Sept. 12, 2019

NBAA’s Young Professionals (YoPro) in Business Aviation program continues to expand each year, offering new opportunities for growth in the industry.

The initiative continues at NBAA-BACE, where, in addition to the YoPro education and networking sessions, NBAA will reveal the 2019 Top 40 Under 40 in Business Aviation at an awards luncheon, and formally recognize recipients during the Oct. 22 YoPro networking reception, as well as during the Day 2 Keynote on Oct. 23.

“Since 2014, NBAA’s YoPro program has seized every opportunity to expand NBAA-BACE attendees’ knowledge, and enhance their relationships with veteran and emerging leaders across the spectrum of business aviation,” said Sierra Grimes, NBAA’s senior manager of registration and YoPro program founder.

“At this year’s convention, many events are planned to highlight young professionals’ success in the industry and continue our mission of education and giving back to local communities,” Grimes added.

“Bring on the Future: AI, Urban Mobility and Business Aviation,” is the forward-looking topic of this year’s YoPro education session, and is set for 4:30 pm. Oct. 22 in the Innovation Zone. It will focus on the future of aviation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles providing urban air mobility (UAM). Special guest Ed Crump, who participated in the development of Amazon’s Alexa and went on to found AirProxima, will give an overview of the emerging technology before digging deep into questions. Joining him on the panel will be Kate Fraser, who specializes in UAM policy, regulations and safety with Joby Aviation.

The education session is followed by the annual YoPro networking event, which this year includes a “Helpy Hour” community service project. In partnership with Three Square, southern Nevada’s only food bank, everyone participating in the networking reception can help feed young people in need by filling a “Weekend Bag” of nonperishable food items.

Learn more about NBAA’s YoPro program.

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