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.
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.
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 & C.E.O. 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
Delray Dobbins
Sr. Manager ESP Sales at Pratt & Whitney Canada

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Donald Dwyer
Managing Partner, Guardian Jet

As a veteran aviation sales executive, Don Dwyer is a frequent guest speaker for several business aviation organizations and publications. He is particularly regarded for applying his extensive expertise and thought leadership on a variety of topics, including aircraft finance, asset management, fleet planning and aircraft sales.

In 2010, after 22 years of serving as a global aviation sales executive for Hawker Beechcraft, Don left the corporate world to join his brother, Mike Dwyer, as managing partner of Guardian Jet. Since then, the Dwyer brothers have doubled the reputable firm’s penetration of the Fortune 100 from 15 percent to nearly 35 percent.

Today Guardian Jet is one of the top three aircraft brokerage and consulting firms in the world. At its core, the firm is an aircraft market research firm, and the Dwyer’s continue to invest in innovative cloud-based technology solutions to help their sophisticated corporate aviation and high-net-worth clients make more informed decisions as it relates to asset management and the buying and selling of aircraft.

Don began his career in aircraft sales at Mooney International and later joined Hawker Beechcraft as a regional sales director. While there, he advanced through the executive ranks to ultimately serve as Vice President, Global Sales. In that role, Don led Hawker Beechcraft’s resale organization, managing between $200 million and $400 million in resale inventory. With responsibility for a global team of direct sales VPs, managers and salespeople—and more that $2 billion in company revenue—Don also oversaw the company’s network of dealers located around the world.

In addition to his management experience, Don is a 4,500-hour commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. In 2017, he will retire as a 15-year board member of Challenge Aspen, a world-renowned organization devoted to recreational therapy for all types of disabled persons.

A member of the National Business Aviation Association and the National Aircraft Resale Association, Don is also an avid sailor and spends his downtime racing with his extended family on their sailboat, appropriately named the J/109 Guardian J.
Andrew Farrant
Chief Marketing Officer

Andrew Farrant serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Global Jet Capital. Prior to joining GJC, Andrew was the Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Corporate Communications for Sequa Corporation and Chromalloy where he led strategic planning and brand development. He previously worked at StandardAero, leading brand development and management. Prior to that, he led the successful corporate rebranding of Landmark Aviation, a Carlyle Group company formed after the merger of three aviation businesses, including an engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul network. He previously spent 15 years in marketing leadership positions at Bombardier Aerospace. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
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.
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
EVP of Sales & Marketing, NetJets

Patrick Gallagher – EVP 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.
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).
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 M. 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.
Aaron Hollander
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Turbine Rotables, Inc

Aaron. P. Hollander has combined his passion for aerospace, motor sports and business during his career.

Today, Mr. Hollander is Chairman, President & CEO of First Aviation Services Inc. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Hollander also served as CEO of Skip Barber Racing School LLC and until February 2012 served as Chairman and CEO of Imtek, Inc.

He co-founded First Equity Group in 1985 advising the aerospace and defence industries on the some of the most significant transactions impacting those sectors. As principal he has led the turn around and growth for a number of aviation, defence and motor sports companies.

Prior to co-founding First Equity, Mr. Hollander worked for the Boston Consulting Group, and as a CPA and CMA with Ernst & Young. Mr. Hollander held SEC Series 7, 63, 24 and 27.

Mr. Hollander received his B.S. in Econ. from the Wharton School, Univ. of Penn.and earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, where he received the Copeland Award for marketing.

Mr. Hollander holds an Airline Transport Pilot License with instrument, multi-engine, helicopter, seaplane, glider and sUAV with type ratings for Learjet 25/35/55, CE-510S and Lear 40/45. He has been a speaker at various aerospace conferences, including the NBAA, AIAA and the FAA.
Greg Holst
President - Aircraft Financing, 1st Source Bank

Greg M. Holst is President of 1st Source Bank’s Aircraft Financing Division. 1st Source Bank has been a leading business aircraft lender since 1986. With a portfolio facilitating more than 700 business aircraft, the bank serves a wide range of clients throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Canada.

Greg has 40 years of experience in aviation lending. Prior to joining 1st Source Bank, he held various operations, credit, and sales management positions with Xerox Credit Corp., Textron Financial Corp., Chase Manhattan Equipment Leasing and Cessna Finance Corp.

He has been an active member of the National Aircraft Finance Association for the past 30 years, serving three prior terms on its Board of Directors. He is also a member and active with National Business Aviation Association, Helicopter Association International (Finance & Leasing Committee) and National Aircraft Resale Association.

Greg has logged over 3,600 hours as a Private Pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

He resides in Michigan with his wife, Laurie, and they have two adult children.
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.
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.
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.
Bruce Marshall
Executive Vice President and 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.
Jared Maynard
Manager - Aircraft Resale, 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).
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.
James Person
Director, Global Business Development & VVIP Aviation at Viasat

James Person joined ViaSat in 2013, where he leads strategy 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 Ku and Ka-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.
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.
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 and Senior Managing Director at Stonebriar Commercial Finance and Head of SCF Aviation Capital, a 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 was Head of Business Aircraft Investments - a group he founded - and portfolio manager of the Guggenheim Aircraft Opportunity Fund, L.P. He also served as Head of Public Affairs, where he was responsible for the firm’s interaction with government constituencies at the federal, state and local levels, was member of the firm’s corporate credit group and worked on strategic and corporate development initiatives in international markets.
Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2008, Nicholas was an analyst and portfolio manager at a private investment company in Hong Kong. Earlier in his career, he co-founded Public Insight, a policy-focused research firm that serviced institutional investors and was a principal of a Washington, D.C.-based government-relations firm advising Fortune 500 clients and elected officials' campaign committees. From 2002 to 2004, 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, 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 at Avfuel

Keith Sawyer, manager of alternative fuels for Avfuel Corporation, 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, Textron Aviation

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

Shelly'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.
Scott Sweet
Market Development Director - Business Aviation, Inmarsat

Scott Sweet is a Director in Inmarsat’s Business and General Aviation team, where he is responsible for market development and product strategy.

Based in Wisconsin, Scott has a BBA from Marian University. Prior to joining Inmarsat in 2015, he
worked across a number of Sales, Marketing, and Product roles with EMTEQ and B/E Aerospace.

Scott Sweet is a Director in Inmarsat’s Business and General Aviation team, where he is responsible for market development and product strategy.

Based in Wisconsin, Scott has a BBA from Marian University. Prior to joining Inmarsat in 2015, he
worked across a number of Sales, Marketing, and Product roles with EMTEQ and B/E Aerospace.

Inmarsat Aviation is the leading provider of global satellite communications to the business and general aviation community. It offers a range of powerful aviation connectivity solutions, from reliable high-speed broadband for those in the cabin to vital voice and safety communications for cockpit operations.
With more than 25 years’ experience in aviation connectivity, Inmarsat Aviation’s solutions are renowned for their innovation and performance. The award-winning Jet ConneX, GX Aviation and SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) offerings have become industry benchmarks in their fields.
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, Neste

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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.
Simon Williams
Director of Civil Aviation, Isle of Man 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

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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 ,GulfstreamAerospace

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.
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