Jacob S. Hodges
Jacob Hodges, Founder and President of Global BTG. Mr. Hodges has over twelve years of experience in international cross border big ticket finance with a specific emphasis in commercial aircraft leasing and over 11 years in commercial banking and leasing. Mr. Hodges is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, financial and marketing operations, as well as new business development for the group. In this capacity he directs the activities of the team, develops their regional benchmarks and goals, and manages the growth of the business overall. As Head of Global Capital Markets Mr. Hodges, via relationships with banks and money centers worldwide, obtains financing for acquisitions and direct investments of third parties.
Prior to founding Global BTG in 2010, Mr. Hodges was on contract with a family of affiliated companies including Goderich Aircraft, DRB Aviation Consultants, and Genesis Custom Jetliners (an aircraft passenger to VIP conversion company), and was employed by BCI Aircraft Leasing, Inc., wherein he was the Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets. He joined BCI in 2004 and grew the company to become in 2007 arguably the largest privately held aircraft lessor in the world. He has raised over US$1 billion dollars in debt financing for aircraft acquisitions from banks in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, as well as private equity groups and hedge funds, and has been involved in the acquisition and management of over 118 aircraft.
Prior to joining BCI, Mr. Hodges worked as a Business Development Officer with Key Bank, N.A. and also held positions of Director of Intermediary Relations with ACC Capital, formerly Amembal Leasing in which he managed over 250 brokers and intermediaries. Mr. Hodges started his finance career with the leasing company Matrix Funding Group, a division of Unicapital. Mr. Hodges received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Utah.
Steve Shamsai, Technical Administration Advisor for the Company. Mr. Shamsai is responsible for the evaluation and maintenance of the physical assets of the Company as well as technical work performed for third parties and he has complete responsibility for sourcing and managing technical vendors. He possesses over 30 years of airline maintenance and engineering experience. Mr. Shamsai is also an FAA designated airworthiness representative (DAR), and is authorized by the FAA to perform aircraft inspections and issue airworthiness certification on behalf of the FAA.
Prior to Global BTG Mr. Shamsai was employed as Vice President, Technical Administration for BCI Aircraft Leasing, Inc. Mr. Shamsai has also held Senior Director at Polar Air Cargo from 1995 until 2003 wherein he managed Maintenance Operations and Planning, Quality Control, Engineering, Technical Publications, Aircraft Records, Training, Tooling, and Material Support. His annual budget surpassed $62 million. His record there includes the development and implementation of a new oceanic GPS navigation system on classic 747 fleet, and the initial configuration, inspections, test flights, and delivery of a new fleet of 747-400 from Boeing. Mr. Shamsai received his BS in Aeronautical Engineering and AS in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1981.
Patrick Yip, Investment Advisor for Global BTG. Mr. Yip has been in commercial aircraft leasing since 2006 and works directly with management and sales in analyzing, pricing and modeling transactions. Patrick oversees lease management once a transaction has closed and works closely with accounting on the entry. Previously Mr. Yip was employed by BCI Aircraft Leasing from 2006 to 2010 wherein he was responsible for strategic financial planning, and analyzing aircraft investment opportunities through the use of financial and statistical models. Prior to BCI, he was at Disney and ESPN Media Networks, where he worked with executive management on budget development and strategic long term planning. Mr. Yip’s educational background includes a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he graduated magna cum laude.
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