As the President of Unity Jets, a boutique-style private jet firm, it may seem as though Kevin Diemar has a front row seat to spending, but the Miami-native says giving is actually closer to his style. Inspired by his grandfather, Bill Schwartz, who served in the Navy, as Mayor of his North Carolina town and in leadership positions in the United Way and Kiwanis Club, Diemar’s community service began at a young age. “As a child I had a great role model,” he says of Schwartz. Those lessons served Diemar well recently, as he used his unique business position to full advantage post-Hurricane Maria, sending supply-filled flights to Puerto Rico.
Kevin Diemar’s cellphone rang one recent evening. It was 9:30 p.m.; Pamela Rodriguez was frantic. Her boss, a Miami philanthropist, wanted catering service on his 7:30 a.m. flight from Miami to Anguilla the next morning.
“No problem,” said Diemar, CEO and president of Unity Jets. “I’ll take care of it.” The next morning, the philanthropist and his two traveling companions were eating bagels and yogurt as their plane left the tarmac.
Unity Jets offers a new way to fly private. They don’t require any upfront capital or long-term committments like time-share programs. It’s straight up sign and fly. Founder and CEO Kevin Diemar is a Miami native who graduated from the University of Florida and received an M.B.A. from the University of Miami. Diemar worked at Marquis Jet for seven years, but left to start Unity as an alternative to traditional fractional ownership programs. The concept is straightforward, and functions like a “concierge charter.”