Romano Lara, Chief Executive Officer

Email: romano@flyvblue.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: jason@flyvblue.org | 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: marcus@flyvblue.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!

Kevin Miller, New York (JFK) Crewbase Manager

Email: kevin@flyvblue.org | Location: United States | Since: June 2013

Good day fellow aviators, my name is Kevin Miller and it's my pleasure to serve you all as the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Crewbase Manager. I was bitten by the aviation bug as a young child, and always dreamed of taking flight. I started flying later in my life, but I was blessed with starting my flight training back in 2004. Currently I have time logged in Cessna 172's, Piper Warriors and Tomahawks; but through the help of great friends I also have stick time being at the controls of a Piper Seneca and Beechcraft Baron. My aspiration is to one day become an airline pilot and join the ranks of great aviators of today. I have over 10 years of experience all over the aviation field from dispatcher at the flight school at Republic Airport (FRG) to the security sector from working at the Transportation Security Administration at JFK International Airport. Once again it's my pleasure to serve you as the JFK Crewbase Manager and if you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email and I will be more than happy to assist you in any way that I can. Keep the blue skies up.

Jovan O'Bryant, Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) Crewbase Manager

Email: jovan@flyvblue.org | Location: United States | Since: May 2013

My name is Jovan O'Bryant and it is my pleasure to serve you as the Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Crew Base Manager! I am a real world airline pilot with over 5700 hours of experience currently flying the E-190 for a great airline! I started my career in South Florida flying cargo in turboprops back in 2004 and worked my way up to the airlines. I have a deep passion for aviation and especially flight simulation and it's a pleasure to be affiliated with Virtual Blue! Please feel free to send me an email if there is any way that I can assist you or if you just want to talk about flying!

Alexander Gonzalez, Orlando (MCO) Crewbase Manager

Email: alex@flyvblue.org | 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.

Anthony Bojanowski, Long Beach (LGB) Crewbase Manager

Email: anthony@flyvblue.org | Location: Celebration, FL | Since: Dec 2013

Anthony is a real world student pilot. Having been accepted, and is attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, he will work his way up to being an airline pilot, hopefully JetBlue or Spirit. He was born and raised in Celebration, FL only 4 miles away from Walt Disney World, and 22 miles from Downtown Orlando. He is a Cadet Officer in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary, where he uses the Cessna 172, and 182 G1000. He is currently enrolled at Gateway Airport to earn his Instrument rating by arrival at ERAU. He enjoys playing golf, going to Disney, and playing baseball. Though only 17 years old, he's already on the path to his career as an airline pilot, he started at age 12. Every year Anthony goes to EAA Airventure in Oshkosh and works with crowd control, aircraft operations, and flight line marshalling. His favorite baseball team is the Tampa Bay Rays.

Raul Daumont, San Juan (SJU) Crewbase Manager

Email: raul@flyvblue.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 Puerto Rican Redneck since he likes country music and is a huge fan of NASCAR (Go Tony Stewart!).

Sophie H., Administrative Advisor

Email: sophie@flyvblue.org | 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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