Maverick Aviation Group has hired Stuart Lopata as the company’s vice president of industry sales. Lopata will focus on relations with the hospitality industry. He’ll also work to increase awareness of Maverick Aviation Group’s sightseeing and charter packages offered through its fleet of 30 luxurious, state-of-the-art ECO-Star helicopters and two Beechcraft 1900D airplanes.
Lopata’s first position was with Lib/Go, one of the largest privately held travel companies in the U.S. Over the years, Lopata served in a variety of capacities for other travel-related companies, including El San Juan and El Conquistador resorts in Puerto Rico and Travelpower (now The Mark Travel Corporation). In 1976, Lopata moved to Las Vegas, where he became the vice president at Major Riddle Enterprises, an entertainment company that owned the Dunes (now Bellagio), Holiday International (now Main Street Station), Silver City, Silver Nugget and Silverbird (soon to be the Fontainebleau Las Vegas) properties. Most recently, Lopata worked in New York for Travelsavers, an international travel marketing organization with more than 3,000 independent travel agencies in 14 countries around the world. He soon had enough of the cold weather, however, and came back to Las Vegas last Christmas.