29th & 30th January 2018 | The Landmark London

Corporate Jet Investor London 2018

In 2018, Corporate Jet Investor returned to The Landmark London for the eight outing of the two-day conference. Containing TED-style presentations, in-depth Q&A sessions, interactive audience participation, stimulating debates, quizzes and more. The event was the perfect opportunity to keep up to date with latest insights (both positive and negative) from an expert line up of speakers.

Over 24 hours of scheduled networking time provided many opportunities to multiply and strengthen connections with 500 leaders of business aviation. There were also many chances to meet and network with hundreds of senior executives in the superyacht and helicopter industry at The Dealmakers Dinner.

If you’re interested in meeting the industry’s most important operators, financiers, private banks, brokers, management companies, arrangers, lawyers, manufacturers, appraisers and other leading figures, these events are perfect for you.

AGENDA

Sunday 28th January

16.00 – Women in Business Aviation reception

18.00 – Pre-conference cocktail reception hosted by Global Jet Capital

SPEAKERS

Marc Abraham
Aviation Finance, Investec


Marc joined Investec in 2005 where he completed his Chartered Accountancy articles at the Bank.
Marc’s experience is in providing financing solutions for both commercial and corporate aircraft.
He has commercial experience in structuring and arranging of ECA backed transactions, pre-delivery payments & senior debt for African airlines and global aircraft lessors. He has similar business jet aircraft experience in both new and pre-owned deliveries on the continent.

Wagas Ali
CEO & Co-Founder, JetClass


Wagas Ali is the CEO and Co-Founder of JetClass, a ground-breaking, non-subscription travel service giving travellers the unprecedented ability to book seats on private jets, by incorporating advanced technologies ranging from big data analytics to artificial intelligence.

A tech-entrepreneur since the age of 17, with extensive experience in various technologies including M2M, IoT, big data, analytics & prediction. Wagas has been passionate about perfect and seamless user interfaces and experiences, which can clearly be seen in his work. Being a skilled designer and coder himself, he had built and exited the largest ethnic community portal in Austria, long before Facebook gained its popularity.

In 2011, Wagas established a research & innovation centre with a focus on connected mobility in Dubai, a tech-hub of the region with access to highly qualified engineers. Enterprise-level M2M telematics solutions built here have triumphed in both regional and international tenders from various governments and corporations.

The first step into transforming aviation industry was made in 2013, when he co-founded Charterscanner and, as the CTO, created the first-to-market B2C online private jet booking platform, with its own independent database of operators, aircraft, and customers from all over the world. Charterscanner to this day is a unique marketplace that empowers its users to book a private jet within 10 minutes through their smartphones.

JetClass is the result of Wagas’ long and exciting journey with his bigger vision to bring private jets to the masses.

Nick Allan
CEO - Europe & Africa, Control Risks


Nick Allan is the Chief Executive Officer for Control Risks’ Europe and Africa Region and sits on the company board and executive committee. Prior to this role Nick led the Asia Pacific region for a number of years. Nick started in the company in the area of political and country risk analysis, leading project teams dealing with a range of issues across multiple geographies.

Nick’s recent experience includes:

Leading and providing expert witness services in support of lawyers dealing with allegations of complicity in human right abuses by business in conflict zones
Providing advice to an infrastructure company seeking to build compliance systems to prevent the paying of bribes
Presenting at international conferences on the subject of business and human rights in post-conflict environments
Before Control Risks, most of Nick’s career was spent with the De La Rue International plc. During his time there he worked in mainly in the Identity Systems business focusing on Latin America. Nick also gained project management experience through his involvement in electoral projects in Mozambique and Sierra Leone.

Nick studied Politics at the University of Bristol and he completed an MBA at Imperial College Management School, University of London. He speaks Spanish fluently and has good knowledge of Portuguese.

Chad Anderson
President, Jetcraft


Chad Anderson joined Jetcraft in 2005 and was named President in 2010. In his current role, Chad is responsible for leading the company’s overall global operations and strategy, with specialties in transaction structuring, aviation finance and tax. Prior to Jetcraft, Chad was the national asset manager and business development officer in the corporate aircraft finance division of Bank of America Leasing (formerly Fleet Capital Corporation). He directed all aircraft asset marketing, operation, support, and management functions with special focus on finance, industry intelligence and market research. He also held positions at Regent Aviation and Cessna Finance Corporation, and was an aviation underwriter for American Eagle Insurance Company.

Chad holds a B.A.A. in Aviation Administration from the University of North Dakota. He is a commercial pilot (single and multi engine) and certified flight instructor and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peter Antonenko
COO, Jetcraft


Peter Antonenko joined Jetcraft in 2006 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2014, currently overseeing the company’s operations and legal divisions. Prior to joining Jetcraft, Peter was a corporate lawyer at Fafinski Mark & Johnson, a commercial law firm specializing in aviation, where he participated in both litigation and transactional work, developing commercial and corporate aircraft purchase and lease agreements for lenders and buyers. 

 Peter received his Law degree with an emphasis on corporations, taxation and commercial transactions at the Creighton University School of Law, and holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of North Dakota. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.

Siegfried Axtmann
Chairman, FAI rent-a-jet AG


Siegfried Axtmann studied Civil Engineering where he holds a Ph. D. He is the founder and majority owner of FAI Aviation Group. He has started his career in Aviation in mid of the 80´s by accident, being owner of a badly management Bell 206 helicopter which he used to visit his real estate-projects in Germany.

Therefore in 1989 he acquired an AOC with two rescue helicopters and started FAI (which stands for Flight Ambulance International). In April 1990, a few months after the German border collapsed, he established and operated the first public Rescue Helicopter Base in Eastern Germany, still existing under the name “Christopher Lypsia”. Ten years later Siegfried stepped out of the helicopter rescue business but continued expanding his fleet of business jets with focus to air ambulance and other special mission operations in hostile areas as well as surveillance flights etc.

With a fleet of 25 aircraft FAI is Germany´s largest fleet operator in General Aviation and world market leader by revenues in the field of patient transport by ambulance jet. For this niche FAI is operating twelve dedicated aircraft, another three business jets are based and operated in crisis areas exclusively for the world´s largest NGO. Rest of the fleet is operating in ad hoc charter.

Beside his position being Chairman and CEO of FAI Aviation Group he is member of the Consular Corp, holding the position of the Honorary Consul of Hungary in the State of Bavaria in Germany.

Alex Badran
Managing Director, EMEA & APAC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Alex Badran joined Banc of America Leasing as Managing Director and head of sales for international corporate aircraft finance in February 2010. Based at Bank of America’s London headquarters, his responsibilities extend across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions.
Alex has 40 years of experience in asset finance and prior to joining Banc of America Leasing held senior international sales leadership roles in Barclays Bank, GE Capital, where he initiated and established their EMEA corporate aircraft business, Royal Bank of Scotland and Textron Finance Corporation.

Robert Baltus
COO, European Business Aviation Association


Robert Baltus' aviation experience spans nearly 20 years advising and supporting senior management and executive Boards of a variety of aviation related companies. He has worked for aircraft management, fractional and charter operators and has built strong relationships with the leading business aviation companies in the industry. A business aviation specialist, Baltus is experienced in start-ups, fleet selection, training and strategic change management. He has a business management degree from HES Amsterdam and an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University.

René Banglesdorf
CEO, Charlie Bravo Aviation


Charlie Bravo Aviation Co-Founder and CEO René Banglesdorf provides company leadership and management from her work in a number of fields. She pulls marketing and entreprenuerial experience from the software, telecom, retail, publishing and aviation industries.

René serves as a spokesperson for business aviation and women in aviation in speaking and press appearances all over the world. She is an advisor to Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy, a group that teaches the love of STEM learning through aviation in her local community. She also serves on the board of International Aviation Women’s Association as the industry vice president for General Aviation, Business Aviation and Helicopters. René also is an active member of the Women Presidents Organization,  the National Business Aircraft Association and the National Air Transportation Association President’s Council.

Mark Bisset
Partner, Clyde & Co.


Mark's experience includes loan and lease financing, operating leases and tax-based leases, export credit finance, and aircraft purchase and trading, in a wide variety of jurisdictions. He also has wide experience of regulatory matters in aviation.

Mark has been very active over the last 10+ years in the business jet market, acting for financiers, owners and operators. In 2017, Mark was ranked as a Band 1 individual in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, and Clyde & Co was similarly first-ranked. Spear's Magazine describes Mark as an "eminence grise" of business aviation.

Who's Who Legal Aviation has commented that Mark is an "exceptional finance lawyer with extensive knowledge of both the commercial airline and business jet market."

Mark is contributing editor of the annual publication "Getting the Deal Through - Aviation Finance and Leasing" and co-editor of "Getting the Deal Through - Air Transport".

Mark is a Guest Lecturer at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University.

Mark Briffa
CEO, Air Partner


Mark started his career with Air Partner as a Commercial Jets broker in 1996 and joined the Board in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer, becoming Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. He has direct experience of air charter broking and wide knowledge of the private aviation sector worldwide, built up over more than 30 years’ experience in the industry.

David Clark
Managing Director, Integris Aviation Group


Having spent almost two decades in Brazil, David Clark founded Integris Aviation Group in 2010 to help North American companies break into the Brazilian private aviation market – including clients like Jetcraft Avionics and a long-standing relationship with ACASS where he built that brand in the Americas over a period of four years. Having previously worked for UPS, Elliott Aviation and CAE Simuflite in management & sales roles, David has a unique depth of experience in business development and aircraft sales & acquisitions in the Americas. His focus today is working directly with UHNWIs and flight departments providing guidance in mid to large cabin aircraft sales and acquisitions. With offices in Minneapolis and São Paulo, Integris Aviation Group continues to grow by providing high levels of service on a personalized basis and leveraging a superb network of industry professionals to enhance outcomes

Alexandria Colindres
Director of Business Development, The Registry of Aruba


Alexandria Colindres, is the Director of Business Development at the Registry of Aruba. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Tufts University graduating in 2010, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colombia College when obtaining her Master’s degree. During this time, she organized and curated several art exhibitions, both for profit and non-for-profit and collaborated with several reputable arts organizations. She was also selected to be the volunteer Curator for the Rock for Kids, Junior Boards annual charity fundraiser (2012), resulting in the highest grossing Junior Board charity event to date.

After graduation she went on to manage Spinello Projects one of Miami’s most successful and reputable art galleries. Developing 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.

Now she has combined her passion in the arts with her family’s heritage in Aviation. Revitalizing the aesthetic image portrayed by the Registry of Aruba and using her public relations skills to enhance customer satisfaction.

At the Registry for the past five years, she currently handles all the customer development, works directly with the Aruba’s civil aviation authority, and offers support to the various other departments to keep continuous communication throughout. She is also responsible for the coordination and organization of the various trade-shows, conferences, and publications which the Registry of Aruba participates.

At the Registry of Aruba, Alexandria has cultivated strong relationships with clients/customers, team members, upper management, and the community has resulted in significant increases in the success of numerous projects and a stellar reputation in the aviation industry and a key asset to the registry.

David Colindres
President, San Marino Aircraft Registry


A graduate of the Purdue University School of Business, I started my career in the aviation sector in 2001 acting for the aircraft registry, regulatory and safety oversight division of The Registry of Aruba. In September 2012 I was appointed President of the San Marino Aircraft Registry, with the main objective of leading its development.

Len Cormier
Safety Officer, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority


Profile coming soon.

Geoffrey Corbeil
General Manager, Aftermarket Commercialisation, Pratt & Whitney Canada


As the General Manager of Aftermarket Commercialization at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Geoffrey Corbeil holds a lead role in driving the development and go-to-market strategy behind the company’s extensive portfolio of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) offerings, known as P&WCSMART Maintenance Solutions.

Mr. Corbeil has been at P&WC for over 20 years, holding key positions in P&WC’s aftermarket and marketing organizations including component repairs, engine leasing, new engines and MRO sales and leadership of joint-venture partnerships.

Mr. Corbeil holds an MBA from McGill University and a B.A.A. in Marketing from Sherbrooke University, both in Quebec, Canada.

Alan Cunningham
Partner, DLA Piper

Alan acts for banks, leasing companies, airlines, business jet operators, ship owners, ship management companies, data centre providers, contract hire and fleet management companies, OEMs and high net worth individuals.

Alan advises on all aspects of PDP and stage-payment financing, debt financing, operating lease, finance lease and hire-purchase structures, export credit backed financing, residual value guarantee arrangements and tax structures.
Irena Deville
Co-Founder & CEO, Convolus


I have had an interest in aviation since spending my childhood summers on aerodromes but have really been captured by the industry’s strategic development and its dynamics.

I have been involved in the business aviation industry since completing a Master’s in Business Administration, working for Industry leaders NetJets Europe and Gama Aviation, focused on corporate sales and strategic development. More recently, I spearheaded consolidation efforts in the industry, including the merger between Hangar8 and Gama Aviation and the joint venture between Gama Aviation and Signature.

My efforts have now shifted to helping business aviation operators to improve their competitiveness.

David Dixon
President, Jetcraft Asia


As President of Jetcraft Asia since 2012, David Dixon is responsible for optimizing sales strategies and managing operations from Beijing to Sydney. A leading global authority on the private aviation sector, David has lived and worked in Asia in aircraft sales for more than 30 years, and has more than four decades of aerospace industry experience. David joined Jetcraft following a long and successful career as Regional Vice President for Bombardier Business Aircraft. He was awarded the “Member of the Order of the British Empire” (MBE) distinction by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1977 for his contribution to British exports and is the former Vice Chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).

David is originally from the UK and currently resides in Hong Kong.

Dean Donovan
Managing Director, Columbia Equity Partners/Stellar Labs


Dean previously worked at Bain & Company for 13 years where he was a Director and Managing Partner (Africa), and has advised senior executives and company boards on merger, acquisition, divestiture, business strategy, and other issues in a variety of industries, primarily to Fortune 1000 companies. Dean has worked extensively in Mexico, Spain, various parts of the US and South Africa.

Dean graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Berkeley where he studied Economics and Rhetoric. He received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Dean sits on various company boards of directors.

Stefan Duller
Managing Director, AvionMar


Stefan started his career in Business Aviation back in 2001. That time he has been appointed by a European Bank to set up an Aircraft Leasing Portfolio with a main focus on Business Jets and Helicopters. In parallel he studied international finance and banking in Vienna, where he wrote his diploma about the taxation of aircraft acquisitions and financing Austria in 2006.
Later on he started being more engaged in Aircraft sales and acquisition as well as in restructuring of Aircraft lease portfolios during the financial crisis.
In 2011 Stefan founded AvionMar, a boutique company specialized in Aircraft finance, sales and acquisition.

Jeff Dunn,
Deputy to BBJ President & Business Director, Boeing Business Jets


Jeff Dunn is the Sales Vice President and Deputy to the President of Boeing Business Jets, a joint venture created in July 1996 by The Boeing Company and General Electric Company to market a new business jet as an executive transport called the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).

Jeff has 38 years of Boeing experience, most recently the last 13 years with Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), and currently manages the BBJ Sales team. Previously (8/2006 – 3/2011) he was responsible for all sales aspects of private, corporate, and government VIP aircraft in Greater China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Japan.
Jeff has a broad background with various executive management assignments in sales, marketing, business strategy, operations, program management and commercial aviation services. He joined Boeing in 1980 after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in business administration (finance/marketing) and then received an Advanced Management Program certificate from the University of Hawaii, Asia Pacific Center, in 1996.

Jeff is married to Sheri of 37 years, two married daughters Kara and Kelvie with one grandson Simon and live in the Pacific Northwest enjoying snow skiing, boating, water activities and many more with the family.

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.

Ernest Edwards,
Chief Commercial Officer, Aerion



Ernest Edwards has been in the aviation industry for 46 years.

He started his aviation career upon completing high school to GCSE and GCE standards at his home in Mold, Flintshire, United Kingdom. In 1970 he joined Hawker Siddeley, Chester as an Aircraft Engineering Apprentice. He graduated “Apprentice of the Year” with certificates from the City & Guilds of London Institute in Craft Practice, Power Plant Maintenance, Airframe Maintenance and Aircraft Erection & Overhaul in 1974.

Two years after college graduation he joined Saudi Arabian Airlines as a Supervisory Mechanic on their fleet of Boeing’s 737’s, Boeing 707’s and Lockheed L-1011’s based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an FAA licensed A & P mechanic.

In 1976 the Saudi sales agent for Cessna Aircraft Company recruited Edwards as their Aviation Manager. In January 1977 he obtained his private pilots license. Later that same year he began a professional flying career obtaining FAA; Commercial, multi engine and instrument type rating in the Citation 550 and began flying the company’s first Citation II demonstrator. Two years later he obtained a type rating in the Citation 650 series and captained the company’s second demonstrator. Edwards spent ten years in the Middle East and speaks Arabic. He is an FAA; ATP in CE 650 series with 3,532 hrs total time.

In September 1986 he was recruited by Cessna and returned to his homeland in the U.K. as the Director of Sales for Cessna Aircraft Company. Responsible for Citation sales in the U.K. Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the Middle East. He excelled and in 1993 he was promoted to the position of Division Sales Manager, Western Division based at the company head quarters in Wichita, Kansas. He won several managerial awards before leaving Cessna in January 1999.

In January 1999 he joined Gulfstream Aerospace as Vice President, International Sales, based in Farnborough, U.K. Gulfstream needed a high profile individual to maintain a presence in London closer to the European financial markets to whom Forstman Little was trying to sell the second offering of the company shares. Starting with a staff of eleven and finishing with fourteen, he reshaped the international sales organization and took Gulfstream sales to its best international sales record at the time setting a solid foundation for future results.

In April 2001, following an extremely successful two years with Gulfstream in Farnborough, Edwards joined Swift Aviation Group in Phoenix, Arizona. Swift was the launch customer for the Embraer Legacy with their order for 25 aircraft. As President, Edwards oversaw the daily management of the company and its ninety employees. He established a small but successful sales organization selling Legacy’s as a distributor in the Middle East. In September 2005 Swift sold the last of the Legacy’s that it had on order.

He joined Embraer Executive Jets in October 2005 where he held the position of Vice President Sales & Marketing for North America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. He established the current team of 21 people virtually from scratch and together they took sales for Embraer – North America from $850 million in 2006 to $1.5 billion in 2007. In May 2011 Embraer promoted Edwards to the position of President of the Executive Jet Division. The first non-Brazilian to have the position in 40 years of the company’s existence, Edwards team increased revenues from $1.1 billion following the recession to $1.85 billion before retiring in December 2013.

Retirement didn’t last long. In May 2015 Aerion Corporation of Reno, Nevada recruited Edwards to join them as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for their Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet program.

Johnny Foster
CEO & President, OGARAJETS



John B. Foster, IV (“Johnny”) joined OGARAJETS in 1991 after graduation from Colorado State University. Johnny was appointed President in 2005, followed by full management and ownership in 2013. Since his tenure, OGARAJETS has completed more than 750 transactions, valued in excess of $3.5 billion.

Johnny serves on the board of directors for the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) and regularly participates in industry symposiums and panels for NBAA and NAFA. Johnny formerly served on the board for the Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA), leading efforts to the development and launch of the GBAA Scholarship Initiative. He recently formed a strategic partnership between OGARAJETS and Aviation Career Enrichment (ACE), an Atlanta-based flight school whose primary mission is to serve its students by providing a positive and nurturing environment to boost academic and life skills through exposure to aviation training. Johnny is a active member of the Southern 7 Chapter of YPO.

Johnny is married to Laura Boone Foster, a life-long friend. They have three children and all are active members of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and School. The family enjoys hiking, skiing, running and flying the family Cub.

Bernhard Fragner
CEO and founder of GlobeAir



Driven by the mantra ‘Passion into Profession’ Bernhard Fragner founded GlobeAir in 2007 with the dream to create a new way of travelling in Europe, by applying an air taxi business model to short-haul flights.

Today GlobeAir is internationally recognized as one of the leading private jet charter operator in Europe, with the world´s largest fleet of Citation Mustang jets, 16 in total.

Passionate about aviation, technology and customer service Bernhard Fragner pushes every day his team to new limits, making sure every charter request is handle with extreme precision and care to exceed clients´ expectations.

Since 2008 Bernhard Fragner has become a very active member of the entry light jet community. In November 2011 he joined the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) and he became a member of the Council in November 2014. In August 2014 Bernhard Fragner joined the board of directors of the Citation Jets Pilots (CJP) and in 2017 he has been awarded with the prestigious PEGASUS award for his lifetime achievement.

Bernhard graduated as a civil engineer in mechanical plant design from Vienna University and received an MBA in aviation management from the Blue Danube University in Linz, Austria. Furthermore, he holds an ATPL license, including a type instructor endorsement and an EASA FCL type rating examiner authorization. After having worked as a commercial director in industrial plant design for several years he was trained in all EASA post holder management positions at mainly JAAT in The Netherlands.

Philippe Fragniere
Managing Director, Exklusiv Aviation Services ( Switzerland) SA



Philippe Fragnière started in Business Aviation in 1994, promoting the ALG Aeroleasing charter fleet in Geneva . After marketing for 8 years the international business aviation activities of the charter broker Hunt & Palmer, he left in 2004 to assist private aircraft owners at Exklusiv Aviation, which enabled him to specialize in the supervision of high value flying assets .

He now advises not only private and corporate clients but as well large Business Aviation companies in their strategy in existing and new markets.

Stephen Friedrich
CCO, Embraer


Profile coming soon.

Marie-Laure Gassier
Executive Officer, Credit Advisor Jet & Yacht Finance, BNP Paribas



Profile coming soon.

David Gilmour
chief Executive, BP Ventures


David Gilmour joined leading aviation fuel supplier Air BP in 2009, initially as Chief Operating Officer before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He was appointed Vice President of Business Development, BP Group Technology in September 2016.

He began his career at ICI Paints as a chemist, formulating paint for use in the automotive crash-repair industry before moving into account management, where he developed contracts with major automotive companies for their Body and Paint aftermarket programmes.

Before joining Air BP, David spent 12 years at Burmah Castrol, where he held senior positions including Strategy Director and Global Sales Director.

Now responsible for BP’s technology commercialisation and venturing, David played a vital role in securing Air BP’s recent strategic partnership with on demand jet charter marketplace, Victor. He also helped engineer the company’s strategic partnership with low-carbon jet fuel developer, Fulcrum, which was announced in November 2016. Prior to that, in April 2016 under David’s leadership, Air BP secured its investment in flight planning and trip support company, RocketRoute.

David holds an MA, D.Phil in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University.

Andrew Gough,
Brand Marketing, Boeing Business Jets


Drew Gough is part of the marketing team at Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), a division of The Boeing Company dedicated to VIP and Head of State customers. Since its founding 21 years ago BBJ has sold over 250 airplanes for private, corporate and government applications.

Drew leads the development of BBJ marketing collateral across print, digital and in person experiences. He also tracks the pre-owned business jetliner market and the resulting analyses have been presented at industry events, tradeshows and financial institutions around the world.

Prior to joining Boeing Business Jets Drew worked in multiple functions of Boeing’s Satellite and Space Systems division including Contracts, Pricing, Material Management and New Business Capture. In addition, he is a graduate of Boeing’s two year leadership development program for high potential employees. Drew received a BA, summa cum laude, from Gonzaga University in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

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.

Daniel Hall
Senior Valuations Analyst, Flight Ascend Consultancy


Daniel Hall is certified as both an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers and an Accredited Appraiser with the International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT), and is based in Flight Ascend Consultancy's New York office. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Commercial and Business Aviation sectors. His involvements include analysis of values, market insight & commentary, business development, and consultancy advisory. Daniel frequently works on Commercial & Business Aircraft Market Values and Appraisals, to both an ISTAT and ASA-compliant standard. Daniel specialises in the Business Aviation sector actively tracking Market Values and financing for over 50 Business Jet type families / 100 variants. His client interaction ranges with those representing banks, financiers, investors, airlines, lessors, and includes industry conference speaking.

James Hardie
Director, of Business Aviation services at ARINC Direct, Rockwell Collins


James Hardie is responsible for Rockwell Collins ARINCDirect services management outside of the Americas and is based in the UK. ARINCDirect was established in the USA in 2003 to provide direct access for business jet operators to ARINC communication services. Additional services such as flight planning, were quickly established and continue to be developed. He took responsibility for the ARINCDirect business development in EMEA in early 2006 and subsequently in the Asia Pacific region.  He has worked with various flight departments around the world providing and developing products and services to meet their needs. Now part of Rockwell Collins IMS division, he has worked for ARINC for over 14 years and has been involved in various projects related to airline and business aircraft operations and communications. He also has a background as a pilot with a CPL(A) and military helicopter experience.

Brad Harris
President & CEO, Dallas Jet International, L.P



Brad Harris is the founder and CEO of Dallas Jet International, LP. Brad earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aviation and Airway Science and a Masters Degree in Human Relations and Supervision/Industrial Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University.
In 1992, Brad entered the aviation industry as a corporate pilot for a Fortune 500 corporation. Four months later, in addition to his corporate pilot position, Brad started a successful aircraft leasing business that expanded to a successful management company in 1995. In 1993, Brad also began his aircraft sales career and, in a very rapid fashion, became one of the most highly respected aircraft brokers/dealers in the world. In 2002, Dallas Jet International was created as an aircraft sales, consulting, management and brokerage company.

Brad has not only maintained a career focus on aircraft sales, but he also has extensive experience in aircraft consulting and management. Included on his client list are several clients, for whom Brad and his firm have set up flight departments, consisting of: aircraft crewing, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance and aircraft operating budgets. Currently, there are two (2) Dallas Jet offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The corporate office is located in Colleyville, Texas and a sales office is located at The Crescent in Uptown Dallas.

Throughout his career, Brad has earned ten (10) different type-­‐ratings in jet aircraft including the Gulfstream 550, 450, 350, GV, GIV, GIII, GII, Hawker 125, Falcon 10, Citation 550/500, Beechjet 400/400A, Lockheed Jetstar II, Diamond Jet and King Air 300/350. Brad thoroughly enjoys his time in the cockpit and continues to fly in leisure. Brad enjoys his time outdoors, as he is an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. In 2008, Brad is on record for caching a 904-­‐pound Blue Marlin while fishing a Billfish Tournament in the Bahamas. The 15.5-foot replica can be found hanging on Brad’s office wall in Colleyville. Brad enjoys spending time at his ranch in North Texas where he’s able to relax and “take it all in.”

What most people do not know about Brad is that he possesses significant entrepreneurial experience in real estate and commercial insurance. This business experience, combined with his unparalleled experience in all facets of corporate aviation, has been the foundation of success for Dallas Jet International and its clients. Brad currently sits on the Presidents Advisory Board at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the Customer Advisory Board at CAE Simuflite, the Board of Directors for the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) and is the current Chairman Emeritus of the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA).

Glen Heavens
Captain, Managing Director, Synergy Aviation



Glen is the Chairman of Synergy Aviation, the well-respected aircraft management company he founded in 2004. Synergy owns and manages a fleet of aircraft across Europe and the Middle East. The company retains its primary focus of managing business aircraft but also specialises in air ambulance, urgent cargo and special missions in war/conflict zones.

His aviation career started at Fairoaks Airport near London where he worked in flight training and air traffic control.

Alongside his involvement in Synergy Glen is one of three partners in a specialist investment company; with a growing portfolio of aviation businesses.

When away from the boardroom and not flying Glen likes nothing more than sailing or scuba diving.

Holly Healey
AIC Title Service


Holly Cox Healey is a graduate of Georgetown University and the SMU School of Law. She co-owns AIC Title Service. the leading provider of aviation closing services, and is President of AvSure, Inc., providing aviation title services domestically and internationally for both commercial and private transactions. Holly has been an early advocate of exploring the use of Blockchain technology in aviation closing transactions

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.

Andy Hudson
CEO, Down-Route


Andy Hudson is CEO of the revolutionary expense management and hotel booking platform, Down-Route, and owner and founder of Aircraft Management, Charter and Acquisitions company, PJC Aviation Group.

Andy has over 20 years experience of working in business aviation and it was during his time working as a pilot, and with aircraft operators across the globe, that led him to recognise a technology gap for a system that was bespoke to the private jet industry and that catered for the unique way travelling crew move around the world. Down-Route has developed into the must-have system for aircraft operators and FBO’s and over 100 companies have so far signed up to use it.

In June 2017, Andy was appointed to the board of governors for South East Asia of the industry body the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). Andy has been recruited to use his experience and expertise to assist AsBAA achieve its goal of promoting the benefits of all aspects of the industry across the continent and to help the companies, who rely on business aviation aircraft, succeed in the Asian market.

Down-Route has a team based in offices in the UK, USA and Singapore.

Janine Iannarelli
President, Par Avion Ltd



Janine Iannarelli is the founder and President of Par Avion Ltd., an international aircraft brokerage firm, established in Houston in 1997. Par Avion specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of business aircraft whose area of expertise lends itself to a variety of small, super midsize and large cabin jets. An industry veteran, Ms. Iannarelli has more than 30 years of business aviation experience and 400+ transactions to her credit having represented a diverse group of corporations and private individuals worldwide. Ms. Iannarelli has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, with nearly 90% of Par Avion’s business to date concentrated in this area of specialization.

Iannarelli is a member of the National Business Aviation Association; the European Business Aviation Association where she serves as the Chair of the Associate Member’s Sales & Acquisition committee; Women in Aviation, International, and the American Marketing Association. In 2014, Iannarelli was appointed to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee by Governor Perry and was made presiding officer by Governor Abbott in 2016. In 2016 Iannarelli was one of three inductees into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey and named a “Women on the Move” by the Texas Executive Women organization. As a sought out mentor and inspirational advisor, Iannarelli is a frequent guest lecturer for youth groups and women’s organizations. She is a passionate advocate and supporter of those charities benefitting children and animals.

A native of Fair Lawn, New Jersey and a long-time resident of Houston, Iannarelli graduated from Montclair State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Alireza Ittihadieh
CEO, Freestream


Alireza graduated from Boston University School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has also attended post-graduate workshops in Business Management at Harvard University. Following graduation, Alireza joined the Republic National Bank of New York in New York City as a Trader. He was rapidly promoted to Lead Trader for the foreign exchange desk reporting to the Head Trader until he left to join The M Group. While there, he continued working as a Foreign Exchange Trader, specializing in Structured Finance Currency Derivatives. In 1992, he founded Freestream Aircraft Limited, where he continues as Director. Freestream Aircraft Limited is a Multi Faceted Aviation Company.

Beat Kaelin
Transaction Manager Corporate Aircraft Finance, UBS



Beat joined the Corporate Aircraft Finance team of UBS in 2007 as Transaction Manager, relishing the opportunity to originate and structure private jet financing for the bank's clients globally.

Beat has been with UBS and its predecessor banks for 25 years. Prior to joining the team, he was head of the bank’s Export Finance team for 6 years and represented the bank in various foreign trade chambers. Beat has brought a wealth of experience to the team in the areas of export, trade and project financing. One of the most senior Transaction Managers in the team, Beat speaks German, English and French.

Beat is a graduate of the Executive Program of the Swiss Banking School and a certified Corporate Banker.

Marwan Khalek
CEO, Gama Aviation


Following a management career in the manufacturing industry Marwan started Gama Aviation Ltd in 1983 in the UK with his business partner Stephen Wright.  He has overseen the group’s expansion from its foundation to its current multinational status encompassing many varied markets and areas in the aviation industry.  Marwan continues to take a very active and hands on role in all aspects of the group’s development and has also headed the group’s expansion into the US market.

Marwan is both Chairman of the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) and a board member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

Marwan holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence and occasionally flies the Beech 200.

Anthony Kioussis
President & CEO, Asset Insight


Anthony (“Tony”) Kioussis became President and CEO of Asset Insight, LLC in April 2016, when Asset Insight, Inc., a company he founded, merged with SAI Valuations, LLC. Asset Insight provides valuations, audits, analytics, and consulting services to the aviation industry, and has developed a proprietary Asset Grading System Process resulting in a uniform methodology for evaluating and grading an aircraft’s maintenance condition.

Prior to Asset Insight, he served as VP, Strategic Marketing with GE Capital’s Corporate Aircraft Finance group, joining GE after serving as VP – Aircraft Sales for Jet Aviation Business Jets, Inc.

Following a ten-year tenure with British Aerospace, Inc., where he became VP – Sales, for JSX Capital, the company’s aircraft remarketing subsidiary, Tony founded The K Group, Ltd., providing Marketing, Sales, and Financial Services consulting to companies headquartered in the Americas and Europe. He later joined Jet Support Services, Inc., as Sales Director – Airframe Programs, and developed “Tip-to-Tail”, JSSI’s Airframe Hourly Cost Maintenance Program.

Tony is a published author and active industry association member, serving as the current Board Secretary for the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), past Chairman of the Products and Services Member Council for the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), and as a Member of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Business Aviation Subcommittee.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics, has completed graduate studies at New York’s Pace University toward a MBA in Finance, and is a licensed pilot.

Richard Koe
Managing Director, WINGX Advance



Profile coming soon.

Dave Labrozzi
Chief Operating Officer, Global Jet Capital


Dave Labrozzi has over 35 years of finance industry experience with GE, having held roles with responsibility in sales, risk management, business development and general management. Mr. Labrozzi spent 22 of his years with GE dedicated to corporate aviation, with the last 15 years leading the company’s financing activity in the sector as president of GE Capital, Corporate Aircraft. He joined Global Jet Capital December 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer. As COO, he is responsible for all commercial customer facing activities including new business originations, underwriting, overall portfolio management and customer service. With a lengthy track record in the sector, Mr. Labrozzi is highly respected as a leader in corporate aviation and has served on the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council.

Chris Leach
Chairman, Air Charter Service


As a pilot's son, Chris Leach has aviation running through his veins. After working for several international airlines in the 1970s and 80s, he decided to set up on his own. In 1990, he founded Air Charter Service from the basement of his home in Kingston upon Thames, UK.

Today, Air Charter Service is the world’s leading aircraft charter broker. Its private jet client list includes some of the most well-known sports stars, musicians and celebrities, royalty as well as governments and Fortune 500 companies. The company is on course to arrange almost 15,000 charter contracts by the end of this year.

Not only is Air Charter Service a world leader in private jets, but also commercial airliner and cargo aircraft charter flights, along with a specialist onboard courier service.

The company now has 20 offices spanning six continents and employs 450 staff, with revenue of more than half a billion dollars.

Brendan Lodge
Advisory Services Manager, JSSI



As Advisory Services Manager for Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), Brendan Lodge brings over 25 years of asset finance and business aviation knowledge, skills and experience to the JSSI Advisory Services and JSSI Parts divisions.

Mr. Lodge builds relationships with banks and financial institutions and promotes JSSI's portfolio of services, including the JSSI Asset Monitoring Platform (AMP) and aircraft inspection and value appraisal consultancy services. Mr. Lodge provides additional support to JSSI Parts to assist in the acquisition of aircraft at the end of life for the purpose of tearing down and parting out to support aircraft on JSSI programs.

Previously, Mr. Lodge worked for over 20 years in the UK banking and finance industry with Lombard, part of Royal Bank of Scotland. As part of the Lombard Aviation Unit, he financed aircraft at all levels of the business and general aviation sectors. Mr. Lodge later joined the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing, where he was a key member of the small team that developed and grew their business aviation portfolio. He has a further 8 years of experience with JetBrokers as an aircraft sales broker and played a key role in establishing their European franchise.

Mr. Lodge is Founder and Chairman of The Aviation Supper Club, renowned for its regular business aviation industry networking dinners.

Puja Mahajan
CEO & Accountable Manager, Elit’Avia


Puja Mahajan is CEO at Europe-based operator Elit’Avia, where she overseas a staff of over 160 employees world-wide, administering AOC operations in Slovenia, Malta and now San Marino. Elit’Avia operates aircraft registered Europe, America and various private registries, and performs both private and commercial missions.

Ms. Mahajan began her aerospace career at Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1996 as an aerodynamic engineer. She then joined Bombardier Aerospace in 2001 as Product Planning Manager for the Learjet 40, Challenger 300 and Challenger 800 business jet aircraft. Ms Mahajan held various diverse positions with increasing seniority within Bombardier Aerospace, including Flight Operations Asset Manager. In 2008, she was promoted to Director of Flight Operations of Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger and Global demonstrator aircraft fleet. At this time she also assumed responsibility for the growth and strategic development of Bombardier’s award-winning Safety Standdown, hailed by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board as the “premier aviation safety event in the world.”

In 2013 Ms. Mahajan joined ElitAvia as Chief Operating Officer(COO) where her initial challenge was to establish the Malta Operation for ElitAvia. After 2 years managing day to day operational issues and the financial performance of the company, Ms. Mahajan was asked to be Chief Executive Officer in January 2016.
Trilingual in English, French and Italian, Ms. Mahajan has a Diplome des Etudes Collegiales along with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from McGill University in Montreal. In 2009, she was nominated to the National Business Aviation Association Safety Committee, and she also served as co-chairperson of the Bombardier Safety Standdown Advisory Council from 2009 through 2013, and member of the same council since 2016.

Ms. Mahajan currently resides in Europe since joining Elit’Avia in 2013.

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore
CEO, Luxaviation UK


Patrick is Chief Executive Officer and a founding principal of Luxaviation UK, formerly London Executive Aviation. The company is one of the largest business jet operators in Europe with a wide ranging offering of fleets from transatlantic capability to small, executive four-passenger light jets. Luxaviation UK has aircraft bases in the main UK airports and also Athens, Helsinki, Moscow , South of France and Paris. Its client base covers a broad spectrum, including the arts, entertainment and media sectors, as well as government work. The company has won “Best European Charter Operator in Europe” 5 times in the last 7 years. Further information: www.luxaviationuk.com
Luxaviation UK is part of the Luxaviation Group, the 2nd largest operator of corporate aircraft in the world. The Group manages 270 aircraft under the most stringent safety standards and Luxaviation’s commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of 14 regional civil aviation issued air-operating certificates (AOCs). Luxaviation manages 25 world-class FBO facilities and 15 maintenance centres worldwide, certified to work on most business jets. Luxaviation currently employs over 1,700 staff worldwide.
Patrick co-founded Luxaviation UK in 1996 with George Galanopoulos. They initially operated from a post-war hut in Stapleford with one pilot (George) and one propeller-powered aircraft. Patrick joined the aviation industry following a successful financial career in London during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Adel Mardini
CEO and President, Jetex Flight Support.


Adel Mardini launched Jetex in Dubai in 2005, with the mission to create a one-of-a-kind company catering to the needs of high-profile clients in every aspect of private aviation. His business philosophy encompassed delivering individually tailored services, from the moment of departure all the way through to arrival at the client’s destination and beyond, providing a complete luxury travel solution every step of the way.
Today, Jetex serves an elite clientele through its extensive global network of FBOs and ground handling facilities in more than 30 countries worldwide, and employs over 300 staff. The company offers a comprehensive range of international trip planning, ground support and bespoke concierge services, all delivered with a high degree of flexibility and signature personal touch.
Mr. Mardini provides entrepreneurial, hands-on leadership, embodying the spirit of developing a deep understanding of Jetex’s clients, while constantly inspiring the Jetex team to exceed their own ambitions and capabilities. From humble roots through to global success, his visionary stewardship has been a decisive factor in the company’s continuous growth.
A board member of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), Mr. Mardini played a key role in its development. This pioneering body was instrumental in starting a dialogue between airportoperators and the region’s governing authorities. MEBAA has helped shape local regulations to meet with international standards, as well as create extensive business opportunities in emerging markets.
Mr. Mardini is also an active member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a global community committed to a shared mission of becoming better leaders through lifelong learning and idea exchange.

A strong believer in corporate responsibility and giving back to the community, he is involved with numerous charitable activities, including fund raising for the Corporate Angel Network.

Greg Martin
CEO, Air Charter Thailand


Greg is the CEO of Siam Land Flying (SLF) based in Bangkok, and joined SLF at the beginning of 2015 having previously been the COO at Hangar8 plc in the UK. SLF has been operating in SE Asia for more than 25 years and operates commercial AOC flights for its executive charter and air ambulance divisions as well as private flights for its parent company CP Group. SLF is the leading air ambulance operator in SE Asia being the first operator in the region to achieve the US Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) standard in 2015 followed by the EURAMI Accreditation in late 2016. SLF also enjoys a strong reputation in the executive charter market for its Thai service and hospitality. As well as the extensive operations SLF conducts throughout Asia, SLF operates across the globe for its parent company with its US registered long range aircraft. SLF also has its own in-house maintenance organisation which conducts the maintenance on its fleet.

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 recognized 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, specializing 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 panelist at aviation industry events.

Per Marthinsson
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Avinode


Per Marthinsson co-founded Avinode in 2001, alongside Niklas Berg and Niclas Wennerholm. They had the youthfully grand ambition to pull the printed directory-bound charter industry into the digital world, with the vision of making it as easy to book a private jet as it is to book a commercial flight. Fifteen years later, the trio are now universally accepted as responsible for revolutionizing the way the business aviation industry operates.

In just a decade and a half, Avinode has grown to become the world’s leading online marketplace for buying and selling air charter. The Marketplace is utilized by over 80% of the global charter market, and this number is growing, with half a million trip requests sent through the system on a monthly basis.

The Avinode Group now also streamlines how flights are managed, sold and operated through its sister company SchedAero - a modern, web-based flight scheduling system, currently used by 400 companies worldwide. And in November 2016, the Group launched their answer to the final pain-point in the industry: PayNode – the world’s first payment platform created specifically for the business aviation market. Through these three complementary offerings, the Avinode Group presents an unrivalled, end-to-end solution for the charter space.

Steve McManus
GE MRO Sales Director, GE Aviation



Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steve is an educated engineer, master blackbelt, working sales professional with a strong background in private, business, and commercial aviation. Having more than 30 years of experience at GE in engineering, customer/product support and sales, Steve’s primary focus is business aviation engine and OnPoint sales and service on GE CF34, Passport and CFM engines powering Boeing Business Jets, Airbus Corporate Jets, Bombardier and Embraer Business Jets within his regions around the world.

As a pilot, Steve comes from a family of pilots and has enjoyed the pleasure and challenges of aircraft ownership as well.

Combining his 30+ years of professional experience with his passion for Aviation, Steve brings a firsthand understanding of business aircraft management and ownership to his customers.

Jay Mesinger
CEO/President, Mesinger Jet Sales


Jay Mesinger is the CEO and Founder of J. Mesinger Corporate Jet Sales, Inc. d/b/a Mesinger Jet Sales, with 42 years of experience in the aviation industry. Over 25 years ago, Jay founded J. Mesinger Corporate Jet Sales, Inc. (JMCJSI) and has developed it into a successful International aircraft brokerage firm. Jay has also created and implemented information and decision making tools for general aircraft owners and operators. These tools include the Aviation Asset Manager Portfolio (AAMP) (the industry's leading aircraft valuation tool), and a Guide to Acquisitions, which provides a 360˚ view of an aircraft acquisition.
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 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 Airport Business Association (CABA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).

Christopher Miller
Managing Partner, Shearwater Aero Capital


Chris Miller has over 25 years of experience in aviation and human capital. Prior to Shearwater, he oversaw Guggenheim Partners’ Business Aircraft Investment (BAI) Group. The BAI Group provided capital solutions to the business aviation industry, specifically asset based lending on medium to large sized business aircraft. In recent years, Mr. Miller’s aircraft transactions and financings have been focused in Europe, emerging Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Prior to Guggenheim, Chris ran the US Division of a UK based performance management consultancy that worked with management teams of both small and large organizations on the execution of their strategies. Notable projects include working with a private equity group to form a venture to fly cargo into geopolitically unstable regions of the world as well as working with large defense contractors to help fulfill urgent need requests from US military forces based in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before entering the business world, Chris served in the United States Marine Corps, as an F/A-18 pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Aviation Safety Officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety and currently holds a commercial pilot rating. He is an accredited “Senior Aircraft Appraiser” with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and serves on its Investment Committee. He is also the President of the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA). Mr. Miller received a BA from Denison University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Jonny Nicol
CEO, Stratajet


Ranked as one of Aviation Week’s Top 10 Leaders of European Business Aviation (at EBACE 2016), Jonny Nicol has undoubtedly risen to be one of the most prominent and influential figures in the private aviation industry.

A military man through and through, Jonny is adamant that preparation is the key to success. This is why his vision to revolutionise the private jet industry took five years to develop.

Having trained as a fighter pilot and served as an officer and pilot for a decade with the British Army, Jonny Nicol left the British Armed Forces to pursue a career as a an entrepreneur. A self-taught computer scientist, Jonny developed a passion for using technology to disrupt typically traditional industries, his first two businesses doing precisely that in the recruitment and military sectors.

After selling the second business to Hewlett Packard’s EDS Defence, Nicol spent time as a freelance commercial pilot, during which time he was struck by the archaic and inefficient nature of private aviation. Noting that old-fashioned systems, such as the means of booking a private jet over the phone via a broker, were holding back the industry from advancing in line with other travel innovations, Jonny set about building a system that could bring private jets into the modern age.

Reinventing the industry was no mean feat, involving five years of highly advanced computer programming and overcoming major hurdles, but Stratajet, dubbed ‘the world’s most sophisticated price comparison site,’ is the result.

The first of its kind, Stratajet is the world’s fastest private jet booking service. With a technology sophisticated enough to filter through all the necessary variables that go into calculating the cost of flights, it’s the only platform that gives customers direct access to the private jet market. It returns accurate costs of a large range of aircraft in seconds, all of which can be booked instantly.

Streamlining an old-fashioned and time-consuming booking process, Stratajet is solving the major problems hampering private aviation; inefficiency and wastage. By cutting costs for aircraft operators and in turn driving down prices for the passenger, Stratajet is making private jet travel more widely accessible to the mainstream traveller.

Aoife O'Sullivan
Partner, The Air Law Firm


Aoife is one of the founding partners of The Air Law Firm LLP. She is admitted to practice law in Ireland, England and the Cayman Islands. Prior to establishing a boutique aviation practice at The Air Law Firm, Aoife was head of Aircraft Finance at Kennedys Law LLP and previously at Gates and Partners LLP. Her career in London began at Clifford Chance LLP.
Aoife specialises in aviation law. She advises clients on aircraft finance, acquisition and trading and regulatory issues, including corporate structures, aircraft acquisitions and airline start-ups. She advises clients on structures and regulatory compliance when importing aircraft into the European Union and has been a member of various industry lobbying groups in this area. She is internationally renowned for her work in aviation law and speaks regularly at conferences and industry events. Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine named her as one of the top 10 leaders in business aviation. She is a member of the Board of Aerion Corporation Inc which is developing a supersonic business jet and was a founding member of IIBN, a network of Irish entrepreneurs. She was previously Chair of the European Business Aviation Association finance and leasing group.
• Named in Chambers as a notable and trusted practitioner in Aviation Finance
• Listed in Euromoney’s "Women in Business", best in aviation
• Listed in International Who’s Who of Aviation Finance Lawyers
• Listed as a leading lawyer in aviation by Best Lawyers since 2012
• Listed in Who’s Who Legal
• “Distinguished Individual” by Spears 500 Travel Guide
• Aoife is regularly invited to speak at international aviation conferences and events. She writes for and has been quoted in all major leading publications including the Financial Times, BART, Fly Corporate, Airfinance Journal and Altitudes.

Jim Palen
Managing Director, Jefferies

Profile coming soon.
Chris Paton
Founder, Quirk Solutions


A former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines, with a wealth of operational experience, Chris’ military career included advising on Afghan Strategy and plans to the Cabinet Office and National Security Council, and he was responsible for the design of the drawdown of the UK presence in Afghanistan. He saw active service in a wide range of places including Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia and Afghanistan.

In 2010, Chris co-authored a HBR article on planning in fluid situations. This then led to him leaving the military to create Quirk Solutions Ltd. Chris has worked with BUPA, Heineken, Standard Life Investments, Shell and a wide range of SME businesses. He uses his leadership, strategy and planning experience to give organisations increased coherency, direction and efficiency. Chris is also one of the UK’s premier exponents of Business Wargaming; stress testing plans to identify risks and opportunities.

Bi-lingual in French and with a Masters Degree in International Liaison and Communication, he spent 6 months of 2013 in Benin, providing French-speaking performance consultancy to a client.

An avid rugby man, Chris also enjoys outdoor sports, trying to surf, and expending vast amounts of nugatory effort failing to make his garden look presentable.

Sergey Petrossov
Founder, Chairman & CEO, JetSmarter


Awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology and South Florida’s Top Working Professional by the Sun Sentinel Sergey Petrossov is always seeking ways to innovate industries.

Prior to JetSmarter, he co-founded two IT projects: an online chat system for website customer service and a distance-learning platform for Russian-speaking educational institutions. He also served as a board advisor to a South Florida-based private jet operator that, at the time, had the world’s largest on-demand Gulfstream charter fleet.

When Petrossov flew private for the first time he immediately identified challenges with the antiquated, brick-and-mortar approach to booking charter flights. Mobile marketplaces were on the rise, and he felt certain that the cumbersome private aviation booking process could be solved with technology – thus, the idea for JetSmarter was born.

After gathering his development team from previous projects and investing his own capital, Petrossov began the planning phase for an app that could connect flyers with top-rated private jet operators. The beta-version of JetSmarter launched in August 2012 as a proof of concept for select users. After raising additional funding and collaborating with hundreds of vendors and partners, Petrossov officially launched the JetSmarter app to the public in March 2013.

JetSmarter’s skillful technology, management, and advisory teams – many of whom are credited with successful project execution for NASA, Nokia, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Uber – bring a combined experience of more than 100 years in technology, private air travel and logistics to the table. It is their unceasing hard work combined with Petrossov’s vision that gave birth to the groundbreaking app JetSmarter is today.

Will Pitcher
Vice President – Sales & Marketing
Business Aviation, Rolls-Royce North America


Profile coming soon.

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.

Michael Rack
Senior Vice President, Inmarsat


Profile coming soon.

Jeremy Robinson
Partner, Watson Farley & Williams


Jeremy is a solicitor who has specialised in EU law and competition law (EU and UK) since 1999. Described by clients as “very user-friendly” with “vast experience in aviation competition issues” (Chambers and Partners guide, 2018) Jeremy acts for multiple aviation stakeholders including airports, commercial airlines and corporate jet operators on a diverse range of EU regulatory work: competition law (merger control, anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance and State Aid); the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Jeremy has previously spoken on regulatory issues at the Irish Business Aviation Conference in Shannon and Business Aircraft Europe at Biggin Hill. Jeremy leads for Watson Farley & Williams on aviation Brexit issues, a subject on which he has given numerous conference and seminar speeches.

Andreas Schild
Head of Business Aviation and Helicopter Financing
UniCredit Leasing (Austria) GmbH


Andreas joined UniCredit Leasing in 2007 as a key account manager for leasing of mobile equipment and real estates. Andreas moved to the Aviation Competence Center of UniCredit Leasing Holding in 2010. In 2013 Andreas was named Head of Asset Portoflio Management responsible for all assets financed by the structured finance team of the company. He is now responsible for the aviation financing business of UniCredit Leasing Aviation based in Vienna, Austria. The responsibilites of the aviation financing team include transaction structuring, acquisition, monitoring and remarketing of financed Aircraft.

Florent Series
Vice President Sales Europe, Aircraft Management and Charter Services, TAG Aviation

Florent Sériès is based in Geneva and is responsible for TAG Aviation Europe’s Aircraft Management, Charter Services and Marketing activities, serving an International clientele. He joined the company in 2010 as Area Sales Manager and became Vice President of Charter Sales for TAG Aviation Europe in 2011. He was subsequently nominated to the position of Vice President of Aircraft Management and Charter Sales in 2014 before receiving promotion to his current role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2016.

Prior to joining TAG Aviation Florent worked as a Contracts Manager with Bombardier Business Aircraft between 2005 and 2007 before joining Vistajet as a senior executive and as Sales Director for Bombardier Skyjet International. Educated as a lawyer he holds degrees from Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis and from Université du Sud Toulon Var in France and practiced law for four years in France.
Jim Simpson
Managing Director, Aviation/Marine Finance, First Republic Bank

Profile coming soon.
Michael Skou Christensen
General Director, Asia, Satcom Direct

Michael Skou Christensen has 10 years of experience with satellite communications within the private aviation industry. In 2013, Christensen lead the opening of SD’s Australasia office, where he acted as Managing Director until 2016. He is now the Vice President for SD International, where he is responsible for establishing and growing the sales, support, marketing and training presence across the international business. His various roles throughout his time in aviation has seen him involved with many different parts of the value chain, from OEMs, completion centers and end-customers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and a master’s degree in International Management.
Chris Skurat
Director of Sales & Customer Service, AMSTAT & Aircraft Shopper Online


Chris joined AMSTAT in 1995 and serves as the Director of Sales & Customer Service for AMSTAT. He previously held positions as the AMSTAT Customer Service Manager and the AMSTAT Sales Manager. Prior to joining AMSTAT, Chris worked at Hilton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
During his tenure at AMSTAT, Chris has promoted the use of AMSTAT Services and the key global business aviation market data they provide, as powerful sales, marketing, strategic decision making and market evaluation tools. He has been a key member of the AMSTAT team delivering industry leading services to subscribers, including AMSTAT Premier, Connect and StatPak.
Chris is an active member of the business aviation community, currently serving on the board for the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), previously on the Education Committee for the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), and as a HAI Finance and Leasing Committee member.
Chris received his BA in Economics with a concentration in Accounting & Statistics from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He is married with one child, and together they enjoy traveling and hiking. In addition, Chris is an active runner & basketball player and enjoys playing the guitar & piano. Chris is also active in his community where he serves as the Vice President for his local school district Board of Education and holds various roles within his church.

Werner Slavik
Head of Aviation, Societe Generale Equipment Finance


Werner Slavik joined SOCIETE GENERALE Equipment Finance in 2012. He is the Head of Aviation and acting as member of the Global Competence Center Aviation based in Paris and offices in Paris, Zurich, Wuppertal and Vienna. He had previously spent over 13 years in structuring aircraft financing for corporate and private clients. He successfully originated and closed more than 145 corporate aircraft and helicopter financing transactions and also dealt with restructurings of existing transactions. He speaks German and English.

Richard Smith
Director - General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands


Paul Henry ‘Richard’ Smith has over 40 years in the aviation industry, with experience in both the private and public sectors of the industry; he is a venerable veteran who is well known through the Caribbean region and internationally. His career has been spent working with Civil Aviation Authority (CAACI) of the Cayman Islands with attachments and secondments to international training organizations and a stint with the national flag carrier - Cayman Airways, Ltd., as a pilot.
The following is a history of his training and qualifications to date:
 Joined the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Department July 1976 as trainee Air Traffic Controller. Attended the Air Traffic Control Training Centre in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and qualified as an Air Traffic Controller in 1977.
 Appointed as Operations Officer in February 1982.
 Attended FAA Academy, Oklahoma, USA in February 1983 and received certification in Airport Systems and Airport Master Planning.
 Obtained FAA Private Pilot Licence, July 1983 from Sowell Aviation, Panama City, Florida.
 Attended Cranfield College of Aeronautics in 1987 and received certification in Aircraft Accident Investigation Course.
 Obtained FAA Commercial Pilot Licence, July 1988 from Flight Safety International, Vero Beach, Florida.
 Attended Transport Canada Training Institute in 1989 and received certification in Aviation Inspector and Enforcement.
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 Attended the International Aviation Management Training Institute, Montreal, Canada in 1990 and received certification in Advanced Airport Management.
 Qualified as First Officer on the B737-200 aircraft in 1993 and flew with Cayman Airways until 1996.
 Appointed Director of Civil Aviation in October 1995.
 February 2003 appointed to the Board of Directors of Air Safety Support International (subsidiary of the UK CAA).
 December 14, 2004 inducted to the Royal Aeronautical Society as ‘Fellow’ with the designation FRAeS.
 Jan 2005 he received the Queens Certificate and Badge of Honour for his tireless efforts during and after Hurricane Ivan.
 June 2008 he was named as a recipient of the Member of the British Empire (MBE) award by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack at the Queen’s Birthday celebrations.
He actively participates and is involved in board meetings. In addition, he was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Air Safety Support Inc (ASSI) in February 2003 and served until 2009. ASSI is a subsidiary company created by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) to facilitate the UK Government’s obligations to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding the safety oversight of civil aviation in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OT’s).
Mr. Smith is the country’s foremost aviation official with authority delegated by Her Excellency the Governor.

Paolo Sommariva
CEO, FL3XX


Paolo is co-founder of FL3XX, an innovative solution for business charter and brokers that delivers complete, automated workflows for all team members and managers.

With over 25 years of experience in technology as well as several in private aviation, Paolo has a vision to open the market to the wider world of travel by leveraging technology. He strives to live in a word filled with innovation, where great talents turn disruptive ideas into realities and people collaborate and focus to get things done.

Prior to FL3XX, Paolo founded the first seaplane airline service in the southern Italian islands and later a regional airline in northern Italy. He has extensive operations, finance and technology experience, gained in large corporations such as General Electric, startups such as Virgilio.it, and Venture Capital firms such as Syntek. Paolo also actively advises companies in the fields of greentech, fintech and avtech.

Oliver Stone
Managing Director, Colibri Aircraft Ltd.


Oliver is the managing director for Colibri Aircraft Ltd., a private aircraft brokerage and advisory firm based in London. Oliver started with Colibri Aircraft in 2011, after spending the previous 8 years managing the brokerage and advisory unit for a firm in the United States. His focus has been on the international arena, selling and purchasing aircraft for clients as well as advising lenders on asset value protection and repossessions. Having bought and sold aircraft for customers in Asia, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the US, he has a first-hand perspective on different cultures and their approach to private aviation, as well as the demand for such aircraft around the world.

Simon Talling-Smith
CEO, Surfair


Profile coming soon.

Paul Touw
CEO, Stellar


Paul Touw is an entrepreneur spanning 25 years in both technology and aviation startups. Mr. Touw is currently CEO & Chairman of Stellar Labs, Inc., which seeks to become the first complete open marketplace for private aviation.

Mr. Touw began his career as an engineer in the aerospace industry, and would later found or join six startups in Silicon Valley, three of which he served as CEO and three having public exists. He founded Ariba in 1996, the first B2B e-commerce marketplace serving Fortune 500 companies. He then founded XOJET in 2005, which today is the largest floating fleet charter operator in the U.S.

His most recent venture, Stellar Labs, capitalizes on both his backgrounds in marketplace technology and aviation charter. Mr. Touw is married with three children and lives in Saint Helena, California. He is also a private pilot.

Adam Twidell
CEO, PrivateFly


Adam is CEO and co-founder of private jet booking platform, PrivateFly. He began his career as a pilot – first for 10 years with the British Royal Air Force, then moving into private aviation with NetJets – before launching PrivateFly in 2008.

PrivateFly is a fast-growing, global marketplace for private jet charter. Via its European head office in St Albans, UK and US office in Fort Lauderdale, it offers an expert 24-hour Flight Team, combined with significantly enhanced efficiency via technology. This gives transparent, better and faster pricing for the customer; and an improved marketing channel for aircraft operators.

PrivateFly was one of the first companies to receive the industry's best practice accreditation, Argus Certified Broker status, in May 2016 and Adam and his team continue to strive for greater efficiencies and innovations at every stage of the private charter booking process.

Adam is a high-profile and passionate spokesperson for the business aviation industry, a council member of industry body BACA and the chair of the EBAA (European Business Aviation Association) broker sub-committee. He remains an active pilot, flying the Citation XLS+.

Edmund Underwood
President, Avsurance Corporation


Profile coming soon.

Arno Vanderkraan
Director Strategic Relations, Inmarsat



Profile coming soon.

Ivan Veretennikov
Business Development Director, ArcosJet


Though formally educated in linguistics and foreign affairs, Ivan became a passionate aviator immediately after joining the Russian media powerhouse Legend Media in 2007 and was since then involved in all major business aviation media projects in Russia as Senior Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and Advisor, as well as earned worldwide recognition as an industry journalist. His next project was JetBook, the hi-tech application that eventually became the backbone of innovation and futuristic sales and business development methods at ArcosJet.
Since then Ivan has become a successful aircraft broker in his own right. He is an avid helicopter enthusiast and flies the Robinson R44 and R66 under his Russian PPL.

Shawn Vick
CEO, Global Jet Capital


Mr. Vick has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry as a senior operating executive and as an advisor to private equity. He has held senior leadership positions at British Aerospace, Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier Aerospace, Landmark Aviation, Hawker Beechcraft, and AE Industrial Partners.
Currently, Mr. Vick is a partner and member of the investment committee at AE Industrial Partners, a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, power generation, and specialty industrial investing with over $500 Million in assets under management. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Global Jet Capital, an aircraft financing company with $2.5 Billion in assets owned by AE Industrial Partners, GSO Capital, and The Carlyle Group.
Over the course of his career Mr. Vick has been heavily engaged in restructuring and M&A activities including divesting of Landmark Aviation’s FBO network, the restructuring of Hawker Beechcraft and subsequent acquisition by Textron, and the acquisition of GE Capital’s business aviation portfolio in support of Global Jet Capital’s emergence as a leader in business aviation financing solutions.

Mr. Vick holds a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and serves on the boards of three private companies. He is an active private pilot.

Ford von Weise
Director Global Head, Aircraft Finance, Citi Private Bank


Ford 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. Ford'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.

Ford 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.

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

Donald Walsh
Senior Vice President, Stonebriar Commercial Finance


Don Walsh is currently Senior Vice President of Originations for Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Business Aviation, the company’s global business aviation financing platform.

Don joined Stonebriar from Guggenheim Partners, where he was most recently a Managing Director and oversaw new transaction origination activity for Guggenheim’s Business Aircraft Investments group. He brings over 25 years of experience in the business aviation finance industry, previously originating transactions at US Bank Equipment Finance, Key Equipment Finance and Boeing Capital Corporation. He joined Boeing Capital following the merger between The Boeing Company and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He previously worked at McDonnell Douglas Finance Corporation as an Asset Manager, responsible for the company’s portfolio of business aircraft operating leases. Prior to joining McDonnell Douglas Finance, he worked at Equitable Life Leasing Corporation as a lease manager. Don received a BS from University of the Pacific and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Mike Walsh
CEO, AsiaJet


Mike Walsh, originally from London, UK and has resided in Hong Kong since 2007. Mike has 21 years of Aerospace experience, 10 years in the Asian market, which includes the past 4 years in a non-profit Business Aviation trade association called AsBAA in Asia. Which also has involved certain consulting and research roles by fellow members. He recently successfully sold his company to HNA Group and continue to work within the wider Group specifically within the General & Business Aviation sector.

Previously, Mike was GM & Executive Director of Air Charter Service (HK) Ltd and opened the office for them in Hong Kong in 2007. He also served as a Director on various subsidiary boards within the UK parent organisation Air Charter Service Plc, spanning some 10 years within the Group. He has served his time in several markets such as Europe, the USA, Russia CIS and the Middle East before coming to Asia.

Some of his career highlights are:
-Asian Business Aviation Market research report for ST Aerospace in Singapore & Lufthansa Technic in Hamburg
-Commentator for BBC/Channel News Asia/CNBC/Bloomberg/SCMP/FT/RHTK Radio/China Daily on Business Aviation market outlook
-Operated from Subang Airport for UNHAS & DFID humanitarian relief effort for the Asian Tsumani in 2004.
-Procuring my first Airbus A319CJ aircraft for Melco Resorts & Entertainment in 2012
- Successfully selling Asia Jet to Hongkong Jet a HNA Group Company in 2016
-Creator of the annual Asian “’Icons of Aviation” Awards event in Business Aviation
-Helped raise over USD100K for Orbis Charity Flying Eye Hospital (MD-10 aircraft) refurbishment

He has also been instrumental in turning the AsBAA – Asian Business Aviation Association a non-profit company around into a worthy and trusted advocator for our industry across Asia. His aviation career began at Aer Lingus in 1995, the national carrier of Ireland working at Heathrow and Dublin Airports. Mike is also currently a Non- Executive Director of Jet Edge International a US Part 135 operator as well as an active board member of AsBAA - Asian Business Aviation Association, AMCHAM, BRITCHAM and CRAFT Club in Hong Kong and is married with two children.

Bob Wilke
Managing Director, AvRisk


Robert F. (Bob) Wilke is the Managing Director and co-founder of AvRisk, Inc., providing comprehensive asset management tools, services and consulting support to aviation lenders and lessors around the world.

Bob has almost 30 years of business aviation lending experience working in a wide variety of roles with Boeing Capital, Bombardier, GMAC, CMI and Michigan National Leasing.

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


Simon Williams has successfully held a number of challenging senior operational and staff appointments. He has operated as an aircraft commander, training captain, qualified helicopter tactics instructor, and 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 and Boeing 767s, most recently for British Airways.

During 5 years at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, he developed a very broad regulatory and safety portfolio which saw him chairing groups at national and international level. These groups were focussed on delivering tangible safety benefits whilst working closely with a diverse cross section of the 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 and managing a large multi-disciplinary internationally-based team and is directly responsible for a multi-million pound budget. The breadth and depth of the DCA role is significant and includes: leading, managing and growing the world's 6th largest international private/corporate Business Aviation registry; regulating aviation, airspace and airport activity on behalf of the Isle of Man Government with direct accountability to the UK Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority; and facilitating the growth of the increasingly successful Isle of Man aviation industry.

Mark Winzar
Vice President - Technical Services, Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI)


Mark Winzar brings many years of aviation experience to his role as Vice President, Technical Services. He began his aviation career as a helicopter engineer in the UK. He spent eight years specializing in military helicopters with the UK Ministry of Defense. From there, he moved into commercial business before joining the BBA central sales team at H+S Aviation. During this time, he was responsible for generating business on all engine types covered within the BBA group. After four years, Mr. Winzar was promoted to Commercial Manager and was part of the team that set up the new PWC JT15D program at H+S, the company's first fan engine type. He was also responsible for the combined commercial operations of both the Field Service and JT15D programs.

Mr. Winzar joined JSSI in 2009 as a Technical Services Representative and was promoted to Technical Services Manager two years later. Mr. Winzar was integral in setting up the JSSI office in Hong Kong and expanding our business in Asia. In 2013, Mr. Winzar was promoted and was responsible for new business development and Technical Services as Director of the EMEAA region. Today, he is responsible for leadership of the JSSI Worldwide Technical Services Team.

James Zanino,
Director, Gogo Business Aviation


Jim Zanino 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.

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