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    Thomas Mahr
    Chairman & Co-Founder

    Tom is the Charman 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
    Chairman & 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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    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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    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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    Simon Chiu
    Senior Vice President

    Simon joined SkyWorks as a Vice President in March 2003 and is responsible for financial analysis and modeling as well as assisting senior professionals with transaction execution and marketing.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Simon was employed with Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation in the Aircraft Special Finance Group. At MTBC, Simon specialized in aircraft leverage lease financings and power plant project financings, preparing credit reviews and proposals, monitoring industry conditions and aircraft valuations, and assisting account officers in structuring transactions.

    Simon has experience as a credit analyst with Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, where he prepared credit proposals on syndicated and original transactions and supported a group of Senior Account Officers in cultivating new business. Simon was also a Senior Research Assistant for Standard and Poor’s Corporation, where he provided analytical support to analysts within the transportation and telecommunications groups.

    Simon graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Business Management and Finance, and from Baruch College with an M.B.A. in Finance and Investments. 

    Simon Chiu
    Senior Vice President
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    Geoffrey Munger
    Senior Vice President

    Geoff joined SkyWorks in January 2007 and is responsible for transaction execution and marketing.

    Geoff began his career with SkyWorks as an Analyst, honing his skills in financial analysis and modeling and working on projects such as portfolio and individual aircraft valuation, maintenance cost projections, and lease vs. own analyses. In recent years, Geoff has helped lead multiple aircraft order advisory engagements and has gained extensive experience in executing a broad range of aircraft financings, from sale-and-leasebacks to debt to JOLCO financings.

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Geoff received his MBA from the University of Connecticut and was awarded the Hartford Society of Financial Analysts’ Award as the top finance student in his program. While in graduate school, he served as a fund manager for the University of Connecticut Foundation’s Student Managed Fund program and interned with GE in a market research position.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Geoff was a product development manager for a large consumer goods company. He is the product of an airline family, as his father was a pilot and then flight engineer for United Airlines from 1952 until 2001.

    Geoffrey Munger
    Senior Vice President
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    Steven Gaal
    Managing Partner & Co-Founder

    Steve is Managing Partner 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 Partner & Co-Founder
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    Nancy Zajac
    Senior Vice President & Head of Legal

    Nancy joined SkyWorks in March 2008. Nancy is a lawyer and a member of the New York Bar since 1985.

    Prior to SkyWorks, Nancy was associated with Babcock & Brown, an international and investment advisory firm, which she joined in 2006. Before joining Babcock, Nancy was a partner in Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm. Nancy has over 30 years of legal experience in a wide range of industries including aviation, infrastructure and electronics.

    Nancy received her B.A. with honors from Boston College. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University where she was a managing editor of the Law Review.

    Nancy Zajac
    Senior Vice President & Head of Legal

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