London 2021 Speakers

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Oliver Althoff
Managing Director - Head of North America
Seabury Corporate Finance



Profile coming soon...

Steffen Bay
CEO and CCO
NHV Group



Steffen Bay is CEO of NHV Group. He joined the company early 2019 after having held several leadership positions. Previous appointments include Waypoint Leasing where he was responsible for South America, ERA Helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico and South America as well as Airbus Helicopters in France, Indonesia and the United States. These experiences have provided him with leadership exposure to the helicopter industry in all major global markets. Steffen Bay, a German national, is a certified lawyer and holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas.

Chris Bradshaw
President & CEO
Bristow Group


Chris Bradshaw has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Era Group since August 2014, and he also served as Chief Financial Officer from October 2012 to September 2015. Mr. Bradshaw also serves as a director of the Company. From 2009 until 2012, Mr. Bradshaw served as Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, an independent financial advisory firm. Prior to co-founding U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, Mr. Bradshaw was an energy investment banker at UBS Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co., and PaineWebber Incorporated. Chris and his wife Kristy live in Houston with their three young children. They are involved with several community and charitable organizations, including current board service at Houston Ballet, Hermann Park Conservancy, Dress for Success Houston, and Small Steps Nurturing Center.

Nicolas Chabée
Vice President, Marketing and Sales Helicopter Engines




Profile coming soon...

Stephen Cook
Executive Director, Global Head of Transportation Finance
Macquarie Rotorcraft


Stephen joined Macquarie in 1986 and has taken a leading role in developing and implementing structured asset transactions for Macquarie globally. He lead the Bank offshore in the early 90’s, and was responsible for establishing Macquarie’s operations in London.

In 2005 Stephen transformed what had been a significant advisor / arranger practice into a start up principal business initially focussed on Aircraft. In 2006 Stephen led the acquisition of the assets of GATX's Air business. This enabled establishment of a fully functional Aircraft operating lease business, Macquarie AirFinance.

Macquarie currently has over 200 aircraft on its balance sheet, of which 90% are in production narrow body types (A320 / 737-800s). They are leased into over 40 jurisdictions.

In 2011 Stephen moved from Macquarie Capital to Macquarie Bank to consolidate all the Groups holdings across Air, Rail, Shipping, Helicopters and Engines and further develop this segment of the Banks business.

Tony Cramp
Vice President Aircraft
Shell Aircraft


Tony was appointed as Shell’s VP Aircraft and Managing Director Shell Aircraft in May 2016.

With Shell since in 2003, he has global experience in working with aircraft operators supporting oil and gas operations, undertaking assurance, air accident investigations and providing specialist advice to Shell’s extensive business stakeholder group. Championing initiatives to enable safe and efficient operations in some of the most diverse and challenging environments, he has work closely with OEMs on aircraft design specifications and represents the Company on several industry and national regulatory bodies.

Prior to joining Shell, he served 19yrs in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot and instructor, commanded a Naval Air Squadron and a Warship and served as the media spokesman for overseas military operations.

Sharon Desfor
Chairman
HeliValue$



Sharon Desfor, ASA, is president of HeliValue$, Inc., the world's most trusted helicopter appraisal firm, and publisher of The Official Helicopter Blue Book, the accepted standard for helicopter resale pricing information.
Sharon is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the ASA, currently serving as ASA's International Secretary/Treasurer. She has previously served on the Board of Governors, Strategic Planning Committee, Machinery & Technical Specialties Committee, International Special Committee, Budget & Finance Committee and Chapter Assessment Task Force, as Editor of the M&TS Journal and as Production Manager of Valuing Machinery and Equipment, Third Edition. Sharon is past Chair of the Helicopter Foundation International and of the HAI's Finance & Leasing Committee, and served as Editor of HAI's finance handbook, Helicopter Funding: Assembling the Pieces of the Puzzle.
Sharon performs appraisals for finance and leasing, helicopter acquisitions and sales, bankruptcies, estate settlements, mergers and acquisitions, insurance subrogation, and litigation support. She mostly enjoys teaching finance people about the helicopter industry and helicopter people about the finance industry. Sharon gives lectures regularly for ASA, Corporate Jet Investor (CJI), and the Helicopter Association International (HAI), occasionally for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), and writes articles for a number of magazines in the aviation and appraisal industries. She is a vigorous advocate for professionalism in appraising, and an outspoken participant in appraisers forums on LinkedIn. You can find her profile and groups at www.linkedin.com/in/sharondesfor.

Gérard Deterne
CEO & Founder
Pteron Valuations



As an economist by training, Gérard Deterne formed PTERON Valuations in 2021 with the intent to build new valuation services upon many years of experience as a Business Developer in the aerospace industry.
Prior to creating PTERON Valuations, Gérard worked for Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France, where he developed inhouse appraisal & valuation expertise, put together marketing campaigns towards lessors and lenders, engineered lease-based projects, organized briefings and webinars for the investors community and promoted sales boosters in support of the helicopter lessor’s business and the banking community.
Gérard has also worked in the UAV Business Unit at Airbus Defense & Space where he contributed to the development of the drone and UAV business while managing all aspects of market analysis and UAV asset management strategies.
Gérard has been an Accredited Senior Appraiser – Machinery & Technical Specialties – Helicopters, for some years now. He is also a member of the American Society of Appraisers.

Sara Dhariwal
Valuations Manager
Ascend by Cirium



Profile coming soon...

Emmanuel Dupuy
President
Aero Asset


Emmanuel began selling fixed and rotary wing aircraft in 2004. In 2009, Emmanuel launched a firm dedicated to helicopter sales, which later merged with a world leading aircraft brokerage in 2013. Emmanuel has completed in excess of 100 aircraft transactions, across the globe.

Alastair Fallon
ASA Accredited Senior Appraiser – MTS Helicopter Assets
IBA Group



Alastair joined IBA in 2015 and is responsible for IBA's Helicopter appraisals. With over thirty years of aviation experience in civilian and military operations, Alastair regularly represents IBA at international events hosted by aviation groups, financial bodies and helicopter manufacturers.

Alastair previously served as a commissioned Officer in the RAF before retiring; research work into ETOPS aircraft development by Boeing and Airbus at City University followed, then he became course director of the undergraduate program for cadet pilots on the BSc Air Transport Operations (which included training up to commercial pilot license standard). Alastair is an elected member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS) and holds the (ASA) Accredited Senior Appraiser status in Materials & Technical Specialties – Aircraft’ (MTS-Aircraft).

Will Fanshawe
Managing Director
Halo Aviation



Will Fanshawe founded Halo Aviation, the helicopter management and operations company, in 2009 having served for 17 years as a pilot with the British Army Air Corps. Halo provides a discreet management solution for a selection of private and corporate clients around London, specialising in the Agusta 109 and 169 helicopters.

Daniel Hall
Senior Valuations Analyst
Ascend by Cirium


Daniel 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). Based in Ascend by Cirium'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.

Steve Hanna
President & CEO
Protective Packaging Corporation


The company was initially a division of an International Freight Forwarding company reporting to Mr. Hanna that helped package freight that was being shipped around the world. Steve had the opportunity to acquire this division as the freight forwarding company was being sold.

Twenty years later Protective Packaging Corporation has grown to become one of the industry’s leader in providing long term packaging solutions for the prevention of corrosion, mold, mildew, static electricity and other airborne qualities. The company is one of the first as well as one of the few in its industry with a current ISO Certification.

Protective Packaging Company’s major customers include Boeing, Bell, Pratt Whitney, United Technologies, GE, NASA, Timken, American Airlines, L3, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, Bristow, ERA, Babcock, Vector, Space X, Northrop Grumman, Turbomecca, and the U.S. military to name a few.

Protective Packaging’s success is based on their ability to provide custom made packaging applications that are capable of controlling the atmosphere around the part regardless of its size or location. Yet, at the same time be the most efficient and economical solution available on the market. Be it the F-35 Joint Stryke Fighter being shipped around the world for testing, a commercial aircraft engine sitting out on tarmacs for long periods of time, or entire helicopter fleets that must be protected from all the elements while they are grounded in harsh conditions.

Joseph Hawke
Chairman & CEO
Uniflight Global



Joseph A. Hawke is President, CEO and Chairman of Uniflight, LLC, Grand Prairie, Texas, and founder and Chairman of Hawke Aerospace Group, Malvern, Pennsylvania, a private equity firm that is actively pursuing platform company acquisitions in the aerospace industry, with a special focus on the rotorcraft segment of the market.
Prior to forming Hawke Aerospace Group in 2007, Hawke was General Partner of Meridian Venture Partners and MVP II, Radnor, Pennsylvania where he was a Senior Member of the investment team for a firm with $200+ million cumulative capital under management. He began his tenure at MVP II in 2001 (now known as MVP Capital), where he was instrumental in redirecting the investment strategy towards middle market buyouts with deep industry access. Hawke was active on 7 portfolio company Boards, Chairman of 3. Hawke was responsible for
Innovating the aerospace investment practice at MVP, beginning with Keystone Helicopter Corporation in 2002. He completed a 2nd acquisition Composite Technology Inc. (CTI, based in Grand Prairie, TX) in 2004, then combined Keystone and CTI to prepare for sale. Executed successful stock sale to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in December 2005.
Negotiating the acquisition of Air Evac Lifeteam which closed in July 2004 with a majority equity co-investment from Brockway Moran & Partners. Led to formation of Air Medical Group Holdings in connection with a series of aquisitions of related air medical Part 135 operations (Critical Air Medicine, Southwest Helicopters, Med-Trans, et al). CIBC-led recap in 2006. Bain agreed to acquire AMGH for approximately $1B in August 2010.
Taking the role of acting CEO to lead the turnaround of Boston-based managed care services company MCMC, then recruited new industry veteran CEO. Effected a total of 9 acquisitions including platform investment, and raised over $20 million in senior credit facilities and $9 million of subordinated debt.
From May 1999 - September 2001 Hawke was Partner and Co-Founder, NewSpring Ventures, L.P., Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, a $90+ million venture capital firm.
Hawke began his career as a Commercial Banking Officer at First Fidelity Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hawke holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (finance concentration) from Temple University Graduate School of Business and Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (philosophy major) from Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Will Heyburn
CFO & Head of Corporate Development
BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Inc.




Will Heyburn is Blade’s Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development. Prior to Blade, Mr. Heyburn served in various capacities at Redbird Capital Partners, a principal investment firm focused on providing long-term capital in growth equity, build-up and structured equity investments. Prior to RedBird, Mr. Heyburn was a member of the U.S. Credit Investment Team at Oak Hill Advisors, L.P., where he focused on high-yield and distressed credit investments in Aerospace, Retail and Industrial companies. Prior to Oak Hill, Mr. Heyburn was a member of the investment banking group at Moelis and Company, where he worked primarily on restructuring transactions including American Airlines’ bankruptcy and subsequent merger with U.S. Airways.

Will received an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, where he was a four-year varsity letterman in men’s swimming.

Jaspal Jandu
Chief Executive Officer
LCI



Jaspal Jandu is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LCI and is responsible for running all facets of the business, including strategy and planning.
He was previously LCI’s Chief Financial Officer and played an instrumental role in developing its proven leasing platform and robust financial strategy. He spearheaded the development of the company’s partnerships with many leading financial institutions.
Prior to joining LCI in 2007, Jaspal worked for Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for numerous aviation investments. During this role, he transferred to the then in-house lessor, AWAS, remaining with the company until its divestment to Terra Firma. Jaspal has also held posts with the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) and has an established track record in the aviation industry.
Jaspal graduated from Essex University with a degree in Economics and completed his Economics Masters in 1996. Jaspal is also an alumnus of Harvard, Wharton, and London Business School, where he has completed a number of Executive Development programmes.

Yuvan Kumar
Editor
Helicopter Investor



Yuvan is editor of Helicopter/VTOL Investor and Revolution.Aero. He is most often seen in your inbox twice or thrice a week, with the regular newsletters. As well as this, he hosts Town Halls and other events across the two brands. Yuvan also writes across the company’s sister titles Corporate Jet Investor, CJIQ and Private Art Investor.

Stephen Lyons
Chief Development Officer
AYR Logistics Ltd



Profile coming soon...

Clark McGinn
Principal
Uplifting Advice


Clark has been active in the mission-critical helicopter sector since 2004, closing over USD 8Bn in transactions. Uniquely, he has held senior roles leading a global bank’s rotary business (at RBS), creating a captive lessor/asset finance hub in Dublin for the largest helicopter operator (CHC), and building out the international network of relationship managers at the biggest independent lessor (Waypoint).
He now acts as a trusted advisor to significant investors across the spectrum of the helicopter industry and is a regular keynote speaker at Helicopter Investor (and other conferences).

Beyond helicopters, Clark is Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies in the University of Glasgow, having completed his PhD there on the history of the Burns Supper. Amongst his published books, and academic articles, his popular The Ultimate Burns Supper Book (Luath, £7.99) was first published in 2006 and is now in its Third Edition and is based on his experience having spoken at over two hundred Burns Suppers in twenty countries.

Régis Magnac
Vice President Head of Energy, Leasing and Global Accounts
Airbus



Régis Magnac started his career within RTE in 1998. After having led different operational teams, he
became Managing Director of RTE’s helicopter operations in 2007. From 2008 to 2012, Régis was
elected Vice-President of the SNEH (French civil operators association) and was a Member of the
Board as Vice President of the UFH (French Helicopter Association). He joined Airbus Helicopters in
2012 as Vice-President. He has led Operational Marketing teams for six years. After leading the
Oil&Gas and Leasing businesses for two years, his role has been extended in 2021 to Energy, Leasing
and Global Accounts.
In 2014, Régis was awarded the “Medaille de l’Aeronautique” distinction by the French Minister of
Transport

Crispin Maunder
Executive Chairman
LCI



Crispin Maunder joined LCI in 2006 to establish its leasing platform, serving as CEO until January 2012 when he was appointed Executive Chairman.
Crispin has almost 50 years' experience in aviation. Upon graduation from Imperial College, University of London in 1971 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, he entered Court Line Aviation the then leading UK charter airline. In 1974 he joined the marketing team at British Aircraft Corporation concentrating on the BAC One-Eleven programme. This was then followed by a period working in the Middle East and Africa with Autair Limited, a helicopter operator and aircraft trader.
In 1977 he joined Short Brothers to lead their sales efforts in Africa and the Middle East, taking on European Sales in 1983, before being appointed General Manager – Aircraft Trading Division, to drive Short Brothers' move into aircraft leasing and trading.
He joined Ansett Worldwide in 1989 as Regional Sales Director – Europe, before being appointed as EVP Sales and Marketing in 1991 to head up the lessor's global sales and marketing activities. Subsequently he also took on management of the lessor’s technical capability. In 2002 he was appointed EVP – Strategic Development assuming responsibility for the company’s strategic planning and business development processes, and a member of Ansett Worldwide Aviation Holdings board.
Crispin is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Sébastien Moulin
Head of Europe & Americas
Milestone Aviation



Sébastien is responsible for leading a global team of professionals to deliver for our customers and achieve growth targets, portfolio placements, budgets and customer service resolution, with a primary geographic focus on customers in Europe and the Americas regions. As Head of Europe & Americas, he is also responsible for the Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo OEM relationships and will lead the discussions and negotiations to ensure the execution of Milestone’s portfolio strategy.
Sébastien has been in the Helicopter Sales industry for 15 years. He started his career in South of France with Airbus Helicopters and moved quickly to Airbus Helicopters South East Asia where he was responsible for Helicopter Sales in the civilian markets of Philippines and Indonesia. He then joined Bell Helicopter as Regional Sales Manager in Europe where he successfully introduced the B429 into the Western European market with major breakthrough in France/Switzerland/UK. Sebastien holds a Master Degree in International Business from the Kedge Business school in France.

Jeremy Parkin
Managing Director
Parapex Media



Profile coming soon...

Olivier Piot
CEO & Founder
NOVA CAPITAL



Olivier founded the NOVA CAPITAL Group in 2002, a privately owned investment and advisory group of companies fully dedicated to asset finance.
Acting as group CEO, Olivier turned the NOVA CAPITAL HELICOPTERS division into a leading globally recognized helicopter lessor with a proven 17 years track-record within the industry. With a current fleet of 80+ helicopters in operation, the company reached a total fleet value of circa 300 M$ as at 2018 year-end. NOVA CAPITAL HELICOPTERS is a unique full service and highly adaptable leasing platform, exclusively dedicated to the on-shore helicopter services industry.
Prior to the inception of NOVA CAPITAL Group, Olivier held some senior management positions within a leading French banking institution, including among others, Senior Vice President and head of Structured Asset Finance practice. He headed a team of professionals in charge of sourcing, structuring, and managing complex asset finance transactions in various sectors such as aviation, shipping, rail, energy, and real estate, mostly using optimized structured leasing solutions.
Olivier started his career at the Paris Bar, working as a qualified lawyer with a US Law firm, specializing in asset finance transactions.
Olivier graduated from Institut d'Etudes Politques de Paris (IEP Paris). He holds a postgraduate degree in business and tax law from University of Paris II and was subsequently admitted to the Paris Bar. Olivier was also a lecturer at University of Paris IX-Dauphine for several years, and is a regular contributor at some major asset finance and leasing events.

Steve Robertson
Founder & Principal
Air & Sea Analytics


Steve spent 17 years at an energy-sector research and consulting business in a number of roles including Director and Board member. He led the firm’s oilfield services (OFS) research business unit and initiated coverage in several key OFS areas including offshore helicopters. He also led and contributed to hundreds of bespoke consulting projects including commercial due diligence mandates relating to oilfield services and also helicopter companies such as CHC, NHV, Bond (now Babcock), Weststar and Pathfinder Aviation.

He participated in a management buy-in in 2009 and a subsequent sale of the business to a private equity firm in 2015. In 2019 he formed Air & Sea Analytics to focus solely on offshore aviation. He is a regular speaker at industry events worldwide including Helicopter Investor, Vertical Flight (previously Helitech) and private conferences held by OEMs. He has a degree in Computing and Economics and completed an MBA at Kent Business School.

Tim Rolfe
CEO
HeliOffshore



Tim has had an exceptional 30-year career at Bristow Helicopters as a professional helicopter pilot in offshore, SAR, military support and VIP operations; and has extensive experience across the key disciplines of large helicopter operations, pilot training and safety management systems. He rose to Director Safety (EAMEA) and Global Safety Assurance and was a Board Member for six Bristow companies.

Tim was a core founder member of HeliOffshore in 2014, co-leads HeliOffshore’s operational effectiveness workstream and was commended for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Offshore Helicopter Safety’ at HeliOffshore’s conference in 2018.

As Chief Executive Officer, Tim now leads HeliOffshore’s mission, strategy and delivery to ensure no lives are lost in offshore aviation.

Brad Shaen
Founder & Director
International Aviation Marketing


Brad Shaen is the Director and Founder of International Aviation Marketing Ltd. Since founding the company, he has become a global leader in helicopter sales and acquisition, especially in the offshore oil & gas and utility sector.

With almost 25 years of experience in aviation, Brad has built a strong reputation as an industry expert that provides value-added strategies to helicopter operators and financial institutions of all sizes.

Brad is the former Director of Sales for Heli-One, which is the Asset Management and Maintenance Division of CHC Helicopter Corporation. In this role, he worked with helicopter operators worldwide supporting Heli-One’s helicopter sales and leasing and maintenance and modification services. During his time at Heli-One, Brad helped launch the Heli-One brand globally to helicopter operators, financial institutions and industry participants.

Pat Sheedy
President & CEO
Milestone Aviation



Pat Sheedy is Milestone Aviation's President and CEO. Having previously led the underwriting and portfolio management function at Milestone Aviation and having had overall risk responsibility for GE Engine Leasing and GECAS’ cargo business, Pat has 20 years of international financial services experience. He trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in Ireland and London, where he spent four years in a number of roles including In Audit and Assurance, Corporate Finance and Corporate Recovery, prior to joining GE in 2004.
Prior to joining Milestone, Pat spent the majority of his GE career working in Aviation Risk Management with a particular focus on Emerging Markets, holding a number of senior risk positions including Managing Director for Portfolio and Underwriting and Senior Vice President and Regional Risk Manager for GECAS in Dubai, covering the Middle East, Africa and Russia.
Pat obtained his Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from University Of Limerick Ireland and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Mike Stones
Group Editor
Helicopter Investor



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

William Sturm
Vice President Sales
Aero Asset



WILLIAM STURM is a business aviation specialist who has experience in all facets of the helicopter industry. He has managed aircraft fleets for major international companies and as a consultant has assisted both companies and individuals in acquiring and selling more than $500 million worth of aircraft in all corners of the globe. To discuss the Airbus markets in detail, please contact William at wsturm@avprojets.com.

Melissa Tomkiel
President and General Counsel
BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Inc.



Ms. Tomkiel has extensive experience in numerous business affairs and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures, aircraft and equipment leasing, purchasing and financing, public market transactions, government relations, Melissa Tomkiel is the President and General Counsel of Blade Urban Air Mobility, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDE) (“Blade”), a technology-powered, global urban air mobility platform committed to reducing travel friction by enabling cost-effective air transportation alternatives to some of the most congested ground routes in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Tomkiel began her career at Blade in 2015 as its President of Fixed Wing Operations and General Counsel. Prior to Blade, Ms. Tomkiel was President of LIMA NY Corp., a commuter air carrier operating amphibious seaplanes and rotorcraft. From 2006 to 2010, Ms. Tomkiel was a corporate attorney in the New York office of Pryor Cashman.

Ms. Tomkiel has extensive experience in numerous business affairs and transactions, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures, aircraft and equipment leasing, purchasing and financing, public market transactions, government relations, corporate governance and securities compliance.

Ms. Tomkiel earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Duncan Walker
Founder and CEO
Skyports



Profile coming soon...

Ed Washecka
Chief Executive Officer
RACE Aviation Partners


Ed Washecka has more than 20 years of experience in the helicopter operating and leasing industries. At RACE Aviation Partners, Mr. Washecka is focused on the leasing, repurposing and part out of distressed value helicopter assets.
Mr. Washecka founded Waypoint Leasing and built the company into the 2nd largest helicopter lessor with more than 155 helicopters worth $1.6 billion. Prior to founding Waypoint with more than $400 million in equity commitments, Mr. Washecka was CEO of Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA), formerly the helicopter subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings (NYSE: CKH). Over the course of a decade, Mr. Washecka built SEACOR's small seed investment of $50,000 in a struggling helicopter operator to more than US$700 million in helicopter assets through organic growth and acquisition. Era's 800+ employees operated and supported more than 175 helicopters in the US, China, Australia, Brazil, India and other major markets. While leading Era's helicopter operating business, Mr. Washecka pioneered Era Leasing, which grew to encompass 45 medium and heavy helicopters leased to operators in more than a dozen countries worldwide. Era's leasing operations led other investors into the space and helped develop the sector as a source of equipment for operators.
Mr. Washecka is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Business School.

Rob Wiesenthal
Founder & CEO
BLADE Urban Air Mobility


Since July 2015, Mr. Wiesenthal has served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blade Urban Air Mobility, Inc., a technology enabled short-distance aviation company and the largest arranger of helicopter flights in and out of city centers in the United States.

From January 2013 to July 2015, Mr. Wiesenthal served as Chief Operating Officer of Warner Music Group Corp., a leading global music conglomerate. From 2000 to 2012, Mr. Wiesenthal served in various senior executive capacities with Sony Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sony Corporation of America.

Prior to joining Sony, from 1988 to 2000, Mr. Wiesenthal served in various capacities with Credit Suisse First Boston, most recently as Managing Director, Head of Digital Media and Entertainment. Mr. Wiesenthal previously served on the Board of Directors of Starz.

Mr. Wiesenthal has a B.A. from the University of Rochester.