NATA to Hold 2016 Aviation Business Conference in June

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National Air Transportation Association

Aviation industry executive Steven P. Levesque recently left Hawthorne Global Aviation Services to launch Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to his professional endeavors in and around Charleston, Steven P. Levesque maintains memberships in several trade groups, including the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

NATA members from across the country will soon come together for the organization’s 2016 Aviation Business Conference, which will be held June 8-10 in Washington, DC. Over the course of the three-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in several activities, including a welcome reception, an awards ceremony, and a networking luncheon.

Another highlight of the business conference will be the Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill, where NATA members will meet face-to-face with members of Congress to advocate for the aviation industry. The event will also feature several prominent speakers and a number of exhibiting companies who will showcase the latest industry products and services. For more information, including registration and housing details, visit


Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC

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Charleston, South Carolina


Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC, was recently founded by Steven P. Levesque, a Charleston resident with a long history of aviation-industry experience. Steven P. Levesque previously led Hawthorne Global Aviation Services.

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.

Global Aviation Infrastructure LLC, provides 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. Steven Levesque leads the company from Charleston, South Carolina.

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.