Embry-Riddle’s Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership Hosts 2011 Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit

Daytona Beach, Fla., Nov. 1, 2010 – The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide will host its second Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit on Feb. 23-25, 2011, at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn in Orlando, Fla.

The two-day summit will present data and address issues on the state of aerospace manufacturing in the United States and around the world for both military and commercial markets. Events will include workshops on leadership and strategy, lectures, panel discussions, and presentations on hot topics and key trends affecting the industry.

“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 aerospace manufacturers.”

Leaders from across the industry, ranging from the U.S. military, NASA, and Department of Commerce to private industry and academia, will conduct the summit’s sessions and seminars. The 2011 summit will feature an array of industry leaders that reads like a “Who’s Who” in aviation and aerospace, including Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force; Tony Velocci, editor-in-chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology; Gregory F. Hall, vice president of aircraft maintenance for FedEx Express; and Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, who will be addressing the findings of the Department of Transportation’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.

“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 Aeronautical University – Worldwide.

Additional featured faculty and staff include retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. (ret.) Robert E. Mansfield Jr., aerospace executive in residence for CAAL; Dr. Bruce Ellis, senior aerospace economist and manufacturing strategist for CAAL; Dr. Kees Rietsema, director of research for CAAL; and Dr. Ken Jennings, managing director of Third River Partners, a leadership development and strategy execution consultancy whose clients include Aerojet and General Electric’s jet engine division.

"The challenges facing the aviation and aerospace industry today are complex, and there is a tremendous need for programs than can prepare leaders to meet these challenges,” said General Mansfield. Even though there are signs that certain sectors of the industry are improving, recovery is far from certain. The 2011 Summit will help decision-makers anticipate and respond to these challenges and provide insight to assist them in being even more effective.

For more information on the 2011 Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit in Orlando, or to register, please visit: www.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=3422e0dc-457e-499a-bb31-b8fff09646d0.

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 colleges 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 170 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu.