Leadership Conference

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All events, unless otherwise noted, will be held at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta.

Review the agenda for each day by clicking on the day below.
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Tuesday, February 18

Pre-Conference Event

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception and Registration

The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

Wednesday, February 19

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Conference Kick-Off

Conference co-chairs Jeannine Falter with Duncan Aviation and Bob Hobbi with Service Elements will introduce the 2014 NBAA Leadership Conference theme and goals.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Business Aviation – a Leadership Tool

Ed Bolen, NBAA President and CEO

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Trust Edge – How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line

Presented by: David Horsager

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue for leaders and organizations. It leads to greater creativity, productivity and results. During this captivating and dynamic session that combines humor and illustrations with business insight and analysis, David Horsager will explain what it takes to gain – and keep – The Trust Edge. You will walk away with concrete steps you can immediately use to improve your life and career. David is author of “The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line”.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The Trust Edge – Part II

Presented by: David Horsager

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hardwiring Accountability into Your Workforce

Presented by: Cy Wakeman

Join Cy Wakeman as she breaks down the core competency of personal accountability and gives no nonsense, workable strategies for leaders. Accountability is the foundation of Reality Based Leadership – a revolution in leadership. This engaging session will change how you view individual responsibility and clarify the relationship between accountability, engagement, and achievement. Cy authored “Reality-Based Leadership” and “The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace.”

“It’s in your power to begin creating a better place to work. Most leaders are no more than a few courageous decisions away from extraordinary success. When we stop judging and start helping, everything becomes possible.”
–Cy Wakeman

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Delivering Presentations that Inspire Action

Presented by: Topher Morrison with John Heffron

The world’s most powerful leaders share one common trait: they inspire others through their words. When it comes time to deliver that critical message, leaders only have one shot to get it right. Topher Morrison, acclaimed professional speaker and communication expert, with John Heffron, the winner of NBC’s The Last Comic Standing, join forces to provide a powerful session. John’s unique comedy style and vast experience with delivering presentations to Fortune 500 companies allows him to help you deliver your presentation in an entertaining way. You will walk away confident that you can communicate effectively and inspire others to take action.

5:00 p.m.
Day 1 Recap and Closing Comments

Presented by: Jeannine Falter, PhD and Bob Hobbi

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cocktails and an Evening at the NBAA Comedy Club

Enjoy drinks and specialty food from Atlanta with your fellow conference attendees before heading into the NBAA Comedy Club at 7:00 p.m. for a stand-up comedy performance featuring John Heffron. John’s attraction to excitement and his personal vow to never perform physical labor have both inspired and motivated his successful career. His list of credits and resume is extensive and impressive and guarantees a night you will enjoy, remember, and talk about! Following the comedy routine, the reception will continue for additional networking and camaraderie.

Thursday, February 20

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Day 2 Introduction

Presented by: Jeannine Falter, PhD, Duncan Aviation and Bob Hobbi, Service Elements

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Personal Accountability and the QBQ!

Presented by: John Miller

John Miller, renowned expert on personal accountability, will share his practical and proven method of how to be more successful through personally accountability. The Question Behind the Question (QBQ) approach will bring immediate value to you and your organization. When personal accountability is established as a core value, productivity, teamwork, morale, creativity, safety, communication, and problem-solving are enhanced. John is author of "QBQ! The Question Behind the Question."

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Leadership from the Customer’s View

Hear the perspective of a user of business aircraft about leadership and the role the flight department (and service providers) has to play in ensuring the company achieves its key strategic objectives. Are you leading your team in the right direction for your company’s growth and agility? Insights from the guest business executive will challenge, motivate and/or affirm your leadership and the services you provide your company’s operations.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
How Winning Works: A Field Guide to Success

Presented by: Robyn Benincasa

How far would you go to unlock your true leadership potential? Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. An adventure racer and a member of the country’s only all-female firefighting crew, Benincasa will inspire you to do amazing things and climb to new levels of professional and personal success. Robyn is author of “How Winning Works: A Field Guide to Success.”

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Real Truth About Success

Presented by: Garrison Wynn

Garrison Wynn will leave you energized, entertained, educated and alive with possibilities. His innovative approach will lead you to beyond the limitations of traditional "best practices" and set breakthrough objectives to achieve maximum success. By blending funny real-life stories and current original business research, this session will educate, motivate, and entertain – delivering solutions you can use right away. www.garrisonwynn.com

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Leadership: Accountability in Actions

Presented by: Coach Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz is called “the greatest motivator of our time,” “the best sports speaker ever,” “the best football coach in 50 years” and “a modern-day Will Rogers.” Lou Holtz is all of these things. One of the most celebrated and accomplished coaches in sports history, Lou Holtz has made a career of inspiring and motivating others to be winners. Through Holtz’s humor and humility, he will clarify what’s important and encourage you to hold yourself accountable – his advice will further you on the road to achievement. Holtz is author of “Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success” and “Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography.”

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closing Reception and Raffle

Conference Sponsors


  Duncan Aviation   Signature Flight Support  


  Rockwell Collins   FlightSafety  
  Gulfstream   Jet-Professionals  


  Airbus   Dassault Falcon  
  Embraer   Honeywell  
  Jeppesen   JSSI  
  Paragon   StandardAero  

Universal Weather

World Fuel


  Aircell   AvFuel  
  Cutter   Jetex  
  MEDAIRE   Mesinger Jet Sales  
  NationAir   OGARA Jets  


Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact NBAA via sponsorships@nbaa.org to learn how you can become an important sponsor of the 2014 NBAA Leadership Conference.

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