Meet Our Family & Service Team
Jessica Rook is the Owner & CEO of Final Approach Detailing. From polishing, coating, and jumping in on details – to running the books, consulting with clients, and managing operations – Jessica is the glue that holds F.A.D. together. Jessica’s strong background in business management and strategic development lends well to F.A.D.’s business management. Prior to launching Final Approach, Jessica spent 15 years in leadership roles building businesses, developing workforces, and managing business strategy. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration with a double minor in Psychology & Office Information Technology and has completed the majority of a Master’s of Science in Integrated Healthcare Management.
Jessica has professional experience as a small business owner and business leader – but also has a passion for the auto industry! Growing up, Jessica’s family owned a specialty machine shop building custom engines and transmissions and retro-fitted mechanics for vehicles. At only 7 years old, Jessica rebuilt her first engine for a 1967 Camaro. That Camaro and many other show vehicles introduced Jessica to the world of car shows. This is where Jessica first found a love for mini-trucks. Later, Jessica bought her first mini-truck at age 12 – and continued owning them until 2013 – parked right underneath the plane in our hanger at the airport! Jessica won many awards at car shows over the years and enjoyed her time serving area car clubs.
Outside of the shop, Jessica enjoys traveling with the family, hosting bonfires, attending car shows, and visiting new places and things! Whenever possible, she enjoys teaching dance and coaching gymnastics!
Travis has carried many titles over the years – including pilot, retail manager, plane owner, business owner, husband, father – and our favorite SURVIVOR! Travis has experienced more in his life than most ever will – including battling cancer not once, but twice – with the odds against him every time. Travis has a unique passion for life after all he has experienced! We are happy to report that Travis’ cancer is not active – but because of the type of cancer and its long term effects, it is best for Travis to be in a role that is flexible, accommodating and requires minimal exposure to risk. From this, we decided to reflect on what we know & love and pursue it passionately — launching Final Approach Detailing!
Travis has an MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Administration. Travis became a pilot in 2007 and began purchasing single-engine aircraft in 2009 with Jessica. Together they began a business offering aircraft leaseback and rental through a flight training school in Kalamazoo, MI. After the dissolution of the flight school and business, Travis had plenty of time to turn his hobby into a craft and became passionate about keeping his aircraft expertly maintained.
Final Approach allows Travis the unique opportunity to spend time doing what he enjoys doing while allowing him the time and ability to focus on his health and well-being and getting back to where he once was as a business owner and operations expert. It also allows Travis to spend time with the family in the shop making memories!
When out of the shop, Travis enjoys traveling, hiking, hunting, and watching football (Go Green!). While his medical history prevents him from flying independently – he still has a strong passion for aviation and enjoys providing subject matter expertise for other detailers in the industry that are interested in working on the unique needs of aircraft.
Jared joined the F.A.D. team in December 2021 as has been a great addition to the service team. Jared has an amazing attention to detail and is very thorough in his work. He is on track to earn his Surface Specialist designation this winter has plans to continue his growth in this role learning the specialty side of the business.
Jared has a love for exotic cars and has always wanted to be a part of the automotive industry in a professional manner. This role allows him the opportunity to work around cars and learn more about the industry. Jared is very interested in Football, a former player and his favorite sports team is the MSU Spartans – Go GREEN!
Katie began assisting the Final Approach Team with commercial service projects in December of 2020. As F.A.D. grew into it’s new Okemos, MI facility in 2021 – Katie was instrumental in assisting the owners with various projects in the shop as needed. Katie has transitioned into the role of Service Assistant in the new shop helping out with standard detailing services. She is also dubbed F.A.D.’s official “hanger-upper” as her skills with aligning things to hang are out of this world… Unlike her teammates! 😉
Outside of assisting F.A.D. as needed, Katie is a competitive and recreational gymnastics coach. She is a lover of dogs (especially huskies) and enjoys spending her free time out of town on adventures – from concerts to amusement parks and recently on a cruise to the Bahamas!
We couldn’t list our team without showcasing our bonus team member and official media editing assistant! Meet our daughter, Emmalee. Emmalee has a passion for editing videos and photography, which comes in handy for our business. Many of the videos and advertisements you see on our social media pages have been artfully crafted by our creative tween!
When not assisting with editing, you can often found Emmalee refilling our water bottles, grabbing us a snack – and of course Netflix & chilling… 😉
Our team is growing and we are in the process of bringing on a shop assistant and new surface specialist. Stay tuned for their bios!