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Our Story 2018-03-06T16:48:41+00:00

Jet Owners Won’t Fly Without It – Now Piston Owners Can Have It Too

In the corporate jet aircraft world, maintenance programs are the norm, with good reason. Engine issues are often unpredictable, and savvy businesses want to be protected from high, unexpected maintenance costs.

We know this well, because our founder Ron Zilberbrand previously launched the company that became the premier independent provider of jet engine maintenance programs. Then in 2017, Ron asked himself the question, why should piston aircraft owners be any different?

Our team of piston maintenance experts was assembled, and we launched PistonPower™ to widespread industry acclaim. As the first program to give owners of piston-powered aircraft the same kind of cost predictability as jet owners, PistonPower™ is earning high praise from the entire general aviation industry — including insurers, OEMs, dealers and fleet operators.

The PistonPower™ Team

Ron Zilberbrand, CEO/President/Founder

rz@pistonpower.com  |  C: 312-961-0932

Ron provides the vision and strategic direction for PistonPower™. A lifetime entrepreneur, Ron has founded many successful businesses within the aviation industry, including Jet Support Services, Inc. — the world’s largest independent provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for turbine aircraft. Ron works closely with clients all over the world to help them meet their aviation, business and lifestyle needs, and has a passion for meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations.

Remi Szymanski, Vice President Sales

rs@pistonpower.com  |  C: 941-726-5439

Remi discovered his passion for aviation while spending eight years in the US Marine Corps as an IT expert attached to the Air Wing and spending numerous deployments with F-18 squadrons. Initially working as a Network Administrator, Remi returned to aviation, spending over 14 years as an aircraft sales professional. Now at PistonPower™ Remi uses his expertise to work with aircraft dealers, flight schools and aircraft owners.

Tony Barrell, Director of Technical Services

tb@pistonpower.com  |  C: 312-722-1311

Holding an A&P certificate and IA certification, Tony has been a GA maintenance wizard for over 30 years, helping our clients with any and all technical issues. Prior to joining PistonPower™, Tony was Manager of Aircraft Maintenance at Ohio State University Airport, where he built the OSU maintenance facility into the finest Cirrus Service Center in the region. He earned his licensing from Columbus Technical Institute, and served as an Aviation Structural Mechanic in the US Navy.

Jack Haun, Director of Global Fleet Management

Jack Haun has been involved in aviation maintenance as a Jet Engine Technician a then was commissioned as an Aircraft Avionics & Maintenance Officer in the Air Force and Air National Guard, Retired after 22 plus years. He has worked as Aircraft & Avionics Technician, then General Manager of a FBO. For the past 33 years he has been employed at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical as Manager of simulator maintenance, Manager of Flight Operations with the last 22 years as Director of Aircraft. Maintenance and Repair Station Manager. Jack has a vast ranger of experience from Airlines, Corporate jets to an extensive range of experience maintaining a broad range of GA aircraft and engines. Jack holds Airframe and Powerplant license, and IA certificate. College University of Alabama, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical. Academy Of Military Science.

Ken Kay, EA, Director of Finance

kk@pistonpower.com  |  O: 954-364-6261

With over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, Ken is the President of Kay Financial Services, LLC, providing assistance to businesses and individuals in the areas of wealth and tax management. He is an Enrolled Agent and has extensive focused knowledge of aviation taxes and small business taxes. Aviation is one of Ken’s passions, and he oversees that PistonPower™ clients make financially sound decisions.

Marshall Puckett, Sales Representative

mp@pistonpower.com  |  C: 505-321-1000  |  O: 505-217-9111

Marshall not only has a successful aviation career spanning half a century, but also 5,000 hours as a private pilot. He is the founder and current President of AvReps International, served as President of a national Avionics distributor, and has worked with NASA contractors to commercialize various technologies. Marshall is co-founder of the New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace Association, and has been an active member of the Aircraft Electronics Association for over 20 years.


Kenneth Dufour, ASA, MAM, Executive Vice President/Director

Ken brings over 40 years of aviation experience to PistonPower. As President of Aviation Management Consulting, Inc., he provides management, engineering, sales and marketing services worldwide, working with such leaders as Gulfstream, Honeywell, and BFGoodrich. Ken holds a B.A. in Professional Aeronautics and a M.A. in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot, and is a Certified Flight Instructor for single-engine, multi-engine and instruments.

Rick Pitts, Director

Rick is President at Jack Prewitt and Associates, one of the world’s top corporate aircraft dealers, where he has worked for over 35 years. With knowledge in all aspects of aircraft sales, acquisitions, operations, leasing and financing, and experience dealing with Fortune 1000 corporations and high net worth individuals, Rick provides PistonPower™ with operations support and assists clients with any of their aviation needs above and beyond our programs.

Andy Smith, Director

From grade school, Andy has loved flying, and in 1991, that passion led him to the aviation industry.  As Aviation Department Manager of heavy corporate aircraft for nearly two decades, Andy purchased, completed, managed, insured and sold several Challenger jets.  Andy worked closely with multiple vendors, maintainers and the FAA, as well as owners, passengers and charter customers, insuring mission accomplishment for his principals.

Since 2002, Andy has acted in his capacity as a licensed aviation insurance broker, leveraging his experiences and relationships to benefit both AvPac clients and underwriters.  Built on a foundation of integrity, Andy maintains relationships between clients and insuring companies, optimizing the selection of risk management solutions by accurately, aggressively and fairly representing to the underwriting community the client’s exposure.