Hawthorne Global Aviation Services (Booth N5512) is planning to grow organically and through acquisition of more FBOs in coming weeks.

“We have some FBO locations that we will close on before year’s end and several others in the pipeline that will get done in the first quarter of 2016,” revealed Bryon Burbage, who was named president of the general aviation services company in May while retaining the title of CFO, which he assumed in 2011. Prior to Hawthorne, Burbage spent 20 years in public and private businesses, including serving as corporate controller and CFO for several private companies.

Down the road, “we might look at Canada, possibly the Caribbean for new growth,” he told ShowNews. “But we’re at a stage in our lifecycle that we’re not looking to Europe.”

Burbage said the small FBO chain’s business has increased “a fair amount” over the last year. “We’re pumping more fuel. We’re projecting a bigger increase in business for 2016.”

Hawthorne is enhancing its current stable of FBOs. The company has two hangar projects about to start at FBOs in Islip, N.Y. and Eau Clair, Wisc. Another hangar is planned for the FBO at the Chicago Executive Airport. Hawthorne also plans to enhance the customs facility at its FBO Cobb County International Airport in Atlanta, Ga.

Growth plans also extend to Hawthorne’s charter firm, ExcelAire, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in October 2015. It was acquired in 2012 by Hawthorne and is based at MacArthur Airport in Islip. Hawthorne has hired experienced sales agents to help bolster the charter side of the business. Burbage said the company would add a few more aircraft to its 20-strong business jet charter fleet before year’s end and also “go after more of the retail charter business.”