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Kirsten Bartok, Managing Partner
Kirsten co-founded AirFinance in 2008 with a few other partners with long histories in aviation financing, and in 2010 took a leave of absence from the company to work with Hawker Beechcraft Corporation the manufacturer of business, special-mission and trainer aircraft. While at Hawker, Kirsten was Vice President, Sales Financing, Structured Finance & Corporate Development where she was responsible for structured finance, sales financing, corporate development, strategy, joint ventures, developing and maintaining relations with financing institutions and investment banking communities as it related to mergers and acquisitions.
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Tom Low, Managing Partner
Tom Low was president of Cessna Finance Corporation from March 2005 to March 2011. Low also served as group president of TFC’s Captive Finance Divisions, and, as such, had oversight for the financing activity related to products manufactured by its parent company, Textron Inc.; including Cessna aircraft, Bell helicopters, E-Z-GO golf cars and Jacobsen turf equipment. At the end of 2008, these businesses held over $3.6 billion in secured loans and leases to global customers in 74 countries. In this role, Low was responsible for supporting continued sales growth of Cessna, Bell, E-Z-GO and Jacobsen by providing financial solutions to their customers, while managing credit, documentation and collections to contribute to Textron’s profitability.
Brent Cox, Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer
Prior to joining AirFinance, Brent spent almost 10 years with Textron Financial ending as the Chief Credit Officer of their Captive Finance division. The Captive Finance division finances products manufactured by Textron, Inc. and their subsidiaries including Cessna Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, E-Z-GO Golf Equipment, and Jacobsen Turf Equipment. In his role as Chief Credit Officer, Brent had responsibility for oversight of the credit process, setting of policy and procedures, portfolio oversight as well as chairing both the credit committee and the residual value committee.
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Andrew Woolfson, Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa
Prior to joining AirFinance, Andrew Woolfson was Director of International Sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Cessna Finance Corporation from September 2008 to July 2012. In that time, Woolfson had responsibilities for the financing of Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopters in his region. This included responsibilities of sales, structuring, credit presentation, structured finance solutions, restructuring, collection and repossession for all Bell and Cessna products. By mid-year 2012, through financing Woolfson supported more than USD$300 million of sales and over 50 aircraft sales for Bell and Cessna in 20 countries, including transacting in 5 new countries for Cessna Finance.
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Eric Lewin, Vice President Legal
Mr. Lewin's responsibilities include structuring and executing transactions for AirFinance and advising on AirFinance's general legal issues. Mr. Lewin's experience is comprised of managing complex cross-border transactions from a multi-disciplinary perspective where the deal volume reached well into the billions. The scope of that experience includes primarily asset finance transactions, with a heavy concentration on aircraft finance, though earlier in his career Mr. Lewin worked on acquisition finance transactions as well as various mergers and acquisitions and other commercial matters. Prior to joining AirFinance, Mr. Lewin was a banker in London with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its leasing line of business and, preceding that, Mr. Lewin was an associate in the Paris office of Mayer Brown. Mr. Lewin is qualified to practice law in California and France.
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Rodolfo Lacayo, Vice President Latin America
Prior to joining AirFinance, Mr. Lacayo was CFO and Credit Manager for Ravago Mexico from April 2012 to December 2013. In that time, Rodolfo had responsibilities for the credit line structuring and limits, and all tax related and administrative functions of all Ravago companies as well as currency trading and exposures. This included coordinating audits, inventory reports, margin analysis, tax reports, credit line analysis and credit structure set ups, as well negotiating with banks for forwards and credit lines. Overall receivables were north of USD$60 million with sales north of USD$400 million.
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H. Suha Kocabal, Vice President, Turkey, Middle East, Asia
Prior to joining to AirFinance, Suha was with TD Bank Group’s Export Credit & Agency Finance group from 2002 to 2018. At TD, Suha headed up the banks export credit origination focused primarily on the US Export Import Bank in the aerospace and transportation sector. During his time there he was also responsible for originating $500M in non-aviation related export credit loans globally. In this area of expertise, he covered both the US manufacturers as well as large corporate names in certain international markets, namely, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, India, Middle East, and Turkey. Suha was also part of the team that developed US Exim’s Qualified Advisor initiative.
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Paul Sykes, Senior Manager, Credit, and Helicopter Business Development
Prior to joining AirFinance, Paul was a risk manager in the corporate aircraft group of GE Capital in London. At GE Capital he was responsible for credit management for the United Kingdom and Nordic regions, this included managing the runoff of an aircraft portfolio of approximately USD $200 million. Prior to GE Capital, Paul was a leasing manager for one of the two largest helicopter operators globally, CHC Helicopter. There he was responsible for sourcing, negotiating, and executing lease financing for CHC’s fleet of helicopters and was a key member of the team managing CHC’s USD$1.8 billion leased aircraft portfolio across multiple global commercial lessors and export credit agencies. Paul started his career in aviation finance at RBS Aviation Capital in their corporate jet department focused on deal origination and analysis. At RBS, Paul was the primary sales contact for the corporate jet finance transactions in SW Europe, MENA and Latin America. Paul earned his bachelors degree from the University of Leeds (UK).