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A Unrivaled Aviation Experience


Founded in 2008, Reynolds Jet is an industry-leading provider of aircraft management and on demand private jet charter services. We serve corporations, entrepreneurs, government leaders and private clients who expect the very best in safety and service, for all their private aviation travel.

Designed for each unique private air travelers’ needs, we craft boutique solutions that create a personalized experience for every flight they take with us.

We are in the business of serving people

As a service company in the private jet industry, we are passionate about delivering an exceptional aviation experience with outstanding authentic hospitality. Because every customer is different – and their vision of perfection is too – we take time to learn your individual wants, needs and notions so that we can meet any request.

Nothing is too much trouble. Even when your needs evolve, we adapt and innovate.

Nine-tenths of aviation is on the ground

Excellent Aircraft Stewardship

We take great pride in our heritage of large operator expertise, systems and knowledge that is fused with dedicated operator agility, focus and attention to details. This is what allows us to provide a support service experience that is both exceptional and memorable.

Then there are all the behind-the scenes elements. We have incredible people, each one a specialist in their function of the business, taking care and pride in the smallest of details, to make the bigger things happen seamlessly.

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Exceeding Highest Levels of Safety Standards

Fewer than 1% of all charter operations in the U.S. have earned the very highest safety accreditations that we have attained. An accomplishment attained with a relatively lean, dedicated flight department, built on the philosophy of better, not bigger.

Our dedication to the customer shows in everything we do. Our relentless obsession in the pursuit of excellence dates back to day one. These safety accolades are not a destination for us, more a significant milestone in our continuous improvement journey.

Meet Your Extended Team

J. MERCER REYNOLDS | Chief Executive Officer

Mercer Reynolds is the Chief Executive Officer of Reynolds Jet.  After acquiring Midwest Jet Management in 2008, Mercer changed the name to Reynolds Jet Management to reflect the history and traditional of exceptional customer service associated with the Reynolds family name.

Mercer has held positions of Owner and General Manager of Air 10 Jet Center (KLUK FBO), Travel Manager in the White House Travel Officer managing the chartering of aircraft for members of the press for President Bush’s overseas trips, and coordinating logistics with the US Secret Service and White House Military Office.  He currently owns Cincinnati Jet Center, based at Butler Country Regional Airport.

As President, Mercer is responsible for the culture here.  This boutique customer service and safety culture is deeply instilled throughout Reynolds Jet.  It is personified by every employee, and only continues to get stronger.  His role is to ensure the company’s dedication to safety – that we live and breathe it – will never be compromised, and that we conduct business with complete transparency.

Mercer has a unique perspective in the industry, having been on both the aircraft ownership and private jet user side of charter management.

Mercer holds a B.A Philosophy degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

JAMES MURRAY | President

James is a veteran of the business aviation industry where he has been a pioneer of new programs, a fierce advocate for safety and service, and a champion for change.  He leads the Reynolds Jet team to consistently execute against ambitious financial, operational and service goals by exemplifying a culture of transparency, authenticity, individual excellence and accountability.

Over the years, James has been involved with setting policy and guidance for the industry through his participation in several National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Standing Committees and has presented several relevant conference sessions to Membership.  He is currently serving as a Board Member At Large for the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) where he chairs the Workforce Development Committee.

James has a Master of Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was elected as a Judicial Committee Representative and the Class Commencement Speaker. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics, with a minor in Business Administration, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

RICKY E. SUMMERS | Director of Operations

Ricky is 30-year Corporate Aviation veteran and is a graduate of the Federal Aviation Academy.  He was one of the founding pilots of Comair Jet Express, the operation that later became Delta Private Jets.  During his tenure there, he served as a Line Captain, Safety Officer, Check Pilot, Chief Pilot and Director of Operations.  In 2011, he joined the Reynolds Jet team as a Challenger 604 Captain and Chief Pilot, and later became Director of Standards and Director of Operations.

Through the years, Ricky has logged over 16,000 hours of flight time with nearly 6,000 hours in Challenger 604 and 605 aircraft in operations throughout Europe, South America, North America, and the Pacific.

Ricky lives with his wife Rebecca in Batavia, Ohio, and has one grown son that lives with his wife in the local area as well.  He stays actively involved with aviation in the Cincinnati area through volunteer work with multiple aviation and civic related organizations to promote the future growth of corporate aviation.


Byron grew up in Southeastern Indiana where he enjoyed spending time outdoors. His flight career began prior to his high school graduation. He studied Aerospace Technology at Indiana State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1995. Upon completing his education, he returned to the Cincinnati area and began his career in aviation as a Flight Instructor.

In 2000 he accepted a position with a fractional ownership company and became part of the leadership team serving over 700 pilots. Byron joined Reynolds Jet in 2014 as a lead captain, later becoming Chief Pilot and company check airman. Byron has over 11,000 hours of flight experience, holds ATP, CFI, CFII and MEI ratings, and is type-rated in the MU300, BE400, and CL604 aircraft.

Byron is responsible to ensure that all Reynolds Jet crew operate to the highest standards of safety and professionalism.

DONALD C. MADER | Director of Maintenance

Don Mader started out his aviation career at the age of 17 performing a summer job as a mechanic’s helper, working on Bell 206 Jet Rangers and Long Rangers. When Don graduated high school, he went to college for his Airframe and Powerplant license and Associates Degree. From there, he worked for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing Aircraft Company working flight line for the AH-64 attack helicopter and 757 depot maintenance for several years. Don’s interest in larger aircraft grew and so pursued Heavy Jet cargo line maintenance where he was responsible for a fleet of 60 aircraft, ranging from Boeing 727,747 Airbus A300 and Douglas DC8, DC9 and DC10 aircraft.

Don has been in Aircraft Management as a Supervisor and/or Director for the past 27 years. Throughout his entire career he has been responsible for maintaining aircraft to the highest level of maintenance and safety.

In his current position of Director of Aircraft Maintenance, Don is responsible for coordinating/communicating real time aircraft status and maintenance requirements between Charter Sales, Maintenance, and Operations. Locate certified contract maintenance for AOG aircraft and assist in diagnosing/troubleshooting maintenance discrepancies. Order/tracks parts to ensure the timeliest repairs for AOG maintenance. Find and approve certified A&P maintenance along with certified part 145 repair stations to comply with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on our aircraft fleet. Ensure that our Certified part 135 operation runs safely and within the guidelines of the FAR’s.

CHRIS HAMBLEN | Director of Charter Sales

Chris Hamblen joined the Reynolds Jet team in 2009, bringing his extensive knowledge in previous positions as Director of Owner Services and Owner Services Account Management.

In his role of Director of Charter Sales, Chris is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to our charter customers, 365 days a year. He leverages his knowledge of the local charter market, and his national charter sales network, to arrange the private jet travel for high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, business leaders and politicians.

Chris holds a bachelors’ degree from the University of Cincinnati.

SCOTT DEVICH | Flight Operations Manager

Scott joined the Reynolds Jet team in 2021.  He began his career as a US Army Aviator and spent the bulk of his business aviation career with a large Part 135 operator in several roles that included Assistant Director of Operations and Vice President of Flight Operations. In those roles, he created and managed a Business Insights & Analytics department that brought enhanced visibility to company operations while also running the Part 135 Crew Services team. His experience leading organizations through third party audits, creating and maintaining SMS programs, and managing complex flight crewmember organizations in the managed aircraft space adds tremendous value to the Reynolds Jet organization and its elite customer base.

JODIE FITZGERALD | Owner Services Manager

Jodie Fitzgerald joined the Reynolds Jet team in 2015, bringing extensive knowledge of hospitality and customer service, working for 12+ years at luxury boutique hotel The Cincinnatian. In her role as Owner Services, she is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to our aircraft owners. She is responsible for ensuring our crafted boutique service is steadfastly upheld and that each aircraft traveler experiences extraordinary care and peace of mind.

“Ask and you shall receive…as long as its legal” is Jodie’s motto.

Jodie is a Cincinnati native, and a PR and Marketing Graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.

DEBBIE JUSTUS | Director of Finance

Debbie Justus has been with Reynolds Jet since the first day, from the moment the 135 certificate was approved back in 2003.  Under different owners and company name at that time, Debbie has seen the company change into what it has become today.

Debbie started out her aviation adventure as Comptroller for Air10 and then Midwest Jet Management.  Previous positions held outside of aviation include Chief Bookkeeper for Gold Medal Products Company, Accounting Specialist for Howard & Nunn Inc. CPA and Accountant for Mead Corp.

A Reynolds Jet employee since 2008 – at this time the company name was changed to Reynolds Jet Management, to reflect the history and tradition of exceptional customer service set by the Reynolds family – Debbie is responsible for each aircraft owner’s accounting activity, handling the day-to-day financial operation of the aircraft.  She ensures that the monthly owner reports are completed accurately and timely, tracking all aircraft utilization activity (owner and charter) and itemized fixed and variable incurred costs, including fuel purchasing reporting and maintenance.

Debbie graduated from Northern Kentucky University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree with Minor in Management.

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