Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award

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Nominations Being Accepted for NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award

July 26, 2012

Attention aviation directors and flight department managers: Do you have an exceptional scheduler or dispatcher who demonstrates outstanding business aviation industry expertise, provides extraordinary service, exhibits leadership and makes significant contributions to the scheduling and dispatching function?

NBAA recognized Wendi Gavigan of Citigroup with the 2011 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award.If so, consider nominating that exemplary individual for the 2013 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award.

Now in its fifth year, this award annually recognizes a scheduler or dispatcher who has demonstrated a continuous history of extraordinary participation in or support of scheduling and dispatching functions.

“The nomination process for this award provides aviation directors with a great opportunity to take the time to look around their department and recognize or acknowledge the person who, 24/7, provides outstanding service to their company,” said Jo Damato, NBAA’s director, educational development & strategy. “This award is unique in the industry in that it recognizes the achievements of those individuals who play a central role in their flight department: the schedulers and dispatchers.”

Nomination forms for the award are available online and are due Sept. 14. According to Damato, after the submission deadline, an NBAA Member panel composed of the four previous award winners and another industry leader will review the nominations and recommend an appropriate nominee to the NBAA Board of Directors.

Damato noted that repeat nominations are admissible.

Download the 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award Nomination Form (155 KB, PDF).

2012 S&D Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award Winner, Fred Barth. Presented at a packed Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers Regional Group Meeting at Jet Aviation TEB.If a nominee is confirmed, he or she will be notified in advance of, and officially recognized at, the 2013 NBAA Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, set for January in San Antonio, TX.

Damato encouraged all aviation directors to nominate eligible schedulers or dispatchers from their department. “This award is such an honor to these hard-working individuals,” she said. “It also acknowledges excellence within that particular company or flight department.”

To be eligible for the award, Damato said that nominees will have exhibited leadership qualities and outstanding achievement contributions in specific categories, including visionary leadership, customer-driven excellence, social responsibility, extraordinary commitment and personal learning and development. In addition a nominee must be:

  • Nominated by an individual within the business aviation community.
  • Employed in scheduling, dispatching or flight coordination for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Credited with at least one outstanding contribution that has lead to a higher level of professionalism for business aviation schedulers, dispatchers and flight coordinators.

This year, judges include: Fred Barth, a past chairman and founding member of the NBAA S&D Committee and retired, long-time flight operations control manager of AT&T’s Aviation Division; Wendi Gavigan, vice president and manager of flight operations for Citigroup Corporate Aviation; Fred Towers, services review program manager for Universal Weather and Aviation; and the first winner of the award in 2009, Sharon Forbes, supervisor of scheduling operations and facility manager for DuPont’s flight department.

“Our industry is full of individuals who are worthy of this award,” said Damato. “Considering the huge responsibility of the job and the great work that schedulers and dispatchers do, every nominee is a superstar.”

For more information, contact Damato at