IAWA offers an opportunity for men to participate as an Advocate. An Advocate is a man, or a person who identifies as male, who otherwise meets the requirements of membership in any other category. An Advocate is not a member, but will support, promote, back, encourage and sponsor IAWA. The Advocate fee is directed to IAWA’s scholarship programs.
To become an Advocate, start your application here. Applications are reviewed and acted on every two weeks. If you have any questions, please contact IAWA Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-960-3900.
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EVP & COO, HPM
Ron joined Azorra in May 2021. Azorra is a clean sheet leasing company focusing on regional, crossover and small narrowbody jets and is backed by Oaktree Capital Management. Ron is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Azorra, executing the strategic plan and maintaining the OEM relationships.
Prior to joining Azorra, Ron was Senior Vice President of Global Leasing and Strategy for Embraer Commercial Aviation. Ron was responsible for managing Embraer‘s lessors globally and developing sales strategies to increase commercial aviation sales.
Prior to joining Embraer, Ron work for United / Continental Airlines where he was most recently the Vice President of Fleet. Ron was responsible for all aspects of fleet planning, aircraft acquisition and disposition for United‘s mainline and regional aircraft. During Ron‘s twenty-seven years at Continental / United Airlines, Ron acquired more than 750 new aircraft and sold / returned a similar number of aircraft.
Ron is an Aeronautical Engineer from Georgia Tech and has an MBA from California State University. Ron is married with two kids and lives in Chicago.
Executive Director & CEO, Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association
José Ricardo Botelho is a Lawyer from the Catholic University of Salvador, Brazil with experience in civil aviation and public service.
Prior to joining ALTA, José Ricardo served for 4 years as President of the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and, for about 2 and a half years, he served as Brazil's Alternate Diplomatic Delegate to ICAO, actively participating in the amendments to the text of the Tokyo Convention in the work relevant to Brazil's entry in ICAO‘s Public Key Directory (PKD) and in the systematization of API (Advanced Passenger Information), besides having worked on the rules against acts of unlawful interference (AVSEC) for civil aviation.
José Ricardo holds a postgraduate degree in Criminal Sciences from Jorge Amado University and a postgraduate degree in Public Security Management from the National Police Academy, both from Brazil.
SVP Intl Commercial Services, FedEx Express
Grant joined TNT in 1992 as a Field Sales Executive at Birmingham depot in the UK, progressing through various Sales roles and then moved into General Management positions, then functional roles in Key Account Management, until joining HO as Operations Director for Special Services Central Team before taking on the role as Global Special Services Director in May 2014.In July 2017 he took the role of Vice President –Special Services, at FedEx Express and from September 2019 I was given additional responsibilities with Enterprise Global Sales. December 2019 Grant took on the role of Senior Vice President, International Commercial Services and relocated to Memphis, with my wife Dawn and our dog, in February 2020
Our aim at International Commercial Services, is to offer support to the wider Global Express community and our Global customers, by providing global standardized policies and processes. This will allow market driven solutions to be delivered to our customer base and to grow International revenue by focusing on the complete product portfolio.
President, Jet AVIVA
Dustin is attracted to people with bold ideas. On his 30th birthday his cousin, Ken, told him, your next 6 years are free. Ken flew an F-4 and was shot down at 30 then spent the next 6 years as a POW. This became Dustin’s WHY – helping others make their freedom count.
He is a former VP and sales executive with both Cessna Citation and Embraer Executive Jets, and current President of jetAVIVA - a market leader in turbine aircraft sales & acquisitions.
A #1 ranked sales professional at every stop, he’s been responsible for aircraft sales of almost $1 billion dollars. As a committee member and and former Co-chair of the NBAA Business Aviation Management Committee Leadership Conference he exemplifies the unique bond of business and fun that is aviation.
Dustin graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with honors and was an instructor and evaluator in both the C-21A & KC-135R. He currently lives in Atlanta with Kristen, his wife of over 23 years, his 4 children and 2 dogs.
Senior Vice President, Clay Lacy Aviation
SVP A220 Customer Services, Customer Satisfaction & Product Policy, Airbus
Accomplished Senior Aerospace Executive with extensive expertise in program management and product development and design of complex aerospace programs (~$5.0 B) with P&L accountability. Proven ability to lead and improve business productivity and performance working with a global supply chain while enhancing client satisfaction by consistently increasing quality and delivery performance. Demonstrated success leading large complex organizations including Airbus, Bombardier products. Recognized by the industry for his strong leadership and drive, customer focus, excellent communication and collaboration skills, as well as a proven track record for the successful development and execution of aerospace programs.
Multilingual: English, French & Italian.
President, air Flying Patners, LLC
vice President, Commercial Marketing, The Boeing Company
Darren Hulst is vice president of Commercial Marketing for The Boeing Company. Hulst leads a team that markets the company‘s family of commercial airplanes and services by understanding market requirements, developing strategic go-to-market strategies, contributing to planning and product development, and supporting market positioning and sales activities. He was named to this role in March 2020.
Hulst joined Boeing in 2005 and has served in various marketing leadership roles including market analysis, network and fleet strategy and China and Asia marketing.
Before joining Boeing, Hulst spent eight years at Delta Air Lines, serving in various management roles in Network & Schedule Planning and Revenue Management. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University with degrees in economics and geography.
Chad Marcel President
Piiq Risk Partners
Starting my career in 1984, I have spend over 30 years in the aviation sector, supporting Global clients with respect to their insurance and risk needs. After spending the majority of my career in leadership roles with two of the larger insurance broker, including secondments to the US, I co- founded Piiq Risk Partners in 2019 to offer a more tailored and bespoke offering for aviation and aerospace clients and we now have more than 50 partners, based in the UK, USA and France.
I have until now supported IAWA by encouraging relevant colleagues to join and participate as full members and I am now thrilled to be able to join as an advocate and look forward to more directly participating in the future.
Vice President, Ethics, The Boeing Company
Tommy Preston, Jr. is the vice president of Ethics at The Boeing Company, where he leads a team of global professionals focused on articulating, amplifying and embedding the company‘s values across the enterprise. The Ethics organization also ensures efficient and trusted reporting mechanisms and a strong anti-retaliation policy; works with senior leadership to foster a speak up culture through messaging and employee engagement; and embeds ethics advisors across Boeing business units and sites to identify risk areas, reinforce expectations of ethical behavior and provide bespoke guidance to employees.
Senior Managing Director, First Republic Bank
Regional President and EVP, Fedex Express
Partner, Hinckley Allen
Mike is the Chair of the firm‘s Business Aviation Group and specializes in the areas of aviation, commercial and real estate finance, serving as legal adviser to institutional lenders and borrowers in senior and subordinated debt financing and equipment leasing transactions.