NATA Offers New FBO Managers Workshop

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) created the new FBO Managers Workshop, which starts one day before the FBO Leadership Conference and runs March 27-28, to address true, dedicated issues for the general managers running an FBO.

"Rising new managers in our industry represent a whole generation of young men and women who are going to be running this entire industry in just a few years, and there's a great deal for them to learn in terms of understanding the intricacies of the supply chain, the pricing issues, the logistical issues, and the marketing issues," said NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne.

The first session, Airport Manager Perspective on Airport/FBO Relations, features panelists Robert Olislagers (executive director, Centennial Airport), Eric J. Frankl (executive director, Blue Grass Airport), and Clara Bennett (airport manager, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport) to offer insight on how to work effectively with airport boards. The next session features panelists Lenny Kirsch (partner, McBreen & Kopko), Christian Sasfai (vice president and CEO, TAC Air), Mike French (director of airport relations, Signature Flight Support), and Ted Hamilton (executive vice president, Operations, Landmark Aviation) for a workshop onNationwide Trends Affecting FBOs and Airport Relationships.

The FBO Managers Workshop continues on Wednesday, March 28, from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., just before theFBO Leadership Conference luncheon, and features two morning sessions: Communicating the Value of Aviation Businesses and Communities They Support, and the CEO panel of the General Aviation Infrastructure and Investment Coalition (GAIIC), with panelists Greg Arnold (president and CEO, TAC Air), Clive Lowe (vice president of business development, Atlantic Aviation), Michael Scheeringa (president, Signature Flight Support), and Jim Hopkins (vice president, sales and charter, Landmark Aviation) discussing capital investment strategies and the development of best practices standards between airports and FBOs to facilitate long-term investment.

"Learning about the issues that relate to becoming a more efficient manager is even more important now in a downturn in our industry. Developing strategy for growth or increased profit is harder now than it's ever been; and many are very interested in advancing their own professional training and advancing the professional training of the people they're grooming to succeed them making this workshop and the succeeding FBO Leadership Conference must-attend events for 2012," added Coyne.

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