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Eric Onnen (CEO) –founding partner of SBA.  Eric has been with Santa Barbara Airbus since its inception in 1983. 

Eric graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a major in Business Economics. He is active in all aspects of daily Airbus operations. Primary duties are management, administration and marketing. 

He is currently an active member and past president of the Goleta Rotary Club, and is a past board member of the Greater Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was also past president of the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau and Film Commission and served as a Goleta City Mayor. Eric is valued among the community as a business owner and has been invited to speak at numerous public speaking events and for local charities. Eric takes pride at having been a Goleta resident since 1978.

Contact via telephone 805-964-7759 x109

Mark Klopstein (Vice President of Operations) - founding partner of SBA. Mark has been with Santa Barbara Airbus since its inception in 1983.  He has worked in all areas of the operation from driving to maintenance. He is now currently in charge of operations. His responsibilities at SBA include being in charge of operations for dispatch and drive staff, scheduling drive staff and managing and booking our charter division.     

Contact via telephone 805-964-7759 x108

Tim Onnen (General Manager) - Tim has been with Santa Barbara Airbus since the beginning in 1983. He has years of experience working in the transportation industry. A graduate of Cabrillo High School in Lompoc in 1986, Tim has been involved in all aspects of operations. He started out cleaning vehicles and advanced to being a managing partner of Monterey/Salinas Airbus, CA. The Monterey/Salinas Airbus division operated from years 1994 - 1999. Tim returned to SBA in 1999 as the general manager. His responsibilities include management of our LAX, Charter, Daytrip, training and compliance of all drive staff, hiring and termination of drivers. He is a certified DMV examiner.

Contact via telephone 805-964-7759 x106

Michael Blank (Fleet Manager) - Mike is the direct contact for maintenance and repair of all our vehicles. Mike makes a strong contribution to SBA in the organizational and mechanical goals of the company through continued growth of his skills. With over sixteen years of experience in the transportation industry, his knowledge and dedication are put into place daily. Mike currently manages a fleet of 25 coaches at our onsite state of the art facility. His responsibilities include management of maintenance staff, repair and service of vehicles, parts inventory, safety compliance and vehicle inspections (CHP & DMV).

Contact via telephone (805)964-5799 x117

Margaret Duran (Administration Manager) - Margaret has been with Airbus for nearly 12 years, starting in 2005. She manages all aspects of administration including: payroll, human resources, insurance and general office management. Her responsibilities include maintenance of employee files, personnel administration, benefits, and reward programs. Margaret brings twenty-five years of accounting, administrative and information technology skills to our management team.

Contact via telephone 805-964-7759 x107

Daniel Butters (Business Manager) - Daniel has been with the Airbus for nearly 10 years, having served many roles in his time at Airbus. Joining the team in 2007 as a customer service representative, Daniel has gone on to serve our company as a dispatcher, Daytrip Manager, Charter Coordinator and now as our Business Manager. Daniel is currently overseeing technology development, marketing, and business development for the Santa Barbara Airbus. 

Contact via telephone 805-964-7759 x110

Samantha Onnen (Director of Services) - Samantha is the newest addition to our leadership team. A graduate of San Diego State University, Samantha brings energy and a keen intellect to the Airbus Team. Samantha directly supervises all Customer Service and Dispatch personnel. She is responsible for developing and maintaining policy for our office staff and customer service practices. 

Contact via telephone 805-964-7759 x114

Kristin Chambers (Director of Finance and Marketing) - Kristin joined the Airbus team in 2016 as our Finance and Marketing Director. Kristin brings over 25 years of Finance, Operations and Marketing experience to the Airbus team. She has owned her own business and served as VP of Finance and Operations for real estate and fashion distribution companies. She is responsible for the financial management and reporting of Airbus operations.  In addition to this vital role, Kristin oversees all aspects of our marketing and communication programs.  Kristin is working towards attaining her Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Channel Islands, as well as, acts as an Ambassador for The Chamber of The Santa Barbara Region.  Kristin is actively involved in the community and is an advocate for entrepreneurship.

Contact via telephone 805-964-7759 x 124

Our Customer Service Representatives include Anthony Failla, Graice Aguilar, Scotty Zender, Michael Ramirez, Kaleena Smith, John Glowicki and Kim Dufore.They are supported by Dispatch team of Karolyn Camarillo, Kathy Lechuga-Harrison, Suzy Silva. They are all very knowledgeable and happy to assist you. They play a critical role in delivering the high levels of service you have come to expect from Airbus. 

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