Santulli shaped the face of modern aviation leasing through the founding and growth of NetJets. Richard Santulli is the chief executive officer and chairman of Milestone Aviation Group’s Board of Directors. He is the founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of NetJets Inc., the largest private aviation company in the world. Richard built NetJets into a globally recognized brand in aviation and the standard bearer for safety, reliability and service. By August 2009, NetJets comprised more than 800 aircraft, annual revenue in excess of $4 billion and more than 7,000 employees around the world.
Prior to starting NetJets, Richard grew RTS Helicopters into the world’s largest helicopter lessor, amassing nearly 200 machines under lease at its peak. The RTS Helicopter business focused on offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and had a reputation for being entrepreneurial, quick to market and for delivering premier customer service. Richard also created and led the Goldman Sachs Leasing business unit based on proprietary equipment including software and technology.
Richard is active in a wide range of charitable and community causes. He has led the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund as its chairman since 2003. Under his leadership, the Intrepid Fund has provided over $100 million in support to the veterans and families of the U.S. Armed Forces and built the Centre for the Intrepid at the Brooke Army Medical Centre in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the National Intrepid Centre of Excellence that opened in June 2010 in Washington, D.C. In 2007, Richard was named co-chairman of the renowned Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. He also serves on the board of directors at the Mercy Home for Children, Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, The Jockey Club and The New York Racing Association, Inc.
Richard holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied mathematics from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.