The James A Gardner Company


We are an Aviation Insurance Specialty Brokerage firm originally founded by Jim Gardner in 2005. In order to serve the needs of our clients we have developed strong relationships with all major US markets as well as the international markets in the London, allowing us to find the right solutions for our clients with the right carriers anywhere in the world.

We are professional risk managers and problem solvers. There is not a single aviation insurance broker in America who can boast more experience, knowledge or leadership in terms of aviation, operational management and insurance. It is easy to access the markets, the hard part is the skillful application to your special operational needs. The right broker can make all the difference in the world.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is Simple:

Act as a client advocate, delivering our clients the best value and quality aviation insurance and risk management services with the utmost integrity, professionalism and personal service.

Present quality risks to our underwriters and business partners with complete and accurate underwriting information so they may make informed underwriting decisions to the benefit of our clients.

Promote an atmosphere and working relationship with our employees, clients and business partners that fosters friendship, mutual respect and trust; because nothing in this world is more valuable than family and friends.

We Earn Our Wings by Earning Your Trust Every Day!

Aviation Experience

Jim Gardner has spent 45 years in the aviation business. He started his aviation insurance career in 2003 after a distinguished 30 year military and commercial aviation career serving as pilot and aviation operational manger. He is an accomplished Airline Transport Pilot who has logged over 14,000 hours in a variety of military, commercial, and general aviation aircraft. His pilot certificate includes both Single and Multi-engine Air Line Transport ratings as well as holding a Flight Engineer certificate.

Jim is an experienced aviation manager. While flying worldwide airlift missions as a C141 aircraft commander he also served as both a training and safety officer. As an Air Operations Officer he planned, coordinated and commanded large-scale airlift operations, creating full scale airport operations at isolated airfields around the world in support of United States military and political objectives. These operations included aircraft and crew operations, aircraft maintenance, air and ground cargo operations, and passenger service. Jim has retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserves as well as Captain at US Airways.

Jim’s aviation experience extends far beyond the airport environment. As Director of Communications for the Air Line Pilots Association at US Airways he gained valuable experience in corporate communications and public relations, supervising the publication of a monthly magazine, producing informational videos, writing aviation related articles, and performing interviews with large market televisions news organizations. He also served as a representative for the Eastern Air Lines Pilots and a member of the Air Line Pilots Association Board of Directors.

Jim serves in key positions on several national and regional aviation organizations.