2011 Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit

Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 21, 2011 – The mission of this year’s Summit is to provide attendees and businesses with relevant, real-time market intelligence on the state and future of the industry. This information will prove to be pivotal to not only surviving but also prospering in this challenging atmosphere. The culmination of an increasing number of new overseas firms coming on board due to better access to qualified talent, the current economic conditions, and supply and price variations on required natural resources have presented the industry with unparalleled challenges. This especially holds true for U.S.-based firms and organizations. CAAL’s very existence is to serve as a guiding light during this storm.

The Summit promises a distinguished list of qualified leaders from many aspects of the industry ranging from the U.S Air Force, Department of Commerce, and NASA to the global private investment firm The Carlyle Group and FedEx Express, along with many others. This years Summit comes on the heels of the successful inaugural 2010 event. “Last year’s inaugural Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit was an outstanding example of the high-quality outreach we want to continue to provide to our aviation leadership community,” said John R. Watret, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Campus. “We are excited to announce that this year’s event will offer even more opportunities to continue the dialogue about how to successfully solve critical leadership and management issues facing our industry today.”

Speakers include:

- Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, U.S Air Force

- Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services, U.S Department of Commerce

- Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association

- Phil McAlister, Studies and Analysis Division, NASA Headquarters

- Frank Finelli, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

- Gregory F. Hall, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, FedEx Express (Memphis)

- Pete Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

“Through focused research, knowledge management, and targeted development programs, CAAL explores both the personality traits that define great aviation and aerospace leaders, as well as the knowledge, skills, and best practices required to excel at the highest levels of industry,” said Dr. Robert Materna, director of CAAL and a professor of Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. For more information on the 2011 Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit in Orlando, Florida or to register, please visit the website. The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL), within Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Department of Business Administration, was founded in late 2008 to capture, create, and share relevant information on leadership in the aviation and aerospace industry. CAAL’s objective is to create a multidisciplinary community that drives innovation and fosters excellence in leadership and management practices across the industry.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its coll ges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu