27532 W. Hwy 84 McGregor, TX 76657

(254) 848-9192

JetPro Texas Staff Bios

Don Starling

President and CEO, has been actively buying and selling aircraft for over 50 years. His vast experience lends both credibility and expertise to the company. Don served as an Officer in the US Air Force, has owned Midwest Piper (Wichita, Kansas), Houston Piper (Houston’s Hobby Field), and 1st Texas Turbine Aircraft Corp. (Horseshoe Bay, Texas). In addition, Don has managed various turbine aircraft sales, maintenance, and refurbishment operations. Some of these positions include Sales Manager for AMR Combs Aircraft Sales Group (division of AMR Corporation in Dallas, Texas) and most recently, Texas Aero (Waco, Texas) as president of its Aircraft Group for over 12 years. Don is an accomplished pilot with several type ratings and instructor certificates. Don was born and raised in Austin, Texas and lived there until his enrollment in the U S Air Force Aviation Cadet program in January 1959.

Sam Starling

Vice President of Operations, quite literally grew up in aviation. Sam was born in Wichita, Kansas while his dad owned Midwest Piper. He grew up in the Texas Hill Country surrounded by aircraft of all types. His passion for the business, as well as his desire to become a pilot himself, was well ingrained from a very early age. Sam has over 13 years experience in aircraft sales and aircraft management and is a former Vice President of Operations for Texas Aero. He is an active pilot and holds an ATP with ten jet type ratings in various Cessna Citations, Lear Jets, Challengers, Hawkers, Falcons, current CFII, MEI, AGI instructor’s certificates and a seaplane rating. This extensive firsthand knowledge of a wide range of popular business jets allows Sam to accurately convey the strengths and weaknesses of specific aircraft to his clients to help guarantee the proper application for the mission. Aircraft management allows Sam to combine his passion for flying and drive for customer service.

Matt Tilghman

Manager of Aircraft Operations, began his career as a corporate pilot in 1994. Matt is originally from Roanoke, Virginia, and has lived in Texas since the age of 5. Matt’s love for aviation started at a very young age. He obtained his sail plane rating at age 16, his private pilot’s license at age 17 and has been flying every since. After graduation from Midway High School, Matt completed the Aircraft Pilot Training program at Texas State Technical Institute. Immediately upon graduation he began his first job as a corporate pilot flying a 90 King Air for the J-Hawk Corporation, and later worked for Baylor University, Lindsey Contractors, and Texas Aero flying various turbine powered aircraft before joining Jet Pro Texas. Matt holds an ATP, and has several type ratings, as well as a rotorcraft - helicopter and glider rating.

Aaron Marker

Boy wonder, began flying in 2010. Aaron is originally from Friendswood, Texas, and has lived in the Waco area since 2010. Aaron’s passion for aviation started from a young age. He is a graduate of the Texas State Technical College Aircraft Pilot Training, 2012, where he was a flight instructor. Aaron is type rated in the LRJET and CL601. Aaron also served as an advisor for the TSTC Tornado’s flight team, going to nationals in 2013. Prior to his career in aviation, Aaron was a bus driver at Texas A&M University and a mechanic for Harley-Davidson and Yamaha.

Missy Tilghman

Originally from Waco, Texas. She has a B.A.A.S. from the University of North Texas, with concentrations in non-profit studies, marketing and sociology. Prior to working at JetPro Texas, she was an administrative assistant and guest relations manager at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for 6 years.

Doug Rowe

The newest member to the JetPro Sales Team. Doug comes to JetPro with over 38 years of sales experience in the Financial and Money Management Industry. He was the recent Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Volt Electrical LLC, a Fort Worth based commercial electrical contracting company. With knowledge of corporate ownership and extensive sales background, Doug brings a unique perspective to the JetPro Sales Team. Doug stands firm with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism and conducts business accordingly. He comes to JetPro from South Florida, a graduate of Florida State University and currently resides in Central Texas.