History of Ventura and the Tarascio Family

In 1981, Mike Tarascio was invited to join his business partner at an electronics conference in New Jersey. Mike’s interest was piqued when the invite included flying there in a small 4-seater airplane. He eagerly accepted the invitation and this became an event that changed his life.

That first flight from Long Island to New Jersey exposed Mike to the possibilities of personal aviation and planted the seed that led to his passionate pursuit of both a lifestyle and a business built around introducing and enabling others the freedom and privilege of flight. That first flight experience dovetailed with Mike’s entrepreneurial nature. He became determined to get his pilots license and to create a company that would lead others to discover aviation. His personal experience brought him to the understanding that flying was in reach to most anyone who has dreamt of flying.

Together with his wife Maureen, Mike purchased an airplane in 1982 and started Air East Airways. Air East continued to grow and expand, eventually adding more aircraft and services such as aircraft maintenance, avionics, and aircraft charter.

Joined by their sons Nick and Greg, they built a facility at Republic Airport in 2000 where they still operate today. In 2003, Air East acquired Ventura. Founded in 1955, they brought an even greater company legacy, a highly experienced management team, and a name they liked better than their own.

Today, Ventura while still led by the family with Mike flying and fixing jet equipment, Maureen managing the charter sales office, Nick in the role of CEO, and Greg leading the maintenance and avionics department, the team has grown to include some of the sharpest and most passionate management, administration, flying and maintenance talent.

Our Mission

"Our mission has been the same for over three decades. To inspire you to ask what else is possible and to enable you to live your most extraordinary life." - Nick Tarascio, CEO

Our Culture and Core Values

We believe building a great company culture is not an accident. Our Core Values have been the primary guide in growing our team, defining strategies and building our brand.

These are the six core values that we live by:

  1. Support One Another – Inspire, challenge, and support one another in being our best. Hold others accountable.
  2. Fun – Be positive. Be enthusiastic. Have fun and celebrate our achievements.
  3. Speak Up! – Voice constructive suggestions and concerns. Never assume the issue is known. It is your right and responsibility to say, “How can we” instead of “we can’t.”
  4. Care Deeply – Put yourself in others’ shoes. Be Respectful. Be Present. Ask “Why” and Listen.
  5. Do Your Best – Take pride in your work. Own it and follow-through. Be resourceful and ask for help when you need it.
  6. Constant Never-Ending Improvement – Embrace feedback. Take action to learn and improve yourself and the company everyday.

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