NBAA Board of Directors Elects Its Officers; Donald E. Baldwin Is NBAA’s New Chairman

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Orlando, FL, October 9, 2003 – Election of officers for two-year terms took place today at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Board of Directors Meeting during the Association’s 56th Annual Meeting & Convention. The NBAA Board elected Donald E. Baldwin of The Coca Cola Company to serve as the Association’s chairman of the Board and Kenneth E. Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel Services to serve as vice chairman. Jeffrey W. Lee of IBM Corporation, who had been elected by the Board in April 2003 as treasurer-elect, assumed his term as treasurer. George A. Saling of Altria Corporate Services, Inc. will serve on the Board’s Executive Committee in the position of immediate past chairman.

NBAA Chairman Donald E. Baldwin was recruited to work for The Coca Cola Company in 2001 as its director, corporate aviation subsequent to retiring from Texaco, Inc. after more than 25 years with that company. He joined Texaco, Inc. in 1974 as a copilot and at retirement was its manager of aviation transport services. Baldwin is a graduate of Wilmington College and the Darden School at the University of Virginia. In serving on the NBAA Board, he follows in the footsteps of his father, Donald A. Baldwin, who likewise worked for Texaco, Inc.’s flight department and was an NBAA Board Member from 1968 to 1978, when he retired from Texaco. In the past, Baldwin has served the Association as chairman of its Industry Affairs Committee and as a member of its Corporate Aviation Management Committee.

NBAA Vice Chairman Kenneth E. Emerick was first appointed to the NBAA Board in January 2000 to fill a vacancy and was elected to the Board for his first three-year term in October 2000. He is director of aviation for GM Worldwide Travel Services, a company he joined early in his career after graduating from Wayne State University. He served as chairman of the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee for three years.

Treasurer Jeffrey W. Lee is the director of flight operations for IBM Corporation, which he joined in 1980 as a copilot. He earned a B.S. in engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and was a USAF flight instructor from 1974 to 1980. Prior to joining the NBAA Board in 2001, he served first as vice chairman and then chairman of NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee.

These officers’ terms will conclude at the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, scheduled to be held in New Orleans, LA from November 15 to 17, 2005. To review the current NBAA Board roster, visit

NBAA represents the aviation interests of 7,500 companies that own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.

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