Reminder: NBAA Will Host First-Ever Virtual Gala for Business Aviation’s Emerging Leaders, Oct. 6

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

Washington, DC, Sept. 29, 2020 –  The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will host an online awards show – complete with a red-carpet event – on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to recognize the association’s 2020 Top 40 Under 40 leaders, who are lifting the industry to new heights.

The virtual ceremony will feature a who’s who, from across business aviation, with presentations recognizing emerging leaders making a difference today. The 40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony is part of NBAA’s Week of Aviation Excellence, which includes three premier safety events, Monday through Friday. All events are free to attend.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to showcase the innovators across the industry, who are taking us in exciting new directions,” said Sierra Grimes, senior manager, registration and programs.

What: NBAA Virtual 40 Under 40 Awards Show

When: Tuesday, Oct, 6, 2020

11:30 a.m. – Noon (EDT): Instagram Live Red-Carpet Show

Noon – 1 p.m. (EDT): Awards Show

Who: Hosted by Kate Fraser, Joby Aviation head of safety and NBAA Board Member, with a special message from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen

Guest appearances by:

  • Kirsten Bartok, Managing Partner, AirFinance
  • Stephanie Chung, Chief Growth Officer, WheelsUp
  • Clara Bennett, Executive Director, Boca Raton Airport
  • Wayne Starling, Executive Director, International Aircraft Dealers Association
  • Scott Arnold, President and Founder, Sājet Solutions
  • Todd Duncan, Chairman, Duncan Aviation
  • Kellie Rittenhouse, Director of Aviation, Hangar Aviation Management
  • Felipe Alfaia, Marketing Director, Embraer Executive Jets
  • John & Martha King, Co-Chairmen, King Schools

The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. with an Instagram Live red-carpet show, with this year’s recipients and industry peers. Follow @nbaaphotos and @nbaayopro on Instagram to meet the honorees. Attendees participating on Instagram Live will have an opportunity to ask questions and cheer them on.

Register for the Virtual 40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony for free.

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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 11,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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