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Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar

Nassau, Bahamas


The Honorable Dionisio D'Aguilar is the Minister of Tourism and Aviation of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, as well as Member of Parliament.
Mr. D'Aguilar is also the Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation -CTO.

According recent statements by the World Tourism Trade Council -WTTO , in The Islands Of The Bahamas the direct contribution of Travel and Tourism to GDP in 2017 was $1.726 million or 19 percent of GDP. This figure is forecasted to rise by 3.4 percent in 2018.



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Luc Allary

Ottawa, Canada


Luc Allary is the Director of Business Development Caribbean and Central America region of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, which is a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada and offers government to government contracting models. Canada may help Caribbean governments and airport authorities with Canadian technology by Canadian companies to deliver projects with contracts guaranteed by the Government of Canada. For instance, the CCC is currently involved in building the new airport in Bermuda.

In the past, Luc was the CCC's Regional Director - Caribbean & Central America at the Canadian Embassy Havana Cuba. He was International Business Manager at the National Bank of Canada, and Financial Services Manager at Export Development Canada.



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Dr. Brendan Anzalone

St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands


Dr. Brendan Anzalone is the Chief Medircal Officer of AeroMD. Forward based in the Caribbean, AeroMD offers fixed-wing critical care transport to a medically under-served community.

Dr. Anzalone is a board certified emergency medicine physician and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP). He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as Chief Resident.

Currently, Dr. Anzalone provides acute care as an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at a large urban Level 1 trauma center. He has interests in EMS, operational medicine and aeromedical critical care transport.

Dr. Anzalone is also a highly decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served on active duty for ten years. He has served on 4 different continents and has deployed on multiple combat tours.



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Maurice Best

Ottawa, ON, Canada


Maurice Best is Senior Manager and Associate of Stantec. He and his multidisciplinary team specialize in the delivery of airport engineering including military airfields. Maurice manages and delivers a variety of complex projects for public and private sector clients - ranging from large maintenance facilities to new airports. He participates in studies requiring knowledge of airport design criteria and airport operations, and is well versed with ICAO, IATA, Transport Canada, and FAA aviation standards.

Stantec has successfully completed significant projects at various major airports throughout the Caribbean including at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas, Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church, Barbados, Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica and Owen Roberts International Airport, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Stantec airport projects have been completed at over 200 airports worldwide. The company unites more than 22,000 employees, working in over 400 locations across 6 continents.



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Douglas Carr

Washington, DC, USA


Douglas "Doug" Carr is the Vice Prresident of International and Regulatory Affairs at the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association). In this position, he is responsible for leading the association's broad regulatory agenda affecting business aviation safety, security and operations in the United States and around the globe. He also is the staff liaison for NBAA's International Operations Committee.

In April 1998, Carr joined the NBAA staff as manager of domestic operations. He subsequently was promoted to manager of safety and operations and director of government affairs. In these positions, he monitored and responded to domestic regulatory and legislative initiatives by Congress, FAA, TSA and other government agencies. He also provided operational-related assistance for on-demand air carriers and privately operated aircraft.

Carr has distinguished himself at NBAA by leading the Association's effort on the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee (FOARC) to develop recommendations for the FAA and as the chair of the FAA's Part 125/135 ARC Flight and Rest Subcommittee and leading the industry's response to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Large Aircraft Security Program proposal. Additionally, he chaired the FAA's Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment Aviation Rulemaking Committee and led the industry's effort to develop updated duty and rest requirements for on-demand charter (Part 135) operations.

Internationally, Carr has represented business aviation interests at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and as part of several rulemaking efforts at the European Aviation Safety Agency. He serves as the corporate secretary for the International Business Aviation Council.

Carr is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management and an Associate of Science degree in aviation flight. Prior to his college years, he spent six years in the U.S. Navy. As part of his military duties, he worked onboard a nuclear-powered submarine where he was responsible for many aspects of the submarine propulsion system, including the operation, maintenance and repair of the nuclear reactor and support systems.

Before joining NBAA, Carr was employed by the National Air Transportation Association as a specialist in government and industry affairs. There, he was responsible for issues affecting FAR Part 135 on-demand air carriers and flight training providers.

Carr is a commercial, multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot and a certificated flight instructor.



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William R. Bohlke

St.Croix, US Virgin Islands


William R. "Billy" Bohlke is president and chief pilot of Bohlke International Airways (BIA), a full-service FBO and charter fleet on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Last year, Bohlke became the third-generation pilot at the helm of the business. BIA was founded in 1959, is majority family-owned and employs a diverse team of 50 people. Bohlke's leadership was imperative during the active 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean, as he led air-based relief efforts during Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Bohlke is rated to fly the entire BIA charter fleet, which includes a Gulfstream G100, King Air B200 and MU-2 Turbo Prop. He also serves as an aircraft commander in the U.S. Air Force (USAF), flying the C-130 Hercules for the Puerto Rico Air National Guard.

BIA is an award-winning business, voted #1 FBO in the Caribbean in 2012; 2013; 2015; 2016; and 2017 in the PRASE survey conducted by Professional Pilot magazine. Under Bohlke's guidance, the company has expanded greatly in recent years. In 2015, BIA began providing strategic aviation support for AeroMD, the only dedicated medevac aircraft and team based in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FBO also supports the Hurricane Hunters division of the USAF, which has made St. Croix the hub for Caribbean hurricane tracking. In the last year, BIA was granted FAA-certification for its part 145-repair station, Tradewinds Flight Center, one of the only such maintenance facilities in the region. BIA recently became the first Avfuel-branded FBO in the Caribbean.

Bohlke personally volunteers flight time to the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy and the Virgin Islands Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Youth Aviation Club. BIA gives generously to Good Hope Country Day School and many other non-profits on St. Croix.



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Robert Ceravolo

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA


Robert Ceravolo is CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways.

Tropic Ocean Airways is a seaplane company based in Lauderdale International Airport and also operating from the Miami Seaplane Base. With a fleet of 6 aircraft, Tropic operates both wheeled Cessna Saravans and Seaplanes offering seaplane charters and scheduled service to destinations throughout Florida, the Bahamas, and beyond including New York. It also offers the flexibility and convenience of transporting guests to a dock, beach, or even directly to a yacht.

Rob is a US Navy fighter pilot with 10 years of active duty, Rob was awarded two Air Medals for missions flying the F-14 Tomcat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After two aircraft carrier deployments and a transition to the F-18E Super Hornet, Rob transferred to shore duty to become an Adversary Instructor in the F-5N in Key West, FL. While still on active duty, Rob attended the Navy's prestigious TOPGUN Fighter Weapons School Adversary course, returning to his squadron as an air combat instructor. Transitioning to the Naval Reserves in 2011, Rob became the CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways.

Rob holds a degree in Business Administration of the University of Florida



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Elisabeth Clark

Memphis, TN, USA


Elizabeth A. Clark is the Executive Director and a Founding member of Women in Corporate Aviation, the premier mentoring organization for men and women in corporate aviation. As a professional corporate pilot and safety captain, Liz currently flies for the FedEx Express Corporate Flight Department out of Memphis, TN on a Bombardier Global Express and Challenger 300.

She has 30 years of experience as a Professional Corporate Pilot for Fortune 500 companies. Type rated in: Global Express BD-700, Challenger 300, 600, 604, Lear 45, Citation 500, and Beechjet 400A. CFII. Safety Captain for company SMS program maintaining IS-BAO certification through July, 2014. Actively flying Challenger 605 and Global Express.

Besides being a highly experienced corporate pilot, she is an international network builder, career mentor and consultant.

In the past, she was Board Member of NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board, President of the Memphis Belles chapter of Women in Aviation International.



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Tracy Cooper

Nassau, Bahamas


Tracy Cooper is the Managing Director of BahamasAir Holdings and a Vice President of ALTA (Latin America & Caribbean Airline Association).

Tracy is a 31-year veteran of the national flag carrier of the Bahamas. Mr. Cooper was most recently the Director of Maintenance and Engineering, and a highly accomplished Engineer, Technical Manager and Leader having successfully completed his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from St. Louis University and his Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami



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Lyndon Gardiner

Providenciales
Turks & Caicos


Lyndon R. Gardiner is the Chairman and Founder of interCaribbean Airways. Lyndon was born on North Caicos in 1967, as the 4th of six children. He learned from his maternal grandfather, a fisherman by trade and a legislator for most of his life, that goal achievement requires unwavering determination and dedication. After spending the first ten years of his business career in finance,he decided to follow the example of his two older brothers and went to Ft. Lauderdale to attend flight school.

He purchased his first plane in 1991 and started providing an informal but popular on-demand air taxi service that he called InterIsland Airways. In those nearly unregulated days of flying in the Turks and Caicos, he was often called out in the middle of the night to fly Medevac flights after having put in a full day. He felt a strong obligation to assist, as a Medevac flight flown by his long-time friend, the late Howard Hamilton, saved his own life after a devastating motorcycle accident on Grand Turk that broke his legs.

By 1999 Gardiner had acquired a small fleet and was running a full-fledged charter service. Realizing that his true potential lay in business, not flying, he left the piloting to others and concentrated on growing his fledgling airline. By 2004, having added several more companies to his portfolio, he had gained widespread recognition for his efforts and was named Businessman of the Year.

In 2013 after operating for 10 years as Air Turks & Caicos, the company re-branded from Air Turks & Caicos to interCaribbean Airways to embrace new opportunities across the Caribbean.



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Michael Gibson

Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA


Michael Gibson is the Sales Executive of Banyan Air



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Jared Harckham

New York, NY


Jared Harckham is Vice President - ICF Aviation Consulting. Jared is a professional fascinated by aviation and tourism and his specialties are: Airline strategy, network planning, fleet planning, alliances, marketing, distribution, pricing and revenue management. airport forecasting, feasibility and air service development

ICF Aviation Advisory is the world's leading consultancy to the aviation and tourism sectors, providing strategic and analytical support to airlines, airports, financial institutions, tourism entities, governments, regulators around the world. Among their clients are: JAL, Etihad, Air India, Royal Air Maroc, Copa Airlines, WestJet, Hawaiian, South African, LOT Polish, El Al, Avianca, and OneWorld Alliance. In the area of air service development, the airports: GAP Mexican Pacific Airports, Atlanta, Houston, Seoul-Incheon, Quito, Montevideo, Montego Bay. As for Tourism Development: Mexico Secretary of Tourism, Mexican Tourism Board, Prom Peru, Colombian Ministry of Tourism.

In the past, Jared was Vice President Commercial Planning at Aeromexico, Mexico's flag carrier, and Director Network Strategy at Trans World Airlines TWA.



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Joy Jibrilu

Nassau
Bahamas


Joy Jibrilu is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caribbean Tourism Organization -CTO, and the Director General at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism since 2014. Previously, Joy has served as the Director of the Bahamas Investment Authority.

While the Ministry of Tourism boasts a successful 2015, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu recently shared that tourism officials are looking to engage new strategies to boost the country's number one industry: "The Bahamas will aggressively pursue opportunities in Latin America in 2016. We want to continue to grow Latin America. We have direct airlift on Copa out of Panama, and that's been a great move. Particularly Brazil and Colombia connect through Panama. We're strategically going after direct airlift. We've had some meetings with other carriers out of Latin America."



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Stuart Klaskin

Miami, FL, USA


Stuart Klaskin is the CEO and Principal of Jetstream Aviation Capital, an active investor in turboprop regional aircraft subject to existing lease and in sale-and-leaseback transactions which access the unique opportunities presented by the regional aircraft sector. In the Caribbean region, Jet Aviation Capital is currently leasing turboprops to five airlines operating in the region (three US-based and two in the islands). The company works with leading regional airlines worldwide that operate their target aircraft types. They have an extensive network of senior industry relationships with airlines, manufacturers, investors and aviation banks worldwide. Individually they have transacted more than 300 commercial aircraft transactions and have helped found, finance and manage some of the world's most unique and successful airlines.

Stuart Klaskin's aviation career has spanned more than thirty years and includes extensive experience in numerous aspects of the global commercial aviation industry, including aircraft sales and leasing, scheduled and nonscheduled air carrier management, air carrier and aviation-related capital sourcing, business planning and assessment of strategic opportunities, and both commercial and corporate aircraft flight operations.

In past positions, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of capital funding, start-up, strategic, operational, turnaround and bankruptcy workout plans for numerous entities, including U.S. and international airlines, aircraft lessors, industry investors, and airports.

Stuart is a widely recognized media commentator and speaker and is often quoted in global media on issues concerning commercial aviation, and is a recognized leader in providing industry understanding to the private equity and hedge fund communities. In 2003, he was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Aviation & Aerospace Alliance's Blue Ribbon panel on the future of aviation in Florida. In 2009, he was elected to the Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to global transportation. He is a commercial pilot with over 6,000 hours of flight experience.



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Regina LaBega

St.Maarten


Regina LaBega is Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Tourism and Transportation of the Government of St.Maarten

Previously, Regina was Managing Director of Princess Juliana International Airport over a five year period, and prior to that position she was the Director of the St.Maarten Tourism Bureau for five years.



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Antonia Lukacinova

Prague, Czech Republic


Antonia Lukacinova is the CEO of Media Tribune, a company involved in strategic and marketing communications, as well as public relations. She is CEO/Founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Award, that has been created to honor the elite of Business Aviation. Antonia is the Publisher of Aviation Times and Author of Jetbook, the complete guide to business aircraft and helicopters.

Her professional background in business development, and customer relations show passion and performance to achieve measurable results and success. In the field of Aviation, be it private, business, or commercial, Antonia is a person par excellence to have on board for project development and team support due to her unique experiences from start-ups, to business advancements, as well as growing a company. Her integrity, discretion, and panoramic view on issues make her valuable counsel on various aspects of management. She is the typical professional who is assigned to special missions for contract and condition negotiations, strategic communication, to bring people together and to be a project pioneer. Her past organizational abilities in various aviation settings have a proven track record of successes in international or multi-cultural settings.

In the past, she was PR and Communications Specialist and Commercial Director at ABS Jets, Managing Director and co-founder of CEPA the Central Europe Private Aviation association, and Chief Commercial Officer at Grossmann Jet Service.



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Jose Maldonado

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Jose Maldonado is the President of JetAviation FBO in Puerto Rico. (Col.ret.)Maldonado and his team of 61 employees have built an impressive FBO operation that was previously called Pazos.

Jet Aviation San Juan is the premier aviation FBO at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With 30 years of industry experience, Pazos became a leading aviation services provider in the Caribbean, catering to high profile corporate jet, commercial aviation, charter and cargo operators. The company is the only FBO in Puerto Rico with a full- service U.S. Customs terminal onsite, providing customs, immigration and agriculture clearance for international flights. From its new FBO installations, the company's catalog of aviation services include flight permits, ground support, fuel handling, U.S. Customs logistics and concierge services.

A lot of transient general aviation traffic from Central and South America comes through here, mainly from Brazil and Argentina. The Jet Aviation San Juan facility is also a member of World Fuel Services' AirElite®, a global network of uniquely exceptional FBOs. It conducts all the fueling at the airport, with an annual flowage of approximately 7 million gallons.



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Roger Marszalek

Dallas, TX, USA


Roger Marszalek is the MRJ Marketing Manager of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America. According to Mitsubishi Aircraft's market outlook, 1,854 of the forecast global demand for 5,010 regional jets in the next 20 years are destined for North America - more than 2x more than the next largest market, Europe. The number of regional jets needed to replace those being retired during this time will peak at 200 per year in 2025.

In the past Roger was Marketing Manager - Marketing and Airline Analysis at Bombardier Aerospace, tasked with analyzing opportunities for the operation of Bombardier commercial aircraft with existing and potential customers through Aircraft Performance Analysis, Operating Cost and Economic Analysis, Airline Network Opportunities and Fleet Planning, Financial Investment and Cash Flow Analysis, and Competitor Analysis.

Roger is graduate of the Aerospace Engineering and MBA programs at Ryerson University in Toronto



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Brian McGoldrick

New York, NY, USA


Brian McGoldrick is Manager in ICF's airline practice based New York Office.

Brian advises clients on air service development, fleet planning, network strategy, and market analysis. In this role, he is responsible for creating and delivering business plans and presentations to client senior management and other relevant stakeholders, as well as creating and maintaining financial and operational models to support project work. Brian oversees the activities of analysts and provides guidance to ensure project objectives are being met.

His company,ICF International, offers a team of nearly 100 aviation experts dedicated to strategic and operations consulting for the aviation industry. Comprehensive services are provided across airlines, airports, aircraft, and MRO sectors.

In the past Brian was Sr. Analyst -Network Planning and Aircraft Scheduling at United Airlines, Sr. Analyst - International Revenue Management at United Airlines, Analyst Domestic Pricing again at United Airlines

Brian holds an MBA from Yale University and a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Management from Purdue University



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Quimby Melton

Huntington Beach, CA, USA


Quimby Melton is the Founder & President of Studio Hyperset; the Studio Hyperset team help clients use progressive marketing techniques to generate and analyze data, uncover valuable insights, build audience models, and maximize the overall ROI of marketing spending. Quimby is also CMO/CPO & Reporting Lead at LeadOn, a company that fuels intelligent growth and maximizes the ROI of marketing spending.



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Hector Montanez

Puerto Rico


Hector Montanez, is the Commercial Vice President at Seaborne Airlines. Hector's 25 year aviation experience in sales, business development, project management and operational processes creating effective and long term commercial relations is spread between Seaborne Airlines (5 years) and American Airlines (20 years).

Currently Seaborne carries about 3 million passengers annually, with over 1,500 monthly departures to 12 airports, being San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport, and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane Base, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Saint Maarten, St. Kitts, Tortola, and Nevis. Seaborne has 3 major codeshare partners.

Seaborne was recently acquired by Silver Airways The combination between the two air carriers will result in further development which will benefit the region including Florida and the Caribbean. Silver is the airline that has the most routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas with an average of 125 daily flights to 17 destinations from its hubs in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa. Silver is a codeshare partner with United, JetBlue, and Avianca, and has interline agreements with American, Delta, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, BahamasAir, Azul, Hahn Air, and All Nippon Airways



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Karin Muller

London, UK


Karin Muller is International Director of Women in Corporate Aviation. Professionally, Karin is Regional Director Business Development EU for Sterling Global Aviation Logistics, a division of Quick International that specializes in the transportation of time critical aircraft parts/engines/APUs on AOG basis.

Karin has been working within the aviation industry for 28 years and gained her experience across the board mainly within the aircraft industry having worked for EADS, Bombardier, GE Capital, AAR Int'l Allen Aircraft, CRS Jet Spares, Inc./Thrust Tech Aviation Inc.



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Charlotte Pedersen

Luxembourg


Charlotte Pedersen is the Chief Executive Officer of Luxaviation Helicopters.

Luxaviation Helicopters is part of the Luxaviation Group headquartered in Luxembourg. The helicopter company is a worldwide organization managing VIP helicopters for private and business clients, specialized in helicopter management and yacht operations with focus on exceptional high safety, security and quality standards. Luxaviation Helicopters plans to expand the rotorcraft business organically, through joint ventures and by acquisitions. The company is looking to work with local operators to develop the market together. Luxaviation Group is the world's second-largest business aircraft operator that manages about 250 business aircraft and 20 helicopters across its network, which covers Africa, the Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. It also owns 24 fixed-base operations through its ExecuJet subsidiary.

Charlotte Pedersen is a Danish national with more than 25 years of experience in aviation. She was the first female to enter the prestigious military pilot program in the Danish Air Force in 1989 when the Armed Forces accepted female applicants to the program for the first time. Going through pilot training in the US Navy as a helicopter pilot, she graduated on the Commodores list in the top 20 out of 1000 pilots. Charlotte continued her military career attending the Officers Academy and occupying several higher staff positions, amongst others, being responsible for Helicopter Safety Equipment and Training, Instructor in the Water Survival Program for military flight crews and HUET Underwater Instructor as well as Instructor for Medical Personnel Operational Training (Open Water hoist Training), while still flying search and rescue missions.

After her military services, Charlotte worked for the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) in Luxembourg as a Flight Operations Inspector for both Helicopters and Fixed Wing. She maintained her flying status flying Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in France on a part-time basis. During this period, Charlotte also participated on a volunteer basis for the European Aviation Safety Agency in working groups focusing on Helicopter Safety (EHSIT) and Human Factors (EHFAG). Charlotte joined Luxaviation in 2012 and was nominated Chief Operating Officer of the Luxaviation Group in 2014.

Charlotte holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Strategic Management (Graduated with Honors).



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Robert Peres

Miami, FL, USA


Robert Peres is the Managing Director of Southeast Insurance Group. Robert is an aviation specialist (airlines, aircraft)who has been practicing insurance and risk management for over 16 years. He is among the most respected and knowledgeable individuals in the business.



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Don Ramdass

Jacksonville, FL
USA


Don Ramdass is an Associate with Passero Associates, Florida where he manages small and large multidisciplinary teams on all types of aviation consulting projects Nationally and Internationally.

Don has 30 years of consulting experience combined with strong business relationships. During his many years of working with airport sponsors, he has completed approximately $180 million of State and about $130 million of Federally funded projects. Don is client oriented and is a highly professional representative in the airport consulting industry. His Caribbean airport consulting experience has been at Barbados' Grantley Adams Int'l Airport, Trinidad's Piarco Int'l Airport, Bahamas Nassau Int'l Airport and Antigua's VC Bird Int'l Airport. He has completed many Master Plans, Feasibility Studies and Marketing analysis in addition to his Program Director roles on airport improvements including Runway, Taxiway, Apron, Navaids and Terminal improvements.

Don Ramdass holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Aircraft Engineering Technology and Aviation Business Administration from the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Don was born in Guyana, lived in Dominica and Barbados. He travelled a lot on his own with flight attendants' supervision at the age of 7 between islands and thus his beginning of love with aviation.



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Dan Ramirez

Palm Beach, FL, USA


Dan Ramirez is the Director of Safety at XOJET and responsible for coordinating the safety management systems at XOJET which includes the FAA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), XOJET's Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program and the company's risk management functions. XOJET is one of the largest private aviation companies in North America with offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Los Angeles and Palm Beach.

Dan Ramirez began his aviation safety career as an Air Safety Officer with the Navy's T34C and T6A programs. Upon his departure from the Navy, Dan joined the Embraer Aircraft company. During Dan's ten years at Embraer, he held various leadership positions in the safety and operational departments including Air Safety Officer for the Commercial and Defense business units and Flight Safety Manager for the Executive Jet business unit. In these roles, Dan was responsible for developing and leading functional safety programs for the North American and Caribbean region. In his career, Dan has achieved qualification on the Embraer Phenom 300, ERJ Family of aircraft, and E170/190 aircraft families.

Dan currently serves on the Flight Safety Foundation's Business Aviation Committee, ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Team, and NBAA Safety Committee. Dan has an industrial engineering degree with a minor in aviation management from Lynn University, holds a Master's Degree in Aeronautics with a double minor in Management and Systems Safety from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a second Masters in Systems Engineering from University of Florida.



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Ir. Damien Richardson

St.Maarten


Damien "Delano" Richardson is a graduate of TU Delft School of Architecture with a Master's of Science degree and honors in Architectural Design with a project called 'VASSO - composition of main ports' with a focus on global logistics, regional planning and space tourism; has a distinct interest in drones and their relationship to the logistic and build environment.

His passion for this industry led to a research subject on 'emergency escape pods from high-rise buildings' in 2006 at the aerospace department at the TU Delft. This was in preparation for dealing with developing high-rise buildings in Dubai.

Consequently, Damien has been involved in multiple international architectural senior prize-winning competitions, urban development and the built environment, placing within the top seventy for the Guggenheim Museum Competition in Helsinki Finland and the Nashville Tennessee, Design Action Competition, and placed third for the Monument of the Immortals in Greece.

ir. Damien "Delano" E. Richardson is and independent consultant who has been a part of the short and long-term zoning development strategy for St. Maarten called MOSAIC and has done completeness checks for the FBO of Princess Juliana International Airport, prepared improvement strategies for the airport's cultural presence and prepared a renovation concept for their executive lounge. And finally, Damien has been appointed as the Chairman of the Social Economic Counsel of St. Maarten.



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William Solano

Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA


William Solano is the Vice President Sales and Director of Business Development of the Defense and Security division of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, the world's 3rd largest aircraft manufacturer.

In the past, he was Vice President Sales at DEAGA OAI, LLC Aircraft buying and selling, rotary and fixed wing (Executive Jets). Aircraft inspections. Aircraft Sales financial services. MRO Services. Aircraft upgrades, modifications and conversions. International OEM's representations. Commercial and Defense & Law Enforcement applications. Helicopters equipment Manufacturing. DEAGA- USA The DEA General Aviation Company with subsidiaries in China, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Russia was focused on R & D and manufacture of high performance, series of ultra-light, light helicopters and UAVs, and their operation business.
He was Director of Business Development / Sales Africa & Middle East at MD Helicopters, Inc. Handling commercial and defense helicopters sales, setting up International network of representatives. Created a portfolio of potential MOD customers for Light Attack helicopters. In the commercial side presented opportunities in Oil, Electrical Utilities, Game, Pipe line inspections & owner operators.
Senior Business Development International Strategy Europe, South America & Middle East at Orbital ATK, handling international business development and setting strategy for defense articles, ammunition, armament, gun systems. Heavy interaction in over 40 countries with foreign MODs and Defense OEM's
He was Global Business Development Executive & South America Sikorsky / UTC in charge of global business development of commercial and military Aviation, as well global development of MRO/ maintenance services (C-130, F-16, Blackhawk, PT3) and maintenance shops.



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Kelly Spaulding

Wichita, KS, USA


Kelly Spaulding is Regional Sales Director - Propeller at Cessna Aircraft Company /Textron Aviation



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Warren Thompson

Winnepeg, Canada


Warren Thompson is Principal, Project Delivery at STANTEC

Warren is an accredited airport executive, skilled strategist, certified management consultant, and big-picture thinker. He provides strategic, business, and planning advice on challenging municipal and airport projects throughout Canada, the US, and the Caribbean.

He's led the Stantec teams in the 27-airport Yukon Aviation System review recommendations (for a 20-year plan) and an optimization strategy for 28 Family Islands Airports (for the Bahamas Government). That included ICAO compliance, capital investment requirements, market assessment, and activity forecasts to prioritize government investment strategies.

He's past chair of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce, President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Manitoba, and on the boards of both the International Association of Airport Executives (Canada) and the American Association of Airport Executives (Great Lakes chapter).



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Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace

Nassau, Bahamas


Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace is Principal Partner of the Bedford Baker Group, a collection of independent professional advisers offering services in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality. He was Tourism Minister of The Bahamas until 2012. In the past, he also was the Secretary General and CEO of the CTO, Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Vincent was named one of the 50 most influential people in Caribbean Tourism in the past 50 years, selected by Fast Company magazine as one of the Fast 50 global champions of innovation, selected as Person of the Year for the Caribbean by Travel Agent magazine named as one of the most extraordinary minds in Hospitality & Travel by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) and being recognized for Lifetime Achievement by both HSMAI and the Association of Travel Marketing Executives International (ATME). In 2009, he was included in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List and awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contributions to Tourism. More recently, he was selected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA).

People who worked with him in the past described him as "an erudite, results-oriented and well-read individual with a passion for performance and modernization. A natural leader, he readily embraced technology, statistics and a clarity of vision to inspire colleagues at CTO to strive for excellence. His knowledge of tourism marketing is encyclopedic and exemplary but he never lost the common touch and always looked out for rank and file staff."

Vincent holds a Bachelor's Degree of Harvard University and an MBA of the University of Miami.



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Pietrick Voyer

Paris, France


Pietrick Voyer is Deputy Project Manager at Aeroports de Paris Ingenerie, specialized in airport architecture and engineering and is a fully owned subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris Group (airports Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Le Bourget). It is ranked second among international design firms in the airport sector. ADP Ingénierie has a unique operational expertise acquired through its work developing the ADP Group's airports.

In the past Pietrick was Manager Operations Planning, Strategy & Operations Management and earlier Strategy & Business Transformation at Etihad Airways in Dubai, UAE. Before that he was Logistics Coordinator at Onefinestay, London, UK; Passenger Service Agent at Hallmark Aviation Services (servicing Virgin Atlantic) in Newark.

After years of experience globally in the aviation sector, Pietrick has a good understanding of the business airport/airline domain. He is passionate about bringing continuous sustainable innovation to the business. He is a dedicated results-driven individual with strong data analysis skills which allow him to find innovative and creative solutions to improve processes of the business in line with cost savings and customer experience enhancement.



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Nickolas Wangler

Denver, CO, USA


Nickolas Wangler is Owner and President of Forecast Inc.. Nick is an airline executive with 20 years of experience in the industry. Since founding Forecast Inc., he has specialized in and successfully secured new air service for several small to mid-sized airports across the country. Professional accomplishments include (not limited to): 100 percent success rate in helping communities attract and retain air service and helping several regional airlines achieve double digit PRASM improvement through new pricing and revenue management strategies.

In the past Nick was involved in Pricing and Revenue Management with Sun Country Airlines, Silver Airways, Mokulele Airlines, Big Sky Airlines, Eos Airlines, Western Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Allegiant Air, Vanguard Airlines, Digitas/Delta Air Lines, and Frontier Airlines.

He is a forward-thinking leader and visionary with a talent for leveraging business, financial, marketing, and analytical expertise to help organizations achieve profitability. Innovative problem solver who excels at interpreting macro and micro data and presenting viable solutions to senior executives across various business units, geographical boundaries, and cultural differences. His specialties are: Revenue Management, Market Planning, International Marketing, Cost Modeling, Forecasting/Pricing, Partnership Marketing, Wholesale/Consolidator Contracts, Distribution, Budgeting, Team-Building/Development, Project/Program Management, Service Management, Loyalty Programs, Flight Scheduling, Interline Agreements, Code Share/Alliances, Open Skies, CMS, AirMax RM System, Worldspan, O&D Plus, Sabre, Optix RM System, Radixx, Apollo, Shares EDS/System One, RMS, RTS RM System, APGDat & ADI



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Allister Wilmott

Vancouver, Canada
Lima, Peru


Allister Wilmott is the President of Aviation Renewables, a consulting company with offices in Victoria, BC, Canada and Lima, Peru. With more than 16 years of industry experience, Allister and his team at Aviation Renewables have provided the largest number of turn-key renewable power and lighting solutions with more than 200 million in generated sales across 100 nations worldwide.

With extensive experience in the Caribbean, Africa, LATAM, Europe and the Americas, Allister and his team consult with and facilitate various stakeholders in the design, delivery, installation, training, commissioning and warranty of off grid aviation lighting and power solutions.

As a 16 year member of the IESALC General Aviation Lighting Committee, Allister works on low cost, easy to install and maintain airfield lighting and marking systems for GA airports throughout the United States.

In addition, Allister has taken a leading role with industry organizations such as ICAO, FAA, NATO, Transport Canada and Caribbean civil aviation authorities with a focus of improving the safety, reliability and cost effectiveness of portable, emergency and permanent off-grid airfield, helipad and obstruction lighting solutions.

Allister will complete his MSc in Environmental Management at the University of London in 2019 with a focus on improved energy and carbon reduction programs for Caribbean island airports.



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Five international journalists
They will take to the stage for a panel discussion and will interact with the audience. They will share their perspectives and information gathered from their sources covering all aspects of international aviation, routing, and destinations. These reputable professionals check facts making sure an issue is covered accurately, especially considering how many press releases provide "information" that is biased, yet masked as "fact." These journalists gather information on all airlift issues,they hold a balance from old-fashioned "shoe-leather" reporting to the human touch and gaining trust from the people they interview, to substantive news coverage that is accurate, to light-hearted "snacking" content that flies around the internet and social media.
What can the Caribbean learn from what they know and have seen elsewhere.

Seth Miller
New York, NY, USA (moderator)


Seth Miller is a world traveler and shoe-leather journalist who leaves his desk in the search of answers. He is Contributing Editor to Runway Girl Network, a magazine that combines deep industry intelligence with first-hand knowledge of the passenger experience to provide unrivaled news, insight and analysis to both stakeholders and the traveling public.

He is the owner of "Wandering Aramean" to provide analysis and insight on loyalty programs, mostly in the travel space, through a number of online and print publications and works with travel-related companies to help them understand and leverage loyalty programs as partners and as a means to alter customer behavior.
Ghim-Lay Yeo
Washington, DC, USA



Ghim-Lay Yeo is Deputy Editor (air transport) with UK-based aviation trade media group FlightGlobal, which publishes Flight International and Airline Business.

She is based in Flightglobal's Washington DC bureau, and manages a team of reporters who cover the commercial airline industry in the Americas. She also reports on the US low-cost carriers and Latin American airlines. She was previously a senior reporter at Flightglobal's Asia-Pacific bureau in Singapore, where she covered Asian commercial aviation, ranging from China's state-owned aircraft manufacturers to Asia Pacific airlines.

Before joining Flightglobal, she was a reporter with Singapore's English language broadsheet daily The Straits Times, where she wrote about land transport issues and policies.

Sarah Peter
St.Lucia / New York, NY, USA


Sarah Peter is a United Nations Journalism Fellow and a Foreign Correspondent for Reuters, the world's largest international multimedia news provider reaching more than one billion people every day.

Sarah is also Producer/Creative Director /TV Host of the "OFF LIMITS" Television Show, as well as Journalist/ Television News Anchor at HTS News in St.Lucia.

She has ten years of concrete experience in Journalism
Kathryn Creedy
Melbourne, FL, USA


Kathryn Creedy has been described as having the "nose" of a news reporter and the soul of an aviation lover. Kathryn is a freelance aviation writer for top industry publications, contributing to 7 different media outlets. As a successful public relations strategist for leading industry companies and organizations, she has developed publications and positions that contributed to the success of these establishments.

She is North American Editor and Senior of Analyst of CAPA (Centre for Aviation) covering the North American airline market and focusing on finance, aircraft, airline operations, airline analysis. She covered the communications, navigation and satellite program as well as the regulatory arena as Media Specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration. She developed the FAA consumer website.

Chad Trautvetter,
Venice, FL, USA


Chad Trautvetter is the News Editor for Aviation International News, the editor of AINalerts, daily electronic newsletter, as well as the editor of AINonline. He also covers the U.S. Southeast for AIN.

He has been writing about aviation, with an emphasis on business aviation, since 1994. An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumnus, Chad also holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings and is also a flight instructor.


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