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Executive Team

A great company starts with great leaders who know the business inside and out.


John Planes

Chief Executive Officer

As a third-generation owner of Planes Companies, John Planes has been part of the relocation industry since the 1960’s, working alongside his father as a child. Mr. Planes entered the family business full time after serving six years in the Air Force Reserves, and has been CEO of Planes Companies since 2003. Mr. Planes was President of the Cincinnati Van Operators Association, chaired the Finance Committee for a local Catholic high school, and for 20 years, Mr. Planes served on the Board of Directors at UniGroup, Inc. Today he serves on the Board of Directors for Lexicon Relocation. In 2011 Mr. Planes won the United Excellence/Gene Anderson Award at the UniGroup, Inc. Convention. Mr. Planes works out of the corporate office in Cincinnati. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife, and attending sporting events.

John Sabatalo

President

John Sabatalo has been with Planes Companies since 1991, and has served as President since 2003. With more than 20 years of experience in the relocation industry, Mr. Sabatalo leads the Executive Team and currently serves on the Board of Directors at UniGroup, Inc. and Lexicon Relocation. Prior to joining Planes Companies, Mr. Sabatalo’s career began in intercollegiate athletics as a graduate assistant/football coach for the University of Cincinnati. He was also Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for two prominent Cincinnati high schools. Mr. Sabatalo earned a Bachelor of Science, Education, at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Master’s, Education Administration, at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Sabatalo lives with his wife, Lynn, and he has two sons, Brian and Stephen, both of whom are pursuing their own professional careers. Mr. Sabatalo enjoys golf, exercising, and is an avid sports fan.

Robert Faillo

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Faillo has served as CFO for Planes Companies since coming to Planes in 2004. Mr. Faillo (Bob) has 35 years of financial experience as a CFO at several companies prior to joining Planes, including 22 years at Midland Enterprises, a water transportation and shipyard company based out of Cincinnati. His other work experience includes Federated Department Stores and Price Waterhouse.  Mr. Faillo is a CPA and has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting at Lewis University, and a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati.  Mr. Faillo resides in West Chester, Ohio, and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and sports cars.

Jeff Ankenbauer

Senior Vice President

Jeff Ankenbauer serves as Senior Vice President and has over 20 years in the relocation industry. Mr. Ankenbauer is responsible for the day to day account management, contract negotiations, and client relations for Planes Companies. Mr. Ankenbauer has earned the Masters Club and Inner Circle Club awards from UniGroup, Inc. for the past 15 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and is a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP). Mr. Ankenbauer lives with his wife and four children in West Chester, Ohio.

Stephen R. Sabatalo

Senior Vice President

Stephen R. Sabatalo, Senior Vice President has been with Planes since 1999. He brings a diverse leadership background having spent 16 years in Federal Law Enforcement prior to joining Planes. As a member of the Executive Team, he is accountable for the successful operations of all five of Planes’ locations. Mr. Sabatalo is a strong proponent of the company’s Proactive Quality Management Process, encouraging every employee to out-perform their personal best. In 2006, he was a graduating member of UniGroup, Inc.’s Next Generation Leadership Program in St. Louis, a program which focused on engaging the next generation of leaders in the relocation industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Westfield State College in Massachusetts. When Mr. Sabatalo is not working he enjoys family time, reading and physical conditioning. He is married with four children and lives in Liberty Township, Ohio.

Tim Harris

Senior Vice President

Tim has over 20 years of logistics leadership experience in the areas of Transportation, Distribution, Logistics, Inventory Management and Procurement. Prior to joining Planes Specialized Logistics, Tim held multiple Executive level positions at Gap Inc. and Office Depot. He has extensive experience optimizing logistics operations around the world, delivering value throughout the entire Supply Chain. Tim is responsible for Sales, Operations and the overall strategic direction of Planes Specialized Logistics.