NBAA has named Aviation Partners (API) chairman and CEO Joe Clark as this year’s recipient of the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and former Showalter Flying Service chairman Robert "Bob" Showalter as the recipient of the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. The awards will be presented during the 2015 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas next month.
Clark, who co-founded API in 1991, has an aviation career spanning six decades. During that time he founded the first Learjet dealership, served with Raisbeck Engineering, co-founded Horizon Air and founded Avstar. At API, he pioneered blended winglet technologies that have produced fuel savings and improved efficiency of thousands of business and commercial aircraft.
Showalter has spent most of his 43-year career with the FBO his family started in 1945 at Orlando Executive Airport, retiring as chairman in 2014. During that time he sold more than 600 aircraft, hosted the static display for NBAA’s convention nine times and played an integral role in organizing and participating in numerous relief missions. He also served with Butler Aviation from 1984 to 1986 and has held leadership roles with a number of associations. He currently is chief pilot for his son’s new business, Showalter Aviation and Marine.