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Grant Sutherlin

President / 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 30 years. He is a commercial, instrument, and multi-engine rated pilot. Understanding what airplanes can be bought and sold for is critical for an inventory dealer. What Grant likes best about working with AirMart is the opportunity to share his true passion with others. Originally from Somerset, Kentucky, Grant lives in Lexington with Kim and their two children. When Grant isn't following aircraft trends or making acquisitions, he is training for his next triathlon or wakeboarding on Lake Cumberland.  

Contact Grant:

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

Kim Sutherlin

Owner / Vice President of Development

Kim is working on her master’s degree in organizational psychology, and in her undergraduate years 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 an advertising and web design company. She also holds a Kentucky real estate license. What Kim likes best about AirMart is listening to the stories each customer has to tell. Originally from Chicago, Kim lives in Lexington with Grant and their two children. 

Contact Kim:
Office: (859) 233-9399

 

 

Barbette Yingst

Executive Assistant/Director of Administrative Operations

Barbette has a deep love of aviation and is passionate about her work. She grew up hearing stories of her grandfather’s adventures in his Stinson biplane, and her dad’s stint in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. But her love didn’t end with stories. Her husband, Chuck, served as an Army aviator for 30 years before retiring to the Lexington area with Barbette and their three daughters. When Barb is not overseeing the administrative operations of AirMart like a superhero, she enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and spoiling her two Corgis, Waffles and Tater.

Contact Barbette:

Office: (859) 233-9399
   Cell: (859) 242-5152
 

Adam Mabry

Sales Executive

Adam made his way around the pattern of every style of flying before landing on the AirMart team. His experience is impressively diverse. As a Commercial Multi-instrument rated pilot, Adam has flown for the airlines and on charter and has even been a skydive pilot. Adam’s favorite part of working with AirMart is linking aircraft buyers and sellers together, connecting everyone to the right plane. When Adam is not taking a customer on a demo flight or following new leads, he enjoys traveling in his personal Mooney, playing golf, and boating.

Contact Adam:

Office: (859) 233-9399
    Cell: (859) 421-8057

Bangaly "Sav" Savané

Sales Executive / Ferry Pilot

Bangaly is a commercially rated pilot who has been flying for a decade. He loves the sky and and has touched down in every state in the US and Canada since joining our team. One thing Bangaly loves most about his job as Sales Executive is talking shop with AirMart’s customers. The people of aviation have stories as unique as the various makes and models they fly and Bangaly loves hearing about them all. In his spare time, Bangaly enjoys tinkering with vehicles (especially his), being outdoors, DIY home renovations, and experiencing other cultures through travel.

Contact Sav:

Office: (859) 233-9399
    Cell: (859) 533-5735

Tate Preece

Sales Associate / Ferry Pilot

Tate has been a pilot since 2013 and holds his commercial single engine land, commercial multi engine land with instruments privileges. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. One of the things Tate likes best in his role as Sales Executive is connecting buyers and sellers all over the country – even internationally – with each other. He enjoys being part of the AirMart team and says there is never a boring day in the office. When he’s not helping buyer and sellers with smooth aircraft transactions, Tate enjoys golfing, snow skiing, water-sports, and rock climbing – anything that gets him outdoors with friend. He is also an ardent University of Kentucky sports fan and can be found tailgating on most football weekends.

Contact Tate:

Office: (859) 233-9399
Cell: (859) 388-0068

Whitney Wooldridge

Sales Associate

Whitney graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Neuropharmacology. She has always believed the sky has no limits and has been a pilot since 2019. She hopes to sit right seat in a Boeing one day and collect life-changing experiences by traveling the globe. Today, Whitney takes great pleasure in sharing her passion for aviation with our customers while continuing to grow as a pilot. When she’s not checking in with potential customers to uncover their aviation needs, Whitney loves flying, exercising, and spending time with her purebred Doberman Pinscher, Draco.

Contact Whitney:

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

Austin Bourland

Senior Aircraft Mechanic

Austin is an A&P IA. He learned to fly 8 years ago at the beginning of his AirMart career. Austin loves performing maintenance and acquisition test flights and visiting airports around the country to perform pre-purchase inspections. If the weather is nice, you can find Austin in the great outdoors. In addition to his passion for flying Austin enjoys, fishing, motorcycles, hiking and camping, and most importantly boating.

Contact Austin:

Office: (859) 233-9399

Matt Gabbard

Advertising Coordinator, Ferry Pilot, CFI, CFII, & CSIP

Matt has been flying for three decades. He is a CFII and CSIP, ASEL and AMEL. As a proficient demo/ferry pilot, Matt uses his knowledge of different aircraft and avionics to write comprehensive listings of our aircraft for sale. Matt is also our resident shutterbug. With a keen eye for detail, lighting, the composition, Matt takes the photos that make out listings stand off the page. A true renaissance man, Matt enjoys traveling internationally with his family and adding to his expansive knowledge of history and astronomy. He also uses his degree in music to compose choral and instrumental scores.

Contact Matt:

Office: (859) 233-9399

Gabriela Lopez Rosas

Maintenance Document Coordinator

Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Gabby is the youngest of 10 children.  When she was in high school, Gabby got a job working in the records department of a small DC9 carrier where she worked for 6 years.  It was there that her love of Aviation was born and grew.  While working there Gabby worked her way up and became the head of the records department.  She also had the opportunity to interact with many aircraft leasing companies.  From those interactions a wonderful opportunity to work and live in the U.S. arose.  At 25 with only $10 in her pocket and a small suitcase Gabby traveled to Phoenix, Arizona and began her new career. 

 

Gabby’s work took her all over the world.  For over 10 years Gabby traveled over 300 days a year inspecting the logbooks of aircraft.  One of her favorite memories was working in Iceland during December.  It was the coldest cold she has ever felt, but while there Gabby got to go on a night tour of a blue lagoon.  While floating in the geothermal seawaters and gazing up at the stars, the steam from the waters made her feel like she was floating in the sky with the clouds and stars passing her by.

 

During another trip she met the man who would become her husband and it was having her two daughters that changed her adventures from world travel to motherhood.  Gabby’s family moved from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Lexington, Kentucky in 2013.  They were welcomed by awesome neighbors who have made them feel that Kentucky is now their home. 

Gabby loves spending time with her husband, two girls and their dog at home.  She and her daughters love to go to movies and on small field trips to explore the outdoors.  Gabby loves read and to learn about different cultures, both past and present.  Online research is both a passion and a gift of hers. 

 

When Gabby started missing working around aircraft, she reached out to AirMart and a new position of Records Coordinator was created to take advantage of her amazing background and skills.  Gabby says the best thing about working at AirMart is that it feels like being in a second family.  The feeling of belonging, especially in the aviation world, is the best.

 

Gabby attended two years of college at Everglades University in Boca Raton for a degree in Aviation Technology and has received a certification from both Airbus and Boeing’s Maintenance Program Planning. 

 

Gabby’s favorite part about flying is the feeling you get in your stomach when the airplane takes off, every take off is amazing. 

 

"We can teach what we know, but why not inspire others by how we live?" - Roberto Perez

Contact Gabby:

Office: (859) 233-9399

Austin Burchett

Aircraft Detail Specialist

Austin understands you only have one chance to make a first impression. He ensures every plane we sell is clean and ready to shine in its new home. Austin also coordinates aircraft movements on the ground between our small city of hangars and manages the upkeep of our showroom and maintenance areas. In his spare time Austin is working toward his private pilot certificate and enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, golfing, and marksmanship.

Contact Austin:

Office: (859) 233-9399

Annie Gunning

Contracts & Closings / Travel Coordinator

Annie’s love of aviation began as a child when she would fly commercially by herself to visit her grandparents each summer. She remembers the excitement of travelling alone and the kind generosity of the crew who took care of her along the way. One of her favorite experiences was visiting the flight deck of a 747 with all its lights and controls. Annie’s favorite part about working with AirMart is helping customers simplify transactions. She says she knows she’s done something right when a closing customer smiles and says, “You made that look easy.” Annie believes that nothing is better watching a smiling customer fly away in their new plane. In her free time, Annie loves to garden and visit new places, especially if those new places have beaches. She is a movie buff, Nintendo geek, and has been known to dominate in karaoke.

Contact Annie:

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 to be 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:

Come on by the office and give him an ear rub!


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:

Come by the office and hear her bark, she's always on the look out for new people. 


 

 

 

 

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