Chris Arnold – Managing Director
Chris is a licensed broker who came to work for us after graduating from Daniel Webster College in 2006. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. He is a Commercial Pilot with an instrument rating with over 1100 hours. Chris is passionate about flying and can be found aboard our company SR-22 quite regularly. Chris’s main focus is on fixed wing aircraft. He currently handles accounts ranging from personal aircraft to sales dealers and other commercial operators.
After 30+ years of founding and building the Sutton James agency, Jon has taken a step back from his management role, and is pleased to hand the reins to current Managing Director Chris Arnold. While still working with the team on occasion, Jon currently offers his insight and support to the team on more of a behind the scenes basis.
Jon started refueling airplanes while he was in college to pay for his flying lessons. He worked as a flight instructor and charter pilot, and later as a dispatcher for a regional airline. Jon spent 5 years in New York City as an underwriter for USAIG, where he handled commercial and corporate aviation accounts. Jon is a current CFII and an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor and holds Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) designations. He presents insurance and safety-related seminars on behalf of the FAA and other groups. He is also a contributor to several aviation publications including “The Aviation Consumer” and “Twin & Turbine” magazine.
Airika is one of the most senior brokers at Sutton James, having been with us for over 11 years. She handles both fixed wing and helicopter insurance for both personal and commercial operators. She is part of the team that handles our Robinson Helicopter Insurance Program. Airika also manages a large number of our customers who manufacture and distribute products to the aerospace industry, and many of our special risk accounts. Airika holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and an Associate’s degree in Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College where she also became a licensed Private Pilot and received her tail wheel sign off. Prior to working for Sutton James, Airika gained further experience in the aviation field working for an FBO at Brainard Airport in Hartford, and a local avionics company.
Jamie has been with us for over 11 years and is one of our senior brokers. He holds a B.S. in Aviation Management and Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College and holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Jamie is a licensed Private Pilot with Single Engine Instrument and Sea ratings and has a passion for flying. Prior to joining Sutton James, Jamie gained experience in the corporate aviation industry as a dispatcher for a corporate flight department. Jamie is a member of our Robinson Helicopter Insurance Program team and handles a wide array of insurance for his clients ranging from fixed and rotor wing aircraft to flight schools and commercial operators.
Caitlyn holds a B.S. in Aviation Management and Transportation from the University of New Haven and is a commercial, instrument, single and multi engine rated pilot, as well as a certificated flight instructor. Caitlyn also holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Prior to Sutton James, Caitlyn was the manager for a FAA Part 141 flight school located at Brainard Airport. She has also worked as a dispatcher for a FAA Part 91 and Part 135 operator, and has flown as a line pilot in a variety of single and twin-engine aircraft. Caitlyn is one of our senior brokers and is part of the team that handles insurance for the Robinson Helicopter Insurance program as well as all varieties of fixed and rotor wing aircraft and commercial risks.
Kyle Smith is an Associate Producer in the Sutton James division providing aviation related insurance and risk management programs. Kyle spent 5 years with a large insurance carrier as an Underwriting Analyst. While there, he was responsible for accounts ranging from aerospace manufacturers and service providers to large charter operators and owners of personal aircraft. Kyle holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) designations.
Ramona Ramsay joined Sutton James in 1990 as our first employee. She grew up in an aviation family and earned her Private license at age 17. Prior to joining Sutton James, Ramona gained customer service experience at a large aviation supply company in Toronto, Ontario. Ramona became a licensed broker and flew the company’s airplane, a Mooney M20J for several years. After taking a few years off to raise a family, Ramona returned to Sutton James and is now one of our brokers.
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