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SDC2020 Keynote Speakers Focus on Resiliency in Uncertain Times

SDC2020 Keynote Speakers Focus on Resiliency in Uncertain Times

The theme of adaptability took center stage in the opening keynote at the 2020 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2020), taking place March 10-13 in Charlotte, NC. “Focusing on resiliency, we want to talk about how we can work together to move forward,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. As a part of an ongoing strategy to consult with top COVID-19 experts, NBAA welcomed Mayo Clinic pulmonologist Dr. Clayton T. Cowl to SDC2020, as well as Don Chupp, president and CEO, Fireside Partners, a global emergency response firm. Attendees also were inspired by keynote speaker Warren Macdonald – whose life changed dramatically after a backcountry climbing accident. Read more about the SDC2020 opening keynote.

Schedulers and Dispatchers Pre-Conference Event Showcases Aviation Careers for NC Students

Schedulers and Dispatchers Event Showcases Aviation Careers for NC Students

On the eve of SDC2020, 45 students from Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology – a local STEM high school – met at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to learn about the career possibilities available in business aviation. “For most of my career, I’ve always said to myself, “If I see it, I can be it,” Lowe’s Aviation Chief Pilot Jon-Michael Calhoun told the students. “If you see it, you can be it – all you need is a little spark, and the people you see today are here to help you find your spark.” Read about the Pay-It-Forward education event.

Jeanie Friscia Honored With Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award

Jeanie Friscia Honored With S&D Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award

NBAA presented longtime business aviation scheduler Jeanie Friscia with the Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award at SDC2020. Over the course of her 31-year career with PepsiCo., Friscia has proven to be the gold standard in international corporate dispatching. She joined the flight department from the company’s headquarters and quickly made a name for herself through professionalism and attention to detail. Her dedication to meaningful innovation earned her the PepsiCo Chairman’s Award for Outstanding performance. Read more about Friscia.



NBAA Announces Recipients of 2020 Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarships

NBAA Announces Recipients of 2020 Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Awards

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About NBAA: Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (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 11,000 member companies of all sizes located across the country. NBAA provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, the premier professional development event for anyone with responsibility for scheduling and/or dispatching business aircraft.

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