NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

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Luncheon Program to Feature Humorist Ralph Hood, Scholarship Presentations

LONG BEACH, CA, January 15, 2009 – Just because the exhibit hall is closed and the educational sessions take a break during lunchtime doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on during the midday meal. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today, NBAA will recognize its S&D training and scholarship honorees and Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) plaque recipients, while Attendees are regaled by award-winning writer and author Ralph Hood, who will serve as master of ceremonies.

Well-known in aviation circles, Hood is a latter-day Will Rogers whose presentations combine wit and practical advice with an in-depth understanding of the industry.

He will serve as both emcee and presenter during the luncheon, which also will include announcement of the top 5 milestones that changed the way schedulers and dispatchers do their job, as voted on by the S&D community.

Hood grew up in coastal Georgia before becoming a commercial pilot and aircraft salesman in Alabama and eventually being elected to that state’s aviation hall of fame. A graduate of Clemson University, the folksy, engaging speaker has educated and entertained a variety of aviation audiences, from employees at Boeing, Chrysler Pentastar, Lockheed Martin, Piper and Raytheon, to conferences such as Women in Aviation and the 1997 NBAA S&D Conference, where Hood reminded schedulers and dispatchers, “It’s a good attitude that creates excellent service.”

Several to Be Honored at Today’s Award Luncheon

This year’s training award recipients include Denise Costa of American Express/National Express, Raymond Damien of Eagle Aviation – France, Jennifer Hess of Citigroup, Woodley Julmis (student), Monique Kendall of Jetworks, Joe Mayer of Alpha Flying and Kyle Short of Delta AirElite.

Scholarship award winners are Wesley Cieciwa (student), Zsasha Diaz of Citigroup, Kathleen Donnelly of ITT, Kelly Galeas of Associated Aircraft Group, Travis Greene of Aire Corr, Cynthia Hayes of John Deere, Sunny Lewin of Executive Fliteways, Emir Radoncic of JetBlue, Barbara Schick of Jetpool, Shannon Schwartz of Bombardier Skyjet, John Steele III of Maine Aviation and Charles Stockton of Elliott Aviation.

Those being recognized for participating in SPDP include Alice Valdez of Hewlett-Packard, Candy Royer of UNUM, Christina Milano of Pfizer, Dadra Hanna of Air Rutter International, Diana Williams of Limited Brands, Jennifer M. Green of General Dynamics, Judy Bennett of Miami Executive Aviation, Julie Layne of Hawkaire, Julie Rogers of Cessna, Katherine Carroll of John Deere, Kathleen Clark of Schering-Plough, Kayla McManigle of MoneyGram International, Kelly Sullivan of Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Kim Disney of Yum! Brands, Kristine Feraco of Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Marie Rybinski of The Schwan Food Company, Misty Greene of Limited Brands, Patricia Huber of Boeing, Patricia Scott of Ameriprise Financial, Sharon Llamas of Lewis Energy, Sherry Whitcomb of Qualcomm and Susan Roberts of Qwest Communications.

Three people earned two stars for completing 11 or more SPDP courses: Reginald Alberty of ConocoPhillips, Laura Barbarino of Hewlett-Packard and Karen Steinkamp of Zurich.

The sponsors for this year’s S&D Scholarship & Training Awards are ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats, Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather & Aviation Inc, Chevron Global Aviation, Atlantic Aviation, Air BP Aviation Services, Jeppesen DataPlan and AC-U-KWIK.

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