012: Taking Bold Moves with Janine Iannarelli

In this episode, I interview, Janine Iannarelli.


Janine Iannarelli is the founder and president of Houston-based Par Avion Ltd. She has over 30 years of business aviation experience representing corporations and private individuals worldwide with the sale and purchase of business aircraft.  Par Avion is an aircraft marketing firm that specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of business aircraft including the Bombardier Globals and Learjets, Citation, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker and Phenom product lines.

Iannarelli has expertise in cross-border transactions, with this segment accounting for nearly 90 percent of Par Avion’s business. In addition to aircraft sales procurement, she conducts in-depth interactions with manufacturers, maintenance facilities and completion centers specific to the aircraft.  Iannarelli works with the Federal Aviation Administration as well as with many other countries’ civil aviation authorities where she has placed or procured aircraft. 

One of many notable adventures in her career was her involvement in the ferrying of a Falcon 10 and 100 from the tip of South Africa to Texas in 1997.  Iannarelli was the first woman broker to undertake this endeavor.  The range of these airplanes dictated that a number of stops would be made, particularly on the African continent, traveling within range of then war-torn countries and negotiating with local ground support whose first language is French.  The experience included traversing the Sahara Desert, the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands and on to Europe. The North Atlantic leg posed one of the greatest challenges given that flight planning is especially critical with a short-legged airplane. 

In January 2016, Iannarelli was reappointed and named presiding officer by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee where she was originally appointed by former Governor Rick Perry. As one of 10 state-wide appointed committee members, she works to seek out and encourage business development specific to her area of expertise in the State. She was named a Great Woman of Texas by The Fort Worth Business Press in 2011 and, in April 2016, was named by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of four finalists for the Texas Business Woman of the Year.  

As a sought out mentor and inspirational advisor, she often speaks before women’s and youth organizations about career development and life skill sets necessary to navigate the business world.  Iannarelli routinely serves as a reliable source on business aviation for local, regional, national and international media on a variety of business aviation and small business topics.

A 1983 graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, Iannarelli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in psychology.  She studied the French Language at L’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE de Houston and earned continuing education credits from Rice University in Houston. She attends industry–related seminars sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and various manufacturers and aviation product vendors.  She is a current member of the NBAA, European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), Women in Aviation International, and the American Marketing Association.   In February 2016, Iannarelli was invited to serve on the EBAA Associate Member’s Sales and Acquisition committee providing expert input on international sales transactions.

Iannarelli is a passionate supporter of the arts and charities that benefit children and animals. She is a past board member of Mercury, The Orchestra Redefined, and the newest sponsor of the Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol. For more than 25 years, she was a sponsor, board member, competitor and volunteer with The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show which benefits Texas Children’s Hospital and for which she currently serves as an Ambassador.  She is a founding member of the Peace Parks Foundation headquartered in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Additionally, Iannarelli is an avid cyclist and an accomplished equestrian who competed for over 30 years in the amateur divisions at hunter/jumper shows at the regional and national level in the United States.

My Takeaways

Janine is pretty inspirational. As she stated, she’s from a small-town in the shadow of a big city. She’s had a lot of adventures and in a very difficult industry. She learned early on in her career what she wanted to do which led her to where she is today. She discusses some of her key challenges, with a deep dive into an experience of moving an aircraft from South Africa, up north, into Europe, and then back to the United States.

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