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Gary Spitalnik

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President

Wheels Up

New York, NY, USA

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The Birley Group
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Stanhope Capital

Biography

Gary Spitalnik is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront cost to fly privately. He has more than 20 years’ of experience developing and executing major brand events, sponsorships, and hospitality programs in the world of sports, entertainment, music, arts, and culture.

In 2000, Mr. Spitalnik became Vice President of Events and Special Projects with Marquis Jet, which was sold to NetJets in 2010. Previously, he founded SuperStar EXP, an arm of SFX Entertainment, where he was also Head Coach for four years. Prior to this, he was Director of music tour sponsorships at SFX, which is now one of the world’s largest music event producers.

An active participant in philanthropic and social causes, Mr. Spitalnik is an Advisory Board Member of the Jack Martin Fund, which provides support in medical care to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, and also an Honorary Chairman of Colel Chabad, the charity providing assistance to needy people in Israel. He is also a supporter and committee member of Blythedale Children’s Hospital, New York State's only independent, specialty children's hospital dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with complex medical needs.

Gary Spitalnik’s Newsfeed

CNBC
Private jet company Wheels Up to go public in a $2 billion SPAC deal

Private jet company Wheels Up is merging with a special purpose acquisition company to go public at a valuation of more than $2 billion — more than twice its 2019 value. The deal, expected to close in the second quarter, will make Wheels Up the first publicly traded standalone private jet company and vaults the seven-year-old start-up past many of the industry’s longtime leaders in the race to become the Uber or AirBnb of private aviation.

The Business Journals
Super Bowl LV in Tampa: Hospitality reality

Wheels Up’s celebrity-laden “Super Saturday Tailgate” party, which attracted more than 2,500 people last year in Miami, is going virtual for a 75-minute presentation on the afternoon of the game. “Looking at it positively, we’re hoping to connect to more of our members across the country — not just those in the Super Bowl city,” said Executive Vice President Gary Spitalnik.

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Gary Spitalnik’s Background

Wheels Up
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
Aug 2013 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Wheels Up is a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront cost to fly privately, while providing unparalleled flexibility, service & safety.
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Marquis Jet
Vice President, Events & Special Projects
Mar 2004 - Apr 2012
New York, NY, USA
Marquis Jet is the leader in private jet cards, which was sold to NetJets in 2010. Through the company's exclusive alliance with NetJets, Marquis Jet provides the convenience, quality & safety of the world's premier fractional aircraft ownership program 25 hours at a time.
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Philanthropy

Jack Martin Fund
Advisory Board Member
New York, NY, USA
The Jack Martin Fund provides volunteer support in medical care, research & education to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases. The Fund has contributed more than $36 million to Mount Sinai to further progress in human health through education, research and technology.
The Stuart H. Dix Memorial Golf Outing
Supporter & Member of the Golf Committee
Croton-on-Hudson, NY, USA
The Stuart H. Dix Memorial Golf Outing is an annual event that promotes awareness and raises funds for Blythedale Children's Hospital in Westchester County, New York.
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Media

"A Celebration of Blythedale" 2019: Glitz, Glamour and Giving Back
Feature
Sep 2019
New York, NY, USA
220 guests helped raise nearly $700,000 for Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration, New York’s only dedicated post-acute pediatric brain injury unit. “The people who deserve the credit are the folks at the hospital, every day, helping kids every way that they can,” said Gary Spitalnik, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Wheels Up.

Speaking Engagements

ILEA Live
Panel Member
Mar 2017
New York, NY, USA
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most influential live events around the world.