James A. Kazin II
James A. Kazin II currently serves as a G280 & Falcon 50 Captain/Aviation Security Advisor for a major insurance company located in the Southeastern United States. He is responsible for managing the flight department’s Aviation Security Program.
In addition to his primary company duties, he also recently served as Chairman of the NBAA Security Council and has served as a Georgia Business Aviation Association Board member since 2011. Recognizing the many challenges facing business aviation, he spearheaded the development of and currently serves as Chairman, GBAA Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Mr. Kazin joined his flight department in 2004 and immediately began to develop the Fortune 150 company’s TSA approved Aviation Security Program. They are an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 3 registered, DCA Access Standard Security Program operator.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Kazin served as a KC-130 Instructor Pilot supporting the Naval Strike and Force Warfare Aircraft Test Squadrons, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD. This followed a 20 year active duty military career as a Marine Officer. Leadership roles included Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 49, Detachment B, Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, NY; Fixed Wing Transport Coordinator, Aviation Weapon System Requirement Branch, Headquarters, Marine Corps (Pentagon) Washington, DC; Operations Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Marine Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron 252, MCAS Cherry Point, NC; and Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Beaufort, SC. While at MCAS Beaufort, he served as a Search and Rescue pilot in the HH-46D. He also flew the CH-46E for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii during carrier based operations in the Western Pacific. A Gulf War veteran, his military service included operations Assured Response, Ellipse Alpha, Desert Storm, and Sharp Edge.
Mr. Kazin graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Pre-Law and was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class (OCS) program upon graduation. A former Naval Aviator, he has flown over 9.000 mishap free hours in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. He is a graduate of the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, USAF Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course, Aviation Safety Command Course at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA, and the University of Southern California’s Aviation Security Program. He was awarded a Darden Scholarship by the Georgia Business Aviation Association in 2008 and completed the graduate level course - Managing the Corporate Aviation Function, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia in 2009.
Mr. Kazin’s uncompromising commitment to safety and security, his strong military leadership background, and his experience as a global corporate pilot make him an outstanding member of the ASUSA Advisory Board. His commitment to excellence and achievement will continue to drive our training to new levels.