SmartJets and VIP Completions Announce Appointment of New Director

SmartJets, a turn-key aircraft dealer-broker, and sister company, VIP Completions, providers of maintenance and completions services, today announced the opening of new facilities at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and the appointment of Manny Kapranos as Director of Sales and Marketing for both companies.

Manny Kapranos, Director of Sales & Marketing for SmartJets & VIP Completions

Manny Kapranos, Director of Sales & Marketing for SmartJets & VIP Completions

Industry veteran Manny Kapranos has joined the SmartJets and VIP Completions team as Director of Sales and Marketing. Based in the companies’ new Montreal office, Manny will be responsible for sales and marketing. Mr. Kapranos brings 12 years of international business aviation experience to his new role, including a decade at Bombardier Aerospace, where he held several senior titles.

“We are proud to announce our relocation, which represents the next chapter in the growth and development of both companies,” says Ben Shirazi, President, SmartJets and VIP Completions. “Building on our success, it was the right time to invest. We are now better positioned to serve existing and prospective clients. It is an outstanding location and a brand new a state-of-the-art facility – offering easy access to Bombardier and Embraer service centers, and adjacent to FLL’s international terminal.”

“It was also the right time to strengthen our Sales and Marketing team. Manny Kapranos brings an impressive track record and a wealth of industry knowledge to his new role. Throughout his career, Manny has consistently demonstrated commitments to quality, integrity, teamwork and service. On behalf of the entire team, I would like to wish Manny a warm welcome,” concludes Mr. Shirazi.

About SmartJets LLC

With several members of the SmartJets team counting more than 30 years of experience in this business, they have between them concluded close to $5 billion in business aviation transactions over their careers to date. With a commitment to delivering the highest levels of client service, in-depth industry knowledge, an impressive international network and expertise in regulatory matters, SmartJets is ready to assist clients in finding the right solution for their business aircraft purchases, sales, trades, financing or leasing. For more information, please visit

About VIP Completions LLC

The VIP Completions team brings more than 20 years of experience to business aircraft completions and refurbishment. Having completed aircraft ranging from light business jets to corporate airliners, the VIP Completions team is primarily focused on long-range business aircraft. With partners including some of the best design firms in the world, VIP Completions offers its valued clients the best brands, the most elegant designs and the highest quality materials to realize individual clients’ business aircraft completions projects. For more information, please visit