Listen to recent podcasts that our team has participated in:

Business Aviation Collective Podcast: Jim Lara | You Don’t Manage People Into Battle, You Lead Them

November 15th, 2023

Join us in this captivating episode as we sit down with the distinguished Jim Lara, recipient of the prestigious 2023 NBAA Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award. Jim, a fervent advocate for the vital role of business aviation, passionately asserts that it is a cornerstone for users to get more usable time, an executive’s biggest non-renewable resource.

As the principal of Gray Stone Advisors, Jim Lara is at the forefront of simplifying the intricate landscape of the business side of business aviation. This episode explores his wealth of experience and expertise, shedding light on the profound impact of mentors and professionalism.

This episode is a must-listen for aviation enthusiasts, professionals, and anyone intrigued by the intersection of time, efficiency, and the boundless skies.

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NBAA Podcast: Selling the Budget to Your Aircraft Principal

August 9, 2021

Preparing and presenting a budget to the company principal can be challenging when running a small flight operation, but there are steps aviation managers can take to become more comfortable with the process. “As a flight department leader, you have to understand the numbers,” said Jim Lara, principal for business aviation consulting firm Gray Stone Advisors. “Do your homework and be very familiar with them. Second, you have to understand your audience and how they process information and make decisions.”

In this episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with:

  • Eric Canup, head of flight operations, Live Oak Bank
  • Angel Houck, partner, Houck and Christensen
  • Jim Lara, principal, Gray Stone Advisors

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NBAA Podcast: Speaking With Your Aircraft Principal and Managing Expectations

April 12, 2021

Managing a small flight operation usually also means serving as the main point of contact with your principal or senior management. Effectively communicating the needs of the aviation operation to upper level personnel can be challenging. “Make sure you relay the topics for discussion and get to the point,” recommends Citation XLS+ Captain Max Palmer. “Don’t be afraid to just lay it out there, tell the truth and be ready for whatever questions might come your way.”

In this episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with:

  • Bob Hobbi, president and facilitator at Service Elements
  • Jim Lara, principal of Gray Stone Advisors
  • Dylan Miller, aviation manager and Challenger 604 captain
  • Max Palmer, Citation XLS+ captain

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