Mente Group Brings Industry Experts To NBAA Regional Forum in San Jose


Mente Group will display a G650 at the NBAA Regional Forum in San Jose, if it is still available on Sept. 6. For more info go to aircraft.

Mente Group Brings Industry Experts To NBAA Regional Forum in San Jose

San Francisco, Aug. 20, 2018 – Mente Group will bring aircraft brokerage, sales, flight operations, finance, marketing and talent management professionals to the upcoming National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Regional Forum at the San Jose International Airport in Calif. on Sept. 6.

Mente President and CEO Brian Proctor will co-present the Golden Rules for Business Aircraft Transactions at 1 p.m., covering the keys to successful and ethical sales. Executive Vice President of Mente Talent Management Colleen Kelly will also be at the event to discuss retention, quality of life, and cultural issues in a competitive market for pilots.

“Mente Group will be well represented at NBAA’s San Jose Regional Forum,” said Proctor. “These regional forums are excellent opportunities for current and prospective business aircraft owners to get up to date on the latest in industry trends and talk to the experts who can pull transactions together efficiently and quickly.”

Mente representatives will be at Booth 229 in the Exhibit Hall and at the Static Display on the tarmac of San Jose International, where the company will display a Gulfstream G650 aircraft, if it is still available Sept. 6. The company’s contingent at the forum includes a number of business aviation disciplines.

Brian Proctor
President and CEO
Brian Proctor
Brian Proctor is the founder, President, and CEO of Mente Group, LLC. He founded Mente in 2009. He has been serving private aviation clients for over 15 years. Having been involved in over $5 billion in aircraft transactions and over $6 billion in aviation business planning, his experience is sought by corporations and individuals worldwide. Proctor serves on several industry boards, including the National Aircraft Resale Association, and is involved with the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.
Colleen Kelly
Executive Vice President of Talent Management
Colleen Kelly
As EVP of Talent Management, Kelly leads all personnel staffing needs for Mente’s clients in the business aviation community. In addition, Kelly conducts Compensation and Retention studies for clients. She has extensive experience in this field, having served hundreds of clients and candidates. She is based in the San Francisco Bay area, with reach across the world. Launch customers for Mente’s Talent Management include a major defense contractor and a huge producer of consumer products, both flying internationally.
Jim Lewis
Vice President – Sales
Jim Lewis
Lewis, in the Portland office, is a 40-year aviation industry leader – 20 years in operations and 20 years in aircraft sales. His experience ranges from freight/charter pilot and regional airline captain, chief pilot/flight department manager and demonstration pilot, to sales manager and director. Lewis’ sales tenure includes successful careers at marquis OEMs with more than $2 billion in aircraft transactions. He has served as West Coast Director for Galaxy/Gulfstream and at Embraer he handled business development, new business and active accounts, leveraging his strengths in aerospace technical aspects, brand building and customer relationships.
Sandy Carter
Sandy Carter
Carter has 30 plus years of accounting, finance & operations experience. She is responsible for Accounting/Finance, IT and Legal at Mente Group. Prior to joining Mente, she was the Accounting Manager at another brokerage and consulting company. She has also held positions as Accountant, Credit Analyst and Investment Analyst in the non-profit, banking and insurance sectors.
Brian Hammer
Vice President
Brian Hammer
Hammer has a broad-based background in technical aspects of aviation. Prior to Mente, he was a technical consultant at another brokerage and consulting firm. His aviation career includes serving as an Aircraft Technician in the United States Air Force, working on the F-117 and F-16 fighter, and in corporate aviation as a Maintenance Supervisor for Business Jet Solutions, where he oversaw 10 large-cabin business jets and 15 mid-cabin business jets. He is well-versed in Part 91 and Part 135 operations and has participated in hundreds of new and pre-owned business jet deliveries.
Mary Belken
Marketing Manager
Mary Belken
Belken leads the company’s corporate and aircraft marketing, including advertising, website management, communications and promotional materials.¬†She manages and coordinates the onsite efforts for Mente’s presence at NBAA Annual Business Aviation Conventions & Exhibitions in Orlando and Las Vegas, in addition to NBAA Regional forums around the country and at other aviation related events.

NBAA Regional Forums bring current and prospective business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers, and other industry personnel together for a one-day event at some of the best airports and FBOs in the nation. Regional Forums incorporate exhibits, static displays of aircraft and education sessions into one-day events located across the country to help introduce business aviation to local officials and prospective owners and operators, and to address any current issues in the regions.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Mente Group is a leading business aviation and flight department advisory company specializing in aircraft transactions, talent management, asset management, and strategic, operational and technical consulting. Mente serves large corporations, growth companies and private individuals worldwide. Its advisors have handled $10 billion in aircraft transactions and performed more than 500 business jet consultations. For more info see

Mente Group has partnered with many of the world’s largest corporations, prominent entrepreneurs, growth companies, and private individuals, including Andor Capital, Bank of Texas, BNSF Railway, Capital One, Delhaize Group, Entergy, Food Lion, JPMorgan Chase, LG, MassMutual Financial Group, Medical Properties Trust, MetLife, Northpark Management, Inc., Quexco, Inc., Raytheon, Sprint, Stanley Black & Decker, Summit Alliance, and Williams-Sonoma.

Mente Group is a member of Air Charter Safety Foundation, International Business Aviation Council, National Business Aviation Association, National Aircraft Resale Association, and the National Aircraft Finance Association.

Media Contact:
Jim Gregory
for Mente Group
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