Meet our Speakers

Sarah Kalmeta, aka Sarah the Pivoter, is an entrepreneur, professional speaker, podcast host and published poet. As founder of Pivot Point International, a high performance consultancy, she specialises in challenging the status quo in leadership, life and how we make choices to help organisations move through change and navigate intense and extreme environments. She believes in movements and is on a mission to help everyone unlock their inner Pivoter, facing life and all its turbulence with courage, strength and a dash of playfulness.

Sitting on several boards within the aviation industry, Sarah is known as a relentless truth seeker, promoting nonlinear thinking through visionary design and creative solutions to complex problems. With over 15 years in business aviation and 13 years in Asia, Sarah has real world experience leading across cultures and managing high-stress situations. She helps ambitious professionals slow down, build self-awareness and boldly take action in the world while building boundaries and avoiding burnout and has over 15 years mentoring new graduates and those seeking the next step in their career.

Sarah has worked with companies like Goldman Sachs, Singapore Airlines, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is the Chair of the STXBAA Mentorship Subcommittee, a mentor for Women in Aviation International and sits on the board for the Texas A&M Women in Leadership certificate programme. An avid space advocate, Sarah is also a member of the Analog Astronaut Community, The Planetary Society and is on the team for leadership development trainings, SpaceKind and Cosmic Citizen.

As the Chief Executive Officer for jetAVIVA, Emily Deaton leads one of the largest private jet sales organizations in the world as measured by total annual transaction volume. Deaton joined jetAVIVA in early 2019 and served as Vice President of Sales and COO before assuming the executive leadership of the firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and is active in the International Aviation Women’s Association, Space Coast Women in Aviation Alliance, and is a Board Member for Angel Flight West.

As Chief Motivational Officer at SBACC, I bring over 25 years of business aviation experience to my role. This experience stems from working in my family’s former FBO, Showalter Flying Service (KORL), leading regional business aviation associations in Florida, and most recently recruiting business aviation talent for corporate flight departments.

Pairing my work experience with my roles as the wife, daughter, and sister of business aviation pilots, I feel I am uniquely qualified to help you navigate your business aviation career.

With a reputation that reflects my passion for people and the business aviation industry, my ability to maintain confidentiality is second to none. Whether you need a new resume, LinkedIn review, interview practice or an educated listening ear, I look forward to helping!

I proudly serve as a founding member and Board Secretary for the Central Florida Business Aviation Association - CFBAA, and am a proponent of industry involvement.

My husband, Matthew Olafsen, is a corporate pilot who spent nine years in the airlines and six years flying in Africa before finding his home in business aviation. We have two teenage sons, Evan and Kyle Harwood, who keep life exciting to say the least. As a blended family with multiple last names, we have dubbed ourselves “The SHO Family.”

Tom is a husband, father, and lover of aviation.  When he first started learning about private jets, he noticed there wasn't a lot of content available for people who wanted real, down-to-earth information without any fluff or pomp.  He knew that many people were curious before they buy a private jet, and he wanted to be a guide for the curious to the serious, and those in-between.  Tom pulls back the curtain on private aviation to help individuals buy, sell, or charter jets without wasting time or losing money.

Tom is the author of the Ultimate Jet Guide for buyers, sellers and charter; and his most recent guide focuses on investing in a private jet to generate revenue when you're not using it.

Tom is passionate about the Next Generation of Aviation professionals and is a contributor at Aircraft Broker Academy helping shape the future of jet sales through online learning.

Sandi Ohman is Director in the Career Services Office, at the Daytona Beach campus. She has been with Embry‑Riddle for 19 years. Prior to Embry‑Riddle, she worked in the finance industry.

Sandi has advised students in many of the majors offered at the residential campus. When she started in Career Services, Sandi advised all the engineering degrees and later moved to advising business, human factors, safety, aeronautics, and many more over the years. This has helped her make connections with alumni, while they were students, which she uses to help the students of today to connect with industry.

Additionally, Sandi oversees the programming the Career Services Office hosts for students, to prepare them for their careers and for the Career Expo events. She also taught UNIV 101 for 10 years, while at ERAU.

Finally, Sandi stays current on career trends by being involved in CCFCC and FloridaACE, having served as the past Chair, and Secretary of CCFCC, and participated in several conference committees and presented at the FloridaACE conferences. In 2021, Sandi was awarded the Brownlee Leadership Award, of the most prestigious awards in FloridaACE, having been nominated by her peers. Sandi is also involved with SoACE, NACE and has been a panelist for a presentation at the virtual NBAA event in 2020.

Dave Kollins - a highly driven small business owner and a skilled captain for PlaneSense's Pilatus PC-12. With a degree from Embry-Riddle and years of experience managing a flight school and flying for a private owner, Dave has honed his expertise in navigating the nuances of corporate aviation. As a Yo-Pro committee member representing the youth of CFBAA, he is committed to collaborating with like-minded individuals and networking with industry experts to build a bright future for pilots in corporate aviation. Dave is passionate about his work and looks forward to collaborating, networking, and succeeding with you.

An avid Miami Dolphins fan with high hopes and expectations. A Fitness Enthusiast with intense will. And an Aviation Intellect with unrivaled passion.

I am a self-driven Business Aviation professional with advanced skills in Data Analysis, Financial Analysis, Project Management, and Critical Situational Thinking Skills. I am currently assisting Corporate Flight Departments in keeping their organizations in congruence with IRS, SEC, and FAA Regulations.

Early on in the Business Aviation journey I became passionate about helping others propel their careers. After graduation I got to see first-hand how many of my classmates struggled to find work and were forced to work jobs that they were overqualified for. From that point on, I professed my allegiance to helping Young Professionals in the Business Aviation community become more qualified, marketable, and competent at the jobs that they occupy and aspire to.

Experienced Aircraft Maintence Service Representative with an extensive history of working in the aviation and aerospace industry. Skilled in Power Plants, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Corporate Aircraft. Currently perusing an Aeronautics Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a minor in Mathematics.Experienced Aircraft Maintence Service Representative with an extensive history of working in the aviation and aerospace industry. Skilled in Power Plants, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Corporate Aircraft. Currently perusing an Aeronautics Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a minor in Mathematics.

As the Founder & President of the Advanced Air Mobility Institute, an international non-profit research center dedicated to educating and advocating for the broadest public benefit through the AAM ecosystem globally, I collaborate with various stakeholders, including government regulators, industry executives, academic scholars, and community leaders, to shape the future of transportation. Please reach out if you have ideas for collaboration—

Central Florida Business Aviation Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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