Paramount Business Jets was founded in New York City by a pilot and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University graduate, Richard Zaher. Shortly after graduation Richard moved to NYC and worked for one of the largest jet charter brokerages in the country. His overall aviation experience helped him to develop the kind of private jet company he wanted to build.
By putting the client first and building everything around clients' needs, he was able to establish Paramount Business Jets in 2005 with some help from his father. Things have taken off for Paramount Business Jets since then. They have made the INC 500/5000 fastest-growing company three times and have established themselves as one of the leading private jet charter providers in the industry.
What We Do
Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality and reliability.
Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.
Who We Are
Paramount Business Jets was born in 2005 to deliver higher standards of safety and ethics in the private jet brokering industry. We are building proprietary systems based on best practices, a stellar reputation, a culture of integrity, a company that will last 100 years and beyond.
We don’t hire at PBJ, we adopt. We believe in karma and in giving back. We share values in accordance with our corporate culture of fair and ethical business practices. We are a group of competent and ethical private aviation advisors passionate about aviation, service, safety, and making others happy.
Get to know the Paramount Business Jets Team below and the contributions they make to help the company stand out from the competition. Also, learn more about our CEO and the contributions he is making to his surrounding community. Our leadership team combines innovative technology with vast experience in private aviation guided by corporate culture of fair and ethical business practices. The result is a service that is consistent, trustworthy and setting a new standard in the private aviation industry.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast and former-pilot, Richard graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Studies. He also obtained minors in Aeronautical Science, Psychology and Aviation Safety, which set the stage for Paramount’s unwavering commitment to safety.
Today, with over 15 years of experience in the industry, Richard is widely recognized as a leading expert in private aviation. After serving as Chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), Richard is now President of the organization.
Richard had the honor of receiving the Embry-Riddle Eagle Excellence Award at the 2012 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention. That same year and the next, Paramount was named the INC500 fastest-growing company in America.
Paramount celebrated it's 10th year anniversary in 2015 by creating the Paramount Business Jets Scholarship fund in partnership with his alma mater, Embry-Riddle, to support the next generation of aviation students.
Eric Ammon is the Head of the Paramount Business Jets Part 135 Division. He has 10+ years experience in high volume private jet charter sales worldwide and 25+ years in high end customer service. A former Airborne Ranger, Mr. Ammon's talents include superior problem solving abilities, great communication skills, visionary principles, and unyielding compromise to safety and accomplishing the mission at hand. His goal is to grow the most professional and knowledgeable TEAM of Charter Specialists the world has ever seen.
Eric enjoys a lifetime professional hobby as a latin and ballroom master dance instructor teaching other professionals how to teach.
It is no surprise that Amanda has excelled since joining Paramount Business Jets in 2011, having already accrued an impressive fifteen years' experience in the sector. Originally from the UK, Amanda’s relentless work ethic saw her move to Florida, taking her first footsteps into the aviation industry with Virgin Atlantic.
Applying the same vigorous determination and attention to detail she had become renowned for, Amanda has gone on to become one of the longest serving members of staff at the company. An innate sense of where the industry is heading, alongside astute interpersonal skills, has helped propel Amanda to the position of Customer Service Manager.
Amanda is well-versed in life’s finer aspects; the result of a Culinary Arts degree attained at the University of Edinburgh. She has always had a penchant for throwing herself behind everything she does, demonstrated in the five years she dedicated to living in a Colorado ski resort as an aspiring professional snowboarder before finding a home in the aviation industry. This resonates with the esteemed customer base Amanda interacts with and helps explain the unparalleled connection she and her clients share. Combined with a fervent passion for travelling that has seen her explore France, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, India and more, it is obvious why Amanda is the perfect candidate for a career in aviation and thus so successful.
Lilian manages the accounting department at Paramount Business Jets. Prior to joining Paramount, she had 3+ years of private aviation experience through Part 135 and Part 91 Operations, with a foundation in customer service, flight coordination and accounting. She was a key member at a start-up Part 91 and aircraft brokerage company, working as the sole representative for AP/AR and the person of contact for day-today operations. Lilian holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Lilian grew up in a small airport neighborhood near Dallas, TX that instilled her passion for aviation and has previously lived with relatives in San Jose, Costa Rica which gave her an appreciation for travel. She recently moved to Denver, Colorado where she is learning to snowboard and is enjoying the local coffee shops and brews.
Dawod Alikozay joined Paramount Business Jets in 2016 as a private jet charter trip processing analyst. A civil engineering freshman with an associate degree in IT, Dawod was eager to expand his knowledge in a business environment. He brought a brilliant analytic mind to his role at Paramount, supported by his background teaching mathematics, algebra and trigonometry.
It was in this role that Dawod discovered an affinity for finance. He is currently taking advanced classes in finance and accounting at Northern Virginia Community College, and he plans to transfer to the University of Virginia to complete his degree.
Dawod speaks four languages fluently - English, Pashto, Persian and Urdu. He is a huge Bollywood fan, and he credits the movies in helping him to learn Urdu from scratch. He loves to play guitar and is an avid reader. When he’s not engrossed in a book, Dawod is a fitness enthusiast and a keen sportsman, listing soccer, cricket and snooker among his favourite activities.
Darin has 20+ years of aviation experience including sales and marketing leadership positions with globally recognized airlines. Darin also directed logistics for various high-level USG visitors for the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. After being stateside for a few years, he is now based in Australia looking after the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University’s Aviation Management program and an MBA degree from the University of Notre Dame. Darin is a licensed commercial pilot.
Marisha Falk is an Embry Riddle Graduate earning an MBA while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. An aviation enthusiast with over 7 years of professional experience, Marisha Falk joined PBJ straight from the cockpit. She is active multi-engine Air Transport Pilot with over 2,000 hour’s pilot in command time and 3 years of management experience. Using her corporate pilot background Marisha understands every technical detail from safety to comfort.
Marisha also pilots and races a 1350 lb. jet dragster producing 5,000 lbs. of thrust at speeds nearing 300 MPH since 2010. She enjoys horse cutting racing, and dedicates her free time to motivating young adults.
Growing up in an aviation family, Elise has been an enthusiast from a young age. Elise graduated with a Bachelors degree from The University of North Texas and has 5+ years aviation experience worldwide. While living in Marbella, Spain, Elise gained a great deal of knowledge about the European aviation market as well as learning to speak Spanish. She continues to learn Spanish and hopes to learn Italian and French in the future.
Elise enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle. Her hobbies include any outdoor activities, working out, spending time with her dog, travelling, and volunteer work.
A Brief History of Paramount Business Jets
What They're Saying About Us
Paramount Business Jets recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary by establishing a new scholarship opportunity for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students.
Founded in 2005, Paramount has experienced an 1,093 percent revenue growth during the past three years, placing them at 409 on the Inc.
Paramount Business Jets, agreed to fly the family to Hong Kong on a nine-seat airplane for $75,000. Other airline companies were charging as much as $125,000.
Third-Party Verified Reviews
I've worked with Paramount Business Jets for many years, chartering 20 plus trips with the bulk of which were international. They do a terrific job! I love the transparency they provide -- including age of aircraft, operators, and prices. I would highly recommend Paramount!
I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you what a pleasure it was working with Paramount on a recent charter. We have never dealt with Paramount before but I quickly developed a high degree of confidence in you because of the professionalism and follow up. There is always anxiety when making arrangements for the principle of the company and Paramount did a great job of putting my mind at ease from start to finish. The staff at Paramount puts a great face on Paramount Business Jets.
Kurt and Marlin spoke with me this morning. I just wanted to say a big thank you to you from everyone here. They know it was a last minute trip and you did an amazing job pulling it together for us. We are grateful for your help, not everyone would have done that for us.
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