Jonah Adler
CRO &CMO, Jet Edge


As Chief Revenue Officer, Jonah is responsible for all revenue channels at Jet Edge, including all sales teams and strategic revenue and marketing opportunities.

Jonah served as a passionate principal and CEO of Noteworthy, responsible for all aspects of operating a diverse consumer product design and manufacturing powerhouse. Jonah developed and nurtured C-suite relationships with every Fortune 50 retailer in America and built a corporate culture that focused on "best in class" service and "flawless execution". This culture was an integral part of the successful manufacturing and sale of over 500 million units to the world's largest retailers.
After the sale of Noteworthy, Jonah co-founded FORTU, an ultra-luxury lifestyle management platform for UHNW individuals, families and entities that want to optimize the way they experience the world; addressing a clear need in the UHNW marketplace.

Jonah received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, and is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Michael Amalfitano
President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets


Michael leads the company’s global business with annual revenues of $1.7 billion and a fleet of more than 1,100 aircraft with over 800 customers worldwide. A long-standing industry veteran, Michael brings 35+ years of experience in executive leadership, global originations, aircraft valuation, asset management and lease/finance structural analysis for the business aviation industry.

Prior to joining Embraer, Michael served as Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director of Business Aviation at Stonebriar Commercial Finance. He was also Managing Director and Executive Head of Global Corporate Aircraft Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for more than 22 years, following a decade-long tenure in sales management at GE Capital.

In addition to serving on the Leadership Council, the Associate Member Advisory Council and the Joint Task Force Committee of the National Business Aviation Association, Michael is an active member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Helicopter Association International, European Business Aviation Association and National Aircraft Finance Association. He also holds the distinction as former two-term President of the National Aircraft Finance Association and is former Chairman of the Associate Members Advisory Council for the National Aircraft Resale Association.

Michael graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Financial Management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He has written numerous articles for aviation industry publications and is an active speaker and panelist at business aviation seminars and finance conferences throughout the industry.

Anthony Banome
Director of Sales, Fontainebleau Aviation


Anthony Banome is the Director of Sales for Fontainebleau Aviation. Banome joined the company in 2017 to help manage, grow, and overlap all aspects of Fontainebleau’s facility and services in Miami. Building a strong network while providing first-class hangar, office, and fuel services is the company’s primary focus.

Anthony received his education from Saint John’s University Tobin College of Business in New York City. Before breaking into the corporate world, he taught Mathematics for the New York City Department of Education. After teaching, he honed his FBO management and aviation skills during his 10 years as FBO Director of Sales at Teterboro Airport. Anthony was presented the “40 under Forty” award by Airport Business in 2013 for being one of “the best and brightest” in the industry – and again in 2018 by the National Business Aviation Association. His passion for business and analytical approach is what drives his daily efforts.

Banome is also a volunteer and active member of the Humble Heroes charity. Humble Heroes is a group of committed volunteers who join forces with members of the FDNY to achieve one common goal – to lift the spirits of ill and grieving children. Disguised as the most famous superheroes of our time, they visit local hospitals and grief centers to bring joy and inspire kids to keep fighting life’s injustices.

Joe Barber
Vice President, Aircraft Management, Clay Lacy Aviation


Joe brings a consultative, problem-solving approach to his position as Vice President of Fleet Development. He works closely with aircraft owners, C-level executives, family offices, and flight department personnel to identify how Clay Lacy’s suite of services can best support their flight operations. He offers complete turn-key aircraft management with a custom set of services to enhance an existing flight department. Joe considers his efforts as an extension of each customer’s mission or company, with a detailed understanding of their needs to develop a solution that achieves their goals.

Joe began his aviation career in 2004 as an intern at an aircraft management and charter company which moved him quickly into a prominent role in flight coordination and fleet development. He has spent the last eight years defining, analyzing and implementing efficiencies for aircraft owners around the globe. He is committed to enhancing the aircraft ownership experience for every client.

Joe is an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). He serves on the board of the Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA), focusing his time on mentoring students in non-traditional careers in aviation. He is also the Leadership Committee Co-Chair of the NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee (NBAA-BAMC), hosting the Annual Leadership Conference and helping develop the tools of the NBAA Management Guide.

Joe has a BA in communication studies from California State University, Northridge, where he minored in business marketing.

Neil Book
President & CEO, JSSI


As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Book provides leadership and direction to the entire organisation.

Prior to joining JSSI, Mr. Book served as Vice President of Mobility for Juniper Networks, directing its mobile security business unit. His role at Juniper began in 2010, in connection with their acquisition of SMobile Systems, where he had served as President and Chief Executive Officer.

He began his career at AT&T where he held various management positions and he is a graduate of the University of Delaware, class of 1999.

Lex Carter
Treasury & Capital Markets Manager, Global Jet Capital, Inc


Lex Carter serves as Manager, Treasury & Capital Markets for Global Jet Capital. In this role, he oversees the firm’s treasury function, managing capital markets initiatives and secured debt offerings as well as day to day treasury operations and liquidity management.

Prior to joining the Global Jet team, Lex spent seven years with Textron Inc. holding various roles in finance across the organization. Most recently, he spent three years as Manager of FP&A for Textron’s captive finance business, which held a portfolio of nearly $2B in aviation assets.

Lex holds a BS in Finance and International Business from Indiana University as well as an MBA from Wichita State University.

Alexandria Colindres
Chief Operating Officer, The Registry of Aruba


Alexandria Colindres is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Registry of Aruba. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Tufts University, from which she graduated in 2010 before graduating Summa Cum Laude from Columbia College when she obtained her master’s degree.
After graduation, she went on to manage Spinello Projects, one of Miami’s most successful and reputable art galleries, where she developed relationships with many local and international collectors, artists and arts organizations. Currently, she is on the board of the Steering Committee at the Perez Museum of Art, based in Miami, FL.

Upon joining the Registry of Aruba in 2012, she has combined her passion for the arts with her family’s heritage in Aviation. She is revitalizing the aesthetic image portrayed by the Registry of Aruba, and the Aircraft Registry Group, using her public relations skills to enhance the company brand and customer satisfaction.

Based out of the Miami office, for the past seven (7) years, she has been overseeing the organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. She is the Aruba Registry’s second-in-command and responsible for the efficient operation of the business.

Alexandria works directly with Aruba’s civil aviation authority and offers support to the various departments, maintaining continuous communications throughout. At the Registry of Aruba, she has cultivated strong relationships with clients/customers, team members and the broader aviation community, which has resulted in a significant increase in the success of numerous projects. As well as commanding a stellar reputation in the aviation industry, she is a vital asset to the registry.
In May 2016, Alexandria attended the EASA Air Operations - Commercial Air Transport for Aeroplanes training course at the JAA-TO in the Netherlands, and successfully passed with an 88% score, in addition to successfully completing a two-week airworthiness course, during 2017, conducted by CAA international (educational branch of the UK CAA).

Andrew Collins
President & CEO, Sentient Jet


As the President and CEO of Sentient Jet, Andrew Collins is responsible for a $350 million aviation business that has rapidly flourished over the last five years. Under his leadership the company has benefited from both a digital and business model transformation, in addition to an organizational restructuring. This includes re-positioning the brand, integrating a full suite of retail and wholesale technology applications, doubling Jet Card sales, and moving topline revenues by 60 percent, while also evolving Sentient into an EBITDA-positive entity.

With his direction, the company has also leveraged its exclusive partnership program to include such leading, world-class brands and events as Aspen Snowmass, the Breeders’ Cup, Sotheby’s, and YPO/WPO. In 2016, Sentient Jet became the first official private aviation partner ever for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.

In 2018, Collins, on behalf of parent company OneSky, led the acquisition of international digital charter provider PrivateFly (London, UK) to help establish a $100 million, on-demand global platform with a network of 20 localized websites and offices in London, Boston, New York, and Florida. In addition to helming Sentient Jet, Collins is also the Global Brand Leader for PrivateFly, acting as the team’s executive sponsor as this platform is further enhanced.

In recent years Collins has motivated a significant digital and technology transformation at Sentient Jet and its parent company, OneSky. This has included the creation of retail product, online consumer “touch points,” novel mobile applications, and a brand-new, supply-side platform for driving further efficiencies in flight time procurement.

Collins has been featured in a number of media outlets and public speaking forums. Coverage and visibility include CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Fox Business News, NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Worth magazine. In addition, in 2016, Sentient Jet and Collins were featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled “Sentient Jet: The Uber of Private Jets.”
With extensive additional experience in software and internet-related technologies, Collins has helped lead, establish, or improve a number of prominent, venture-backed technology enterprises.

Collins resides in Needham, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. He received his BA from Union College of Schenectady, NY , and a Master’s Degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council.

Kenny Dichter Corporate Jet InvestorKenny Dichter
Founder & CEO Wheels Up


Kenny Dichter is Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that minimizes the upfront investment needed to fly privately. the company provides members with unmatched accessibility and flexibility through its innovative business model and diverse fleet. Wheels Up offers the only scalable total private aviation solution in the marketplace, ranging from the King Air 350i to the Global 6000, through partnerships with industry leaders such as Beechcraft, Cessna, Heliflite, JetSuite, Jet Aviation and VistaJet.

Previously, Dichter founded Marquis Jet in 2001 and introduced the first ever fractional jet card program, which revitalized and democratized and private aviation industry. Led by Dichter, Marquis Jet generated over $4 billion in revenue, culminating in its sale to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets in 2010. At that time, Dtchter was named Vice Chairman of NetJets.

An entrepreneur at heart, with a sociology major from the University of Wisconsin, Dichter is a self-proclaimed “man of the people”. Since his youth, he has been known for being a trend spotter and a trendsetter, and has always had an innate knack for branding, marketing, public relations and advertising. Dichter’s successes prove the he can apply these skills to a variety of industries. As always, Dichter has his eye on early-stage businesses where he sees potential for hype growth. He has an active role and has invested in Juice Press, a Manhattan-based, multi-location, grab-and-go organic, raw food and juice company; SportsYapper, a global communications platform for talking sports; CYC, which offers an exhilarating, beat-based, 45 minute ride that activates the whole body, the whole time; and Cirrus, a fitness company that customizes premium exercise equipment.

Shawn Dinning
Senior Partner, Dallas Jet International


Shawn Dinning is currently Senior Partner at Dallas Jet International. Shawn acquired his formal education at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the areas of Operations Research and Management Science and also holds a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Shawn brings 20 years of aviation experience from a variety of aviation disciplines, including FAR 91, FAR 121, FAR 135, defense, and shared ownership sectors. A former full-time professional pilot, Shawn holds a current Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)certificate, and is type-rated in the Gulfstream V / G550 / G500 / G450 / G400 / G350 / G300, Bombardier CRJ-200, and Citation 510 Mustang. He has logged over 5500 flight hours, with 3500 of those hours in corporate turbine aircraft. Shawn has been consulted in publications such as Business & Commercial Aviation on various issues related to turbine aircraft transactions.

Shawn brings to Dallas Jet International a rare and highly valuable skill set of operational and businessacumen, and has become a leader in the professional marketing and procurement of corporate turbine aircraft all around the globe. He also specializes in aircraft mission analysis, aircraft valuation, and cash flow and operating cost analysis for private aircraft owners. Shawn has a track record of successful transactions that is well known amongst his clients and colleagues. His reputation for intelligent and meticulous management of aircraft transactions have made him one of the most respected aircraft brokers in the industry

Mark Ditto
Shareholder, Vedder Price


Mr. Ditto represents operating lessors, commercial banks, finance companies, private equity firms, and hedge funds in complex aircraft and high-value equipment transactions, including securitizations and warehouse financings, Rule 144A and Regulation S capital markets offerings, including those involving syndicated equity, joint ventures, cross-border operating and finance leases, ECA financings, distressed-debt trades and workouts, and the establishment of offshore leasing platforms. Mr. Ditto also has experience in manufacturing facility financings, including those in the steel, timber, chemical, distribution, and water treatment industries. He advises clients on various day-to-day matters such as taxbased corporate structuring, consignment arrangements, servicing and management agreements, and general corporate and securities law matters as well.

Mr. Ditto has also been involved in several pro bono matters representing political asylum clients from Darfur, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Tibet.

Mr. Ditto was recognized by Legal 500 United States in the Transport: Aviation and Air Travel—Finance category in 2018 and 2019. Since 2016 he has also been selected for inclusion in Euromoney LMG’s Rising Stars Expert Guide, which celebrates rising attorneys under the age of 40 across a number of practice areas, and in 2018 and 2019 he was named “Best in Aviation” at Euromoney LMG’s inaugural Americas Rising Star Awards. Mr. Ditto has also been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in the Corporate Finance Law and Secured Transactions Law categories by Leading Lawyers and Chicago Lawyer Magazine since 2016. In 2015, 2017 and 2018, Vedder Price was named Airline Economics Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year.

Delray Dobbins
ESP™ Sales & Global Strategy - Turbofans, Pratt & Whitney Canada



Delray Dobbins leads Sales and Global Strategy for Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Eagle Service™ Plan (ESP™), an engine maintenance program for the corporate jet segment. Since joining the company in May 2018, Delray has worked closely with business jet customers, industry influencers, and other key stakeholders to continue to enhance P&WC’s ESP maintenance program offerings.

During his 25+ year career, Delray has held several key positions in the aviation industry. Starting with Rolls-Royce in the early 90’s, Delray worked in the technical publications division supporting the AE3007 engine program. Delray then advanced into a customer support role in 2001 on the GV and G550 engine programs. Later, he was promoted to Regional Customer Manager supporting NetJets’ 130 Gulfstream and Citation X aircraft.

In 2009, Delray became a regional sales executive for CorporateCare covering the Midwestern United States and developed strong relationships with many of those flight departments.

In 2015, Delray joined the Mente Group where his primary mandate was to assist clients in buying and selling aircraft as well as ensure they were knowledgeable of the available engine programs.

Delray has volunteered with the National Aviation Hall of Fame based in Dayton, Ohio and often supports their efforts at the Reno Air Races and their annual Enshrinement Gala.

Delray has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Technology from Purdue University where he graduated with his airframe and power plant license as well as commercial/instrument pilot's license. Delray is also part owner of a 1967 Beechcraft V35 Bonanza.

Don Dwyer
Managing Partner, Guardian Jet


Don Dwyer, Guardian Jet's co-managing partner, is particularly regarded for his extensive expertise on aircraft finance, asset management, fleet planning and aircraft sales.
He spent most of his career rising through ranks at the aircraft manufacturer, Hawker Beechcraft. As their Vice President of Global Sales, he led the entire sales team, had responsibility for $2 billion in revenue and oversaw the company’s international dealer network.
In 2010, Don Dwyer joined his brother, Michael, as co-managing partner of Guardian Jet. Since then, Guardian Jet has become one of the top three aircraft brokerage and consulting firms in the world.
An avid sailor, Don is also a 4,500-hour commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. He is the President of the Board of Challenge America, and is a former board member for Challenge Aspen, a world-renowned organization devoted to recreational therapy for all types of disabled persons

Christopher Ellis
Managing Partner, Avpro Inc



Chris Ellis is a managing partner of Avpro, Inc., a business aircraft brokerage firm that routinely transacts 100 aircraft per year worth more than one billion dollars.

Chris co-founded Avpro early in his professional career and he has stayed immersed in all aspects of the business for the past 30 years. He has maintained a constant focus on building relationships, understanding how markets work, and knowing what aircraft are worth.

Chris is recognized as a leading authority in aircraft sales, acquisition, and brokerage. He was in the first group of aircraft transaction brokers to be certified by the International Aircraft Dealers Association, and he has brokered a significant share of the active fleet.

Gus Faucher
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, PNC Financial Services Group


Augustine (Gus) Faucher is senior vice president and chief economist of The PNC Financial Services Group, serving as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for PNC.

Prior to joining PNC as senior macro economist in December 2011, Faucher worked for 10 years at Moody’s Analytics (formerly Economy.com), where he was a director and senior economist. He was responsible for running the firm’s computer model of the U.S. economy, edited a monthly publication on the U.S. economic outlook, covered fiscal and monetary policy, and analysed various regional economies.

Previously, he worked for six years at the U.S. Treasury Department, and taught at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. He was named senior vice president in March 2015, deputy chief economist in February 2016, and to his current role in April 2017.

Faucher is frequently cited in international, national, and regional media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and Nightly Business Report, and is regularly featured on CNBC, CNN and Fox Business. In addition, he appears regularly on CBS Radio, NPR and Marketplace.

He serves on the board of directors of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh - the local chapter of National Association of Business Economics (NABE). He is also co-chair of the Financial Roundtable of NABE.

Faucher earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in labor economics and public economics. He also has a B. A. in economics from Cornell University.

Eduardo Ferreira
International Sales Office, Aircraft Division, 1st Source Bank



Eduardo directs all aspects of aircraft financing for 1st Source Bank in Latin America. He has custom tailored loans and leases to fit the individual needs of business aircraft owners throughout Latin America particularly in Brazil and Mexico. Eduardo previously worked as a Credit Analyst in equipment financing as well as aircraft financing.

Eduardo earned an MBA from Bethel College and received Alumni Status from Harvard Business School through executive education. In 2007, Eduardo was named Ambassador of Honor of his hometown in Brazil. In 2012, Eduardo received the Outstanding Young Alum award from Bethel College. Eduardo is an Accredited Senior Aircraft Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers and serves as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council at Bethel College.

Eduardo and his wife currently reside in Granger, Indiana with their five children.

J.C. Ferrer
Partner, Holland & Knight


J.C. Ferrer is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Mr. Ferrer focuses his practice on commercial and private aviation matters, banking and finance, secured transactions, cross-border leasing and financing, general corporate matters, sales and acquisitions of capital equipment, and commercial and residential real estate. He actively represents lenders, lessors, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, publicly held and private companies, and high-net-worth individuals in connection with the purchase, sale and finance (including lease finance) of private and commercial aircraft.

In addition, Mr. Ferrer has extensive experience in the banking, finance and real estate fields with substantial representation of financial institutions, publicly traded entities and wealthy individuals in syndicated credit facilities, mortgage and asset-based financing, corporate and other commercial financing, and commercial and residential real estate financing.

Mr. Ferrer also represents clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and corporate finance, and general corporate needs such as structural and formation matters.

Pat Gallagher
President, Sales & Marketing, NetJets


An expert on private aviation fractional ownership, Patrick has served the industry in numerous roles for almost two decades.

As President of Sales & Marketing at NetJets, Patrick is responsible for strategic oversight of NetJets’ sales and marketing efforts across the Americas. He understands the unique needs of people seeking private aviation and develops solutions that improve the lives of each NetJets Owner.

Prior to joining NetJets, Patrick was Executive Vice President, Head of Sales at Marquis Jet Partners, where he was instrumental in the sale of Marquis Jet® to NetJets. He’s also held sales and management positions at Jet Aviation, United Airlines®, The Tom Peters Company, and Cintas® Corporation.

Patrick received a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University® serves as a foundation board member of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and is an advisor to technology startup, SirenGPS.

Jack Gilchrist
Director & Shareholder, Gilchrist Aviation Law


Jack Gilchrist is the founding director and shareholder of Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C., and heads the firm’s practice as special FAA and International Registry counsel with respect to transactions involving aircraft, engines, propellers and spare parts.

For almost 30 years Mr. Gilchrist has focused his career on aviation transactions, representing clients from all areas of the industry with regard to every current structure of aircraft and aircraft engine transaction. He has counseled clients around the world in aircraft transactions, including most of the major air carriers, aircraft and engine leasing companies, air cargo companies, corporations, banks and other lending institutions, as well as aircraft brokers, dealers and manufacturers. These transactions include the sale, purchase, lease and financing of large transport aircraft as well as business aircraft. He also counsels clients in connection with establishing and operating aircraft fractional ownership programs.

Mr. Gilchrist regularly assists clients in structuring transactions and working with pertinent documents with respect to their recordability with the Federal Aviation Administration, Aircraft Records Branch, in Oklahoma City, and the registration of International Interests under the Cape Town Convention, Aviation Protocol. He regularly serves as special FAA and International Registry counsel to other law firms and companies in aviation matters.

Mr. Gilchrist is also a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of aircraft financing, registration and title law. He is the author of numerous articles regarding aviation title and registration law. He has served as a lecturer for organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association, International Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.
Mr. Gilchrist serves on the Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group under Unidroit, the management arm of the Cape Town Convention, Aviation Protocol. He is a member of the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Federal, American and International Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Business Law Section, the Aircraft Financing Subcommittee and the Forum on Air and Space Law of the American Bar Association, as well as the Association of Aircraft Title Lawyers, the American Transportation Lawyers Association and the FBA Transportation Law Section.

Edward Gross
Shareholder, Vedder Price


Edward Gross has 30 years of experience representing bank-affiliated and large, independent equipment financing companies in all aspects of equipment finance transactions, including documenting, structuring, negotiating, syndicating and enforcing these transactions.

Edward is considered an industry leader in business aircraft and helicopter finance. These transactions vary in structure and include tax and non-tax lease, operating lease and secured loan financing of managed and /or chartered aircraft, fleet aircraft and helicopters operated in various service capacities and engine pools, aircraft operated under fractional and “pay card” arrangements and progress payment, completion and other multi-funding structures.

Clients include market-leading aircraft and helicopter financing providers, investors or operating lessors, as well as large publicly or privately held businesses, governmental entities or high-net-worth individual users.

Many of these transactions involve foreign registered aircraft.

Don Haloburdo
Senior Vice President of Flight Services, Jet Aviation


Don is the Vice President and General Manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services, the group's aircraft management and charter division for The Americas. Don has held various managerial positions within the organization serving as Gulfstream captain, chief pilot and most recently as Vice President of Flight Operations. After a career as a U.S. Navy pilot, Don flew more than 2,000 hours as a GII/GIII captain. He then served as interim deputy director of New World Jet Corporation before joining Jet Aviation as a GIV chief pilot. He has more than 7,100 hours of flight time. Don serves on the National Aviation Transportation Association (NATA) Air Charter Committee (2011-present).

Daniel Harris
Regional Sales manager at Clay Lacy Aviation



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James Harvey
Head of Product Management, Business Aviation & Digital Systems, Collins Aerospace



James Harvey manages a team of product developers as part of the Business Aviation & Digital Systems portfolio, with a specific focus on the company’s ARINCDirect products and services.

James has over 15 years of experience in aviation. He joined Rockwell Collins in 2010 and has held various program management roles leading teams through the development and launch of new strategic programs. He also played key management roles in supporting software and services such as Flight Planning, International Trip Support and most recently FOS scheduling products. Prior to Collins, Harvey held various roles with Honeywell, also supporting strategic projects and services.

James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Flight Technology with a minor in Business Administration from Central Washington University. As part of the CWU Aviation program, he also received his private pilot license. He attributes his passion for aviation to growing up in the Seattle, Washington area where many generations of his family worked for The Boeing Company. He currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife and twin daughters.

Keith Hayes
Senior Vice President & National Sales Manager, PNC Aviation Finance


Prior to joining PNC Aviation Finance in 2017, Keith was with Regions Bank, BB&T and GE Capital for 27 years where he held numerous leadership roles across different business lines, including the last 8 years as national sales manager for GE Capital Corporate Aircraft Finance.

Keith holds a B.A. in business administration and a MIS degree from the University of North Florida.

David Hernandez
Shareholder, Vedder Price


David M. Hernandez is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm's Global Transportation Finance team, whose performance led Vedder Price to be named Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year 2015. In 2016, David was ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, which recognizes the world’s leading high net worth advisers.

David has considerable experience assisting clients with aircraft transactions, complex government investigations, aircraft, air carrier and part certifications, and enforcement matters (FAA and DOT violations, export controls, hazardous materials and drug/alcohol testing). He frequently advises clients on aircraft purchase/sale agreements, leases, fractional program documents, aircraft management agreements, aircraft use policies, cross-border transactions, personal use of company aircraft and regulatory (FAA, SEC and IRS) compliance. Mr. Hernandez represents a wide variety of clients, including public and private corporations, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, airlines, defense contractors, airports, corporate flight departments, charter operators and high-net-worth individuals. Mr. Hernandez is also an active member of the National Business Aviation Association Tax Committee and Regulatory Issues Advisory Group.

Prior to joining Vedder Price, David was a prosecutor at the FAA as well as an honors attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served in the Office of the Counsel to the President during the Clinton administration and was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Jason Huff
Partner, King & Spalding


Jason Huff is a partner in King & Spalding's Finance practice and resident in the Charlotte office. Jason is active in the leveraged finance, transportation finance and structured project finance practices.

Jason represents banks, financial institutions, equipment finance companies, lenders, lessors and other parties in leveraged finance and other financial transactions. He has wide-ranging experience representing lenders and lessors in all aspects of domestic and cross-border equipment and structured finance transactions with specific focus on transactions involving aircraft and rail equipment.
Jason represents clients in all aspects of equipment finance and in all types of equipment financing structures, including single-investor and syndicated lease and loan transactions, leveraged financings, true / tax motivated leases, synthetic leases, TRAC leases and other domestic and cross-border financings. He also advises clients in lease and loan portfolio purchases and sales.
Jason speaks regularly at aviation and rail conferences and conducts workshops for clients on a wide range of topics in equipment finance.

Greg Johnson
President & CTO, Tuvoli


Greg Johnson is President and CTO at Tuvoli, an online trading platform for the air charter industry that facilitates quoting, instant anytime money movement, and an escrow-like guarantee, through proprietary patent pending, FDIC insured payment processes.

Greg leads the team at Tuvoli in both executive leadership and in a technical capacity. This role leverages his decades of experience as an entrepreneur and the knowledge that comes from having developed multiple software solutions for companies in the air charter industry.

Greg’s experience includes roles as CTO of Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight, which manages the Flexjet, Sentient Jet, and PrivateFly brands; COO of sharing economy start-up Flight Car; Founder/investor with charter industry platform CharterNation; Founder/CEO of OneSky Jets (acquired by Sentient); and Leader of an Industrial Engineering team at FedEx Express.

Greg is an active pilot, snow-skier, and adventure seeker. He coaches a FIRST Lego League robotics team, and as a hobby, Greg analyzes data from the FAA on the aircraft flying over North America through feeds to dedicated servers in his home.

Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he presently serves on the board of advisors for the school’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jason Johnson
Managing Director, Click Aviation Network USA


Jason graduated from Dowling College with a B.S. in Aeronautics and worked towards his commercial pilot rating. He is an Alumni of Alpha Eta Rho (an international professional aviation fraternity) and won several top pilot awards flying for the Dowling Precision Flight Team, competing nationally for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.
In 2003, Jason became Managing Director for the U.S. with Air Charter Service, a London-based private jet charter firm, helping the company navigate the U.S. market and establish a foothold in the Americas. This is where Jason became determined to make a difference in the world of private air travel.

In May of 2005, Exclusive Charter Service, Inc. was born. Today, Exclusive has grown into a multimillion-dollar company with offices across the U.S. managing hundreds of flights every month. Jason’s proudest achievement with Exclusive was being honored at the living Legends of Aviation by none other than John Travolta for donating a GV and being the first non-military aircraft to bring aid during the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

To support the growth of Exclusive Charter Service, Jason acquired a Part 135 Aircraft Management company, Custom Jet Charters LLC in 2012. He and his partner Adam turned this single aircraft domestic operation into worldwide operations operating several aircraft across the country.

In 2012, Jason co-founded CharterPad Inc. Originally built as a tool to support both their charter and management companies, CharterPad became one of the leading software platforms for the worldwide charter industry. In 2018, CharterPad was sold to Click Aviation Network, a global aviation services company based in Dubai, and Jason now serves as Managing Director for Click Aviation Network USA.

The most difficult time in Jason’s career was losing his partner and long-time friend to cancer in 2017. He is most grateful for that friendship and partnership in allowing him such accomplishments and continues to work toward making their shared vision a reality.

Joshua Krotec
Senior Vice President, First Aviation Services Inc.


Joshua Krotec leads corporate strategic initiatives for First Aviation and its subsidiaries: Aerospace Turbine Rotables ("AeTR"); Aviation Blade Services, Inc. (“ABS”); Evōlution Aerospace, Inc. (“EVO”); Master Support, Inc. (“MS”); and Piedmont Propulsion Systems ("PPS"). Josh also serves on the Board of Directors of Dart Aerospace Ltd., a manufacturer of helicopter mission equipment and aftermarket components owned by Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. and First Aviation.

Josh’s efforts primarily aim to grow the First Aviation’s aircraft component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and parts manufacturing businesses. Josh also directs merger, acquisition and other corporate development projects. Both First Aviation and Dart Aerospace currently seek bolt-on acquisitions.

Based on his experience working with the United States Government and his knowledge of the aviation industry, Josh serves on the Boards of Directors for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA). Josh has previously served as a member of the Associate Member Council of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), and as Chairman of ARSA’s Government Affairs Committee.

Josh holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics, and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Systems Engineering degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Josh holds a Private Pilot certificate with CE-510(S), single-engine, multiengine and instrument airplane ratings. Josh resides in Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

Jeffrey Lowe
Managing Director, Asian Sky Group


Mr. Lowe has over 35 years of Engineering, Marketing and Sales experience in commercial and business aviation.

His most recent position is as Managing Director for Asian Sky Group & Asian Sky Media in Hong Kong. Asian Sky Group is the largest business aviation consulting group in the Asia-Pacific region with 30 employees & 6 offices. It focuses on both fixed and rotary aircraft and related aviation services.

Asian Sky Media annually publishes 10 industry reports & magazines and offers a number of different marketing platforms for clients wishing to increase their brand awareness in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Sky Group & Media are both backed by SEACOR Capital (Asia) Limited and Avion Pacific Limited and both are designed to capitalise on their shareholder companies’ considerable investments and business development initiatives already in the Asia Pacific region.

Having resided in Hong Kong since 1997, Lowe specialises in the Greater China business aviation market. He first came to Hong Kong as a Director of Sales for Asia-Pacific for the Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft Division. He was then appointed Regional Vice President of Sales for Asia by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in May 2000 where he was a top sales executive. In 2007 Lowe joined the recently formed BAA Jet Management Limited and was responsible for establishing and expanding its managed aircraft business plus aircraft sales, marketing and project development.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Lowe worked in commercial aviation for the de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada, Boeing Canada, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the Canadair Regional Jet Division and Bombardier’s Regional Aircraft Division.

Lowe began his career as a Ground Test Engineer and then moved into marketing and sales internationally in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Lowe earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1983. He is a Canadian native, married with 2 children.

Gregg Malakoff
Senior Channel Sales Director, Americas, Intelsat


Gregg Malakoff is responsible for developing and managing the relationship with aeronautical and maritime channel partners through the critical stages of defining strategy, product development, launch, and distribution.

He works closely with channel partners to create commercial insights highlighting their unique strengths combined with Intelsat’s solutions and develop programs to increase market penetration and end-customer adoption. Gregg also interfaces with the Intelsat’s business and operations teams to identify problems and issues, develop solutions, and drive successful resolutions.

Gregg brings more than 25 years of partner channel management, sales, operations, and marketing experience to this role. Prior to joining Intelsat in 2018, he held a variety of channel management roles with increasing responsibility at MCI Communications, Nextel Communications, Sprint Nextel, and Verisign.

Gregg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Mary Washington College and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Virginia Tech.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

Alan Mangels
Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Rolls-Royce


Alan Mangels was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and has always been passionate about aviation. Alan re-joined Rolls-Royce in 2018 and is responsible for the marketing, sales, communications and account management of the Rolls-Royce CorporateCare® maintenance program world-wide and the general marketing function for Business Aviation. Alan began his career at Rolls-Royce back in 2004 in its Customer Business Leadership Development Program at the U.S. headquarters near Washington, D.C.

In 2006 Alan was assigned to RR’s global headquarters in Derby, England, where, as the representative of the U.S.-based sales team, he oversaw high-value sales proposals to sell aircraft engines within the Americas. He was promoted in 2007 to Sales Director for civil aircraft engines in Latin America, responsible for airline customers, including LAN (Chile), TAM (Brazil), and Avianca (Colombia). Based once again in the U.S., he sold over $5 billion worth of engines and service contracts. His team received an award from the CEO in recognition of its record sales year.

In 2008 Alan joined aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ Miami-based Latin America sales team. Responsible for sales to all the airlines in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay, he travelled frequently to meet with government officials and airline executives. He sold 100 aircraft, worth over $8 billion. Alan also coordinated the delivery of Red Cross relief supplies to the 2010 Chilean earthquake victims, utilising a new aircraft scheduled for delivery to South America.

In 2012, Alan pursued a full-time MBA at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and also completed a second master's degree in international studies at the Lauder Institute.

Before returning to Rolls-Royce in 2018, Alan worked for Mangels Industrial S.A. in Brazil as Commercial and Operations Director, reporting to the Board of Directors. Mangels Industrial S.A. is a publicly traded company producing manufactured steel and aluminium products. Main products include OEM aluminium alloy wheels for major car manufacturers and propane gas cylinders. Alan now serves as a non-executive board member of Mangels Industrial S.A.

Prior to working for Mangels Industrial S.A., Alan worked as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting based out of the Chicago office.

Alan also holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, is a native speaker of English and Portuguese and has gained fluency in Spanish through his extensive travel in Latin America. He enjoys surfing, scuba diving, soccer, tennis, Alpine skiing, fishing, and travelling. In 2008 he trekked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and in 2013, climbed Mt. Cotopaxi.

Michael Maratto
Vice President, Senior Counsel, NetJets



Michael Maratto is Vice President, Senior Counsel for NetJets. Mr. Maratto represents NetJets in a wide range of legal matters involving aviation law, commercial law, labor and employment law, and compliance. As part of his role, Mr. Maratto assists NetJets in connection with the acquisition and sale of new and pre-owned business jets and serves as a primary advisor with respect to aviation law and regulations. Mr. Maratto also acts as legal counsel for QS Partners, a subsidiary of NetJets engaged in aircraft sales and acquisitions.

Prior to joining NetJets in 2008, Mr. Maratto was an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius LLP. Mr. Maratto graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Bruce Marshall
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, AIC Title Service


Bruce L. Marshall joined AIC Title Service as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel in February 2014, helping ensure that AIC’s clients and leadership are protected as they move through unprecedented FAA and industry changes.

On August 30, 2017 he was a recipient of the 2017 First Chair Top General Counsel Award. The First Chair Awards is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, thorough their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community nationwide.

Bruce was also recognised in the November 2013 issue of D CEO Magazine as one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s top corporate attorneys following his win as Outstanding General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer in the Small Legal Department category at the Association of Corporate Counsel and D CEO’s 2013 Corporate Counsel Awards.

Individually a 2011 winner of the General Counsel Forum’s Magna Stella Award in the Small Legal Department category and finalist in the Major Litigation category, Bruce and his team also won Texas Lawyer’s 2013 Legal Department of the Year in the Diversity and Quality of Life category.

With over 20 years’ experience in aviation legal matters, specialising in contracts, regulations, and litigation, he previously served as Senior Director and Division General Counsel of Bombardier’s Flexjet fractional aircraft ownership program where he strategically managed two cases challenging state and federal taxes that affected the entire fractional aircraft ownership industry and resulted in the refund of millions of dollars of paid taxes.

Prior to joining Flexjet, Bruce served as corporate counsel and business manager for a charter management company with both Part 135 on-demand air cargo and passenger operations, served as vice president and legal officer for a major financial institution in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in private practice, he represented banks, construction companies, transportation companies, and employee benefits funds in commercial litigation matters.

Bruce graduated from Purdue University and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. He serves as a frequent speaker or panellist at aviation industry events.

Mark Masluch
Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Bombardier Aviation


Since 2016, Mark Masluch has led the Bombardier Aviation Public Affairs and Communications organization. Under his leadership, this worldwide team oversees Industry Affairs and advocacy, Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Public & Media Relations and Employee & Customer Communications—all related to Bombardier’s leading portfolio of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft, a growing number of special-mission aircraft conversions, an evolving portfolio of aerostructures and engineering services, and an expanding global network of aircraft MRO and support locations.

Mr. Masluch represents Bombardier on the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Environment Committee and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Communications Council.

Over the past decade at Bombardier, Mr. Masluch has led communications and public affairs functions across a variety of business segments, with a heavy focus on community involvement, honing the company’s outreach to future generations of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Pilots and driving environmental stewardship through the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel—all while promoting Bombardier’s award-winning business jets and support services.

Mr. Masluch began his aerospace career as part of the communications team at Air Canada Vacations and then transitioned to aviation training leader CAE. He joined Bombardier in 2009 as part of the communications team dedicated to Bombardier’s Customer Experience network supporting business and commercial aircraft.

Based at Bombardier Aviation headquarters in Dorval, Quebec, Mr. Masluch holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal.

Jared Maynard
Aircraft Resale Sales Manager, Satcom Direct


Jared Maynard manages Satcom Direct’s Aircraft Resale Program, which provides connectivity support and technical services for appraisers, brokers, lenders and other businesses involved with pre-flown aircraft transactions.

Prior to joining Satcom Direct, Jared served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Comlabs, a provider of satellite communication services and managed networks for public and private sector clients across North America.

Before joining Comlabs in 2006, he was the Operations Manager at FIT Aviation. An FBO and flight school located in Melbourne, Florida.

Jared holds a BS in Aviation Management and MBA in Management Information Systems from Florida Institute of Technology. He is also an active pilot and Certified Flight Instructor in single-engine aircraft, multi-engine aircraft, and seaplanes.

Scott McCreary
Shareholder, Director, McAfee & Taft


Scott McCreary represents local, national and international clients in connection with matters involving the buying, selling, leasing and financing of aircraft. His practice is primarily focused on matters relating to the Cape Town Convention, the Federal Aviation Act and the FAA Aircraft Registry, such as aircraft title, registration, finance and leasing law, as well as regulatory issues relating to the operation of aircraft under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

Scott is a frequent speaker at aviation conferences in the United States and abroad and has made presentations at venues such as the Strategic Research Institute’s Annual FAA Aircraft Registration, Lien & Securities Interest Conference; the Federal Bar Association’s Aircraft Title, Registration, Finance and Leasing Law Conference; the Institute for International Research’s Corporate Aviation Symposium; the NBAA’s Cape Town International Registry Meeting; and the Geneva International Forum on Aircraft Finance & Commercial Aviation.

His achievements in the area of aviation law have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (equipment finance law), Oklahoma Super Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.

Scott currently serves on the Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and the Tax Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). He has previously served as the leader of the firm’s Aviation Group and on McAfee & Taft’s board of directors.

Jay Mesinger
CEO & President, Mesinger Jet Sales


Jay Mesinger is the CEO and Founder of Mesinger Jet Sales, an international aircraft brokerage firm, with 44 years of experience in the aviation industry. Mesinger Jet Sales has modernized the formula for buying and selling aircraft and provides their clients with the best market intelligence for aircraft sales pricing and correct acquisition expectations.

Additionally, Jay was a Member of the Board of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the Chairman of the Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC). He is the first aircraft broker to serve on the NBAA board. His 10-year term was over October, 2013. Jay is on the Customer Advisory Board of Jet Aviation and also served on the Customer Advisory Board of Airbus North America. Jay is also a member of Gulfstream’s “Key Player” team. Jay served on the Duncan Aviation Customer Advisory Board for 2 terms, and is a member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). He is also a member of the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA). Jay is also on the Board of Directors of The Morris Animal Foundation.

In addition, Jay regularly speaks at industry gatherings, writes the monthly Mesinger Pulse newsletter (Jay Mesinger’s Industry Perspectives), and started the very first aviation brokerage website over 20 years ago, www.jetsales.com. Jay continues to communicate from the cutting-edge of business aviation through various social networking platforms – blog (www.jetsales.com/blog), twitter (@jmesinger) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com).

Ian Moore
Chief Commercial Officer, VistaJet


Ian Moore is a director of VistaJet’s UK subsidiary, serving as Chief Commercial Officer since 2010.
Mr. Moore is responsible for global market expansion, commercial negotiations, sales, marketing, customer service and product delivery. Previously, Mr. Moore worked in various roles including Vice President—Strategy & Sales, Sales Manager and Strategy & Analysis Manager for NetJets Europe, from 2002 to 2008.

Mr. Moore also served as Vice President—Sales & Marketing for the business jet subsidiary of TATA, Business Jets Pvt Ltd (BJETS), from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Moore holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne.

Rebecca Moss
SP Finance, Transportation, Credit Suisse Securities (USA)


Rebecca Moss is a structured credit professional with 15+ years of experience in leading, structuring, and executing bespoke, highly structured transactions in aviation and CLO securitizations. She joined Credit Suisse’s Securitized Products-Finance, Transportation team a year ago, that focuses on the aviation, rail, and container sectors where she continues to specialize on aviation transactions in both the bank and capital markets space.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Rebecca worked at Deutsche Bank spending the majority of her time focused on aviation structured finance as well as CLO execution comprising both corporate senior unsecured and leveraged loan collateral. She has led and executed on a number of aircraft senior secured transactions ranging from acquisition finance, bilateral and portfolio financings, as well as warehouse structures. She has significant experience across the aviation platform including business/corporate jets, regional jets, and engines, in addition to commercial jets.

Rebecca has also had key involvement in a number of aviation rated debt issuances. Rebecca holds a M.B.A. from New York University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

David Norton
Partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP



David T. Norton is head of the firm’s aviation law practice and a member of the firm’s management committee. He has a nationally recognized aviation law practice that encompasses a broad range of regulatory, transactional and commercial issues, including various transactional matters such as whole and fractional aircraft sale and purchase; management, leasing, hangaring and refurbishment arrangements; and commercial civil litigation and arbitration disputes involving the ownership, operation and manufacture of aircraft and aircraft parts. He also handles disputes involving other aviation-related businesses and overall aviation-related risk management planning.
Mr. Norton served as the Industry Co-Chair of the joint FAA/Industry RVSM LOA Process Enhancement Team of the Performance based Advisory Rule Marketing Committee, as well as on the Applicability Working Group of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 135/125 Advisory Rulemaking Committee, the FAA’s effort to review and potentially rewrite the regulations that govern all on-demand commercial aviation transportation activity in the United States.
Mr. Norton was an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1993, serving primarily as a KC-10A pilot and aircraft commander. He received several military decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Aerial Achievement Medal for his contributions in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Restore Hope. Mr. Norton holds many civil certificates and ratings issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. He is an airline transport pilot (multi-engine land) with a DC-10 type rating, and a commercial pilot (single engine land). He also maintains his certification as a flight instructor, instrument and multi-engine, as well as an advanced ground and instrument instructor.

Tim Obitts
Chief Operating Officer, National Air Transportation Association


Timothy R. Obitts serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

Prior to joining NATA in November 2014, Obitts served as the managing partner of Gammon & Grange, P.C., a national practice law firm specializing in nonprofit and communications law, and also co-chaired its litigation practice. During Obitts' 18 years at Gammon & Grange, he served as corporate counsel and general counsel for many nonprofits and trade associations, handling a wide array of issues that affect their day-to-day activities and also lobbied Capitol Hill and federal agencies.

He earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from California Western School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree, double major Philosophy and History, from Gordon College, where he also was named All-New England in Tennis, NAIA.

Obitts is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as numerous federal and appellate courts, and the U.S Supreme Court. He also co-founded several nonprofit organisations and serves on several nonprofit boards. Obitts and his wife of 19 years, Krista, have five children, ranging in age from five to fifteen.

Steve Olson
Vice President of Corporate Aviation Finance, BB&T Bank


Steve has been in the aviation lending market for over 10 years and equipment financing and leasing for over 20 years. He has held various sales and management positions at institutions including Key Bank, GE Capital, Newcourt/CIT/AT&T, and was brought in to assist in the build out of the aviation vertical at BB&T four years ago. BB&T’s aviation focus is Corporate and Business Jet lending in the United States.
Michel Ouellette
Senior Vice President, Program Management & Engineering, Bombardier Aviation


Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President of Program Management and Engineering for Bombardier Business Aircraft, is responsible for ensuring all Business Aircraft products remain on the cutting-edge of the business jet industry. He oversees the development and engineering of new products, new product enhancements as well as sustaining activities for our entire portfolio.
As Senior Vice President Global 7500 and Global 8000 Program, Business Aircraft, Michel oversaw the complete program and ensured the successful entry-into-service of the Global 7500, a game-changing business jet, in December of 2018.

He is a dynamic senior executive with extensive aerospace experience who is focused on operational excellence, the highest levels of customer satisfaction, and on the foundation of all businesses: people.
Michel started his career at Bombardier Aerospace in 1990 as a mechanical engineer in the experimental engineering department. In 1997, he assumed management of the wind tunnel experimental group and subsequently occupied different management positions in Core Engineering and with the Commercial Aircraft business unit.
In 2004, he joined the Challenger aircraft team and held the roles of Director, Engineering and Director, Paint Shop and Wiring Fabrication. In 2006, he was appointed General Manager of the Challenger 300 aircraft program with overall responsibility for operations including final assembly and interior completion, as well as deliveries of Challenger 300 aircraft.

In 2009, Michel was promoted to Vice President & General Manager, Challenger aircraft programs, and he assumed overall responsibility for all Challenger aircraft programs. During his time in this role, he was instrumental in implementing various lean manufacturing projects that led to significant efficiency gains and customer satisfaction while driving employee engagement to new heights.
In April 2013, Mr. Ouellette served as Vice President & General Manager, Global Aircraft Programs. He was responsible for the flagship Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft programs, the entire life cycle of Global aircraft, and assembly sites in Toronto and Montréal.
Michel then led the Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft division from January 2014. He was responsible for the overall customer service network for both business and commercial aircraft, including Parts Services, Customer Services and Support for Business and Commercial Aircraft, Aircraft Service Centres, Aircraft Training, Sales, Marketing and Service Programs, as well as specialized and amphibious aircraft.

In June 2015, Michel was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Business Aircraft, where he was responsible for all aircraft programs in production and the procurement group. Later that year, he became Senior Vice President, Global 7500 and Global 8000 Program.
A native of Montréal, Québec, Canada, Michel Ouellette holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University (1990), in Montréal. Based in Montreal, Mr. Ouellette enjoys family time with his wife and three daughters.
Bill Papariella
CEO, Jet Edge


Bill is a seasoned senior executive within the aviation industry. Before co-founding Jet Edge International, he spent the previous six years working at NetJets, Marquis Jet, and Sentient. As senior vice president, Bill was responsible for advising and educating individuals and corporate clients on a variety of private aviation solutions including fractional ownership, jet card membership, charter and whole aircraft management.

During his tenure in the private aviation industry, Bill’s efforts have consistently propelled his sales teams to #1 in total new business year over year. Under his leadership Jet Edge has rapidly emerged as one of the leading sales, acquirers, and operators of luxury large cabin aircraft in the world.

Prior to being recruited into the aviation industry, Bill was a former Hollywood film executive and entrepreneur spearheading movie projects with A-list talent and major studios. Bill is a native of Pittsburgh, educated at Ohio University and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO-WPO) - Beverly Hills Chapter.
James Person
Senior Director, Global Business Development & VVIP Aviation, Viasat


James Person joined Viasat in 2013, where he leads sales and business development in the Business and VVIP Aviation segment of the company, an area that Viasat has been active in for more than ten years, including both Ka and Ku-band networks.

Prior to Viasat, Mr. Person had general management, sales, and product management roles in high technology wireless and satellites communications companies. He began his career as a US Naval officer where he deployed during combat operations to the Middle East twice on a destroyer.

Mr. Person earned a BSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA in international marketing from the University of Southern California (USC).

Andy Priester
President & CEO, Priester Aviation


Andy Priester serves as Priester Aviation’s President and CEO.

He is the third generation of Priesters to lead the family business. In this role, Andy is dedicated to leading the organization to become the preeminent choice in aircraft management, aircraft charter and related aviation services. During Andy’s tenure at Priester, he has grown the fleet from seven aircraft to over 50 aircraft they manage globally today.

Andy holds a master’s degree from Concordia University and has held many leadership roles at aviation safety and trade associations.

Andy is the immediate past Board Chair of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
Brian Proctor
President & CEO, Mente Group


Brian Proctor is a founder and President of Mente Group, LLC and has been serving private aviation clients for 10 years. Having been involved in over $3.5 billion in aircraft transactions and over $5 billion in aviation business planning, Brian’s experience is sought by corporations and individuals, worldwide.

After serving for six years in the US Army as an infantry Ranger and intelligence officer, Brian left the military to pursue a career in the private sector. After working at Transamerica Corporation, Mr. Proctor served as consultant, COO and President of CAAP and later Leading Edge.

Brian serves on several industry boards and is involved with the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. He holds a BA degree in International Studies in Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Leona Qi
President, VistaJet US


Leona Qi serves as President of VistaJet US. With her leadership, her team is responsible for growing the customer base in North America, the biggest and fastest growing market in business aviation. The North America region has seen double-digit year-on-year growth for VistaJet over successive years.

Ms. Qi has over a decade experience in capital markets and business aviation finance prior to joining VistaJet in early 2016. She held various roles at Global Jet Capital, Guggenheim Partners and BNP Paribas. She holds a master's degree from Princeton University and resides in New York City with her family.
Jean-Noel Robert
Head of Business Development, Airbus Corporate Jets


Mid 2006, Jean-Noel joined Airbus team in Dubai as Sales Contract Director, looking after airlines in Middle East. Mid 2008, he became ACJ North Asia Sales Director. In Sep 2010, he moved to Hong Kong and in June 2015, his regional responsibilities were extend to whole Asia.

Jean-Noel also served as Chairman of the not-for-profit Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) from 2011 to 2013. Under his leadership, AsBAA notably doubled its members, launched the 1st ABACE in Shanghai and created the Hong-Kong, Mainland China and South East Asia chapters.

Mid 2016, Jean-Noel moved to HQs (Toulouse - France) to his current position. His main mission is to develop initiatives supporting commercial activities with clients and industry influencers.

Jean-Noel graduated from Toulouse Business School. He started his carrier with Airbus in 1995 in the Customer Support division. In between his Airbus experiences, JeanNoel worked for Schneider Electric for 10+ years successively as Financial Controller in Middle East; Country CFO in South Korea; Project Manager at corporate level and West Africa General Manager based in Senegal.

Jean-Noel, 45 yo, is happily married for 18 years and father of 2 children. He has been involved in various sports and more specifically in Rugby.
Joan Roberts
Vice President, Insured Aircraft Title Service


Having been active in the aviation business since 1988, Joan Roberts is currently a Vice President and Escrow Agent for Insured Aircraft Title Service, LLC in Oklahoma City. She has been with Insured Aircraft since 1997 and handling a worldwide customer base that literally numbers in the thousands.

Previously Mrs. Roberts worked in a similar role for another major aircraft title and escrow company in the Oklahoma City area after leaving a paralegal role with a major law firm in their aviation division.

Mrs. Roberts is a member of National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), Women in Aviation International (WAI), Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA), and International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA). She has also been involved in the NBAA Leadership conference and has actively worked in the IATS management team in marketing and development efforts, travelling to and actively working to assist and cultivate existing and potential clients at EBACE in Geneva and ABACE in China.

Joan is an active proud mother of four children, Katie and Carrie, twins who both graduated from Florida State University, Claire, a veterinarian student at Oklahoma State University, and her son, Ryan, who recently graduated from Southern Nazarene University. When not engaged with her family, she enjoys travel, interior decorating, and golf with friends.
Bill Rowell
Technical Sales Manager, Inmarsat


Upon earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel in 1977, Bill was commissioned in the US Navy and remained on active duty for eight years. Transitioning to the Naval Reserve in 1985 he joined Rockwell International as an Avionics Systems Engineer before joining Honeywell in 1987.

His retirement from the Naval Reserve as a Commander with over 3000 flight hours was followed many years later when he also retired from Honeywell in 2017 accumulating 30-years of engineering and leadership service in both their Satcom and Cabin Management organizations.
He has been with Inmarsat since 2017 where he provides technical sales support for the Business and General Aviation segment.
Greg Ryan
Senior Sales Director, GE Aviation


Greg Ryan is a Senior Sales Director for GE Aviation with responsibility for OnPoint engine services sales for the Bombardier 600 series Challengers and Global 7500 aircraft. Greg covers the Eastern half of the US and Latin America. Additionally, he manages the global CT7 ECMP portfolio and is responsible for turboprop sales in North America.

Greg brings over 27 years of business aviation turbine engine sales and technical experience including prior roles at Pratt & Whitney Canada and Standard Aero. He has extensive experience managing turbine aircraft engine programs and MRO events.

Earning his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Aeronautical Studies as well as an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance and Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Based in South Florida, Greg has his airframe and powerplant mechanics license as well as a single and multi-engine pilot license. He continually delivers value to his customers by drawing from his direct experience as an owner, operator, pilot and mechanic.
Nicholas Sandler
Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director, Stonebriar Commercial Finance


Nicholas Sandler is Executive Vice President of Stonebriar Commercial Finance and Head of SCF Aviation Capital, Stonebriar’s leasing and financing platform that provides customized capital solutions to owners, operators, dealers and manufacturers of business and commercial aircraft worldwide.

Previously, Nicholas was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners where he served in various capacities including portfolio manager of the Guggenheim Aircraft Opportunity Fund, L.P, Head of Public Affairs and was member of the firm’s corporate credit group.

Prior to joining Guggenheim, Nicholas was an analyst and portfolio manager at a private investment company in Hong Kong. Earlier in his career, he served as special assistant to former California Gov. Gray Davis. Nicholas serves on the boards of Epic Aero, Inc., the parent company of Flexjet and Sentient Jet, Simcom Aviation Training, the Miguel Contreras Foundation and is President of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the official team charity of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
Keith Sawyer
Manager of Alternative Fuels, Avfuel



Keith has worked in the energy business since 1977 including 10 years in the Aviation Industry.

After a 40-year career with Chevron, Sawyer joined Avfuel—a leading independent global supplier of aviation fuel and services with 650+ branded FBOs and 3,000+ fueling locations worldwide—in 2016 as its regional business development/supply chain manager where he was responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with fueling locations throughout the Western U.S., Canada and Alaska. To further capitalize on his expertise in the fuel market, Sawyer became Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels in 2017, leading all aspects of evaluating the sustainable alternative jet fuel market and its suppliers while representing Avfuel within the environmental and fuel supply chain groups associated with GAMA, NBAA, NATA and IBAC.

During Sawyer’s tenure at Chevron, he oversaw petroleum and natural gas product supply chain management, cargo operations, general aviation business, branded programs, aviation investments, and marketing in various markets, operating out of Perth, Western Australia; Houston, Texas; San Ramon, California; Almaty, Kazakhstan; San Francisco, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sawyer received a bachelor’s degree in economic geography from the University of British Columbia, as well as completed the university’s executive development program, and Alberta’s Banff School of Management business and marketing development program.

Rob Scholl
Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Textron Aviation


As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Rob leads the global sales and marketing team and affiliate partners to represent the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker product lines in markets around the world.

Rob oversees global sales initiatives to ensure a strong and direct industry presence to meet customers’ needs for Citation, turboprop and piston products.

Prior to his current position, Rob’s prior roles within the company included vice president of Customer Service Parts & Programs, vice president of Marketing and regional vice president of Sales.

Rob began his career with Textron in 2007 as a member of Textron’s Leadership Development Program where he was a Manager of Customer Leadership in Sales & Marketing. In 2008, Rob was promoted to Director of Corporate Strategy at Textron, Inc. Later in 2010, Rob moved to CWC, a division of Kautex as Director of Business Development.
Rob has a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences and Business Economics from Brown University and a MBA in Marketing Management from Ohio State University. He holds a Six Sigma Greenbelt.

Jeff Snowden
Vice President/Escrow Agent of Aero-Space Reports, Inc.


Jeff Snowden is currently serves as Vice-President and Escrow Agent for Aero-Space Reports, Inc., a title escrow company based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Aero-Space Reports, Inc. is currently celebrating its 50 year anniversary and Mr. Snowden has been actively involved with the company since 2010. While Mr. Snowden’s main role is to make sure closings are ready for clients, he spends a lot of time traveling to foster relationships and gain feedback which help to improve the overall client experience.

Mr. Snowden is a member of multiple organizations within the aviation community such as International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Mr. Snowden is the proud father of two children, Campbell (age 4) and George (age 2). Needless to say, Mr. Snowden has his hands full right now. When not working, Mr. Snowden enjoys spending time with his family, playing as much golf as possible and being a proud alumni of the University of Oklahoma.

Mike Stones
Group Editor, Corporate Jet Investor



Mike Stones is group editor of Corporate Jet Investor, Superyacht Investor, Helicopter Investor, Private Art Investor and Revolution.Aero. Previous roles have included editorial director of Decision New Media, based in Montpellier in the South of France, group editor of Food Manufacture and deputy editor of Farmers Weekly. Outside work, Mike enjoys flying old aeroplanes and working on the farm he co-owns in the north of England.

Shelley Svoren
Senior Business Banking Analyst & Industry Specialist, First Republic Bank


Shelley's 27+ year career in financial analysis and credit quality includes roles as Assistant Bank Examiner for the FDIC, Assistant Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank, Financial Analyst and Budget Manager for Macy’s West, Agilent Technologies, and Southcorp Wines, the latter of which she created and managed a $500MM+USD budget for its North American operations and was responsible for overseeing the financial management of one the organization’s joint ventures.

She joined First Republic Bank in 2004 where she cofounded the Bank’s Wine Lending vertical and segued into the Aviation & Marine lending team in 2007 when one of her art and hedge fund-focused clients purchased an aircraft. She oversees the underwriting and portfolio management for FRB’s Aviation & Marine team, which has yet to incur a loss or foreclosure. She works with FRB’s clients located throughout the US who are involved in diverse businesses – real estate, private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurs as FRB specializes in meeting their unique financing needs– and aircraft are used as business tools to develop and enhance person-to-person relationships. She moderates panels and speaks at conferences regarding aviation and marine industries and mentors junior colleagues.

She serves on the boards of the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and the International Aviation Womens Association, where she cofounded the organization’s annual Women’s General Aviation Leadership Forum and oversaw the planning and execution of its second Forum held in Napa, CA during May 2019. She is involved in over 20 organizations that are dedicated to historic preservation and meeting the needs of her community. She earned her BS from the University of Oregon with a focus on Finance, Economics, International Business, and Scandinavian Studies.

Jeffrey Towers
General Counsel, TVPX


Jeff serves as General Counsel for TVPX’s 1031 exchange and FAA owner trusts businesses. Jeff is the current Chairman of the National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA) Tax Committee and is an active member of various other aircraft related organizations in the U.S. and Europe.

Jeff has given presentations on aircraft tax, registration and related issues to most of the major manufacturers and lenders, and at various aircraft conferences including NBAA and HAI.

Lana Van Marter
Commercial Development Manager, Renewable Aviation, NESTE


Lana is an Accredited Airport Executive and International Airport Professional with two Master Degrees, one in Development Studies and the other in Business Management from the Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Asian Institute of Management respectively.

She has extensive experience in the airport industry, having been in the Management Team of both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P Hobby Airport. She held the position of Director of Transportation, Commercial Development, Assistant General Manager for International Operations, and Operations Lead for the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT). She was a Director at the Board of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAE) and Vice-Chairperson of the Operations, Safety, Planning and Emergency Management Committee. #

Lana is also a seasoned diplomat with extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral fields with assignments in both North America (New York, Ottawa, Mexico City) and Europe (Geneva, Moscow, Croatia). She has been a representative to the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly and have participated in the discussions on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She joined NESTE in May of 2017 as Commercial Development Manager

Ford von Weise
Director, Head Global Aircraft Finance



Mr. von Weise is currently a Director and Global Head of the Aircraft Finance Group at Citi Private Bank. The group provides private aircraft financing solutions to individual ultra high net worth clients and their companies throughout the world. Mr. von Weise’s responsibilities and roles while at Citi have included loan origination, product program management, reporting and workouts. The group focuses on transactions typically in the range of $10 to $50 million.

Mr. von Weise has over fourteen years of business aviation experience most recently serving as Vice President of Business Aviation Finance for Merrill Lynch Capital. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he worked for GMAC Commercial Finance in the same capacity. His expertise covers a wide range of corporate and personal aircraft both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining GMAC, Mr. von Weise was Vice President of Capital Transactions at Lend Lease Real Estate investments, where he was responsible for the recapitalization and workout of large multi-family properties throughout the U.S.

Mr. von Weise is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Aircraft Finance Association and was appointed by the Boards of Selectmen from the Massachusetts towns of Concord, Lincoln, Bedford and Lexington as a commission member of the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission. He is also a past board member of the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association and a local volunteer representative for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also an instrument rated pilot, aircraft owner, and a pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. von Weise has also appeared on the Discovery Channel as an aviation expert in the Celebrity Crash Files, J.F.K., Jr, documentary series. He is also currently a member of the Board of Advisors for Brown Aviation Lease.

Mr. von Weise holds an undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Environmental Studies and History from the University of Vermont.

Ryan Waguespack
Vice-President, National Air Transportation Association


Ryan Waguespack joined the staff of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) as Vice President of Aircraft Management, Air Charter Services and MROs in November 2018. A long-time supporter of the aviation business community and NATA, Ryan Waguespack served as the Chair of NATA’s WorkForce Development Committee and Illegal Charter Task Force, as well as Vice Chair of the Air Charter Committee as an association member. As Vice President, Ryan leads the Association and industry effort to combat illegal charter, working with the FAA and its Field Offices to educate the public on the risks, assisting the FAA in enforcement through data collection and reporting, and leveraging existing data sources to help the agency focus enforcement efforts.

Previously, he served in various operational roles for charter management companies, as well as aircraft sales, working closely with clients to educate them throughout the purchasing process and help them attain the best aviation solution for their needs. Prior to NATA, Waguespack held the position of Vice President of Business Development of Summit Aviation.

Waguespack is the founder of the Alabama Business Aviation Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the value of business aviation throughout the state, educating stakeholders on the value of business aircraft and community airports, and advocating on behalf of aviation businesses.

A staunch champion for promoting aviation workforce development, Ryan travels the country to speak at industry events dedicated to reaching the next generation of pilots, maintainers and business aviation leaders. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at universities nationwide, including Auburn University in the Harbert College of Business, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Dubuque. Through Waguespack’s community-building initiatives at the universities, he is working to develop channels to connect rising students with aviation businesses.

Ryan is a recreational pilot who lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Amanda and two children.

Kevin White
President, Jet Edge



As a leading broker at one of the largest aircraft sales and acquisition firms in the world for over a decade, Kevin has built a rapport with everyone from UHNW individuals, to fortune 50 corporations, as well as heads of state.

As an avid pilot with 20 years of experience in the aviation industry and nearly 4,000 hours of flight time, Kevin started his career operating a flight school and later worked as a corporate jet pilot, all while buying and selling aircraft.

Now specializing in the Gulfstream market and with nearly 150 aircraft transactions completed totalling approximately $1.5B, Kevin understands all aspects of aircraft sales from start to finish and will lead the team from our east coast office

Simon Williams
Director of Civil Aviation, Isle of Man Aircraft Registry



Simon Williams has successfully held a number of challenging senior operational & staff appointments. He has operated as Aircraft Commander, Training Captain, Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructor, Instrument Rating Examiner and has flown a wide variety of aircraft including Royal Air Force Search & Rescue Sea Kings, Special Operations Pumas and civil Boeing 757s & Boeing 767s, most recently for British Airways.

During 5 years at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, he developed a very broad safety portfolio which saw him chairing groups at national & international level. These groups were focused on delivering tangible safety benefits whilst working closely with a diverse cross section of the civil aviation industry. Towards the end of that tenure he increasingly devoted much of his time to working in ‘Safety Partnership' with the business aviation community.

In his current role as Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) he is leading & managing a large multi-disciplinary internationally-based team and is directly responsible for a multi-million pound budget. The breadth & depth of the DCA role is significant and includes: leading & managing the world's 6th largest international private/corporate business aviation aircraft registry; regulating civil aviation, airspace & airport activity on behalf of the Isle of Man Government with direct accountability to the UK Department for Transport & the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Safety with Service is our ethos.

Lupita Wilson
Cabin Marketing Leader, Collins Aerospace


Lupita Wilson leads the Cabin Connectivity Marketing at Collins Aeropace and is responsible for product roadmap and marketing strategies for the the company’s ARINCDirect cabin connectivity solutions.
Lupita joined Rockwell Collins in 2007 and was responsible for products that included the company’s leading Venue™ cabin management system, Airshow™ moving map, Tailwind™ airborne television system and eXchange™ broadband connectivity solution.

Prior to Rockwell Collins, Wilson worked in the consumer electronics market in positions of increasing responsibility at Toshiba America, SRS Labs and Seagate. Her expertise in consumer electronics provided an important perspective in the rapidly changing business aircraft cabin market.
Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University. She is fluent in Spanish and Cantonese.

Jim Zanino
Senior Director, Global Sales, Gogo Business Aviation


Jim is the Senior Director, Global Sales for Gogo Business Aviation managing their international sales team. Prior to joining Gogo in August 2017, Jim was the Vice President of Sales and Customer & Product support for BendixKing by Honeywell where he managed a team who were responsible for the sale and support of the BendixKing line of avionics for general aviation aircraft.

Jim has over 30 years’ experience in the aviation field starting as a Naval Flight Officer for the United States Navy where he was a Bombardier/Navigator in A-6E Intruders. After leaving active duty Jim held various sales positions with Avidyne Corporation and Bose Corporation before joining BendixKing in 2012.

Jim holds a MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.

Derek Zimmerman
President, Gulfstream Customer Support, Gulfstream Aerospace


Derek Zimmerman was named president of Gulfstream Customer Support in July 2015. As such, he is responsible for the company's worldwide service and customer support network, the most extensive in business aviation. The network covers six continents and includes company-owned service centers; third-party authorized service facilities; parts sales and distribution; part manufacturing, repair, and overhaul; and other aftermarket sales and support activities including field service, technical support and new business development.

Zimmerman joined Gulfstream in 2011 as vice president of Product Support Materials, where he oversaw parts distribution, planning, procurement and supply chain management. In 2014, he was named vice president of Customer Support, adding responsibility for field service, technical support, maintenance tracking, publications, training and warranty administration.
Prior to joining Gulfstream,

Zimmerman was vice president of Supply Chain and Aftermarket Development at Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach, Florida.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in international operations from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University.