The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) honored Joseph Dini and Louis Seno with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 46th annual meeting held at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
“I am honored to present the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Joe Dini and Lou Seno,” said Ford von Weise, president of NAFA. “This is the first time in the history of NAFA that we are presenting this award and I couldn’t think of two more deserving people than Joe and Lou.”
Joseph Dini was the first award recipient. Dini experienced a very successful 40 year plus career in business aviation finance, having founded the business aviation finance groups at First NH Bank, FINOVA, GMAC Commercial Finance, Merrill Lynch Capital, Sovereign Bank and lastly establishing the successful member aircraft finance group at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, known as AOPA Finance. Not only was he successful in his own career, but he also served as a mentor to many aspiring business aviation professionals, including the current heads aircraft finance at three top banks. Dini was also instrumental in establishing Boston Aviation Leasing and is currently on the Brown Aviation Leasing Advisory Board. He – along with the other Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lou Seno – was an early member of the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) and was elected as its president twice for two separate non-concurrent terms. Dini – along with Seno - is credited for dramatically expanding the membership to include both general and business aviation and helped to develop its robust education program. Dini is also past elected member of the Town of Lexington’s School Board and a Town Meeting Member. He resides in Bedford, MA with his wife.
Lou Seno is the second award recipient. Seno’s career spans 40 years in aviation; he was a long time senior executive at Boeing Capital, after Boeing purchased his previous employer, McDonald Douglass, where Seno ran the customer finance group. After Boeing sold their business aviation portfolio to GE Capital, Seno worked for several years in a variety of senior roles at GE Capital’s Corporate Aviation Group, leaving to join Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), which is the world’s largest provider of third party engine and airframe maintenance programs in business aviation. While at JSSI, Seno served as the COO, CEO and Chairman. He is currently the chairman emeritus and special advisor. Seno has also served on the board of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is still involved as a special advisor in their corporate relations group. Seno – along with Dini - is credited for dramatically expanding the membership to include both general and business aviation and helped to develop its robust education program. Seno also served several terms as NAFA president. He was also a mentor to many business aviation professionals. Seno is a licensed pilot and owns a Cirrus aircraft. He splits his time between Daytona Beach, FL and Harbor Springs, MI with his wife.
The NAFA Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize the lifetime achievements of individuals within the aircraft Finance, Legal and Insurance community to recognize their extraordinary professional contributions of leadership, time, ideas and mentoring of association members.
The Award is bestowed by the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) during its Annual Conference.