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Sharyar Aziz Announced As Chief Financial Officer Of Aero Centers

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL: SAR Trilogy Management, LLC announces Sharyar Aziz as Chief Financial Officer of its Aero Centers fixed-base operators (FBO) business. Aziz reports to founders and co-CEO’s S. Michael Scheeringa and Sanjay Aggarwal and is responsible for leading all financial, accounting, information technology and procurement functions.

Sanjay Aggarwal, co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management, shared, “Sharyar is a visionary financial leader with a remarkable M&A expertise, and he has the ability to elevate the fiscal excellence at Aero Centers. We are confident that his exceptional skills and forward-thinking approach will not only drive growth, but also will optimize Aero Centers’ financial performance and usher in a new era of fiscal prudence and accountability.”

“Sharyar’s entrepreneurial thinking and disciplined execution are excellent matches with the SAR Trilogy Management and Aero Centers’ culture,” added S. Michael Scheeringa, co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management. “He will ensure our financial capabilities support our greenfield and other growth strategies that are bringing new competition to the FBO market.”

Prior to Aero Centers, Mr. Aziz was a senior leader at Atlantic Aviation, one of the leading networks of FBOs in North America. He joined Atlantic Aviation as part of the merger with Ross Aviation in 2022. At Ross Aviation, Mr. Aziz spearheaded their M&A efforts. Previously, Mr. Aziz worked at Moelis & Co., a global independent investment bank. Mr. Aziz began his career at GE Capital in their Financial Management Program (FMP).

“I’m excited to join the exceptional Aero Centers team as they scale in the ever-evolving private aviation industry,” added Sharyar Aziz. “Aero Centers has an incredibly bright future and I’m optimistic that my experience and insight will further enhance our ability to grow.”

Mr. Aziz holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.

About Aero Centers

SAR Trilogy Management is creating a portfolio of locally managed and nationally recognized full-service FBOs with the umbrella brand Aero Centers™. Aero Center’s strategy is to acquire and develop FBO operations in growth markets and to focus on providing exceptional service, extraordinary quality and industry-leading safety. Aero Centers has secured the backing of the growth-oriented private equity fund, RedBird Capital. Aero Centers is actively engaged in pursuing additional FBO acquisitions and development opportunities in North America and the Caribbean.

So far, eight Aero Centers have been announced nationwide, including six greenfield developments and two acquisitions – Atlanta, GA (PDK), Wilmington, NC (ILM), Lakeland, FL (LAL), Spokane, WA (GEG & SFF), Tallahassee, FL (TLH), Casper, WY (CPR), and Philadelphia, PA (PNE). Aero Centers will offer a full spectrum of general aviation services either themselves or through partnerships or tenant management. These services include a private terminal, aircraft parking, storage/hangar, Part 145 Certified Repair Station, aircraft management, charter broker, Part 135 charter operations, Part 141 flight school, and commercial into-plane service. In addition, each Aero Center will be known as a customer-centric private aviation expert to the community it serves. For more information, visit: https://wm1.d6c.myftpupload.com/

For Media Inquiries: [email protected] or call S. Michael Scheeringa at 440-591-0474.

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Jeremy Epperson

“Jeremy is a true world-class leader in the aviation community,” said S. Michael Scheeringa, co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management.

His life-long passion for the industry and history of developing both people and markets made Jeremy the first and natural choice to lead Aero Centers.

Epperson started his aviation career in the United States Marine Corps, where he developed his leadership and passion to serve. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, and is a commercial pilot with P135 experience. He has demonstrated his affection for the business with successful FBO leadership roles at Signature and Republic. 

Aero Centers will bring a level of professionalism and experience back to aviation communities,” added Jeremy Epperson. “Our FBOs demonstrate to the industry we are committed to first-class facilities with knowledgeable and experienced local team members with a passion for aviation. I am very excited to lead the team responsible for developing full-service FBOs and delivering customer-centric service to all aviation customers in a community. I had a vision for bringing passion, fun, and expertise back into aviation communities, just like it was 30 years ago. Aero Centers’ focus on full-service FBOs brings the dream to reality.

Jeremy Epperson

Sanjay Aggarwal

Aggarwal has over 25 years of experience in the aviation and hospitality industries. Aggarwal is a co-founder of SAR Trilogy Management. Previously until 2015, he was the CEO of Global Crew Logistics (GCL), a Miami-based travel management company specializing in the movements and accommodation of business aviation and cargo airlines’ flight crews. GCL doubled its EBITDA in a short two-year period under Aggarwal’s leadership. 

Between 2008 and 2013, Sanjay served as CEO of two commercial airlines in India – Spicejet (a private-equity-backed low-cost air carrier) and Kingfisher Airlines (a publicly listed full-service carrier). Under his leadership, Spicejet saw its first profitable year and increased its domestic market share from 7% to 12%. Prior to that, he served as COO of Flight Options LLC, one of the world’s largest operators of business jets. He and Scheeringa worked together to take Flight Options to profitability. 

Earlier, Sanjay worked in IT, strategy, financial planning and other roles at Marriott International and US Airways. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Nagpur University in India and his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. 

Sanjay Aggarwal is a co-founder of SAR Trilogy Management

MICHAEL SCHEERINGA

Scheeringa has almost 30 years of experience in general and commercial aviation as an operator and supplier. Scheeringa is a co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management, an aviation investment and management company. Before he founded SAR Trilogy in 2015, he was the President and CEO of BBA Aviation Flight Support, which comprised Signature Flight Support, the world’s leading FBO network, and ASIG, a leading operator of commercial aviation fueling services. Under his leadership, Signature grew from 85 to 124 global locations, almost doubled in revenue and tripled profit resulting in the company outperforming the market in 65 out of the last 72 months of Scheeringa’s tenure.

From 2004-2008, Scheeringa served as CEO of Flight Options LLC, one of the world’s largest operators of business jets. He was responsible for the turnaround of the business taking it from a negative 20% margin to a positive 5% margin. Prior to that he spent 13 years at US Airways in officer-level positions in network and operations planning and as the head of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. 

Scheeringa received his BS in Transportation and Logistics Management from Arizona State University. Scheeringa was a board member of the Central Florida Expressway Authority. He is a Past Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association and a private pilot.

Michael Scheringa Founder of Aero Centers