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Donald Campion is President of Banyan Air Service, a 24-hour, full-service fixed base operation (FBO) providing a variety of services such as aircraft maintenance, structural modifications, installation, services, sales, flight training, and charter services. The company is located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Campion was born a missionary child in Nigeria, West Africa. As a boy, he attended a western Protestant American boarding school. After high school, Campion moved to Toronto, Canada to attend Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, a four-year program of aviation courses that included commercial, multiengine pilot’s license, followed by one year of aircraft maintenance at Centennial College in Toronto. In 1979, Campion moved to South Florida and was contracted as a copilot for a small charter operation flying primarily to the Bahamas. As a charter pilot, he realized there was opportunity for a maintenance facility to service the aircraft he was flying. Campion began servicing aircraft at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, establishing Banyan Air Service from one small hangar, which has grown and now has over 160 teammates. Campion is active in the South Florida community. He is currently president of the Florida Executive Airport (FXE) Association and a longtime member of the FBO #1 20 Group, an association of independently owned aviation services company peers. He previously served on the National Air Transportation Association Board from 1999-2002 and on the Everglades University aviation program advisory committee. Campion has won several awards over his career, including, but not limited to: Florida Aviation Trades Association Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame (2009); Junior Achievement South Florida Business Hall of Fame (2011); Sun Sentinel Company’s Excalibur Award, Small Business Leader, Broward County (2011); Greater Miami Aviation Association’s Edward V. Rickenbacker Award; Florida Executive Airport Association Achievements in Community Excellence Award (2018); and Florida Executive Airport Association Distinguished Service Award (2019).
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