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    Thomas Mahr
    CEO & Co-Founder

    Tom is the CEO and a Co-Founder of SkyWorks. Tom has played a leading role in many noteworthy M&A, corporate finance, aircraft acquisition/financing and strategic advisory transactions. He has more than 30 years of experience in airline management, investment banking and leasing, with a proven track record of developing successful business strategies and originating and executing transactions worldwide.

    Over the course of his career, Tom has established a track record of leading the successful start-ups of several other notable companies, including The Seabury Group, for which he co-led development of its investment banking practice in the aviation sector. Before Seabury, Tom was a principal at Fieldstone Private Capital Group, which he joined in 1991, subsequently co-leading the turnaround and development of what became their highly regarded aviation practice. He was previously Vice President of Marketing at Chrysler Capital in the Leasing and Investment Services Group.

    Prior to joining Chrysler Capital, Tom held a number of senior finance positions at Texas Air Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Continental Airlines, where he was involved in M&A activity, corporate finance, aircraft purchasing, aircraft finance, and financial planning and control. He was also a founder of Texas Air Leasing.

    Tom has also served on the board of Echelon International (EIN), a NYSE company with large aircraft and real estate holdings.

    Tom received his M.B.A. from American University and his B.A. from Ithaca College. He is also a private pilot.

    Thomas Mahr
    CEO & Co-Founder
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    Steven Gaal
    Managing Director & Co-Founder

    Steve is a Managing Director and a Co-Founder of SkyWorks with over 20 years of professional experience. He holds overall responsibility for day-to-day management of SkyWorks, as well as responsibility for corporate strategy and intellectual capital development including the firm’s research and suite of analytical tools. He also performs transaction execution in the firm’s investment banking and management consulting practices with accomplishments including leading strategic advisory assignments for major leasing companies and buy-side M&A advisory assignments on behalf of several major financial institutions.

    Prior to co-founding SkyWorks, Steve was a co-founder of The Seabury Group LLC. During his tenure at Seabury, he structured lease financing for several billion dollars of aircraft and other assets. Previous to Seabury he was employed by Fieldstone Private Capital Group, where he held senior responsibility for providing transaction structuring and quantitative expertise to its Structured Finance Group. Prior to joining Fieldstone in May 1995, he was an analyst at The Transportation Group, Ltd. where he held structuring responsibility in the company’s cross-border lease advisory business.

    Prior to The Transportation Group, Steve provided consulting services to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He led the development and implementation of two software-based PC systems that provided the agency’s Transportation Forecasting Division with significantly enhanced data retrieval and analytic capabilities in connection with traffic and revenue data generated at its six New York metropolitan area bridge and tunnel facilities.

    Steve graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Computer Science from Lehigh University. He was also President of the University’s debate team.

     

    Steven Gaal
    Managing Director & Co-Founder
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    Jeffrey Craine
    Managing Director & Co-Founder

    Jeff is a Managing Director and a Co-Founder of SkyWorks, where he holds senior responsibility for marketing, placement and execution of various asset-based transactions, and purchase agreement and M&A advisory assignments. Jeff has also recently been involved in and/or led several restructurings representing both airlines and airline creditors.

    Prior to SkyWorks, Jeff was employed at The Seabury Group LLC, which he joined in May 2000. At Seabury, Jeff was responsible for marketing, execution and placement of asset-based lease and debt transactions. Jeff also held senior responsibility for financial modeling.

    Before joining Seabury, Jeff worked in the Global Transportation Group at Greenwich NatWest, where he was responsible for marketing, structuring, and execution of various aircraft-backed transactions and financing advisories. Jeff’s experiences at Greenwich NatWest included providing debt financing into various cross-border and domestic leveraged lease structures and the arranging of enhanced equipment trust certificates and multi-obligor aircraft securitizations. Jeff also held senior responsibility for analytics for the group’s activities in multi-aircraft securitizations, enhanced equipment trust certificate issuances and other highly structured transactions.

    Prior to his tenure at Greenwich NatWest, Jeff worked at The Transportation Group, Ltd. where he held senior execution responsibility for the arranging and execution of cross-border leases for aircraft and rail transactions. At The Transportation Group, Jeff completed many “first-of-a-kind” leveraged lease transactions that utilized innovative tax accounting structures.

    Jeff received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had a dual concentration in Finance and Operations and Information Management.

     

    Jeffrey Craine
    Managing Director & Co-Founder
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    Anders Hebrand
    Managing Director & Head of Asset Management

    Anders is a Managing Director and Head of Asset Management at SkyWorks. Anders manages the day-to-day activities of SkyWorks’ asset management practice and broadly assists the SkyWorks team with aircraft-related advisory and management assignments. Anders has more than 25 years of experience dedicated to aircraft-related finance, leasing, investment and asset management.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Anders co-founded Sigma Aircraft Management, LLC in 1999, where he shared chief responsibility for customer interface, investment sourcing and global remarketing for the Company's managed jet aircraft portfolio.

    Anders was employed by PK AirFinance from 1989-1999, initially concentrating on distribution of aircraft-related debt. In 1993 he became Head of Marketing at PK AirFinance's headquarters in Luxembourg and was responsible for structuring loan transactions, aircraft remarketing, and transaction workouts in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 1995, he joined PK AirFinance's New York Branch as VP Marketing for North America and the Caribbean. During his career, Anders has originated more than $1 billion in aircraft-backed loans and has been involved in investment decisions and placements of over 200 aircraft.

    Anders has been a speaker at industry events arranged by Everest Aircraft Asset Management, Commercial Aviation Report and Piper Jaffray Capital Markets.

    Anders studied business administration and economics at the University of Lund, Sweden and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

     

    Anders Hebrand
    Managing Director & Head of Asset Management
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    Matthew Landess
    Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking

    Matt joined SkyWorks in 2008 with an extensive background in structuring and arranging aircraft‐backed lease and loan transactions. He has years of experience managing teams that helped advise and close transactions with some of the world’s largest airlines and a host of regional carriers. 

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Matt worked for more than 12 years at Babcock & Brown in their Aerospace Group where he managed several airline accounts. He has structured and closed billions of dollars worth of lease and mortgage financings for many U.S. and foreign airlines and played an integral role in two successful U.S. airline bankruptcy restructurings. Between 2005 and 2007 Matt lead the Delta Air Lines bankruptcy restructuring process as it related to over 600 aircraft, negotiating and closing many new leases in the process. Prior to that, Matt was involved with American Airlines’ acquisition of TWA while in bankruptcy, negotiating numerous new leases while advising on expectations of aircraft values and lease rates.  

    Before joining Babcock & Brown, Matt worked in a strategic marketing position with Denver’s Regional Transportation District.

    Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

    Today, he is a member of both the Wings Club and the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading.
     

     

    Matthew Landess
    Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking
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    Scott Gibson
    Managing Director & Head of Management Consulting

    Scott joined SkyWorks in September of 2010 and presently serves as a Managing Director and Head of Management Consulting. Scott’s primary focus is to lead the SkyWorks strategy, business transformation and airline restructuring advisory programs. Scott brings over 35 years of experience as a senior airline executive and advisor to airlines and airline related businesses in developing and implementing business strategy and restructurings.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Scott was Managing Director at the Seabury Group where he was involved in numerous restructurings, business transformation, M&A and strategy assignments. He led the successful 2004 bankruptcy restructuring of Avianca, led the cost reduction and business transformation team during the 2003 bankruptcy restructuring of USAirways, co-led the 2007/2008 restructuring at South African Airways, led the 2002/2003 restructuring of Air Jamaica and was part of the Air Canada bankruptcy restructuring team in 2003/2004. 

    Previous to Seabury, Scott was Senior Vice President and Managing Officer New York for aviation consultants SH&E. Scott’s focus was airline strategy and transformation and his client base included Air Afrique, American Airlines, Apollo Management, Continental Airlines, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Airlines, LAN Chile, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Menzies, South African Airways and TransBrasil.

    Scott’s airline management experience includes senior executive positions at TWA (responsible for Network Planning, Marketing, Corporate Strategy and Corporate Affairs), Continental (International Marketing and Planning), Texas Air Corporation (Airline Planning and M&A), New York Air (Planning and Systems) and Pan American World Airways (International Scheduling) and an advisor to Northwest Airlines on international strategy, alliances and M&A: and a member of the board of directors for Worldspan. In addition, Scott spent several years in Washington, DC as a Senior Fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute (a public policy organization) focusing on Aviation, Telecommunications and Trade Policy.

    Scott’s global experience includes work in 70 countries on all continents. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

    Scott Gibson
    Managing Director & Head of Management Consulting
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    Colum Carr
    Managing Director

    Colum serves as a Managing Director at SkyWorks after previously serving as Managing Director and Group Head of SkyWorks Capital Asia, Ltd., between June 2011 and June 2013, to work on business development, marketing, and execution of various assignments in Asia.

    Colum has over 30 years of experience in asset based finance and the capital markets, across many different asset classes and jurisdictions. Previously, at Sunrise Securities Corp, his role was to originate debt and equity financing mandates for this boutique investment bank. At AllCapital (the US subsidiary of Allco Finance Group) he built, financed and managed an operating lease portfolio of rail assets.

    Colum worked at AIG Financial Products Corp. from 1995 to 2006, marketing interest rate and currency risk management products to corporate and financial institutions. From 1997, he established a new business for AIG in the structured tax leasing market, providing a range of lending and investment products to investors and lessees. While at AIG, he worked closely with ILFC, AIG’s operating lease subsidiary.

    Colum spent the previous ten years in the aircraft leasing industry working with GPA Group plc and moving to GE Capital Aviation Services on it’s incorporation. He raised significant amounts of debt financing for GPA and its joint venture companies, developed sale-leaseback opportunities in the US and Europe before moving to Tokyo in 1991 to head up GPA’s representative office there. At GECAS, he continued to be responsible for developing business with investors in the Japanese market.

    Colum spent the earlier stage of his career teaching Accounting & Finance, as Treasurer of a major construction project and as a Trainee Accountant. He is presently a Trustee of two aircraft securitizations.

    Colum graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin, holds an M.B.A. from University College Galway and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the U.K

    Colum Carr
    Managing Director
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    Vanki Chow
    Managing Director

    Vanki joined SkyWorks in February 2008. At SkyWorks, Vanki is responsible for aircraft remarketing and sourcing, asset management services, as well as transaction execution.  Vanki brings over 32 years of aviation experience in leading SkyWorks’ efforts in providing technical and commercial expertise to clients on new aircraft and engine orders, purchase agreement and lease negotiations, sale leaseback transactions, and after-market aircraft and engine maintenance repair and overhaul contracts.   

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Vanki was with the CIT Group where he specialized in negotiating technical and operating provisions in operating lease agreements, lease restructurings, and MOUs/LOIs with operators, OEMs and MROs.  His responsibilities also included risk/cost analysis in relation to asset acquisitions and divestments.

    Vanki has extensive experience with airframe and engine maintenance services. Prior to joining the CIT Group, Vanki held a number of positions at United Services, a maintenance-focused division of United Air Lines.  During his time at United Services, he directed and developed various airframe and engine maintenance service programs in addition to supporting a number of joint ventures, and was head of the Engine/Component Customer Support Group.  Prior to United Services, Vanki was at AlliedSignal Aerospace (preceding its merger with Honeywell), where he managed sales relationships with airline customers and negotiated long term MRO contracts for the company’s APU division.  Vanki’s aviation career includes positions at Pan American World Airways in maintenance, General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Group’s field engineering, where he provided technical support to airline customers through the formulation of engine maintenance programs, and United Air Lines in powerplant engineering and fleet planning.

    Vanki received an M.B.A from Bernard M. Baruch Graduate School of Business in New York City.  He is a graduate of Parks Air College of Saint Louis University, where he received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering.  He is a FAA certified A&P and private pilot.

    Vanki Chow
    Managing Director

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