Meet OUR Team
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Thomas H. Flinn
Tom Flinn brings a strong financial and managerial background to Flinn Aviation. Prior to aviation consulting, Tom founded and managed a successful residential mortgage company for eight years. He then sold the firm to begin his aircraft sales career. Tom attended Texas A&M University receiving a B.S. in 1985 and an M.B.A. in Finance in 1991. Tom is a Commercial pilot with experience in dozens of types of aircraft, including co-piloting a DC-3, making night-time freight runs throughout the U.S. and Central America. Tom’s expertise in the firm includes but is not limited to, contract oversight and negotiations, as well as being well versed in the Cape Town International Registry Requirements, and 1031 exchanges. In addition to his business pursuits, Tom has donated his time to mentoring at the local high school and leading a Boy Scout Troop.
Joel De La Garza
Graduating with a Marketing Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993, Joel proceeded to obtain his commercial helicopter rating at Helicopters International in Houston, Texas. He then was hired as a helicopter pilot by Mexican conglomerate PROTEXA to fly Eurocopter AS365N2 Dauphins in the Bay of Campeche on a PEMEX contract. Deciding to pursue a specialization in aircraft acquisitions and sales management at the Master’s level, he entered Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he received his MBA in Aviation Management in 2000. After interning as a Market Analyst with Austin Jet International, he joined Trinity Aviation in 2001 as Marketing and Aircraft Sales Director. After holding this position for nearly seven years, Joel joined Flinn Aviation as the Helicopter Sales Consultant. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Joel is an integral asset to the firm primarily in dealing with the company’s Latin American clientèle. Joel is married to Priscilla and both currently live in Austin, Texas.
fixed wing sales
Heidi comes from a family with deep roots in the aviation community. While in graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, Heidi first began her aviation career working for her father, the late John Jenkins (Managing Partner of Jetcraft, 1990’s) at Jet Global. She completed her MBA and 2 other Master’s degrees in International Business and Information Technology Systems and has put them to work trading cabin class business aircraft. The past 19 years Heidi has ratcheted up 64 transactions targeting the Gulfstream, Dassault, Bombardier, King Air and Pilatus markets. She has a large International customer base having lived throughout Europe and Istanbul. Heidi has donated her time and attention to the DEA Educational Foundation; she looks to continue and ramp up those efforts. She and her husband and their 5 year-old daughter have relocated to Austin to join Flinn Aviation where she looks forward to making her next mark.