Brian M. Campbell



Dr. Campbell’s career has been heavily concentrated in the economic elements of commercial air transportation. After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1968, he was employed for seven years by Simat, Helliesen & Eichner, Inc., a transportation consulting firm. Prior to his resignation from that firm in 1975, he held the position of Vice President of the Washington office.

Between 1976 and 1982, Dr. Campbell was a co-founder and senior executive of two new-entrant (post-U.S. deregulation) airlines, with primary responsibilities for planning and finance. The first of these new companies was Midway Airlines, Inc., where he held the position of Vice President of Finance and Administration from 1977 to 1980. After resigning from Midway, Dr. Campbell formed Air Chicago, Inc. and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer through the planning and initial capitalization period.

Dr. Campbell returned to the consulting profession in 1982, and from 1987 until December 1993, he was a founding member of Leeper, Cambridge & Campbell, Inc. He held the position of President from 1991 to 1993. In December 1993, he formed The Campbell Aviation Group, Inc., the predecessor to the Campbell-Hill Aviation Group.

Dr. Campbell’s particular expertise is in the economic analysis of aviation issues and opportunities. This includes financial, marketing, planning, and operational aspects of airlines, airports, and equipment manufacturers. Dr. Campbell’s experience is highly qualified from both research and executive viewpoints. He has served numerous clients in problem diagnosis, specification and analysis of alternative courses of action, development of strategic action plans, and implementation procedures and controls.

Throughout his career, Dr. Campbell has developed various analytical models and procedures for a broad variety of clients in all major sectors of the aviation industry. For instance, in his airport economic forecasting practice, he led the development of the only comprehensive airport activity and passenger forecasting model that realistically accounts for inter-airport competition within a single region. He also has created and implemented detailed costing, budgeting, and financial forecasting models for airlines.

Dr. Campbell’s aviation expertise includes extensive consulting in air cargo and air express operations. He directed the firm’s research and analysis for the Global Transpark (GTP) in North Carolina, and he applied the system throughout the U.S. and world. Along with Rex Edwards, Vice President, he leads the firm’s consulting services for air cargo and air express carriers including the Cargo Airline Association.

As a consultant, Dr. Campbell has appeared as an expert witness in more than 75 adversarial proceedings before regulatory boards or commissions, representing private as well as government and non-profit organizations. This cross-section of cases includes routes, fares, mergers, initial certification, and industry performance evaluations. The majority of these case appearances were before the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board and the U.S. Department of Transportation, and several occurred before the Canadian Transport Commission and the European Commission. Dr. Campbell has testified in U.S. federal courts, state administrative tribunals, the U.S. Congress, the Canadian Parliament. During the course of his consulting work, he has presented countless reports to U.S. DOT, DOJ, and OMB staff on behalf of airline clients.

As a senior airline executive, Dr. Campbell raised millions of dollars of venture capital for lease and debt financing of used aircraft. He has managed a SEC registration for a public stock offering by a new-entrant airline, negotiated and successfully secured purchase agreements for new and used flight equipment, spare parts inventories, training services, and airport and maintenance facilities. Moreover, he has directed the finance and accounting, purchasing and stores, planning, and administration departments of new operating carriers.

Areas of Specialization

Route system development and market planning

Financial and economic impact analysis of environmental regulations

Aircraft evaluations and fleet planning

Marketing, sales, promotion, advertising, and pricing strategies

Demand forecasting (passenger, property, activity/operations)

Proforma financial statements and measures of performance

Corporate organization structure and planning

Development and preparation of business plans for targeted purposes

Presentations to financial institutions and boards of directors

Financial services (equity and debt)


Bachelor of Commerce, McGill University
M.B.A., University of Western Ontario
Ph.D., Business Administration, Columbia University