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Miami 2019 Speakers

Our team is in the market all year round researching and speaking to the people shaping the market.  We also welcome your ideas for topics and speakers. So please get in touch via email or calling Louise Bolton on +44 1737 844 383. Please note we update the agenda regularly and times and speakers can change.

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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.
Gus Faucher
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist at 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, 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.
Eddie Gross
Shareholder at 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.
Keith Hayes
Senior Vice President & National Sales Manager at 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.
Aaron Hollander
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at 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 at 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.
Jeffrey Lowe
Managing Director at 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.
Bruce Marshall
Executive Vice President and General Counsel at 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.
Tim Obitts
Chief Operating Officer at 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 at 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.

Joan Roberts
Vice President at 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 at 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.
Jeff Snowden
Documentation Specialist & International Registry Admin at Aero-Space Reports Inc

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Scott Sweet
Market Development Director, Business Aviation at Inmarsat

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