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Eric Onnen
Managing Partner

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 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 or toll-free at (800) 423-1618 x109

Mark Klopstein

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 or toll-free at (800) 423-1618 x108

Samantha Onnen
General Manager

As the General Manager of Santa Barbara Airbus Samantha is responsible for helping drive the company vision, lead the strategic plan, and look after the company culture. Samantha embodies the company’s core values every day which she demonstrates in her daily dedication to the customer, the Santa Barbara Airbus team and the community. Samantha has Airbus in her blood, and her involvement started when she was young. Starting when Samantha was in elementary school, Samantha would assist the Airbus team by assembling the monthly Airbus mailer and day trip calendar and prepared it for distribution. Samantha studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University and has applied her learnings in a collegiate setting during her time at Airbus. Community engagement is a significant part of Samantha’s life. She serves as New Member Chair to the Junior League of Santa Barbara and will start the Katherine Harvey Fellows program in 2019. Samantha has a passion for Santa Barbara Airbus and its mission to “improve our customer’s lives and our community through passenger transportation services.”

Contact via telephone (805) 964-7759 or toll-free at (800) 423-1618 x114

Tim Onnen
Operations 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 or toll-free at (800) 423-1618 x106

Kristin K. Chambers
Director of Finance & Marketing

Kristin joined the Airbus team in 2016 as our Director of Finance & Marketing. Kristin brings over 25 years of leadership experience to the Airbus team. She has owned her own business and served as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Real Estate, Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution companies. She is responsible for financial management and reporting of Airbus operations as well as oversight of our marketing efforts.

In addition to this vital role, Kristin is tireless in dedicating many volunteer hours consulting for local non-profits and small businesses to help flourish our local economy. Fulfilling her passion for entrepreneurship, Kristin has continued to serve on The Chamber of The Santa Barbara Region Ambassador’s Council for over 6 years and strives to support the social and economic vitality of this wonderful community she has called home since birth. Her most recent achievement is being awarded as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times for 2020.

In her spare time, Kristin loves to spend time with friends and family, gardening, biking, creating, enjoying the great outdoors, traveling the world and loves to challenge herself when she bakes. Kristin’s baking got her recruited to try out for Food Network’s Chocolate Masters baking competition!

Contact via telephone (805) 964-7759 or toll-free at (800) 423-1618 x124