Whether in an ice hockey rink, the jungles of South America or negotiating deals with presidents and princes, Russell Dise is the consummate competitor.
As president and founder of JetLease, the world's largest private aviation leasing company, Dise reflected on a career that has spanned three decades of achievements in JetLease's headquarters at 1515 Perimeter Rd. at Palm Beach International Airport.
But a chance meeting led to Dise working as a co-pilot for an Ohio cheese company making round trips to Denver. That led to an opportunity to broker an airplane sale. And that was the early beginning of JetLease, which has grown over those 40 years to broker thousands of transactions for major corporations, the rich and famous, with satellite operations in Chicago, Cleveland, and Germany.
Today, Dise and his team serve all segments of the aviation industry, including leasing, sales, financing, and management.
One of their newest endeavors is military arms sales. ITAR-certified, (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), they are involved in the forthcoming sale of Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters, Chinooks and Hughes 500's ("Little Birds").
Call it a "power play" or a "hat trick" or whatever hockey term fits, Dise is the self-described "honey badger" always in search in the next big opportunity. "Every day is an experience," said Dise. Judging by the energy he throws off during a tour of his Palm Beach headquarters, it seems he's just getting started.