Romano Lara, Chief Executive Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Location: Manila, Philippines | Since: May 2012
Romano Lara is the Chief Executive Officer at Virtual Blue. Romano spent all his life in Manila, Philippines located in Southeast Asia. He lives about 10 minutes from the main airport. He is currently pursuing a career in Management Engineering & Psychology. He has been a VATSIM member for almost 6 years now, former Air Traffic Manager of Honolulu ARTCC, and currently maintains a controller status in VATSIM Asia, and various other ARTCCs in the United States including Honolulu, Anchorage, and Oakland Oceanic. He has significant overall knowledge about VATSIM and related resources. Romano brings dedication, enthusiasm and many years of experience.
Jason Cook, Chief Operating Officer
Email: email@example.com | Location: Gainesville, FL | Since: July 2013
Jason is the Chief Operating Officer at Virtual Blue. He was born in Florida and currently lives in the Gainesville area. He was inspired by aviation as a teenager after flying in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk to an EAA Sun 'n Fun event in Lakeland, FL. Jason began flight training in July 1988 and was hooked on aviation ever since. His real world pilot training began in the Cessna 152, then later trained in the Piper Warrior II (PA-28-161). His passion further led him to the commercial aviation sector where he worked on FAR/JAR airworthiness certification programs for engines such as the CF34-8C for the Bombardier CRJ700. He later worked on similar certification efforts for rail system products, but his true passion has always been aviation. He is responsible for the overall strategy, planning and operations at Virtual Blue and spends significant time managing the IT infrastructure, database systems and web technologies that power our organization. He majored in computer science and has over 15 years of IT and professional software development experience, ranging from e-commerce to enterprise level applications for Fortune 500 companies. He is dedicated to making Virtual Blue the ultimate experience for serious flight simulation enthusiasts!
Marcus Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Location: Baltimore, MD | Since: Jan 2013
Marcus is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Virtual Blue. He's lived all over the Midwest before moving to Baltimore, MD, where he's been living since he entered school. Marcus is currently a freshman aerospace engineering major at the University of Maryland. On VATSIM, Marcus is an avid pilot and also a controller, achieveing an S3 rating at the New York ARTCC and local control at JFK. He's had the flying bug since visiting Oshkosh at age 3, and he wants to become a commercial pilot once done with college. Marcus is committed to making this airline the best experience for pilots you'll find on VATSIM. His office door is always open if you would like to talk to him about anything regarding Virtual Blue or just aviation!
Elliot M Vanetzian Jr, JFK Crewbase Manager
Email: email@example.com | Location: United States | Since: December 2012
Mr. Vanetzian has been associated with virtual aviation and education since October 2005 when he became a member of VATSIM.net. On and after joining, Mr. Vanetzian got his first experience with a virtual airline “American Virtual” and as a virtual pilot member started to gain the knowledge and education and then , on and after becoming a pilot member of “United Virtual” and other virtual airlines during his first year as a member of VATSIM.net. Mr. Vanetzian possesses web site, PHPVMS, VAFinancials, and flight operations experience, plus aircraft and flight operations training manuals for the Airbus 320 and Boeing aircraft, and has created recurrent training manuals to maintain flight currency’s under virtual Part 121 flight operations. Mr. Vanetzian is developing flight systems training for flight simulator virtual pilots in a pdf format and word format, for virtual pilots wanting the edge on the typical virtual flight line pilots. Mr. Vanetzian is currently attending online the National Paralegal College and in the process of receiving his Associates of Science in Paralegal Studies, and has recently entered into his Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies at National Paralegal College. He is a high honors student with a cumulative GPA of 3.84.
Mark Dalforno, Long Beach Crewbase Manager
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Location: Long Beach, CA | Since: May 2013
Mark is the Virtual Blue Long Beach Crewbase Manager. Mark has held numerous positions in VATSIM/Virtual Airlines throughout the years. He also controls in ZOA Oakland ARTCC on VATSIM and is the current Air Traffic Manager (ATM) for that facility. In the real world, Mark is the lead aircraft dispatcher for a Part 125 Air Shuttle company flying Embraer Regional Jets. Mark's experience as both an air traffic controller and real life dispatcher gives him a unique perspective to airline operations that offers invaluable benefits to the team. If you have a question about the inner workings of airline operations (e.g. economics, passenger service, flight plans, loading or flight operational safety), Mark is the right person to talk with. He is very excited to do what he can to make a difference at Virtual Blue, so let him know if you need anything or he can be of assistance!
Alexander Gonzalez, Orlando Crewbase Manager
Email: email@example.com | Location: New York, NY | Since: Jan 2013
Alex is the Virtual Blue Orlando Crewbase Manager. His love for aviation began while in aviation high school and college of aeronautics, earning a structural engineering degree. While in school, he joined the US Army Aviation Division and worked on several helicopter air frames. After 13 years of service, Alex went to work for FedEx Feeders Cargo, flying the ATR 72-500 and the Cessna 208B Caravan. Since then, Alex has retired as a FedEx pilot. He has over 28 years in aviation and has been flying virtual since Flight Simulator 1.0 and has flown on several flight sim communities like STFA, Eastsky, WCATC, VATSIM, RealWorldATC and VATME Group.
Raul Daumont, San Juan Crewbase Manager
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico | Since: January 2013
Raul is from the Enchanted Island of Puerto Rico. He lives just outside the capital San Juan. Like probably most of the people in this hobby, he has been fascinated by planes all his life. He has the opportunity to live in Orlando, Florida to learn how to speak English while doing his Master's degree. During that time, he worked for Walt Disney World Resorts. Now back on the island, he is still working in the hotel industry and has a little business on the side building and repairing custom computers. During his time off, Raul likes to travel as much as he can. He has been through France, Italy, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In addition, he has also been in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. His friends in the United States calls him the Puertorrican Redneck since he likes country music and is a huge fan of NASCAR (Go Tony Stewart!).
Sophie H., Administrative Advisor
Email: email@example.com | Location: Daytona Beach, Florida | Since: June 2012
Sophie is one of Virtual Blue's Organizational Advisors. She is in charge of day-to-day operations within the organization. Sophie is originally from the United Kingdom in London and later moved to pursue her Commercial Pilots License at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (which she is taking a break from right now). In her lifetime, Sophie has had many leadership positions including Youth Parliament and various school representative positions. She is fully ready to take this airline to the next level and show that this organization beats all the others. Please contact her with any questions that may arise concerning the airline in total. She is always open to suggestions and comments concerning Virtual Blue's operations.
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