René Banglesdorf is a repeat aviation industry founder, CEO and board member who spurs on those in the industry to conquer challenges, live better lives, and make a lasting impact on aviation’s future with a collaborative approach.

Meet René Banglesdorf

René is the Founder & CEO of The Aviation Collective, a collaborative consulting company that equips leaders in aviation with tools to revitalize their organizations. Its vision is to improve workplace culture today to transform the impact of the industry tomorrow.

René was recently selected from hundreds of candidates as a board member for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB), an FAA- and congressional-facing body. She was additionally selected as the Chair of the Communications and Legislative Engagement Committee. The WIAAB provided independent recommendations and strategies to solve the impending aviation workforce shortage, and specifically identifies opportunities to attract, recruit, retain and advance women in aviation.

Most recently, René was Founder & CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation – where she remains Chair of the Board – brokering ~$1B in global aircraft sales. Charlie Bravo represents global buyers and sellers in 40+ countries on 6 continents. René established and maintains a large international network to support complex, time-sensitive buy/sell transactions. She has earned a reputation for mastering the complex ecosystem for private aircraft sales, facilitating negotiations across customs, brokerages, pilots, maintenance, aviation authorities, management, banking regulations, financing, taxation, and other ecosystem players.  

René is also a high performance business coach with Michael Hyatt & Co – an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company – coaching and developing management teams to rapidly scale to profitability. Leveraging her success strategies from Charlie Bravo, Rene works with group and individual cohorts of founders, leaders and management teams to develop critical decision-making skills and scalability strategies.

René is deeply involved in the aviation industry and public service. She has been recognized for her work rapidly mobilizing resources and private/public partnerships in response to crises and disasters, including for Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey and earthquakes in Haiti with the Sky Hope Disaster Relief Network. She is a member of Women in Aviation International, a member of the President’s Council of the National Air Transportation Association, and on the Marketing & Sponsorship Committee of the National Aircraft Finance Association. She is also a board director at Wingform, a software platform that automates aircraft sales transactions.

In recent years, René has been recognized for her thought leadership in elevating women in the aviation industry. She won the Top 30 Broker in North America and Enterprising Woman of the Year awards and was a finalist for the Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power. She is a hosts two popular podcasts (the Private Aviation Insider’s Guide and Leadership in Aviation) and is the author of two books, Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above the Status Quo, and Stand Up: How to Flourish When the Odds Are Stacked Against You. René is a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences.

She lives in Texas with her family and recently earned her pilots license.