Meet Mabel Chow Brown, Managing Partner of Belleair Aviation - Innovate New Albany | New Albany, Ohio

Meet Mabel Chow Brown, Managing Partner of Belleair Aviation

mabel headshotMabel Chow Brown is the Managing Partner for Belleair Aviation, LLC. She started her business in 2013, and has been a tenant at Innovate New Albany since January of 2015.

Belleair Aviation LLC

Belleair Aviation helps customers develop creative ways to analyze and maximize asset values of distressed assets, primarily but not exclusively in the aircraft and energy sectors. The firm specifically deals with commercial aircraft leases that were entered into while American Airlines was emerging from bankruptcy. Belleair works with various technical resources to develop analytical models to produce strong results and provide their clients a competitive advantage.

Mabel earned her B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Mabel’s expertise includes maximizing recoveries in bankruptcy and distressed restructurings. She is the Chairperson for the Unsecured Creditors Committee of Energy Future Holdings (TXU), one of the largest bankruptcies in history. Mabel played a leading role in the bankruptcy restructurings for Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Solutia. In the Eurozone, she participated in the Eurotunnel workout.

During her portfolio management career, Mabel managed over $2.5 billion in total rate of return separate accounts, buy and hold insurance general account money, and mutual funds. She has consistently beat her benchmarks and ranked in the top quartile of her peer group. Mabel worked at Banc One (JP Morgan), Nationwide Insurance, Cincinnati Asset Management and Great-West Financial.

Mabel has over 20 years of investment experience working in large corporations as an analyst, trader and portfolio manager. Her work experience in Ohio and Colorado includes managing fixed income mutual funds, separate accounts, insurance company buy-hold general accounts, high yield and distressed credits.

What is your “secret sauce”?

“Extensive experience in airline bankruptcies, coupled with sound analysis and creativity in finding solutions while bringing folks together to maximize investment returns.”

What is the smartest move you’ve made so far as a business owner?

“Leveraging my network to bring together professionals to maximize investment returns using qualitative and quantitative models.”

What is your biggest mistake?

“Not knowing and being a part of the New Albany incubator sooner!”

If you had one piece of advice to give a new business owner, what would it be?

“Network and learn from others in your space.”

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a business owner?

“Balancing completing priorities, as an entrepreneurial venture has thin support.”

How has your business grown and changed since it first started?

“Leveraging our network in restructuring and using web-based or desktop products to give transparency into the financial engineering so they can assess opportunities under multiple scenarios.”

What made you decide to become a tenant at Innovate New Albany?

“Great facility and convenient location. It’s a good opportunity to associate with highly energized and creative people.”

Being a self-employed business owner, how do you keep yourself focused and motivated?

“I’m very success-oriented and my interests are usually aligned with the other creditors to maximize recoveries in a restructuring or bankruptcy.”

What do you love most about working/living in New Albany?

“Great people to live near and work with in NA. It’s a beautiful community to live and work.”

For more information about Mabel and Belleair Aviation, please email Mabel at

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