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 to better reflect what the company does as a fully independent loan originator.

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

Sam and his family currently reside in Stuart, FL.


Operations Manager

Melanie Malanowski

Operations Manager

Melanie started in aviation finance in August of 2014, she specializes in the operations aspects of the business. Melanie has a very strong background in accounting and finance having worked for both Raymond James and Morgan Stanley for over 10 years combined. During this time, she handled client relations, accounting and legal functions, and banking related issues. This experience makes her ideally suited for her role at JetLoan Capital dealing with aircraft financing clients and lenders, handling accounting and operations, as well as coordinating marketing and credit functions.

She was also previously involved personally and professionally as Owner/Rider / of a Hunter Jumper Farm, as well as a Thoroughbred Racehorse Jockey. Her other personal interest includes; Member of the American Cancer Society, Humane Society, Boxer Rescue, Volunteers at the local animal shelter in South Florida, and Dog Rescue.

Melanie started to volunteer for PALS (Patient Airlift Services) when Hurricane Maria impacted Puerto Rico in 2017. Patient AirLift Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially.

Melanie is currently in the process of starting a Women in Aviation South Florida Chapter to help connect and support other women in Aviation.

Melanie currently resides with her rescue dogs in Boca Raton, FL.

Michael Thompson

Director Of Marketing

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.

Director Of Marketing


Jennifer Odell

Account Representative

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.

Samantha Harris

Administrative Assistant

Samantha started with JetLoan Capital in 2017 assisting in marketing, managing the CRM data base, and working transactions. Her previous experience includes working in the private aviation industry as a sales associate selling mid to light jets and working as a CSR at Atlantic Aviation. Her passion for aviation extends beyond the work environment as she is a Private Pilot as well.


Samantha Harris 2019 Med Res-min


Director, Aircraft Financing

Kenneth Parzygnat

Director, Aircraft Financing

Kenneth has served in financial capacities for over 20 years assuming positions ranging from entrepreneur of his own startup distribution company to being the Chief Operating Officer of a well-respected consulting firm for institutional investors. He deals with firms in alternative finance primarily consisting of private equity funds, hedge funds and family offices where he has successfully developed an alternative investment fund administration platform that assumes the administrative responsibilities for his clients. Through his involvement with these alternative investment sources he has sourced and structured financing solutions for Corporate and Commercial Aircraft opportunities and brings his alternative experience to JLC.

Kenneth attended Florida International University in Miami majoring in Finance.

Kenneth has served as treasurer on the board for the CFA Society of South Florida (CFASFL) and as a member of the Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA). Kenneth is also a member of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) and serves as Managing Director of the Miami Family Office Association (MIAFOA).

Kenneth and his family currently reside in Boca Raton, FL.

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