Private Jet Industry Veteran Keith Ruggirello Joins ExcelAire as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

RONKONKOMA, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2015) - Hawthorne Global Aviation Services today announced that Keith Ruggirello joined ExcelAire, its private jet charter and management company, as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. 

Mr. Ruggirello joins ExcelAire with more than 15 years of diverse corporate aviation experience in both Part 91 and Part 135 operations, as well as a proven track record of successful business development. Prior to ExcelAire, Ruggirello served as Vice President of Management Sales at Priester Aviation (Teterboro, NJ) and as Vice President at Key Air (Oxford, Conn). He was also Business Development Manager for Universal Weather and Aviation (Houston).

"Keith's dedication to his clients, passion for aviation and his strong track record of success make him a great addition to the ExcelAire team," said Greg Brinkman, president of ExcelAire. "We are growing quickly and Keith's appointment will help us continue to build on this momentum and growth in our private jet charter and aircraft management business."

In addition to his extensive sales experience offering aircraft management and global charter services, Mr. Ruggirello served as a Dispatcher for Part 135 operations and had held a Commercial Pilot's rating since 1992. 

His commitment to the aviation industry had led him to actively participate in various industry groups including serving as the former President of Aviation Professionals Sharing Information (APSI).

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

A Hawthorne Global Aviation Services company, ExcelAire is one of the nation's leading private jet charter firms, specializing in worldwide jet charters, aircraft management, maintenance and sales. The company maintains office and hangar space at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), with aircraft based throughout the Northeast and Midwest available for worldwide charter. Further information about the ExcelAire fleet, including photos and individual aircraft specifications, is available at, or by calling 631-737-0477. 

About Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

Hawthorne Global Aviation is a premier provider of general aviation services, including first class FBO services, tailored charter solutions, turnkey aircraft management and FAA approved aircraft maintenance. Hawthorne operates four premiere Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) located at: MacArthur Airport in Islip, NY (KISP); Cobb County International Airport in Atlanta, GA (KRYY); Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL (KPWK); and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, WI (KEAU). For more information, please visit

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