NBAA Announces Recipients of 2014 Leadership Conference Scholarships

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,

Washington, DC, Feb. 6, 2014 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that three individuals have been selected by the Association’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee as recipients of the 2014 Leadership Conference Scholarship.

Each scholarship includes a value equivalent to $1,845 to cover expenses associated with attendance at NBAA’s 2014 Leadership Conference, taking place on Feb. 19 and 20 in Atlanta, GA. The Leadership Conference is designed for current and future leaders in every facet of the business aviation industry – both aircraft operators and vendors who provide products and services within the industry.

The Leadership Conference Scholarship, now in its 10th year, is sponsored in 2014 by Business Aviation Solutions, LLC, ExcelAire LLC and United Technologies. Representatives from each of these companies will be on hand at the NBAA Leadership Conference to recognize this year’s recipients.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

Eric Wenner – A senior at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, Wenner is majoring in professional flight, has a commercial pilot license with more than 260 hours and is working on his CFI. Wenner wants to work in business aviation for a Fortune 500 company and become a manager.

Arthur (AJ) Ramey – Ramey is a flight instructor at Birmingham Flight Center in Birmingham, AL. He has created and also worked with Angel Flight in Alabama and coordinates all public relations activities and recruiting with them. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he wants to become a business aviation flight department manager and earn his Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential.

LeVere Smith – An owner advocate of Jet Advocates, LLC in Ithaca, NY, Smith was previously a chief inspector at a FAR 145 repair station with Taughannock Aviation in Ithaca, NY. Also with Taughannock Aviation, he has been a director of maintenance for the Part 135 operations. Smith served in the U.S. Air Force and is working toward earning his CAM credential.

For more information about NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee, contact NBAA Director, Professional Development Jay Evans at Visit the Leadership Conference web page at

NBAA offers several scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. For more information about NBAA scholarships or to download application forms, visit

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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 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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