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Connect With NBAA Staff at Annual Meeting & Convention

September 6, 2012

NBAA Members with questions, concerns, feedback or an interest in putting a face with a voice or email address can connect with the Association’s staff members at the NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012), which will be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Orlando, FL.

If you want to meet a particular staff member, set up a time and place to meet them now, suggested Chris Strong, senior vice president of marketing and member services, especially if you want to discuss a particular topic.

The most convenient – and comfortable – meeting place will be Booth 3135, the Association's on-site headquarters, which will be set up with couches and other seating areas. With subject matter experts always on duty, it is the NBAA nexus of information and service. “It’s the place to learn more about everything, from the latest political or operational issues to how to renew your membership,” Strong said. “If you’re looking for a particular staff member, the booth staff should be able to help you connect with that person.”

All NBAA senior staff, along with many board and committee members, will be at the third annual Coffee Social at the NBAA booth, which starts at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Dedicated to networking, there is no preset agenda or presentation, and participants can enter a drawing for free passes to NBAA2013.

“We do serious business at our Annual Meeting, but we don’t always have to be serious,” said Strong, emphasizing the last point by mentioning that a cotton candy vendor will be on duty.

“It’s great to have a personal conversation after shaking hands,” he continued. “Tell us what you think, what you’re seeing, what issues concern you.” These conversations often attract others with similar interests and concerns, which benefits everyone, especially when the topic is a nascent issue that may seem local, but may well have national interest.

Members can meet their NBAA regional representatives and the leaders of regional business aviation groups at a dedicated networking session on Wednesday, Oct. 31, between 2:30 and 4 p.m. The interactive gathering connects local operators to their region and regions to each other, resulting in shared concerns, solutions and ideas that contribute to the success of everyone involved.

The NBAA/CAN Soiree, which starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody Orlando, is another opportunity to meet and mingle with the entire staff, from board and committee members on down, said Strong. The largest social gathering of the NBAA Convention, it’s an evening of entertainment that includes a live auction that benefits the Corporate Angel Network, an organization that fills unoccupied seats in business aircraft with cancer patients in need.

Naturally, Strong concluded, members can connect with NBAA staffers, easily identified by their staff badges, at any venue during the convention.