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Business Jet Asset Management - Team

Paras Dhamecha

Co founder and Executive Director, Empire Aviation Group

Paras is a qualified jet pilot, with active flight duty experience with US operators. Prior to founding Empire Aviation, he worked with organizations such as AIESEC and GE Capital in US, handling corporate finance and financial management roles. He founded Empire Aviation in Dubai in 2007, and has served as its Executive Director since then. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University, Indiana.

Steve Hartley

Co founder and Executive Director, Empire Aviation Group

Steve is a highly respected aviation industry veteran, and founded Empire Aviation in Dubai in 2007. Previously, Steve was a partner in National Airways Corporation and sold the company to Imperial Group in South Africa in 2005. Steve holds a US Airline Transport Pilots’ Licence and a UAE Pilot's Licence and is currently type-rated on Hawker jets.

Nirav Kotak

Head of Operations, Empire Aviation, India

Nirav is a qualified jet pilot, and has been a flight instructor at Brampton Flight College. A graduate in commercial aviation management, Nirav has worked as a credit analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada. He joined Empire Aviation Group as a co-Pilot and went on to become a Captain, in addition to serving as Deputy Training Manager and Deputy Chief Pilot. Nirav was appointed as Head of Operations for Empire Aviation, India in 2014.