GA Telesis announced that a team, comprised of senior asset leasing and trading executives, has joined its LIFT Group (Leasing, Investments, Finance and Trading Group).

Stuart Cauff, Luis Ayala, and Jonathan Cauff, formerly principals at Jet Trading and Leasing (JTL), were all named managing directors of GA Telesis’ Assest Transaction Group, the leasing and trading division of the LIFT Group. These three industry veterans, with an aggregate of more than 70 years of industry experience, have concluded in excess of $11 billion of commercial jet aircraft and engine transactions. Founded in 2006, by its principals, JTL acted as arranger and investor on hundreds of asset transactions.

Stuart Cauff has more than 38 years of experience and is considered a pioneer in the leasing sector, starting his career as a founder of Cauff, Lippman Aviation, which was sold to leasing industry roll-up Unicapital Corporation in 1998.

Luis Ayala originally began his career in the industry more than 25 years ago, first at Cauff, Lippman Aviation, followed by Unicapital Corporation, then AWAS.

Jonathan Cauff started his career in aviation more than 15 years ago, first in corporate aviation, with the last 12 years at JTL.

The new team will be based at the company’s Ft. Lauderdale Headquarters. However, they will become a part of the company’s Asset Transaction Group, based in Denver, Colorado.

“We have been working on deals and co-investments with the GA Telesis team for over a decade and our fundamental investment philosophies are aligned,” said Stuart Cauff.  “This new chapter will see us integrating with the LIFT team and helping GA Telesis grow, to solidify its already industry-leading position.”

Abdol Moabery, GA Telesis president and CEO added, “We’ve done interesting and profitable transactions through the years with Stu, Luis and Jonathan as buyer, seller and financier. Having them join the GA Telesis team is a win-win for all of us.”