Janine Iannarelli, CEO of Par Avion Ltd., at the forefront of private aviation
Janine Iannarelli, the CEO of Par Avion, an international business aircraft firm which sells used private jets and business aircraft joins Enterprise Radio.
Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Janine Iannarelli discuss the following:
- How did you get involved in the private business aviation field?
- Explain exactly what it is that you do.
- Why should today’s businesses own a business jet? How can small businesses plan ahead for this eventual purchase?
- How do you reach your potential buyers?
- What are the next steps in the growth of Par Avion?
Janine K. Iannarelli has more than 30 years of business aviation experience, having represented numerous corporations and private individuals worldwide with respect to both the sale and purchase of business aircraft. Ms. Iannarelli is the Founder and President of Par Avion Ltd., which is based in Houston, Texas. Par Avion is an aircraft marketing firm that specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of business aircraft and whose area of expertise lends itself to the Bombardier Globals and Learjets, Citation, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker and Phenom product lines.
Ms. Iannarelli has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, with nearly 90 percent of Par Avion’s business concentrated in this area of specialization. The scope of her experience with aircraft sales transactions reaches well beyond the procurement process in that she has had in-depth interactions with manufacturers, maintenance facilities and completion centers specific to the previously referenced aircraft as well as other makes and models of business aircraft. Ms. Iannarelli also has worked directly with designated representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and with many other countries’ civil aviation authorities where she has placed or procured aircraft.
One of many notable adventures in Ms. Iannarelli’s career was her involvement in the ferrying of a Falcon 10 and 100 from the tip of South Africa to Texas in 1997. The journey was a unique undertaking in that Ms. Iannarelli was surely the first woman broker to undertake this endeavor. The range of these airplanes dictated that a number of stops en route would need to be made, particularly on the African continent, traveling within range of then war-torn countries and negotiating with local ground support whose first language is French. The experience included traversing the Sahara Desert, the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands and on to Europe. The North Atlantic leg posed one of the greatest challenges given that flight planning is especially critical with a short-legged airplane.
A 1983 graduate of Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, N.J., Ms. Iannarelli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a specific concentration in marketing and a minor in psychology. She studied the French Language at L’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE de Houston and earned continuing education credits from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She has attended numerous industry–related seminars sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and various manufacturers and aviation product vendors. She is a current member of the NBAA, European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), Women in Aviation, International, and the American Marketing Association. In February of 2016 Ms. Iannarelli was invited to serve on the EBAA Associate Member’s Sales and Acquisition committee providing expert input on international sales transactions.
In January 2016, Ms. Iannarelli was reappointed and named presiding officer by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. Ms. Iannarelli was originally appointed to the committee by former Governor Rick Perry in October 2014. As one of 10 state-wide appointed committee members, she works to seek out and encourage business development specific to her area of expertise in the State. She was named by The Fort Worth Business Press in 2011 as a Great Woman of Texas. In April 2016 Ms. Iannarellli was named by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of the final four for the Texas Business Woman of the Year. As a sought out mentor and inspirational advisor, she often speaks before women’s and youth organizations about career development and life skill sets necessary to navigate the business world. Ms. Iannarelli routinely serves as a reliable source on business aviation for local, regional, national and international media on a variety of business aviation and small business topics.
Ms. Iannarelli is a passionate supporter of the arts and charities that benefit children and animals. She commits both her personal time and resources to these endeavors. She is a past board member of Mercury, The Orchestra Redefined, and the newest sponsor of the Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol. For more than 25 years, she was a sponsor, board member, competitor and volunteer with The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show which benefits Texas Children’s Hospital and for which Ms. Iannarelli currently serves as an Ambassador. She is a founding member of the Peace Parks Foundation headquartered in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Additionally, Ms. Iannarelli is an avid cyclist and an accomplished equestrian who competed for over 30 years in the amateur divisions at hunter/jumper shows at the regional and national level in the United States.