EVENTS Sponsor Event Calendar Past Events ISTAT Online

ISTAT Rising Executives Program


The ISTAT Rising Executives Program offers networking and educational opportunities to ISTAT members and professionals with less than ten years in the commercial aviation industry. Through networking events, educational offerings, content sharing and more, the ISTAT Rising Executives community provides the necessary resources commercial aviation professionals need to succeed in their roles and become future leaders in the industry.

Who Can Join

  • Young professionals in the ISTAT community
    • 1-10 years’ experience
    • ISTAT members or individuals employed by an ISTAT member company

Why Join

  • Opportunities to greatly expand your network by getting to know colleagues who are new to the commercial aviation industry
  • Access to senior leaders in the ISTAT community, and all their insights
  • New avenues for learning about the wide variety of people and activities that make the commercial aviation industry an exciting world to work in
  • A chance to be a part of a community that will help you develop the skills necessary to become a successful executive and leader in the industry


Upcoming Virtual Session

28 January 2021
9:00 New York | 14:00 Dublin | 22:00 Singapore

Join Host Kristen Chmielewski, partner at GC Aero Law, LLP, as she explores the legacies of Thomas Garbaccio, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group and Jep Thornton, Partner, Aerolease Aviation, whose roots in aviation started with their families. Listen in as they share their insights on the future of the industry, including the risks and challenges to be expected and the innovative solutions needed for the industry to thrive again. Young professionals will learn how they may contribute to the recovery efforts post-COVID-19 and push boundaries to initiate change.

Audience questions are strongly encouraged during the event and in advance. Questions can be submitted to ISTAT Headquarters at

Register Now

Past Virtual Session

Paul Geaney and Karl Griffin, two of the industry's intriguing leaders, share their experiences being young professionals during the 2008 Great Recession. Hear their lessons learned and advice for navigating the challenges aviation professionals currently face.




At a time when it is safe to gather, members of the ISTAT Rising Executives community look forward to gathering in person to meet face-to-face and continue to grow together.


Interested in getting involved or providing feedback? Contact one of the ISTAT Rising Executives Committee Members

  • Bridget Corry, Pricing Analyst, Genesis Aircraft Services;
  • Andrew McCarley, Director & Senior Consultant, Peabody Aerospace;
  • Ned Musgrave, Vice President, Origination, Avolon, APAC;
  • Aaron Prothero, Vice President Aircraft Trading, Aerolease Aviation

Join the ISTAT Rising Executives Program

First Name:

Last Name:



Job Title:


Membership Type:



   I have read and I agree to ISTAT's Privacy Policy