Executive Team

Ted Vallas
Ted Vallas
Founder, Chairman of the Board
Ted Vallas has been a businessman and entrepreneur in North County San Diego for over 60 years. He has developed and managed over 40 businesses ranging from the construction of golf courses around the world to building and running resorts. Ted was the co-founder and President of General Design and Instrumentation Company (Scanivalve), a wind tunnel and instrumentation company. In the 1970’s, Ted formed a regional airline called Air Resorts which ran for 17 years. They operated out of Lindbergh Airport serving Burbank, Phoenix, Tucson and other point-to-point destinations. Ted also provided charter service as well as support to a number of government programs. During this time, he formed the Super 580 Aircraft Company, which was created to reconfigure and increase the seating capacity of the Convair 580. Ted holds a B.A. degree from Balboa University and an MBA from Cal Western University.

Ted Vallas
John Selvaggio
President, Chief Executive Officer
John Selvaggio began his airline career in the American Airlines Finance organization, attaining the position of Chief Accounting Officer (Assistant Controller - Corporate Accounting) at the age of 26. After spending 13 years in Finance, he moved into Airport Operations, Sales and Marketing, and then headed up the Strategic Planning organization, crafting the successful business plans that created several hubs, AA’s expansion into International markets, the merger with AirCal (and subsequent integration), and the creation of American Eagle. He spent six years as President of California-based Wings West (American Eagle), before joining post-bankruptcy Midway Airlines as President and CEO, where he created the bankruptcy-emergence business plan that moved the company from Chicago to Raleigh Durham in 1995.
After selling Midway to a group of local investors in 1997, John joined US Airways where he managed the regional operations of ten carriers.
Delta Airlines recruited John in 1999 for the role of Senior VP – Airport Customer Services, where he was responsible for creating Delta’s industry-leading airport technology, including the development of the check-in kiosks and the flat screen monitors at the gates, as well as a host of behind-the-scenes technologies. His most recognized and important accomplishment was as Founder, President and CEO of Song Airlines, Delta’s highly acclaimed low cost, high tech subsidiary that introduced several new concepts in Customer Service. After retiring early due to the Delta bankruptcy, Delta re-hired him in 2007 to be President and CEO of Comair, in order to re-build employee morale and operational performance.
During his entire airline career, he has developed a reputation for taking innovative approaches to tackle the most challenging projects and completing them in record time, and under budget.
Ted Vallas
Victor E. Ramirez
Corporate Secretary and Counsel
Victor E. Ramirez is a retired California Superior Court Judge who served as a judge in San Diego County for twenty-three years during which he received numerous Judicial Honors and awards for his public service. Before his appointment to and following his retirement from the bench, Victor has been active in San Diego County taking part in many different business roles including Founder and organizing Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hidden Valley National Bank, a publicly traded corporation, President of the Marine-Iraq Legal Defense Fund, and member of the Board of Directors for other corporations. Since July 2011, Victor has served as in-house counsel and corporate secretary for California Pacific Airlines.
Dean Sinerius Dean Sinerius Vice President, Technical Operations
Dean has 35 years of experience in aircraft maintenance and maintenance management with FAA Airframe and Power Plant Certification. He began his career in the US Navy as a P-3 flight engineer and later joined Northwest Orient as an A&P mechanic for 6 years before being promoted to management. Dean spent 18 years with Northwest in various management positions before moving on to Champion Air as the Director of Technical Programs. Dean has also worked in management and leadership positions for GE Aircraft Engines, America West, Frontier and the Mesa Air Group. Most notable among his accomplishments are the creation, subsequent FAA approval and implementation of the Aircraft Maintenance Reliability Program and the maintenance tracking and planning computer systems (Trax and Omega) while working with Champion Air and The Mesa Air Group. Dean graduated from Inver Hills College in Minneapolis, MN, with a degree in Aviation Business Management.