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Management Team

Steven Zissis, CEO
Steve graduated with a B.A. in Finance and International Studies from Rhodes College. Prior to joining BBAM in 1990, Mr. Zissis was a Vice President in the airline advisory group at Citibank. Mr. Zissis is Chief Executive Officer of BBAM and leads the BBAM marketing team. Mr. Zissis has 31 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Robert Tomczak, CFO
Robert graduated cum laude from California State University at Hayward with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting. Prior to joining BBAM in 1987, Mr. Tomczak worked for Arthur Andersen & Company. Mr. Tomczak leads the BBAM accounting, finance and contract management teams and has 28 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Greg Azzara, COO
Greg graduated summa cum laude from the City University of New York with a B.A. in Economics and cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D. Prior to joining BBAM, Mr. Azzara was the head of the legal group of the aircraft operating leasing division of Babcock & Brown. Prior to joining Babcock & Brown in 1998, Mr. Azzara was a partner with Watson Farley & Williams. Mr. Azzara is admitted to the bar in both New York and California. Mr. Azzara leads BBAM’s IT and administrative teams and has over 21 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Michael Blumenthal, Marketing
Michael earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining Babcock & Brown in 2006, Mr. Blumenthal was an attorney at White & Case LLP, where he specialized in aircraft finance transactions. Mr. Blumenthal has 15 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Vince Cannon, Head of Legal (Corporate)
Vince earned an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining BBAM in 2014, Mr. Cannon spent seven years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, corporate governance and securities law compliance. Mr. Cannon leads BBAM’s corporate legal team.
Declan Cotter, Head of Technical
Declan holds a B.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland. Mr. Cotter joined BBAM in January 2003, prior to which Mr. Cotter held the position of managing engineer at Shannon Engine Support Ltd., and before that was employed as a Powerplant Engineer with Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland. Mr. Cotter has 17 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Colm Davis, Marketing
Colm holds a B.Eng degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen's University Belfast. Prior to joining BBAM in January 2003, Mr. Davis was employed at TEAM Aer Lingus and FLS Aerospace as a Senior Aircraft Systems Engineer. Mr. Davis has 21 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Wesley Dick, Capital Markets
Wesley graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance from Acadia University. Prior to joining Babcock & Brown in 2006, Mr. Dick spent seven years at Credit Suisse in the Asset Finance group executing operating lease financings on portfolios of transportation assets; his primary focus was aircraft, rolling stock, and shipping containers. Mr. Dick has responsibility for BBAM’s capital markets financing initiatives. Mr. Dick has 13 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Philip Lobkowicz, Special Projects
Philip graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of Rochester. Prior to joining Babcock & Brown in 1990, Mr. Lobkowicz was a Vice President at Citibank, where he was co-head of the airline advisory group. Mr. Lobkowicz has 31 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
John Lynch, Marketing
John holds a B.A. in Engineering and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and an M.B.A. from University College Dublin. Prior to joining Babcock & Brown in 1998, Mr. Lynch worked for Lufthansa Airmotive Ireland as a Senior Engineer in the engineering division. Mr. Lynch has 27 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Gavin Mercer, Marketing
Gavin earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from University College Dublin, a Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from Cal Poly and an M.B.A. from University College Dublin. Mr. Mercer joined Babcock & Brown in 2002 and currently co-heads BBAM’s Origination efforts. Mr Mercer has 14 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Takeshi Saeki, Marketing
Takeshi is responsible for BBAM’s marketing efforts in Japan and has 27 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.
Richard Strollo, Marketing and Co-Head of Legal (Transactions)

Richard earned a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Babcock & Brown in 2001, Mr. Strollo was a Vice President in the Structured Finance Group at CIT Group Inc. and prior to that he practiced law at White & Case LLP, where he specialized in asset-based finance transactions. Mr. Strollo has 22 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry.

Management Team