Thursday Nov 14, 2013

Thinking BIG - The Irish Entrepreneurial Way

Start Date:2013-11-14
End Date:2013-11-14

Short Descirption:

Presented by Mr. Donal Boylan, CEO - Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC)

Long Description:

(at Bisous, Lan Kwai Fong, Central)

Thinking BIG - The Irish Entrepreneurial Way

Presented by Mr. Donal Boylan, CEO - Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC)

(Advance online registration is REQUIRED. See important details below.)

Event Details


Thursday, November 14, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm (at Bisous)


Thinking BIG – The Irish Entrepreneurial Way
Mr. Donal Boylan, CEO - Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC)

After an early career in engineering with General Electric and Aer Lingus, followed by a sink or swim schooling in the fledging world of the pioneers of aircraft leasing Guinness Peat Aviation, Donal Boylan started his first business in 1998 by setting up his own aircraft leasing and services company, Dartry Aviation. With the help of a core set of private investors, they successfully bought, upgraded and then remarketed aircraft that big airlines wished to phase out. For example, they bought several McDonnell Douglas MD 80 aircraft with unique old DC9 analogue cockpits heavily discounted at US$6m each from Japan Air System. Various airlines were interested in the planes but their pilots wouldn’t fly a one-off old cockpit. Having spent less than $2m per plane converting the cockpits to digital using a proprietary design, each plane sold for over $11m. In his speech, Donal Boylan will share his experiences, wisdom and bold approach to entrepreneurship in an industry that certainly has its risks but also can offer spectacular profits. In what promises to be a highly inspiring evening, Mr. Boylan will also discuss the amazing track record by other Irish entrepreneurs in aviation, including the pioneering Christopher Ryan who founded Ryanair. Donal will also share his views on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, spotting opportunities and why getting into a business that seemingly can only done if you have millions of dollars to start with is still possible for an entrepreneur with the right “mindset” and some basic skills.

After Mr. Boylan’s presentation, the session will continue in an interactive Q & A format where members and guests are encouraged to discuss relevant issues with our guest speaker.

6:30 to 7:00 cocktails and networking
7:00 General TEN announcements
7:10 Presentation by Mr. Donal Boylan
7:50 to 8:10 Q&A session
8:10 to 9:00 Networking

NOTE: Due to an expected large audience, please register online early to secure your attendance and avoid disappointment. This event has a strict attendance limitation. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. All online registrants will receive an email confirmation from TEN. Non-registrants will not be admitted to this event. The private event will be closed to the media.

IMPORTANT: Please also note that this special private event will not allow late arrivals. Doors will close at 7:00 PM sharp. We encourage all members and guests to arrive not later than 6:45PM.



9/F., LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Central District, Hong Kong
Tel: 2501-0002

Bisous' Happy Hour "2 for 1" drinks policy will be in effect from 6:30 to 9:00


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This event is free for MEMBERS and $100 for non-members.
Please register HERE


About our speaker:

Donal Boylan
CEO - Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC)

Donal Boylan is currently CEO of Hong Kong Aviation Capital (“HKAC”) .

During his tenure as interim COO in 2009, he supported the Chinese transport + financial services + logistics HNA Group and their partner Bravia Capital Partners to initially acquire the commercial airliner portfolio of Australian Allco Finance in January 2010.

He has led HKAC’s subsequent development through direct airline sale & leaseback transactions to 137 aircraft including future commitments. In July 2012, HKAC successfully completed a landmark transaction transferring its shares to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange listed Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd (SLE: 000415).

For 5 years prior to 2009, Mr Boylan had been Head of Aerospace & Defence, Structured Asset Finance at the Royal Bank of Scotland, London responsible aside from commercial airliner leasing for financing assets globally including corporate jets and super yachts ( for high net worth individuals ), airport ground handling equipment, satellites, helicopters ( for the energy and sea-air rescue arenas ) and all forms of defence equipment ( including air-force training aircraft, air to air refuelling aircraft, simulators, naval vessels, surface transport vehicles ) .

He was part of the RBS Aviation Capital founders which became the world’s third largest commercial airliner funder within 3 years of inception. At this time, he established the RBS commercial airliner engine leasing joint venture with Rolls Royce.

Donal has more than 20 years of aerospace and defence industry experience including manufacturers, airlines and aircraft lessors where he held senior engineering and commercial positions.

During this period, he was a principal of his own aviation services business from 1998 to 2001.

Mr Boylan was a founding director and shareholder of Odyssey Aviation , a private jet consultancy to leading international ultra high net worth individuals and institutions, and a launch investor in the mainland China private jet charter operation, Red Diamond Aviation .

In addition, Mr Boylan is non-executive Chairman of former London AIM listed which invested in oil & gas field development in Turkey; along with managing investments in several small capitalisation companies operating in logistics and green ventures.

Immediately following graduation in 1985, Mr. Boylan worked with General Electric Technical Services Company Overseas as a Power Generation field engineer in the USA, UK, Latin America and the Middle East including UAE and Oman. He later worked briefly in the pneumatics and hydraulics industry prior to joining Aer Lingus, the Irish national airline in an engineering role in 1987.

Executive Leadership Programs 1/2/3, RBS Harvard Business School – 2004-08 Diploma in Management Accounting, Marketing & Effective Management, Open University 1988-89 Batchelor of Engineering (Mechanical), University College Dublin – 1981-85


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