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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.

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Mark Klopstein (Chief Operating Officer) - 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.     

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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.” 

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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.

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Kristin Chambers (Director of Finance) - Kristin joined the Airbus team in 2016 as our Finance Director. Kristin brings over 25 years of Finance 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 acts the Chief Financial Officer for Jodi House, a non-profit in Santa Barbara that provides much needed services for individuals who have suffered from a brain injury.  She is also an Ambassador for The Chamber of The Santa Barbara Region.  Kristin is actively involved in the non-profit sector of the community and is an advocate for entrepreneurship.  Her 2018 goals include finishing her Master's in Business Administration and obtaining certification to be a licensed CPA.

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Kristen Robert (Office Manager) - Kristen joined the team on October 2017 with over 25 years experience in travel management, customer service and business administration. She oversees our customer service agents and many other aspects of our office. 

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Michael Ramirez (Administrative Assistant) - Michael moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB in 2009 and he has called this place home ever since. He started as a customer service representative in September of 2016. His drive and technical skills set has led him to manage our commuter program, website, and Daytrip Adventures. 

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Our Customer Service Representatives include Scotty Zender, John Glowicki, Owen Spahr, Kim Dufore, and Roxanne Kopydlowski.They are supported by our Dispatch team of Karolyn Camarillo, Kathy Lechuga-Harrison, and Suzy Silva. Our representatives and dispatchers 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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