WiNG CAPITAL LLC

Meet the Team

Michael Gangemi

Michael Gangemi

Michael Gangemi
Co-Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Mr. Michael Gangemi co-founded WNG Capital in May 2009. He has been involved in structured finance, including aviation, and structured credit trading for 35 years. Prior to forming WNG, Mr. Gangemi was the Managing Director and Head of the Special Situations Group (SSG) at Deutsche Bank. Within SSG, Mr. Gangemi established and managed the aircraft investment and portfolio financing businesses. From 2003 through 2008, SSG invested in and disposed of 16 aircraft utilizing operating leases, and underwrote and syndicated in excess of $4 billion of aircraft portfolio financing. Mr. Gangemi was also responsible for origination, distribution and trading of credit and asset risk in a wide range of physical and financial assets subject to lease and other illiquid forms of contractual claims involving intellectual property, insurance, containers, shipping and legal settlements. Prior to DB, Mr. Gangemi was the Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of New Boston Partners Ltd. in London and the Managing Director of BTM Capital Corporation.
– Mr. Gangemi earned his CPA while working with Coopers & Lybrand and was previously Series 7, 24 and 63 registered
– M.B.A. from the University of Virginia
– B.S. from Babson College

Al Nigro

Al Nigro

Al Nigro,
Co-Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Mr. Al Nigro co-founded WNG Capital in May 2009. He has 33 years of aerospace experience with extensive roles in flight test, engineering, sales, finance and leasing. Prior to forming WNG, Mr. Nigro was a Director and one of the founders of Deutsche Bank’s aircraft investment and portfolio finance businesses. Prior to DB, Al was Senior Vice President of the Commercial Aviation Finance Group at Bank of America. Mr. Nigro has completed transactions involving over 450 aircraft with a combined market value in excess of $9.4 billion with airlines operating in 21 different countries. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Nigro worked in aircraft operating leasing at Sanwa Business Credit Corp and Mitsui & Co. Mr. Nigro began his career at McDonnell Douglas Corp (now Boeing) as an Aircraft Design Engineer and an Experimental Flight Test Engineer and later as Director of Marketing in Southeast Asia. Mr. Nigro was the Lessor Representative on the Board of Directors of Spirit Airlines, and was an advisor to the Board of the John Wayne Airport Working Group.
– Completed programs in Aerodynamics and Flight Guidance at McDonnell Douglas University, an in-house training program of McDonnell Douglas
– B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University

Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson

Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson

Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson
General Counsel & Co-Founder

Ms. Lisa Johnson co-founded WNG Capital in May 2009. She has over 30 years of experience practicing law in the finance industry beginning as a finance attorney at Csaplar & Bok law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. After sixteen (16) years at BTMU Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., where she structured and managed equipment leasing and loan transactions for aircraft, vessels, railcars and containers, Ms. Johnson joined Deutsche Bank AG. At DB Ms. Johnson was a member of the aviation finance and investment team and was responsible for all aspects of legal due diligence and documentation for Deutsche Bank AG’s aircraft investment business. Ms. Johnson’s role at Deutsche Bank AG ranged from the legal review of all term sheets, letters of intent and legal documentation, to review of local law issues with local counsel, engagement and management of outside counsel relationships and coordination of documentation and closing of all purchases, leases and aircraft sales.
– J.D. from Suffolk University
– M.I.M. in Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management (now Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University)
– B.A. in International Relations from the University of Arizona

William (Bill) Furlong

William (Bill) Furlong
Commercial Officer

Mr. William Furlong is an independent contractor acting as Commercial Officer at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for managing commercial aspects of aircraft transitions.He has over 32 years of experience in the aviation finance industry and over 49 years of professional experience. Mr. Furlong has held numerous roles in leasing, consulting, audit, finance and lending. In addition to his role at WNG, Mr. Furlong worked with Deutsche Bank as an Aircraft Lease Consultant, where he was responsible for the negotiation of domestic and international aircraft lease, purchase and sale transactions. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2006, Mr. Furlong worked at BTM Capital Corporation as the Senior Vice President of Lease Negotiation. He was responsible for development of transaction structures for sales and syndication personnel in order to achieve corporate economic goals. Mr. Furlong was the lead negotiator on all lease and debt transactions. Prior to BTM Capital, Mr. Furlong was the Senior Lending Officer in the Real Estate & Syndications Division at Xerox Credit Corporation. Mr. Furlong originally joined the company as a Manager in the Leveraged Leasing Department. He also managed XCC and a joint venture portfolio aggregating $1.6 billion in assets. Prior to joining Xerox, Mr. Furlong worked at The Pittston Company from 1970 to 1988, where he became Vice President and Treasurer. During his tenure at Pittston he negotiated the acquisition and lease financing of fourteen aircraft.
– M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Connecticut
– B.S. in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport

Gerry Aubrey

Gerry Aubrey

Gerry Aubrey
Chief Operating Officer

Gerry Aubrey is the Chief Operating Officer at WNG, where he leads the company’s lease transitions, aircraft purchase evaluations, and asset management. Mr. Aubrey has over 35 years of aviation experience, 30 of them managing commercial aircraft. Prior to joining WNG, Mr. Aubrey was a senior manager at Intrepid Aviation, responsible for airline and OEM relationships. Prior to Intrepid, Mr. Aubrey was with lessor Pegasus Aviation, where he managed aircraft transitions, negotiated leases, and worked with maintenance providers and freighter conversion houses. Mr. Aubrey also led Pegasus’ commercial operations department, including lease administration and asset management functions for a 200 aircraft portfolio. Prior to Pegasus, Gerry had a number of roles during 10 years at United Airlines, including leadership of the aircraft and engine sales department, assessing the performance of acquisition candidate aircraft, and participating with Boeing in the design of the 777 fly by wire system. Gerry’s first employer was Rockwell International, where he worked on crew equipment for the Space Shuttle and the flying qualities of the B-1B bomber.
– M.S. International Business and Finance from San Francisco State University
– M.S. Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado
– B.S. Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California

Bobby Nishi

Bobby Nishi

Bobby Nishi
Executive Director

Mr. Bobby Nishi is the Executive Director at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for coordinating sales, leasing and marketing for the firm as well as direct marketing to airlines and leasing companies. He has over 25 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry with extensive roles in sales, marketing, business development, aircraft trading and law. Prior to joining WNG in 2014, Mr. Nishi worked at MC Aviation Partners as a Senior Vice President and the Head of Aircraft Trading and Legal Division. At MC Aviation, he negotiated the sale and leaseback of new and used aircraft with airlines in Central/Latin America, Asia and Europe. Prior to MC Aviation, Mr. Nishi was the Vice President of Business Development at Aviation Capital Group Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for the sale and marketing of new and used aircraft to airlines. Mr. Nishi began his career in 1998 at Tombo Aviation, where he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. His primary responsibilities included managing and documenting all aspects of purchase, sale and lease transactions for commercial aircraft.
– J.D. from Western State University, College of Law
– B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University

Peter Sorkin

Peter Sorkin

Peter Sorkin
Transaction Director

Mr. Peter Sorkin is the Transaction Director at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for managing aircraft assets including coordination of transaction related technical, marketing and legal activities and forecasting of anticipated maintenance events and related investments. He has over 19 years of experience in commercial aviation investment activity, including aircraft leasing, portfolio management and capital markets transactions. Prior to joining WNG in February 2016, Mr. Sorkin was the President of AirFinance Advisors, where he advised clients on financing transactions involving commercial aviation assets. Prior to AirFinance, Mr. Sorkin worked at Knight Capital Group. In his role as Managing Director of Airline Trading & Capital Markets, he conducted research on fixed income securities to support trading activity in the commercial aviation investment grade and high yield markets. During his tenure at Knight Capital, he generated in excess of $1 billion of trading volume of airline issued bonds, trade claims and loans. Prior to Knight Capital, Mr. Sorkin was a Trading Desk Analyst within the Special Situations Group at Banc of America Securities, where he originated and directed strategies to acquire commercial aircraft operated by U.S. mainline and regional carriers. The total acquisitions involved over 30 aircraft, representing approximately $350 million in asset value. He was also the Vice President of Credit & Operations within the Commercial Aviation Finance Division at Banc of America Leasing. In this role, he was responsible for the credit and business operations of a unit managing $1.5 billion of commercial aircraft investments. Mr. Sorkin started his career as a Credit Manager at Fleet Capital Leasing in 1994.
– Mr. Sorkin earned his CPA in 1993
– M.B.A. in Finance & Management Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
– B.A. in Economics from Washington University

Ben Jacques

Ben Jacques

Ben Jacques
Marketing Director

Mr. Ben Jacques is Marketing Director at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for aircraft marketing and airline relationships in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He brings over 17 years of experience in the aircraft industry with extensive roles in marketing, risk management, safety, operations and commercial activities. Prior to joining WNG in October 2014, Mr. Jacques was the Commercial Manager at the International Bureau of Aviation, (IBA) where he managed their daily commercial activities. During his tenure at the IBA he brought new products to market and developed new types of revenue streams, which subsequently led to a growth period for the organization. Prior to IBA, Mr. Jacques was Group Quality Manager at Air Partner PLC, where he was responsible for the quality, safety and risk management functions. After 6 months in this role, Air Partner Quality System passed audits from two oil and gas industry companies after changes were implemented by Mr. Jacques. Mr. Jacques was also a Sub-Charter and Leasing Specialist at Air Partner where he was a leading member of the leasing team. During financial year 2008, Mr. Jacques achieved 140% of the annual sales target and had a 70% increase in new client numbers over previous years. Mr. Jacques joined Air Partner as an Operations Duty Officer. Before Air Partner, Mr. Jacques was a Flight Dispatcher and Online Trainer at Groundstar UK. He started his career at BMI British Midland in February 2001 as a Customer Service Agent.
– Passed IATA SMS and QMS Processes Course with distinction in May 2010

Stéphane Depeyre

Stéphane Depeyre

Stéphane Depeyre
Marketing Director

Mr. Stéphane Depeyre joined WNG as Marketing Director for EMEA market. Stéphane has 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, 20 of them being in aircraft leasing and trading. After initial roles and experiences with airlines, Mr. Depeyre joined French regional aircraft leasing company TAT Leasing, where he was VP leasing and Trading. In 2005 Mr. Depeyre joined Volito Aviation, as Head of Marketing. During Stéphane’s 6 years with Volito the portfolio grew from eight to fifty-six aircraft. After Volito, Mr. Depeyre consulted on various aviation projects with French and Russian Banks and also acted as advisor for airlines in their fleet planning. In 2015, Mr. Depeyre joined CALC where he was Marketing VP responsible for placement of new aircraft.
– Aeronautical engineer by education, with diploma from the ENAC in France (Aviation National School)

Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace
Corporate Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Jennifer Wallace serves as Corporate Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at WNG Capital, where she is responsible for various aspects of the firm’s legal and compliance functions. She has a decade of experience in the legal and financial services industries. Prior to joining WNG in 2019, Ms. Wallace was Vice President, Legal Counsel at Westwood Holdings Group, Inc., a publicly traded investment and wealth management firm, where she had significant responsibilities related to corporate governance and all aspects of the firm’s compliance program for its registered investment adviser subsidiaries. She had also worked at Westwood in its Marketing & Client Service division before starting her legal career, gaining exposure to its institutional, public fund, and private client bases. Prior to serving as Legal Counsel at Westwood, Ms. Wallace practiced law at Duane Morris LLP in its Wealth Planning Group.
– J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School
– B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania

Wenbo Su

Wenbo Su

Wenbo Su
Senior Analyst

Mr. Wenbo Su is a Senior Analyst at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for coordinating investment underwriting and credit analysis. He has over 6 years of experience in the aircraft industry with extensive roles in underwriting and financial analysis. Prior to joining WNG in March 2013, Mr. Su’s professional experience included investment analysis, corporate finance, and accounting. In addition to his role as an analyst at WNG, Mr. Su is a Senior Advisor at Cayu Consulting LLC. Mr. Su began his professional career as an Investment Associate at Harding Loevner, where he worked with global public equity investments. He also held internship positions at GE Capital, Rothstein Kass, and GEICO. Mr. Su speaks both English and Chinese.
– B.S. in Accounting and Marketing from Northeastern University
– Captain, Northeastern Table Tennis Club Team
– Carl S. Ell Scholar at Northeastern University
– National Merit Scholar

Huda Syed

Huda Syed

Huda Syed
Analyst

Mr. Huda Syed is an Analyst at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for providing portfolio, investment and credit analysis as well as providing support to the marketing and technical teams. He brings over 7 years of aircraft related experience with extensive roles in financial analysis, business development, aircraft appraisals and strategic advisory. Prior to joining WNG in August 2016, Mr. Syed was a Finance Analyst at Ashtead Plant Hire Company, where he was responsible for payroll analysis and financial model development. He was also tasked with performing yearly budget analyses and the development of a contract pricing tool. Prior to Ashtead Plant Hire Company, Mr. Syed worked for the IBA Group as an Aviation Analyst and later as a Senior Analyst. In these roles at IBA, he completed numerous due diligence projects for various aviation related mergers and acquisitions, a detailed review of Kingfisher Airlines’ financial statements over five years during a legal proceeding against the company, and oversaw the strategic review of a flag carrier fleet.
– MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde Business School
– B. Eng. (Hons) In Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow

Christopher Schreiner

Christopher Schreiner

Christopher Schreiner
Analyst

Mr. Christopher Schreiner is an Analyst at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for financial analysis of future investments and fleet management decisions, as well as daily operations and lease compliance. Mr. Schreiner brings over 23 years of professional experience in management, sales, customer service, training and project management. Prior to joining WNG in February 2016, Mr. Schreiner worked in the Business Development Center at Gunn Chevrolet, where he was responsible for all areas of operations related to the Service Department within the Business Development Center. Prior to joining Gunn Chevrolet, Mr. Schreiner was an Account Manager at GPS of Texas. In this role he marketed, sold and installed GPS tracking systems used in commercial vehicles and machinery. Mr. Schreiner also served in the United States Army and currently holds a student pilot certificate while working towards his private pilot license.
– B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at San Antonio

Leonardo Koslosky

Leonardo Koslosky

Leonardo Koslosky
Analyst

Mr. Leonardo Koslosky is an Analyst at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for modeling investments, analyzing credit risk, and providing support to the marketing and technical teams. He has over 5 years of experience in the airline industry with roles in aircraft maintenance program and airline maintenance planning. Prior to joining WNG in August 2018, Mr. Koslosky was a Maintenance Planning Engineer at GOL Linhas Aereas, where he was responsible for long-term maintenance planning, fleet distribution, hangar capacity, and demand analysis. Mr. Koslosky worked on the Boeing 737 maintenance program and conducted strategic studies to reduce GOL's Maintenance Program costs while implementing the block check concept. Mr. Koslosky speaks Portuguese, English and French.
– M. Sc. in Engineering and Innovation Management from Federal University of ABC, Brazil
– B. S. (1st in class) in Aerospace Engineering from Federal University of ABC, Brazil
– Visiting student of B.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering from Swansea University, UK
– B. S. in Science and Technology from Federal University of ABC, Brazil

Mary Blanton

Mary Blanton

Mary Blanton
Lease Administrator

Ms. Mary Blanton is a lease administrator at WNG Capital, where she is responsible for overseeing and tracking the utilization of aircraft, lease compliance and daily office operations. Ms. Blanton brings over 16 years of professional experience in lease management, accounting, training and customer service. Prior to joining WNG in November 2018, Ms. Blanton worked as a manager for Bella Investment Group, where she was responsible for lease management and administration.

C. Thomas Keeler

C. Thomas Keeler

C. Thomas Keeler
Technical Director

Mr. C. Thomas (Tom) Keeler is the Technical Director at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for the technical requirements, work packages, and material flow for transitioning and off lease assets as well as the associated technical records. He has over 19 years of experience working with senior-level engineers and executives in the airline, aircraft and engine leasing and maintenance industries. Prior to joining WNG in February 2012, he was the Director of Technical Records at JT Power, where he maintained the technical records for their engines and airframes, and evaluated aircraft and engines to determine their technical and financial merits. Prior to JT Power, Mr. Keeler was President of Keeler Consulting. The firm concentrated on aircraft and turbine engine product/project management. Mr. Keeler began his career at GE Engine Leasing and then moved on to Willis Lease Finance Corporation as the Technical Services Records Coordinator. In this role, he performed on-site facilitation of engine purchases and assisted with leased engine returns.
– Two years of Aeronautical Science and Aviation Training from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
– Completed the Jet Engine Concepts Course at the GE Customer Technical Education Center
– B.S. in Business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Carlos Mesquita

Carlos Mesquita

Carlos Mesquita
Leased Portfolio Director

Mr. Carlos Mesquita is responsible for the technical management of on lease assets, including management of lessee maintenance reimbursement claims and ongoing asset surveillance. He has over 15 years of aircraft maintenance engineering experience. Prior to joining WNG, Mr. Mesquita was an Engineering and Fleet Manager at Webjet Linhas Aereas, where he oversaw the maintenance of the Boeing 737 aircraft including Engineering, Maintenance Planning, and Records department. He was also responsible for coordinating the fleet management related activities. Mr. Mesquita joined Webjet as a Powerplant Engineering Manager, and was responsible for analyzing engines and APUs as well as planning the entire engine removals and shop visit program. Prior to Webjet, Mr. Mesquita was a Powerplant Engineer at VRG Linhas Aereas, where he analyzed the technical documents behind various engines. Mr. Mesquita started his career at Varig Airlines in January 2004 as an Engineer Trainee at the Aircraft Structures Department.
– B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil
– Language Skills: Portuguese (Native), English (Full professional proficiency), and Spanish (Professional working proficiency)
– Commercial Pilot License issued by the Brazilian Aviation Authority (ANAC)