Oriens Advisors founder and Chief Executive Officer, Edwin has a passionate belief in the potential of very light jets. His experience in this field has been gained via a venture fund with a specific focus on this market, in addition to personal stakes in and a board role on a leading U.S. VLJ operator. His early career was in the retail industry, with specific focus on developing and rolling out an innovative store concept in Austria, expanding into the Czech Republic. The frustration of modern short-hop travel in Europe and the ever decreasing costs of private jet travel inspired him to explore this industry further. Edwin is a CPL/IR/Multi pilot with a frozen ATPL.
Michael Stanley Ricks
Our Chief Operating Officer and co-founder, Michael has over 20 years experience advising companies on achieving sustainable, profitable growth. He brings experience in helping ventures understand how to best leverage market opportunity and customer needs. He successfully helps entrepreneurs with planning, financing, risk management and insurance challenges. Michael earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, studied at the European Business School and completed executive education courses at Harvard and INSEAD. He holds the Institute of Director’s Diploma in Company Direction and is an instrument rated pilot.
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