Southeast Aerospace & Defence 2019

14-16 April 2019

Francis Marion Hotel

Charleston, United States

  • Sponsors >

  • Bosch Rexroth Corporation
    Bronze Sponsors
  • Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
    Not For Profit Sponsors

Event Overview

Competing in an era of Consolidation

In partnership with: 

Co-hosted with Leeham Company LLC, the Southeast Aerospace & Defence Conference 2019 will take place in Charleston, South Carolina over April 14th-16th 2019.

Bringing together suppliers from across the tiers, OEMs, consultants, financiers & local government representatives; the event will unpack the ways in which OEMs & suppliers are looking to the future and building strategies based upon the constantly changing landscape of defence & aerospace production in the Southeast.

Featuring 11 dedicated networking opportunities including a tour of the Charleston 787 FAL, the event emphasises open and informal discussion between presenter and participants, enhancing the understanding of what the future of aviation production will look like, with a focus on:

  • How competing in an era of Consolidation impacts supply chains
  • The continuing transformation in production
  • New supply Chain Requirements
  • Workforce development challenges
  • Impacts on commercial, Defence, Space and Corporate Aircraft 

Participants will also receive a complimentary pass to the Inaugural Southeast Aerospace & Defence Networking Dinner.


About the conference

Consolidation of the aerospace industry sped up in 2018. 

  • Airbus acquired majority interest in the Bombardier CSeries program.
  • Boeing and Embraer Commercial are creating a new company.
  • Boeing has acquired or partnered with companies in the supply chain, increasing vertical integration.
  • UTC acquired Rockwell Collins, which acquired B/E Aerospace.
  • There are international implications, especially with Boeing-Embraer.

How do suppliers compete, supply and defend against consolidate and even becoming targets of consolidation? Should they defend against consolidation, or seek it out? Do they have a choice?

Giving Back
The conference is supported by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, which are active in promoting STEM education and workforce development. We believe in “giving back” to the community. Working through the CRDA and SCCC, we will invite high school students to attend the conference to hear about the aerospace industry, interact with attendees and have opportunities to ask questions of speakers and delegates about preparing to work in aerospace. We invited representatives who will attend the conference to volunteer to meet with students for short, 10 minute meetings to give back to the community and nurture aerospace students.

Supported by:


For anymore information please contact Kate Skinner

T: +44 (0) 20 7779 8281



07 30 AM Morning refreshments & registration
08 30 AM Airfinance Journal opening remarks
08 35 AM Leeham Co. opening remarks
08 40 AM City of Charleston opening remarks
09 15 AM Boeing 787 Final Assembly Line tour
12 30 PM Networking lunch with keynote speaker
14 00 PM One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

50th anniversary of man on the moon, today’s space program and onward to tomorrow

  • Johnny Stephenson, Director of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications, NASA
14 45 PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
15 15 PM Competing in an era of consolidation

Airbus acquired a majority stake in the Bombardier CSeries. Boeing and Embraer Commercial await approval of a joint venture. Boeing has acquired companies in the supply chain and is vertically integrating components and systems previously awarded to suppliers. United Technologies acquired Rockwell Collins, which acquired B/E Aerospace. Consolidation continues. How do Tier 1-4 companies compete in an era of consolidation—or should they become part of it?

16 15 PM Supplying the executive jet sector

Executive jets are a major component of aerospace for the Southeast. This panel will discuss  growth and opportunities.

17 00 PM Product Development and Production Forecast for Commercial Aviation

We look at the prospective Boeing NMA and the Airbus response, along with production rate increases, entry-into-service of other aircraft and related issues. This sets the stage for tomorrow’s focus on commercial aviation.

17 45 PM Open drinks reception
18 45 PM Networking dinner
08 00 AM Registration & morning refreshments
09 00 AM Welcoming remarks
09 05 AM Becoming a Boeing supplier
  • The 787 supply chain has gone through well publicised stress recently as a result of engine delays, what can suppliers do to bolster efforts to get 787 production back on track?
  • What impact does Boeing's decision to pursue vertical integration in their supply chain have on existing and prospective suppliers?
  • What are the most important needs of Boeing needs to fill?
09 45 AM Opportunities facing tier 1 suppliers in the Southeast
10 45 AM Workforce development in the Southeast

All regions and states offer incentives to attract aerospace companies. The key issue facing the companies in the coming years is a surge in workforce retirements of engineers and touch labour. The aerospace companies increasingly are turning to off-shore solutions.

  • Adrianne Beasley, Director of Aerospace Initiatives, South Carolina Council On Competitiveness
  • Ben Hames, Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Christopher Chung, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
11 15 AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11 45 AM Cyber security in aviation

Production and aftermarket services businesses are thriving and the trends appear positive, but how ready is the industry for the evolving cyber environment? 

12 30 PM Networking lunch & keynote speaker
14 00 PM The future of military aviation production
  • According to PWC, currently, the aerospace & defence sector is spending less on R&D than other critical industries, resulting in a “potential technology defecit”, what can defence suppliers do to buck that trend?
  • Have large defence suppliers & manufacturers been too risk averse in their product development expenditure?
  • What role can potential partnerships between defence suppliers & OEMs play in the development of this sector?
  • George Bullen, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman
  • Janet Duffy, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Lockheed Martin
15 00 PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
15 30 PM Ubisense presentation
16 15 PM Developing new technology and cost control


Johnny Stephenson

Director of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications


Bill Williams

Vice President, Supply Chain


George Bullen

Technical Fellow

Northrop Grumman

Janet Duffy

Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Lockheed Martin

Scott Hamilton

Managing Director

Leeham Co.

Mike Stengel


AeroDynamic Advisory

Adam Price


Oliver Wyman

John Tecklenburg


City of Charleston

Ben Hames

Deputy Commissioner

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Adrianne Beasley

Director of Aerospace Initiatives

South Carolina Council On Competitiveness

Christopher Chung

Chief Executive Officer

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina


Attracting thousands of participants annually from airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions, investment houses and government bodies, our events provide you with an unparalleled platform from which to promote your organisation’s brand, products and services.

Find out more about our sponsorship opportunities

Bronze Sponsors

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Not For Profit Sponsors

Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.


Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street,

User-added imageSet in the heart of Charleston across from Marion Square, this historic hotel features a full-service spa and an on-site restaurant serving classic Southern cuisine. The French Quarter is 0.6 miles away.

The College of Charleston, the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Charleston Museum are all within 0.8 miles from the Francis Marion Hotel. This hotel also borders the King Street shopping district.

The Historic District is a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, walking and restaurants.

Complimentary Airline & Investor Passes

We invite all airlines & investors to register for a complimentary pass to attend Southeast Aerospace & Defence 2019.




Once you've registered you'll gain access to our bespoke AFJ Concierge Meeting Service where you tell us who you want to meet and we make it happen!

*All complimentary delegate passes are subject to approval from the Airfinance Journal Events team. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this promotion to sell-side representatives or Investment Banks. Sell-side representatives and Investment Banks can register for this event here.


AFJ Concierge

The Airfinance Journal team recognises that you need to get as much value as possible from attending Southeast Aerospace & Defence 2019, especially as in the billion dollar industry of aircraft finance, it can be difficult to meet the right people at the right time.

With this in mind we’ve introduced a personalised concierge meeting service - AFJ Concierge.

Our team take the strain by doing the leg work for you, so all you need to do is arrive at Southeast Aerospace & Defence 2019 ready to do business.


How it works

Step 1: Send the AFJ Concierge a list of up to 10 individuals or organisations you’d like to meet, along with a little explanation of why you’d like to meet them.

Step 2: Our dedicated research team will reach out to the list on your behalf. We can use our industry knowledge to suggest any additional contacts that could add value to your attendance.

Step 3: We'll diary manage to find the best time and place for you to meet.

Step 4: Check-in with our concierge team onsite.

Step 5: Get deals done!


How do I get involved?

It's simple. All you need to do is register for Southeast Aerospace & Defence 2019, then contact our AFJ Concierge and start arranging meetings.



Do I need to be registered for Southeast Aerospace & Defence to take advantage of the service?
Yes. This service is only available to registered delegates of Southeast Aerospace & Defence 2019.

What if people on my list don’t want to meet me?
We'll do our best to arrange meetings with your wishlist. If someone on your list doesn't wish to meet you, we'll use our industry know-how to suggest other delegates that might be of interest to you.

It's key that you provide us with a solid rationale of why you want to meet each person on your list, the better the reasonsing, the more likely they are to agree to a meeting and the better informed we will be to suggest additional delegates for you.

How will you schedule the meeting?
The AFJ Concierge will either use our meetings system to book the appointment for you or they will send you and the person you wish to meet a calendar invite.

What happens if the person I’m meeting doesn’t turn up?
If you let the team onsite know that the person you're supposed to be meeting hasn't turned up, they will be able to check if the person is onsite and reach out to them for you. Depending on the circumstances, we will do our best to reschedule the meeting for you.

Will I get the contact details of the person I’m meeting beforehand?
If the person you want to meet has agreed for their details to be shared pre-event then yes. If not you'll be able to collect their details during your meeting.

Have a question? Contact the AFJ Concierge today