The Real Deal Miami

Pebb Enterprises plane crash victims between ages 31 and 50

Two principals and five employees among those killed

November 13, 2015 02:30PM
By Ina Cordle and Katherine Kallergis

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Ori Rom, Jared Weiner, Diana Suriel, Nick Weaver, Diane Smoot,Thomas Virgin and Gary Shapiro

From left: Ori Rom, Jared Weiner, Diana Suriel, Nick Weaver, Diane Smoot,Thomas Virgin and Gary Shapiro

Three days after a deadly plane crash in Akron, Ohio that claimed the lives of two Pebb Enterprises principals and five employees, the County of Summit Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday released the names, ages and home towns of the victims:

  • Gary Shapiro, 35, from Boca Raton
  • Diana Suriel, 32, from Wellington
  • Thomas Virgin, 31 from Boca Raton
  • Jared Weiner, 35, from Boca Raton
  • Ori Rom, 32, from Delray Beach
  • Nick Weaver, 34, from Boca Raton
  • Diane Smoot, 50, from Delray Beach

Jared Weiner led Pebb’s growth and development activities. Ori Rom was head of asset management of the firm’s existing portfolio. Thomas Virgin was director of construction. Gary Shapiro was director of leasing. Diane Smoot was the company’s director of lease administration and property accounting. Diana Suriel was project manager assistant.

The family-owned company’s website previously listed 15 employees on its contact page.

Andres Chavez, the pilot, has also been identified as a victim. One other crew member has not yet been named.

All nine people on board a Hawker H25, including the two crew members, were killed. They were on a trip scouting properties to buy when the small plane crashed into the apartment complex in Akron on Tuesday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident and has recovered the voice recorder. NBC News reported that no distress calls were made before the jet veered of and crashed into the apartments, according to the NTSB.

NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr said at a press conference in Akron on Thursday afternoon that the plane was intact upon the moment of impact. A cockpit voice recorder captured sounds of impact, she said. Conversation between the co-pilots and the Cleveland air traffic control center was also discovered in the 30 minute recording. The crew discussed approaching runway 2-5 and weather conditions, including the wind at 8 knots.

Dinh-Zarr said NTSB expects to be on the scene for about two more days, or as long as it takes to discover the cause of the crash.

Pebb, a commercial property management firm active in Palm Beach County, issued the following statement on Tuesday:

“Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two principals and five employees of Pebb Enterprises. We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished. Our first priority is to give our fullest support to the family members and loved ones of our co-workers. …”

No one was injured on the ground. The group flew on Monday from Florida to Minnesota, then Iowa to Missouri and then to Cincinnati. On Tuesday, they flew to Dayton before the crash.