Ground Support Leaders of the Year

It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the Ground Support Leaders of the Year:

Lifetime Achievement: William “Bill” Jacob with the United Parcel Service Inc. This award recognizes a person who has demonstrated commitment to the industry through numerous years of dedicated service. Jacob has more than 40 years of GSE experience with Eastern Airlines and UPS. Jacob, Vice President of the UPS Ground Support Division, is directly responsible for almost 32,000 pieces of powered and nonpowered GSE.

Team Leader: Gregory McDermott with the United States Coast Guard. This award recognizes an individual who has taken a leadership role with personnel. McDermott, Chief Warrant Officer – Four, leads an aviation ground support team with a $12 million budget at the Coast Guard’s only Aviation Logistics Center. McDermott’s work supports 26 Coast Guard air stations located in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Product/Service Leader: Flightcom for its development of a hands-free wireless system for ground support communication. (For more on the system, look on page 30.) New this year, this award celebrates the products, services and manufacturers making a difference in the industry.

The awards will be presented at the Attendee and Networking Party, Thursday, March 8, from 5-6:30 p.m. Please come and celebrate and congratulate the winners for the 2012 Awards.

If you have questions about the awards or are interested in nominating someone for 2013 please contact me: or (920) 563-1665.

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