A History Of Leadership
In 1973, decorated Navy pilot John Foster III moved from the military to join the general aviation community. John initially worked at Atlantic Aviation and Rockwell aircraft sales, and later became a leading sales representative at Beechcraft. In 1980, John and his squadron-mate and close friend, Ed O’Gara, founded O’Gara Aviation Company.
The company has enjoyed steady growth over three decades. Today, the O’Gara team provides a full range of aircraft brokerage, private jet acquisitions, management, leasing and operational services for its growing list of clients in the U.S. and around the globe. Over these 30+ years, the company has formed longstanding relationships with key personnel at all major manufacturers including Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Cessna and Hawker Beech. In addition, the O’Gara team formed close relationships with general aviation’s most prominent lenders, legal experts, maintenance facilities and aircraft refurbishment providers. The team has also provided leadership within the pre-owned jet broker/dealer community.
John B. Foster IV (Johnny) grew up around aviation and joined the O’Gara leadership team in 1991. He was named President in 2005 and today serves as President and CEO. David Foster joined the company in 1995, and is equally passionate about flying and serving the firm’s clients. In 2012, David was named the firm’s Executive Vice President. John Foster III is now the company’s Chairman.
Industry expert Matt Huff joined the company in 2002 to provide oversight of inventory aircraft, refurbishment projects, and aircraft operations. The team also includes Chris Ison, who joined the company in 1990 and today is the Vice President, Marketing & Contracts Administration. Sandra Wyatt joined O’Gara in 1983 and is Controller, in charge of the company’s accounting and human resource duties.
In 2012, the company changed its name to OGARAJETS to better reflect changes in company leadership under the second generation of the family. This new, streamlined name also reflects the expansion of the company into global markets, and the many new opportunities it is creating for clients in the pre-owned jet marketplace.
Over its history, OGARAJETS has overseen $4 billion in new and pre-owned aircraft transactions, and has worked with clients and partners in 50 countries. As an inventorying dealer for corporate jets—not merely a broker—OGARAJETS has a unique ownership perspective that benefits its clients. OGARAJETS is able to expertly evaluate operational and performance issues and provide insight on the true, total cost of aircraft ownership. OGARAJETS also has the financial strength to purchase trade-in aircraft—often a key factor in facilitating a transaction.
Beyond its financial strength and operational experience, OGARAJETS offers a level of trust and confidence that is all too rare in business today. Since its founding in 1980, OGARAJETS has been recognized by colleagues and competitors alike for its integrity and its customer-first attitude. This legacy remains a guiding principle that is evidenced every day and experienced by every OGARAJETS client.