About Us

Robert Seidel

Robert Seidel

Chief Executive Officer

Bob Seidel is Chief Executive Officer of Alerion Aviation. He oversees an organization of nearly 100 employees, operating 19 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.

Brian Beach

Brian Beach

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Beach is the Chief Operating Officer of Alerion Aviation. He is responsible for Alerion’s flight and ground operations. Mr. Beach brings over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining Alerion, Brian held senior leadership roles with Amerijet International Airlines, and American Airlines.

As the COO for Amerijet, Brian was responsible for all aviation, maintenance, safety, and warehouse organization. In this role, Brian helped grow Amerijet from 8 to 20 widebody aircraft, doubled revenue and start a worldwide freight operation.

Brian had an extensive career at American Airlines where he had increasing leadership roles with labor and management. During this time, Mr. Beach was the lead accident investigator and then Chairman of the National Safety Committee for the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and then transitioned to become Chief Pilot and Director of Flight for the Miami crew base, overseeing 2,100 pilots and 250 departures a day.

Brian’s military experience includes 15 years of active/reserve duty in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as a Director of Safety and Standardization and instructor pilot flying F/A-18’s.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and graduated from the Naval Postgraduate Safety School and University of Southern California obtaining his Engineering Aviation Safety and Security certification.

Ronald F. Cinnella

Ronald F. Cinnella

Chief Financial Officer

Ronald Cinnella is the Chief Financial Officer for Alerion Aviation overseeing all financial activities of the operation at its bases in Teterboro, Farmingdale, Palm Beach and Los Angeles. He oversees a talented team performing accounting, vendor management and client relations competencies.

Prior to Alerion, Ron served 13 years at Jet Aviation Flight Services in Teterboro, NJ as Controller/CFO for its Charter/Management line of business. Additionally, Ron served as a Sr. Client Services Director where he oversaw 14 managed clients to ensure their expectations were met.

Ron is a result-oriented process driven professional with over 30 years experience in accounting and financial management. Ron has worked for several companies throughout his career such as Pfizer, Stryker, Coach Leatherware, and Paradigm packaging. He possesses the analytical and technical skills necessary to translate business metrics into bottom-line value and performance.

Ron earned a BS degree in Accounting from William Paterson University and received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Ron is a private pilot with an advanced ground instructor certificate.

Richard Ziskind

Richard Ziskind

Chief Commercial Officer

Richard Ziskind is Chief Commercial Officer of Alerion Aviation. He is responsible for all commercial aspects of the company related to client experience, aircraft management, sales, marketing, and business development. Prior to Alerion, Ziskind was Vice President and Managing Director for Crystal Luxury Air, a business segment for the luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises. Ziskind was responsible to lead the client experience, operations, sales, and marketing for the company’s luxury aircraft fleet of BBJ and Bombardier aircraft, employing over 60 pilots, cabin attendants and technicians. His responsibilities included oversight of all product offering, asset acquisition, corporate structure, and regulatory compliance for the entire Crystal aircraft division.

Before Crystal Luxury Air, Ziskind held senior positions with large multi-fleet airlines, private jet companies, and special aircraft platforms for large commercial programs, international government entities, and heads of state. During Ziskind’s 30 years in the aviation industry, he has led global projects related to aircraft acquisitions, sales, and leasing programs.

Mr. Ziskind has compiled an admirable portfolio of successful luxury aircraft offerings and has earned a reputation for morphing these profitable entities into even more successful private jet ventures and leading new projects into untapped areas of opportunity.“Every day brings new challenges and opportunities. Every day we aim to fly higher – to achieve more for the clients who trust in us and our team – and I would not want it any other way”. – R. Ziskind

Ziskind earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York. Ziskind has participated on advisory boards with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), National Air Carrier Association (NACA) and The Wings Club.

Steve Climie

Steve Climie

Chief Business Development Officer

Steve Climie currently serves as the Chief Business Development Officer for Alerion Aviation. Steve oversees aircraft brokerage, client acquisition and management, corporate partnerships, and business growth strategies.

Prior to his role at Alerion Aviation, Steve was President of South Aviation Group, a bespoke aircraft brokerage and management company based in South Florida. At South Aviation Group, Steve instilled a culture of personalized service, ethical business practices, and transparency. His strategic vision and hands-on leadership significantly contributed to the company’s success and client satisfaction.

Steve’s journey in the aviation sector began behind the controls as a pilot, where he first developed his deep passion for aviation. His career path took a pivotal turn when he advanced to become the Director of Client Relations at South Aviation Group. His firsthand experience as a pilot enriched his understanding of client needs, enabling him to provide tailored solutions and superior client service.

An accomplished aviator, Steve holds several type ratings on Citation, Hawker, and Gulfstream aircraft. He is also a certified flight instructor, a role that has allowed him to share his extensive knowledge and passion for flying with aspiring pilots.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College where he played hockey and golf on the college’s NCAA teams.

Timothy Waters

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.