Mr. Michael W. Johnson
+1.540.736.8820, ext. 101
Mr. Johnson has accrued thousands of hours over the nearly three decades he has served in aviation. He began his airline with Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1996. Mr. Johnson’s flight experience includes A-320, DC-9, E-190, MD-80, B-737, B-747, B-757 and B-767 aircraft in international and domestic operations throughout Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Mr. Johnson served as the Chief Pilot in Honolulu, Hawaii overseeing DC-10 and B-747 crews for JALWays (a subsidiary of Japan Airlines).
Using his background in aviation flight operations, instruction and management, Mr. Johnson created Paramount Aviation Resources Group in 2007 to provide the highest caliber service and support in the industry while adhering to the core values of honesty, integrity, complete customer satisfaction and safety in aviation. Paramount Global Ferry Services was formed in 2018 and has enjoyed 400% growth in both volume and revenues during his tenure as CEO with President Vincent La Forgia. Paramount’s growth is based on the outstanding efforts of a fantastic team that has a combined aviation experience of more than 100 years. Mr. Johnson and Mr. La Forgia have created a corporate culture ensuring Paramount maintains an unwavering commitment to safety, maintaining efficiency with flexibility and operating with cost-consciousness.
Mr. Johnson holds a Juris Doctorate law degree from Concord University School of Law, Purdue International University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. He enjoys boating, fishing and traveling with his wife and 2 children.
Mr. Vincent La Forgia
+1.540.736.8840, ext. 300
Having previously owned and managed VLF Crew Services, Vincent has decades of experience with ferry operations, airline operations and training services. He also has served as a FAA Designated Evaluator, Simulator Instructor, Captain, First Officer and Flight Engineer; and was part of the management team at Aeroservice Aviation Center, an FAR 142 Flight Academy.
Vincent has flown and managed hundreds of aircraft ferry movements, demonstration flights, test flights and delivery flights throughout the world and keenly understands the complexities and dynamics involved with coordinating and overseeing ferry related projects. He has accumulated thousands of flight hours on several types of aircraft including, B-727, B-737, B-747-400, B-757/767, DC-8 and DC-9 aircraft.
Aside from flying ferries whenever his schedule permits, Vincent enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, hiking, biking, skiing and traveling.
Mr. Art Weisen, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
+1.540.736.8820, ext. 301
Mr. Weisen has accrued over thirty years of experience in the purchase, sales, leasing and financing of commercial aircraft. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant for Arthur Carroll & Company. In 1988, After serving as Vice President & Controller at Excelsior Truck Leasing, a company managing more than 3,000 vehicles, Mr. Weisen served as CFO and Principal at Aerolease International, Inc. for nearly two decades. As CFO, Mr. Weisen and one other principal were responsible for securing more than $130,000,000 which was one of the largest used-aircraft securitizations ever at that time. He performed negotiations in the purchase, financing, sale and lease of more than 100 aircraft. Since 2007 Mr. Weisen has continued to provide specialized services through consulting to assist clients in the financing, negotiation of the purchase and sale of aircraft as well as securing and negotiating aircraft lease agreements. He has been responsible for the audit of several aircraft consigned inventories obtaining significant recoveries on behalf of clients. His unsurpassed skill, experience and commitment to transparency have yielded tens of millions of dollars of savings and net benefits to buyers, sellers, lessors and lessees over the course of an exceptional career.
Using his background in corporate finance, accounting and commercial aircraft sales and lease, Mr. Weisen oversees Paramount’s consistently strong financial growth. He is an integral member of the Paramount leadership team providing key fiscal oversight to ensure Paramount continues to enjoy triple digit growth for the foreseeable future.
Mr. Weisen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Penn State University.
Mr. Ayman Jarrah
Vice President, Operations
+1.540.736.8840, ext. 300
Mr. Jarrah has worked at the Paramount family since 2010. He has held multiple positions including, Manager of Procurement at Paramount Aviation Resources Group and Vice President, Operations at Paramount Global Ferry Services. Mr. Jarrah’s strong leadership skills coupled with his exceptional computer skills and ability to refine processes have resulted in continued improvements to efficiency, consistency and reliability. He oversees Paramount global team of qualified operations experts ensuring Paramount team works in an efficient, consistent manner for customers throughout the world 24/7/365.
During his 30 year aviation career, he has accrued over 15,000 flight hours flying a multitude of aircraft including, A-320, B-737, BE-1900, CE-650, DO-128, E-170/190 and CL-65 aircraft throughout North America, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. He has served as a Captain, Technical Pilot and a Flight Training and Standards Analyst which enables him to incorporate first-hand insight and experience into Paramount ferry and flight support operations. With a focus on safety, Mr. Jarrah’s team is committed to maintaining flexibility, outstanding service and support while always working to maintain costs control.
Using his flight experience, technical expertise and computer skills, Mr. Jarrah has crafted numerous operational manuals for a multitude of air operators throughout the world and currently oversees Paramount’s corporate and operations manuals for multiple registries.
Mr. Jarrah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and 2 children.
Ms. Susan Weston
Finance and Accounting Manager
+1.540.736.8820, ext. 401
Susan is responsible for overseeing Paramount’s Accounting Department. She has a wealth of experience in corporate accounting. Susan graduated from California State University – Sacramento with a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. During college, Susan interned with the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). She started her career as a bookkeeper for JB Management, Inc, a contract company with the U.S. Department of Defense. Over her nearly two decades at JB Management she worked her way up to Accounting Manager overseeing an annual budget of more than $40 million. Susan then transitioned to the American Diabetes Association as the Corporate Financial Manager before joining Paramount in 2016.
Susan and her husband enjoy spending time with their three children.