Chris Hudson, VP Sales
Chris joined the BestJets staff in 2016. He is located in Charlotte, NC. Chris spent 12 years as AOPA’s Regional Representative for MD, VA, NC and SC and formerly operated a corporate flight department for Collier Cobb & Associates/Willis Corp. He holds the ATP certificate and ratings in Learjet and B737 types and has 7000 hours’ flying experience.
In addition to his primary work with BestJets, Chris maintains a North Carolina license to practice law and is happy to assist with legal-related matters.
Rich Melvin, Sales Associate
Rich is an active pilot who holds a Commercial certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Rich is type-rated in the King Air 350 and currently flies a 350 and two King Air B200s for their owners.
Rich focuses primarily on the turboprop market and is very knowledgeable about the Beech King Air line of aircraft. He stays up-to-date with the various engine upgrades and other STC's available for the King Air models.
Jim Poponea, Sales Associate
Jim is a licensed pilot with 15 years of aviation experience. He holds an ATP license with a CL-65 type rating. He has is a former freight, charter, and regional airline pilot with around 4000 hours of flight time.
Jim is also an avid software developer with 10 years of experience creating enterprise software for online retailers, public utilities, and financial institutions.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a master’s degree in Information Technology Management from Oakland University.
Barbara Taylor, CEO
I have over 20 years experience in the aviation industry, including:
I’ve sold over 500 Jet, Turbo Prop and Piston aircraft, including international sales to Australia New Zealand, England, France , Ireland, Malasia and Singapore.