Silk Scarf Award

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In an effort to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators, the NBAA Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers.

Award presentations are made either at Association events, such as the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, or at events hosted by regional business aviation groups at locations nationwide. Multiple presentations may be made per year.

Past recipients of the Silk Scarf Award include but are not limited to the following, and any company/organization affiliations shown were current at time of award presentation:

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • Gary Garofalo, Garofalo Goerlich Hainbach PC (October 2011)
  • Randy Walker, Henderson Executive Airport (October 2011)
  • Franklin Davis, AIG (June 2011)

2010

2009

  • Bill Mack, Teterboro Users Group (December 2009)
  • Peter R. Bellini, Teterboro Users Group (December 2009)
  • Steven E. Bergner (October 2009)
  • Doug Molin, FAA (October 2009)
  • Kenneth Kuhrt, United Technologies (May 2009)
  • Richard E. Hrabko, AAE, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (April 2009)
  • Don Smithey, Omaha Airport Authority (February 2009)
  • Christopher J. Willenborg, Massachusetts Airport Managers' Association (February 2009)
  • Nicholas A. Sabatini, FAA (January 2009)

2008

2007

  • Randy Carlson (October 2007)
  • Andy Fitzgerald (September 2007)
  • Bill Knowles, Texas Aviation Advisory Committee (September 2007)
  • Lanny Rider, Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (July 2007)
  • Harold Curtis (March 2007)
  • Richard A. Chartrain, JC Penney Co. (February 2007)

2006

  • Katherine Perfetti, FAA (October 2006)
  • Howard R. DuFuor (August 2006)
  • John Mansfield, Elliot Aviation (May 2006)
  • Paul H. Smith (April 2006)
  • Cynthia Godfrey, Mesquite Metro Airport (March 2006)
  • David S. Fulton, Texas Department of Transportation (March 2006)
  • David Frame, Houston ARTCC, FAA (March 2006)
  • Gary R. Ness, State of North Dakota Aeronautics Commission (March 2006)
  • Fred E. Adams, North Dakota Aviation Council (March 2006)
  • Debbie Alke, Montana Aeronautics Division (March 2006)
  • John Rice, State of New Mexico (February 2006)

2005

2004

  • Durwood J. Heinrich, Texas Instruments (December 2004)
  • Fernand Francois, European Business Aviation Association (October 2004)
  • John Ackerman (October 2004)
  • Jessica Salerno (July 2004)
  • Dave A. Hilton, Gulfstream Aerospace (May 2004)
  • E.E. “Dunny” Dunsworth (February 2004)

2003

  • Gwendolyn Mayo, Mayo Aviation

2002

  • Tom Davidson
  • Matt Zuccaro
  • William Hodde

2000

  • Jim Buckles
  • Dave Dwyer
  • Ron Morgan
  • Joe Ritorto
  • Scott Miller

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Recipients of this award are determined by NBAA; nominations are not accepted.