Chairman of the Board
Mr. Wachtel was first elected as a director of Saker Aviation and its Chairman of the Board on March 31, 2005.
Mr. Wachtel has been a managing partner of Wachtel & Masyr, LLP, or its predecessor law firm (Gold & Wachtel, LLP), since its founding in August 1984. Such firm serves as corporate counsel to the Company. He is a co-founder of the Drum Major Institute, an organization carrying forth the legacy of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Trenk was first elected as a director and our Chairman of the Board effective August 20, 2004, in connection with the reverse merger transaction pursuant to which we became a public company. He resigned as the Chairman of the Board on March 31, 2005, but has served as a director since August 20, 2004. On November 6, 2013, Mr. Trenk was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Mr. Trenk has served as Chairman and CEO of Air Pegasus since 1981 and, from 1997 to 2003, as Chairman, President and CEO of Sightseeing Tours of America, Inc. and Liberty Helicopters, Inc., privately held corporations operating public use heliports in New York and providing helicopter air tours and charter and air services. Mr. Trenk has also been Chairman and CEO of TechTron, Inc. since 1980. TechTron is a privately owned holding company with investment emphasis on emerging global market opportunities. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Trenk was Vice Chairman of Kenton Corporation, a diversified publicly-traded corporation, where he also served as President and CEO of Charles Town Turf Club, owner and operator of thoroughbred race tracks in West Virginia, and Chairman and CEO of International Health Company, which owned and operated a national chain of artificial kidney centers.
President and Director
Mr. Ricciardi had served as the President and a director of Saker’s predecessor entity since its inception in 2003 and was designated as its Chief Executive Officer on January 2, 2004. He was appointed our President and a director of the Company and designated as our Chief Executive Officer on August 20, 2004 effective with the reverse merger transaction, in which we became a public company. On March 2, 2009, he was re-appointed as our President and continues to serve in that capacity.
Mr. Ricciardi is a senior executive with extensive general management experience in entrepreneurial and large companies. Before joining Arizona FBO Air and from 2000 – 2003, Mr. Ricciardi was President and CEO of P&A Capital Partners, Inc., an entertainment finance company established to fund the distribution of independent films. From 1999 – 2000, Mr. Ricciardi was also co-founder, Chairman and CEO of eTurn, Inc., a high technology service provider, for which he developed a consolidation strategy, negotiated potential merger and acquisition candidates, prepared private placement materials and executed numerous private, institutional and venture capital presentations. After a management career at Pepsi-Cola Company and the Perrier Group of America, Mr. Ricciardi was President and CEO of Clearidge, Inc., a leading regional consumer products company, where he provided strategic and organizational development, and led a consolidation effort that included 14 transactions, which more than tripled the revenue of Clearidge, Inc. over four years.
Mr. Chodock was appointed as a director on June 25, 2015.
Mr. Chodock has been acting as a private investor since February 2013. Previously, he was a consultant in the New York office of McKinsey & Company and a Principal at MatlinPatterson Global Advisors, where he served on the Board of Directors of four companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Chodock’s participation is important to our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in advising companies by serving on Boards as well as his knowledge in depth and breadth of the aviation industry.
Mr. Moskowitz was appointed as a director on June 25, 2015.
Mr. Moskowitz has been the Chief Legal Officer of The New School since September 2006. From 1988 – 2004, Mr. Moskowitz held senior positions of legal oversight for New York educational institutions, including the New York State Education Department, City University of New York, Community School District #2, and the Regional Superintendent of Region 9.
Mr. Moskowitz’ participation is important to our Board of Directors because his extensive experience analyzing legal issues enables Mr. Moskowitz to advise the Company on potential courses of action, particularly when legal topics are involved.