After learning to fly sailplanes at age 14, Don Mercer progressed to earn an Air Transport Pilot License with multiple turbine and turboprop aircraft type ratings. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor. Much to the benefit of his business jet brokerage and acquisition clients, this extensive flight operations knowledge and experience substantially enhances the service level and expertise he provides to both corporate and private clients.
Subsequent to earning a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Miami, Don began his career with Beech Aircraft Company as a sales engineer where he marketed supersonic and subsonic missile targets worldwide. He then moved into the business aviation arena managing new aircraft sales for Europe and Africa, rapidly advancing to the position of Regional Manager.
Tenure in an aircraft demonstration role and managing pre-owned sales for European Aircraft Corporation prepared him for his next responsibility as Beechcraft director and then vice president of global pre-owned sales. Superior performance quickly brought additional responsibility for new aircraft sales. Achievement there promoted him to responsibility for new aircraft sales throughout the western hemisphere.
Following the Textron Aviation acquisition of Beechcraft Corporation, Don successfully integrated a Beech and Cessna sales team to manage both new and pre-owned sales in the US northeast quadrant for both jets and turboprops.
Don’s extensive experience, proven brokerage and acquisition track records, and great respect by colleagues and competitors alike ensure that the trust and confidence clients and prospects have in him is well placed.