Passionate About Aircraft and Private Travel

The origins of Elite Air's commitment and success are humble.

Gray Gibbs founded Elite Air in 2001 based on a love of flying and belief that private travel offers relief from the cattle call mentality of commercial airlines. Gibbs has been operating executive jets since 1994, and through the years, he has determined assembling a top-notch staff and developing a consistent regimen for maintenance and safety are the keys to establishing an extraordinary company, one that offers opportunities to travelers and aircraft owners alike.

These basic concepts have set Elite Air apart in an industry full of short-term thinkers and those looking to turn a quick profit. Elite Air's firm commitment to transparency and honesty means the company proves its high standards for safety, service and convenience with each and every flight.

Elite Air is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla. The company manages private aircraft in key cities throughout the United States and Europe.

The Elite Air Team

Whether you are an Elite Air management or charter client, you'll have 24/7 support from a group of highly trained professionals.

Gray Gibbs


A pilot himself, Gray Gibbs directs all operations at Elite Air, keeping planes and pilots prepped and in the air and looking after each and every customer personally.

AJ Becker


AJ Becker started his career in aviation while studying at Florida State University. Now a 10-year industry veteran and licensed pilot, Becker heads up Elite Air's sales division and serves as assistant operations director.


Karla Rissmiller

Dispatch & OPERATIONS Coordinator

Karla Rissmiller started her aviation career in 1995 as a flight attendant. She joined fixed-base operation Bay Air Flying Service two years later and was soon promoted to charter manager. Rissmiller joined the Elite Air dispatch team in early 2016.


Hermina Setkic


Senior Accountant Hermina Setkic brings high energy and a knack for numbers to Elite Air. Born in Bosnia, Setkic boasts degrees in both accounting and finance from the University of South Florida. She is a licensed certified public accountant.

Shea Gibbs


Trained as a journalist, Shea Gibbs is an experienced public relations consultant focused on honing Elite Air’s brand and message.