Business Leader, Pilot, Philanthropist Steuart Walton to Keynote NBAA-BACE

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

Washington, DC, Sept. 23, 2019 – Steuart L. Walton, pilot, entrepreneur, founder and chairman of Game Composites, and co-founder of Runway Group, will speak at the Day 1 Keynote on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, NV.

Game Composites, a Bentonville, Ark. based company, designs and builds small composite aircraft. The company is the creator of a versatile, two-seat aerobatic aircraft called the GB1 GameBird, which is expected to be featured as part of NBAA-BACE. While the GameBird is capable of competitive aerobatics, it is also an efficient touring aircraft.” See a video from Game Composites showing the GameBird in flight.

“A pioneering leader in aviation and business, Steuart brings a unique perspective to this year’s convention,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “NBAA-BACE attendees will be thrilled to get a firsthand look at his next generation aircraft, and we look forward to hearing his vision for the future of aviation.”

In 2018, Walton led an effort to open a 22,000 square foot aviation hub at the Bentonville, AR Municipal airport, Thaden Field. The facility is named after famous aviatrix Louise Thaden and shelters a flight school, an exhibition hangar, an FAA knowledge testing center, scenic flights, discovery flights, lawn games, fuel and provisions, bikes, and a full-service café, Louise.

A native of Bentonville, Walton has made a point of giving back to his hometown and state, both through personal contributions and via the Walton Family Foundation’s Home Region program. He has played a vital role in a wide range of foundation-funded projects from supporting the development of recreational multi-use trails in northwest Arkansas, to donating trees to individual residents to help maintain the natural beauty of Bentonville.

A cycling enthusiast, Walton and his brother Tom have helped develop Oz Trails, and donated to groups including Pedal It Forward, an advocacy group in northwest Arkansas and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Walmart and several groups, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


No other industry event showcases the innovation and excitement of the global business aviation community like NBAA-BACE, where attendees have the unparalleled opportunity to compare the latest business aircraft, products, technology and services offered by this dynamic industry. Taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport Oct. 22-24, the 2019 edition of NBAA-BACE offers a premier venue to experience the very latest that business aviation has to offer, as well as multiple opportunities for networking and education. Learn more about NBAA-BACE.

Runway Group, LLC is an entrepreneurial and philanthropic business entity in Northwest Arkansas, which makes investments, enhances experiences and supports opportunities for building a better community. Whether on a bicycle, in the air, at a restaurant, or enjoying a piece of art, those moments can be transformative – giving reason to think beyond the ordinary and imagine the extraordinary. Runway Group’s vision is to focus on progress and attract national recognition for Northwest Arkansas as one of the best metro areas in the country through the image of healthy, outdoor-focused lifestyles for all who live and visit the region and support of educational opportunities.

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