Contact: Cassandra Bosco
Washington, DC, September 11, 2002 – The Voting Membership of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) elected seven Directors to three-year terms during its Annual Meeting on September 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL: James E. Cooling of Cooling & Herbers, P.C.; Patrick C. Cunningham of PepsiCo, Inc.; John E. Frank of AT&T Wireless Services Corp.; Durwood J. Heinrich of Texas Instruments; David Allen Maib of Target Corporation, Inc.; Steve Nielsen of Yum! Brands, Inc.; and Paul V. Stinebring of Emerson Electric.
A licensed pilot and aircraft owner, James E. Cooling is president of the Kansas City law firm of Cooling & Herbers, P.C. He is a 1968 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and received his B.A. from the University of Missouri in 1965. In addition, he is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and the NTSB Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a licensed pilot and aircraft owner; he is also a speaker and a writer, having contributed articles to various aviation publications. Cooling was first elected to the NBAA Board in 1999, and he has been chairman of the NBAA Membership Committee since 2001.
Patrick C. Cunningham, manager of aircraft and facilities maintenance for PepsiCo, Inc., has more than 25 years of business aviation aircraft maintenance and management experience. He holds an M.B.A. from Manhattan College and a B.A. in political science from Manhattanville College, and he is a 1996 cum laude graduate of the Pace University School of Law. In addition, Cunningham is a licensed airframe and powerplant technician, authorized inspector and private pilot with more than 15 years experience as a cockpit crew member on jet aircraft. This will be his first term on the NBAA Board.
John E. (Jeff) Frank, chief pilot for AT&T Wireless Services Corp. since the corporation’s formation in 2001, originally joined the NBAA Board in late 2001 to fill a vacancy. Frank has more than 35 years of experience flying in military and corporate aviation. For 18 years he held a variety of staff and management positions with the Mobil Oil Corporation, and he also worked as aviation manager for the Trillium Corporation flight department. With approximately 12,000 hours of flying experience, Frank is type-rated in many business aircraft and also has military flying experience. He was chairman of the NBAA Airspace/Air Traffic Committee from 1993 to 1995.
Board newcomer Durwood J. Heinrich has worked for Texas Instruments since 1973 and has been that company’s director of aviation and chief pilot since 1982. He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in management & administrative sciences from the University of Texas, and he currently is working on his doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology at Capella University. A U.S. Air Force T-38 instructor pilot from 1968 to 1973, Heinrich has more than 14,000 hours of flight experience and is a certified flight instructor.
David Allen Maib has been the manager of flight services and chief pilot for Target Corporation, Inc. since 1990. From 1975 to 1990, he worked for The Coleman Company, Inc. in several positions, including director of corporate travel. A pilot with more than 15,500 hours of flight experience, Maib’s past military experience includes duties as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, including service in Vietnam, and as a National Guard helicopter pilot in both Kansas and Minnesota. He was the chairman of the NBAA Airspace/Air Traffic Committee from 2000 to 2002; this will be his first term on the NBAA Board.
Steve Nielsen was recently promoted to director of aviation for Yum! Brands, Inc., parent company of Taco Bell Corp., where he worked since 1986. Until his promotion he was Taco Bell Corp.’s director, flight operations & travel services. Between 1969 and 1986, Nielsen worked for Johns Manville Corp., Storage Technology and Houston Natural Gas, respectively, gaining experience as a pilot and later chief pilot and flight department manager. He is type rated in several business aircraft, and his military experience includes service in the Marine Corps, including duties in Vietnam. This will be Nielsen’s first term on the NBAA Board. He also has served on NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee.
Paul Stinebring, the assistant manager, flight operations of Emerson Electric, has been a Member of the NBAA Board since 1995; this will be his third term on the Board. He began his corporate flying career in 1967 with the Bank of St. Louis and has spent more than 25 years with Emerson Electric in positions that include chief pilot, director of training and line captain. He is a pilot and a graduate of Parks College in St. Louis. In addition to serving on the NBAA Board of Directors, Stinebring’s involvement with the Association includes duties as chairman of the Nominating Committee from 1997 to 1998, chairman of the Industry Affairs Committee from 2001 to present, current vice chairman of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), IBAC representative from 1998 to present, regional lead coordinator for the NBAA International Operators Committee and vice chairman of the NBAA Airspace/Air Traffic Committee.
These Directors’ terms will conclude at the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, scheduled to be held in New Orleans from November 15 to 17, 2005.
NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,200 companies which 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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