JETNET is under the leadership of Vincent Esposito, President and Tony Esposito, Executive Vice President
Vincent Esposito, President
Vincent Esposito has been president of JETNET LLC since taking over the company in 1991. Under his leadership, and buoyed by his love of the company and his devotion to its success, JETNET has grown into the world leader in aviation information services.
Vincent was raised in Utica, New York. He graduated from Utica College with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He went on to graduate with his JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 1990. Vincent stepped up to run the company after the passing of his father, who was JETNET’s founder and who had been President since its inception in 1988.
Vincent is always looking for opportunities to advance the company, from expanding JETNET’s research base to introducing new products and services. He supports and encourages his management team to constantly innovate and think ahead. Vincent was instrumental in the decision to begin researching the luxury yacht industry in the same way that JETNET approached aviation.
Vincent lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where he established JETNET’s west coast office. He enjoys reading, yoga, meditation, and the strengthening of his spirit and mind. He is actively engaged in the lives of his two teenage sons, Evan and Anton, and enjoys training and showing his Labrador Retriever, Stark.
Tony Esposito, Executive Vice President
Tony grew up in Utica, NY and has dedicated his entire working career to JETNET. He briefly attended prep school in Connecticut, but quickly returned to his hometown to finish high school and attend Utica College, an extension of Syracuse University, with a minor in art. He also attended New York Film Academy in New York City.
Tony leads the day-to-day operations of JETNET, overseeing research, sales, and development. In addition to his dedication to JETNET, Tony’s love of art and design has been a primary element of his work. He was the creative force behind the remodeling of JETNET’s state-of-the-art offices. The company purchased an unused shoe warehouse, The Hurd Building in downtown Utica, as part of the city’s focus on urban development. Tony’s keen eye and design sense have influenced the company’s design work and high-tech ambiance, reflected in their headquarters. Tony is also the purveyor of his own JETNET blend of coffee.
Tony is very active in Utica’s civic scene as owner of a successful martini bar. He brings his hands-on working knowledge of business to his various operational roles at JETNET.
Lucia Frontera, Vice President of Research
Lucia has been with JETNET from the very beginning, and has participated in the growth of every department since. She has overseen the growth of the research department from 12 researchers in 1988 to approximately 50 researchers today, and managed the database from its original 22,000 business aircraft to its current 98,000 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters worldwide.
During JETNET's growth, Lucia has designed the most innovative and streamlined information process in the industry. Under her guidance, JETNET researchers handle an enormous volume of data daily, confirming and reporting market information to our customers as quickly as it comes in. Prior to joining JETNET, Lucia was President of the Better Business Bureau of the Mohawk Valley for ten years.
Lucia lives in Utica with her husband, Fred.
Paul Cardarelli, Vice President of Sales
Paul is part of the very foundation that built and supports JETNET. He has been with the company from its founding in 1988.
He began as a researcher, and learned the trade of business aircraft and JETNET’s profound influence within it. In 1994 he was promoted to Sales Director, and today manages a staff of ten, with responsibility for all JETNET subscription sales worldwide. Paul is also JETNET's delegate to the NBAA Leadership Council, and sits on the board of the National Aircraft Resale Association.
Paul has been a private pilot since 1981, and is also a member of the Business Aviation Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Paul, his wife Cynthia, and their two children, Danielle and Nicholas, are residents of Ilion, NY, where he is Unit Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America of Ilion, and a member of the Ilion Winter Club.
David Cruger, Vice President of Technical Operations
David was originally a contract programmer, developing the prototype PC application that in 1987 would become JETNET. He joined JETNET full-time in 1988, and in the last 23 years has helped design and develop the foundation of our database, software, and network infrastructure.
During his time with us, David has worked with hundreds of companies, integrating JETNET’s aircraft data into their businesses. From enhanced software features to custom reports, data migration, and importing and exporting, he has met every request with consummate skill and professionalism. David has also been instrumental in the evolution of our data delivery, one of JETNET’s distinct advantages. He managed our service from its early delivery via satellite downlink to the industry’s first fully web-based product (JETNET Evolution), and today’s wide range of alert systems, from email and SMS text messaging to another first for JETNET, Evolution Mobile.
After spending 19 years volunteering with the South Utica Little League, David continues to enjoy teaching youth in his spare time. As a New York State Hunter Education instructor and N.S.C.A. Level I shotgun instructor, he has helped the Boy Scouts of America and 4H groups, and run skeet clinics for youth and ladies. David is a member and supporter of six not-for-profit fish and game clubs in Central New York.
David has been married for 32 years to his wife, Suzanne. They have four children, Jason, Alisa, Mark and Patrick.
Karim Derbala, Managing Director of Global Sales
Karim was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1973, and lived in Cairo, Egypt until the age of 18. After graduating from the German High School (DEO) in Cairo in 1993, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland in 1994 to attend the University of Zurich, from which he graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in law.
At this time, he decided to move to upstate New York to study sales and marketing at Syracuse University. He graduated from SU in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. During that period, Karim began working at JETNET in Utica as an international business aircraft researcher. Since 2004, he has been representing JETNET and our newest service, YachtSpot, as an Exclusive Agent for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, out of Zurich, Switzerland.
Karim speaks fluent English, French, German, and Arabic, and has a basic knowledge of Italian. He loves music, and plays the piano and trumpet. He also loves to play golf.