Sponsor Opportunities

Demonstrate your company’s involvement with the aviation industry by sponsoring the 36th Annual Aviation Issues Conference.  For more information, please contact Joel Bacon, at 703.575.2478 or email joel.bacon@aaae.org, or Janet Bennett, at 703.797.2533 or email janet.bennett@aaae.org

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Listing in sponsor directory — both online and via the conference app 
  • Acknowledgement on conference website
  • Verbal recognition during the program
  • Signage during sponsored event with your company logo
  • Advance and final roster in Microsoft Excel format
  • Complimentary registration(s) (depending on level of sponsorship)
  • Complimentary tabletop display (depending on level of sponsorship)
  • Exclusive invitations to special VIP events

Thank You to our Sponsors!

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Air Line Pilots Association, International


The Air Line Pilots Association, International, is the largest pilot union in the world as well as the world’s largest non-governmental aviation safety organization.

Capt. Joe DePete

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association


Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. As the world’s largest community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, Md., and Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA’s events, initiatives, and services bring current and future pilots together and make aviation more accessible to everyone.

Mr. Mark Baker
President & Chief Executive Officer

American Airlines


American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines

Mr. Nate Gatten
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Association of Flight Attendants - CWA


The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. AFA serves as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. 50,000 Flight Attendants from 20 airlines come together to form AFA.

Mr. Stephen Schembs
Government Affairs Director

Atlas Air


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is the parent company of Atlas Air (Atlas), Titan Aviation Leasing (Titan) and the Majority shareholder in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide (Polar). We are a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation services for commercial and military customers, operating the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighters, as well as Boeing 747 and 767 passenger aircraft and Boeing 767 freighters. Our next generation747-8Fs offer the industry the latest in technology and efficiency and we now provide Boeing 777 Freighters to the dry lease market.

Mr. Gary Wade
Vice President, Global Security

Avis Budget Group, Inc.


Avis Budget Group, Inc. is a leading global provider of vehicle rental services through its Avis and Budget brands, with 10,000 rental locations in approximately 175 countries around the world. Avis Budget Group operates most of its car rental offices in North America, Europe and Australia directly, and operates primarily through licensees in other parts of the world. Avis Budget Group has approximately 28,000 employees and is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J.

Ms. Anne D. Morrison
Vice President, Properties & Facilities

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC


As the 80th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 650 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. Lawyers in Baker Donelson's Aviation and Aerospace Team bring deep experience in these industries to the legal and business advice they provide to clients. We counsel individuals and companies throughout the aviation and aerospace sector, including airlines, individual aircraft owners, charter operations, private management companies and foreign operators, as well as airframe and component manufacturers and suppliers.

Mr. Mark Van De Water
Senior Advisor

Cargo Airline Association


The Cargo Airline Association is the nationwide voice for members of the all-cargo air carrier industry, and others in the air cargo marketplace that depend on these services. Located in Washington, D.C., the Association is responsible for representing the industry before federal and state regulatory bodies, the United States Congress and, when necessary, in the federal and state courts.

Mr. Stephen A. Alterman

Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA)


Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is a trade association based in Washington, DC representing more than 30,000 professional passenger and all-cargo airline pilots. CAPA addresses both international and domestic safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the professional flight deck crew member and the safety of the traveling public.

Ms. Maryanne DeMarco
Executive Director

Elevate Government Affairs


With over 125 years of combined experience working for Members of the House and Senate, Congressional Committees, and the Executive Branch, the Elevate team uses its wide-ranging sector expertise, broad networks and varied professional background for the benefit of our clients.

Mr. Samuel E. Whitehorn
Principal & Co-Founder

Federal Express Corporation


FedEx Corporation provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce, and business services.

Ms. Anne Bechdolt
Managing Director

General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)


The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is an international trade association representing more than 120 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, and components.

Mr. Paul Feldman
Vice President, Government Affairs

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.


Now in its 92nd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (13) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides, on average, more than 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, and over 260 daily flights system-wide.

Ms. Margaret Cummisky
Managing Director, Federal Government Relations

HMSHost Corporation


Global restaurateur HMSHost provides dynamic dining for people on the move. HMSHost partners with airports to deliver innovative restaurants from a portfolio of more than 300 local, national, international and proprietary brands. HMSHost operates more than 2,000 restaurants in nearly 120 airports and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mr. Derryl Benton
Executive Vice President, Business Development

Honeywell International, Inc.


With more than 100 years’ experience in airport technologies, Honeywell is a trusted provider of intelligent airport solutions worldwide. Honeywell creates a first-class experience for passengers by ensuring their safety, security, comfort and convenience throughout their journey, providing innovative solutions specifically tailored for the effective management and operation of airports. Our intelligent approach to airport integration focuses on the convergence of airside, terminal-side and landside solutions ­— addressing the tough challenges around safety, security, efficiency and productivity. Honeywell’s solutions have been implemented in more than 500 airports all over the world.

Mr. Ted Carniol
Business Development, Americas

Hudson A Dufry Company


Hudson, a Dufry Company, is a travel experience company turning the world of travel into a world of opportunity by being the Traveler’s Best Friend in more than 1,000 stores in airports, commuter hubs, landmarks, and tourist locations. Our 10,000+ team members care for travelers as friends at our retail, duty free and food and beverage destinations. We partner with landlords and vendors, and take innovative, commercial approaches to deliver exceptional value. To learn more about how we can make your location a travel destination, please visit us at hudsongroup.com.

Mr. Bobby Watson
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Strategic Planning



Providing environmental graphics, engineering, architecture, construction management and related services from offices nationwide. Clients are airlines, commercial airports, developers, contractors and military installations.

Mr. Stephen M. Pelham
Vice President, Aviation

JBT Aerotech, Jetway Systems


JBT® AeroTech Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of ground support equipment, such as loaders, pushback tractors and deicers; and airport gate equipment, featuring Jetway® passenger boarding bridges, Jetaire® preconditioned air units, and Jetpower® 400Hz ground power units. JBT also supplies airport asset management, including iOps monitoring and reporting, fixed base maintenance operations, consulting and parts support.

Mr. Garrett Macfarlane
Regional Sales Director

JetBlue Airways


JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to nearly 100 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of more than 1,000 daily flights. For more information, please visit jetblue.com.

Mr. Jeffrey C. Goodell
Vice President, Government & Airport Affairs

LoBo Strategies


An independent consulting firm providing solutions-driven strategic advice to advance client objectives through the challenging landscape of the federal government, Congress and public opinion.

Mr. Jason Galanes
Strategic Consultant