Clayton Lackey

Vice President, Sonoma Aviation

Clayton is a driven manager, focused on running a lean and efficient operation that continues to far exceed the current customer demands. He consistently invests the necessary time in preparing his team to achieve their maximum potential. 

Clayton is unique in that he can delve into operational systems development and financial analysis – all while retaining a strong people-first mentality. A tested problem solver, Clayton is best when the solution is not simple or readily available.

With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Clayton’s lifelong interest in aviation led him to his first position as a line service tech Champaign Illinois while he was working towards his degree. Clayton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from the University of Illinois. Clayton continued his path in aviation working as a line tech at Tampa Jet Center, becoming General Manager of the facility in 6 short years. His entire career has been spent in work at every level and managing and improving FBOs. 

Clayton has managed hangar construction, successfully hosted large events such as the Super Bowl and Republican National Convention and built an airline ground handling business for professional sports charters. He has never sacrificed his commitment to operational and team excellence and his FBOs have been named #1 FBO in the U.S. three times by AIN Magazine.

In his free time away from the office, Clayton enjoys everything that living in Southern California has to offer. Clayton enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He’s an avid fan of all Chicago sports teams, including the Cubs and the Bulls, and loves to play golf and his drums.