Holden Buckner is a merger and acquisitions professional with nearly 15 years of experience helping business owners monetize their hard work. Working mainly with small to middle-market sized companies, Holden is focused on analyzing, preparing, and educating companies that wish to sell or merge with other entities. After years of hard work, many entrepreneurs who have built a trusted and successful brand want to exit the industry. Holden is someone business owners turn to in order to ensure they receive the most value for their legacy.
Outside of his professional career, Holden spends a lot of time flying his 1970 Bellanca Super Viking single-engine, high-performance complex airplane, both to visit clients on a weekly basis and for personal pleasure. This aircraft gives Holden a sense of freedom and joy as he flies high above the ground avoiding traffic and commercial airlines. While flying is both fun and efficient, he also uses his pilot’s license and aircraft for a greater good. Holden is a frequent contributor to a number of philanthropic causes, some of which have a great need for his ability to fly an aircraft.
Every person has the ability to give back in some way to those less fortunate. In Holden’s particular case, he is the owner of a plane and a licensed pilot, giving him a set of uncommon and sought after skills. Because of this unique luxury, Holden feels the obligation to help others less fortunate.
Through Angel Flight, Holden transports individuals who have a legitimate medical need for fast transportation or are unable to make medical appointments through traditional transportation.
For Pilots and Paws as well as Austin Pug Rescue, he helps rescued animals by providing life-saving air transportation to get at-risk animals to new, safe homes. Most animals he rescues are from kill shelters and they are often near euthanization.
These organizations are able to exist because of the volunteers who open up their aircrafts to their passengers, whether they be man, woman, dog or cat. Holden typically will try to coordinate a transport from one of these organizations when he scheduled his own flights around the country. Holden believes that if you are lucky enough to be in a position to help others, you should. It’s why he became involved in these types of organizations.
Holden has also volunteered with Youth at Risk Program and he is a bone marrow donor registered with the National Marrow Donor Program, motivated by a friend who was diagnosed with leukemia and subsequently died from the disease.
Philanthropy does not require grand sums of money, as many believe. All it requires is a genuine care for others and a willingness to spend a little time to ensure positive things happen in the world.