Rutan to Keynote NBAA Leadership Conference in February

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or

WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2008 – Burt Rutan, aircraft designer, visionary and aerospace pioneer, will keynote next year’s NBAA Leadership Conference, themed “Winds of Change,” to be held in New Orleans from February 18 to 19.

Hosted by NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee, the Leadership Conference provides two days of valuable management information and networking opportunities with the industry’s most successful leaders.

Rutan’s accomplishments are monumental, and his innovative ideas have heavily influenced aircraft design. In his career, Rutan has earned virtually every honor the aviation world can bestow, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important industrial designers. His prolific contributions to air and spacecraft design have propelled the industry forward for decades.

At NBAA’s Leadership Conference, Rutan will share his personal success story and provide his predictions for the future of space flight, as well as the work he is doing today to inspire creativity and innovation within the aviation industry.

Other presentations will include The Spencer Johnson Group, of “Who Moved My Cheese?” fame, BridgeWorks, an authority on maximizing employee potential, and Craig Zablocki, who uses humor and a lighter approach to leadership to encourage and inspire employees.

Presentations will provide practical and proven insights for effective workplace management and leadership, and each of the Conference sessions will have time set aside for discussing real-world applications for the topics presented. Participants also will be able to gain valuable contacts and useful views from peers facing similar workplace challenges.

For more information on the 2009 NBAA Leadership Conference, visit

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