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Garrett and Rosanvallon honoured by NBAA
Joan Sullivan Garrett, founder of MedAire, is considered to be an aviation pioneer, while Dassault Falcon Jet CEO Jean Rosanvallon has overseen momentous DFJ expansion. Both have been recognised for their work.

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen has congratulated Joan Sullivan Garrett, a former NBAA board member and NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award recipient, as an inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame class of 2020, in recognition of her work as the founder of MedAire. Garrett will be formally inducted at a September 2020 ceremony in Dayton, Ohio.

“Joan has effectively used her experience, expertise and empathy to create an extraordinary company that promotes safety and saves lives,” says Bolen. “We congratulate her on this well-deserved honour.”

As MedAire founder, Garrett is an industry pioneer in critical-care medical response utilising state-of-the-art equipment and trained professionals. The company directs real-time safety services to thousands annually throughout aviation. More than 30 years after she launched MedAire in 1985, the company continues to provide lifesaving products and services for both the aviation and maritime sectors.

Garrett, who served as CEO of MedAire until 2006, used aviation medicine statistics and real-world experience to advise the aviation industry on health and safety-related issues. Her congressional testimony in 2001 is credited with prompting the FAA to issue a final rule requiring US airlines to carry automated external defibrillators and enhanced emergency medical kits.

Earlier in her career, she served as a critical-care flight nurse and chief medical officer. She has authored numerous white papers on health and medical subjects, from the use of inflight defibrillators to issues concerning bioterrorism, and she is often quoted as an authority on such topics in national and international media outlets. She has been a member of the NBAA for more than 30 years.

NBAA is also congratulating former Dassault Falcon Jet CEO Jean Rosanvallon for being honoured with the 2019 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

Recognised for his 45 years of effective leadership and unrivalled record of success at Dassault Falcon Jet, overseeing numerous new products and expansion into emerging markets, Rosanvallon was one of six aviation leaders honoured at an awards ceremony on November 12.

“For decades, the business aviation community has benefited greatly from John Rosanvallon's statesmanship,” notes Bolen. “It is impossible to imagine a more fitting recipient of National Aeronautic Association's Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award.”

Included among Rosanvallon's many roles in industry leadership are his service as a member of NBAA's advisory council, as well as on the board of directors for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Corporate Angel Network and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Wings Club of New York and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

In January 2019, he received the Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Los Angeles.

Rosanvallon joined Dassault Aviation in 1975, and four years later transitioned to DFJ, based in Teterboro, New Jersey as assistant to the president. After an 11-year tenure in France, serving in several executive capacities for the company, he returned to Teterboro as senior vice president, sales and marketing with responsibility for consolidating worldwide Falcon commercial activities. He took charge of the affiliate in 1996.

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