President, CEO and Director

    Mr. Ricciardi was designated as Chief Executive Officer on November 29, 2018 and was re-appointed as our President on the same date. Mr. Ricciardi was a director of Saker’s predecessor entity since its inception in 2003 and continues to serve in that capacity for the current entity.

    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 to 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.


    FBO Heliport Manager

    Mr. Tolbert has directed and managed high-volume heliport facilities since 1986, when he began his career at the West 30th Street Heliport in New York City. After successfully leading that heliport for over 22 years, Mr. Tolbert joined Saker Aviation Services in 2008 as Director of Heliport Operations at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.

    Mr. Tolbert manages all day-to-day operations and is responsible for tenant and employee relations, training, customer service, human resources, and billings. Mr. Tolbert was also instrumental during the installation of the heliport’s fuel system and now manages and oversees all fuel inventory and quality control functions.


    FBO Manager

    Mr. Crotts oversees all activities of the company's location at the Garden City Regional Airport in Kansas.  Aviation is a life long passion for Mr. Crotts. Beginning at a young age, flying his father's cub over the family farm he knew aviation would always play a major role in his life.  He is a licensed pilot and is a certified A&P mechanic. Prior to his service with Saker Aviation, Mr. Crotts owned and operated FBOs in the Midwest.  With knowledge and skills gained over 30 years in the aviation industry, Mr. Crotts is a valuable resource for the entire management team.


    Human Resources Manager

    As Human Resource Manager, Ms. Smulowitz manages the centralized human resources function for all Saker Aviation Services business units.  Her responsibilities include corporate and field functions for recruitment/placement, employee relations, compensation & benefits, human resource development, training, internal communications, E.E.O., A.D.A., A.A., OSHA, and guidance to the executive team.   Ms. Smulowitz began her Aviation career in 1990 with Millionaire in Customer Services.  Her aviation background is instrumental in overseeing the Company’s most valuable asset – our employees.



Mark Raab, Corporate Controller Downtown Manhattan Heliport Pier 6, East River New York, NY 10004 T 973.383.2484 | F 973.383.2661  



Debbie Crotts, Customer Service Manager Saker Aviation @ GCK 2117 South Air Service Road Garden City, KS 67846 T 620.275.5055 | F 620.275.5629   Jon Crotts, FBO Manager Saker Aviation @ GCK 2117 South Air Service Road Garden City, KS 67846 T 620.275.5055 | F 620.275.5629



Brian Tolbert, FBO Heliport Manager Saker Aviation @ JRB Pier 6, East River New York, NY 10004 T 212.248.7240 | F 888.284.3540



Danny Youssef, Marketing Management T 212.776.4046