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Colby McDowell

Managing Director, Acquisition Services

Colby McDowell, 2 cropColby McDowell is the Managing Director of Acquisitions of VanAllen. He is primarily responsible for strategic solutions consulting, aircraft selection, contract negotiation and simplifying the process of aircraft acquisition projects.  With his vast experience, knowledge, and professionalism, Colby uses his particular expertise in matching strategic intent and specific culture to best fit our Client’s needs.

Colby possesses a unique understanding of the entire landscape of private aviation options available to the consumer. Prior to joining VanAllen in 2016, Colby held senior sales roles with fractional providers Flight Options and Citation Shares. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Business Development at FlightWorks leading Corporate Charter Sales, Owner Services and Marketing departments. With an added emphasis on aircraft management and acquisitions as well as experience in the Government contracting space, Colby is well suited to lead our Acquisition consulting efforts. Colby understands and cultivates the value and importance of outstanding customer service and has considerable experience maintaining strong customer relationships and executing successful business development initiatives.

Colby brings our clients a broad range of expertise several areas including:

  • Strategic Analysis
  • Fractional and Charter negotiations
  • Acquisition Project Definition & Market Survey
  • Aircraft Evaluations, Offers & Negotiations
  • Pre-Purchase and Purchase Agreements
  • Delivery and Closing
  • Operational Start-up.

Colby completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation/Airway Management at Auburn University from 1996-2001. He is a member of Georgia Business Aviation Association, Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, and National Business Aviation Association.

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