T-34 were the first aircraft Robert spent time flying with his father.  After pursuing other career opportunities, Robert returned to his love of aviation and earned his A&P Mechanic License and an Associate’s degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Somerset Community College.

Robert was born and raised in Brodhead, KY, and now calls Lexington home.  Whether it’s fly fishing, mountain biking, or camping, Robert can usually be found outdoors when he is not maintaining aircraft at AirMart.  Robert also enjoys flying drones.  He finds the freedom and excitement of flight his favorite part of aviation.

Robert’s enjoys the challenge of working with the diverse inventory that lands in AirMart’s hangar. It's not just his favorite part of working in aircraft sales: it’s also why he is an integral part of the AirMart Aircraft Maintenance team.

Quote to live by:  “The repairing or rebuilding of an airplane, or of a man, doesn’t depend upon the condition of the original.  It depends upon the attitude with which the job is taken.”  Richard Bach

Contact Robert:

Office: (859) 233-9399
robert@airmart.com

 


 

Zach Coffaro, Aircraft Detail Specialist

 

Bio Coming Soon

 

 

Contact Zach:

Office: (859) 233-9399
zach@airmart.com


Matt Gabbard, Advertising Coordinator, Ferry Pilot and CFII

We are thrilled to have someone with Matt's creative and aviation background fill the role of Advertising Coordinator. Matt has been flying for more than two decades and is a CFII. His knowledge of different aircraft and avionics is helpful in writing complete and comprehensive listings. Matt's history with AirMart spans two generations. 

As Advertising Coordinator, Matt makes sure all of our aircraft are advertised in a timely and accurate manner. He is a talented photographer who shoots and edits photos and video of the planes in our care. Matt also uses his skills as a CFII to ferry aircraft, provide occasional customer training and to train AirMart employees who are working toward their private pilot's licenses. What Matt likes best about working with AirMart is being around great airplanes, great people and learning new things every day.

Originally from Lexington, Matt earned his BA from Georgetown College and his Master of Music from the University of Louisville. He enjoys traveling, history and astronomy. He uses his musical background to compose choral and instrumental music in his free time. Matt currently lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.

Quote to live by: "Whatever you are, be a good one." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Contact Matt:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Matt@airmart.com


 

 

Annie Gunning, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

 

A true Lexington native, Annie brings southern hospitality and knowledge of our region to our office.  Whether you are looking for a particular department at AirMart, or a great restaurant while visiting Kentucky, she will point you in the right direction.  As our Receptionist and  Administrative Assistant, Annie is the first point of contact when you call into AirMart.

Annie has always enjoyed flying and could be found flying alone to visit her grandparents every summer as a child.  She remembers cockpit visits and the excitement of an autonomous adventure.  She continues to love the speed and learning the advances that the industry develops.

Annie lives in Lexington with her family and children.  She is our resident Zelda expert and avid movie buff.  She is a vocal advocate for ocean preservation, protection, and sustainability. 

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”  Hunter S. Thompson

Office: (859) 233-9399

annie@airmart.com


Baron Sutherlin, Dog

The AirMart office did not know it was missing this team member until Baron walked through the door in September 2014.  A natural leader- most find Baron's nap aerobics somewhat of an inspiration.  His ability to sleep anywhere is unrivaled.  His calm demeanor under pressure makes him a steady hand and an essential team member.

You can find Baron at the office most business days.  Beware of dog:  he may invite you for a nap.

 

Quote to live by: "A well-spent day brings happy sleep."  Leonardo da Vinci

Contact Baron:

Office: (859) 233-9399


 

Carly Sutherlin, Dog

Carly joined the AirMart team when it became apparent that Baron needed a companion.  Originally from a rescue, Carly has adjusted well to life with her forever family.  Although she is the sweetheart you can depend on, please know that she likes to announce when we have visitors. Rest assured her bark is louder than her lick (she is definitely a smoocher.)

Quote to live by:  "Being smarter than you look is better than looking smarter than you are."  ~Jeremy Clarkson (Not naming names or anything...*looks at Baron*)

 

Contact Carly:

Office: (859) 233-9399