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NBAA's Leadership Council Helps Chart Business Aviation's Future

Orlando, FL, October 19, 2009 – Twelve NBAA Member Companies have opted to join the Association's new Leadership Council in order to help NBAA advocate on behalf of the industry.

Chris Strong, NBAA's vice president of membership marketing, said the Leadership Council significantly strengthens the Association, enabling it to better promote business aviation.

"The best people to convey the importance of business aviation to local communities and the national economy are in the business aviation community itself," he said. "In order to facilitate policies and perceptions that promote the growth of business aviation, many members of our industry must be aggressive advocates in Washington DC and with the media."

"My company became one of the first investors in the Leadership Council to reaffirm the need for well-backed advocacy at both the federal and state level," NBAA Board Chairman Jeff Lee told Association Members in a letter sent earlier this year inviting Members to join the Council. "Business aviation faces many adversaries, some well intentioned and some not. We are choosing to take charge of our future and are challenging all able flight departments and industry vendors to commit to providing NBAA the resources necessary to fight on our behalf."

The benefits of membership in the Leadership Council include a detailed political briefing, recognition on the Leadership Council section of the NBAA web site, and complimentary seats to the NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit and the exclusive President's Reception held during the Annual Meeting & Convention.

"We have already seen 12 companies step up their commitment to our industry's future by joining the Leadership Council, which is a great start for the program," said Strong.

For more information on the Leadership Council, contact Chris Strong at or (202) 478-7765, or visit

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