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Young business aviation leaders merit NBAA recognition
Rising leaders from across the world are bringing fresh ideas and valuable perspectives to business aviation, and NBAA shares the stories of these dynamic young women and men through recognition at its October show.
Young people in the aviation workforce. Photo by John Harrington Photography, courtesy of NBAA.

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has unveiled the 2019 Business Aviation Top 40 Under 40, which recognises young leaders who are shaping the future of the industry. Recipients will be recognised at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which runs 22-24 October in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specific events in which they will be honoured include the Young Professionals in Business Aviation (YoPro) networking reception and the Day 2 Keynote on 23 October.

“Rising leaders from across the world are bringing fresh ideas and valuable perspectives to business aviation, elevating the industry to ever greater heights,” says NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “NBAA is privileged to share the stories of these dynamic young women and men.”

This year's second annual Top 40 Under 40 list was selected by NBAA's YoPro Council, a group of business aviation professionals and NBAA staff liaisons working to build relationships between the industry's emerging leaders. The group's focus on growing the industry's young talent will continue at the inaugural Emerging Leaders conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida from 26-27 February, 2020. The conference will bring rising industry leaders together for tailored professional development content focused on enhancing high level leadership skills that deliver tangible benefits to their organisations.

This year's Top 40 Under 40 recipients, in their respective categories, are:

Airport Business - Scott Helms, Kenmore Aero Services; Sean White, First Wing Jet Center; and Cat Wren, Business Jet Center.

Broker/Sales - Miguel Gallardo, Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems; Stan Kuliavas, Levaero Aviation; Tristan Punnett, A2V; Julius Ramos, Volanteus; Ben Williamson, Comlux Aviation; and Jamie Wilson, Duncan Aviation.

Business Management - Logan Brown, Innotech-Execaire Aviation; Jill Case, Wing Aviation; Jennifer Evans, Compressed Gas Systems; Michael Mahoney, AIG; Casey Miller, Latitude 33; Mike Smith, Scope Aircraft Finance; and John T Van Geffen, Avialex Law Group.

Cabin Attendant - Creighton Anderson, AbbVie Pharmaceutical; and Nikki Gerome, Contract Flight Attendant.

Innovation - Kate Fraser, Joby Aviation; Nicole Greczyn, Gogo Business Aviation; Matthieu Grossetete, Thales Avionics; and Jessica McClintock, FuelerLinx.

Maintenance - Jacob Berg, Marathon Petroleum Company; Dave Jensen, ACI Jet; and Jeremy Rangel, Duncan Aviation.

Marketing - Lyndse Costabile, FunD Av Consulting; Ian Lumpp, Heartland Aviation Group; and Catherine Rost, Satcom Direct.

Pilot - Reid Columbia, CAM, Genuine Parts Co; Ben Crispell, CAM, Cox Enterprises; Barrington Irving, Experience Aviation; Nick Lather, Ohio University Air Transportation Service; Brad Lindow, CAM, Solairus Aviation; Jean Denis Marcellin, Chartright Air Group; Brett Minturn, CAM, The Kroger Co; Andrea Riemer; and Ryan Tollini, Lincoln Financial Group.

Scheduler/Dispatcher - Derek Fitzgerald, CAM, Boston Scientific; Michal Pazourek, ABS Jets; and Victoria Tatarchenko, MI Aviation Holdings.

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the NBAA is an organisation for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and professionals and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including NBAA-BACE, a civil aviation trade show.

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