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Leadership

Officers

Douglas W. Runte
President - Until March 2019
Managing Director & Head of 
Aviation Research
Deutsche Bank
New York, NY, USA

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Dick Forsberg
Vice President - Until March 2019
Head of Strategy
Avolon
Dublin, Ireland

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David Sutton
Secretary - Until March 2019
President & CEO
VLF Aviation Services, LLC
Germantown, TN, USA

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Dean Gerber
Treasurer - Until March 2019
Shareholder
Vedder Price, P.C.
Chicago, IL, USA

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Position Holders

Marc S. Allinson
Immediate Past President - Until March 2019
Executive Director
Charlotte Parker Associates
Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

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Jep Thornton
ISTAT Foundation Chairman - Until March 2020
Managing Partner
Aerolease Aviation, LLC
Miami, FL, USA

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Bryson Monteleone
Chairman, ISTAT Appraisers' Program Board of Governors
Until March 2021

Consultant - Senior Team Member
PwC | Aviation Finance Advisory Services
Dunn Long, VA, USA

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Gerry Butler
President-Elect
Managing Director
Merx Aviation Finance
Dublin, Ireland

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Directors

Peter Blakeney
Until March 2022
Vice President, Aircraft Trading
Apollo Aviation Management Limited
Dublin, Ireland

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Marilyn Gan
Until March 2020
Managing Director, Regional Head Aviation Finance Asia
DVB Bank SE
Singapore

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Gerry Laderman
Until March 2021
Senior Vice President Finance, 
Procurement & Treasurer
United Airlines
Chicago, IL, USA

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James Meyler
Until March 2019
CEO ORIX Aviation Hong Kong & Deputy CEO
ORIX Aviation Group  
Hong Kong

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Richard Owen Walker
Until March 2020
Head of Leasing & Investor Marketing 
Airbus
Blagnac, France

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Daniel J. Pietrzak
Until March 2019
Managing Director of Fleet Management
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Atlanta, GA, USA

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Mary Prettyman
Until March 2021
Head of Customer Marketing
Pratt & Whitney
East Hartford, CT, USA

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Ye Tian (Joe)
Until March 2022
Managing Director, Head of Aviation
Ping An International Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.
China

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Steven Townend
Until March 2019
Chief Commercial Officer
BOC Aviation Limited
London, UK

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John Vitale
Until March 2021
President & CEO
AVITAS, Inc.
Chantilly, VA, USA

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Michael Weiss
Until March 2021
Head of Aircraft Trading
SMBC Aviation Capital
Dublin, Ireland

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Kostya Zolotusky
Until March 2019
Managing Director; Capital Markets, Leasing
Boeing Capital Corporation
Seattle, WA, USA

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Past Presidents

George Dutton – 1983 - 1985 

Ronald K. Anderson – 1985 - 1987        

Richard L. Spaulding – 1987 - 1989        

Anders Folkedal – 1989 - 1991        

Stephen J. Fortune – 1991 - 1993        

A. Oakley Brooks – 1993 - 1995        

Johannes Einarsson – 1995 - 1997        

Allen M. Oliver – 1997 - 1999        

James E. McMillen – 1999 – 2001

Bill Cumberlidge – 2001 – 2003

Michael A. Metcalf – 2003 – 2005

Thomas W. Heimsoth – 2005 – 2007

Michael Platt – 2007 – 2009

John Vitale – 2009 – 2011

Joseph Ozimek – 2011 – 2013

Jep Thornton – 2013 – 2015

Marc S. Allinson – 2015 – 2017

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