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SANTA ROSA, Calif. / December 5, 2023 / Aviation News  ̶  Sonoma Aviation, the operator of Carlsbad Jet Center and Sonoma Jet Center, is pleased to welcome Jeremy Epperson as its new president while appointing Clayton Lackey to the elevated role of vice president.

These strategic leadership changes mark a new chapter in Sonoma Aviation’s story, increasing the organization’s capability to manage fixed base operations (FBOs) that uphold the highest standards in the industry.

Epperson’s professional journey took flight in 1993 when he joined the United States Marine Corps. There he developed as a leader in service of his team. In 2003, he entered the world of FBO management. His significant roles at Signature Aviation, Republic Jet Center, and most recently as president and COO of Aero Centers, showcase his impact on the aviation industry and his success in leading quality fixed base operations. As a licensed commercial pilot, Epperson displays a lifelong passion for aviation.

Commenting on Epperson’s appointment, Joshua Hochberg, CEO of Sonoma Aviation, said, “Today’s announcement represents a major milestone in Sonoma Aviation’s development. Jeremy’s track record as a leader in the FBO industry with a deep commitment to his teams and clients ensures Sonoma Aviation will continue to grow while staying true to its values.”

Vice President Lackey’s career in aviation took off at Tampa International Jet Center in 2008 where he rose through the ranks before becoming general manager of the FBO following its acquisition by Sheltair. Lackey then joined Sonoma Aviation in 2021 as director of FBOs.

“Since joining Sonoma Aviation, Clayton has drawn from his experience leading an award-winning FBO to drive measurable improvements at Carlsbad Jet Center and Sonoma Jet Center,” said Hochberg. “I am delighted to boost his role with the leadership team.”

As the operator of Sonoma Jet Center (KSTS) and Carlsbad Jet Center (KCRQ), Sonoma Aviation provides exceptional FBO services in some of California’s most sought-after destinations. Luxe facilities and passionate aviation professionals stand ready to welcome travelers at each end of the state, granting guests access to renowned wineries, pristine beaches, innovative business districts and more. Fly in for access to trusted aviation services at these IS-BAH Stage II certified FBOs.

Sonoma Aviation owns and operates exceptional FBOs in California, including Sonoma Jet Center in Santa Rosa and Carlsbad Jet Center in Carlsbad. By staying true to its values of safety, teamwork, hospitality, community, innovation and sustainability, Sonoma Aviation is known throughout the aviation industry for its dedicated professionals who truly care about their clients, their communities and their team.