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Mike Smith 

Mike is President of Scope Aircraft Finance, providing financing solutions in the owner- flown piston, turboprop, and light jet spaces. Mike has been in the aircraft finance industry since 2011, with over 15 years experience in banking and aviation. Prior to Scope, Mike held positions as a flight coordinator at NetJets, a flight instructor at Commercial Aviation Corporation in Northeast Ohio, and held various retail responsibilities at two community banks. Mike graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation and a Business minor.  He holds Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Flight Instructor ratings.

Vice President

Mike Christie 

Mike provides business aircraft leasing and financing for clients of Global Jet Capital in Ohio and the Western US. His current role as Vice President of Origination continues a 25+ year career of serving clients in the middle market companies, large corporations and high-net-worth individuals. In addition to his role at ORBAA, Mike serves on the finance committee for Cristo Rey Columbus High School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Mike enjoys watching his kids progress in musical theater, band, cross country and track. You may also find him snowboarding, road cycling or taking hikes to nowhere.


Lauren Siplivy 

Lauren is a Manager, Sales Engineering for QS Partners. She has been with NetJets Inc. for over seven years which included previous roles in both Managed and Charter Sales with Executive Jet Management in addition to experience as an Account Manager for NetJets. Lauren began her aviation career almost ten years ago with Flexjet. She holds a B.S. from Kent State University and serves as a volunteer for the Humane Society of Delaware County. 

At-Large Board Members

Elliott Taub 

Ryan Avery 

Ryan is a corporate pilot with Nationwide Insurance. He has been a part of Ohio's aviation community for over 20 years. He has flown for freight, fractional, and corporate operators. He has also spent much of his career instructing; from primary students to ATP type ratings.

Marie Crow

Deena Sullivan 

Deena is an 18-year aviation industry veteran, currently serving as the President of Corporate Wings. Deena began her career in the Directional Aviation network where she spent a number of years with Flight Options, then Flexjet focused on the Fractional Market as Owner Services/Training Manager. She then shifted to whole Aircraft Management under at Solairus Aviation as Director of Client Services before rejoining the Directional Aviation network with Corporate Wings. Outside of the industry, she’s a devoted wife and mom to one son & three beloved pups. An aviation enthusiast at heart, she has a strong commitment to excellence and passion for development of people in the industry.

George Whitehead 

George has been in aviation since 1983 when he joined the Navy.  He was trained as a Helo pilot flying SH-3H, SH-60F and  HH-60H’s but also served as a Fixed Wing Primary Flight Instructor in the T-34C aircraft twice.  George had tours in San Diego, Pensacola, Atsugi Japan and Key West were he retired after 20 years of service.  After the Navy George flew for Comair Airlines for 3.5 yrs. as a First Officer and taught New Hire Orientation in the Training Department.  George joined Procter & Gamble Global Flight Operations in 2007 and has acted as the Safety Officer, Assistant Chief Pilot and now as the Chief Pilots flying Gulfstream G-IVSP, G550, G650ER and the Bombardier Challenger 350.  He has accumulated over 13,000 flight hours since he started flying in 1983.  George has been married to Kathleen for 34 years and they have 4 children, 1st Lt. George Whitehead, USMC, BM2 Will Whitehead, USCG, Andrew Whitehead and Rachele Whitehead.  He also has a Service Dog Geno.

ORBAA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 5207 Norwich Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

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