More senior staff changes at NBAA

 - January 31, 2007, 9:32 AM

NBAA continued to bolster and realign its senior staff last month, hiring aviation lobbyist Lisa Piccione as its new senior vice president of government affairs and promoting longtime NBAA staffers David Almy and Kathleen Blouin to senior vice presidencies. In addition, the association hired Dan Hubbard as vice president of communications.

Piccione, who replaces Pete West, held senior lobbying posts at Delta Air Lines and the Airports Council International-North America. She also served as a top aide to several members of Congress, including Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the ranking Democrat on the House aviation subcommittee.

“Lisa is a proven, effective aviation lobbyist with a wide range of policy experience,” said NBAA president Ed Bolen. “She is a great addition to our new leadership team and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Almy was named senior v-p of marketing and communications and Blouin was named senior v-p of conventions and seminars. With their new designations and responsibilities, they will join Steve Brown, hired in September as senior v-p of operations, replacing Bob Blouin; J.E. “Sandy” Murdock, hired in October as senior v-p of administration and general counsel; and Piccione, in reporting directly to Bolen.

Almy will assume some of the duties of Joe Ponte, who retired as v-p of membership, marketing and regional programs on November 30. An 11-year veteran with NBAA, Almy will be responsible for the association’s Web sites and publications, as well as its communications and membership marketing programs. He was most recently vice president of strategic programs.

Blouin oversees NBAA’s conventions, seminars and business aviation regional forums. Under her direction, the association also launched international shows, including the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) and the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE). Next year NBAA will launch the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE).

Hubbard joined the association December 1 after nearly a decade of experience in public and government relations, most recently as vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, a public relations firm. Before that, he served in communications capacities for Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and former Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.), currently the U.S. attorney general. In addition, he served as communications director for the Dole/ Kemp campaign in Missouri.

Bolen has made several other staff changes since he took office as NBAA president and CEO on September 7. Doug Carr, formerly director of government affairs under West, becomes director of regulatory affairs under the supervision of Piccione. Director of security Dick Doubrava, whose office had been in NBAA’s operations department under Bob Blouin, also will report to Piccione.

The association’s five regional representatives who had been reporting to Ponte will now report to Brown.