Janine K. Iannarelli has more than 30 years of business aviation experience, having represented numerous corporations and private individuals worldwide with respect to both the sale and purchase of business aircraft. Ms. Iannarelli is the founder and president of Par Avion Ltd., which is based in Houston, Texas. Par Avion is an aircraft marketing firm that specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of business aircraft and whose area of expertise lends itself to the Bombardier, Citations, Falcons, Gulfstreams, Hawkers, and Phenom product lines.
Ms. Iannarelli has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, with nearly 90 percent of Par Avion’s business to date concentrated in this area of specialization. The scope of her experience with aircraft sales transactions reaches well beyond the procurement process as she has had in-depth interactions with manufacturers, maintenance facilities and completion centers specific to the previously referenced aircraft as well as other makes and models of business aircraft. Ms. Iannarelli also has worked directly with designated representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and with many other countries’ civil aviation authorities where she has placed or procured aircraft.
One of many notable adventures in Ms. Iannarelli’s career was her involvement in the ferrying of a Falcon 10 and 100 from the tip of South Africa to Texas in 1997. The journey was a unique undertaking for Ms. Iannarelli was surely the first woman broker to undertake this endeavor. The range of these airplanes dictated that a number of stops en route would need to 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.
A 1983 graduate of Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, N.J., Ms. Iannarelli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a specific 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, Texas. She has attended numerous industry–related seminars sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and various manufacturers and aviation product vendors. She is a current member of the NBAA; European Business Aviation Association where she serves on the Associate Member’s Sales & Acquisition Committee; Women in Aviation International; and the American Marketing Association.
In January 2016, Ms. Iannarelli was reappointed and named presiding officer by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. Ms. Iannarelli was originally appointed to the committee by former Governor Rick Perry in October 2014. 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 by The Fort Worth Business Press in 2011 as a Great Woman of Texas. In 2016 Ms. Iannarelli was named one of four finalists for Texas Business Woman of the Year, a “Woman on the Move” by the Texas Executive Woman’s organization and one of three inductees into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey. 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. Ms. 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.
Ms. Iannarelli is a passionate supporter of the arts and charities that benefit children and animals, committing both her personal time and resources to these endeavors. She is a past board member of Mercury, The Orchestra Redefined, and a sponsor of the Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol. For more than 25 years, she has been a sponsor, board member, competitor and volunteer with The The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, which benefits Texas Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Ms. Iannarelli currently serves as an Ambassador for Texas Children’s Hospital. She is as well a Founding Member of the Peace Parks Foundation of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Ms. Iannarelli is an avid cyclist and an accomplished equestrian who has competed since childhood in the amateur divisions at hunter/jumper shows at the regional and national level in the United States.