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President's Letter

January 22, 2018


Dear NEC Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you all have weathered the January storms and are looking ahead to a happy, healthy and safe 2018. I am pleased to say that we have an exciting year planned and hope that you will benefit from all the Northeast Chapter has to offer.

I want to take the opportunity to thank you for allowing me to serve as your Chapter’s President in 2018. It is a privilege to serve an organization that has nurtured my professional development and enhanced the careers of so many airport executives. NEC/AAAE is truly a great organization built on the efforts of so many caring and talented people. I will be joined on the executive committee by Vice President, Ed Foster, AAE, Treasurer, Carl Braley, AAE, Secretary, Lisa Gardner, AAE, Past President Jim Walsh, AAE and our Executive Secretary, Dick Williams, AAE. Together we will strive, to help make the most of your membership by providing an array of educational programs, mentoring opportunities, and conferences designed to foster innovation and camaraderie. So, if you are not currently a member, or need to renew your dues, please do so, here.

2018 is not only a special year for me, but it is also a special year for our Chapter. This year we celebrate our 60th Anniversary, and I am grateful to be the sixth female president representing you, our membership. In addition, on the national level with our parent organization, AAAE, our Chapter’s Past President, Jeanne Olivier, will ascend to the Chairperson’s position. She too will be the sixth female Chair of the national association.

With that in mind, one of my goals this year is to focus on women in aviation and challenge the Chapter to support AAAE’s Women in Aviation Scholarship Fund. I initially set the goal at $6,000, but I think as a Chapter, we can far exceed that. We have decided to dedicate this contribution to an amazing corporate member that we lost in 2017, Claudia Holliway. Please support this worthy cause by clicking here. Additionally, we will have opportunities to contribute at all our conferences leading up to our Annual Conference in August, where the check will be presented to Todd Hauptli, President & CEO of AAAE.

I not only want to focus on women in aviation in 2018, but I also want to encourage and promote the pipeline of young adults starting out in our industry and help student members that are considering making airports and aviation their career. If you are a student member, we encourage you to be active in the Chapter and take advantage of the many networking opportunities with the Chapter’s industry professionals and apply to our grants which can be found on our website. If you are an executive, associate, or corporate member, I encourage you to become a mentor or advisor to our young professionals and work with our Academic Committee. In addition, I encourage you to take advantage of our professional development grants and scholarships.

To start the year, we have our Airports Conference in Hershey, PA from March 11th-14th. It is the NEC’s second year hosting this conference with several educational tracks that include FAA participation and continuing education credits.

Our second conference of the year is our International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, NY from April 14th-18th. The Symposium will once again include our Basic and Advanced Snow Academies and a new Mechanics Forum along with the annual Balchen/Post Awards.

This summer our Chapter’s Hub Winter Operations & Deicing Conference, co-hosted with AAAE will be held in Salt Lake City, July 8th-10th. We will also offer our Snow academies at this western venue.

Our fourth and final conference of 2018 is the 60th Anniversary Annual NEC/AAAE “Reimagine the Way We Fly” Conference in the New York area, August 11th-14th. We have selected the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, NJ. While the hotel has a New Jersey address, it is literally “over” the Hudson River with a fantastic view of the World Trade Center and New York City. We have negotiated a special rate of $209 per night (plus tax) and a parking rate of $25 per day (reduced from $38) which will be available for the remainder of the week following the conference.

Access to NYC is convenient via the PATH train, across the street from the Hyatt, or by New York Waterway Ferry, adjacent to the hotel. Sightseeing options are too numerous to list, and we will offer many great choices as part of our program, including a four-hour sightseeing dinner cruise on Monday evening. Please visit the Chapter website for all the details. We expect this conference to have record attendance, so please make your reservations and register early.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Past President Jim Walsh, AAE for his service and dedication in 2017. Jim’s vision of an engaged and growing membership has translated to a double-digit percentage increase in membership.

Jim, along with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and our organization’s professional management company, ADG, worked hard to keep the Chapter on a solid financial footing. We will continue on this path with the creation of a Finance and Audit Committee that will be chaired by Past President, Nino Sapone, AAE. Nino and his committee will review and analyze the Chapter’s financials and fee structures and will make recommendations to the Executive Committee.

I am looking forward to all the great events and seeing many of you throughout the year.

Please feel free to reach out to me or our Chapter’s Program Manager, Ari Gimbel with any questions or suggestions you may have.

Best regards,

MS Signature

Maria S. Sheridan, A.A.E.

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