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

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

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

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



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

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

National Air Traffic Controllers Association


NATCA represents over 20,000 controllers, engineers and other safety-related professionals, with membership from every state, territory and possession of the United States.

Mr. Kelly Richardson
Deputy Director, Public Affairs

NetJets Inc.


NetJets is the world's largest private jet company, offering fractional aircraft ownership, private jet leases, and private jet card programs.

Mr. Matt Sturges
Vice President, Government and External Affairs

Q&D Construction


Q&D Construction has a reliable, friendly and aviation-savvy construction team with the resources, processes, awareness and training to smoothly plan and execute your aviation project.

Mr. Duane Boreham
Vice President, Aviation Group

Raytheon Company


Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil, government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years. Raytheon provides state of the art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and broad rand of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Mr. David E. Jones
Business Development Director

Signature Flight Support


Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) for business aviation services. Services include fueling, hangar/office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and crew/passenger amenities. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Signature operates at 200+ locations worldwide.

Mr. Jim Hopkins
Senior Vice President, Airport Relations

Southwest Airlines


In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 99 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries.

Mr. David Richardson
Senior Director, Governmental Affairs

SSP America, Inc.


SSP America is a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of restaurants around the world. The SSP America team is driven by a shared vision to bring authentic restaurant experiences to every airport in North America. Our employees have a passion for exceptional food served by people who believe in heartfelt hospitality. Our airport partners trust SSP America to deliver a world-class portfolio of brands with broad passenger appeal and lasting commercial viability. Our brand heroes choose SSP America to bring a taste of place to their hometown airport.

Sponsoring: Monday Tropical Cocktails

Mr. Patrick Murray
Executive Vice President