NARA Experts Headline Business Aircraft Conference

NARA Experts Headline Business Aircraft Conference

A large group of experts from member companies of the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) will present or moderate at the upcoming NBAA Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference in Ft. Meyers, Fla. The NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) has scheduled the event March 18-21 to discuss emerging trends and strategies for success in the business aircraft segment.

“Our member organizations, which handle some 60 percent of the multi-billion dollar pre-owned business jet transaction market, are the go-to experts in business aircraft sales and purchasing,” said NARA Chairman Brian Proctor. “So attendees at NBAA’s conference will get the benefit of their knowledge, analytical expertise and wise counsel.”

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Conference co-chair Frank Polk, of NARA member McAfee & Taft, invites attendees to network with recognized leaders in business aviation and participate in interactive sessions on key topics that impact business aircraft financing and transactions. The agenda will feature speakers who are experts in aviation finance, aircraft utilization options, regulatory topics, tax planning, and risk management. With business aviation having a global footprint, the conference also provides strategies for managing complex international aircraft transactions.

NARA members and their role in the conference include: Rolland Vincent, of JETNET iQ, who will present the latest survey data on market sentiment and discuss Where is the Business Aircraft Market Headed? Amanda Applegate, from Aerlex, will participate in a session entitled Aircraft Transactions: What Can Go Wrong?

Frank Polk, of McAfee & Taft, will moderate a panel on International Registry: Focus on Litigation. Mike Hoggan, of TVPX, and Keith Swirsky, from GKG Law, together will present Tax Reform Update for Business Aviation. Jim Simpson, of First Republic Bank, and Alex Overstrom, with PNC Aviation Finance, will participate on the Aircraft Financing Panel.

Several representatives from aircraft manufacturers will conduct a panel discussion entitled Perspectives from OEM General Counsels covering common issues they encounter in transactions. Participants include Aaron Abold, Embraer; Jim Marks, Dassault Falcon Jet. Corp.; Blake Meyen, Textron Aviation; and Francois Ouellette, Bombardier.

Sponsors for the NBAA conference include a number of NARA-affiliated companies: McAfee & Taft, AIC Title Service, TVPX, Aviation Management Systems, Inc. and Cutter Aviation. NARA Chairman Brian Proctor is president and CEO of the Mente Group LLC.

All NARA members follow a strict NARA Code of Ethics, and the Broker/Dealer members must pass a rigorous certification process to assure the highest standards when buying and selling previously owned aircraft. Ultimately, they are recognized as NARA Certified Aircraft Brokers and Dealers. NARA Products and Services Members represent a variety of aviation services that operate with the highest professional standards in the industry.

NARA, a professional trade association, formed more than 25 years ago, is comprised of selected aircraft sales and brokerage businesses that are NARA Certified and aircraft product/services companies that adhere to the highest professional standards. Promoting the growth and public understanding of the aircraft resale industry, NARA’s members abide by an elite 14-point Code of Ethics that provides standards of business conduct regarding aircraft transactions. For more information about NARA, its members and its code of ethics, visit the NARA website at

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