Matthew Liotta

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Liotta co-founded Volato and has served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Prior to co-founding Volato, in 2016, Mr. Liotta founded Agrify (NASDAQ: AGFY), an agricultural technology company where he served as President until 2019 and Chief Technology Officer from to 2019 to 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Liotta worked for several Silicon Valley venture capital backed portfolio companies, including gMoney Corporation, Yipes, TeamToolz, and DevX. Mr. Liotta has also held positions at Hudson Global, Pharmasset, and One Ring Networks. In 2019, Mr. Liotta also co-founded CEADS, a non-profit organization for the advancement of Controlled Environment Agriculture and served as its President until 2022. He currently serves as a Director for Fintainium, a cloud-based financial technology company that provides secure remote and mobile access for financial services.

Nicholas Cooper, CFA

Chief Commercial Officer and Director

Mr. Cooper co-founded Volato and has served as a Director and in various executive officer roles since its inception, including most recently as Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to co-founding Volato Mr. Cooper was at AGM Service Company. Prior to that, in 2015, Mr. Cooper founded Apptuto, a 500 Startups accelerator portfolio company focused on mobile-first consumer edtech, where he served as Chief Executive Officer until 2017. Before starting his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Cooper gained experience in investment banking serving as Investment Manager at Al Nahdha Investment and Abu Dhabi Capital Group, a prominent family office in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he was responsible for managing the Private Equity and Venture Capital portfolios from 2010 to 2015. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Cooper was a Senior Associate at Macquarie Bank, operating out of the London and Sydney offices. Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Sydney Australia, where he was a resident of St. Johns College and Ellwood Scholarship recipient. Mr. Cooper is a CFA® Charterholder, CFA Institute, and is a former Chartered Accountant and lapsed member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales.

Joan Sullivan Garrett


Ms. Garrett has served as a Director of Volato since December 19, 2022 and was elected as Chair of the Volato board on July 5, 2023. In 1985, she founded MedAire, the leading global provider of integrated safety solutions for the aviation and maritime industries, including emergency medical kits, crewmember training, and MedLink – a 24/7 global response service enabling real-time, remote access to board-certified emergency physicians. She served as MedAire’s Chief Executive Officer until 2006 and continued to serve as Chair of the MedAire board until 2023. Ms. Garrett now serves on the board of AEA Investment, Ltd., a private equity firm under which MedAire now operates. She served on the board of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) from 2011 to 2015 and has previously held positions on the Board of Governors for the Flight Safety Foundation, including Vice Chair. Ms. Garrett began her career as a critical care registered flight nurse and graduated from Mesa Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in nursing.

Mike Nichols


Mr. Nichols has served as a Director of Volato since August 19, 2021 and as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malibu M-Class Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) since October 2022. In September 2021, Mr. Nichols founded Flieger Strategies, LLC, an aviation and business strategy consultancy, where he continues to serve as President. Previously, Mr. Nichols was a senior executive with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), where he served in several executive roles over the course of an 18-year tenure from 2003 to 2021, most recently as its Vice President of Strategy & Innovation. He continues to serve as a director on the NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Nichols has earned Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) credentials.

Peter Mirabello


Mr. Mirabello has served as a director of Volato since December 1, 2023. Mr. Mirabello serves as the Chairman and CEO of Metal Finishing Technologies, LLC (MFT) since April 2011, where he has been instrumental in driving innovative and sustainable growth through mergers and acquisitions, product category expansion, and the application of cutting-edge 4.0 technologies. Under his leadership, MFT has emerged as a nationally recognized source for diversified metal finishing and surface preparation services, catering to industries such as Aerospace and Defense, Battery, Medical, Automotive, Marine, Communications, and Electrical. With a wealth of expertise in the Commercial and General Aero/Aviation industries in both the US and Western Europe, Mr. Mirabello is a renowned thought leader and speaker at industry events, sharing valuable insights on key trends and the application of industry-relevant 4.0 technological advances.

Mr. Mirabello's distinguished career includes serving as the Executive Vice President at NetJets from December 1998 to March 2008, during which he played a pivotal role in achieving remarkable growth, expanding the airframe fleet from 70 to more than 700 jets over a decade. In this capacity, he oversaw major brands, including the Marquis Jet Card program, NetJets International, Executive Jet Management charter operations, and Marquis Program. Mr. Mirabello's professional journey also encompasses the role of Commercial Director in Toulouse, France, for International Aero Engines, where he collaborated closely with the Airbus leadership team. Additionally, he held key positions at Pratt & Whitney, focusing on Purchasing Finance & Negotiation and Manufacturing Development Engineering. Armed with a solid educational foundation, including an Executive Education in Advanced Business Finance from Harvard Business School, Mr. Mirabello brings extensive experience and leadership to his current and past roles.

Dr. Dana H. Born


Dr. Born has served as a director of Volato since December 1, 2023. Dr. Born is a retired Brigadier General with thirty years of distinguished service in the United States Air Force, recognized for her leadership and commitment to service. Currently, she holds key positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, serving as the Faculty Chair for the Senior Executive Fellows Program, Faculty Advisor for the Black Family Graduate Fellowship, and Lecturer in Public Policy. With a diverse career, Dr. Born has excelled in roles ranging from Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy to Squadron Commander in DC during 9/11, and service in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Her multifaceted career also extends through The How Institute for Society as a Distinguished Fellow for Moral Leadership.

Dr. Born serves as an Independent Director and Vice Chair for the Midwest Reliability Organization, Trustee for DeVry University, and Academic Advisor to Chegg Inc. Dr. Born also dedicates her expertise to nonprofit organizations including serving as Executive Committee Director for the Air Force Academy Foundation Board; Trustee on the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Foundation, Honorary Board Member EOD Warrior Foundation, Advisory Board Member for “With Honor”, and Past President and Chair of the International Women’s Forum (Massachusetts). As a Senior Consultant for the Core Leadership Institute, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women Corporate Directors, and the International Women’s Forum, Dr. Born's leadership extends to advisory roles for various impactful initiatives showcasing her commitment to education, moral leadership, energy, and national security.

Katherine Arris-Wilson


Ms. Arris-Wilson has served as a director of Volato since December 1, 2023. She brings over 25 years of experience as a management consultant, board member, private equity advisor and investor. Ms. Arris-Wilson currently serves as an independent advisor to pre-revenue and private equity portfolio companies with less than $50 million of top line revenue, including serving as a due diligence advisor to PROOF. Since 2002 Ms. Arris-Wilson has been a founding member of Whistler Capital and has helped oversee and make private equity investments in several companies. From 1993-2000, Ms. Arris-Wilson served as a Manager at Bain and Company for a range of Fortune 500 and growth company clients while living in Dallas, TX, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Johannesburg, South Africa. Her consulting experience includes growth strategy, portfolio analysis, and operational efficiency. Ms. Arris-Wilson has worked on, designed, and led comprehensive, complex, coordinated workstreams. Implementation of growth strategy recommendations include overseeing distribution channel and product line optimization, alternative asset acquisition and deployment and organizational redesign. Ms. Arris-Wilson holds a BA in Economics (with honors) from the University of Texas at Austin and was a Dean's Distinguished Graduate.