President; Banyan Air Service
Don Campion was born to medical missionary parents in Nigeria, West Africa, where he routinely flew aboard small aircraft to attend a Protestant American boarding school. He grew up in a rural environment where they installed their own electric generators, dug wells for water, built their own homes and furniture as they lived alongside the Nigerians.
After high school in Jos, Nigeria, Don moved to Toronto, Canada to attend Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, a four-year program of aviation courses which also included a commercial, multiengine pilot’s license followed by one year of aircraft maintenance at Centennial College in Toronto.
In 1979, Don moved to South Florida and contracted as a co-pilot for a small charter operation flying primarily to the Bahamas. Don quickly realized there was opportunity for a maintenance facility and co-founded Banyan Air Services in a small hangar servicing aircraft at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Now with over 190 teammates, Don views his job as a coach. He strives to hire teammates who have a passion for aviation, will accept responsibility for the company’s success and discipline themselves to grow using their God-given talents in a fun environment that pursues excellence. Our team serves our customers in remarkable ways and we contribute to the community we serve and beyond.
Don and his wife, Sueanne, are project leaders in the revitalization of a small rural hospital in Egbe, Nigeria. Frequently going to Nigeria they are recruiting personnel, raising financial support, shipping medical equipment and supplies and providing oversight to establish medical care to this needy region. The hospital also is a training center for nurses and doctors. They work closely with 4KIDS of South Florida, a child welfare agency dedicated to foster care and His Caring Place, which provides a safe harbor for pregnant teenagers.
Don is driven by integrity, teamwork and operational excellence and believes that God blesses people and businesses that honor Him.
Awards & Recognition
• Served on National Aviation Transportation Association Board and Awarded Distinguished Service Award
• Served on Everglades University Aviation’s Program Advisory Committee
• Received International Business Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
• Inducted into FATA Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame 2009
• Junior Achievement South Florida Business Hall of Fame Laureate 2011
• Received Excalibur Award 2011
• FXE Achievements in Community Excellence Award 2018
• FXE Distinguished Service Award and City of Fort Lauderdale Proclamation for 40 Years at FXE 2019
About Banyan Air Service
Banyan Air Service is a Leader in Business Aviation offering 24 hour service in an aviation complex spanning over 100 acres and with one million square feet of office and hangar. More than 400 aircraft are based with Banyan at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Banyan offers fueling and ground support, turbine airframe and engine maintenance, avionics services and installations, aircraft sales and management, parts solutions and distribution, an aviation store and a unique cafe. The technical divisions have been awarded the FAA Diamond Award for training. The company is an FAA & EASA approved repair station and has earned approval in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico & Venezuela.