Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard to Keynote NBAA's 2009 Light Business Airplane Show

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announces that Forbes magazine publisher, business airplane owner, and pilot Rich Karlgaard will be a featured speaker at the opening of the inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009).

As publisher of one of the nation's preeminent business magazines, Karlgaard expects to feel right at home among other entrepreneurs using single-pilot airplanes for business.

"I'm delighted to be a part of NBAA's new event," says Karlgaard. "I look forward to being there on opening day, sharing what I've learned about using an airplane for business, and exchanging helpful tips and tools with entrepreneurs like me."

In April 2002, Karlgaard authored a Forbes column entitled, "Boonyack Comeback," in which he referenced the numbers of businesspeople who were moving from large cities to smaller towns to improve the quality of their lives.

The outpouring of personal stories Karlgaard received in response to the column inspired him to fly a Cessna Skyhawk across the country to interview some of the many people who had contacted him. Today, Karlgaard owns and flies a Cirrus SR22, and remains an avid supporter of business aviation.

Karlgaard's blog on, "Digital Rules," discusses technology, entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and the future of business and work -- and occasionally, small airplanes.

Karlgaard's appearance at LBA2009 marks his second at an NBAA event. He also spoke at the 2005 Opening General Session of NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, and his remarks focused on the advantages of business aviation to entrepreneurs in developing stronger customer relationships and improving the efficiency of their operations.

NBAA's Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference will be held from Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14, 2009, in San Diego.

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