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Executive Biography

Jake Tomlin Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
Jake Tomlin

CEO & President | Papillon Helicopters and Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines

Jake Tomlin dreamed of working in aviation from the time he was 5 years old, but never expected he would have the opportunity to do so while working with family. Tomlin currently serves as president of Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines where he oversees Nevada Fixed-Wing Operations, assists in political and corporate affairs and flies as a captain in the DHC-6 Twin Otter. He brings nearly 15 years of experience in professional aviation for both the Department of Defense and commercial air tour industry.

John Becker Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
John Becker

Chief Operations Officer | Papillon Helicopters

With more than 40 years of aviation experience, John Becker serves as Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters' chief operating officer and director of operations. In his current position, Becker is responsible for Papillon’s system wide helicopter flight operations and Arizona based day to day operations. In his current position, Becker is responsible for Papillon’s system wide helicopter flight operations and Arizona based day to day operations. He has been with Papillon since 1994.

Irit Langness Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
Irit Langness

Executive Vice President | Grand Canyon Group

Since 2000, Irit Langness has been leading the sales efforts on behalf of Papillon Group, considered the largest and longest-running helicopter tour company in the world. In this capacity, she is responsible for the sales of all tourism-related revenues including helicopters, airplane and bus tours from Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Page/Lake Powell. Under Langness’ leadership, sales increase an average of 10 to15 percent year over year. Overall, Langness has nearly 35 years of experience in sales and marketing.

Matt Mette Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
Matt Mette

Vice President, Sales and Marketing | Grand Canyon Group

Throughout his 17-year career at Papillon, Matt’s leadership in sales and marketing has developed top-performing sales and marketing teams while staying ahead of industry trends and leveraging emerging technologies to gain a competitive edge. He specializes in high-impact strategies that drive revenue and create sustainable growth. With a proven track record of harnessing the power of data analytics, digital marketing, and customer-centric strategies, Matt has been instrumental in achieving long-term success for Papillon.

Jerry San Nicolas Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
Jerry San Nicolas

Vice President of Administration | Papillon Helicopters

Jerry's journey spans over a decade, starting his career with Papillon in 2006 as a Las Vegas reservation agent and quickly ascending to Yield Manager in 2009. Equipped with expertise in aircraft management, load factors, and on time performance, Jerry's career continues to grow when he assumed the role of the Boulder City Base Manager in 2016. He diligently oversaw the tower, flightline, and central reservations department.