NBAA Announces Inaugural Kern Professionalism Award Recipients

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Washington, DC, Nov. 25, 2016 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has recognized 19 recipients of its inaugural 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 inaugural Kern Award winners are:

The award – created to honor Dr. Tony Kern, a cofounder of Convergent Performance, distinguished U.S. Air Force veteran and author of five books on human performance – recognizes individuals who excel in leadership in the following areas:

“We are impressed by the number and caliber of the nominations that came in,” said Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations. “These 19 men and women perfectly meet what Kern defined as ‘professional.’ These folks are doing their jobs with the utmost professionalism.”

The nominations were vetted by a panel of NBAA Safety Committee Professionalism Working Group members. NBAA will be accepting nominations for the 2017 awards starting in January. Learn more about the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award.

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