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ISTAT Debates: Rumble Over Aviation’s Recovery (ROAR)

ISTAT Debates: Rumble Over Aviation’s Recovery (ROAR)

Start Date:
6 May 2021

Start Time:
9:00 NEW YORK | 14:00 DUBLIN | 21:00 SINGAPORE

60 minutes

Get a ringside seat as two ISTAT Past Presidents ROAR. In one corner, cheer on Gerry Butler, Chief Marketing Officer, Merx Aviation Finance, who will take the view of: Recovery. What recovery? We may never get back to where we were. In the other corner, cheer on Jep Thornton, Managing Partner, Aerolease Aviation, as he takes the opposing view of: The recovery is here and it’s time to lock ‘n load! Refereeing this verbal stoush is another well-known industry leader, Pete Seidlitz, President, Bristol Associates, Inc. Watch live or on-demand for knockout blows - no time for TKOs here. Expect lots of good craic (or tears) mixed with some perspective on the industry’s outlook.

May 6, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gerry Butler
Chief Marketing Officer @Merx Aviation Finance
Gerry Butler joined Merx in 2015 to head the Dublin office and operations and serves as global head of marketing. Previously, Mr. Butler was a Director at Apollo Aviation, where he served on the Board of Directors. During his tenure at Apollo, he expanded the Dublin office with oversight of the origination, marketing, pricing and risk functions. In his time with Apollo, Mr. Butler originated $2 billion of aircraft asset transactions, including more than 85 aircraft. Prior to his role at Apollo, he served in various roles with RBS Structured Asset Finance and RBS Aviation Capital in Dublin, London, and New York. Mr. Butler is a graduate of University College Dublin and has completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Jep Thornton
Partner @Aerolease Aviation, LLC
Jep Thornton is an aircraft trader who has been in the industry for over 40 years, over 30 of which have been trading aircraft. Thornton has owned and traded hundreds of aircraft since he started his first trading and leasing company, NSJ Corporation, in 1989. Thornton was a founding partner of Automatic LLC and joined Aerolease Aviation in 2010 as managing partner. In the 2008-2020 cycle Aerolease was a market maker in the B757 market. Thornton has been on the board of ISTAT since 2007 and served as President of ISTAT from 2013-2015 and Chariman of the ISTAT Foundation from 2017-2020. Thornton continues to serve as the vice-chairman of the Foundation.