Duncan Aviation announced that Leah Alexander, aircraft sales and acquisitions, has relocated from Chicago, Ill., to the Southern Coast of England to expand Duncan Aviation’s client base in Europe and the Middle East. She will join Tim Barber in representing Duncan Aviation’s aircraft sales and acquisitions team in the United Kingdom.
“Being in the United Kingdom allows for easily covering a wide span of time zones,” said Alexander. “I can attest that from Chicago, days that begin early with a conference call to India and end late with calls to Hong Kong can grow very long, very quickly.”
Ryan Huss, Duncan Aviation’s vice president of sales and marketing said Alexander’s relocation will enhance the team’s ability to cover the opportunities in the EMEA region.
“Leah has been working with Tim Barber over the past several years and the timing for her to return back to England could not have been better,” said Huss. “They have formed a strong duo and naturally complement each other’s strengths.”
Huss explained that Alexander brings great energy and drive to the team.
“She does a great job of understanding the market from both the buyer and seller’s sides,” said Huss. “Leah is detail-oriented and articulate in both her understanding of the available aircraft as well as in the brokerage agreements she takes part in. We are looking forward to seeing Leah get settled and grow into one of the leading brokers in the region.”
When Alexander joined Duncan five years ago, she expressed that her long-term goal would be to take advantage of the location flexibility. As it happens, her parents are both from Europe and she has both UK and EU citizenships and has conversational comfort in multiple languages.
Barber explained that over the last few years, the number of aircraft acquisitions, sales, and inventory opportunities that the Duncan Aviation team has been involved with has grown tremendously, especially in Europe and the Middle East.
“We noted that it would be a strategic advantage for us to have an additional aircraft broker on the other side of the Atlantic in order for us to best facilitate these opportunities,” said Barber. “The growth in our aircraft sales activity overseas coincides with our planned growth in other areas of the company.”
Alexander is also heading up the education committee for IADA to assist with developing resources and content for the association to ensure certified brokers have a global perspective and understanding. She went on to explain that there aren’t many companies with an IADA (International Aircraft Dealers Association) certified broker based outside of North America.
“I’m looking forward to forming relationships and facilitating the expanding activity of our client base in Europe and the Middle East,” said Alexander. “I am excited for this opportunity.”