Don Dwyer the managing partner of the firm Guardian Jet has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
The Advisory Council consists of representatives from NBAA Member companies that provide aircraft products and services to NBAA Member flight departments. The purpose of the Council is to advise the Board of Directors on Business Member interests, government representation, industry programs, communication efforts and educational initiatives.
Dwyer was selected for his “excellent leadership qualities, financial and consulting expertise and vast experience having worked on both sides of the aircraft sales process—both as a broker and manufacturer,” said Sheryl Barden, Advisory Council Chairperson. “Don does business all over the globe, and leads a very contemporary, forward-thinking organization, which is a leader in bringing technology and data into the decision-making process.”
Dwyer replaces the Council’s outgoing member, Joe Carfagna, Jr., of Leading Edge Aviation Solutions. He will serve a three-year term ending in October 2022.
“I’ve long been a proponent of the critical work that the NBAA does on behalf of our great industry and its people. Now, as a Council member, I’ll do my utmost to uphold the NBAA’s tenets, and extend its reach and influence wherever possible,” he said.
In 2010, Dwyer joined his brother, Michael, as co-managing partner of Guardian Jet. Since then, their company based in Guilford, Connecticut, has become one of the largest aircraft brokerage, appraisals and consulting firm in the world, with satellite offices in the U.S. and Europe.
A frequent speaker at aviation industry events, Dwyer is particularly regarded for his extensive expertise in aircraft finance, asset management, fleet planning and aircraft sales.
Prior to joining Guardian Jet, Dwyer spent most of his career rising through the ranks at the aircraft manufacturer, Hawker Beechcraft. As their Vice President of Global Sales, he led the entire sales team, and oversaw the company’s international dealer network.
Dwyer is a president of the Board of Challenge America and a former board member for Challenge Aspen, a world-renowned organization devoted to recreational therapy for all types of disabled persons. An avid sailor, Dwyer is also a 4,500-hour commercial pilot and certified flight instructor.