An Opportunistic FBO-Centered Growth Strategy at Hawthorne Corp.

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Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

Steven P. Levesque is a respected Charleston, South Carolina, executive who recently founded Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC. In his leadership role, he draws on extensive experience leading Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. As reported in AviationPros in 2012, Steven P. Levesque led Hawthorne’s recent Fixed Base Operations (FBO), Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Aircraft Charter and Management (ACM) growth.

Joining Hawthorne in 1995, Steve P. Levesque took on positions of increasing responsibility and helped diversify the company in its operations at various airports. He served as CFO of Piedmont Hawthorne when was an $850 million revenue company. In 2011, he was integral in launching the firm’s latest fixed-base operator (FBO) effort, in coordination with a private equity partner. FBOs provide essential services such as aircraft hangaring, ground handling, and refueling.

Hawthorne’s FBO business was opportunistic in nature, with the company seeking out second-tier growth airports, which are less expensive to build operations at than major U.S. airports and offer the opportunity to quickly ramp up services.


Steven Levesque launches Global Aviation Infrastructure LLC

A long time Charleston, South Carolina resident, Steven P. Levesque has deep experience in the aviation industry. A graduate of the University of North Carolina Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), he served on active duty for several years before transitioning to the reserves.  He subsequently earned his MBA at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.


His aviation background dates back to 1995, and he has served in numerous leadership capacities in the last 20 years. Highlights include CFO of an $850 million revenue aerospace company and most recently serving as CEO of a new general aviation services company and Fixed Base Operation (FBO) platform with capabilities in aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Aircraft Charter and Management (ACM). Steven Levesque’s international experience includes development and management projects in India, Europe and the Middle East.


Steven Levesque recently launched a new platform, Global Aviation Infrastructure LLC, to provide 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.