Executive Team

Robert Seidel

Chief Executive Officer

Bob Seidel is Chief Executive Officer of Alerion Aviation. He oversees an organization of nearly 100 employees, operating 14 private jets from operating bases in New York, Palm Beach and Los Angeles.  Prior to Alerion, Bob was senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services with responsibility for the Americas.  In this role he was responsible for 350 employees and the operation of over 70 aircraft. Jet Aviation is a General Dynamics company with approximately 4,500 employees and facilities in the USA, Europe, Asia, the Mideast and South America.

Before Jet Aviation, Bob was a sales director for a five - state region for Gulfstream Aerospace, a General Dynamics company and the leading manufacturer of private jets. He was responsible for selling the full line of Gulfstream airplanes, as well as used aircraft.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a naval flight officer on P-3C Orion aircraft and after two deployments to the Pacific and Indian Oceans served as an instructor teaching navigation, communications and tactics to new pilots and flight officers. He retired as a lieutenant commander.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. He holds positions on the advisory boards of Air Research Group (ARGUS), Farmingdale State College (SUNY) School of Aviation, and Ableflight, a 501c3 non-profit organization improving the lives of disabled persons through aviation scholarships.

Suran Wijayawardana

Chief Operating Officer

Suran Wijayawardana is the Chief Operating Officer for Alerion Aviation. He is responsible for the sale and delivery of charter flights operated by the company. He is supported by a team of charter sales and dispatch professionals operating from bases in New York, Palm Beach and Los Angeles.

Prior to Alerion, Suran founded ACP JETS, Inc. and grew it into an international air carrier, operating private jets all over the world. In five years Suran steered ACP’s growth to 8 aircraft and over 40 employees, while maintaining an sterling reputation for quality of service and industry leading safety ratings. In 2015, ACP JETS merged with JFI JETs and the resultant company became Alerion Aviation.

Suran has over twenty years of aviation management experience and previously held management positions in aviation companies from Part 141 Flight Schools to 135 Operations. He is currently Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association Charter committee and is past  Chairman of both the East Coast Aviation Safety and Training Group and the Continued Florida Aviation Systems Planning Process (CFASPP), a division of Florida Dept. of Transportation. He is a passionate advocate for business aviation in his roles on the NATA air charter committee, FAA Air Carrier Training Rulemaking Committee (ACTARC) and several industry boards.

Suran attended Iowa State University for Aerospace Engineering and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he studied aeronautical science with minors in Aviation Safety and Human Factors.

Sohail Ashraf

Chief Financial Officer

Sohail Ashraf is the Chief Financial Officer for Alerion Aviation overseeing all financial and adminstrative activities of the operation at its bases in  New York, Palm Beach and Los Angeles. He oversees a team performing accounting, human resources, vendor management and client relations.

Prior to Alerion, Sohail served as Controller of Linx Industries, a privately held diversified holding company, where he managed the growth of the investment portfolio in hospitality, general aviation and media. Linx Industries owns and operates companies in aviation, real estate development, hotels, yacht management, asset based lending and industrial processes. Prior to Linx Industries, Sohail oversaw financial planning and analysis for Heavy.com, an online social media website. 

Sohail is a result-oriented professional with over 14 years experience in financial management and accounting as both Director and Controller for large conglomerates as well as venture-backed start-ups. He possesses the analytical and technical skills necessary to translate business metrics into bottom-line value and performance.

Sohail earned a BS degree in Finance from Rutgers University. He received his MBA from Zicklin School of
Business at Baruch University.

Damon Danneker

Vice President Operations

Damon Danneker is Vice President of Operations for Alerion Aviation. Overseeing a team of pilots, technicians, cabin attendants and operations specialists, he is responsible for the safe and efficient performance of ground and flight operations worldwide.  Additionally, Damon oversees operations of the JFI JET center in Long Beach, California. He joined the company in 2008 as a line pilot, flying Gulfstream aircraft.

Throughout his aviation career Damon has been an advocate for improved training practices and has held positions as lead flight instructor, company check airman and director of training. He got his start in aviation as a flight instructor and is a Gold Seal CFI. He is an active member of the National Air Transportation Association where he has held positions on the charter committee and FAA rule -making committee.

A native of southern California, Damon holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA. Before his aviation career he was a financial advisor with Salomon Smith Barney.

Timothy Waters

Vice President Sales

Tim Waters is Vice President of Sales for Alerion Jets, the retail sales division of Alerion Aviation. He oversees all retail client relationships and coordinates charter sales on the Alerion fleet as well brokering trips on a fleet of specially vetted air carriers.

Prior to Alerion, Tim founded and was President of Northwind Jets, a Manhattan based jet charter brokerage, where he built a loyal base of retail clients who came to appreciate his high – touch handling of their travel requirements.

Before Northwind, Tim was Vice President – Sales for NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company. There he was responsible for sales of fractional ownership positions and Marquis jet charter cards. Tim cut his teeth in the private jet industry in sales roles with Blue Star Jets and Avantair.

In his early career, Tim was a medical products salesman for Medtronic and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University where he was captain of the Division I lacrosse team.

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