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Attendees Connected at Convention Coffee Socials

Atlanta, GA, October 21, 2010

To reach out to new and potential Members and welcome them at the Convention, NBAA hosted two coffee socials during NBAA2010 this week at the Association's Headquarters Booth. At past shows, NBAA has hosted a general Member Discussion, but these first-ever coffee socials were designed to reach out to as many non-Members and new Members at NBAA2010 as possible.

"I believe the first thing you should do when you join a new association is come and meet them to find out what they can and can't do for you," said Terry Roberts, vice president of sales for CDI Professional Services, at the coffee break. CDI became an NBAA Member just last Friday. "I talked to Aimee Kaufman [NBAA director, marketing] about getting on the Air Mail listservs. We need to keep ahead of what's going on in the industry and that should really help."

The first coffee break, on Tuesday morning, October 19, was held especially for non-Members, and the second coffee break was held on Wednesday morning, October 20, to welcome new Members.

New Member Attendees like Chris Carrozzella had the opportunity to meet NBAA Board, staff and committee members. "I'm an attorney based in Connecticut," said Carrozzella, "but I recently started providing flight instruction part-time, so I joined NBAA. I'm a one-man office, so the information available here at the show and on the web site is a really good resource."

Carrozzella met and talked with NBAA's Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier, who is also based in Connecticut. Many of NBAA's other regional representatives were also at the coffee social, as well as former NBAA Chairman Jeff Lee and other NBAA leaders.

On the first day of the Convention, Carrozzella had attended an education session on NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program, which made him seriously consider earning his CAM to bring more professionalism and industry knowledge to his flight instruction business.

The coffee social drew more than just new Members. Mike Sodomin, chief of aviation maintenance for orthopedics manufacturer Zimmer – an NBAA Member Company for many years – came to the coffee break hoping to ask NBAA staff about tax and regulatory issues.

"We're in the process of selling one aircraft and buying a new one," said Sodomin. "So I have a lot of questions about bonus depreciation. We're also implementing an SMS and looking for guidance on that."

Several NBAA staff members addressed Sodomin's questions and helped him connect with the tax and regulatory experts on NBAA's staff and committees.

"So much of what our Convention is about is networking, providing a forum for people in our industry to meet face-to-face," said NBAA's Chris Strong, vice president, membership marketing. "We wanted to provide that same opportunity for non-Members and new Members to come and meet us, to learn about everything we can do for their businesses."

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