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Mr. Schenk founded ACA in 1989 after leaving Bankers Trust where he was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Department. At ACA he developed a large practice advising aerospace companies on market trends and financial services companies on due diligence reviews of both airlines and aerospace companies. In addition to his consulting practice, Mr. Schenk's financial advice has been used by numerous airlines and aerospace companies. Internationally, his financial advice has been focused on the emerging markets. Mr. Schenk has also developed an extensive practice in corporate restructuring and aviation-related expert witness work.
Mr. Schenk's expertise in aviation and aerospace matters has been recognized by such groups as the Batelle Center for High Speed Commercial Transport, the National Transportation Review Board, the Air Force Procurement Command, and the National Defense Transportation Association.
Mr. Schenk is a regular speaker at aviation conferences and is a frequent contributor to industry publications. He is a member of the Wings Club where he has served on the membership committee. He is a graduate of Columbia College and holds a MBA from Columbia University School of Business.
Mr. Schenk founded ACA Associates in 1989 after eighteen years at Bankers Trust Company
where he was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Department. At ACA he developed
a large practice advising aerospace companies, evaluating new business initiatives, and providing
diligence reports for the financial community.
Over the past few years, he has focused on the aviation industry and environmental
sustainability. This focus resulted in ACA's retention by the FAA to help leverage the expertise
of the Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative (CAAFI). Mr. Schenk provided advice
to Airlines 4 America on issues related to risk assessment of alternative aviation fuel projects
and the financing of refineries. On behalf of the FAA, he conducted market research on supply
chain issues and lending institutions' risk assessment of alternative aviation fuel projects. He
was a member of the USDA's Farm to Fly task force, is a member of World Economic Forum's
alternative aviation fuel working group and the Eastern US and Canada Climate Change task
Mr. Schenk has teamed with Metron Aviation on two Airport Cooperative Research Council
projects (02-18 and 02-36) that provide handbooks and tool kits for airports. ACRP 02-36 covers
alternative fuels for all modes of transportation to help airports develop a reasoned approach to
selection of alternative fuels and involve all stakeholders in these decisions. In addition, he is
active in the FAA's Advanced Jet Fuel Quality and Performance Control R&D Study in which
ACA and Metron are developing a catalogue of jet fuel characteristics recorded in the field to
help track changes in properties as synthetic fuel is deployed.
Mr. Schenk has worked with the Inter American Development Bank for a number of years. This
work included a background report titled "Opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean in
the Field of Alternative Aviation Fuels for the Inter-American Development Bank" and "Report
on Reducing & Offsetting Aviation Related Carbon Emissions from the Brazil 2014 World Cup
and 2016 Olympic Games."
Mr. Schenk's involvement in these activities requires that he work with agricultural interests in
Canada and the U.S., state and local economic development agencies, and Federal agencies such
as the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, and
the FAA. Mr. Schenk has made numerous presentations on alternative aviation fuel to financial
institutions, government agencies, multilateral lending institutions, and industry conferences. He
has also been a guest lecturer on alternative aviation fuel at Northwestern University's Kellogg
Graduate School of Management and the Vaughn College of Aeronautics.
As a consultant, Mr. Schenk has provided financial and strategic advice to a broad group of
U.S. and foreign airlines and aerospace companies. Mr. Schenk is a regular speaker at aviation
conferences and is a frequent contributor to industry publications. He is a graduate of Columbia
College and holds a MBA from Columbia University School of Business. He is a member of the
New York Wings Club.