The Team 2018-09-07T16:28:19+00:00

The Team

René Banglesdorf
René BanglesdorfCEO
Charlie Bravo Aviation Co-Founder and CEO René Banglesdorf provides company leadership and management from her work in a number of fields. She pulls marketing and entrepreneurial experience from the software, telecom, retail, publishing and aviation industries. René serves as a spokesperson for business aviation and women in leadership in speaking and press appearances all over the world.

She is an advisor to Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy, a group that teaches the love of STEM learning through aviation in her local community. She also serves on the board of International Aviation Women’s Association as the industry vice president for General Aviation, Business Aviation and Helicopters, she serves as Supply Chain Coordinator for PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief and is the Aviation Liaison for the Austin Disaster Relief Network. René is also an active member of the Women Presidents Organization, the National Business Aircraft Association and the National Air Transportation Association President’s Council. Her book Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above The Status Quo is available on Amazon.

Curt Banglesdorf
Curt BanglesdorfPresident
Charlie Bravo Aviation Co-Founder and President Curt Banglesdorf has more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry and started selling when he learned to talk.

Curt sold advertising for Avionics Magazine where he learned of the fascinating business of pre-owned aircraft sales. He began working as a researcher at Gantt Aviation in 2002. Within a year, he was the company’s leading salesman and promoted to Director of Jet Sales. In 2008, he started Charlie Bravo Aviation with René and has continued his success, increasing his expertise to include heavier iron, turboprops and more international deals.

In his spare time, Curt works on his golf game…

Jake Banglesdorf
Jake BanglesdorfVice President
Jake Banglesdorf oversees general aviation market research and aircraft appraisals for Charlie Bravo Aviation. Jake is a third generation private aviation professional. His grandfather was a career corporate pilot and his parents founded Charlie Bravo. He began his aviation career detailing King Airs and refueling everything from Blackhawks and Gulfstreams to Cessna 172s at the Georgetown, TX municipal airport. Jake also handled customer service at Charlie Bravo Charter’s Formula One helicopter debut.

Jake graduated from Texas Christian University with degrees in Business Communications and Spanish.

Keith Sparks
Keith SparksMarketing Director
Keith Sparks handles marketing and advertising for Charlie Bravo Aviation. His marketing communications experience began in Southern California, where he studied Communications at California Lutheran University. Keith’s first professional marketing experience came in the form of an internship with a marketing agency in Thousand Oaks, CA. He has since handled marketing for a technology services firm and a recreational rental company, both located in SoCal.

Keith graduated from Cal Lutheran in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising.

Outside of the office, you’ll probably find Keith working on his jump shot…

Jennifer Hunt
Jennifer HuntExecutive Assistant
Jennifer Hunt handles a little bit of everything at Charlie Bravo, including travel arrangements, trade show logistics, marketing and more. Originally from Santa Clara, California, Jennifer studied at West Valley-Mission College in Saratoga before heading to Texas. She has close to 20 years of Executive Assistant experience across all kinds of industries, ranging from technology services to aviation, and has claimed the role at Charlie Bravo since 2011.

Jennifer lives in Leander, TX with her husband and two daughters, Cheyanne and Camryn. While she’s away from work, she’s either handling mom duties or coaching her oldest’s softball team…

Ryan Lutz
Ryan LutzResearch and Acquisitions Specialist
Ryan Lutz aides in finding and acquiring aircraft for Charlie Bravo’s clients. Ryan is responsible for keeping tabs on the market, researching and understanding current market trends for any aircraft a client might be looking to sell or acquire. Prior to working for Charlie Bravo, Ryan worked in oil and gas consulting for mid and downstream clients.

Ryan graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. While he’s away from the office, you’ll either find Ryan skiing at the lake or on the road following the Longhorn football team…

James Wisniewski
James WisniewskiDirector of Special Projects
James “Wiz” Wisniewski serves as Charlie Bravo’s Director of Special Projects, working with the sales and research team and focusing on business development. Wiz runs Charlie Bravo Aviation’s Midwest office in Columbus, Ohio.

Wiz played professional ice hockey for 14 years before joining Charlie Bravo Aviation, with 11 years in the NHL as a highly regarded defenseman for teams including the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes. His last notable professional accomplishment was as a member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team.

Wiz has a wife, Nicole, and two daughters, Jamie and Sadie. When he’s not drumming up business for Charlie Bravo, he spends much of his time playing golf at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, where he’s won a club championship.

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