GUILFORD, Conn. – June 2017 – Aircraft maintenance professional Roy Gioconda was recently named Director of Maintenance for Guardian Jet LLC, the Guilford, Connecticut-based business aviation consulting and brokerage firm.
In this newly created position, Gioconda will play a critical technical role for Guardian Jet, in which he will oversee the myriad technical aspects of aircraft transactions for the firm’s clients.
He will also help support Guardian Jet’s sales, acquisition and consulting team by providing sound technical advice, aviation research and key insights.
“As our DOM, Roy will touch all of the things that pilots care about — from the airframe to avionics — as well the things in back that passengers care about — Wi-Fi connectivity and entertainment systems,” said Mike Dwyer, Managing Partner, Guardian Jet.
Gioconda brings to Guardian Jet more than 35 years of aviation industry experience in all aspects of aircraft maintenance—from Part 121 (commercial aviation) and Part 135 (charter), to Part 91 (general aviation) and Part 145 (maintenance repair) environments. He is a recognized authority in aircraft maintenance, inspection, quality assurance and quality control.
“We’re creating this new position because we understand that our sophisticated clients are best served, and our aircraft transactions best managed, when we deploy technical ‘boots on the ground’—be it in Singapore, Savannah or other parts of the globe,” said Don Dwyer, Managing Partner, Guardian Jet.
Gioconda says a Director of Maintenance on staff at an aircraft brokerage firm may seem unusual, since they are typically associated with flight departments, air carriers and repair stations, but he believes it will be beneficial to the clients of Guardian Jet.
“Having a DOM in-house at Guardian Jet ensures that our clients receive technical assistance with their transactions,” Gioconda said. “This provides additional value to our clients and ensures that Guardian Jet continues to be a leader in the industry.”
Prior to joining Guardian Jet, Gioconda served as a senior managing consultant for IBM Global Business Services’ Digital Operations Center of Competence. He also worked for CAMP Systems International for seven years, serving in progressive positions that included Field Service Representative, Manager of Field Services and General Manager of Customer Support.
“Far and away, what impresses us most about Roy—beyond his technical capabilities and industry reputation—is his character, his demeanor.” Mike Dwyer said. “He relates extremely well to people, and when there are conflicts (which there always are), Roy will resolve them by understanding the issues. I know he’ll always put our clients’ needs first and do so in a very pleasant, confident, professional fashion.”
Gioconda began his career as an aircraft mechanic at American Airlines, where he spent 19 years in aviation maintenance and quality roles. He has also worked for Flight Options, Jet Logistics and FlightWorks, where he was Vendor Manager, Director of Maintenance and Director of Quality, respectively.
He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and holds an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.
About Guardian Jet
Founded in 2002, Guardian Jet, LLC, offers business aviation brokerage, consulting and oversight services for thousands of clients worldwide. The company distinguishes itself with its focus on integrity and industry expertise, and by consistently providing business value to clients. Guardian Jet’s core mission has always been to earn the right to buy and sell aircraft on behalf of its clientele by providing great consulting advice, market intelligence and flawless execution. For more, visit guardianjet.com.