NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2013) - Hawthorne Global Aviation Services today announced that Jonathan Buff was named General Manager for its New Orleans Lakefront Airport FBO (KNEW). The Lakefront facility is part of the growing network of Hawthorne FBOs located throughout the United States.

Buff will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the Hawthorne Lakefront Airport FBO, offering first class private jet facilities, more than 50,000 square feet of hangar space, and a spacious two-story lobby/executive passenger lounge.

Buff has 14 years experience in the FBO industry, most recently as a FBO development Strategic Advisor for The 500 Group Ltd. Prior to that, he was Regional Vice President with Sheltair Aviation Services in Florida, General Manager for Signature Flight Support in both New York and Florida, and Director of Operations for AMR Combs in its Managed Account Group in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. 

"Jonathan brings extensive aviation experience to the Hawthorne Lakefront Airport FBO, and we welcome him to our team," said Steven Levesque, CEO of Hawthorne Global Aviation. "As we grow Lakefront operations, Jonathan will lead that effort and ensure we provide the highest levels of service to meet the needs of our customers in New Orleans."

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, a South Carolina-based company with an 80-year heritage in aviation, purchased a controlling interest in the AeroPremier facility at New Orleans Lakefront Airport in August 2012.

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