2016 Photo Gallery

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2016 Video Archive

Welcome Remarks

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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Keynote

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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View From the Street

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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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Kristopher Kelley

Assistant Portfolio Manager, Janus Capital

Kris Kelley serves as Assistant Portfolio Manager on the Janus Opportunistic Alpha strategy, including the Janus Contrarian Fund, and other related portfolios. He is also an equity research analyst, primarily focusing on the industrials & materials and energy & utilities sector, a position he has held since July 2010. Mr. Kelley is also team leader of the energy & utilities sector research team.

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Aviation Innovation Panel

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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Chris Williams

Director of Operations, UPS

As Director of Operations for UPS Airlines, maintaining the integrity of the airline’s FAA-issued Part 121 Air Carrier Operating Certificate. In this role, he serves as the chief liaison with the FAA and is responsible for all flight-related regulatory compliance. He also oversees Compliance, Flight Training and the Chief Pilots Office. In addition to his management responsibilities, Williams is type-rated on the 757/767 and qualified to fly around the world.

Williams brings a strong background in aviation to his current position. He first joined the company in 1980 as a feeder unloader in Eden Prairie, Minn. Williams left UPS the following year to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. After serving in the Navy for 10 years, Williams came back to UPS in 1994 as a flight engineer on the 747. He flew as a first officer on the 757/767 for five years and served as a flight simulator instructor before accepting a promotion into management in 2000. Williams then held various positions in Flight Training and the Chief Pilot’s Division including 757/767 check airman, Flight Training supervisor and Dallas assistant chief pilot. He was promoted to Anchorage/Asia Pacific chief pilot in 2004, where he worked with the Philippine government to enhance safety for arriving flights by improving air efficiency at Clark International Airport near Manila.

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Marty St. George

Executive Vice President, Commercial and Planning, JetBlue Airways

Marty leads JetBlue’s airline planning and commercial teams including marketing, e-commerce, sales, revenue management, product, network planning and partnerships, loyalty, operational planning, as well as JetBlue Getaways, its vacation packaging subsidiary. He also teaches innovation classes at JetBlue University in Orlando, Florida.

Marty joined JetBlue in 2006 as leader of the network strategy and partnership team. In over a decade at JetBlue, he has experienced record profits, occasional losses, ice storms, new airplane types, all while growing JetBlue to serve over 100 cities in North, Central and South America. Regardless, Marty is proudest of the fact that JetBlue has won 12 consecutive J.D. Power awards for highest airline customer satisfaction in North America.

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Joseph Sprague

Senior Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Alaska Airlines

Joe Sprague brings over 25 years of experience to his position at Alaska, spanning general aviation, corporate aviation and the airline segment of the industry. Joe has spent 16 years at Alaska, currently serving as senior vice president of communications, sales and external relations with responsibility for government a airs, community relations, sales and community marketing, and corporate communications. He also serves on Alaska Air Group’s executive committee.

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ATC Reform

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Karen Walker

Editor-in-chief, Air Transport World

Karen Walker is Editor-in-Chief at Air Transport World. She joined the US-based magazine in that position in August 2011 and oversees the editorial content and direction of ATW’s digital, print, data and events products.

Previous positions include Chief Editor at Armed Forces Journal, Americas’ Editor at Air Transport Intelligence, and Executive Editor at Airline Business.

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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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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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Real Clear Politics Panel

Carl Cannon

Washington Bureau Chief, RealClearPolitics

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics. Carl is a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include Executive Editor of PoliticsDaily.com, DC Bureau Chief for Reader's Digest and White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal.

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Sean Trende

Senior Elections Analyst, RealClearPolitics

Sean Trende is the Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics. He is the author of "The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It," and will co-author the forthcoming Almanac of American Politics 2014. Before becoming a full-time political analyst, Sean practiced law for eight years at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Hunton & Williams LLP, where he represented clients in a variety of contexts, from state trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Chris Jackson

Vice President, Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson is a Vice President with Ipsos Public Affairs, working in public opinion research since 2005. Chris specializes in Political Polling and strategic communications research with an emphasis on managing multi-country surveys among consumers and elite stakeholders.

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Keynote

Doug Parker

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines

Doug Parker was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He oversees American Airlines Group and American Airlines, its principal subsidiary company.

Previously, Parker was chairman and CEO of US Airways. Before the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in 2005, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West. Parker became the CEO at America West just 10 days before Sept. 11, 2001, and led the carrier through the crisis.

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Aviation Security – Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

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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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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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Peter Neffenger

Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Transportation Security Administration’s sixth administrator in June 2015. He leads a workforce of nearly 60,000 employees, including the Federal Air Marshal Service, and is responsible for security operations at nearly 450 airports throughout the United States and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.

Under his leadership, TSA is continuing to evolve as a risk-based, intelligence-driven, professional counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting the U.S. transportation systems.

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Paul Donahue

President and CEO, Centerra

Paul P. Donahue is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerra Group, LLC. Centerra is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and provides paramilitary, security, fire and emergency protection and K-9 facilities management services to sensitive government facilities. Mr. Donahue has been with Centerra since 1994.

Mr. Donahue has 22 years experience in the financial and operational management of government and private sector organizations. He was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Gulf Coast Operations responsible for the oversight and operations of a 650 person security force. Prior to this, Mr. Donahue was the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer responsible for all financial operations of Centerra. Mr. Donahue became the COO in March 2006, President in July 2010 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012.

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CEO Panel

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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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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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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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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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