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Education

Sep 1994Dec 1996

MBA

The Citadel
Aug 1985May 1989

BSBA

University of North Carolina

Work History

Feb 2015Present

Founder & President

Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC

Management and advisory services for corporations, airport sponsors, and private equity firms and financial institutions. Focus areas include development and operations of airport infrastructure in the FBO, MRO and ACM areas as well as the development of airport facilities. The company is based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Nov 2010Jan 2015

President & CEO

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

Spearhead strategic development; report directly to Board of Directors. Act as decision-making authority and public face of Hawthorne. Oversee expansion, market penetration, acquisitions, policies/ procedures, and operations. Negotiate C-level contracts and financing; secure all capital. Ensure regulatory compliance. Establish strong brand recognition in Flight Operations, MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul), Line Service, and aviation/ airport infrastructure management. Engage stakeholders and ensure optimal business relationships/ community standing. Streamline operations/ workflow, increasing profitability and efficiency.

  • Led company from start-up to position as industry leader, with approximately $100 million annual revenue and 5 FBO locations and 5 additional aircraft management locations across North America.
  • Established successful, high-volume locations; negotiated Letters of Intent for four additional locations (currently in development).
  • Reduced healthcare costs by 40% without adversely affecting coverage, and with no cost increase to employees.
  • In 2013-2014, quoted over 50 times as industry expert in 15 national/ regional news outlets and general aviation publications, including Newsday, MarketWatch, Yahoo! Finance, Aviation International News, Flying, Airport Business, Business & Commercial Aviation, Charleston Business Journal, and others.
  • Regularly consulted with high-ranking government officials and staff to shape national aviation policy.
  • Elected as CEO in 2010 in recognition of exceptional record as President, Hawthorne Corporation.

 

Jul 1998Jan 2007

Senior Vice President-Chief Financial Officer

Piedmont Hawthorne Holdings, Inc.

Directed all strategic financial planning, forecasting, and budgeting. Led acquisition and divestiture strategies. Ensured regulatory compliance in all banking, investing, and financial operations. Assumed day-to-day custodianship of funds, securities, and assets. Assessed and managed risk, leverage opportunities, long-term financing, capital costs, and best financing tools for an $850 million revenue industry leading company.

Oversaw all corporate financial management, including business development, internal growth, and acquisition strategies. Liaised with equity sponsors/ investors. Reported directly to CEO. Recruited, trained, and mentored staff.

  • Guaranteed optimal capital structure, increasing security, leverage, and profitability.
  • Directed comprehensive analysis of investments, including tax/ cash flow implications; strategy resulted in unprecedented gain in internal rate of return.
  • Directed two large change of control transactions that returned 2.5 times and 4.3 times the equity capital invested, respectively.
  • Significantly increased internal rate of return to shareholders (over 60% on the second change of control).

Thought Leadership

Mr. Levesque is a sought after thought-leader in the aviation & infrastructure fields. In addition to his 20 year career as a senior executive with Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, Landmark Aviation and Piedmont Hawthorne, Mr. Levesque is a member of the President's Council of the National Air Transport Association (NATA) and Wings Club. In his leadership capacity with NATA he meets with members of Congress and their staffs on general aviation public policy issues.

 

In the past years, Mr. Levesque has been cited over 50 times in 15 general aviation industry publications (Aviation International News, Business & Commercial Aviation, Flying, Airport Business, Aviation Pros) and regional media outlets (Newsday, New Orleans City Business Journal, Charleston Business Journal).

 Select Publications Include:

Business & Commercial Aviation:

http://aviationweek.com/business-aviation/questions-steven-levesque

Yahoo Finance:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hawthorne-acquires-atlanta-executive-jet-143006786.html;_ylt=AwrBJR.1VslTSSEA1zWTmYlQ

Aviation International News Online:

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aviation-international-news/2014-05-08/hawthorne-global-opens-third-fbo

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aviation-international-news/2013-01-02/hawthorne-global-plans-growth-strategy

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/2008-05-20/hawthorne-names-new-president

Aviation Pros:

http://www.aviationpros.com/article/10797462/focus-not-just-on-size

http://www.aviationpros.com/press_release/10617128/hawthorne-global-aviation-services-acquires-excelaire-llc

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