Maverick Helicopters was founded by an entrepreneurial couple in 1995 and today, it is one of the largest aviation-based tourism companies in the world. With just a helicopter, they had a vision to create a company that would provide a true VIP-level experience not previously offered in the helicopter industry.
FREMONT, CA: Maverick Helicopter, one of the largest aviation-based tourism companies worldwide, received a $2.1 million investment from Advantage Capital. The investment will help the company weather the economic downturn attributed to COVID-19 and retain nearly 300 Nevada employees.
Maverick Helicopters was founded by veteran Gregg Rochna in 1995 with one helicopter and has since grown to one of the largest aviation-based tourism companies in the world with 47 helicopters and five airplanes.
"There is a lot of uncertainty in the economy right now, but this investment has provided the stability we needed to get over this hurdle, keep our people working, and position our company for continued growth," said Gregg Rochna. "We have hit our stride over the past five years in terms of growth and I'm excited to keep the momentum going."
The funding for this investment was made in connection with the Nevada New Markets Jobs Act, which was passed by the state legislature in 2013 and renewed in 2019 to help businesses in low-income areas across the state gain access to investment capital and create good jobs for Nevada residents.
"I am so glad to see the Nevada NMTC program at work, doing exactly what it is intended to do-supporting businesses in distressed areas and helping to retain good, quality jobs here in Nevada. The economy has really taken a hit in recent times, and these are the kinds of programs that will help small businesses get the financing they need to get us on the path to recovery," said Assemblywoman, Dina Neal.
This financing is part of a more substantial $7.5 million investment made as part of a new initiative, the Silver State Growth Capital Initiative, which backs growth-focused Nevada-based entrepreneurs and operators.