Kirk Hays is president of North American Jet, a company he co-founded in 1994, which manages and operates private jet aircraft for individuals and companies. He is also a full-time professional pilot who has been in the jet resale and management business since 1980.
The son of a TWA captain and a journalist, Kirk graduated from Texas Tech University in 1967 with a B.B.A. in Financial Administration. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1970, and joined an Austin law firm where he practiced commercial law for ten years. That period also included two years as a judge in the City of Austin Municipal Court.
In 1980, Kirk moved to the business world as a co-founder of Austin Jet Corporation, the first company in Austin to offer full-scale services to owners of business jets, turboprops, and helicopters.
Kirk is a clarinetist and an active member of the Austin Symphonic Band. He is married to Susan, and they are members of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. They have two daughters, Rachel and Lauren.