Michael Santiago has over 42 years of aviation experience. He began his career as a pilot in the United States Army. After serving in the Army, Michael went on to contribute his “know how” to the corporate and private aviation community. Michael Santiago served as the Flight Department Manager for a Fortune 500 company and is a graduate of the USC Accident Investigation School.
During his career, Michael accumulated over 18,000 hours of flight time and holds 22 aircraft type ratings. In addition, Michael Santiago has managed a wide range of aircraft with vast worldwide operational experience.
Armando and his wife are still adjusting to winters in upstate New York, having relocated to our base at Stewart Airport from Miami. We truly appreciate his sacrifice!
Chris began his aviation career in the U.S. Navy where he was responsible for maintaining the electrical systems onboard carrier based fighter and reconnaissance aircraft. After serving in the Navy, Chris earned his AA in Aviation Maintenance from Spartan College of Technology also obtaining his airframe and power plant license from the FAA.
Chris also served in the Oklahoma and New York Air National Guard maintaining autopilot systems on both attack and heavy lift aircraft. Chris later joined the staff of a Fortune 500 corporate flight department, spending the next 23 years advancing from floor technician, to flight engineer, and then into management.
Chris has served on several advisory boards including Gulfstream Aerospace, Penn College and Blue Mountain Academy.
Chris is a graduate of the UVA Darden School of Business leadership program and the NBAA CAM management program. He is also an FAA certified IA.
Like our founder, Kenny has a military background, so it’s not surprising that when Kenny and Mike met more than 20 years ago they hit it off instantly. Kenny was willing to take a leap of faith and come to Polaris when it was a fledgling startup and has been a key member of the team ever since.
As the Director of Administration, JoAnne oversees all administrative functions within Polaris Aviation Solutions while balancing her dual role as customer relations manager and senior client liaison.
JoAnne is very active within her community. She has served on the board of directors for the National Ruritan Club, and has chaired various charity and fund raising events.
Janice brings to the table her extensive knowledge and professional expertise, while providing our clientele with World Class Service.
Janice has experience in private and charter aviation, international flight operations, domestic operations, and flight-following operations.
She holds an FAA Dispatcher license and has earned several Aviation Safety Awards.