Paramount Business Jets is a private jet broker arranging private flights to and from any major city in the world, in aircraft of any type or size. Born out of passion and the need for an honest broker, developed and nurtured carefully by its founder, Richard Zaher, the company soon established themselves as one of the leading private jet charter providers in the industry.
Today PBJ continues to fly high and deliver the top standards of ethics and safety. Richard Zaher, together with a dedicated team of aviation experts, provide impeccable services based on the highest levels of competence and transparency. Because they know it’s of paramount importance.
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Paramount Business Jets was founded in New York City by a pilot and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University graduate, Richard Zaher. Shortly after graduation Richard moved to NYC and worked for one of the largest jet charter brokerages in the country at that time. Working there was barely a positive experience but it showed Richard what kind of private jet company he would like to build himself.
One day in July 2005 he started Paramount Business Jets from his apartment, with a small amount of money given to him by his father. Finance was not the only concern though - back then private jet brokers had a bad reputation to such an extent that at some point even the FAA suggested that air charter brokers were totally unnecessary.
However, for Paramount Business Jets, things took off right from the beginning thanks to adopting a consistent, fully transparent policy that always centered around the clients’ needs. Addressing them in the most fair way even when things were not really profitable or easily paid off. Paramount Business Jets have made the INC 500/5000 fastest-growing company three times and have established themselves as one of the industry leaders.
Who We Are
We are a group of competent and ethical private aviation advisors passionate about flying, service, safety, and making others happy. From day one, we are building proprietary systems based on best practices, a stellar reputation, and a culture of integrity.
We believe in the life-changing power of giving and receiving. The founder and CEO himself is the best example of how you can contribute to a local community or make a difference in a person’s life. He has come a long way since he first arrived in America thanks to his honest, hard work, and now he always tries to give back. Learn more about Richard Zaher at bestyoubestme.
Get to know the Paramount Business Jets Team below and the contributions they make to help the company stand out from the competition. Every single person is a true asset to the company as they bring innovative technology with vast experience to the table. The result is a service that is consistent, trustworthy and setting a new standard in the private aviation industry.
Paramount Business Jets is the brainchild of Richard Zaher. He set up the company to make his dream of an honest private jet broker come true and share his love of flying. Richard graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Studies. He also obtained minors in Aeronautical Science, Psychology and Aviation Safety, which set the stage for Paramount’s unwavering commitment to safety.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast and former pilot, Richard is widely recognized as a leading expert in private aviation. After serving as Chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), Richard is now President of the organization.
Richard had the honor of receiving the Embry-Riddle Eagle Excellence Award at the 2012 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention. That same year and the next, Paramount was named the INC500 fastest-growing company in America.
Paramount celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2015 by creating the Paramount Business Jets Scholarship fund in partnership with Embry-Riddle to support the next generation of aviation students.
It is no surprise that Amanda has excelled since joining Paramount Business Jets in 2011, having already accrued an impressive fifteen years' experience in the sector. Originally from the UK, Amanda’s relentless work ethic saw her move to Florida, taking her first footsteps into the aviation industry with Virgin Atlantic.
Applying the same vigorous determination and attention to detail she had become renowned for, Amanda has gone on to become one of the longest serving members of staff at the company. An innate sense of where the industry is heading, alongside astute interpersonal skills, has helped propel Amanda to the position of Customer Service Manager.
Amanda is well-versed in life’s finer aspects; the result of a Culinary Arts degree attained at the University of Edinburgh. She has always had a penchant for throwing herself behind everything she does, demonstrated in the five years she dedicated to living in a Colorado ski resort as an aspiring professional snowboarder before finding a home in the aviation industry. This resonates with the esteemed customer base Amanda interacts with and helps explain the unparalleled connection she and her clients share. Combined with a fervent passion for travelling that has seen her explore France, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, India and more, it is obvious why Amanda is the perfect candidate for a career in aviation and thus so successful.
Eric Ammon is the SVP of the Paramount Business Jets Part 135 Division. He has 10+ years experience in high volume private jet charter sales worldwide and 25+ years in high end customer service. A former Airborne Ranger, Mr. Ammon's talents include superior problem solving abilities, great communication skills, visionary principles, and unyielding compromise to safety and accomplishing the mission at hand. His goal is to grow the most professional and knowledgeable TEAM of Charter Specialists the world has ever seen.
Eric enjoys a lifetime professional hobby as a latin and ballroom master dance instructor teaching other professionals how to teach.
Lilian manages the accounting department at Paramount Business Jets. Prior to joining PBJ, she has been an integral member of operations and accounts teams for start-up and medium-sized Part 91, 141, and 135 operations. She holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Lilian grew up in a small airport neighborhood near Dallas, TX which instilled her passion for aviation and travel. She currently resides in Denver where she enjoys snowboarding in the winter and the Colorado sun in the summer.
Marisha Falk is an Embry Riddle Graduate earning an MBA while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. An aviation enthusiast with over 7 years of professional experience, Marisha Falk joined PBJ straight from the cockpit. She is active multi-engine Air Transport Pilot with over 2,000 hour’s pilot in command time and 3 years of management experience. Using her corporate pilot background Marisha understands every technical detail from safety to comfort.
Marisha also pilots and races a 1350 lb. jet dragster producing 5,000 lbs. of thrust at speeds nearing 300 MPH since 2010. She enjoys horse cutting racing, and dedicates her free time to motivating young adults.
Growing up in an aviation family, Elise has been an enthusiast from a young age. Elise graduated with a Bachelors degree from The University of North Texas and has 5+ years aviation experience worldwide. While living in Marbella, Spain, Elise gained a great deal of knowledge about the European aviation market as well as learning to speak Spanish. She continues to learn Spanish and hopes to learn Italian and French in the future.
Elise enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle. Her hobbies include any outdoor activities, working out, spending time with her dog, travelling, and volunteer work.
ANGELIKA AYALA / Charter Aviation Specialist
AURELIEN ARROU-VIGNOD / Charter Aviation Specialist
BENJAMIN HOFFMAN / Charter Aviation Specialist
BRIAN FORSYTH / VP Private Jet Charter
DARIN VOYLES / SVP Charter Sales - Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa
Darin has 20+ years of aviation experience including sales and marketing leadership positions with globally recognized airlines. Darin also directed logistics for various high-level USG visitors for the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. After being stateside for a few years, he is now based in Australia looking after the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University’s Aviation Management program and an MBA degree from the University of Notre Dame. Darin is a licensed commercial pilot.
DAVID LARKIN / Charter Aviation Specialist
DAWOD ALIKOZAY / Private Jet Charter - Trip Processing Analyst
Dawod Alikozay joined Paramount Business Jets in 2016 as a private jet charter trip processing analyst. A civil engineering freshman with an associate degree in IT, Dawod was eager to expand his knowledge in a business environment. He brought a brilliant analytic mind to his role at Paramount, supported by his background teaching mathematics, algebra and trigonometry.
It was in this role that Dawod discovered an affinity for finance. He is currently taking advanced classes in finance and accounting at Northern Virginia Community College, and he plans to transfer to the University of Virginia to complete his degree.
Dawod speaks four languages fluently - English, Pashto, Persian and Urdu. He is a huge Bollywood fan, and he credits the movies in helping him to learn Urdu from scratch. He loves to play guitar and is an avid reader. When he’s not engrossed in a book, Dawod is a fitness enthusiast and a keen sportsman, listing soccer, cricket and snooker among his favourite activities.
DURAE FENNER / Charter Aviation Specialist
JOYDEEP SEN / VP Global Charter Acquisitions
KEVIN RAKES / Charter Aviation Specialist
LYNWOOD ANTHONY / Charter Aviation Specialist
MICHAEL DIETRICH / VP Private Jet Charter
STEPHAN NELSON / Charter Aviation Specialist
A Brief History of Paramount Business Jets
What They're Saying About Us
Paramount Business Jets recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary by establishing a new scholarship opportunity for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students.
Founded in 2005, Paramount has experienced an 1,093 percent revenue growth during the past three years, placing them at 409 on the Inc.
Paramount Business Jets, agreed to fly the family to Hong Kong on a nine-seat airplane for $75,000. Other airline companies were charging as much as $125,000.
Third-Party Verified Reviews
I've worked with Paramount Business Jets for many years, chartering 20 plus trips with the bulk of which were international. They do a terrific job! I love the transparency they provide -- including age of aircraft, operators, and prices. I would highly recommend Paramount!
I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you what a pleasure it was working with Paramount on a recent charter. We have never dealt with Paramount before but I quickly developed a high degree of confidence in you because of the professionalism and follow up. There is always anxiety when making arrangements for the principle of the company and Paramount did a great job of putting my mind at ease from start to finish. The staff at Paramount puts a great face on Paramount Business Jets.
Kurt and Marlin spoke with me this morning. I just wanted to say a big thank you to you from everyone here. They know it was a last minute trip and you did an amazing job pulling it together for us. We are grateful for your help, not everyone would have done that for us.
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