Meet the Team

We are a dynamic, passionate, and experienced group of aviation professionals

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We're passionate about flying.  

Every person on our sales and marketing team is a pilot.

And with over 20,000+ flight hours of experience between us, we know a thing or two about airplanes. 

John Armstrong, Founder and CEO

John’s adventures in aviation began as a teenager flying his Dad’s J-3 Cub off a grass strip. He has enjoyed a career of enjoying and sharing modern aviation. His passion for flying today is stronger than ever.  As founder and CEO John leads the company's strategic development and growth. 

Sam Linton, Sales Director

Sam is an accomplished single, multi-engine and rotary pilot that grew up in Alaska flying in family bush planes. Later their family moved to the mountains of North Carolina and he attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC where he studied business and finance.  Sam leads the LifeStyle team of Aircraft Counselors.

Sharon Raub, Marketing Director

Sharon is a marketing strategist who grew up around airshows and the aviation industry. “Aviation is my passion,” she says. “I’m incredibly lucky to help other people discover that same lifestyle every day.” Sharon is also an instrument rated private pilot.

Alissa Cates, Office Manager

With Alissa's extensive background as an aviation operations manager in both the armed forces and corporate aviation, she is an incredible asset to the team. She manages our RDU office and may be the first person you meet when you contact our company.

Jon Gutekunst, CFII, MEI

Jon Gutekunst is an accomplished aviator and aviation counselor with 20 years of flying experience. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Jon spent years as a Naval Aviator instructor pilot and Mission Commander in the P3 Orion. 

Steve Pope, Aircraft Counselor

Steve Pope joined LifeStyle Aviation after a 25-year career as an award-winning aviation journalist, including spending nearly a decade on the editorial staff at Flying Magazine.

Andres Santamaria, CFII, MEI

Andres Santamaria is a single and multi-engine flight instructor with a background in sales and emergency services. Andres has always had a passion for helping people, and he’s transitioned that passion to helping others accomplish their goals in aviation.

Dave Passmore, CFII, MEI

Dave is a Diamond Specialist offering a highly experienced professional consultative approach based on years of aircraft ownership and experience.  He and his pilot wife now enjoy flying their DA62.  He resides in the DC area and is based at the Leesburg VA airport.

Bill Craven, Aircraft Counselor

When Bill is not flying his beautiful Diamond DA62 around the Pacific Northwest he is helping clients discover modern aviation options. Bill's passion for flying is only matched by his eagerness to help others attain an aviation lifestyle.

Patrick Meehan, Digital Marketing Specialist

Patrick is an industry video professional and instrument-rated pilot who combines his two passions at LifeStyle Aviation. He drives our automation systems and Youtube channel.

Parker Shelton, Sales & Marketing Intern

Parker is currently a senior at NC State University studying business and finance. He grew up in a family of pilots and developed his passion for aviation flying in an old Cessna 182. Now Parker wants to help others realize their own dreams in modern aviation. 

Lori Glasser, Accounting Manager

Lori keeps the financial operations at LifeStyle and its affiliated companies running smoothly. Lori has spent here entire career in corporate financial management, accounting and bookkeeping. 

Laura Cardinuto, HR & Payroll

Laura was one of the first employees of the company and today keeps HR and Payroll humming along. 


 
 

The Story of LifeStyle Aviation

Watch our documentary on who we are and how we came to be.

Our Vision

We see a future where lives are transformed and enriched through modern aviation – where people create lifestyles of freedom, productivity and possibilities. By empowering individuals and our training partners to use the full potential of modern flight, so they are able to contribute to the world in new and meaningful ways.

Our Purpose

We are in the business of helping people discover, select and use modern aviation and its technology to create effortless, effective personal mobility which empowers them to achieve life goals and transforms how they live, work, play and contribute to the world.

Our Process

We don’t “sell”… we help our clients “Buy”. We help clients achieve their life and LifeStyle Goals using a unique counselor  approach to support our customers through the buying process. We operate with respect and integrity with all customers, employees, contractors, partners, suppliers and competitors.