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2018 NECAAAE Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson

ARFF Firefighting Training

Pittsburgh, PA | September 25-29, 2017

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President's Letter

December 13, 2017


Dear NEC Member and Friends of the Chapter:

Time flies. This is my Q4 and final correspondence to NEC members. First, let me say THANK YOU for allowing me to serve as the NEC’s 2017 President. It has been a challenge and a privilege. I offer special thanks to the Board, my colleagues on the Executive Committee and Past Presidents. Your support, insights, and commitment to the success of the Chapter is something for which I will always be grateful.

Let’s look back. In my Q1 correspondence dated January 13, 2017, I presented three initiatives I would advance. Grow, Reward and Represent. Grow we have. Since launching our membership campaign – Making Connections – in Wilmington in 2016, we have added nearly 130 new members. We’re not done, but we’ve made some inroads (see membership application link below). Rewards have spiked. We’ve doubled the number and increased the amount of corporate scholarships. And as I reported in my Q3 correspondence dated April 17, 2017, we provided some $60,000 in 2017 in college scholarships to accredited members. That figure included a match from AAAE plus a $500 bonus from NEC. Represent for sure. In addition to establishing a Government Affairs Committee, we acquired the management of the NEC Airports Conference (i.e., formerly the Hershey Conference). The 2017 NEC Airports Conference had some 500 participants including dozens of representatives from the FAA’s District, Regional and Headquarter offices (see Save the Date link below).

Going forward, 2018 will prove to be a banner year. It is the Chapter’s Diamond Anniversary – 60 years! Our 2018 president, Maria Sheridan (Morristown) will be NEC’s 6th woman president and NEC Past President Jeanne Olivier (PANYNJ) will be AAAE’s national chair. So why not host our annual conference in the Port District? That’s the plan – August 11-14, 2018at the Jersey City on the Hudson Hyatt Regency (see Save the Date link below). With our Memorandum of Understanding with AAAE, the Snow Academy will continue to grow only constrained by our very capable instructors’ schedules. The International Aviation Snow Symposium (SnowPo) will undoubtedly continue to be the best winter operations conference in the industry because it is led by such competent and committed leaders on its committee. In partnership with AAAE, the Hub Winter Operations Conference (HWOP) is heading west to Salt Lake City in July. The strategy is to push the combination of HWOP and the Snow Academies beyond the Northeast Region…even beyond our borders.

The NEC has always prided itself on being the First Chapter. If you were to ask this 30-year northeast airport veteran what would you like the Chapter’s moniker to be going forward – it would be the Learning Chapter. Learning – training, educating and informing our membership and industry is something together we can and must sustain. Our four conferences, the ARFF Training, and the Snow Academies is just the beginning…

Jim Walsh Signature

James G. Walsh A.A.E

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