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The 4th annual CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP will again offer an outstanding program that all participants will enjoy and can benefit from. We are in the process of selecting presentation topics and appropriate speakers.

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Joao Gabriel Amado


topic: Destination Tourism Product Development

Gabriel Amado is the President of the United Tour Operators Foundation and the CEO/Founder of 'Island-Sightseeing' brand in South Florida and the Caribbean as well as the 'Iberian-Tours' brand in Lisbon, Portugal. He has a track record of success, passion for his activities, and a clear vision for future developments in area of tourist transportation.

In the field of tourism transportation, Gabriel's expertise includes product development, cruise line contract negotiations, shore excursions organization, crafting exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences, as well as transportation inspections and certification. His business values and quality standards are high. For one, because the requirements and demands of cruise lines are also high before they will make service contracts or recommendations to their cruise passengers. He designs unique shore excursions for some of the members of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

Gabriel has 20+ year of experience on the Tourism sector, been practically raised by the industry while living at a residence vacation resort in Troia, Portugal, dedicated to offering the concierge teams his services of crafting exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences since then.

Gabriel received his naval officer training at the Portuguese Naval Academy as a computer engineer and finished his degree with a scholarship into MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge, MA, USA.

In Portugal, he founded a systems integration company that, over a period of ten years, helped many businesses to grow through technology, not just in the tourism and aviation sectors but also in other industry segments. During that period, he was elected to be part of the Leading Team as Secretary of Business Network International (BNI), where he learned and evangelized with Dr Ivan Misner the "Givers gain" philosophy, and other network business philosophies and good practices.

In 2012, he expanded his tourism operations to the Caribbean; after having surveyed most islands, he chose Sint Maarten as hub.
Besides his business activities, Gabriel is lecturing Entrepreneurship and Business Management at the University of St.Maarten

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Maurice Best

Ottawa, ON, Canada

topic: Airport Master Planning: Benefits and Trends

Maurice Best is Senior Associate, Transportation, (Aviation & Defense)at 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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Marie Roger Biloa

Cameroon / Paris, France

topic: "Opportunities for connecting the Caribbean to Africa through Travel and Tourism, as well as Trade, Investment and Cultural Exchange"

Marie-Roger Biloa will be the moderator of this panel session. She is CEO of The Africa International Media Group and its branch MRB Productions, as well as Media Consultant and Adviser on African Affairs. She heads the "Club Millennium" in Paris, a Think Tank concerned with Africa's development and future, producing seminars, conferences and TV debates about relevant topics.

Marie Roger was listed by Forbes as one of the one hundred most influential women in the African continent. She has been described as being iconic and inspirational, namely in the Pan-African landscape. Unquestionably being a leading voice and a leading woman, being an outstanding global leader, African world citizen, and being nicknamed 'The Iron Lady'.

Besides being a frequent TV guest (TV5-Monde, France24, Aljazeera, RFI, i-Télé, ARD, ZDF) to comment current news and African politics, she is involved in creating 'MRB TV', a global knowledge-based TV channel.

Marie Roger was born in Cameroon, educated in Ivory Coast, France and Austria; she graduated from the Universities of Abidjan, of Vienna, La Sorbonne in Paris, and Collège de la Retraite, Yaoundé, Cameroon. She is an alumnus of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna where her name is on the Hall of Fame, and of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance. Ms Biloa is fluent in French, German and English, on top of several African languages.

other members of the panel session are:

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Marie Claire Uwizeye

Kigali, Rwanda

Marie Claire is co-founder of Aqua Rwanda 'the scent of passion', the 1st perfume that is made in Rwanda. The perfume is a best-seller for Rwandair duty free, airport duty free shops, five-star hotels, and high-end points of sale in Kigali. The perfume creation has innovative elements and the brand is building a standard for perfumes in Rwanda in cooperation with the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB). The company has 27 employees and 18 of them are women since Rwanda is empowering women.

Marie Claire also owns a company called MDDRWANDA LTD which deals with foreign companies coming to invest in Rwanda; it also provides logistical and other services which foreign investors might need in Rwanda. She co-partner and Operations Manager in ETRADERWANDA LTD.

Her educational background includes University studies in Business Management and Finance and her professional working experience is in Accounting and Banking.

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Dr. Lazare Noubou

Ivory Coast / St.Martin

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Christiern Broberg

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

topic: Heliports

Christiern Broberg is Technical Director at the Dominican Airport Authority, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He developed a new Heliport for Santo Domingo that was recently opened.

The Dominican Republic has 13 airports. Christiern is responsible for supervision of projects, operation, airport services and maintenance of the Dominican airport system, including airport projects review and regulatory framework application. He manages all technical aspects of the Dominican Airport Authority. He is also responsible for the coordination and supervision of CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) projects, operations and maintenance of 4 national airports and 2 heliports.

Over 25 years in the Dominican Republic's airport industry, he played various roles and responsibilities at different public and private companies, covering planning, design, construction, and supervision of airports projects, ensuring safe, efficient and profitable execution, fulfilling international standards.

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Mico Cascais

Ft. Lauderdale, USA

topic: Re-Energizing Destination Marketing

Mico Cascais is Principal at Mico Cascais, Inc. Mico was a Vice President at Carnival Cruises; a former cruise executive with 30 years of shipboard and corporate management experience and for the past 20 years directly responsible for the Shore Excursion Experiences programs available to Carnival's cruise guests. He had also chaired the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's Shore Excursions Committee.

Currently, Mico is working as an independent consultant directly with valued destinations and stakeholders alike to reach their true potential, identifying the authentic collectable experiences each destination has to offer, and rejuvenating current experiences to exceed visitors' and tourists' expectations. Mico wants to help Caribbean destinations 're-energize' and is now sharing his expertise with them. He will talk freely and widely about what is happening in the industry and how it relates to developments at destinations. "Whatever a destination's story, there is plenty of opportunity to bring it out. And people spend more in a destination if they're engaged. Right now, there's a lot of money being left on the table," according to Mico Cascais and he hopes to help destinations 're-energize' and change.

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Rob Ceravolo

Miami, USA

topic: Airlift Negotiations with Caribbean Governments

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 12 aircraft, Tropic operates both wheeled Cessna Caravans 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.

Lt.Cdr. 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

topic: Women in Aviation

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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Jorge C. Colindres

Miami, USA

topic: Aircraft Registry

Jorge Colindres is the Chairman & Founder at The Registry of Aruba & San Marino Aircraft Registry.

Jorge Colindres has 25 years of varied aviation expertise ranging from aircraft sales and acquisitions to aircraft certification and regulation. He founded the International Air Safety Office (IASO) in 1994; based in Miami, Florida. The company is dedicated to offering consulting services for the safety oversight of Civil Aviation Authorities, including: airline start-up, certification and conformity, aircraft airworthiness, inspection and registration. Mr. Colindres is a visionary in the field of offshore aircraft registration, as his company was the first company in the world to privately manage a Civil Aviation Authority Registration Program. IASO has been working with the Government of Aruba since the company's formation in 1994, and they recently signed an extended term agreement the Government of San Marino to provide their government with a similar service.

Combined, the Registry of Aruba and the San Marino Aircraft Registry's list of clientele includes several Heads of State, members of Royal Families and high-profile customers around the world. Mr. Colindres takes pride in both the unique relationship which he maintains with his clientele and in his pristine reputation throughout the aviation industry. The total number of aircraft sold and registered since the formation of the company totals in the hundreds.

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Nils Dufau

Gustavia, St.Barth

topic: St.Barth Exclusive Luxury Tourism Summit

Nils Dufau is the Vice President of the Collectivity de St. Barthélemy and President of the St. Barth Tourism Committee. Nils will be coordinating and moderating the St.Barth Exclusive Summit (limit 12 persons) on luxury tourism and its clientele.

St. Barth is sometimes called the St Tropez of the Caribbean. Touristically, the island is well-developed and there is no need to grow more; it is necessary to sustain and retain. The philosophy is not to develop tourism, but rather to develop quality. It is vital for locals and tourists alike that there is not more in quantity, but quality is something that can always be improved.

Dufau himself is half-French and half-Swedish, a combination that would seem to qualify him perfectly for a role in the government of this semi-autonomous part of France. In the past it was first French territory, then it became Swedish for about 100 years and then it became French again.

Nils Dufau had been homeschooled by his parents on a boat as they hopped from island to island experiencing the Caribbean. Once they set foot on St. Barth, the islands Swedish and French culture set in and the Dufau's knew this would be their new home. Nils eventually went back to Sweden where he went to university. His heart drew him back to St. Barth. He shares his love of the island with the rest of the world through his work as the President of the St. Barth Tourism Committee.

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Dr. Sean Gallagan

Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA

topic: Solving Caribbean Job/Development Issues By Attracting Young People To The Aviation Industry

Dr. Sean Gallagan is Associate Dean of Transportation Programs at Broward College.

Sean is overseeing numerous transportation and industrial programs at Broward College. He has dedicated the last 29 years to public education. He is a highly motivated and results driven professional with over 23 years of progressive leadership and management experience. Skilled in numerous academic and business fields including education, technology, aviation, career and technical education with expertise in organizational, time and project management, goal setting, relationship building, data driven decision making, handling complex task, and program/course development. He received his Ph.D. from Barry University, Masters from Nova Southeastern University, and his Bachelors from Florida International University.

Although a career educator, Sean has always had a passion for technology, aviation, and education - specifically career and technical (CTE). He has had numerous opportunities to develop and operate small businesses, consult, and mentor others - all done successfully and profitably. With his leadership, management, education, and technology expertise, I continue to grow my portfolio of successful ventures as well as help others. His success has always been driven by his agile abilities to create win-win solutions, quickly assess and solve problems, communicate effectively, and have a genuine care for all stake holders.

He currently serves on numerous boards and committees including Vice President of the South Florida Aviation Maintenance Council, Greater Miami Aviation Association, Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade College Aviation Committee, Operation SAFEE, Everglades University Aviation Advisory Board Member, and the Beacon Council. He was Major and Squadron Commander at the Civil Air Patrol

Broward College Aviation Institute is dedicated to the training of aviation professionals. The institute has a 13,500 square foot facility at North Perry Airport including a 7,000 sq. ft. hangar, flight lab and state-of-the-art flight training devices, tower, radar, enroute air traffic control simulators, aircraft maintenance training equipment, and spacious workshops. It offers on-site flight training, computer-based testing, online courses and staff examiners help prepare students for aviation careers. The Institute offers Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Sciences and Associate in Science degrees in aviation administration with four areas of specializations, as well professional pilot technology and aviation maintenance management. It also has certificate programs in airport management, avionics vocational, airport airframe mechanics, aircraft power plant mechanical and commercial flight operations.

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Ramesh Ghir

Georgetown, Guyana

topic: Airport Challenges, Opportunities and Future

Ramesh Ghir is CEO of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) serving Georgetown, Guyana.

Since 2002, Ramesh Ghir (B.Sc, MBA, IAP, PMC, PMP, AvMP) has been CEO of the airport.
He is also Head at the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport is undergoing major expansion works, which has seen new and improved arrival and departure areas being built. The airport's runway has also been extended to accommodate larger aircraft. In the one-year period 2017-2018 the airport has seen a seven per cent increase in passenger movements.

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Cyril Godeaux

Paris, France

topic: Socio-economic impact of an airport on region and community

Cyril Godeaux, Commercial Director at EDEIS

EDEIS manages Grand Case airport on St.Martin. Edeis is the leader in airport operations in France where It manages seventeen regional hub airports. It also manages one airport in Spain.

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Dan Gutz

St.Paul, MN, USA

topic: Putting The Caribbean On Floats

Dan Gutz is the Product Sales Director US, Canada & Caribbean, Large Floats at Wipaire Inc.

Amphibious floats allow meeting guests at the end of their airline travel and whisk them away directly to their vacation destination.

Wipaire is a 59-year, third-generation family-owned American aircraft manufacturing and repair company, best known for its aircraft floats.

In the 28 years that Dan worked for Wipaire, he has held many different positions that gave him the experience in many different departments, including the production process, planning, scheduling, sales, inventory management, float assembly and installations, hydraulic assembly and installation, supervisory, management, customer service, etc

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Giselle Hollander

Willemstad, Curacao

topic: Caribbean Airlift Policy Approaches and Strategies

Giselle Hollander is the Director of the Sector of Traffic and Transport at the Ministry of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning of the Government of Curacao

Under her direction are:
The Curacao Civil Aviation Authority,
The Organization of Traffic Safety and (Public) Transport,
The Meteorological services of Curacao,
The Maritime Authority of Curacao.

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Cleatus P. Hunt Jr.

Dallas, TX, USA

topic: U.S. Preclearance

Cleatus Hunt is Area Port Director at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is leading the negotiations and supervising the U.S. Preclearance for Sint Maarten international Airport.

Mr. Hunt has served as the Director of Preclearance Expansion for the 2016 solicitation period, and in temporary capacities as the Acting Director of Preclearance operations and Assistant Port Director for passenger operations in Miami. He is currently serving as the Area Port Director for the Area Port of Dallas, where he has oversight of CBP operations at the Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo Ports of Entry (POE) in Texas, as well as the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Ports of Entry in Oklahoma.

Prior to reporting to Dallas, he served as the Port Director in Phoenix, Arizona overseeing Customs and Border Protection operations at Sky Harbor International Airport and Scottsdale and Phoenix/Mesa Gateway user fee airports.

Cleatus began his Federal government career in 1992 with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Until 2014, he served in various capacities and worked in six locations across the USA and in Canada. While serving at CBP Headquarters he managed numerous agency programs and initiatives such as the National Security Entry Exit Registration System, expansion of arrest authority program, and oversight of the Foreign Language Awards Program.

Mr. Hunt is a graduate of the DHS Fellows Leadership Development Program 2014 cohort. Upon graduation Mr. Hunt was selected as the first recipient of the Derek T. Jensen memorial award in recognition of his uncompromising professionalism, compelling leadership and endearing humility. He is also an alumni of the CBP Leadership Institute, cohort 1502. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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David Jessop

London, UK

topic: "Caribbean Tourism Business Insight"

David Jessop is Consultant at the Caribbean Council and Editor of its "Caribbean Insight" and "Cuba Briefing" publications.

As former Managing Director of the Caribbean Council, David has worked on Caribbean issues for over forty years and continues to speak and write on Caribbean issues. David is a member of the Board of Trustees of Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) in Washington and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). He is a non-executive Director on the Board of the money transfer business of the Jamaica National Building Society, a long established mutually-owned bank and financial institution.

Mr Jessop worked with a wide range of publications in the Caribbean and Central America as a journalist and Editor, while freelancing for the BBC, Financial Times and other leading publications. He has an influential weekly syndicated and electronically circulated column called the "View from Europe" that appears in leading newspapers in Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Belize, St Lucia, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere in the region, and in North America and Europe. His column addresses a wide range of international and hemispheric issues. He also writes a column called the "Business of Tourism" on Caribbean tourism matters that is also widely published in the region.

In 1998 he was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for services to Anglo-Caribbean relations, in 2009 the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by the Government of Jamaica, and in 2012 made a Commander of the Order of Christopher Columbus by the Government of the Dominican Republic.

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Paula Kraft

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

topic: Training And Mentoring To Service A Demanding Clientele

Paula Kraft is the Founding Partner of the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute

DaVinci Inflight Training Institute is a leader in the evolution of training in an ever-changing business aviation world. It creates high-quality, competency-based, industry-endorsed instructional programs providing services and skills that enable the student to excel in the business aviation industry with specialized training in cabin safety, culinary, inflight service and etiquette that align with international standards. It offers two hands-on training platforms at its facility as well as customized off-site training and some of the best online training available through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Paula is active with many aviation and catering-related groups including the International Caterers Association, the International Inflight Food Service Association and is a board member of Women in Corporate Aviation. She is the past chair of the NBAA Flight Attendant Committee Caterer's Working Group for 15 years perfecting unique catering training sessions for NBAA conferences and events. Currently, she serves on the NBAA Flight Attendant Advisory Committee and is a member of the Training and Safety Subcommittee. Paula was a founding member of the Steering committee for the creation of a European Flight Attendant Committee and conference and serves as a subject matter expert to the board of International Standard for Business Aircraft Handlers (IS-BAH).

Paula is founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based 'Tastefully Yours Catering'. After founding 'Tastefully Yours Catering', she has been offering culinary and food safety related training to the general aviation community. With a strong dedication to improving catering safety, risk mitigation and safe food handling, she developed and introduced the concept of "catering safety management systems". As a certified food safety instructor, Paula offers catering SMS and culinary classes for all aviation professionals.

Paula Kraft is an internationally recognized authority in the field of business aviation inflight catering. Her first-hand experience, business acumen, research, and relationships make her an industry expert - one which allows her to share information that will help raise the professional training level for flight attendants today that will reduce the risk of food-related concerns tomorrow.
Last but not least, Paula Kraft is weekly columnist for the international BlueSkyNews magazine.

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M. Patrick Lefevre

Paris, France

topic: Caribbean Traffic Growth & Challenges through Air Traffic Management Technologies

Patrick Lefevre is Business Development Manager Air Traffic Management at Thales

Thales, a French based company, is the world leader in Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions. An impressive 2 out of every 3 planes around the world land and take-off with the help of Thales.

Thales offers integrated gate-to-gate solutions, from pre-flight to landing, ensuring airport safety, efficient traffic handling operations, data sharing on aircraft and seamless handover operations between territories. Thales has the largest installed base of solutions and technologies with over 360 TopSky - ATM Solutions, 7,000 navigation aids, 700 surveillance radars, and 1,800 ADS-B and multilateration equipment.

Thales is trusted by key ATM decision makers across 170 nations and has been a key partner of the Caribbean Region supporting various Airports and Air Navigation Services Providers to implement state of the art ATM solutions to manage their growing air traffic challenges.

Thales TopSky ATC (Air Traffic Control Solutions) & Surveillance solutions are in operations in Aruba, Dominican Republic Jamaica, Panama and St Maarten and various Navigation Aids are in operations in Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti and Curaçao.

Patrick LEFEVRE holds an Engineering degree with specializations in radar and GPS technologies. He started at Thomson-CSF as a radar engineer where he held several positions for Surveillance, Navigation, and Air Traffic Control systems engineering, development and commissioning. He spent 7 years at the Direction of Operation of ASECNA at Dakar in Senegal before joining Thales in 2005 as ATM/CNS Projects Development Manager for Eurasia, Africa and Caribbean Countries.

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Adrian Loveridge

Christ Church, Barbados

topic: Tourism Matters, So Does Airlift

Adrian Loveridge is a tourism expert, hotel owner and journalist.

He has spent 52 years in the tourism industry across 67 countries, as a travel agent, tour director, tour operator and for the last 24 years as a small hotel owner on Barbados. He served as a Director of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Director of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, and as chairman of the Marketing Committee.

He has created the first fully functioning small hotels grouping called Barbados Treasures which consisted of five boutique hotels collectively working and marketing together to result in much greater awareness in all markets at reduced cost.

Adrian writes a weekly column called "Tourism Matters" which is published at the online regional magazine Caribbean News, as well as in the leading Barbados' newspaper National News, section Barbados Business Authority. He further contributes to Barbados Underground and Caribflame.

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Brian Luke

Ft.Lauderdale, USA

topic: Training Is The Prerequisite Investment For Aviation Growth & Success

Brian Luke serves as the CEO of the Safesky Group and is President Bluewater Crew Training USA. Brian is also Captain at JetBlue Airways

SafeSky Group (SSG) is an aviation training solutions company that delivers cost effective training services for airlines, aircraft operators, pilots, flight attendants and maintenance technicians. Utilizing hi- tech simulation, advanced learning management systems and cross utilized training facilities.
Bluewater Crew Training (BCT) is a maritime training solutions company that provides US Coast Guard and the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency approved education, training and certification to maritime companies and professional seafarers worldwide. SSG & BCT operate the only aviation and maritime cross utilized training center globally. Resulting in greater efficiency and reduced training costs.

Brian is directly responsibility for providing the leadership and vision of the diverse multidisciplinary aviation & maritime training organization and environment. In these roles, Brian has helped establish Bluewater as a respected, award-winning US Coast Guard and MCA approved global training provider. Safesky Group is quickly developing the same reputation and in less than 1 year gained FAA approval and contracts with universities, airlines and aviation companies.

Prior to assuming his current roles, Brian successfully fostered a unique and diverse career in both aviation and maritime industries. He is a former military pilot holding qualifications in both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft. In 1990, he was recruited by the US Department of Treasury as both an agent and pilot working for the Air and Marine Division of the US Customs Service. During this time, he directed all training for the air wing and worked closely with the marine division gaining valuable maritime experience and sea time. After 8 years as a U.S. Agent he left the Department of Treasury to pursue careers in both the airline and maritime industries.

Brian's maritime experience includes 25 years as an instructor, examiner, superyacht captain and executive. His aviation experience spans 35 years and for the last 18 years a captain for JetBlue Airways where he has worked on various projects, teams and working groups resulting in the success and profitability of the airline. He holds a BS in Aviation Science and an MBA from Belford University. His licenses and ratings include a USCG 3000 ton captains license, an Airline Transport Pilot license with type ratings in A-320, CE-750, CE-500 and a Commercial Helicopter license with a type rating in the BV-234. Brian has authored dozens of articles for various maritime publications and is a frequent guest speaker focusing on how the maritime industry and companies can learn valuable lessons from aviation training.

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Bob Pudney

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

topic: Leveraging Airlift For Expeditionary Relief

Bob Pudney is President of Blue Tide Marine.

Blue Tide Marine (BTM) provides innovative solutions to meet unique maritime challenges, offering aerial cargo delivery, expeditionary medical support, security, and disaster response services. Blue Tide Marine personnel include Special Forces operators, maritime, aviation, and security experts hand-selected for their specialized skills and experience. Founded by retired US Navy SEALs, their careers have been defined by accomplishing extremely complex operations with precision. Based in Fort Lauderdale, BTM is capable of providing rapid logistical and medical response in the immediate aftermath of disasters.

Cmdr. Pudney recently retired after 21 years of active duty, serving as a Naval Special Warfare Troop Commander since 2010. Conducting numerous sensitive operations around the world, Cmdr. Pudney led teams of US Navy SEALs with distinction and served at the highest levels of the U.S. military. During his service, Bob was awarded three Legions of Merit, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, and multiple unit and campaign awards.

Bob graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He is a 2005 graduate of Troy University where he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations focusing in National Security Affairs.

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Rafael Alberto Smith Ortega

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

topic: Airport; Balancing Passenger's Growth With Customer Experience

Alberto Smith is the Director of Operations & Cargo at Punta Cana International Airport

Punta Cana is a privately-owned airport and handles 7,3 million passengers annually on 21,4468 flights coming from 90 airports of 28 countries. It is the second busiest airport in the Caribbean behind San Juan PR (8 million). Punta Cana has 2 runways, 27 gates, 30 aircraft parking and 3 VIP lounges. It even has a swimming pool in a restricted area.

Prior to be part of the Airport Team, Alberto was the Director of Operations at Cap Cana, the largest Real State project at the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean offering 5 Start Hotels, Fine Restaurants, Golf Courses and other attractions. 20 years of experience in hotels business in management’s positions in different countries throughout the Caribbean and South America support his background in the Hospitality industry.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management Administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Unibe), an MBA – FIU in International Business, an Advance Hospitality Management Certification from the Cornell University. Last but not least, in 2011 was certified by the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) sponsored by the Airport Council International (ACI) as an International Airport Professional (IAP) becoming part of a very exclusive elite of airport professionals around the world.

Member of the World Facilitation & Services Standing Committee (WF&SSC) at Airport Council International (ACI)

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Ir. Damien Richardson


topic: Futuristic Regional Airport Design For A Profit Making Concept

Damien "Delano" Richardson is an architect and visionary. He is the Chairman of the Social Economic Counsel of St. Maarten. He lectures 'Future of Technology in the Caribbean' at the University of St.Maarten, combining Caribbean Technology, Earth Studies and Space Studies.

In the past, he 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. In the Netherlands, Damien was involved in a study project called 'VASSO' which reviewed the composition of main ports with an airport as a center feature and a focus on global logistics, regional planning and space tourism.

Damien succesfully participated in multiple international architectural senior prize-winning competitions, such as the Guggenheim Museum Competition in Helsinki Finland, the Nashville Tennessee Design Action Competition, and the Monument of the Immortals in Greece.

Richardson is a graduate of TU Delft School of Architecture in the Netherlands with a Master's of Science degree with honors in Architectural Design. He graduated from a 3-year Air Force Reserve Officers' Training (ROTC), a university-based officer training program, at the Florida Air Academy, Melbourne, FL and was commander of the National Award winning Drill Team.

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Michel Roy

Montreal, Canada

topic: Mobile and Prefabricated ATC Tower Systems

Michel Roy is Co-President of Aeronav Inc.

Established in 1971, Aeronav specializes in Integrated Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems, Prefabricated VCR's, Mobile ATC Towers, Ground-based Radio Navigation Aids (NavAids), Airfield Lighting Systems, Power Supply Systems and Control Tower Design. Aeronav services range from design, integration, installation, training and maintenance services to global turn-key solutions for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), Aviation Organizations and Airport Authorities worldwide. All systems are commissioned in compliance with ICAO and FAA recommendations.

Aeronav Mobile Tower Systems have proven ability to operate under extreme environmental conditions with high reliability and operational flexibility. Compact, self-contained systems. Rapid deployment for Military Strips, tactical operations, temporary facilities, natural disaster relief and training exercises.

Shortly after hurricanes Irma and Maria, Aeronav delivered a mobile air traffic control tower to Anguilla's Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport. Aeronav systems and equipment are installed in Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Canouan Island, Curacao, Grenada, Haiti, St.Lucia, St.Maarten, St.Vincent, Tortola, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos.

Aeronav designs, manufacturers and supplies complete self-contained ATC facilities in several functional variations of shape and size. These visual control rooms (VCR's) are delivered pre-fabricated, eliminating field welding, thereby reducing on-site installation time.

Remote control and monitoring system for AGL and electrical equipment (optic fiber loop, communication back up systems, tower control panel or touch panel), primary and secondary cabling and connections, isolating transformers, elevated or inset lights (approach lighting system, threshold identification, runway end/axis/edge, taxiway and parking edge, taxiway axis), signs, PAPI, windcones, turning pads and apron floodlighting.

Main HV/MV/LV connections and substations, power supply to substations for AGL/Navaids and technical buildings, permanent or stand-by power generation, gensets and change over panels, fuse gear, transformers and voltage regulators, switchgear and ring main units, LV distribution boards inside buildings (short break/no-break), all relevant cables, UPS units, complete earthing systems, remote control and monitoring system for electrical equipment (optic fiber loop, communication back-up systems, implementation of PLC units, tower control panel or touch panel) and temporary installation when needed to guarantee 24h operations.

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Tupac Serrano

Panama City, Panama

topic: General Aviation Services in Panama, Cuba, and Guatamala

Tupac Serrano is Business Development Manager of Mapiex International. The company has been in the market for 32 years and has been providing FBO for 14 years.

Mapiex provides services at all eight international airports in Panama; however, the FBO with all the complete facilities is at Panama City's Albrook Gelabert Int'l Airport (MPMG/PAC). The company has more than a 73% market share for FBO ground-handling services of all private airplanes arriving in Panama. The company also provides complete ground handling services in 10 airports in Cuba since January 2016. Mapiex is currently working on expanding into other countries.

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Cameron N. Singh

Saint George, Antigua

topic: Leadership In Management And In Support Services

Cameron Singh is Area General Manager at Signature Flight Support.

With over 200 locations worldwide, Signature Flight Support has grown to become the world's largest network of Fixed Base Operations (FBOs) delivering essential support services for business and private aviation, including refueling, hangarage, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and a variety of other world-class amenities.

In the Caribbean, Signature Flight Support has operations on Antigua, Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, St.Kitts, US Virgin Islands and St.Maarten

Cameron Singh has a longstanding employee relationship with Signature Flight Support. Previously, he was Manager in Training/Assistant General Manager at their locations in Teterboro, NJ and Van Nuys,CA. He was Operations Supervisor at San Jose Mineta International Airport, San Jose, CA, and at San Francisco International Airport he was a Signature's Customer Service Representative and Line Service Technician. In the past, he was Pseudo Pilot Simulator at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.

Cameron graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Master's of Science Degree in Project Management and also with a Master's degree in Business Administration in Aviation. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Aviation Operations. He is striving to become a professor lecturing aviation at San Jose State University and to achieve this goal, he is pursing the Doctorate of Executive Leadership at the University of Charleston, West Virginia.

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Warren Thompson

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

topic: Airport Master Planning: Benefits and Trends

Warren Thompson is Principal, Programs & Business Solutions 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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Duncan van Heyningen


topic: Air Traffic Control Tower Tours

Duncan Van Heyningen is Manager of ATS (Air Traffic Services) Training & Development at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM-Airport) on St.Maarten.

Duncan will be the guide of the Air Traffic Control Tower tours at the airport.

Duncan's 26 years' experience in the aviation field has spanned from Manager of ATS Training & Development, Surveillance (Radar) Air Traffic Controller, Aerodrome (Tower) & Approach Air Traffic Controller, ICAO Classroom Instructor, OJT (On-the-job) Instructor, Air Traffic Control Supervisor, Flight Information Officer (FIO)

One Tower for Air Traffic Control of Six Airports
Air traffic controllers in SXM Airport Tower (Juliana Air Traffic Services - JATS) need to be on their toes. They are responsible for airspace around Dutch and French St.Maarten which coexist on the island. It also oversees the five smaller airports on the islands of Anguilla, Saba, Saint Barth, Sint Eustatius and at Grand-Case in French St. Martin. Together the airfields come under three different civil aviation authorities: the Dutch, French and the UK. Further complexity comes because SXM falls within the San Juan Flight Information Region - FIR, Puerto Rico overhead and to the west, and in the Piarco FIR (Trinidad) to the east and south. This all makes for incredibly complex air traffic management.

The Air Traffic Control tower of St.Maarten can usually get an aircraft entering its airspace on the ground within 12 minutes. However, in the island's high season this can take up to 45 minutes, since there could be 15-20 aircraft inbound, adding to ground congestion at SXM Airport. There a limited size of airspace and other fields in close proximity. Aircraft may be flying for less than 5 minutes before transiting to another airspace because the airspace is constitutionally split. While neighboring Saba and St Eustatius are governed by the Netherlands, Anguilla comes under the British CAA, and average distance from SXM before hitting another jurisdiction is between three and five nautical miles. There also is a huge mix of traffic; fast moving aircraft like a large Boeing 747-400 alongside a small Cessna 172.

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Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace

Nassau, Bahamas

topic: Friendly Skies; Liberalizing Airlift in the Caribbean

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 Minister of Tourism and Aviation of The Bahamas. He was Secretary General & CEO of the CTO, Caribbean Tourism Organization. He is a much sought after speaker and advisor to both private companies and governments in the tourism and hospitality arena

Vincent has been the principal architect of policies to ensure robust public-private sector cooperation in all of his initiatives as a result of bringing a unique perspective to the growth and development of businesses and destinations that rely on hospitality for their profitability and their economies. His tenure covered the best performing years in Bahamas tourism whether measured by total visitors, by hotel visitors, by cruise visitors, by tourism revenues or by levels of visitor satisfaction.

Mr. Vanderpool 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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Geraldine F. Wright

Kingston, Jamaica

topic: Route Planning

Geraldine Wright is Manager - Airlift at JAMVAC (Jamaica Vacations Ltd) which is a government agency of the Ministry of Tourism of Jamaica.

JAMVAC is a unique organization created to support airlift into Jamaica for the tourism industry. Its role is seen as integral to achieve Ministry of Tourism's "5 - 5 - 5" equation, i.e. 5% industry growth over next years to realize over 5 million stopover arrivals. JAMVAC is instrumental in working with tour operators and airlines to create the conditions for accelerating the rate of growth of visitor numbers to Jamaica. The agency provides, protects and increases the airlift capacity on both schedule and charter routes by working with existing and potential new carriers to create sufficient capacity on each route.

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