Our Team

Brett L’Esperance, CEO
Brett joined the company in June 2017 after more than 20 years in private equity, which included time at Bain Capital, Woodside Capital Management and the Watermill Group. Over the course of his career, Brett has spearheaded growth acceleration, strategy implementation and operational excellence initiatives for dozens of companies. He is a seasoned executive and has served in management capacities ranging from CEO to Board Member.

Brian Murphy, Chief Financial Officer
Brian leads and oversees the financial management of Aero Spray. He comes to the company with more than 30 years’ experience in private equity, during which time he partnered with numerous businesses to develop and execute financial strategies that increase efficiency and drive growth. Through his private equity work, Brian has been named CFO for a wide range of small to mid-market companies in the US and Canada.

Jesse Weaver, Director of Operations & Chief Pilot
Jesse is in charge of all aspects of Aero Spray’s piloting team, including pilot hiring, aerial training and the implementation of safety requirements. For more than 10 years, he has been flying the Fire Boss for Aero Spray following the company’s first short-term, full-service contract with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Over the course of his 30-year career, Jesse has flown wheeled single engine air tankers (SEATs), corporate aircraft, warbirds and agricultural aircraft.

Jamie Sargent, Business Development Advisor
Jamie is responsible for driving Aero Spray’s consistent and rapid growth across the US. He brings invaluable knowledge and perspective to the Aero Spray team, which he accumulated over the course of his 35-year career in aviation and wildfire management. Prior to Aero Spray, Jamie developed and oversaw the strategic and operational direction of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Aviation Services Program, developed and implemented amphibious water scooper air tanker modernization plans, and held a senior advisory role with the Fire Boss program at Wipaire/Fire Boss LLC.

Raymond Thomas, Director of Maintenance
As Director of Maintenance, Raymond ensures that the Aero Spray fleet is operating safely, efficiently and at maximum capacity. He works tirelessly to outfit Aero Spray Fire Bosses with the latest in firefighting technology enhancements, enabling our pilots to perform their best work in the most extreme situations.

Ivan Moe, Director of Ground Operations
Ivan is responsible for leading and directing the safe and efficient operation of Aero Spray’s ground support team, overseeing ground operations personnel and the fleet of ground support vehicles. He brings extensive knowledge of logistics and DOT rules, regulations and compliance to Aero Spray. Prior to joining the company, he spent 15 years in the transportation industry.