April 22, 2022
In recognition of his years of service to the business aviation community, Bill McBride, CAM, senior director of aviation for The Home Depot, was presented with NBAA’s prestigious Silk Scarf Award during an April 22 luncheon at the company’s hangar at Georgia’s Fulton County Airport (FTY).
McBride served as member and chair of the NBAA Maintenance Committee and later was instrumental in developing the association’s Certified Aviation Manager program, serving as a director on the inaugural CAM Governing Board.
“Bill is a visionary, always looking two to five years ahead of most people in the industry, thinking about things that are not even on people’s radar yet,” said Greg Voos, CAM, NBAA’s Southeastern regional representative. “Bill asks, ‘What can we do better? For example, if we found a technology that could help us improve safety or efficiency, he’d get approval for it.”
NBAA Northern Mountain Regional Representative Kristi Ivey, CAM, agreed, adding: “Bill has continually served on local and national boards and committees that influence positive change for our industry. His dedication to, and impact on, the business aviation community is far-reaching. At the time he was elevated to aviation department director, he was among the few maintenance professionals to do so. Under his leadership, Bill elevated an already highly-respected flight department to a world-class organization.”
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen offered a video tribute to McBride. In his remarks, Bolen noted: “Since coming to The Home Depot in 1998, you have worked through the industry and at every opportunity made us better. The Silk Scarf stands for someone who has relentlessly given their time, their talent, their expertise to make our community better. Bill, I can think of no one more appropriate for induction into the Order of the Silk Scarf.”
View Bolen’s full remarks about Bill McBride.