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Oliver Brown - Aero Connect Founder

Oliver Brown has been at the forefront of the aircraft leasing industry since 1994.

In addition to being the founder and owner of Aero Connect, Oliver is an aircraft & engine leasing advisor to financial institutions that either own or are seeking to acquire aviation related assets.

From 2014 to 2018, Oliver was a Managing Director at Stellwagen Capital (formerly Element Financial) where he was responsible for the daily administration of a $1.5B aircraft portfolio. Additionally, Oliver was responsible for originating aircraft and engine acquisition and disposition opportunities through his extensive aviation industry network that includes relationships with over 500 global airlines and virtually every leasing company.

Prior to joining Stellwagen Capital, Oliver co-founded Pacific AirFinance in 2008, where he raised $100 million to purchase used commercial aircraft and engines. Acquisitions included a sale lease back of 757-200s with American Airlines, purchase of 757-200s on lease to Delta Airlines and direct purchases of stored 737-300s that were acquired for part out and engine leasing.

In 2003, Oliver took on the role of strategic aircraft leasing advisor to Cerberus Capital Management. Under his guidance during his five year tenure there, Cerberus acquired both AerCap and AeroTurbine. Oliver was a member of AerCap’s investment committee and was responsible for the acquisition of 28 aircraft from GATX.

Prior to his work with Cerberus, Oliver served as Senior Vice President of Finance at Pegasus Aviation from 1996. Oliver was responsible for Pegasus’ financial growth that transitioned the company from a small commercial aircraft lessor with a fleet of 25 aircraft to a premier aircraft lessor with a fleet of over 200 high-quality aircraft. During his seven year tenure, Oliver raised over $4 billion of capital.

In 1994, Oliver joined USL Capital where he was a Financial Analyst within the aircraft leasing group. Oliver was responsible for financial reporting.

Oliver holds a BS degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA and a MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA.

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