Meet The TeamJet Linx Detroit
Stephen Polk is President / CEO of Highgate, LLC. a private investment company in Birmingham, Michigan.
Throughout his career, Stephen has been highly successful in helping businesses achieve maximum results. After graduating from Denison University in 1978 with a BS Biology degree, Stephen worked as a research and teaching assistant at Northern Michigan University before taking a job with R. L. Polk & Co. in 1981.
Stephen held various positions throughout the Polk organization until he was elected president in 1990. He added the title of Chief Operating Officer two years later, and, in 1994, was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of R. L. Polk & Co., when the business was sold to IHS in July 2013.
Keeping active in local business and civic concerns, Stephen serves as Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cranbrook Educational Community, Vice President / Director for the Detroit Zoological Society, and is on the boards of the Automotive Hall of Fame, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Nature Conservancy (Michigan). He also serves on the board of directors of Fifth Third Bank of Southeast Michigan, ReviverAuto, and Wiland Inc.
John began his career in business aviation more than 18 years ago as President of JetOne, a regional fractional jet operator (FJO) based in SE Michigan (PTK). Since then, he has served as the VP of Sales, North Central States for United Airlines’ Avolar Fractional FJO program, and VP of Business Development for N1 Aviation, where he managed aircraft acquisitions and sales. John also served as Director of Charter Sales at Sentient Jet for two years. He also served as Vice President of Sales at Pentastar Aviation, where at this Michigan-based Aviation Services Company, John was responsible for the sales activities across the company, including Aircraft Management and Charter Sales, Maintenance & Avionics sales. John’s most recent assignment has been with CAE Simuflite, where he was responsible for Business Aviation, Maintenance and Helicopter training sales in North, Central and South America.