NBAA Southwest Regional Representative Paul Smith Retires

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WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 2006 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced today that Paul H. Smith has retired as NBAA regional representative for the Southwest and Mountain states.

“Paul’s outstanding service to NBAA has ensured that the Association and the business aviation community are well represented across the Southwestern and Mountain regions of the U.S.,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “He has been a very effective advocate for the NBAA and the industry; although we will miss him, we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Smith had been with NBAA since 1988. He first served as the staff expert on matters relating to airspace and air traffic issues for more than 11 years, ultimately rising to the position of director, air traffic services & infrastructure. He then served the Association for nearly seven additional years as regional representative in the Southwest and Mountain areas.

Smith came to NBAA after a 27-year military career that included air-traffic and flying occupations. Smith’s last military job was as designated pilot for then-Army Secretary John Marsh and chief of fixed-wing standardization and training at the Military District of Washington, DC. Throughout his tenure in the military, Smith was decorated with several awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and others.

Smith has been recognized with awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Federal Aviation Administration and RTCA. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and attended the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He resides with his wife Myrna Cardwell-Smith in Georgetown, TX.

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