Jetcraft appoints Gerald Hooper and Laurence Vidal to senior sales roles

Dan Kilkeary, Senior Vice President Sales Americas at Jetcraft

Jetcraft, the business aircraft sales and acquisitions company, has appointed Gerald Hooper and Laurence Vidal to senior sales roles in the Americas. The hires position Jetcraft to meet demand throughout the continent and further expand its on-the-ground market intelligence.

What do the appointments mean for Jetcraft?

As Aircraft Sales Director, Gerald Hooper will lead Jetcraft’s business development in the US West Coast territories, including Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Prior to joining Jetcraft, Gerald Hooper was Director of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions at Executive Aircraft Services (EAS), working with corporate clients and aircraft worldwide.

Based in Brazil, Vidal joins Jetcraft as Sales Representative and will oversee the South American territories, including Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. Vidal has held positions at leading OEMs, including eight years at Bombardier Aerospace where she formulated strategies to drive market share in the Brazilian executive aviation market.

Dan Kilkeary, SVP Sales, Americas at Jetcraft, said: “With over 40 years combined experience in business aviation, Gerald and Laurence bring extensive local and industry knowledge to Jetcraft and will ensure we continue to exceed client expectations across the Americas.”

“Our latest Market Forecast highlights the importance of our presence in the regions, with North America leading demand for pre-owned business jets, growing from 53% market share in 2010 to 73% in 2021 in terms of aircraft value. South America business jet activity is also soaring, with aviation flights up 23% compared to 2022, according to WingX data.”

What is the take of Hooper and Vidal on the new roles?

Gerald Hooper, Aircraft Sales Director at Jetcraft

Gerald Hooper, Aircraft Sales Director at Jetcraft, said: “This is an exciting time to join Jetcraft as business aviation grows across North America. Jetcraft’s priority is bringing creative solutions to the West Coast and I’m eager to begin closing transactions for clients.”

Laurence Vidal, Sales Representative at Jetcraft, commented: “I’m ready to support Jetcraft in executing complex aircraft sales, acquisitions and trades, while providing a personal, inclusive service and fostering long-term relationships across South America.”

These follow two executive appointments in 2022, upping Jetcraft’s headcount to over 80.