2015 VIDEO RECAP

Airlines for America hosted the Commercial Aviation Industry Summit on September 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Select a panel or keynote for a video recap and speaker info.

Keynote

VIEW FROM THE STREET

Phil LeBeau

Auto and Airline Industry Reporter, CNBC

Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based at the network’s Chicago bureau. He is also editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.

LeBeau has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including “Dreamliner: Inside the World’s Most Anticipated Airplane,” “Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon,” “Saving General Motors” and “Failure to Recall: Investigating GM.” LeBeau has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including “Dreamliner: Inside the World’s Most Anticipated Airplane,” “Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon,” “Saving General Motors” and “Failure to Recall: Investigating GM.”

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Hunter Keay

Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Wolfe Research

Hunter is a Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the Airline and Aerospace & Defense sectors. In 2014, Hunter was voted #3 in the Airlines sector by investors inInstitutional Investor magazine’s All-America Poll, after receiving Runner-Up in Airlines in 2012 and 2013. This recognition came after earning the status of “Rising Stars” by Institutional Investor magazine in the same survey in 2011. Hunter finished 2012 as the No. 1 stock picker again among airline analysts in StarMine/FT after winning the same award in 2011, when he was also named the No. 5 overall stock picker in the United States across all industries. Hunter also finished 2012 as the No. 3 in airlines for earnings estimator in airlines. Earlier in 2012 Hunter was named as a top three stock picker in the Wall Street Journal's 2011 "Best on the Street" poll. Prior to joining Wolfe Research in 2011, Hunter was a Director and Senior Airline Analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, where he was voted one of Wall Street’s “Best Up And Comers” on the 2010Institutional Investor magazine All—America Research Team, and No. 1 in Airlines for stock picking in 2010 by StarMine/FT. Hunter was also named as one of the top five “Master Stock Pickers” in the Airline sector in the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 “Best on the Street” survey.

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Andrew Davis

T. Rowe Price

Andrew Davis is an associate director of Equity Research. Davis is an investment analyst in the U.S. Equity Division, covering airlines, railroad, and trucking companies. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Davis has eight years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he was a manager in the business valuation group at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services.

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FAA REAUTHORIZATION

Holly Hegeman

Founder, Plane Business Banter

Holly Hegeman is founder and publisher of PlaneBusiness Banter, the most widely read weekly subscription publication covering the airline industry. The publication covers operations, labor relations, management strategies, communications, and financial analysis of the U.S. airline industry, as well as select international carriers.

Holly paid her dues both on Wall Street, and as a consultant to then AMR Chairman and CEO Bob Crandall. Herb Kelleher, former Chairman and CEO of Southwest Airlines has said of Holly, “I used Holly for my competitive intelligence when I was CEO, because she always told me what was going on in the industry before anyone else. And she was always right. She tells it like it is.”

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Mark Dunkerley

President and CEO, Hawaiian Airlines

Mr. Dunkerley is the President and CEO of both Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. and its parent company, Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. Mr. Dunkerley joined Hawaiian Airlines as President and COO in December of 2002 and is also a member of the Board of Directors for both Hawaiian Holdings and Hawaiian Airlines.

During his tenure at the company, Hawaiian Airlines has become the U.S. industry’s leading airline for operational performance, has delivered the highest levels of customer service and has been one of the most financially successful U.S. carriers. Since 2010, Hawaiian has diversified its business by aggressively expanding in the Asia Pacific region. New services between Honolulu and Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo and Sendai Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Brisbane, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Beijing, China complement the carrier’s robust inter island and North America network.

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Mike McCormick

Global Business Travel Association

Michael W. McCormick has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) since August 2009. Over the past five years, with the support of a progressive Board of Directors and highly dedicated staff, he has led a rapid globalization of this leading travel association. GBTA is now the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization with more than 6,000 members representing $340 billion in annual travel spending.

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Rich Swayze

Federal Aviation Administration

Rich Swayze is currently the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA.) Prior to FAA, Swayze was the Professional Staff Member for the Aviation Operations, Safety and Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he handled FAA issues and aviation issues related to the Transportation Security Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. Before joining the Senate, Swayze worked for the Government Accountability Office leading transportation research projects.

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NATIONAL JOURNAL PANEL

Rep. Peter Defazio

Oregon Congressman

Congressman Peter DeFazio was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1986 and is now the longest serving House member in Oregon’s history. As the dean of the Oregon House delegation, he has developed a reputation as an independent, passionate and effective lawmaker.

In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development.

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ATC REFORM

Bart Jansen

Travel Reporter, USA Today

Bart Jansen has covered transportation for USA TODAY for five years. He focuses primarily on safety issues at FAA and security issues at TSA. He’s also familiar covering Congress, having worked out of the Senate press gallery for a decade for a variety of regional newspapers in Florida, Maine and California.

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Sharon L. Pinkerton

Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Airlines for America

Sharon Pinkerton was named Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy for Airlines for America (A4A) in February 2011, and leads policy development on legislative and regulatory matters, working with Capitol Hill and the administration.

Pinkerton joined A4A as Vice President, Government Affairs in April 2006, where she was responsible for overseeing all aviation-related issues before federal, state and local governments. Before joining A4A, she served as Assistant Administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Prior to her appointment at FAA, Pinkerton was transportation counsel to House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.) and served on Capitol Hill for nearly 10 years. She began her professional career at Price Waterhouse.

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Paul Rinaldi

President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Paul Rinaldi became the sixth president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association when he began his first term in October 2009. In March 2012, Rinaldi was re-elected by acclamation. In March 2015, Rinaldi was re-elected, again by acclamation, to serve a third, three-year term. Rinaldi is the first in NATCA's history to serve three-terms as president.

That is not, however, the first time Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert have made history; though NATCA’s top two positions are elected separately, in 2009 they campaigned for their respective positions as a team, which had never been done.

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John Crichton

NAV CANADA

John Crichton is President and CEO of NAV CANADA. He also served as Chairman of the Board of NAV CANADA from August 1995 to October 1997, and was instrumental in bringing about the unique consensus among customers, unions and the federal government that created the world’s first privatized air navigation service. In addition to his role as Chair of NAV CANADA, he also served as President and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) from April 1994 until November 1997.

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Sen. Byron L. Dorgan

Arent Foxx, LLP

U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan served as a Congressman and Senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011. He served in the Senate Leadership for 16 years, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee. He was Chairman of Senate Committees and Subcommittees on the issues of Energy, Aviation, Appropriations, Water Policy and Indian Affairs.

Senator Dorgan is now active in his post Senate life teaching, speaking, consulting, writing and much more.

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KEYNOTE

Gary Kelly

President and CEO, Southwest Airlines

Gary Kelly serves as the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines. Under Gary's leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation's largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine's list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking seventh in 2016.

Gary is a 30-year Southwest veteran who began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the roles of Chairman and President in 2008. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc.

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Keynote

Rep. Dina Titus

Nevada Congresswoman

Serving the First Congressional District of Nevada, Congresswoman Dina Titus has built a strong record of achievement as both an educator and a public servant.

As a professor, Dina taught American and Nevada government classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 34 years, until her retirement in June 2011. A noted non-fiction writer, she is internationally known for her expertise in the history and policies related to nuclear power, weaponry, and waste as well as for her knowledge of the popular lore of “Atomic Culture.”

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CEO PANEL

Nicholas Calio

President and CEO, Airlines for America

Nicholas E. Calio is president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading airlines, whose members and affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic.

Mr. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that drives nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 11 million U.S. jobs. Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs, and a member of its Senior Leadership Committee. He was responsible for the company’s government affairs globally, including U.S. federal government relations, U.S. state government relations and international government relations.

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Bradley D. Tilden

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Brad Tilden serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines. Alaska flies more than 200 aircraft to 114 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica and has 15,200 employees. Alaska has grown significantly over the years and is a Fortune 500 company.

Under the leadership of Tilden and his team, Alaska is focusing on low fares, profitable growth of the route network and becoming the easiest airline to fly. Alaska has earned recognition for ranking highest in customer satisfaction among traditional North American carriers by J.D. Power for nine consecutive years. The airline has also ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for six consecutive years by FlightStats.com, and has received other honors for philanthropy, community service and environmental stewardship. In addition to these achievements, Alaska consistently ranks among the nation’s most profitable airlines.

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Gary Kelly

President and CEO, Southwest Airlines

Gary Kelly serves as the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines. Under Gary's leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation's largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine's list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking seventh in 2016.

Gary is a 30-year Southwest veteran who began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the roles of Chairman and President in 2008. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc.

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Robin Hayes

President and Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways

Robin Hayes is President and Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™ and one of the world’s most acclaimed airlines.

He joined JetBlue in 2008 and served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer until becoming President of the airline in January 2014. In February, 2015 he was appointed as JetBlue’s third Chief Executive Officer.

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Tim Canoll

Air Line Pilots Association, International

Capt. Tim Canoll is the 10th President of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents more than 52,000 professional airline pilots in the United States and Canada, and is the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world. He was elected by the union’s Board of Directors on Oct. 22, 2014, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2015.

As ALPA’s Chief Executive and Administrative Officer, Capt. Canoll oversees daily operations of the Association and presides over the meetings of ALPA’s governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also the chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots’ views in the airline industry before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, airline and other business executives, and also the news media.

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