Brian Kirkdoffer was fortunate to have our founder Clay Lacy as his flight instructor. Years later, in 1990, Brian joined Clay Lacy Aviation as a Learjet pilot and business development executive. He progressed to captain all Learjet models, as well the Gulfstream GII, GIII, GIV and GV large-cabin business jets. As a captain flying to more than 130 countries, his long list of elite passengers included former U.S. presidents, a British prime minister, international business leaders and major figures from sports and entertainment. In 2003 he was named company president and led the business to significant growth across its aircraft management, jet charter, jet maintenance and FBO business lines.
Brian acquired Clay Lacy Aviation in 2012 and his leadership has guided the company’s national expansion to nearly 800 team members, a fleet of managed aircraft valued in excess of $2 billion and over 35 U.S. operating locations, including multiple full-service FBOs and FAA-certified MRO facilities. Brian has served on several OEM advisory boards, held aviation industry leadership positions and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He has also guided the company’s strategic innovations, including its industry-leading sustainability program. Brian has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.