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NBAA's 2008 Leadership Conference Among Most Successful Ever

Several Individuals Recognized for Contributions to Business Aviation

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today said that the Association's 2008 Leadership Conference, held in San Antonio, TX on February 27 and 28, drew the largest crowd ever, bringing together business aviation leaders from across the country.

Over 240 business aviation flight department managers and personnel were in attendance at the two-day event, which featured an all-star lineup of speakers who challenged Attendees to examine key strategic considerations for effective leadership in modern-day flight departments.

The day began with a presentation from keynote speaker Stephen M. R. Covey, bestselling author of The Speed of Trust. Covey elaborated on the role of trust in every type of work environment, including flight departments.

Also presenting were Al Haynes, the legendary captain who in 1989 landed the severely damaged United Airlines flight 232 at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, IA and the Honorable Robert Sumwalt, vice chair of the National Transportation Safety Board. Additional speakers included diversity strategist Craig Clayton from the University of Houston, who presented "Diversity Analytics and Metrics - It Makes Dollars and Sense", and the inspirational Barrington Irving, the young African American who flew out of the streets of inner-city Miami and around the world in a single-engine aircraft.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen congratulated the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC) on the event. "The success of this year's Leadership Conference is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the committee and the many other volunteers whose efforts made the event possible," Bolen said. "NBAA congratulates everyone on an outstanding event."

CAMC Chair Gary Hoffman of Lehman Brothers joined event hosts Bill Baldwin of J.W. Childs Associates and Ed White, of Amgen, Inc. in thanking Bolen and applauding the enthusiasm of the Attendees.

"Clearly, this event was a win on several levels," Baldwin said. "It was a highly valuable forum for NBAA and the Corporate Aviation Management Committee, and also for our Sponsors and Attendees."

White added: "We are proud to have helped produce an event that provides a strategic vision of flight department leadership for today's business aviation leaders, who must understand the many elements for success in their roles in today's flight departments."

Those in attendance agreed with White and Baldwin; one Attendee stated, "I am next in line for the aviation director's position, and after listening to the issues presented during these two days, I realize how much I have to consider."

To learn more about upcoming NBAA events, visit www.nbaa.org/events. This web page also contains information about several other professional development initiatives featured at the Conference, including the CAM Exam, PDP and professional development scholarship opportunities.

For more information about NBAA scholarships or NBAA's Professional Development Program, contact Jay Evans at (202) 783-9353 or jevans@nbaa.org or visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships or www.nbaa.org/pdp.


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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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