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.


Aaron Marker

Aaron is the Chief Pilot for JETPRO Texas, as such he manages the aircraft operations on a daily basis. Aaron earned his certificate as a flight instructor after graduating from the Texas State Technical College Aircraft Pilot Training program in 2012. His passion for aviation started from a very young age. Aaron holds an ATP and various type ratings including Lear Jet, Lear 45, Citation 525 and Bombardier Challenger. Aaron also served as an advisor for the TSTC Tornado’s flight team, going to nationals in 2013. Originally from Friendswood, Texas, he has lived in the Waco area since 2010. His dedication to safety and care for customer service keeps Aaron at the top of his game as both a pilot and aircraft manager.


Steve Buckner

Steve is a Senior Captain and Demo Pilot. Steve first took the controls of an airplane at the young age of 9 years old. He obtained his private pilot certificate in 1995 at the age of 18. Steve holds commercial and multiengine ratings along with type ratings in Lear Jet and Cessna Citation models. His nearly 2,600 hours of flight experience in over 20 different makes and models of aircraft lends to his natural ability to seamlessly pilot. A local Central Texan from Gatesville, Steve has an impressive carrier in residential development, custom and spec home building and as the owner of a real estate title business. Steve’s likable personality and customer service are second to none.


Dan Carroll

Senior Captain and Demo Pilot. Dan is a started flying nearly a quarter-century ago to support his growing transportation business and to “just get out of the office”. Later studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University redirected his business interests to aerospace. In addition to corporate pilot roles, he has served as pilot-in-command on test missions for new jet product certification and as a stunt pilot for the film industry. Dan holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, land and sea, multiple jet type-ratings, including Lear Jets and Cessna Citations, and is a commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor. In addition to aviation Dan’s background includes vast experience in real estate, his outstanding personality and passion for excellence nicely compliments JetPro’s philosophy and corporate values.


Missy Tilghman

As the Office Manger Missy keep JETPRO Texas running smoothly. She holds 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. Missy and her husband Matt have two wonderful daughters.


Deanna Starling

Deanna is the Director of Marketing and Research for JETPRO Texas. Deanna is a Graduate of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business with a BBA in Entrepreneurship, graduating Cumme Laude in 2007. Her aviation carrier adds to her outstanding past experiences including: founding, cultivating and selling a retail ladies boutique, serving on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, Waco, serving on the Board of Directors for Fuzzy Friends Rescue, Co-Chairing Fuzzy Friend’s black tie event – Bark’n Ball multiple years, Executive Board Member, Finance Board Member and Board Member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, Treasurer of St. Paul’s Parents and Friends, Vice Chair and committee member of Waco’s Cotton Palace, and an impressive list of numerous appointments for the Junior League of Waco. Deanna’s proudest accomplishment is the distinctive title of MOM to Piper, Makenzie and Harrison.