Board of Directors


Chairman and President

Daniel Slapo

Daniel Slapo started his career in the United States Air Force in 1987. His USAF career stationed him in Sicily, IT, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, Hickham AFB, HI, McGuire AFB, NJ and left the AF in 1997 where he was one of 13 people selected for the crew for the Vice President of the United States. Since his departure from the AF, Daniel has assisted many companies under the umbrellas of FAR 91, 91 Sub Part K and 135 as a flight attendant.

Daniel has been involved with the NBAA FA committee,  Publisher of a bi-monthly aviation newsletter titled "Corporate Flight Attendant News E-letter" and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the newly formed Tampa Bay Aviation Association. In addition to all this, Daniel received his FAA Dispatchers license in Oct 2009.


Jeff Gillquist


Jeff began his aviation career in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic in Albuquerque, NM. He then returned home to Minnesota working for  Regent Aviation, a small FBO  in St. Paul as a Line Service Technician and then moving up to an aircraft mechanic.  After getting out of the maintenance field, Jeff tried a few different occupations but found himself back in aviation working for Signature Fight Support as a Supervisor in Minneapolis.  

After a few years he worked his way up to General Manager on the commercial side of the business with ASIG. After leaving ASIG, Jeff worked as a Regional Vice President for Primeflight Aviation services covering the Midwest Territory. Missing the FBO business, he returned to Regent Aviation who had purchased the FBO in Rochester, MN where he was the GM. After approximately six months, Regent was purchased by Signature Flight Support.   In 2010 Jeff was promoted to Area Director and transferred to St. Louis, MO.  From there he transferred to Palm Springs, CA, then to Boca Raton, FL and finally ended up in the Tampa area in 2016.  

Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife of 33 years, his two grown sons, golfing and being part of the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. 



Steven E. Santamaria, C.M., ACE


Steven began his aviation career in the United States Army as a CH/ MH-47 Chinook Helicopter Repairer/ Crewchief. During his US ARMY career he was stationed in Fort Knox KY, Fort Campbell KY, Ft. Eustis VA, Camp Humphreys, South Korea and finally Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

Following the military, Steven pursued a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Management from Louisiana Tech University.  

Since earning his degree Steven has worked at the following airports Corpus Christi TX (CRP), Kinston NC (ISO), Huntsville AL (HSV) and currently resides as an Airport Operations Supervisor at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, FL (PIE). 

Steven has achieved the Certified Member and ACE Operations designation from the American Association of Airport Executives. He is continuing his education by pursuing a Masters in Aviation with Florida Institute of Technology. 

Email: SSantamaria@fly2pie.com

Vice President 

Marilyn Gauthier, C.M. 


Marilyn Gauthier, C.M. received her Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management with a minor in Japanese at The Ohio State University.  While going to school at OSU, Marilyn worked at The Ohio State University Airport, Don Scott Field (KOSU).  After graduating, Marilyn joined D.M. Airport Developers at the Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU) in Morristown, New Jersey as an Operations Coordinator.  Looking for additional experience in the industry, Marilyn Gauthier joined Tampa International Airport (KTPA) as an Airport Operations Specialist and within two years was promoted to the General Aviation Manager – Operations and Maintenance for the General Aviation Department responsible for Peter O. Knight, Plant City and Tampa Executive Airports including the General Aviation at Tampa International Airport.

Marilyn recently became a Certified Member with the American Association of Airport Executives and it is clear that airports are her passion.  

PIE Airport Advisor

Erin Johnson, ACE


Erin Johnson has a B.S. in Aviation Management and an A.S. in Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College. Erin was an intern with the FAA in the department of Acquisition where she worked on the A-76 project to privatize Flight Service Stations. After graduation, Erin went to work for TAG Aviation as a Charter Sales Rep and Flight Coordinator.  From TAG Aviation she went on to work in Airport Operations and has worked at Atlantic City International Airport, Albany International Airport, and Tallahassee Regional Airport and is currently an Airport Operations Supervisor and the Airport Security Coordinator at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. 

   TPA Airport Advisor 

Position not filled at this time  

Past Chairman and President

Vic Slacter

Dear Business Aviation Professional: 

The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) was formed to represent the business aviation interests in the greater Tampa Bay area. TBAA’s focus is to keep members informed of issues affecting Business Aviation within our region as well as nationally, promote safety, educate the general public and government officials as well as promoting the benefits of Business Aviation.

TBAA also gives back to our community through charity and fund raising events. TBAA has created a great network of local aviation professionals who share information and ideas with other members. TBAA holds monthly meetings along with some social events.

We encourage you to join our organization and become part of something great. Business Aviation is thriving, but it also faces serious access and security challenges. Your membership, support and involvement in the TBAA will help meet those general aviation challenges at the “grass roots” level. Success at the “grass roots” level in the Tampa Bay area will also pave the way for more successes across Florida and the USA.

Membership in the Tampa Bay Aviation Association is open to both individuals and organizations with dues structured at nominal levels. Please take few moments to fill out the attached Membership application and send it back via postal mail, fax, or email.

We look forward to having you as TBAA Member.


Vic Slacter


Tampa Bay Aviation Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PO Box 22782, Tampa, FL 33622. Copyright 2010-2017


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