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Private Jet Charter for Business People

Paramount Business Jets

Paramount Business Jets was founded in New York City by a pilot and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University graduate, Richard Zaher. Shortly after graduation Richard moved to NYC and worked for one of the largest jet charter brokerages in the country at that time. Working there was barely a positive experience but it showed Richard what kind of private jet company he would like to build himself.

One day in July 2005 he started Paramount Business Jets from his apartment, with a small amount of money given to him by his father. Finance was not the only concern though - back then private jet brokers had a bad reputation to such an extent that at some point even the FAA suggested that air charter brokers were totally unnecessary.

However, for Paramount Business Jets, things took off right from the beginning thanks to adopting a consistent, fully transparent policy that always centered around the clients’ needs. Addressing them in the most fair way even when things were not really profitable or easily paid off. Paramount Business Jets have made the INC 500/5000 fastest-growing company three times and have established themselves as one of the industry leaders.

A Brief History of Paramount Business Jets

01 July

Richard Zaher started Paramount Business Jets from his apartment in Manhattan, New York. The idea was to start a charter brokerage by being competent and ethical. A charter company that would represent the clients' interest in the marketplace.

daytona beach
07 September

Richard moved back to Daytona Beach, FL, and hired over a dozen of Embry Riddle students to help him complete the initial research and development phase of the company’s extensive website. 

boca raton, fl
14 January

PBJ opened an office in Boca Raton, FL, to cater to the high net worth individuals and families in the area. The company was also looking for staff with more actual charter experience which was more difficult to find in Daytona Beach.

time and distance calculator
28 March

The Team began to create their own proprietary systems becoming less dependent on subscription services offered to the majority of brokers. PBJ built a custom online quoting system as well as online private jet tools such as time and distance and airport proximity tools.  These innovations and the lack of experienced brokers led Richard to the decision about building the company in such a direction that it would eventually operate online.

jet cards
04 January

PBJ developed an industry's first transparent jet card membership program with two levels - Platinum and Black. Both feature fixed management fees on all flights, concierge credits, and fully transparent invoicing. Although many in the industry say “we are transparent”, PBJ is still the only company that has a jet card which reveals the brokers commission to the client.

software
22 April

After trying again and again to recruit talent with experience to work from traditional bricks and mortar, PBJ developed a custom state-of-the-art CRM system to manage all client trips and paperwork online. This CRM system would allow the company to tap into the vast amount of knowledge and experience of experienced charter brokers who could join the team and work remotely with PBJ.

d&b logo
14 June

PBJ became a D&B Platinum Rated Company in 2011. D&B, short for Dun & Bradstreet, is a reputed small-business credit reporting agency. Based on various scores and ratings meant to indicate how credible businesses and their finances are, D&B assesses companies' financial health. The D&B score can be used by business owners, customer, suppliers and lenders for further business and financial decisions.

erau award
21 October

Richard Zaher was presented with the Eagle Excellence Award by his alma mater Embry Riddle for his work as the CEO, namely for building PBJ and growing it into one of the most reputable and trusted charter brokerages in the world. Richard was asked to present a 15-minute speech about what it takes to build a startup to alumni after receiving his award.

Paramount history
01 January

After focusing more on the marketing aspect of the business, PBJ begins to make traction and gain more market share. Armed with core values of ethics and competence, the company continues to grow year after year. In 2013 Paramount Business Jets surpassed $5 million in revenue for the first time. Shortly after that the Leesburg, VA, office was opened.

acana logo
31 January

PBJ was approved as a member of the Air Charter Association of North America following a rigorous vetting process. Shortly after that, Paramount Business Jets was also ranked by the INC 500/5000 as the 2nd fastest growing travel company in the US.

Paramount history
15 April

Paramount Business Jets was ranked 409 on the INC 500 list of the fastest growing companies in America. Named a "pioneer of exclusive Transparent Private Jet Charter Pricing", PBJ was recognized as the top private aircraft charter company by the Inc. Magazine's 2013 Inc. 500 List of the fastest growing private companies in America. The company's success was demonstrated by a staggering 1,093% growth between the years 2009 and 2012. Paramount Business Jets was also ranked second among the nation’s top 100 Travel and Hospitality companies.

Paramount history
12 January

PBJ was ranked by the INC 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing private jet companies in the US for 2 years in a row. Also, PBJ developed a 100-point advisory to provide unparalleled service in every aspect of private jet charter. This detailed checklist included over 100 factors that affect private jet charter worldwide, from crew and equipment as well as weather impact to the FAA and DOT safety and security requirements.

Paramount history
01 July

To celebrate the company’s 10th year anniversary, PBJ established a yearly scholarship at Embry Riddle, Richard Zaher's alma mater. The scholarship supports the growth of the next generation of business aviation professionals. “As an industry, we need to keep an eye on that kind of future we are helping to create,” said Richard Zaher. “We need to support young people for our industry to have a more successful future.”



Paramount history
01 January

PBJ continues to grow in sales and in the number of staff as well as reputation and repeat clients. With the continuous investment in the staff, marketing and development of the company and its culture, 2016 was the first year in which PBJ crossed $10 million in revenue.


Paramount history
01 January

Richard Zaher was appointed as VP of the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). The Air Charter Association of North America is a community that gathers companies associated with chartering aircraft with the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism across the globe. As the industry leading authority in the field of air charter regulation and best practices, ACANA informs, guides, sets and increases quality standards in the North American private air charter marketplace.

Paramount history
12 February

PBJ appointed an in-house safety officer to ensure that all aircraft and crew on all flights exceed the minimum safety guidelines of third party safety rating companies. From this point on, the company culture includes safety as one of the primary values and 100% of all client charters at PBJ are checked for safety prior to every flight, every time. 

white house
20 March

Richard Zaher was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama for his recognition of someone who contributes to the society as well as to celebrate the Persian New Year at the White House with other prominent artists, actors and successful entrepreneurs.

Paramount history
01 January

PBJ continues to reinvest in growing the team, technology and marketing. After a year of incredible growth, PBJ crossed $15 million in revenue, just one year after exceeding $10 million.

Paramount history
07 January

PBJ made the third appearance on the Inc. 5000, based on 2017 revenues of $15.4 million and a cumulative three-year growth rate of 168%.

Paramount history
19 November

PBJ Launches the world's first open source carbon offset system to help the aviation industry perform offset calculations instantly. For the first time ever in history, the public can calculate their aircraft specific fuel burn instantly and figure out the cost of the offset with as little as 2 minutes as opposed to 2 to 5 days via other carbon offset companies. 


Paramount history
01 December

Onward and Upwards! After landing after a somewhat turbulent 2020. Paramount Business Jets exceeds 25 million dollars in sales.

Paramount history
01 January

Onward and Upwards! Paramount Business Jets exceeds 35 million dollars in sales after one of their most busy years.

2005

PBJ founded in Manhattan, NY

    How Paramount Business Jets began

2006

New office in Daytona Beach, FL

    New Daytona Beach Office opened

2008

New office in Boca Raton, FL

    PBJ opened its new office in Boca Raton 

2009

PBJ builds custom quoting system and private jet online tools

    Proprietary Quoting System and other charter tools

2010

First fully transparent jet card and custom CRM system

    PBJ developed an industry first Jet Card Membership based on trust and transparency

Apr

PBJ builds a state-of-the-art CRM system

    Custom CRM system was created

2011

PBJ becomes a D&B Platinum rated company

    PBJ's first D&B Platinum Rating

2012

PBJ awarded Eagle Excellence Award

    PBJ CEO was honored with the Eagle Excellence Award by Embry Riddle

2013

PBJ crosses $5 million in revenue

    PBJ exceeds $5 million in business

Jan

ACANA member and 2nd fastest growing travel company

    PBJ becoming an ACANA member and 2nd fastest growing travel company in the US

Apr

PBJ becomes an INC 500 Company

    PBJ made the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in America

2014

Fastest growing private jet company and 100-point advisory

    Fast growth and the INC 500/5000 ranking

2015

Student scholarship to celebrate the 10th anniversary

    PBJ celebrated their 10-year anniversary

2016

PBJ crosses $10 million in revenue

    PBJ exceeded $10 million in revenue

Jan

PBJ's CEO appointed President of ACANA

    With Richard Zaher appointed as VP of the ACANA, PBJ began to set the standards for best practices.

Feb

PBJ doubles down on safety

    PBJ put in place checks and balances for safety protocols

Mar

PBJ CEO honored with an invitation to the White House

    As one of the most successful entrepreneurs, PBJ CEO was invited to the White House.

2017

PBJ crosses $15 million in revenue

    PBJ revenue exceeded $15 million

2018

Back to the INC 500/5000 list

    Further growth and the Inc. 5000 listing

2019

PBJ develops an innovative carbon offset system

    PBJ began offerring innovate carbon offset system for free to everyone

2020

PBJ crosses 25 million in Revenue

    PBJ crosses 25 million in sales at the end of 2020

2021

PBJ crosses $35 million in revenue and supports several NGO projects

    PBJ raised their sales up to 35 million dollars and supported several NGOs

Private Jet Charter Solutions for Businesses

Who we are


Paramount Business Jets was born in 2005 to deliver higher standards of safety and ethics in the private jet brokering industry. We are building proprietary systems based on best practices, a stellar reputation, a culture of integrity, a company that will last 100 years and beyond.

We don’t hire at PBJ, we adopt. We believe in karma and in giving back. We share values in accordance with our corporate culture of fair and ethical business practices. We are a group of competent and ethical private aviation advisors passionate about aviation, service, safety, and making others happy. 

Our leadership team combines innovative technology with vast experience in private aviation guided by a corporate culture of fair and ethical business practices. The result is a service that is consistent, trustworthy and setting a new standard in the private aviation industry.

Get to know the Paramount Business Jets Team and the contributions they make to help the company stand out from the competition. We believe in the life-changing power of giving and receiving. The founder and CEO himself is the best example of how you can contribute to a local community or make a difference in a person’s life. Learn more about Richard Zaher at bestyoubestme

What we do

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.

Our team

DAWOD ALIKOZAY Private Jet Charter - Trip Processing Analyst

Dawod Alikozay joined Paramount Business Jets in 2016 as a private jet charter trip processing analyst. A civil engineering freshman with an associate degree in IT, Dawod was eager to expand his knowledge in a business environment. He brought a brilliant analytic mind to his role at Paramount, supported by his background teaching mathematics, algebra and trigonometry.

It was in this role that Dawod discovered an affinity for finance. He is currently taking advanced classes in finance and accounting at Northern Virginia Community College, and he plans to transfer to the University of Virginia to complete his degree.

Dawod speaks four languages fluently - English, Pashto, Persian and Urdu. He is a huge Bollywood fan, and he credits the movies in helping him to learn Urdu from scratch. He loves to play guitar and is an avid reader. When he’s not engrossed in a book, Dawod is a fitness enthusiast and a keen sportsman, listing soccer, cricket and snooker among his favourite activities.

CANDACE HARNEY Charter Aviation Specialist

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality, and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.

EHSAN NOORZAI Trip Processing & Financial Analyst

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality, and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.

JOYDEEP SEN VP Global Charter Acquisitions

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality, and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.

MICHAEL DIETRICH VP Private Jet Charter

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality, and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.

RAJIV JAPSI Charter Aviation Specialist

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality, and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.

KEVIN RAKES VP Private Jet Charter

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality, and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.

RACHELLE WATERMAN Charter Aviation Specialist

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet flights to and from any major city in the world, in any size aircraft with as little as 4 hours of notice. We expertly represent our clients in the marketplace for safety, quality, and reliability.

Our portfolio includes over 4000 of the world’s safest and most luxurious private jets, each hand-picked and checked for safety and quality by our global team of passionate aviation experts, who work to ensure our clients are offered the very best.