Why I Attend the F. Russell Hoyt National Airport Conference (NAC)

Mr. Jeff L. Bilyeu, A.A.E.
Aviation Director, Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport
July 5, 2018

Recently, I had a colleague ask me how I justify the time and resources necessary to attend the F. Russell Hoyt National Airport Conference (NAC) each year.

The NAC is a something I look forward to each year and I couldn’t imagine missing it. The conference returns dividends through the education, networking and professional development opportunities. When I apply the lessons learned or follow up with a new connection made at the conference, I know I am seeing a return on my investment.

These interactions assist me in being a more effective administrator and ensure that I keep current on information and products that save me time and resources within the challenging regulatory and funding environments.

Educational sessions are well thought out with timely subjects that are current and important to our industry. Session panel members are diverse, with airport representatives, federal agency representatives, and professional services providers sharing expert experiences and engaging with attendees. Combined with interaction from the audience, these discussions are vital to helping me be successful with projects and tasks back home.

Networking opportunities with peers and federal agency representatives are plentiful throughout the conference, including between sessions, at evening functions, or on the phone after making the contact. I cannot count the number of discussions that I have been able to take advantage of from attending this conference.

Professional development opportunities are abundant. The opportunity to participate on active working committees, interact with AAAE staff and association leaders, and to access professional services and airport solutions providers are abundant. These interactions assist me in being a more effective administrator and ensure that I keep current on information and products that save me time and resources within the challenging regulatory and funding environments. It is easy to justify the time and resources to attend this conference when I look back on all of the benefits that attendance provides.