Lee Medlin, a founding member and past chairman of the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Advisory Council, was presented today with the association’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
William “Bill” Stine II, longtime director of NBAA’s international operations, retired from the association on Friday after nearly 35 years of service. Since 1979, Stine has been NBAA’s resident expert on international business aviation communications, navigation and surveillance issues. He has served as staff liaison to the NBAA International Operators Committee and Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee, and helped set the agenda for the association’s International Operators Conference, as well as for education sessions on overseas operations at NBAA’s annual conventions.
Dick Koenig, former publisher of Flying, has been tapped to head the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the organization that arranges free flights for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate jets. CAN executive director Peter Fleiss is retiring, effective January 20, after leading the organization for 14 years. Fleiss will thus become director emeritus and remain actively involved during the leadership transition.
Aircraft instrumentation and control systems company Safe Flight Instrument promoted Matthew Greene to executive vice president. Since joining Safe Flight in October 2003, Greene has taken on increasing roles of responsibility within the organization, most recently as vice president of program management, where he led improvements in new product time to market and aligned the company’s growth objectives to meet customer and regulatory requirements. In his new role, he will be responsible for maximizing operating performance and achieving financial goals.
General Dynamics made some changes to its subsidiary leadership. Jason Aiken, previously senior v-p and CFO of Gulfstream, has been promoted to General Dynamics CFO. He replaces L. Hugh Redd, who is retiring. Daniel Clare, formerly president of Jet Aviation, succeeds Aiken. Robert Smith was promoted from Jet Aviation’s CFO to president.
Keith Plumb, president and COO of regional fractional-share provider Executive AirShare, will add the role of CEO starting on January 1. Current chairman and CEO Bob Taylor will step down at the end of the year, at which time he will become chairman emeritus and founder, while remaining an active board member. Plumb and Taylor founded Executive AirShare in 2000. “We are finishing our best year in the history of the company and now is the time for this change,” Taylor said.
Jim Coon, executive vice president of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), announced he will be leaving the organization after little more than a year to become senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Before his NATA stint, Coon served as chief of staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and majority professional staff member for the House Aviation Subcommittee.
NBAA presented its Silk Scarf Award to Jay Mesinger, CEO and founder of Mesinger Jet Sales, on Thursday “in recognition of his exemplary efforts on behalf of NBAA and business aviation.” The award honors his grassroots advocacy work, his expertise in the international arena and his strong leadership as chairman of NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council. Mesinger, with 37 years of experience in the aviation industry, founded Mesinger Jet Sales more than 23 years ago and has developed it into an international aircraft brokerage firm.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Scott Clarey sales director for the U.S. Southwest. In his new role he is responsible for sales to new and existing customers in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah. Clarey, who is based in Tempe, Ariz., came to Gulfstream from Piaggio America, where he was the regional sales director in the western U.S. and western Canada. He has been a pilot since age 16 and has been in aviation sales for the last 10 years.
Eric Martel, previously president of Bombardier customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft, has been named president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. He succeeds Steve Ridolfi, who was appointed the Canadian airframer’s senior v-p of strategy and mergers and acquisitions.
Universal Avionics promoted Paul DeHerrera to CEO from COO. Joachim Naimer remains the Arizona-based company’s president and chairman of the board.