Author | Speaker | CEO, Charlie Bravo Aviation
René is co-founder and CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation, an Austin, TX-based company that buys, sells and leases corporate aircraft worldwide. She applies a background in business journalism and marketing from several industries to the company she started in 2008. Charlie Bravo works with government entities, non-profits, corporations both large and small, and private individuals and has closed deals more than 40 different countries ranging from hundreds of thousands to $30+ million.
René is part of an elite group—only 4-6% of high-level aviation positions are held by women in North America and Europe. René serves as a spokesperson for business aviation and women in aviation in speaking and press appearances all over the world. René serves as Vice President-Communications on the International Aviation Women's Association board, driving all Connect, Inspire and Lead activities. In 2018, she held organized and emceed the IAWA Inaugural GA Women’s Leadership Forum, with more than 100 female leaders from the industry in attendance.
René is an active member of the National Business Aircraft Association. She served on the advisory board of Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy, a group that teaches the love of STEM learning through aviation in her local community for three years and continues to promote STEM learning through other activities. She serves as a Supply Chain Coordinator for PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief, a charitable organization that utilizes business aviation to help in times of natural disaster or life-threatening situations.
René met her husband and Charlie Bravo Aviation co-founder, Curt, while studying journalism at Ohio University. To satisfy her passion for writing, René is an editorial contributor to several aviation business publications. In 2017, she wrote and produced a 28-lesson video course on how to buy an airplane. In 2016, she wrote a book entitled Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above The Status Quo with a co-author in the automotive industry.