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Paramount Business Jets is a private jet broker arranging private flights to and from any major city in the world, in aircraft of any type or size. Born out of passion and the need for an honest broker, developed and nurtured carefully by its founder, Richard Zaher, the company soon established themselves as one of the leading private jet charter providers in the industry.

Today PBJ continues to fly high and deliver the top standards of ethics and safety. Richard Zaher, together with a dedicated team of aviation experts, provide impeccable services based on the highest levels of competence and transparency. Because they know it’s of paramount importance.

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Our Story

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 at that time. Working there was barely a positive experience but it showed Richard what kind of private jet company he would like to build himself.

One day in July 2005 he started Paramount Business Jets from his apartment, with a small amount of money given to him by his father. Finance was not the only concern though - back then private jet brokers had a bad reputation to such an extent that at some point even the FAA suggested that air charter brokers were totally unnecessary.

However, for Paramount Business Jets, things took off right from the beginning thanks to adopting a consistent, fully transparent policy that always centered around the clients’ needs. Addressing them in the most fair way even when things were not really profitable or easily paid off. Paramount Business Jets have made the INC 500/5000 fastest-growing company three times and have established themselves as one of the industry leaders.

Who We Are

We are a group of competent and ethical private aviation advisors passionate about flying, service, safety, and making others happy. From day one, we are building proprietary systems based on best practices, a stellar reputation, and a culture of integrity.

We believe in the life-changing power of giving and receiving. The founder and CEO himself is the best example of how you can contribute to a local community or make a difference in a person’s life. He has come a long way since he first arrived in America thanks to his honest, hard work, and now he always tries to give back. Learn more about Richard Zaher at bestyoubestme.

Get to know the Paramount Business Jets Team below and the contributions they make to help the company stand out from the competition. Every single person is a true asset to the company as they bring innovative technology with vast experience to the table. The result is a service that is consistent, trustworthy and setting a new standard in the private aviation industry.

Richard Zaher
Founder & CEO

Paramount Business Jets is the brainchild of Richard Zaher. He set up the company to make his dream of an honest private jet broker come true and share his love of flying. 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.

A lifelong aviation enthusiast and former pilot, 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 its 10th year anniversary in 2015 by creating the Paramount Business Jets Scholarship fund in partnership with Embry-Riddle to support the next generation of aviation students.

Amanda McCreary
VP Charter Sales & Customer Service Manager

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.

William Parish
Accounting & HR Manager

Bill brings over 30 years of financial and leadership experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining Paramount Business Jets, he worked at Blue Origin as their Finance Manager for Test & Operations. At Apex Executive Jets, a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at MLB airport, he was the CFO/HR for 3 years. At Embraer Executive Jets, Bill was the Vice President of Finance for the Customer Support Division from 2008 thru 2017. During his years before Embraer, Bill has held various financial leadership roles with companies such as Pratt & Whitney, GE Aircraft Engines, and Goodrich. He also earned his Black Belt Certification and was a member of the Financial Leadership program at United Technologies P&W.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Miami. He also earned his MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in the field of Accounting and Management.

Bill is originally from New Jersey and moved to South Florida in 1985 after graduating high school. In 2013, Bill and his family relocated to the Melbourne area. He is married to Adriane for over 28 years and has 3 daughters, Rachel, Monica, and Samantha. In his spare time, Bill enjoys golfing, kayaking, and boating.

He is excited to be with Paramount Business Jets building strong relationships in our community, within our industry, and our team.

Marisha Falk
VP Private Jet Charter

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.

Elise Massey
VP Private Jet Charter

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.

Angelika Ayala
VP Private Jet Charter

Angelika began her professional career at UBS financial services and later transitioned her skills to her lifelong passion for aviation.

Serving as a sales and marketing executive for the prestigious FBO Fontainebleau Aviation, Angelika later joined Freestream Aircraft where she combined her sales and aviation knowledge to corporate jet sales and acquisitions.

Bringing over eight years of aviation experience Angelika has joined Paramount Business Jets to further her aviation interest in aircraft charter sales.

She is an active private pilot, currently working on her instrument rating, Cessna 182 aircraft owner and resides in a fly in community in south Florida.

  • ADRIAN FIERRO / VP Private Jet Charter
  • ANASTASIA BERLIZOVA / Charter Aviation Specialist
  • AURELIEN ARROU-VIGNOD / VP Private Jet Charter
  • BENJAMIN HOFFMAN / VP Private Jet Charter
  • BRIAN NOVAK / Charter Aviation Specialist
  • DAVID LARKIN / VP Private Jet Charter
  • DAWOD ALIKOZAY / Private Jet Charter - Trip Processing Analyst

    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.

  • EHSAN NOORZAI / Trip Processing & Financial Analyst
  • JAMES KNIGHT / VP Private Jet Charter
  • JOSHUA STOESSNER / IT & Project Manager
  • JOYDEEP SEN / VP Global Charter Acquisitions
  • JUAN GARCIA / Charter Aviation Specialist
  • KEVIN RAKES / VP Private Jet Charter
  • LAUREN SMITH / Charter Aviation Specialist
  • MICHAEL DIETRICH / VP Private Jet Charter
  • NEIL RING / Trip Processing Analyst
  • RAJIV JAPSI / Charter Aviation Specialist

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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.

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(Jan 7, 2016). Aircraft Charter Provider’s Scholarship Helps Grow Business Aviation’s Next Generation of Professionals. No Plane No Gain.

Founded in 2005, Paramount has experienced an 1,093 percent revenue growth during the past three years, placing them at 409 on the Inc.

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Andrew Sharbel (Aug 23, 2013). Three Leesburg businesses rank high in list of fastest growing companies. The Loudoun Times-Mirror

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.

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Williams, T. (2011, March 19). Lives on Edge, Focused on the Quake Zone. The New York Times

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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!

Patrick, USA

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.

Mark from UK

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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Frieda from USA

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