Today was the first day of the Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference and the first day of events for the National Business Aviation Association’s 2010 Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA. The mood is upbeat and I believe the convention is supposed to be well attended. The actual NBAA Convention won’t open until Tuesday morning, but various events started today including the 2010 Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference of which I attended with my brother Adam Mesinger and my sister Jessica Johnson, a tax attorney.
I have been to the tax conference before, but it is good to get updates on current regulations and issues. We saw several great presentations about topics including: basic FAR 91 & 135 issues, Excise Taxes, Personal Use of Business Aircraft, Entertainment Disallowances, Insurance Issues, Aircraft Leases (Rules & Tax Consequences) and Avoiding and Surviving an IRS Audit. There were several times during the presentations where I thought about current projects that we are working on and how the topic raised new questions or provided relevant thoughts that I will discuss with our clients. I also saw several old industry friends and made some new great contacts.
Later in the week my father Jay Mesinger will be moderating a discussion about business aviation in Asia/China (Tuesday, October 19th from 3:30 to 5PM in Hall C Room 102). And, I will be participating in a panel discussion about Social Media in business aviation (Wednesday, October 20th from 4:00 to 5:00PM in Hall B Room 312). If you’re in Atlanta this week I hope that you can join us for our respective presentations. I am proud to be here with my family as part of a successful family business. This should be a great week and I believe that NBAA 2010 is a successful one for our industry!