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Kathleen M. Blouin, Senior Vice President, Conventions & Forums
Kathleen M. Blouin is the senior vice president, conventions & forums for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). In this position she is responsible for all aspects of planning, implementation and promotion of the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums and NBAA Seminars. She also manages NBAA’s international shows, including the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) and Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE).
Blouin began her career with NBAA in 1992 as senior manager, convention services. At that time, the NBAA Convention registered 17,312 individuals with 636 Exhibiting Companies occupying 226,000 net square feet of booth space and more than $3.5 million in revenues. The NBAA2003 Convention featured 28,574 Attendees, 1,068 Exhibitors occupying 445,200 net square feet of booth space, approximately 75 Informational Sessions and nearly $10.5 million in revenues. The largest attendance at an NBAA Convention was 31,665 in Las Vegas during 1995, and the second-largest attendance was 31,259, also in Las Vegas, in 2004.
Taking the same formula that works so well for the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention – exhibits, static aircraft, informational sessions devoted solely to business aviation and a strong marketing program – NBAA in recent years has launched international shows in Europe, Latin America and Asia. In 2001, NBAA teamed with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) to manage EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland, as an equal partnership. Following the success of EBACE, the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral approached NBAA to partner on a Latin American exhibition, and in 2003, LABACE debuted in São Paulo, Brazil. NBAA next will launch ABACE in Shanghai, China, in August 2005.
In addition to NBAA’s Conventions, Blouin oversees the management of approximately 25 NBAA Seminars per year, including conferences and workshops, which cover all positions within the business aviation flight department. These events range from the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which annually draws approximately 1,500 Attendees and more than 200 Exhibitors, to the NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop, which usually attracts about 20 individuals.
In addition, Blouin’s division also manages the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums, which are held several times per year at locations throughout the United States. These day-long learning and networking experiences are designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities and to provide an introduction to local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation.
Prior to joining NBAA, Blouin spent 12 years with McGraw Hill’s Business & Commercial Aviation (B/CA) magazine, where she managed the Show Daily (now Show News). The Show News is an event publication produced on-site overnight at the NBAA Convention, EBACE, LABACE, Paris Air Show, Farnborough Air Show, Asian Aerospace in Singapore, ILA in Berlin, etc. In this capacity, Blouin was responsible for conducting all activities associated with promoting the product, managing sales, establishing deadlines and approving advertising production; negotiating with show organizers, printers, suppliers, hotels and airlines; communicating with and hiring of editorial, production and support staff; supervising the on-site press room operation; and managing distribution.
Before her tenure with B/CA, Blouin was a buyer for Belk Stores Services, Inc., in New York City, supplying goods to 450 stores throughout the southeast.
Blouin is a graduate of The Berkley School in White Plains, NY, and is a member of
the American Society of Association Executives, International Association of Exhibition
Managers and a former board member of the Major American Tradeshow Organizers. In addition,
she has served on the Orlando/Orange County Clients Advisory Board and has been an advisor
to the cities of New Orleans, Dallas and Orlando as they planned expansions of their
Last updated May 2005