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.

Mark Heinen

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Heinen has served as Volato’s Chief Financial Officer since November 28, 2023. Bringing over 25 years of finance and accounting experience, Mr. Heinen previously Mr. Heinen served as Better's Chief Financial Officer. He has served in leadership positions in both publicly traded and private technology companies. Previously, Mr. Heinen was the Chief Financial Officer at Better Therapeutics. Prior to that, he served as the SVP, Global Corporate Controller, and interim Chief Financial Officer at Trintech, Inc. Mr. Heinen's career began in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a B.B.A. in accounting and an M.B.A from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified public accountant.

Steven Drucker

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Drucker has served as Volato’s Chief Technology Officer since September 5, 2022. Prior to joining Volato, Mr. Drucker held several software executive roles for TriGrow Systems and, following an acquisition, Agrify (NASDAQ: AGFY), starting in July 2018 and rising to the position of Chief Information Officer in early 2022. Prior to that, Mr. Drucker founded Fig Leaf Software in 1995 and served as its President until 2018, leading the company to generate over $180M in revenue from web development consulting and training for Fortune 100 companies. Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michael Prachar

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Prachar has served as Volato’s Chief Operating Officer since February 1, 2022. Prior to joining Volato, Mr. Prachar served as Chief Operating Officer of Big Green IT, an information technology and Microsoft cloud consulting business from 2015 to 2022. Prior to joining Big Green IT, Mr. Prachar built a 20-year operations career serving in a number of operations executive roles in the telecommunications and technology services industries, including Chief Operating Officer of LinkSource Technologies® from 2010 to 2015, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rapid Link, Inc. from 2006 to 2010, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Telenational Communications from 2001 to 2006 and Director of Operations for Intercontinental Exchange from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Prachar holds an Engineering Degree from the College for Recording Arts in San Francisco.

Gary Waldman

Executive Vice President of Fleet Performance

Mr. Waldman has served as Volato's Executive Vice President Fleet Performance since December 2022, spearheading the profitable scaling of the HondaJet floating fleet.  Prior to joining Volato he held executive leadership positions at XOJET (acquired by Vista Global Holdings), JetSuite, and Jet Edge (acquired by Vista Global Holdings).  Mr. Waldman's career in commercial and private aviation includes co-founding B2B-focused Stellar Labs (acquired by Magellan Jets) and travel metasearch company SideStep (acquired by Kayak). He also serves as an angel investor in various aviation-related companies ranging from start-ups to unicorns like Omio.  Mr. Waldman holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Brian Coulter

Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations

Mr. Coulter has served as Volato’s Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations since August 1, 2023. Mr. Coulter is a distinguished aviation innovator and seasoned leader with a robust 16-year track record. His journey began in the Royal New Zealand Air Force where he ascended to the rank of Squadron Leader, earning accolades like the Air Force Cross for his pioneering work in integrating new technology. Transitioning to the civilian sector, Mr. Coulter made his mark as a Boeing-737 Captain and Director of Safety at Air South Airlines. His passion for innovation led him to pivotal roles at WinAir Airlines and JetBlue Airways where he played a key role in shaping the early technical publications for flight operations and led the adoption of electronic flight bags. Mr. Coulter's impact extended beyond the cockpit during his five-year tenure as JetBlue’s Director of Flight Standards and eight years as the top seniority Airbus A320 Captain. As a founder of three certificates, including JSX, Mr. Coulter has demonstrated a unique ability to drive innovation in the aviation industry. Venturing into the future of aviation, Mr. Coulter served as COO at Skyryse overseeing groundbreaking urban flight operations. His most recent role as the Director of Operations at a prominent light jet Charter Operation showcased his prowess in managing and optimizing flight operations.

Luis Garcia

Executive Vice President of Sales

Mr. Garcia is an industry veteran with more than 19 years of experience in private aviation sales and operations, bringing strong expertise and a proven track record of success to his new role at Volato.

Garcia previously spent eight years as Senior Vice President of Sales at Wheels Up, consistently leading in membership generation and cultivating high-performance teams. Prior to Wheels Up, he was Senior Vice President of Sales at Starbase Jet, a Part 135 charter operator offering aircraft sales, charter, management, and jet cards. He is highly regarded for his passion for customer service, ability to develop organizational talent, and strategic approach to partnering with clients to provide value in a competitive space.