Young Professionals in Business Aviation (YoPro) was founded in 2014 by NBAA employees who saw an opportunity to bring industry peers together in a forward-thinking organization dedicated to promoting ties between young people in business aviation. Since then, the group has hosted successful events at multiple high-profile conferences and expanded membership to include young professionals from all parts of the industry.

With more upcoming events and exciting outreach initiatives on the horizon, there has never been a better time to get involved with YoPro.

Mission Statement

NBAA’s YoPro is a group dedicated to building relationships between emerging leaders across the industry. Through events at key business aviation industry gatherings, the group will promote networking, sharing of best practices and build a sense of community among future aviation leaders.

YoPro Council

The Young Professionals Council is the leadership arm of YoPro, responsible for planning events, developing initiatives and steering organizational direction. Members are selected to two-year terms during which they work in one of several unique working groups that best fit their skill set. The current working groups are the following:

  • Community Outreach – Foster the development of aviation communities and promote business aviation to youth organizations
  • Events – Plan, coordinate and execute events for young professionals in business aviation
  • Marketing – Promote YoPro Council’s mission to the business aviation community and encourage others to get involved
  • Mentorship/Internship – Develop a mentorship program through NBAA and promote internship opportunities from member companies
  • Professional Development – Share industry best practices, education and scholarship opportunities and knowledge with young professionals
  • Advocacy – Help YoPros to better engage, mobilize and deepen their relationships within the business aviation community.

Apply to join the NBAA YoPro Council

Current Council Members

Claudia Arnold
Director of Marketing
AEGFUELS, LLC

Tyler Austin
Senior Manager, Certification
NBAA

Edward Bagsic
Manager, Conventions VIP Events and Budgets
NBAA

Taylor Butterfield
Flight Department Manager
Cutter Aviation

Erin Croop
Marketing Coordinator
Base Operations at Page Field

Tag Galvin
Technical Writer III
Gulfstream Aerospace

Caleb Gibson
ProOwnership Maintenance Specialist
Textron Aviation

Jamie Gibson
Founder
Flightess

Ashley Granada
Marketing Manager
NBAA

Sierra Grimes
Senior Manager, Registration & Programs
NBAA

Julia Harrington
Lead Captain PWK
Axis Jet

Molly Hitch
Manager, Professional Development
NBAA

Alex Judge
Marketing Manager
NBAA

Collin King
Senior Graphic Designer
NBAA

Brian Koester
Director, Flight Operations & Regulations
NBAA

Samantha Lohse
Senior Program Manager
Corporate Angel Network

Ian Lumpp
Publisher
Heartland Aviation Group

Tressa Mattingly
Manager, Social Media
NBAA

Brett Melcher
Aircraft Program Manager
Encompass Health

Matt Mustain
Captain/Flight Operations Coordinator
Wal-Mart

Jamie Santiago Munoz
General Manager
Galaxy FBO

Jordan Scales
Aircraft Manager
Clay Lacy

Emily Tobler
Professional Development Specialist
NBAA

Timothy Wade
Environmental Health and Safety Manager
Constant Aviation

Emily White
Data and Tech Analysis, Senior Specialists
Wheels Up

Cat Wren
Chief Experience Officer
Business Jet Center

Interested in joining the Council or otherwise being a part of the YoPro program? Learn more about how you can get involved with YoPro.

Contact YoPro

For more information NBAA’s YoPro initiative, email yopro@nbaa.org.