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    NAFA Postpones 49th Annual Conference for COVID-19 Precautions see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – March 17, 2020 – The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is postponing their 49th Annual Conference due to precautions taking place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. Scheduled to be held April 28th through May 1st, 2020 at The Meritage Resort in Napa Valley, California, NAFA’s Annual Conference is now on hold until further notice. 

    NAFA’s decision to postpone comes amidst what is now a national emergency due to the ongoing spread and impact of Coronavirus. With an abundance of care for its hundreds of members and dedication to promoting the aviation industry, the Board of Directors took great consideration in this course of action.

    “We understand the travel precautions our members are taking to protect their staff and communities, and the likely need for a temporary continuation of these restrictions,” stated Jim Blessing, President of NAFA. “Our Annual Conference is a highly anticipated meeting, with an extensive schedule of sessions on the latest developments in aviation and several social events. We don’t want anyone to miss out or be at risk, so our decision is to reconvene in 2021.”

    NAFA will remain apprised of all developments regarding COVID-19, including member and government-imposed travel precautions, and reschedule their Annual Conference based on those factors. The Board of Directors is hopeful about the timeframe and will keep its members and other attendees updated regularly.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

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    We Florida Financial Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – March 12, 2020 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that We Florida Financial has recently joined its professional network of aviation service providers. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome We Florida Financial to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

    We Florida Financial is a Fort Lauderdale based credit union – combining old-fashioned values with 21st century technology. As a credit union, their focus is on individual attention and support at the most competitive rates.

    The company’s aviation lending program, We fly, offers loans for aircraft purchases, aircraft refinance, aircraft upgrades, and flight training. We fly was created to provide an exceptional and affordable financing solution for clients’ aviation dreams. 

    Much like NAFA, We Florida Financial is dedicated to community, shared purpose and mutual trust. We fly and NAFA are committed to their members, and in turn the growth and success of the aviation industry. 

    For more information about We Florida Financial, visit nafa.aero/companies/we-florida-financial.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

     

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    Holstein Aviation Joins National Aircraft Finance Association, aviation finance, see more
    EDGEWATER, Md. – Feb. 27, 2020 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Holstein Aviation has recently joined its professional network of aviation service providers. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome Holstein Aviation to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

    Holstein Aviation is a full service aircraft brokerage and acquisition firm. The company’s leaders and team are talented and seasoned – representing more than 300 years of domestic and international experience with knowledge, expertise and success as aircraft brokers and acquisition specialists.  

    The team’s success includes approximately 4,700 business aviation transactions valued in excess of 10 billion dollars, along with 66,000 combined flight hours, with light, medium and heavy jet type ratings from nearly all major aircraft manufacturers. Their extensive knowledge and in-depth experience as aircraft brokers and acquisition specialists is invaluable to their clients in negotiations.

    Holstein Aviation offers experienced professionals with broad backgrounds, including fixed- and rotary-wing airframe manufacturers, manufacturers of gas turbine engines, corporate flight department management, air charter companies, fractional aircraft programs, Fixed Base Operations (FBO), Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and commercial airlines.

    Much like NAFA, Holstein Aviation prides itself on the integrity, capability and professionalism of the individuals who form their organization. Holstein and NAFA foster connections, credibility and capability throughout the aviation industry.

    "The Holstein Aviation team is proud to be a NAFA member,” said Shawn Holstein, President of the company. “Ensuring that our global client base is informed about financing opportunities and trends is critical, and NAFA helps make that possible."

    For more information about Holstein Aviation, visit nafa.aero/companies/holstein-aviation-inc.

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

     

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    King & Spalding Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – Feb. 27, 2020 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that King & Spalding has recently joined its professional network of aviation service providers. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome King & Spalding to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

    King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with more than 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Celebrating more than 130 years of service, the firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality, and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.

    The firm’s aviation finance lawyers have extensive experience advising clients on various financing structures involving aviation assets in North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America – including operating leases, leveraged leases, capital leases, synthetic leases, syndicated and single-bank credit facilities as well as on purchases and sales of aircraft, engines and portfolios involving aircraft and aircraft-related assets.

    Much like NAFA, King & Spalding is dedicated to demonstrating professional excellence in service to clients. King & Spalding and NAFA are committed to educating and developing others in the field – ensuring long-term growth and success in the aviation industry. 

    For more information about King & Spalding, visit nafa.aero/companies/king-spalding-llp.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

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    Aircraft Finance Specialists Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – Feb. 3, 2020 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Aircraft Finance Specialists has recently joined its professional network of aviation service providers. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome Aircraft Finance Specialists to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

    Aircraft Finance Specialists’ objective is to secure the best financing terms to fit their clients’ needs. The company provides financing solutions for corporate and personal acquisition or refinance of jets and turboprops. 

    With decades of banking experience, the team at Aircraft Finance Specialists uses their wide breadth of industry knowledge and their specialty focus to market client transactions to multiple financial institutions. 

    Much like NAFA, Aircraft Finance Specialists' is dedicated to the aviation industry – delivering high quality and specialized service to their clients. 

    "Aircraft Finance Specialists is proud to join NAFA to ensure our customers are on the leading edge of information as it relates to financing trends within the marketplace,” stated Jonathan Robinett, President of the company.

    For more information about Aircraft Finance Specialists, visit nafa.aero/companies/aircraft-finance-specialists.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

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    Professional Aircraft Appraisal Organization Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

     

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – Feb. 7, 2020 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that The Professional Aircraft Appraisal Organization (PAAO) has recently joined its professional network of aviation service providers. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome the PAAO to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

    The Professional Aircraft Appraisal Organization (PAAO) was established to ensure the public trust in aircraft appraisal reporting. The group carefully selects aviation professionals, who then through training, comprehensive research, and detailed analysis provide credible reliable opinions of value.

    The PAAO, collectively comprised of aviation professionals both domestically and internationally, with thousands of years of aircraft appraising experience and knowledge, is the only professional aircraft appraisal organization focused exclusively on aircraft appraisal services. 

    The PAAO is second to none when it comes to credible and reliable aircraft appraisal reports. When clients engage the services of one PAAO Associate they also get the knowledge and experience of the entire PAAO organization due to the manner in which the PAAO is structured along with the interworking between Associates. Much like NAFA, the Professional Aircraft Appraisal Organization is committed to promoting high-level education and training in the aviation industry.  

    “It is important for the general public to understand that the aircraft appraisal industry is unregulated,” said Mike Simmons, President and Chairman of the PAAO. “Because there are no real standards in the aircraft appraisal industry, anyone can claim to be an aircraft appraiser. There are also no industry requirements regarding training, background and experience of these individuals so those clients who need creditable, reliable information when buying, selling or financing aircraft have no idea who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to help them. The general public generally tends to believe that pointing to a number on a display or in a book or checking a few boxes in an online analysis will provide them with credible results which is not the case at all. There are also individuals who claim to be aircraft appraisers who never leave the office to look at one rivet on an airframe or read one page in any log book when developing their opinion of value.”  

    Mike Simmons went on to say – “The PAAO continues to be different in the aircraft appraisal industry because we are the only organization that generally REQUIRES every signed report to involve a field visit of the aircraft and a review of all log books and maintenance records. The PAAO is focused exclusively on aircraft and aircraft values. We have no interest in any other heavy machinery or any interest in the publishing industry. Those clients who relied on credible and trustworthy results from a previous organization will find the PAAO staffed and filled with trained, experienced, professional aircraft appraisers who will provide detailed reports based on comprehensive research and analysis of the market. The objectives of our associates are to help our clients better manage their risks when buying, selling or financing aircraft.  We do this by providing factual data and information. “Knowledge is power.”

    For more information about The Professional Aircraft Appraisal Organization, visit nafa.aero/companies/the-professional-aircraft-appraisal-organization.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

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    Sky Allies Capital Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more
     

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – Nov. 13, 2019 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Sky Allies Capital has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome Sky Allies to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

    Sky Allies is a group of finance and aviation industry professionals – financing and leasing airplanes, helicopters, flight simulators and other aviation or industrial and technological equipment. The company specializes in credit challenged borrowers and other abnormal deal opportunities. They also offer special hourly simulator leasing programs for flight schools.

    The company is privately held and based in Las Vegas, NV. Sky Allies is a member of the American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers and thereby adhere to a Code of Ethics Program as voted on by their broker members. Their principal has 26 years experience in the aviation industry, is a Citation 525 rated pilot, ATP and an airplane owner.

    Much like NAFA, Sky Allies Capital is focused on the financing of aircraft – putting business plans in the air. Sky Allies and NAFA are committed to the highest level of customer service, fostering long lasting business relationships throughout the aviation industry.

    For more information about Sky Allies Capital, visit nafa.aero/companies/sky-allies-capital.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

     

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    Wings Insurance Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – Nov. 11, 2019 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Wings Insurance has recently joined its professional network of aviation service providers. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome Wings to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

    Wings Insurance is one of the largest aviation risks-only insurance brokers in the country, maintaining five office locations in the USA (Daytona Beach, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver) and a customer base of over 2500 clients. The company’s aviation insurance reach encompasses every state in the USA along with global insurance placements in most EU, Middle East and Asian locales.

    Wings Insurance began in 1984, specializing in aviation insurance on a regional level. Since inception, the business has experienced a steady rate of growth, and almost 35 years later they offer global insurance solutions through a world-wide network of solution providers with over 100 years of combined aviation insurance experience.

    With their hands-on background in both the aviation and insurance industries, Wings has the resources to help their clients make informed decisions, whether it involves purchasing, financing, tax, legal, transitions or recurrent training. The company aims to provide the best coverages at the lowest price point available and solidify long-term partnerships through responsive customer service, creativity, and integrity. Wings is also one of only three International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) endorsed insurance brokerage firms. 

    Much like NAFA, Wings Insurance is dedicated to the highest quality of service to their clients and business associates – delivered with a sense of friendliness and individual pride. Wings and NAFA are committed to fostering industry knowledge and leading-edge technology throughout the aviation industry.

    For more information about Wings Insurance, visit nafa.aero/companies/wings-insurance.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

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    NAFA Announces Dawn Hudson as Keynote Speaker for 49th Annual Conference see more

    NAFA Announces Dawn Hudson as Keynote Speaker for 49th Annual Conference

     

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – November 11, 2019 – The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Dawn Hudson will be the keynote speaker at their upcoming 49th Annual Conference, to be held April 28th through May 1st, 2020, at The Meritage Resort in Napa Valley, California. Hudson will be presenting to an audience of aviation industry and finance experts with a global reach – supporting or enabling the financing of general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world. 

    Widely recognized as one of the most important female business executives of the past decade, Dawn Hudson is the former Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League and the former President and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America. She has led an impressive career spanning high-level posts in media, retail, consumer goods, consulting, and healthcare at some of the biggest corporations in the world. 

    Hudson’s work has been focused on revolutionizing and strengthening brands’ positioning and marketing, tapping into culture change as fuel for innovative business strategies, and championing inclusive leadership and diversity. She has been recognized as the “Most Vital Leader in Tech, Media, and Marketing” by AdWeek – topping a list of 50 industry titans – and twice as one of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” 

    Dawn Hudson is an electric speaker – as an advocate of smart reinvention and growth, she shares insights on turning adversity into an advantage, building a global presence, and why in today’s business climate innovation must be central to everything from distribution to selling stories to human capital management. Hudson speaks about the power of brand, how to embrace change and drive innovation, and the importance of strong and inclusive leadership.

    The 49th Annual Meeting of the National Aircraft Finance Association will bring together the most active aircraft lenders in North America and worldwide to network and discuss issues topical to the industry, including: aviation regulatory changes, banking system regulatory changes, updates on new aircraft entering the marketplace, and other issues pertinent to aircraft buyers and their support systems. 

    “Dawn Hudson is an amazing mind with sharp insights into driving innovation, leadership and inclusion for successful business practices, and we are thrilled to have her speaking to our members and other attendees at the upcoming conference,” said Jim Blessing, President of NAFA. Hudson will present on “Inclusive Leadership” for the approximately 250 attendees on Thursday, April 30th, 2020. Additional details and time will be determined at a later date – visit NAFA.aero/events for information.

    For more information about Dawn Hudson, visit leadingauthorities.com/speakers/dawn-hudson.

    About NAFA: 

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

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    NBT Bank Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – November 4, 2019 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that NBT Bank recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. 

    “NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome NBT Bank to our growing organization as we head to our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, President of NAFA.

    NBT Bank offers personal and business banking, commercial banking and wealth management services from locations in seven states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut and through its online and mobile channels. The bank added small aircraft financing to its array of lending options in 2019 and hired Douglas N. Place, Jr. as vice president of Aircraft Financing to lead their efforts. Place has nearly 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 10 years in aviation financing. He is also a private pilot and a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Lawrence, MA Airport Authority.

    “NBT Bank is dedicated to building strong relationships and delivering high-quality service to our customers,” said Place. “I am proud to be a part of the NBT team and to deliver small aircraft financing as an enhancement to the bank’s business options. We’re very excited to join NAFA and foster long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships throughout the aviation finance community.”

    Established in 1856, NBT Bank is headquartered in Norwich, NY with its parent company, NBT Bancorp Inc. NBT Bancorp Inc. had assets of $9.7 billion as of September 30, 2019 and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol NBTB.

    NBT Bank appeared on the Forbes 2019 World’s Best Banks list as the top-ranked bank in Maine,  New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Of the 60 U.S. banks on the list, NBT Bank was ranked #14. Forbes surveyed more than 40,000 customers around the globe and rated banks on overall recommendation and satisfaction as well as five subdimensions (trust, terms and conditions, customer services, digital services and financial advice).

    For more information about NBT Bank, visit nafa.aero/companies/nbt-bank.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.

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    NAFA is pleased to announce the recent expansion of their Board of Directors. see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. - Oct. 2, 2019 – The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce the recent expansion of their Board of Directors. NAFA’s Board now includes six new seats in order to better represent and serve the organization’s growing membership. Several of the new seats have been filled by manufacturers’ financial representatives, increasing NAFA’s connection and influence in the aviation finance industry, and directly benefitting members.

    Jim Blessing, Vice President of AirFleet Capital, Inc. and President of NAFA, made the announcement and stated, “As NAFA continues to grow as an important partner to the global aviation industry, we must also continue to further our members’ interests and our organization’s initiatives – this expansion comes at a key point in doing exactly that. We’re excited to bring more diversity to our Board.”

    Existing Officers & NAFA Board Members:

    • Jim Blessing, AirFleet Capital, Director and President of NAFA
    • Jim Simpson, First Republic Bank, Director and Vice-President of NAFA
    • Richard Barrett, Huntington Bank, NAFA Director
    • Jason Caterino, SalemFive Bank, NAFA Director
    • Tracey Cheek, TLC Marketing, NAFA Marketing Director and Marketing Committee Chair
    • J.C. Ferrer, Holland & Knight, NAFA Director
    • Stephen Friedrich, Embraer Executive Jets, NAFA Director
    • Karen Griggs, Executive Director, NAFA
    • Brad Harris, Dallas Jet International, NAFA Director and NAFA 2020 Conference Chair
    • Tony Kioussis, Asset Insight, Secretary of NAFA and Scholarships & Awards Committee Chair
    • Tobias Kleitman, TVPX Trust Services, Treasurer of NAFA
    • Dave Labrozzi, Global Jet Capital, NAFA Director
    • Ed Medici, Bank of America Leasing, NAFA Director
    • Debbie Mercer-Erwin, Wright Brothers Title, NAFA Director and Regulatory Committee Chair
    • Adam Meredith, AOPA Finance, NAFA Director and Light Aircraft Roundtable Chair
    • Lee Rohde, Essex Aviation, NAFA Director and Membership Committee Chair
    • Ford von Weise, Citi Private Bank, NAFA President Emeritus
    • David Warner, Lane Powell, General Counsel of NAFA

    New Board Members:

    • Keith Hayes, PNC Aviation Finance
    • Scott Nelson, Gulfstream Aerospace
    • Cathy Nyen, Cirrus Aircraft
    • Donald Pointer, Dassault Falcon Jet
    • Anthony Schieber, Textron Financial
    • David Vandenberg, Bombardier Business Aircraft

    The six new Board members provide a significant addition to the existing Board membership, rounding out representation in the light aircraft through large cabin equipment classes of aircraft.

    For a full list and more information about NAFA’s Board Members, visit NAFA.aero/team.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

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    Bloom Business Jets Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. - April 23, 2018 - National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Bloom Business Jets has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. “NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add Bloom Business Jets to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Bloom Business Jets has more than 30 years of operational and hands-on experience in all phases of business aviation aircraft sales and management.  Bloom is a top private brokerage with expertise in aircraft charters, fractional ownership, and purchasing new or pre-owned aircraft. With an experienced U.S.-based staff and international team of associates, including aeronautical engineers, former jet manufacturer sales managers and directors of Fortune 50 flight operations, expert aviation attorneys and financial MBAs, Bloom Business Jets is a highly reputable, worldwide company. 

    Led by President and CEO, Steven Bloom, who is a seasoned Aviation Executive with all aspects of Business Aviation and a Senior Accredited ASA Appraiser, BBJ has successfully negotiated scores of aircraft transactions of everything from medium to large business jets to larger turboprops and helicopters – even executive airliners. Bloom Business Jets has extensive experience in Falcon transactions, specializing in all Falcons. Regularly working with high-profile individuals, leading corporations, governmental agencies and even heads of state, they pride themselves on finding the right aircraft for their clients’ needs.

    Much like NAFA, Bloom’s goal is to provide the aviation industry with expert knowledge on the pre-owned aircraft market and assistance in the financing, leasing and insuring of aviation aircraft. Bloom Business Jets and NAFA are committed to providing the expertise necessary to navigate the aviation finance industry’s complexities and intricacies.

    For more information about Bloom Business Jets, visit https://mybusinessjet.com/.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

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    JetTransactions joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – July 2, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce thatJetTransactions has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. “NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add JetTransactions to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    JetTransactions, a Bloomer deVere Dahlfors company, was founded by Mark Bloomer and Brant Dahlfors. Their worldwide team of aviation experts has established a strong reputation for perceptive market intelligence, trusted industry relationships, and personalized customer service. With a combined record of over 1600 new and pre-owned business jet transactions completed around the globe, JetTransactions maintains a prominent position in today’s evolving aviation marketplace.

    By providing a degree of expertise only gained through hundreds of business jet transactions and daily market research, JetTransactions is able to predict what fair market values really are. Their tested and proven documentation and procedures are an industry benchmark, assuring that during each step of the acquisition process, their clients’ interests are protected. 

    JetTransactions consults on transportation delivery options, fleet analysis, Aircraft Completion, Acceptance and Delivery, and operational start-up. With established industry relationships and expert brand awareness, JetTransactions recognizes the unique design, performance and value differences represented by the world’s top, business jet manufacturers.

    Much like NAFA, JetTransactions’ commitment and focus is driven by their client’s goals, welcoming the opportunity to deliver and expand their state-of-the-art portfolio. “We are proud to join the NAFA Network,” said Brant Dahlfors, Co-Founder of JetTransactions. “NAFA is a great resource to us, setting the right foundation to support our business jet transactions.” 

    For more information about JetTransactions, visit https://www.jettransactions.com/.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

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    Seacoast Bank Joins National Aircraft Finance Association see more

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    EDGEWATER, Md. – Aug. 1, 2018 – National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Seacoast Bank has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. “NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add Seacoast to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Seacoast Bank is a 90 year old progressive Florida banking institution, offering a full suite of commercial and retail banking, residential and commercial mortgages, wealth management and trust services to individuals as well as small and mid-market businesses. Seacoast is also a seasoned aircraft lender, with over 70 years of combined aviation experience, and hundreds of aircraft financed.

    The Seacoast team helps their clients through aircraft selection, reduced cost operation, financing and loan closing. They are dedicated and passionate about aircraft and aircraft finance, and take pride in the timeliness of their transactions.

    Much like NAFA, Seacoast Bank is dedicated to promoting simplicity, convenience, expertise, community, and technology throughout the aviation finance industry. Seacoast and NAFA expand on the concept of knowledge through a connected community, benefiting the finance industry at large, and aviation lending specifically.

    For aircraft financing, call 954.767.1031.  For more information about Seacoast Bank, visit https://www.seacoastmarinefinance.net/https://www.seacoastbank.com/business-aircrafthttps://www.seacoastbank.com/.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.

    About Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF):

    Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida is one of the largest community [A3] banks headquartered in Florida with approximately $5.9 billion in assets and $4.7 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2018. The company provides integrated financial services including commercial and retail banking, wealth management, and mortgage services to customers through advanced banking solutions, 49 traditional branches of its locally branded, wholly owned subsidiary bank, Seacoast Bank, and seven commercial banking centers. Offices stretch from Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach north through the Daytona Beach area, into Orlando and Central Florida and the adjacent Tampa market, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. More information about the company is available at SeacoastBanking.com.

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    Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation Joins National Aircraft Finance Association. see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    EDGEWATER, Md. -- Aug. 8, 2018 -- National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders. “NAFA members proudly finance - support or enable the financing of - general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add Echo Aviation to our association,” said Ford von Weise, President of NAFA.

    Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation is an aircraft finance origination and advisory company. Founded by aviation finance entrepreneurs Tony Bergeron and Frédéric Larue, the company’s mission is to become global leaders in business aviation finance, providing value-added strategies & financing solutions for clients who seek knowledgeable advice from industry experts. Echo offers true turnkey solutions, leveraging their industry expertise, relationships and reputation to provide the best options for aircraft owners and buyers, as well as lenders, lessors and investors. 

    “We are happy to join NAFA in this exciting time for the business aircraft industry and we look forward to developing relationships with other members to continue serving the aircraft owners and buyers who are the core of our industry,” said Frédéric Larue, Partner & Co-Founder of Echo.

    Much like NAFA, Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation is committed to making the aviation finance industry accessible with efficient service to the public, saving their clients time, energy and money in aircraft transactions. Echo and NAFA foster expanded industry expertise, valuable business and client relationships, and upholding reputable actions in every transaction.

    For more information about Echo Aviation Leasing Corporation, visit www.echoleasing.com/

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit www.NAFA.aero.