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Passion for Aviation

Since 2014 Stratus Business Development has been helping our aviation clients overcome challenges and achieve greater success.  Our advisors have decades of aviation operations, sales, marketing, and administrative experience.  When you work with Stratus Business Development you will get access to the full measure of our expertise, experience, and network of resources.  

Depth of Knowledge

Our core strength is our network of advisors.  They come from every sector of aviation and will bring their significant knowledge into your organization.  Their considerable aviation and business experience will help your team move past problems, capture new opportunities, and build a stronger organization.

True Partnership

When you engage with Stratus Business Development you will get hands-on assistance and guidance.  We will be with you every step of the way to a successful outcome.  Dedicated project management, thorough research, and careful attention to detail are the strengths we bring to each project. Your success is our success. 

Our Team 


Rick Bartle - Senior Advisor & Founder

A native of northern New Hampshire, Rick grew up in an aviation family.  Those early role models and a love of adventure lead to Aviation Management studies at Daniel Webster College and beyond.  Over the last 30 years Rick has worked for aviation organizations in the public and private sector including FBO's, collegiate flight training, airports, and even aerial advertising.  He has built several aviation operations from concept to fully operational and overseen various publicly funded airborne programs.  In 2014 Rick launched Stratus Business Development to provide expertise and support to other aviation organizations.  Rick is passionate about aviation education and supporting initiatives to introduce this exciting industry to young people. Contact Rick

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TJ Dempsey - Senior Advisor

TJ brings over 20 years of commercial real estate industry experience working for companies in-house real estate departments and for third party services companies like JLL & CBRE specializing in facilities, property and project management for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining the Stratus team, TJ served as Director of Business Development at Whelan Associates overseeing real estate operations in the company’s South division. TJ also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) advising companies across a broad range of strategic and operational real estate issues. TJ works with Stratus clients to develop their aviation real estate plan and acquire room to grow. Contact TJ

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Paul Shank - Senior Advisor

A graduate of Penn State University, Paul is an accomplished aerospace engineer, flight test engineer, commercial pilot, and aviation entrepreneur.  As a Test Director for Boeing, Paul has worked on everything from the early development of the M/CV-22, sustaining the C-17 and H-47, and Certification of the 747-8F, 777F, MH-139, and KC-46.  He's lead flight test operations in the US and the UK.  As a commercial pilot and CFI, Paul has flown all manner of single and multi-engine aircraft around the country.  You might find him instructing a primary student out of his home airport in Southern California or flying R&D aircraft in the mountains of Utah.  As a Senior Advisor for SBD, Paul supports our clients with his 30 years of technical and operational experience. Contact Paul

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