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ISTAT Learning Lab: ISTAT Debates Rematch - Rumble Over Aviation's Recovery (ROAR)


Jan 18, 2022 07:27 AM

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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 responsible for deal origination with a focus on strategy and finance. He has been in the aviation industry for over 30 years working for airlines, operating lessors, and an aerospace lender. He founded NSJ Corporation in 1989 which was sold to UniCapital in 1998. In 2000 Thornton founded Automatic LLC growing to a portfolio of 36 aircraft, which it sold off during 2007. In 2009 Automatic closed a sale and leaseback of 5 B747-400’s with KLM that was sold on to Guggenheim Aviation. In 2010 Thornton left Automatic to become a partner in Aerolease Aviation. During his career in aircraft leasing and trading, he has bought and sold hundreds of aircraft.