The JetLoan Capital Team

Meet The Experts

Sam Harris


Sam has more than 30 years of loan origination experience in the banking industry and has focused exclusively on aircraft finance since 1995.

  • Over $2 Billion in aircraft transactions.
  • 1997 – Started The Corporate Aviation Group for Provident Bank and worked primarily in sales and marketing for 14 years through the National City and PNC acquisitions. During this time, he was involved in originating hundreds of aircraft loans and participated in workouts, repossessions, and other aspects of portfolio management.
  • 2010 – He founded Aviation Advisors Group, an independent aircraft finance origination company.
  • 2014 – Founded JetLease Capital to specialize in funding and originating aircraft loans from turboprops to large cabin aircraft.
  • 2017 – Started JetLoan Capital as a fully independent aviation and marine loan originator specializing in piston aircraft to large-cabin business jets as well as yachts and boats.  

Sam is a member of the Liaison Committee for the South Florida Business Aviation Association.

Sam and his family currently reside in Stuart, FL.

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Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Vice President

Michael manages the marketing activities of the business. Michael is a Flagler College graduate; he studied Business, Marketing and Law. He strives to combine his passion for the aviation industry with a successful business career. Michael dedicated his childhood to the Boy Scouts of America and his journey to Eagle Scout included frequent volunteer work, and involvement in the community.

Michael was born and raised in Horsham, Pennsylvania until his family relocated to Jensen Beach, Florida. Michael enjoys spending his time fishing, boating, and flying airplanes.

Jennifer Dwyer

Director of Operations

Jennifer manages customer accounts as well as assists in the day to day operations of the business. Jennifer’s career in aviation began over ten years ago when she started at Atlantic Aviation and ultimately became a customer service supervisor, managing customer relations at the FBO in Stuart, Florida.  Jennifer’s expertise in the customer relations sector of the industry translates well to the finance sector at JetLoan Capital and furthers her passion for aviation.

Jennifer was born and raised in White Plains, New York until she relocated to Florida in 2009. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her French Bull Dog; Louis Macaroni and also enjoys health, fitness, and shopping.

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of Operations

Account Representative

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Ben Lynch

Account Representative

Ben has a strong financial background with bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting with studies in economics and business from Flagler College. He has a passion for aviation, which he pursues by working on his pilot’s license and working in the office.

Ben grew up in Bethany Beach, Delaware until 2014 when he relocated to Stuart, Florida. Ben spends his free time by the beach where he likes to fish, scuba dive,
and surf.


Aircraft Finance Specialist

Cooksey brings with her 35 years of experience and was notably featured in American Banker Magazine in 1996, as one of only a few women leaders in the aviation finance industry. Her career began in 1989 at the Central Trust Company in Canton, Ohio, where she focused on small piston aircraft financing.

In 1996, she joined forces with FirstMerit Bank in Akron, Ohio, where she helped start the first Aircraft Finance Department for the bank. In that role, she was instrumental in growing and managing the bank’s aircraft portfolio to more than $250 million. Cooksey worked at Scope Aircraft Finance in Columbus, Ohio, after leaving FirstMerit Bank, where she specialized in financing high-performance aircraft, turboprops, and light jets for owner pilots.

She also worked for AOPA Finance in Frederick, MD. Throughout her career, she has built an impressive network of dealers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and clients.Cooksey will work from her home in Louisville, Ohio, where she resides with her husband, Kim. They also have a son and two granddaughters.

Pam Cooksey

Director, Aircraft Financing

Remembering Our Colleague Melanie Malanowski

Melanie was instrumental in helping us start and grow JetLoan Capital. 

Her work ethic and love for her clients was second to none, and she was always giving of her time to help anyone in the company. 

Her passing is a huge personal loss and a loss to the business as well. We will always be thankful to her and remember her fondly.

JetLoan Capital President, Sam Harris

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