NBAA Announces 2019 Kern Professionalism Award Recipients

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 24, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today recognized 15 recipients of its annual Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, which honors individuals in the business aviation industry for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.

The 2019 Kern Award winners are:

  • Keith (Fred) Anderson
  • Chris Ayers
  • Chris Bodine
  • Randall Brooks
  • Reid Columbia
  • Nat Iyengar
  • James Kazin
  • Kyle Kerekffy
  • Brad Lindow
  • Ryan Retelle
  • Marilena Sharpell
  • Steve Thorpe
  • Lance Toland
  • Mark Ward
  • Edward White
  • “In our fourth year of these awards, we continue to be impressed by the skill and commitment of the nominees and to the strong future they represent for the business aviation industry,” said Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations. “This year we are proud to acknowledge these 15 individuals from across the industry for exemplifying the high level of professionalism championed by Dr. Kern.”

    Created in 2015 to honor Dr. Tony Kern, a co-founder of Convergent Performance, distinguished U.S. Air Force veteran and author of five books on human performance, this peer-nominated award recognizes individual pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants, dispatchers and other aviation professionals who excel in leadership in the following areas:

  • Professional ethics
  • Vocational excellence
  • Continuous improvement
  • Professional engagement
  • Professional image
  • Selflessness
  • The nominations are vetted by a panel of NBAA Safety Committee Professionalism Working Group members.

    NBAA will begin accepting nominations for the 2020 awards in January. Learn more about the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award.

    Learn more about NBAA’s efforts to promote professionalism in business aviation.

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