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SOARING SOCIETY OF AMERICA SELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With past experience as a staff member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the International Business Aviation Council, the National Business Aviation Association and RTCA, Inc., Wright brings a wealth of association experience with strengths in growth creation, government advocacy, member communications, volunteer team building and convention organization, all areas which align with SSA strategic goals. Most recently he is the General Manager of Flightime Business Jets, a San Antonio-based corporate aircraft fractional ownership and charter business. At the SSA he will coordinate strategic plans, develop new initiatives in growth, advocacy and promotions and lead SSA's professional staff in the pursuit of strategic goals.

A native of El Paso, TX, Wright is familiar with some of the areas of strong soaring activity in the southwestern part of the United States. With over two decades of association advocacy efforts working in the Washington, DC area with government agencies and Congress, he is positioned to lead SSA's efforts toward specific soaring-related issues important to glider flying and sport aviation. He is a commercial and instrument rated pilot and former airplane owner.

Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Auburn University and has completed additional training at the National Transportation Accident Investigation School and at the Wharton School of Business.

The search for an Executive Director to replace Larry Sanderson who resigned in February 2003 was led by a national volunteer Search Committee of the SSA led by John Volkober, SSA Director and Steve Northcraft, SSA Vice Chair of Government and Technical Issues. The membership of the committee spanned the continent and included experienced SSA volunteers and directors Mark Akerley, Karol Hines, Steven Wasilowski, and Tim Welles. Gary Buxton, a professional recruiter from Colorado, guided and advised the committee throughout the effort.

Dennis and his wife Diana will be relocating to the SSA's headquarters hometown in Hobbs, NM.

Jim Short
July 9, 2003

 

Following is more specific biographical information of interest to members and associates:

C. DENNIS WRIGHT

C. Dennis Wright was most recently the General Manager of Flightime Business Jets, an aircraft fractional ownership and charter operation based at the San Antonio, Texas International Airport. In this position, he managed the day-to-day operation of three Citation Jet aircraft, eight pilots, two staff personel and one line maintenance technician.

Prior to that, Wright was Vice-President and Corporate Secretary of RTCA, Inc. from December 1978 to August 2001. RTCA, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues

Before joining the staff of RTCA, he was Director General of the International Business Aviation Council, Ltd. (IBAC). IBAC is a non-profit aviation association whose members comprise business aviation associations in various countries and represents, promotes and protects the interests of business aviation in international policy and regulatory venues. Mr Wright was Director General from January to December 1978.

Wright Joined the National Business Aviation Association in January 1984 as the Manager of Air Traffic Control Services, and was later promoted to Director, Operations and then Vice-President, Operations. Mr Wright was also the Corporate Secretary of NBAA, having been appointed to this position by the Board of Directors in March 1992. During his tenure at NBAA, he was also Corporate Secretary for the International Business Aviation Council, Ltd. He came to NBAA from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association where his last position was Director, Airspace Technologies Department.

Wright is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS degree in Aviation Management. He is also recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate of Commendation and four RTCA citations. He was Head of Delegation for two International Council of Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Associations (IAOPA) deputations to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) All Weather Operations Division meeting and an ICAO Communications Division meeting, both in 1978. In 1981, he took a special course at the Wharton School, ûFundamentals of Management for New and Prospective Managersû.

Wright holds a validcommercial pilot's license with an instrument rating and more than 1000 hours total flying time. He was Air Meet Chairman at the South-eastern Regional NIFA (National Intercollegiate Flying Association) Air Meet in 1972. He was a member and twice officer of the Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity at Auburn University. In 1979, he received the Cessna Skylane Society Maintenance Technique Award for establishing an owner/maintenance programme on a C-182, which he owned in partnership.

Mr Wright is married to the former Diana Stouffer of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The Wright's have two grown children, Chad and Meegan.

Posted: 7/8/2003 By: General News


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