Mente Group has appointed business aircraft sales professional David Hayes as managing director – Southeast, based in Orlando, Fla. Hayes comes to the Mente Group from Textron Inc., where he led national sales teams for Textron Specialized Vehicles, TRU Simulation + Training, and Textron Aviation, where he was regional sales director for Citation jets.
During his two-decade aviation career he was also a flight instructor group leader for FlightSafety International, a first officer for Delta connection Comair Airlines, and captain and PIC on a Falcon 900EX for a private company. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business.
“David’s direct aircraft sales experience, familiarity with pilot and safety training and firsthand knowledge of business jet operations, will clearly benefit Mente Group’s clientele interested in buying and selling private aircraft,” said Brian Proctor, company president and CEO. “He is skilled in sales, product marketing, management, leadership, team development and proficient in sales tools,” Proctor added.